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


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RATINGS: 166   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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
zimbo (906) - SCOTLAND - DEC 19, 2012
Inially pours a big head. Very dark, very deep with a red cherry hue. Pretty big for a porter with a slight currants on cake quality. Mouthfeel gives the impression its been sliced from one full cream dar bitter block. Very well integrated, the 9% ABV is well hidden.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Theydon_Bois (17229) - Hazlemere, the lower Xhitlerns, Buckinghamshire, ENGLAND - DEC 15, 2012
Bottle at home (thanks to a trade with Craig Garvie) 15/12/12. Pours a very dark mahogony brown with a tan head that soon dissipates to a pond and veers to the edge of the glass. Nose comprises roast malts, rich dark toffee, dark fruits, touch of chocolate. Tastes of toffee fudge, prunes, dates, light cocoa, comlex dark fruit flavours, a little booze but well integrated for 9%. Full bodied with soft carbonation, smooth on the palate, fruity finish. Decent tackle this badger !

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
sic1314 (4775) - Leiden, NETHERLANDS - OCT 26, 2012
Poured dark, deep reddish brown with a thick, frothy tan head. Aroma of vinous roasted malt. Full, smooth and creamy body. Flavour of sweet fruit and some coffee with a lingering bitter sweet finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
jeverszeuge (645) - GERMANY - OCT 24, 2012
# 3133 ersma: danke an claudia fürs mitbringen der flasche. schwarz, schaumarm, rubinschimmer im gegenlicht. der geruch ist süßlich mit lakritz, röstmalz, etwas kaffee und karamell. der antrunk ist süßlich, malzig mit röstaromen, buttertoffe, lakritz (süßem deutschem), trockenpflaumen. dazu eine ganz dezente herbe. die wird zur mitte etwas deutlicher, die süßen und röstigen töne bestimmen aber das geschehen. die malzigkeit nimmt zu, mehrt so richtung schoko. der abgang ist süßlich und herb, karamell- und röstmalze, lakritz, dazu kräuterig-herbe hintergrundaromen. sehr komplex. die schlichte und dadurch sehr edle 0.33-l-pulle weist darauf hin, dass das bier nur ein mal jährlich abgefüllt wird und eine lagerung durchaus abkann. fazit: abwechslungsreiches, überzeugendes porter. probierenswert. 11,10,11,11,13,11 - 10,95 - 25/

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Countbeer (6222) - Best of E-Town mit 2 Brauhausen, NETHERLANDS - OCT 3, 2012
Bottle: Small brown head changes quick into a tan lacing on top of an almost black colored beer with a ruby shine. Smell sharper grains and hay, clove, roasted bread, flower sweetness, alcoholic liquorice, caramel and butter, old nuts, a hint of flowers and shit. Taste is a mix of spices, pepper, nutmeg, cloves, sharper hay, freshly cut grass, green grass, grains, apples, liquorice, light coffee notes but overtaken by the alcohol. Autumnal herbs, With the aftertaste a lot of the ingredients that are present in the taste seem to loose their character in the aftertaste: just some malts, herbs and light bitterness. Low carbo, soft but also light sharp mouthfeel, medium to full body and a more watery texture. Spicy, bit unbalanced, strange but pretty tasty... But there is also that light sharp edge again.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
laiti (8081) - Helsinki, FINLAND - SEP 21, 2012
33 cl bottle vintage 2011 @ home, no BBE info
Aroma feels really British with toffee, some honey, smoke and cocoa. Flavour is salty with honey, some English toffee, chocolate and some herbs. A bit thin for this ABV. Not the most typical Porter.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
olio (9370) - Tampere, FINLAND - SEP 21, 2012
33 cl bottle.
Pours deep dark red color with a medium-sized frothy head. Aroma of ash, dry dark chocolate, some smoky wooden notes, cocoa and some very faint british hops. Flavor of salt, sweet chocolate, dark berry notes, mild ripe fruit hints and caramel. Velvety smooth palate with a mild bitter dry finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
jsquire (4167) - St. Marys, Ohio, USA - SEP 13, 2012
Dark beer with only a faint slick of bubbles for a head. Big nose of molasses, over ripe fruit, and some warming alcohol. Big beer with tons of molasses, dark burnt caramel, plums, raisens, sweetened coffee and chocolate covered strawberries. Some smoke and burnt toast. This is a really deep, complex beer just built for sipping.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
FatPhil (14098) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - SEP 10, 2012
UPDATED: SEP 16, 2012 Gravicask (PBBF2012, Tuesday) (7:4:7:4:15=3.7)
Big yeasty marmite aroma. Warmin in the mouth. Nice roast - good rich barley body, well in touch with the grains. Strong. Smooth too.
Rerate: Gravicask (PBBF2012, Wednesday) (7:4:7:4:14=3.6)
Very sickly sweet, but still mellow - no alc can cut through that amount of sugar. Less yeasty than yesterday, no marmite. But the sugar is more dominant, alas.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
jookos (5604) - FINLAND - SEP 3, 2012
Bottle. Black. Nose is really thick, heavy with woody roasted notes. Melasses. Body is surprisingly light, but slick smooth. Almost oily. Feels a bit raw. Not the best or most balanced is.

-- bb/h

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