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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.


4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
TheCametron (2314) - 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.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
dantheman278 (1361) - SCOTLAND - JAN 31, 2012
Cask at Bow Bar. Pale orangey amber, thin creamy white head. Rich fruitcake nose - marzipan, apricot, golden syrup, slightest hint of grassy, maybe mango hops. Sticky sweet, honey, hint of almond, slightly resinous hops, warming alcohol hum in a sweet but grassy finish. Very sweet, but very nice. A dessert wine of a beer.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Sockamania (43) - - JUL 13, 2013
All of the toffee flavours, deep aroma, thin feel but hoppy, tastes very nice and a good winter beer

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
kamwitsta (540) - 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.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
mr_h (4596) - 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

3.9
   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.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
allmyvinyl (9049) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - JUL 11, 2014
Cask at The Scottish Real Ale Festival 2014. Pours clear orange amber, no head. Aromas of jam and marmalade, really jammy! Light spice there too. Taste is more of the same, light booze note. Slightly sticky, but I’ll put that down to the gravity pour, might be a bit zingier from hand-pump or bottle (please bottle this Highland!)

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Stuu666 (9797) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - OCT 21, 2014
UPDATED: MAR 19, 2015 Cask at the Hanging Bat. Pours copper amber, taste is sweet, fruit, caramel, honey, nose is burnt toffee, fruity.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
gowdy (963) - Erskine, SCOTLAND - APR 23, 2016
Half pint at The Paisley Beer Festival. Very dark. No head. Hint of mint. Smell of licorice too.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
miquelcrush (2049) - Granollers, SPAIN - JUN 29, 2014
Bona cervesa, es bastant equilibrada i gustosa. Buena cerveza, es bastante equilibrada y sabrosa.


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