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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.


3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Bullit (4389) - 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.

3.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
FaithHealer1 (358) - SCOTLAND - JAN 31, 2012
Cask at North Bar, Leeds. Pour an orange-gold, finger of head that lasts. Aroma is sweet, with some hops, grassiness and a hint of maple syrup, but I think its dampened by the head. Taste is very sweet - golden syrup, caramel, with a hint of hops, a little honey. Cask suits it, but leaves it a shade cloying. Need to drink it slowly. Sweet finish dies after a medium length of time, leaving a lifting grassy bitterness to end. Good stuff.

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.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
minutemat (4039) - 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.

3.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
McNeillR (2168) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - APR 11, 2012
Cascading murky amber body, similarly dissipating slight-white head. Initially comforting palate of galloping hops, surprising underlay of carbonation kicks rocks of malt into the pool without circling any distinctive barley wine flavours. Complex linger of layered sweet clarity, Manuka Honey in style, with a head scratching turn for such a hefty ABV. One to keep an eye on. (Highland Tap Takeover, Cloisters, Edinburgh)

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Blade86 (1231) - Wrocław, POLAND - FEB 5, 2016
intense sweetish fruit aroma (citruses mostly, some peach), honey, caramel, some floral notes, little earthy; golden, clear, medium, rather short-lasting wjite foam; medium+ sweetness and bitterness, very slightly sour(ish); full body, thick and smooth feel, soft carbonation, long bittersweet little warming finish Overall: great aroma, very good taste, well hidden alcohol, without flaws

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
berkshirejohn (5887) - Bracknell, Berkshire, ENGLAND - FEB 27, 2016
33cl bottle from Beer52.com. A golden amber colour with a thick cream head; barley sugar aroma; rich and buttery in the mouth with loads of hops giving a bittersweet taste together with some peach and citrus; and then a sweet barley sugar finish with lingering bitterness and warmth. Rather good.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Slautar (458) - Gdańsk, 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.

3.6
   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.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Stuartyboy (1388) - Ayr, SCOTLAND - JUL 11, 2013
On cask at sraf 2013 Amber beer with a rich aroma oily mouth feel strong alcohol taste very fruity like sherry with some carmel nice beer for the style


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