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


on tap

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RATINGS: 101   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.3/5   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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
RexTalionis (3422) - 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 (865) - 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 (5306) - 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 (1098) - 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 (12664) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
HenrikSoegaard (12729) - Randers, DENMARK - JUL 12, 2013
Cask at Ealing. Frothy white good mostly lasting head. Dark red amber colour. Moderate malty and light hoppy aroma. Moderate bitter flavor. Average moderate bitter finish. Oily palate.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
ianwelby (985) - SCOTLAND - JUN 15, 2013
Very dark, clear brown beer with a thick, beige head. Coffee and malt aroma. Taste is an initial hit of hop followed by the chocolate, coffee and malt but it’s the hop that lingers into the finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
jamestulloch (3081) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - MAY 31, 2013
Aroma: Blackcurrant, liquorice, lightly roasted malt and orange.

Appearance: Black body with ruby highlights. Medium beige head. Excellent lacing.

Taste: Dark malt and plum. Tastes a bit diluted, though.

Palate: Thin body with a watery texture. Flat carbonation.

Overall: Not a great deal going on with this, for me. It’s certainly mild, but to the point that it’s lacking is taste and character.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
jfb (5274) - Freising, GERMANY - MAY 24, 2013
(cask) pours a clear dark ruby-amber colour with a frothy off-white head. aroma of milk chocolate, cherries and sweet confectionary, slightly medicinal, with a hint of earth. flavour is mostly the same, caramel and fudge are prominent, with more milk chocolate, some brown sugar and a light roasted-bitter finish. medium-bodied with soft carbonation.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
JOHNS17 (21) - Glasgow, SCOTLAND - MAR 5, 2013
Cask Last Post. Dark almost black appearance. Tight cream head lasts to the end. Distinct coffee and molasses in the nose. Mocha taste lasts and there is a slight edge as per brewers notes. Good,decent stuff and call me a Philistine but this is a stout in all but name and a damned good one.

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