Brewed by Swannay Brewery
Style: Barley Wine
Orkney, Swannay by Evie, Scotland
Serve in Snifter


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RATINGS: 76   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.53/5   EST. CALORIES: 270   ABV: 9%
Cask; Status uncertain.
At 9% ABV it sits nicely beside our Orkney Porter, also 9%, and is the first time we’ve brewed a barley wine. A lovely deep amber in colour, we loaded it full of American hops - and then we put some more in! All in the interest of balance, it also contains a small mountain of Maris Otter pale malt.

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Lowenbrau (4681) - Asturias, SPAIN - OCT 2, 2017
33cl bottle @home. 02-10-2017.
Courtesy of beersiveknown. Thanks Steve!.
BBD:Jan 2018.
In short: boozy ale.
Did I enjoy it: less than expected.
Pours little hazy copper with little vanishing off white head. poor lacing. Dried fruits nose, raisins, apples acetaldehyde and some alcoholic notes. Medium body, soft carbonation, oily texture. Taste is malt forward, ripe fruit, raisins, again high alcohols-fusels, little harsh due to this, quite sweet and palate warming. A bit straightforward.

Holmen2 (3882) - NORWAY - SEP 16, 2017
From can at OSB påslutning at TO's 16.09.17. Clear golden. Not much head. Fine aroma of ripe tropical fruits and orange marmalade. Round mouthfeel. Very good!

FatPhil (16896) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - SEP 15, 2017
UPDATED: SEP 16, 2017 330ml bottle (Ales By Mail) at 8% (6:4:6:3:11=3.0)
Hazy orangish. Sweetish malty aroma with starchy hints perhaps. Smooth sweet palate. Oxidised sweet malty taste. Tastes malty and boozy. A touch rough.

Marduk (8206) - Reval, ESTONIA - SEP 15, 2017
330ml bottle (thanks FatPhil). Clear amber color. Small size, white head, stays. Caramel, sweet, herbal in aroma. Sweet, caramel, herbal, grainy in taste. Sweet and caramel in aftertaste. I like the hops in aftertaste. Sweet and boozy brew.

martjoobolut (4947) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - SEP 15, 2017
Bottle, 8% (thanks fatphil). Pours amber. Aroma is sweet, malty, fruity. Flavor is sweet and bitter, malt, fruuts, sugar. Finish is sweet and bitter, some sugar. Overall: very good.

rozsoma (1128) - Gyõr, HUNGARY - SEP 5, 2017
UPDATED: SEP 5, 2017 Bottle from a Stromness shop. What a barley wine! It's harapós Like a barley and Strong ás a wine.

Beerhunter111 (22214) - P´Castle, GERMANY - AUG 4, 2017
33cl bottle at Chris & Ruth´s House. 8% Abv. A clear golden beer with a small most good lasting off-white head. Aroma of riped fruits, mild sweetness. Taste of sweet malt, riped fruits, some vanilla, cookies, minimal boozy.

titanek (458) - POLAND - JUL 19, 2017
Very sweet aroma, toffee, caramel. Caramel in taste, sweet, sweet fruit, a bit alcohol, nice bitterness. Full body, pleasure aroma, nice taste, pretty good barley wine.

erikaraeb (263) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - JUN 2, 2017
Aroma and taste of a classic BW with raisins, plums, toffee, and roasted brown sugar. Surprisingly watery looking and amber in color, especially given its syrupy mouth and sweetness. Fooled me for golden ale for a second on initial pour. Downrated mostly for the thick sweetness, which isn’t my thing, but if you’re into that, this is worth a try.

MoritzF (10068) - Ottobrunn, GERMANY - APR 17, 2017
(bottle, 33cl, Swannay Old Norway, 8.0% abv) Hazy, deep golden to amber colour with a short off-white foamy head. Slightly syrupy malty aroma with notes of dried fruits, English marmalade and hints of alcohol. Moderately sweet and delicately bitter flavour, almost full bodied with a soft carbonation. Juicy malt-character with notes of citrus, oranges, marmalade, dried apricots and shades of caramel; sweet-bitter, citric and dried fruity finish with zesty notes and a warming alcoholic touch. 17.IV.17

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