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


on tap

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RATINGS: 103   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 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
jfb (5429) - 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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
JK54B (1539) - Helsinki, FINLAND - FEB 27, 2013
Cask Real Ale at GB RAF 2012. Coffee and smoke in the nose. Pale head. Clear dark brown color. Soft mild slightly coffeyish taste. Mild hops. At the end hops bite. Slightly waterly.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
JanLaursen (3227) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - FEB 4, 2013
Bottle 50 cl. Courtesy of yespr. Orange-reddish brown with a bubbly beige. Nose of smooth vanilla toffee, light coffee accents. Quite fruity flavor, distinct chocolate notes, a whiff of orange zest, roast, phenols. Smooth, creamy texture. Toffeish finish. Quite som hops as well. Very flavorful for the abv.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Papsoe (25063) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - FEB 4, 2013
Bottle 50 cl. Courtesy of yespr. Pours brown with a warm orangey hue and a small off-white head. Rustic aroma, quite some yeast and overripe dark fruit and british hops. Medium body, sweet overripe dark fruit and some ashes and roast - ashtray actually. No real bitterness. As said: rustic. 040213

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
yespr (40082) - Copenhagen O, DENMARK - FEB 4, 2013
50 cL bottle. Pours clear and golden deep amber with a small off white head. Aroma is roasted malty, breadish and caramelish. Toasted and caramelish to breadish. Bitter and dark roasted.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
unstablefable (233) - SCOTLAND - JAN 28, 2013
Pours chestnut brown to ruby red with little visible carbonation with a small off white head that soon dissipates. Aroma is slight chocolate, roasted malts, charred wood. Taste is watery chocolate dark malt, pecan nuts with a clean bitter finish

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
allmyvinyl (9318) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - JAN 24, 2013
Bottle from Appellation Wines, Dalry. Pours a lovely dark ruby brown with small white head. Chocolate and mellow roast on the nose, some hop spice. Good, clean roast flavours on the palate, well-balanced, medium length finish, perfect carbonation. Overall - one of the best milds out there.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Theydon_Bois (16615) - Tourist Town (West), Berkshire, ENGLAND - DEC 22, 2012
Cask at the Bow Bar, Edinburgh - 08/12/12. Light black with a thin tan head that retains well. Nose is touch of dark malt, nutty tones. Taste comprises toffee, dark malts, nutty tones. Medium bodied, soft carbonation, dry finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
SarkyNorthener (3966) - West Bromwich (Yorkshire Expat), West Midlands, ENGLAND - DEC 7, 2012
Cask@lychgatetavern, wolverhampton. Dark brown colour with medium head that gradually dissipated. Aroma of roasted malts. Taste is of roasted malts, coffee and a hint of chocolate. It is quite dry and burnt tasting in the finish. A good mild not the norm.

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