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 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
JorgeLee (1698) - 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 (2501) - 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 (2723) - 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 (9827) - 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

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Rasmus40 (17047) - Beder, Aarhus, DENMARK - AUG 23, 2012
Bottle from Bierzwerg. Clear brown with a beige head. Aroma is sweet, malty, caramel and roasted malt. Flavor is medium sweet and light bitter. Dry and light bitter finish. 230812

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
chrisv10 (14828) - DENMARK - AUG 23, 2012
Bottle, 4%. Dark brown with small beige head. Aroma is malt, chocolate, caramel, little liquorice and a little bread. Flavour is malt, caramel, chocolate, little bread, hop, little bitter and a little watery.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
saxo (16377) - Højbjerg, Aarhus, DENMARK - AUG 23, 2012
Bottle. Nice head with good duration. Color is brown. Aroma and taste licorice, roast malt, nuts, caramel and hops.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Idiosynkrasie (6185) - Bielefeld, GERMANY - AUG 4, 2012
500ml bottle. Clear red glowing darkest brown with small to average, firm, frothy, tan head. Aroma has fruity notes of red and dark berries, dark malty background with hints of chocolate. Taste is initially grainy dark malty, later with mineralic / metallic overtones, then grainy again with grassy and bitter hoppy notes; dry and minimally roasty finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
MoritzF (9286) - Ottobrunn, GERMANY - JUL 31, 2012
(bottle) Clear, dark ruby colour with a brown and short foamy head. Dark malty aroma with earthy notes, liquorice and caramel, accompanied by a subtle berry-fruity touch. Mildly bitter flavour, light bodied with a modest carbonation. Dark malt-character with notes of cacao, liquorice and traces of cassis; quite dry and mildly bitter hoppy finish with hints of dark chocolate and liquorice in the aftertaste. Not far away from the Light Munro. 27.VI.12

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