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 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
imdownthepub (13232) - Banbury, Oxfordshire, ENGLAND - FEB 13, 2011
Cask conditioned at Fleetwood Beer Fest ’11. Gold with white head. Quite a perfumed honeyed note initially with a slightly sourish malt, the alcohol shows through quite strongly, maybe overly. Dry in the finish.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Egg4Goff (19) - Sheffield, South Yorkshire, ENGLAND - FEB 13, 2011
Cask, Sheffield Tap. Recently voted Champion Beer of Scotland this was quite disappointing. The appearance was a pleasant amber. There was little on the nose apart from a slight floral hint. The alcohol was prominent and overpowered the hoppy edge. While it was not unpleasant it was only OK. I would have rather got a half as the oily palate did not make for a particularly enjoyable finish.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
anders37 (23039) - Malmö, SWEDEN - DEC 18, 2010
Bottle @ Chris O. Pours a golden color with a small white head. Has a fruity malty aroma with some hints of caramel and weak hints of citrus. Fruity malty toffee flavor. Has a fruity malty caramel finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
JohnRMurdoch (4366) - Glasgow, SCOTLAND - DEC 18, 2010
Bottle from Peckhams. Mild malty aroma, slightly unusual orange brown colour. Distinctive orange metallic taste. Good.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Beershine (5221) - The Sunshine State, Florida, USA - DEC 2, 2010
@ Malt & Hops, Leith. Clear amber, sparkling color, tight head. Slight solvent in aroma, and wood. Soft, soapy palate. Nearly bland. Is underhopped. Malty but not sweet. Soap and a strange bitterness. Strange like a pale bock almost. Not my thing.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
yespr (40447) - Copenhagen O, DENMARK - NOV 19, 2010
From cask at Bow Bar. Pours clear and golden yellow with a small white head. Aroma is fruity and slight malty. Sweet, malty and fruity. Subdued bitterness. Sweet and lingering into the finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
BeerCast_Rich (1906) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - NOV 10, 2010
[500ml bottle, Cornelius Beer&Wine, Edinburgh] Clear golden colour. Deep toffee apple alcohol aromas, some wood, hops and sweetness. Malt forward on the palate, some raisin/pruneish flavours, before the sweet alcohol finish. Very complex, extremely well-balanced and dangerously drinkable at 6% [25012008]

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
Oakes (15651) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - NOV 7, 2010
Cask, Malt & Hops, Leith. Deep amber and bright. The aroma is strange, a bit perfumey maybe. Soapy taste, way too much alcohol in the finish. Not well-balanced.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
madmitch76 (22102) - , Essex, ENGLAND - AUG 21, 2010
31st July 2010. ChrisO’s ’Raise The Roof’ tasting.
Clear gold beer. Good off white head. Light sour malt. A little orange hop. Finishes dry.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Ethereal (2421) - Los Angeles, California, USA - AUG 16, 2010
Bottle from Drink of Fulham, drunk at ChrisO’s "Raise the Roof" tasting, 31st July 2010. Clear gold, quite sweet. Sugary, toffee-ish taste. Rather dull overall.

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