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


on tap

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RATINGS: 70   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.54/5   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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titanek (432) - 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 (218) - 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 (9901) - 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

jfb (6256) - GERMANY - FEB 21, 2017
(bottle) hazy deep amber colour with a frothy off-white head. aroma of bran flakes and brown sugar, with a touch of lemon peel, yeast, orange juice and gently roasted malts. flavour is mostly preserved apricots and sugar icing, with some light hints of roasted malts, ethanol and raisins in the finish. heavy-bodied with average carbonation.

Villyzzz (389) - Espoo, FINLAND - JAN 25, 2017
Bottle at home. Pours amber with small off-white head. Aroma is caramel and mild fruits. Taste has caramel, honey and dried fruits.

creppyiceman (851) - POLAND - NOV 24, 2016
(bottle) Aroma:esters,caramel and booz. Appearance:deep orange color,small head Taste:medium sweet,flavour of esters,bread,sweet malty finish. Palate:medium body,low carbonation,slighlty boozy Overall:ok-ish

simontomlinson (365) - Blackburn, Lancashire, ENGLAND - NOV 20, 2016
Near white frothy head soon left a cover on a translucent rich copper coloured still body. Sweet apple & summer fruits aroma. Thick, cloying, minimal carbonation & No Prickles!! Rich pureed fruit tastes of apple, grape, jam, marmalade - quite sweet but at the same a dry back.

kluczbork (390) - Wroclaw, POLAND - OCT 10, 2016
Bottle. Very promising, sweet malty aroma. Golden, clear with low, white head. Tastes fantastic- intensive sweetness is balanced with medium bitterness. Thanks to that, this beer isn’t tiring. All in all, the best Barley Wine I’ve ever tried.

pivnizub (10612) - Bochum, Porúří, GERMANY - OCT 6, 2016
Bottle: Deep golden, clear, small loose off-white head; solid sweetish nose of dried fruits and sweet pale malt with a pretty distinctive bitter-hoppy background; moderate to solid bitter-sweet flavour, almost full bodied; solid lingering bitter-sweet finish with dried fruits, nuts and caramalt, followed by a slight alcohol-burn in the aftertaste. Well balanced,easy-drinking thirst-quencher. ..

matbli (388) - Poznań, POLAND - SEP 25, 2016
Bottle, pours clear amber with small white head. Aroma of caramel, white fruits, white wine and hard candies. High sweetness Woth some light bitterness in finish. I’m missing some balance. Solid but not outstanding.

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