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 its development in cask should appeal to all who appreciate a quality pint of balanced dark real ale. Find out for yourself its well worth a try.

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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
ianwelby (1304) - - JUN 15, 2013
Very dark, clear brown beer with a thick, beige head. Coffee and malt aroma. Taste is an initial hit of hop followed by the chocolate, coffee and malt but its the hop that lingers into the finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Don2711 (450) - - NOV 24, 2016
Nice one. Chocolate and coffee hints. Dark appearance. Nice hit on palate. Licorice as well. A good one in my comfort zone.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Towey1989 (2462) - Stoke On Trent, Staffordshire, ENGLAND - NOV 3, 2016
Cask at The Picture House, Stafford (JDW) A clear brown colour with a medium off white head. Aroma of nuts, coffee, some roasted malts, slight chocolate and subtle dark fruits. Taste of nuts, coffee, roasted malts, some chocolate, slight dark fruits and subtle biscuit. Light bodied but a watery texture. A dryish, roasted bitterness in the finish. Drinks like a stout with nice coffee, nut and roasted flavours, however its quite thin. Decent though.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
mike_77 (6264) - Breda, NETHERLANDS - OCT 16, 2016
Very dark brown colour. Aroma and flavour have hints of cocoa and dark fruits. Quite rich feeling for a low abv beer.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
minutemat (5146) - Shrewsbury, Shropshire, ENGLAND - OCT 9, 2016
Cask @ The Salopian, Shrewsbury. Pours dark mahogany brown, off-white head. Aroma is rather nondescript. Taste is easy-going with a light nutty sweetness. Not a lot else going on here but pleasant enough.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
mR_fr0g (11423) - Hertfordshire, ENGLAND - SEP 24, 2016
Cask at the moon under water Watford Jdw. A mahogany brown coloured pour with reddy hues and a lasting loose dirty tan head. Aroma is sweet choc, nutty, praline, soft earthy roast. Flavour is composed of semi sweet nutty chocolate malts, earthy roast, dirty powdered choc. Palate is medium bodied, good cask condition. Rounded. Good characterful mild.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Biroholik (1177) - Sosnowiec, Poland, POLAND - SEP 18, 2016
UPDATED: SEP 19, 2016 Cask @ White House, Luton
Ciemnobrązowy kolor, dość czyste patrząc pod światło. Piana nienajgorsza, kremowo-beżowa drobnoziarnista, pozostawia szereg krążkw na szkle. W aromacie i smaku kawa, czekolada, ciemne owoce, karmel i toffi. W oddali trochę przypieczonej skrki od chleba. Silnie wyczuwalne także paloność. Goryczka średniego formatu, krtka. Lekkie, do średniego ciało. Delikatne wysycenie. Łatwo pijalne i bardzo smaczne.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
The_Osprey (7731) - Richmond, Greater London, ENGLAND - SEP 12, 2016
Cask handpull at The Crosse Keys Bishopsgate as Swannay Dark Munro, 4.0%. Dark brown with a red hue, still, foamy light brown head, dotted lacing. Aroma is very chocolatey, good quality chocolate, bourbon biscuit, some coffee. Body is fairly light, soft carbonation. Taste is dates, touch ashy, dark chocolate, lasting bitterness and some breathy ash. Good mild.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
MrTipple (4340) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - AUG 13, 2016
Intense grain and bread malts, caramel, lightly toasted malts. Clear brown, tiny, frothy, off-white head. Light sweet. More malts, sweetness remains thorough, flat carbonation. Nice Mild, very malty throughout. Cask at CASK Pub & Kitchen, Pimlico.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
jvhemert (393) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - JUL 30, 2016
Aroma: coffee, burnt nuts Appearance: black, large head Taste: medium bitter, little sour Palate: smooth, creamy, sticky Overall: drinkable, not one that stands out, needs more aromas and a crisper palate.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Sissio (1556) - Orsenigo, ITALY - AUG 16, 2015
Cask at Blackfriars Glasgow. Clear dark brown, cappuccino head. Roasty and malty, yet mild with a hint of smokiness.

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