Brewed by Swannay Brewery
Style: Mild Ale
Orkney, Swannay by Evie, Scotland
Serve in English pint


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RATINGS: 109   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.3/5   EST. CALORIES: 120   ABV: 4%
Cask; Regular. Also available bottled.

Appearance: Dark chocolate brown in the glass with a good white head, if held to a light very dark ruby red shines through.
Nose: Soft chocolate malt ‘coffee’ notes are evident with a mere hint of hop.
Taste: All depends on venting, when fresh the chocolate malt is crisp and may have a hint of phenols, when well vented or halfway through a cask, the chocolate is soft & velvety with a perfectly balanced hop and a hint of fruity fermentation esters. Becomes dryer and ever so slightly hoppier as becomes older.
Summary: A fantastic darker ale which has a changing drinking profile, which at all the stages of it’s development in cask should appeal to all who appreciate a quality pint of balanced dark real ale. Find out for yourself it’s well worth a try.

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SaintMatty (7408) - Uppsala, SWEDEN - JUL 20, 2014
Cask (Crown Posada, Newcastle) - Dark brown in colour. Blackcurrant, roasted malt and chocolate in the aroma. Roasted and chocolatey taste with notes of blackcurrant being noticeable in the finish. Refreshing and moreish.

rauchbier (3899) - Isle Of Beer, Lincolnshire, ENGLAND - JUL 10, 2014
Cask, at Helgi?s, Kirkwall. Deep red brown, thin but lasting off white head and fine condition. Quite dry and bitter in the mouth with hints of coffee and chocolate mixed with a little toffee sweetness, in the mouth the coffee/chocolate remains with some low fruity notes and burnt toffee. Finish has some earthy bitterness and hints of chocolate lingering

john44 (3111) - SW London, Greater London, ENGLAND - MAR 22, 2014
Cask Pint in The Market Porter, Borough, London in July 2012 - Very Dark Brown in colour; Dark Ruby Red against light. Very Malty; roast malts, caramel, coffee & dark chocolate. Fruity; dark fruits, berries. Hoppy; hint of hop bitterness. Sweet fruity malty throughout. Enjoyed this. Very drinkable. Nice Mild Ale!

RichTheVillan (7905) - Birmingham, West Midlands, ENGLAND - MAR 22, 2014
Cask at the Wellington; mahogany brown pour with a thin beige head, fruity aroma, taste has light red fruit, a hint if chocolate.

Beerhunter111 (21247) - P´Castle, GERMANY - MAR 12, 2014
Ins Glas ergießt sich ein dunkelbrauens Bier mit schöner Schaumkrone. Geruch röstmalzig, fruchtig, Kaffee. Geschmack sehr röstmalzig, schokoladig, Kaffee, fruchtig.

witthatsbier (569) - glasgow, SCOTLAND - DEC 29, 2013
Dark delicious ,aroma grain with dark fruit,taste is strong malt with dry bitter finish

BlackHaddock (7404) - Shropshire, ENGLAND - DEC 20, 2013
The first beer in a trio of Orkney beers drank in The Plough, Shifnal during a CAMRA pub crawl on 14th Dec 13. Hand-pulled half-pint: dark brown with a red hue, on top an off-white blanket of foam. The nose and taste were over roasted, almost burnt malts that gave a dark chocolate and ground coffee bean aroma and flavour. Semi-bitter in the aftertaste this is a good traditional Mild and well worth seeking out. Full bodied and almost rich (for a Dark Mild) in texture.

Stuartyboy (1699) - Ayr, SCOTLAND - SEP 14, 2013
On cask at Paisley beer festival a deep reddish brown ale Flavour is dark chocolate and coffee slightly burnt bitter finish fairly standard dark beer

mjs (7467) - Helsinki, FINLAND - SEP 13, 2013
(Cask at Black Door, 20130913) The beer poured clear and almost black. Its head was small, long lasting and lightly brown. Aroma had toasted malts, toffee and English hops. Palate was medium bodied and low carbonation. Flavours were burnt malts, toasted mals, sweet English hops, coffee and bitterness. Aftertaste was burnt and bitter. The aroma was decent but the taste was too dominated by the burnt flavour.

RexTalionis (3775) - FINLAND - SEP 12, 2013
Cask at Blackdoor, Helsinki. Pours dark ruby brown in color with a foamy head. Some roasted notes, bit of coffee and cocoa powder being there. Feels slightly raw at first. Roasted coffee beans, some nutty notes and slightly bitter chocolate in taste. The nice nutty notes were a positive surprise here. A bit of greenish notes and raw cold coffee is present towards the end though. Hmm, this keeps changing a lot, now there’s some nice nutty notes again in the finish.

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