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


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RATINGS: 113   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.35/5   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 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
alexanderj (3542) - Branson, Missouri, USA - DEC 23, 2012
Bottle, in Scotland 2011. Poured a dark gold color with whitish head. Aroma of fruit, bread and yeast. Flavor of bread, yeast, fruit, dry, but some honey, and earth. An ok beer.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
MichaelAwesome (6471) - Wanne-Eickel, GERMANY - DEC 21, 2012
Bottle shared with McTapps. A classic ale. Not outstanding but honest. Bit of roasted malt and grains in the aroma. Interesting dry and slightly bitter hops finish. alright beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
McTapps (6500) - Reutlingen, GERMANY - DEC 18, 2012
Bottle shared with MichaelBruch. Deep amber in colour with low but steady head. Nose of hops and honey. Taste of ripe hops, green grains, cereals and some gentle honey tone. Crisp finish. Very refreshing and easy to drink.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
zimbo (905) - SCOTLAND - DEC 15, 2012
Golden yellow, sexy sparkle Nice and very long spicy bitterness with honey and a firm rich chewiness. Rugged to a a degree and restrained there is depth and power without any sense of the extreme.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
pivnizub (10178) - Bochum, Porúří, GERMANY - OCT 15, 2012
Bottle:Deep golden, with an orangey sheen and hazy, stable small off-whiite head, moderate fruity nose over a well detectable hoppy base; moderate to solid bitter-sweet flavour, medium bodied; lingering, not overly dry, hoppy and fruity-malty finish. Despite of its strength a nice session-beer…

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Idiosynkrasie (6516) - Bielefeld, GERMANY - SEP 15, 2012
500ml bottle. Clear golden to copper colour with average, firm, frothy, white head. Minimally grainy and minimally sweet, fruity aroma with notes of gooseberry and rhubarb, Taste is initially minimally sweet fruity, a bit strawy, later with intensening dry, grainy and husky notes.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Brandman (2848) - Helsinki, FINLAND - AUG 3, 2012
Darkish copper body, white head. Aroma has sugary pear, cookies, muesli and raisins. Flavour has smooth balanced maltiness, medium bitterness, sweet aftertaste, some strong maltiness with bit alcohol. Smooth and nice though.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Koelschtrinker (17681) - Köln (Cologne), GERMANY - AUG 2, 2012
Hopfiger, süß hellmalziger Beginn. Das Bier wird dann dunkler, die Süße bleibt leider erhalten. Geringe, zum Ende steigende Herbe. Zitrus, weitere Fruchtnoten sind hintergründig. Hopfig-bitterer, etwas trockener Nachgeschmack. 9/8/9/9/9/9

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
MoritzF (9448) - Ottobrunn, GERMANY - JUL 31, 2012
(bottle) Clear, golden colour with a blond medium-sized foamy head. Discreetly bready malty aroma with hints of butter and citric hops. Mildly bitter and sweet flavour, medium to light bodied with an almost crisp carbonation. Balanced hop-bitter and sweet malty taste with fruity accents of citrus; dry-ish malty and bitter hoppy finish. A clean and pleasantly more-ish Ale. 30.VI.12

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Scopey (12705) - Croydon, Greater London, ENGLAND - JUL 12, 2012
Bottle at Bruce’s Housewarming Tasting. It pours hazy light orange, with a thick white head. The nose is orange, tinned fruit, peach, apricot and sherbet. The taste is orange, apricot, tinned peach, sherbet, hay, straw and some spice. Medium body, fine carbonation and slightly sticky mouth-feel. Good balance, flavoursome and pretty smooth.

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