Brewed by Swannay Brewery
Style: Mild Ale
Orkney, Swannay by Evie, Scotland
Serve in English pint


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RATINGS: 106   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.31/5   EST. CALORIES: 120   ABV: 4%
Cask; Regular. Also available bottled.

Appearance: Dark chocolate brown in the glass with a good white head, if held to a light very dark ruby red shines through.
Nose: Soft chocolate malt ‘coffee’ notes are evident with a mere hint of hop.
Taste: All depends on venting, when fresh the chocolate malt is crisp and may have a hint of phenols, when well vented or halfway through a cask, the chocolate is soft & velvety with a perfectly balanced hop and a hint of fruity fermentation esters. Becomes dryer and ever so slightly hoppier as becomes older.
Summary: A fantastic darker ale which has a changing drinking profile, which at all the stages of it’s development in cask should appeal to all who appreciate a quality pint of balanced dark real ale. Find out for yourself it’s well worth a try.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Beerhunter111 (16995) - Hasborn, GERMANY - MAR 12, 2014
Ins Glas ergießt sich ein dunkelbrauens Bier mit schöner Schaumkrone. Geruch röstmalzig, fruchtig, Kaffee. Geschmack sehr röstmalzig, schokoladig, Kaffee, fruchtig.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
witthatsbier (514) - glasgow, SCOTLAND - DEC 29, 2013
Dark delicious ,aroma grain with dark fruit,taste is strong malt with dry bitter finish

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
BlackHaddock (6336) - Shropshire, ENGLAND - DEC 20, 2013
The first beer in a trio of Orkney beers drank in The Plough, Shifnal during a CAMRA pub crawl on 14th Dec 13. Hand-pulled half-pint: dark brown with a red hue, on top an off-white blanket of foam. The nose and taste were over roasted, almost burnt malts that gave a dark chocolate and ground coffee bean aroma and flavour. Semi-bitter in the aftertaste this is a good traditional Mild and well worth seeking out. Full bodied and almost rich (for a Dark Mild) in texture.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Stuartyboy (1435) - Ayr, SCOTLAND - SEP 14, 2013
On cask at Paisley beer festival a deep reddish brown ale Flavour is dark chocolate and coffee slightly burnt bitter finish fairly standard dark beer

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
mjs (6459) - Helsinki, FINLAND - SEP 13, 2013
(Cask at Black Door, 20130913) The beer poured clear and almost black. Its head was small, long lasting and lightly brown. Aroma had toasted malts, toffee and English hops. Palate was medium bodied and low carbonation. Flavours were burnt malts, toasted mals, sweet English hops, coffee and bitterness. Aftertaste was burnt and bitter. The aroma was decent but the taste was too dominated by the burnt flavour.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
RexTalionis (3505) - FINLAND - SEP 12, 2013
Cask at Blackdoor, Helsinki. Pours dark ruby brown in color with a foamy head. Some roasted notes, bit of coffee and cocoa powder being there. Feels slightly raw at first. Roasted coffee beans, some nutty notes and slightly bitter chocolate in taste. The nice nutty notes were a positive surprise here. A bit of greenish notes and raw cold coffee is present towards the end though. Hmm, this keeps changing a lot, now there’s some nice nutty notes again in the finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
zimbo (899) - SCOTLAND - SEP 9, 2013
Cask. Deep deep brown to black sparkle.Shiny. Almost opaque. Super complex intricate magnolia coloured lacing. Beautiful roasty nutty smell. To taste, complex chocolate, some smooth earth, and a roasty sous bois leafish flavour that begins softly. by the middle it loses some complexity and leaves a firm dark dry coating through the entire mouth. Never loses complexity or balance.A remarkably well integrated beer and though its components are easily indentifiable it also meshes well as a complete whole. Possibly the best Scottish mild I have ever had.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
VastActiv (5667) - Oulu/Helsinki, FINLAND - AUG 16, 2013
Cask at Gallow’s Bird, Espoo. Originally rated 21012012. Colour is brown with small head. Aromas and flavours: Coffee, sweetness and roasted malts.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Grumbo (1358) - Ipswich, Suffolk, ENGLAND - AUG 11, 2013
Cask handpull at the Seven Stars Highland beer festival, Bristol. Dark brown with an off-white head. Aroma of roasted malt, caramel and coffee. Rather sweet, but with a slightly bitter roasted dark chocolate finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
imdownthepub (13227) - Banbury, Oxfordshire, ENGLAND - JUL 19, 2013
Cask conditioned at The Brewery Tap, Chester. Dark chestnut with cream head. There is a rich and woody, smokey, burnt and nutty fullness to the malts, nicely bitter and dry later. There is a coffee character to it. Very decent.

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