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 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
pivnizub (9517) - 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 (5319) - 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 (2516) - 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 (14076) - 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 (8926) - 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 (9998) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
jackl (6101) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - JUL 9, 2012
Bottle @ Bruce’s Housewarming Tasting. Light amber color with no head. The nose is apricot and orange marmalade. Light bell pepper, a bit boozy. The taste is fruity marmalade, a bit hot, dusty light hops. Jammy malts. Medium body, smooth. Actually quite flavorful.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
mile (3572) - Helsinki, FINLAND - JUL 8, 2012
Bottle. Golden, small to average and fully diminishing head. Moderate, malty and sweetish aroma, fruitiness - some honey and light toffee, light grassy - herbal hoppyness. Body is moderate and malty and sweetish with some fruitiness - light honey, light caramel, light grassy hoppyness. Finish is average and malty and sweetish, some fruitiness with honey, some grassy - herbal hoppyness, light alcohol. Fruity and sweetish strong ale with decent bitterness - too sweet for my taste.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Leighton (15280) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - JUL 6, 2012
UPDATED: AUG 5, 2012 Cask at the Euston Tap, London. Pours clear gold with a tight, white foam head. Ripe fruit nose. Medium to big sweet flavor, melon, other ripe fruits, faint pine, wet bread, some semi-darkened sugars. Actually a pretty nice quaffer. Medium bodied with fine carbonation. Sweet, fairly sticky finish with lots of ripe fruits, jammy berries, some dates. Quite sweet with lots of ripe, semi-dark fruits, but not at all cloying. Lightly dry on the end, which provides some escape from the sugars. Nice beer. (3.7)

Bottle at Bruce’s Housewarming Party Tasting, London. Very solid all around. Looks great. Some light citrus jam carries the beer - think marmalade. Not overly sweet. Medium bodied with fine carbonation. Very mild warmth in the end, more jammy citrus character. Very nice beer. (3.7)

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
EithCubes (5304) - New Jersey, USA - JUN 30, 2012
Bottle BBE FEB 13. Sweet malt, fruit, English yeast in the nose, faint wood, hops late. Pours a pale, dull orange with a large and rocky tan head. Taste only lightly sweet and that’s followed by a nice, strong bitterness. Caramel is strong but accented sharply by fruit, spicy mid-body resolves into a beautiful but short bready finish. Has some sharp crystal edges but does handle the alcohol well, fruit gains steam and becomes a little sickening. Creamy medium body, like this one.

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