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 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
planky84 (2881) - Lee, Greater London, ENGLAND - AUG 9, 2010
Bottle at Chris O’s ’Raise the Roof’ tasting. Amber pour with a white head. Malty, citrus nose. Honey, citrus, toffee and malt flavours. Not bad at all.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Ungstrup (34715) - Citizen of the universe, DENMARK - AUG 9, 2010
Bottled. An amber beer with a thin beige head. The aroma has notes of malt as well as some fruit. The flavor is sweet with notes of malt, straw, and fruit, leading to a dry finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
patrick767 (4010) - fort wayne, Indiana, USA - JUL 9, 2010
cask at Bow Bar in Edinburgh - Pours amber gold with a small, lasting head and good lacing. It smells of hops and lightly fruity malt. The flavor has good bitterness and is well balanced. It’s smooth, medium bodied, and quite quaffable.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
Sigmund (6779) - Tau, NORWAY - JUN 16, 2010
500 ml bottle, thanks to my beerpal Olav who brought it home from the Orkneys. ABV is 6%. Deep golden colour, big to moderate white head, some lacing. Fairly nice aroma, fruity and herbal hops, also noticeable malts, hints of toffee. The flavour has acceptable malts but is not very sweet, with distinct herbal and "dusty" English hops in the finish. Okay.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
leaparsons (9954) - Wigston, Leicestershire, ENGLAND - MAY 29, 2010
UPDATED: JUN 6, 2014 Cask, The King’s Head, Leicester. As before but with a nicer body. Bottle. Golden with a fluffy White foam. Aromas are brown sugar with biscuit, caramel and mellow citrus. Some light oak and cream with spiced oranges. Flavours are sweet oranges and yeast with peppery alcohol and spices. Low toast malts with a warming, fruity bitter finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
downender (7960) - Bristol, Gloucestershire, ENGLAND - MAR 20, 2010
Bottle from Corks, Bristol. Amber in colour with plenty of carbonation. Malty, marmalade and fruity hop aroma. Flavour was sweet, with some citrus hop, sticky malts and short dry finish. Good without standing out.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
McWorta (1530) - LUXEMBOURG - MAR 6, 2010
Floral-fruity, rather complex bit confusing aroma! Golden colour, no head and clear having light sweet, medium bitter flavour. Bit oily, slick, medium body, very soft carbonation, tickling on tongue tip, good finish. No blast but a nice breeze.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Rune (11372) - Tromsø, NORWAY - SEP 13, 2009
One-third pint, gravicask, SIBA Brewery Bar, GBBF. Appealing clear copper coloured body. Display of laceworks on the glass. Fine aromas of dry, late fruits. The taste character is a blend of dried fruits and malts ending up with a rather long-lived bittersweet ending. A bit vinous on the swallow. Harmonious and good (Earls Court, London 06.08.2009).

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
TBone (16197) - Pori, FINLAND - AUG 16, 2009
Cask@GBBF 2009. Golden color, not much head. Slight fruity and plastic nose. Medium-bodied. Has apple, wood and some grass in the flavor. Bitter aftertaste. A bit like an European strong lager.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
oh6gdx (25477) - Vasa, FINLAND - AUG 15, 2009
Cask@GBBF2009. Golden colour, small head. Aroma is bigtime wooden, acidic sourness as well as some stinging honey as well as mild fruityness. Flavour is sweet honey, nectar, fruits and some bready and caramelly notes, balancing up the flavour to be quite nice.

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