Brewed by Swannay Brewery
Style: English Strong Ale
Orkney, Scotland


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RATINGS: 109   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.34/5   EST. CALORIES: 180   ABV: 6%
Cask; Regular. Also available bottled.

Appearance: pale and golden in colour.
Nose: rich fruity malt hints of yeast, with earthy, woody, hop with honey and alcohol notes.
Palate: generously malty with balanced spicy hop in the middle leading, to a lingering hop finish, with honeyed fruity malt and a hint of warming alcohol.
Summary: a stunning stronger ale in the true british fashion, with balanced flavours from maris otter malt and English hops added early and late in the copper. One to take great care with as it is so drinkable.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
evergreen0199 (2579) - Northwood, Greater London, ENGLAND - SEP 30, 2014
Cask at St Albans beer festival 2014, St Albans, Herts. A light amber coloured pour with a thin off white head on top. Sweet, malty, caramel aroma. Tastes similar, sweet, malty, caramel, fruity and some butterscotch. Very tasty indeed.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
williamstome (1505) - Somerville, Massachusetts, USA - SEP 1, 2014
On cask at cloisters: Ruddy-orange pour, white head. British hop aroma, flavor of spicy british hops with a bready caramel backbone. Thin. On cask (I believe) at the hanging bat: Translucent orange, foamy white head. Aroma is of apricot, fruit, yeast; light and sweet. Flavor is of apricot, yeast, fruit and wheat. Tasted like two very different beers. What gives?

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
ManVsBeer (6461) - Hebden Bridge, West Yorkshire, ENGLAND - AUG 28, 2014
Cask @ Leggers Beer Festival, Dewsbury. Golden with a creamy head. Has a sweet hop-malt character.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Niall73 (2291) - Greater London, ENGLAND - AUG 6, 2014
Bottle at home. Pours amber with a white head. Aroma is fairly sweet with lemon, light caramel and sponge cake. Light to medium body, medium carbonation. Orange marmalade, lemon drizzle cake, grass, light pine, light caramel, grapefruit... It’s very nicely balanced with a good bitter finish and very drinkable. Nice.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
gunnar (6918) - Sandnes, NORWAY - JUL 25, 2014
Bottle at Ayre Hotel, Kirkwall. Pours clear golden with a small creamy white head. Aroma is light sweet malty, some strong citrus and oak. Taste is light sweet malty, some good fruity and herbal hops, provides a good balance and drinkability, moreish ?-off course

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Beersiveknown (4408) - NORTHERN IRELAND - JUL 24, 2014
Bottle at home from alesela
mid burnished gold with offwhite lacing. Honeyed malt nose with a touch of coconut.Full bodied, fruity, rich malt, golden syrup, herbal bitterness. Moderate carbonation, long fruity finish. A bit heavy going but enjoyable.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
OwainTurner (425) - Leicester, Bedfordshire, ENGLAND - JUN 13, 2014
A lovely deep rich and fruity beer. Slight oilness. Perfect balance of sweet and hop bitterness. Easy to drink, brilliant beer. Very nice indeed.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Beerhunter111 (12282) - Hasborn, GERMANY - APR 6, 2014
Ins Glas ergießt sich ein hell bernsteinfarbenes Bier mit geringer Schaumkrone. Geruch leicht röstmalzig, dunkle Früchte, würzig. Geschmack nach dunklen reifen Früchten, malzig süß, leicht würzig.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Garrold (3024) - Sheffield, South Yorkshire, ENGLAND - MAR 14, 2014
Cask at SIBA Beer X. Clear, light amber. Bubbly, white head. Grassiness. Apple. Light toffee. Fresh palate. Dry finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
allmyvinyl (7165) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - MAR 1, 2014
500ml bottle from Appellation Wines. Pours clear gold, thick white long-lasting head. Aromas of greens apple and wood, light lemon citrus, light malt sweetness. Taste brings more sweetness, cleansing bitterness. Medium body, thin-to-creamy texture. Clean finish. Slips down a treat.

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