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


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RATINGS: 110   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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mile (3933) - Helsinki, FINLAND - JUL 19, 2012
Bottle. Dark brown, small to average and mostly diminishing light brown head. Moderate, malty and sweetish aroma, light caramel and some roasted malt with light chocolate, light hoppyness. Body is medium, malty and lightly sweetish flavor, light caramel and some roasted malt, light caramel and some roasted malt. Finish is average, malty and lightly sweetish, light caramel and some roasted - light burnt malt, light caramel and some roasted malt. Nice roasted mild ale with light chocolate - not too sweet.

mr_h (5434) - Ayr, SCOTLAND - JUL 1, 2012
UPDATED: APR 29, 2013 Cask by handpump at Pot Still, Glasgow (29 Apr 2013) - clear very dark brown with a red tint, thin creamy beige head, roasted malt, coffee aroma, intermittent lacing, berry fruit and chocolate, coffee flavour, sweet, dark chocolate aftertaste

ganache (5854) - New Jersey, USA - JUN 29, 2012
bottle by DEC 12. Nose full of roast, coffee and lesser chocolate, light hop presence. Dark mahogany body with a rocky tanned head. Taste is quite dry and heavily roasty, velvety feel with notable bitterness and a little ash, less chocolate and picking up some nice soft hoppiness at the back end. soft light body with a sourish tang on the out.

gjb968 (9) - Kent, ENGLAND - JUN 16, 2012 does not count
Dark and malty. Very nice. Kick start those taste buds. Would be ideal in winter. Favourite of the day so far.

madmitch76 (24388) - , Essex, ENGLAND - MAY 5, 2012
6th August 2009
GBBF Cask. Very dark brown beer, clear. Light dry malt. Sulphur! Not much else going on. Just wrong!

rosenbergh (11532) - Tampere, FINLAND - JAN 20, 2012
Cask at the Gallows Bird XV Real Ale Festival, Espoo, Finland.
Dark reddish brown colour with small off-white head. Milk coffee, roasted malt and some sweetness in aroma. Mild milk coffee and roasted malt in dry flavour. Too much coffee in aroma for me.

brownyonder (266) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - JAN 13, 2012
Dark brown chocolate colour and decent white head. Chocolate and malt, but with a bitter edge.

anders37 (26227) - Malmö, SWEDEN - NOV 13, 2011
Cask @ GBBF 2011. Pours a dark brown ruby color with a small off-white head. Has a slightly roasted malty caramel aroma. Roasted malty caramel and chocolate flavor. Has a roasted malty caramel finish.

DanielBrown (4500) - Birmingham (via Leicester), West Midlands, ENGLAND - OCT 27, 2011
Gravity at Birmingham Beer Festival 2011. Ruby brown. Thin in mouth and flavour. Some leather and coco pops infused water. Average.

FatPhil (15966) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - AUG 21, 2011
Cask (GBBF2011, Wed)
Dark brown glints. Roasty aroma, a touch of apple. Slightly minerally retronasals. Good roasty malty body, some apple too. Decent malty roast in the finish, quite sweet. Reasonable balance. Pretty OK mild.

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