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


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RATINGS: 1603   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 (3454) - 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).

rozsoma (1085) - Gyõr, HUNGARY - SEP 24, 2017
UPDATED: SEP 24, 2017 0,33 Bottle from Orcadia. Brutális barley wine mely úgy letaglóz hogy észre se veszed hogy maghasonluttál.

Simonsen (1306) - NORWAY - SEP 9, 2017
UPDATED: SEP 9, 2017 Flaske. rødbrun farge. moderat karbonert med tynn skumtopp. Smaker malt,jord wasabi og mose. starter med mørk frukt som går over i bitter maltsmak. Helt grei

NCFortune (3) - Cheltenham, Gloucestershire, ENGLAND - SEP 8, 2017 does not count
Very complex nose with aromas of honey, plums, almonds and caramel, followed by a full mouthfeel with again, very complex flavours of red grape, chocolate, cherry, bourbon, caramel, liquorice and vanilla. An absolutely stunning beer and one to treasure.

Mprather5 (1) - - AUG 22, 2017 does not count
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geolgau (366) - Cluj-Napoca, ROMANIA - AUG 15, 2017
Aroma has caramel, honey, liquorish wine, dark fruit jam, malty sweetness and is very low on hops. Taste is sweet and strong, body is medium and carbonation low. Earthy bitterness, caramel, jam, alcoholic vapors. Enjoyable, but a bit too sweet and rough on the tongue.

Scipio (1150) - Palatine, Illinois, USA - AUG 12, 2017
Pours a clear reddish brown with a medium full light beige head. I find some whisky in the aroma, along with caramel, earthy malt, raisin, molasses, and a bit of peat. The taste is moderately sweet. Lightly bitter. The flavors mirror the nose. Its earthy and has plenty of caramel. Raisin, cherry, and whisky as well. It has a sort of odd cola taste to it. Sweet caramel finish lasts for awhile. Even though most of what this offers is pretty standard for this style, for some reason this one doesn’t really agree with me as much. Medium in body, smooth in texture, and average in carbonation. I wouldn’t buy this again.

Cavie (4760) - Arlington, Texas, USA - AUG 1, 2017
Bottle. Clear dark brown red color. Beige head. Caramel sweet nose, bready, brown sugar. Flavor is caramel sweet, earthy hops, light warmth. Nice. Bitter finish. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

ironcontra (368) - POLAND - JUL 22, 2017
Caramel apple, jolly rancher-like beer, rather overbearingly sweet and candied. Sticky. Hardly classy

erikaraeb (262) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - JUL 19, 2017
Sweet, malty, roasted smell and taste with only a little bitterness. Tasted like a cough drop with artificial strawberry after a while. "Deceptively light" as touted on the bottle to the point of watery. Not much depth otherwise.

Shot (551) - Westerville, Ohio, USA - JUN 30, 2017
Bottle. Pours orange gold with a huge rocky head. Substantial lacing. Low carbonation. Aromas of roasted caramel malts and earthy hops. Sweet caramel flavors upfront, toasted malts, a bit of dark fruit, brown sugar and lingering earthy flavors. Mild hoppiness. Substantially rich, malty and very smooth with noticeable alcohol warmth. This puts me in the mood for a warm seat near a cozy fire. Very nice.

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