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
FatPhil (13313) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - AUG 21, 2011
Cask (GBBF2011, Wed)
Dark brown glints. Roasty aroma, a touch of apple. Slightly minerally retronasals. Good roasty malty body, some apple too. Decent malty roast in the finish, quite sweet. Reasonable balance. Pretty OK mild.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
AshtonMcCobb (5043) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - AUG 19, 2011
My 500th beer, which is great as this is one of my favourite brewers! On tap @ Teuchtars. Pours a beautiful opaque chestnut with a red hue around the bottom edges of the glass. The nose has chocolate and hazelnuts. The taste has more dark chocolate which softens into cream and then the hazelnuts follow it in. The palate is medium to large in structure, the texture is thick in creamy and it falls away nicely at the end. Overall, a wonderfully sessionable mild ale.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Benjii (3049) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - AUG 14, 2011
On cask at Teuchters. Pours a very dark ruby colour with a thin tan head. Lovely aroma of coffee, roasted malt and caramel. Flavour of coffee again with some caramel, roasty malt and toast. A little chewy with a dry finish. Nice.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
planky84 (2748) - , Greater London, ENGLAND - AUG 7, 2011
Cask at GBBF, 2011. Chestnut brown pour with a beige head. Toffee, caramel and chocolate aroma. Caramel, vanilla and malt flavour. Dry, malty finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
BeerCast_Rich (1906) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - JUN 17, 2011
[cask at SRAF’11] Clear dark ruby pour with a thin white head, really inviting colour. On the nose, weak roasted malt with a burnt caramel edge to it. On the tasting, the flavours aren’t quite as powerful, but still there. A good toasty malt backbone runs through the flavour, before the thin finish arrives. Very drinkable [16062011]

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Blairgus (4047) - California, USA - APR 12, 2011
11 April 2011, on cask. Dark brown/molasses colour, clear. nice burnt barley/bitter coffee aroma. med/thin body and mildly fizzy and kind of watery. watery body carries over to taste. it is like watered down coffee. not a big fan.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Oakes (15294) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - NOV 3, 2010
UPDATED: MAR 11, 2014 @ Malt & Hops, Leith. Dark brown. Thin head. A deep roasted molasses character with dark fruit accents - a unique and intriguing aroma. Rich, roasty bitterness and a pleasing sweetness as well. Soft, demerara-like, but the rooty bitterness lends it an Okinawa black sugar feel as well. Nuanced, surprising, in appearance and character like buckwheat honey - a unique mild. Hell yeah.

Interestingly, when I revisited this on Orkney I didn’t find it as compelling, but just a basic good dark ale. I won’t adjust the rating.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
JohnRMurdoch (4270) - Glasgow, SCOTLAND - OCT 4, 2010
UPDATED: JUL 1, 2012 Cask @ The Cask & Barrel, Edinburgh & bottle courtesy of mr_h. Chocolate coffee malt aroma. Reddish black colour. Flavour mild dark chocolate and toffee. Very smooth. Not bad for a mild.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Beershine (5219) - The Sunshine State, Florida, USA - SEP 25, 2010
UPDATED: SEP 26, 2010 Cask @ Malt & Hops, Leith. Opaque ruby-tinted black. Beautiful. Aroma of Grape Nuts, Mumme, pure sweet dark barley juice. Soft, juicy, and loose palate. Really interesting and unique beer. The flavors are long and lingering, with prune and smoke then finishing with a good amount of roast. This is a special brew, served in impeccable condition. Had at another pub and it was slightly thinner, testimony to the changes it undergoes as it develops in the cask.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Bullit (4389) - Burgos, SPAIN - JAN 26, 2010
Cask @ 3 Judges. Brown colour, tan head. Aroma of caramel malts, fruits. Flavour of carame lmalts, fruits, sugar. A bit watery.

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