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 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Rasmus40 (17532) - 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 (15279) - 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 (16771) - 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 (6412) - 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 (9423) - 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

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Caytinator (1005) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - JUL 22, 2012
1/2 pint traditional pull @ halfway house. Deep brown color, coffee-like aroma. Little bubbly head. Similar to porter, but lighter. Pretty good taste, light bitter pleasant aftertaste.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
mile (3810) - Helsinki, FINLAND - JUL 19, 2012
Bottle. Dark brown, small to average and mostly diminishing light brown head. Moderate, malty and sweetish aroma, light caramel and some roasted malt with light chocolate, light hoppyness. Body is medium, malty and lightly sweetish flavor, light caramel and some roasted malt, light caramel and some roasted malt. Finish is average, malty and lightly sweetish, light caramel and some roasted - light burnt malt, light caramel and some roasted malt. Nice roasted mild ale with light chocolate - not too sweet.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
mr_h (4754) - Ayr, SCOTLAND - JUL 1, 2012
UPDATED: APR 29, 2013 Cask by handpump at Pot Still, Glasgow (29 Apr 2013) - clear very dark brown with a red tint, thin creamy beige head, roasted malt, coffee aroma, intermittent lacing, berry fruit and chocolate, coffee flavour, sweet, dark chocolate aftertaste

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
EithCubes (5618) - New Jersey, USA - JUN 29, 2012
bottle by DEC 12. Nose full of roast, coffee and lesser chocolate, light hop presence. Dark mahogany body with a rocky tanned head. Taste is quite dry and heavily roasty, velvety feel with notable bitterness and a little ash, less chocolate and picking up some nice soft hoppiness at the back end. soft light body with a sourish tang on the out.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 1/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
gjb968 (9) - Kent, ENGLAND - JUN 16, 2012 does not count
Dark and malty. Very nice. Kick start those taste buds. Would be ideal in winter. Favourite of the day so far.

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