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Swannay Old Norway

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Brewed by Swannay Brewery
Style: Barley Wine
Orkney, Swannay by Evie, Scotland
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RATINGS: 57   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.54/5   EST. CALORIES: 270   ABV: 9%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
Cask; Status uncertain.
At 9% ABV it sits nicely beside our Orkney Porter, also 9%, and is the first time we’ve brewed a barley wine. A lovely deep amber in colour, we loaded it full of American hops - and then we put some more in! All in the interest of balance, it also contains a small mountain of Maris Otter pale malt.


3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Slautar (489) - Gdañsk, POLAND - JUL 14, 2016
W aromacie kwiaty, miód pitny i nuty chleba razowego. W smaku przyjemnie słodkie, trochę landrynkowe. Goryczka średnia, znikająca pod słodowym finiszem. Piwo może nie powala ale piję je z przyjemnością.

3.3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
larsga (7242) - Oslo, NORWAY - JUL 1, 2016
Medium deep offwhite head. Clear amber body. Perfumy dried fruit aroma with candy notes. Dry-sweet resiny dried fruit taste with toffee and floral marzipan notes. Full-bodied. Mild mouthfeel. Dryish rock candy, toffee, and resin aftertaste with funky herbal caramelly notes. Very interesting, and different beer. Has nothing to do with Norway apart from the kjenge (horse’s heads wrong way, but whatever) on the label, but a lovely beer. (0.33l bottle, from Cornelius, Edinburgh.)

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
kamwitsta (553) - POLAND - MAY 15, 2016
Aroma: fruits, raisins, a little wine, a little caramel, a little alcohol. Appearance: brown; clear; head medium plus, fairly stable. Taste: bittersweet, a bit sour. Palate: body full; carbonation soft; mouth feel fairly spicy; finish sweet, spicy. Overall: very nice; intense, fruity, alcoholic. For 8%, the alcohol’s not terribly well hidden, but it isn’t offensive, more a spice. Very good.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
minutemat (4145) - Shrewsbury, Shropshire, ENGLAND - MAY 14, 2016
330ml bottle, from trade with AshtonMcCobb. Many thanks! Pours hazy amber, thin ring of white head. Aroma is rich caramel and uncertain alcohol spirit. Taste is slick rich caramel, nice dried fruits with a boozy warmth on the finish. Not usually one for Barley Wines but this is rather nice.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Finn (6269) - Tromsø, NORWAY - MAY 13, 2016
Flaske 330ml. Gave fra Rune. Drukket på Bergstua 4 Mai 16. Gyldenbrun. Lett uklar. Høyt luftig skum med svak farge. Litt filigranser. Interessant aroma. Sammensatt - men mest som sherry. Smaken er frukt & mandler. Balansert. Fortsatt litt sherrypreg. Lett syrlig ettersmak hvor alkoholen skinner gjennom.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
karpik (618) - Sosnowiec, POLAND - MAY 4, 2016
Honey, caramel, herbs and tobacco in aroma. Pours amber with white head. Taste is medium sweet with honey and caramel. Finish is medium bitter with herbs and tobacco. At the end of the bottle hoppy notes takes it over and dominate over maltiness. Overall not bad but pretty one-dimensional.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
MrTipple (3552) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - MAY 1, 2016
Intense grain malts, caramel, spiced honey. Hazy gold, small, creamy, white head. Light to medium sweet. Molasses, caramel, bread and grain malts, light bitters coming up, dry finish, lightly acid. Nice Barley Wine, nice, sweet aroma. Bottle from Independent Spirit, Bath.

2.9
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
Rune (11036) - Tromsø, NORWAY - APR 26, 2016
330ml bottle, 8 % abv, shared with Roger at St Ola Bar. A hazy orange coloured body. Tiny white head. Minimal lacing. Dried fruity nose, hints of alcohol. Flavours of dried and ripe fruits. sweet jam-like. Prolonged ending with noticeable alcohol. Medium bodied. A tad too sweet for a higher score (Kirkwall 16.04.2016).

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
gowdy (966) - Erskine, SCOTLAND - APR 23, 2016
Half pint at The Paisley Beer Festival. Very dark. No head. Hint of mint. Smell of licorice too.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Borup (11226) - Albertslund, DENMARK - APR 14, 2016
33 cl. bottle. unclear brown colour with an off-white head. Aroma and flavor of dried fruit, malt, caramel, spice, alcohol and a warming finish.


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