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


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RATINGS: 1610   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 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
arojewski (72) - Old Bridge, New Jersey, USA - JAN 26, 2014
Definitely a true Scotch ale. That heavily malted taste that is indicative of the style, with an exceptionally smooth finish. Just a little rough after the initial taste.

Blastomorpha (125) - - NOV 17, 2017
Pours dark rubt with a thin white head. Some nutty and alcoholic notes in the aroma. Not very sweet, hoppy traces in mouth too. A little skunky. Quite bland overall.

Piepenhenrich (1226) - Steinbach, GERMANY - NOV 17, 2017
Pours red-brown with almost no head. Has a thick malty aroma. First impression is hefty, boozy. After a while the malty flavors coexist well with the strong, alcoholic taste. Interesting. But not for every day.

mabuzzer (909) - Hamilton, SCOTLAND - NOV 9, 2017
330ml bottle in a snifter glass. Clear, dark reddish brown with a foamy tan head that fizzed away pretty quickly. Aroma is boozy fruit cake, rum hints. Taste is broadly similar. Warming alcohol is surprisingly prominent for an 8.5% beer.

beer_fanatique37 (4) - - OCT 24, 2017 does not count
This is the beer that made me a Scottish beer lover. Malt, malt, and more malt. This is the ultimate malt lovers beer. No hoppy notes to speak of. Waay more malty than an Irish red. Love this stuff... and the artwork isn't just hype. Seriously wish I could find more but no restock in awhile. This does have a similar taste and appearance to a weaker German doppelbock.

Aggiebob (1293) - Huntsville, Alabama, USA - OCT 16, 2017
UPDATED: OCT 16, 2017 Bottle. It poured a murky brown with a white head and lacing. The aroma includes notes of caramel,mollases and spices and a sense of bourbon. Nice scotch ale.

cmacklin (1304) - Lethbridge, Alberta, CANADA - OCT 5, 2017
330ml bottle. Pours a hazy ruby with a small, creamy, long lasting, tan head that laces. Sweet aroma of caramel malt, figs, dates, spice and alcohol. Sweet flavour of caramel malt, plums, raisins, figs, dates, spice and a hint of chocolate with warming alcohol in a dry, mildly bitter finish. Medium body with an oily texture and soft carbonation. A decent scotch ale.

17Beer (414) - Connecticut, USA - SEP 27, 2017
330ml bottle. Scents of sherry and ripe fruit and raisins. Pours a cloudy brown with a tan head that is big and fades. Lacing. Vegetable, caramel and leather tastes with alcohol and a sour bite.

rozsoma (1129) - 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 (1321) - 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 (13) - Cheltenham, Gloucestershire, ENGLAND - SEP 8, 2017
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.

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