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


on tap

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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 15/20
allmyvinyl (9449) - 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 (16902) - Hazlemere, the lower Xhitlerns, Buckinghamshire, 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 (4072) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Leighton (18527) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - NOV 25, 2012
Cask at The White Horse Old Ale Festival, London. Pours dark brown with a fine, tan foam head. Burnt toast nose, some char. Light sweet flavor with mild earth, light baking cocoa. Light bodied with fine carbonation. Light sweetness to finish with burnt toast and more earth. Good balance overall. Very OK. A pretty classic mild.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Scopey (12532) - Croydon, Greater London, ENGLAND - NOV 24, 2012
Cask at the white horse SW6. It pours very dark brown with a thin off-white head. The nose is roasted malt, light toast, subtle smoke, light vinous notes and caramel. The taste is roasted malt, pretty dry, coffee grinds and subtle caramel with a dry finish. Light-medium body and soft carbonation. A tasty mild.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
JorgeLee (1763) - Greater London, ENGLAND - NOV 12, 2012
Cask in Teuchtars. Deep black colour with white foam, looks quite dense for a mild. Roasted malt dominant, coffee, some burnt toast. I guess quite dry for a mild. Decent mouthfeel, drinkable. Not bad.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
joe19612 (2594) - camberley, Surrey, ENGLAND - OCT 28, 2012
Ascot Beer Festival 2012. Dark brown colour with a beige head, aroma is roasted malts and caramel taste is bitter and malty.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
kiwianer (3428) - Otorohanga, NEW ZEALAND - OCT 6, 2012
The head is medium, the body dark brown almost black. It smells nice roasty. The taste is roasty, sweet, nice refreshing, darkmalty, good. Overall a good refreshing mild ale! 11/10/11/10/-/11

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
stravale (2778) - Near Carrick-on-Shannon, IRELAND - AUG 25, 2012
Cask @ Abbotsford, Edinburgh
Dark ruby, thin white head, good lacing
Aroma - dark roasted malts, soft espresso, plain chocolate, hint of charcoal
Taste as aroma, background of fruity dark malts, more burnt toast
Palate - soft carb, thinnish body, bit sticky, bitter roast. Finish - bitter roast, dark fruity malts, some burnt crust, too burnt
Overall - Good flavour but finish was too burnt for me

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Camons (10205) - Hasselager, DENMARK - AUG 24, 2012
Bottle @ Christers. Pours dark brown with a fading offwhite head. Aroma of roasted malt, licorice, caramel, dark fruits.Flavor is malts,licorice, carame, fruits, good bitterness. Thin body, lively carbonation. 230812

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