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.

JohnCook101's rating

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 15/20
JohnCook101 (535) - - FEB 8, 2013
500ml bottle. Pours dark golden with moderate head. Yeasty and slightly floral aroma. Sweet brown sugar flavours, light toast and mild floral notes offset with a good amount of bitterness, though it’s the sweetness that carries through - perhaps a little too much. Very drinkable if not perfect.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
prawlie (1500) - ENGLAND - JUN 26, 2016
Draft at Bow Bar in Edinburgh. Golden orange. Fruity, apricot, bubblegum. More medicinal than tasty.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
klu9 (506) - Kraków, POLAND - JUN 10, 2016
Armmat dość ograniczony i wyblakły, trochę owocowy, trochę lagerowy. Barwa złota, pomarańczowa, klarowna. Smak gość ciekawy czuć tutaj chmiele, IPA, owoce, goryczka średnia i z tyłu wyłania się smak barleywine, nieco kwaskowe miejscami.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
LazyPyro (594) - Cheltenham, Gloucestershire, ENGLAND - JUN 8, 2016
500ml bottle as "Orkney Blast IPA Barleywine Hybrid" (not sure if this is a different recipe where it was previously labelled as an English Strong Ale? but the artwork and name are the same).
Crystal clear golden amber colour with a one-two finger frothy head and lots of lacing. Aroma of fruity, spicy malts, sweet caramel, citrus hops, orange, pine. Taste of sweet caramel malt, spices, fruit, orange, citrus hops, orange. Well balanced with nice bitterness at the end, smooth mouthfeel, alcohol well hidden. Interesting beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
MrTipple (3683) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - NOV 28, 2015
Aroma: honey, alcohol, caramel and bread malts, light fruity. Appearance: clear, dark gold, small, white head. Taste: light to medium sweet. Palate: toffee, caramel, some straw, sticky texture, medium bodied. Overall: very nice and malty ESA, nice surprise. Pint at the Gardners Arms, Lewes.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Scotbrew (61) - - JUL 20, 2015
Traditional English pale ale type. Decent hop aromas, mainly grapefruit which jumps out. Some sweetness initially, definite orange marmalade and bready flavours. Surprisingly, alcohol is quite noticeable in flavour and aftertaste but it’s more warming than harsh. Not bad.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
niquillis (2344) - Stoke on Trent, Staffordshire, ENGLAND - JUL 19, 2015
Cask at Holy Inadequate, Etruria. Pours golden amber, boozy, some hops, cloying. Hard work.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
mabuzzer (586) - Hamilton, SCOTLAND - JUN 13, 2015
500ml bottle. Clear amber with a foamy white head that didn’t last. Toffee aroma, taste is orange and caramel with a bitter edge. Medium body

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
MrJamesMcEwan (207) - SCOTLAND - JUN 8, 2015
* Bottle. Pours pale golden, clear, with a white head. * Aroma is rich fruit, malt, apricot, hints of yeast, earth & wood. * Palate is medium, medium carbonation, fine bubbles, medium dry. * Taste is bitter, apricot, caramel & grapefruit. * Finish is long, sweet, moist, then slightly drying. * Overall great balanced strong bitter, apricot, caramel & grapefruit.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
sound67 (702) - Offenbach, GERMANY - JUN 5, 2015
[National Winter Ales Festival, Derby, 2015] - Highland Brewery Orkney Blast, 6%, tiefgolden klar, deutlich süßliches Aroma nach reifen Orangen und Honig, leichte medizinische Noten. Aroma sehr mild, Orangen, etwas Floralität. Deutlich ölig, kräftiger Körper. Zunächst deutlich süßlich, Reife Orangen und klare medizinische Noten. Mitte von Süße und milden Orangen bestimmt, eine alkoholische Note schwingt immer mit. Abgang schwer und alkoholisch, noch etwas Limone, kaum Bitterkeit. Die stellt sich, auch sehr moderat, erst im Nachhall ein.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Cokemonkey11 (537) - - MAY 12, 2015
500ml brown bottle, cork and cask, Edinburgh. Scent is mixed cereal and pale malt. Pours medium pale with a thin white head subsiding slowly. Light bitter notes and medium sweetness on the tongue. Finish is raspy and dry; really pleasant. A well-rounded beer.

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