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Brewed by Swannay Brewery
Style: Barley Wine
Orkney, Swannay by Evie, Scotland
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RATINGS: 50   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.53/5   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.


3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
sic1314 (4775) - Leiden, NETHERLANDS - APR 10, 2015
Poured medium amber with a small off white head. Aroma of honey, berries and some malt. Medium to full body, the flavour is moderately sweet with a lingering alcohol hit in the finish.

4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
johndoughty (4728) - cheslyn hay, West Midlands, ENGLAND - AUG 22, 2015
Bottle. Lovely orange appearance with a powerful slightly hoppy and bitter flavour. A dangerous and rather dangerous beer.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
mr_h (4425) - Ayr, SCOTLAND - APR 23, 2012
Cask by handpump at Cloisters, Edinburgh (11 Apr 12) - clear deep golden ale, good off-white head, good temperature, sweet malt aroma, slight hop overtones, clean malty, well balanced barley wine, smooth

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Bullit (4347) - Burgos, SPAIN - MAY 1, 2010
Cask @ Paisley Beer Festival 2010. Clear golden colour, white bubbles. Aroma is sugar, syrup , fruits and sweet malts. Flavour is sweet fruity, orange, sweet malts, touch of hops. Slightly sweet finish. Little alcohol burn. Very balanced. Good stuff.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
JohnRMurdoch (4162) - Glasgow, SCOTLAND - MAR 22, 2013
Cask @ The Hanging Bat. Orange amber colour, decent head. Big barley aroma. Very sweet rice barley alcohol flavour. Sweet aftertaste. Better than I expected.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
BenH (3438) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - MAR 17, 2013
Cask at bat. Amber woth little white head. Thick resinous aroma, molasses, caramel, little alcohol, sherry. Taste is very rich, sherry fruits, resinius, caramel. Flat and warm, oily. Very nice bit I might prefer from a bottle.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Benjii (3049) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - JAN 29, 2012
On cask at The Bow Bar. Pours a dark golden colour with a decent white head. Barley wine aroma of caramel, candy sugar, alcohol and wood. Alcohol is fairly present with flavours of caramel, toffee, alcohol and grassy hops. Moderate carbonation and an oily mouth-feel.

2.3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
jamestulloch (3015) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - JUL 13, 2014
Cask at Scottish Real Ale Festival 2014. Clear golden body with a thin white head that quickly fades. Aroma of toffee and lime. Flavour is very sweet - honey, syrup and an alcohol burn. Medium body with a sticky mouthfeel. Far too sweet and cloying.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
nihtila (2551) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - MAR 28, 2015
26.2.2015. Aroma of fruits jam, grain. Taste is grainy, sweet, boozy, fruits. Lacks something.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
TheCametron (2266) - CZECH REPUBLIC - JAN 29, 2012
Cask at the Bow bar. Clear amber with a handsome, lasting white head. Malty sweet nose. Massive flavour. Candy fruit sweetness with. An all encompassing alcohol driven warmth. Ever so light bitterness. A marzipan element to the flavour profile also. really good barley wine. Well done Orkney.


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