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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%
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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.


3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
yespr (39991) - Copenhagen O, DENMARK - FEB 27, 2016
33 cL bottle. Pours cloudy orange with a small white head. Aroma is citrusy, grassy and slight herbal. Sweet, slight soapy, fruity. Dense malty and sweet to fruity finish.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Ungstrup (34023) - Citizen of the universe, DENMARK - FEB 27, 2016
Bottled. An amber beer with a yellowish head. The aroma has notes of malt, spices, hops, and alcohol. The flavor is sweet with notes of alcohol, caramel, and over ripe fruits, leading to a dry alcoholic finish.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
anders37 (22523) - Malmö, SWEDEN - MAR 8, 2016
Bottle. Pours a slightly hazy golden pale orange color with a small off-white head. Has a fruity malty spicy caramel aroma with weak yeasty hints. Sweetish malty spicy caramel flavor with weak hints of dark fruit. Has a sweetish malty spicy yeasty caramel finish.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
madmitch76 (21560) - , Essex, ENGLAND - JUL 27, 2013
11th July 2013
Chelmsford Beer Festival. Pretty much a clear gold - amber beer. Little pale cream coloured head. Palate is smooth and semi dry. Super mild carbonation. Lactose sweet malt with a nice nutty caramel. Floral dried fruits, Touch of licorice. The milky sweetness holds this sweetish and clean barley wine together.

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
cgarvieuk (20763) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - JUL 28, 2010
UPDATED: FEB 2, 2016 cask at bow bar ... dark amber ... creamy off white head ... sweet vineous toffee nose ... syrupy toffee ... figs and raisins ... light bitter linger ... really well balanced ... not over hoped ... really like this 4.3cask at Bacchus .... newcastle ... amber ... Creamy white head ... Sweet juicy pine malts resiny hops ... Sweet juicy syrupy toffee ... Light apple ... Little fig Creamy toffee hop ... Light resiny body 4.4cask at bow bar ... crisp amber ... thin off white head ... soft sweet toffee malts nose... rich syrupy sweetness ... appricot and peach ... soft figs ... little toffee ... creamy malts ... juicy ... 4.0cask at bow ... copper ... creamy off white head ... soft sweet toffee malt ... juicy fruit nose ... soft very sweet floral citrus and peach ... big soft fig ... soft toffee malts ... creamy body ... very nice 4.1cask at cloisters ... copper amber ... thin white head ... sweet toffee fruit nose ... very sweet orangy fruit ... 4.0Cask at HW beer fest...best of evening , totally soth rich .. little sweet ut balanced nicly 4.3 Cask at the bow bar... Thin tan lacing.. Soft sweet floral fruit.. Light peach nose... Soft sweet floral fruit... Light sweet fruits. Oily fruits.. But really Light... Light floral oily orange

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Leighton (18077) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - OCT 20, 2015
Bottle shared in London - thanks to Scopey. Pours totally clear deep gold with a frothy white head. Old citrus in the nose, leaves, earth, marmalade. Medium to heavy sweet flavor with a little alcohol boost, more jammy citrus, earth, wood. Full bodied, oily and chewy, with fine to average carbonation. Warming finish with further marmalade, woody dryness, honey, toffee. Rich and pretty tasty.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Theydon_Bois (16480) - Tourist Town (West), Berkshire, ENGLAND - OCT 21, 2015
Bottle split in the Bespin cloud network, thanks to Bropey, 20/10/15. Clear golden amber with a moderate off White covering. Nose is rich fruits, citric notes, pineapple jus, caramel, light spice, slightly sour edge. Taste comprises caramelised brown sugar, sweet licks, pineapple cubes, toasty Malts, sweet tropical vibes. Medium bodied, fine carbonation, semi drying close laced with sweet lickings. Ok but overly sweet .

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Scopey (12013) - Croydon, Greater London, ENGLAND - JUN 13, 2013
UPDATED: JUN 14, 2013 Cask at CP&K, Pimlico. It pours deep amber with a minimal white head. The nose is toast, fruit cake, raisin, plum, light booze, earth, honey and toffee. The taste is toffee, caramel, fruit cake, oily, toast, honey, earth and toast with a dry, boozy finish. Full body, soft carbonation and oily mouth-feel. Pretty tasty, but a touch cloying.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Borup (11045) - 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.

2.9
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
Rune (10928) - 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).


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