Brewed by Orkney (Sinclair Breweries)
Style: Scotch Ale
Stromness, Scotland
Serve in Thistle


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RATINGS: 1614   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.56/5   EST. CALORIES: 255   ABV: 8.5%
Available filtered in 330ml bottles.
"Named after Thorfin Hausakliuuf, the seventh earl of Orkney, this reddish coloured ale has an intense vinous nose, is rich and satiny in the mouth with a long dry finish and deep rich fruity notes. Described as Satiny smooth in the mouth, deceptively light and dangerously drinkable."

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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Metalchopz (3245) - Cantley, Quebec, - JAN 26, 2013
Single 330ml brown bottle from the LCBO. Pours a clean dark amber colour (almost copper) with an off-white head, decent retention and nice wet lacing. The carbonation is quite pleasant to look at... going up very slow, with bubbles of different sizes. Aromas of caramel, malt and fruits, with a soft yeast note balancing things. Did not taste much at first, but as it warmed up, the flavours came out. Caramel malt, hints of banana (and other fruits), very mild alcohol, very light hop, with some wood in the aftertaste. Decent brew, but not something I would have a lot of (lacking a bit of character for a Viking beer).

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
dutchomatic (16) - Texas, USA - FEB 21, 2017
Strong, but oh so nice.....all levels. My grandfather there on the bottle. Skl!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
colui72 (808) - HONG KONG - FEB 21, 2017
Pours brown with a big white head, some sticky lacing. Aroma of sweet malts and dark, ripe fruits. Strong fruity notes and toasted malts in its taste too, with molasses and boozy warmth. Sweet character but with a dry finish. Slick to the palate, a nice sipper, very tasty evening ale.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
john44 (2680) - SW London, Greater London, ENGLAND - FEB 5, 2017
Bottle. Dark Reddish-Brown in colour. Very Malty; sweet toasted malts, caramel, toffee, brown sugar, hint of chocolate? Very Fruity; raisins, dark fruits, dates & figs. Hoppy; spicy peppery hops. Smoky, peaty notes. Viscous, syrupy. Warming alcohol noticeable near the finish. Fairly sweet (but not too sweet) fruity malty throughout. Dry finish. Liked this. Nice beer! (2009-04)

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Bill Becker (906) - Casper, Wyoming, USA - JAN 25, 2017
This pours brown, small head of foam. Smells of maple, caramel malt, fruity, nutty. Tastes of maple and caramel, nutty, toffee, slight cardboard. Low end of medium bodied. A classic and still holds up.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Iznogud (3268) - CROATIA - JAN 22, 2017
Bottle, 330 ml at Samo Pivo, shared with Domagoj. Pours deep amber with medium off-white head. Malty, caramel, some dark fruit, quite smooth, bit spicy. Medium+ bodied. Quite nice. Better than expected.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Mindwarp (229) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - JAN 20, 2017
Pours a dark amber with a thin white head. Reals weet fruity aroma. Taste of sweet dark fruit with a little boozeness. Bottle from World Of Beers.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
tsd08460 (992) - Marshall, Virginia, USA - JAN 19, 2017
Bottle from Whole Foods Market Reston Aroma: caramel, earthy, Appearance: dark amber with an off-white head Taste: medium sweetness, medium bitterness, Palate: medium body, creamy, average carbonation, long finish, Tasty

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
BlackHaddock (6774) - Shropshire, ENGLAND - JAN 7, 2017
330ml bottle into an Abbot Ale glass tankard at home on 7th Jan 2017. Deep mahogany reddy/brown, beige head, thin but full. Semi-sour, vinous like aroma and initial taste, hedgerow berry flavours arrive mid-sip and equal out the mild sour tastes somewhat. Malty notes also appear late on as the beer warmed in the glass. Decent and interesting, needs to be drank slowly and savoured to fully appreciate its depth and character.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
ComradeK (1181) - Sydney, AUSTRALIA - DEC 30, 2016
330ml bottle. Pours a hazy ruby chestnut, with a moderate off-white head, which lasts well and leaves decent lacing. Stewed fruits, port and an interesting maritime tang make up the aroma. Light herbal hops up front give way to stewed fruits and sweet sherry in the mid-palate. Theres a savoury, almost seaweed flavour to the finish. An interesting Scotch ale. Quite dry for the style.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Faathoven (83) - Barcellona P.G., ITALY - DEC 29, 2016
Pours ruby with amber shades and a tan head. Aroma of deep caramel malts, toffee, dark fruits, caramelized sugar and some hops. The flavour is again full of caramel malts, toffee, molasses, dark fruits, brown sugar, some toasty notes as well and a medium hoppy finish. Full body, low carbonation, sticky mouthfeel. Very strong and powerful in character. The best interpretation of a scottish beer so far.

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