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Brewed by Swannay Brewery
Style: Barley Wine
Orkney, Swannay by Evie, Scotland
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RATINGS: 55   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 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Beersiveknown (4854) - NORTHERN IRELAND - NOV 7, 2015
bottle at home from alesela
hazy bright orange, lacing beige head, sticky sweet toffee, boozy, warming, high fruity yeast esters, very much a sipper for sharing.

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 (4772) - 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 (4518) - 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 (4354) - 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 (4197) - 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.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
minutemat (3744) - 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.

3.9
   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.

2.3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
jamestulloch (3100) - 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.

3.6
   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.


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