Brewed by Swannay Brewery
Style: Imperial Porter
Orkney, Scotland
Serve in Shaker, Snifter


on tap

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RATINGS: 147   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.66/5   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 270   ABV: 9%
Cask; Seasonal - Winter. Also available bottled.
Appearance: Dark mahogany in colour with ruby highlights.
Nose: A lovely roasted grain aroma and some dark berry fruit.
Palate: After a slight tartness (always a good sign in a porter), coffee and chocolate dominate the palate, with a hint of smoke lending complexity. Nutty bitter chocolate pervades the persistent finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
androman (1141) - Maarssen, NETHERLANDS - FEB 6, 2015
1/3 pint @ hanging bat, Edinburgh. Body is black, head is medium creamy beige mostly lasting excellent lacing. Nose is light roasty, aroma is coffee liqueur, dried fruit, herbs, licorice, vanilla. Light sweet, medium to heavy roasty bitter, alcohol is present. Full body, dry texture, no carbonation. Not too easy, good dessert beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Bedni (385) - POLAND - JAN 21, 2015
black color, small beige head, aroma dry plums, cheries, dark chocolate, roast malt, alcohol, imo body should be heavier, its too thin (waterly) too much alcohol in taste, it should lie some time

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
sokuzs1 (323) - - DEC 29, 2014
Aroma: chocolate, cherries, alcohol, licorice Taste:sweet, fruity, alcohol, a bit too watery

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
mabel (7712) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 18, 2014
[6516-20140710] Cask. Fruitcake and smoky dates aroma. Black cola body with no lasting head. Boozy roasted fruit flavour with an almost nutty finish. Medium-full body. Good. (7/2/7-/3/13) 3.2
(Scottish Real Ale Festival 2014 @ Corn Exchange, Edinburgh, Scotland)
Overheard: "I’m not getting up until we go to another beer festival." 5-year-old Emily

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
Umoyk (54) - , - DEC 4, 2014
Bottle is more than a year old. Caramel, licorice, sherry, hazelnut. Bitter-sweet. Really nice.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Stuu666 (7821) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - OCT 21, 2014
Bottle at home. Pours black, nose is chocolate, toffee, taste is sweet, velvety, tasty.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
chrisv10 (13483) - DENMARK - JUL 29, 2014
Bottle. Almost black with medium beige head. Aroma is roasted malts, chocolate, coffee, little liquorice and hop. Flavour is roasted malts, chocolate, coffee, little liquorice, medium sweet and medium bitter.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
gunnar (6920) - Sandnes, NORWAY - JUL 25, 2014
Bottle at Helgi´s, Kirkwall. Pours clear dark ruby with a small creamy off-white head.Aroma of light roasted malts, with a light note of smoke and fruit. Taste is moderate sweet, weak roasty, and some complex dark fruity elements, light tarish as well, complex and tasty beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
jercraigs (9070) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 20, 2014
2014-07-10. Black body small frothy tan head. Aroma of sweet dark malt, very light roast and muted herbal accents. 7+ Flavour has rich sweet dark malt core, light bitterness in the finish balances it out. Very light herbal/licorice undertone. Smooth medium to full bodied palate, soft carbonation. 3++ Very nice. Cask at Scottish Real Ale Festival

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Procent (381) - POLAND - JUL 9, 2014
W aromacie suszone śliwki, cherry, lekkie melanoidyny oraz kawa i także lekkie żelazo. Kolor pod światło to bardzo ciemny brąz, niemal czerń. piana nieznaczna, jasnobrązowa, z ładnym lacingiem. W smaku kawa, suszone śliwki, wino. Goryczka niska ku średniej, odczucie w ustach średnio pełne, wysycenie średnie ku wysokiemu - w każdym razie jak dla mnie za wysokie na portera. Ogólnie trochę piwo bez wyrazu, wszystkiego po trochę ma, ale trochę za słabo.

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