Brewed by Swannay Brewery
Style: Barley Wine
Orkney, Scotland
Serve in Snifter


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RATINGS: 38   MEAN: 3.62/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.56/5   EST. CALORIES: 270   ABV: 9%
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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
miquelcrush (1935) - Granollers, SPAIN - JUN 29, 2014
Bona cervesa, es bastant equilibrada i gustosa. Buena cerveza, es bastante equilibrada y sabrosa.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
McNeillR (1897) - 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)

   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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Stuartyboy (1122) - 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

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Leighton (15306) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Scopey (10026) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
mR_fr0g (6504) - Hertfordshire, ENGLAND - OCT 25, 2015
Bottle shared at Leighton’s. Thanks to Paul for this. Clear light orange golden coloured pour with a small off white head. Aroma is toffee, caramel, tangy berry, hedgerow. Flavour is composed of toffee, Salted caramel, berry, rounded malts, medium sweet. Palate is semi sweet, moderate carbonation,

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
jercraigs (9041) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 20, 2014
2014-07-10. Crisp dark orange body near headless. 3+ Aroma is sweetly alcoholic and fruity. Flavour is similar, sweet malty core, pleasant fruit character, touch or what i want to call juniper probably isn’t. Smooth average plus to bodied palate, little carbonation. 3+ Nice, touch too alcoholic, some carbonation might help cut that a touch. Cask at Scottish Real Ale Festival

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
sic1314 (4776) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
mabel (7712) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 18, 2014
[6504-20140710] Cask. Toasted peaty grains aroma. Clear, orange amber body with a quick bubbly head. Bitter boozy orange roughage grains flavour with a quick biting finish. Medium-full body is quite boozy. Interesting start to the festival but not a bad choice. (7/3/7/3/13) 3.3
(Scottish Real Ale Festival 2014 @ Corn Exchange, Edinburgh, Scotland)

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