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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Evilkniamhel (955) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - SEP 15, 2016
Bottle from Appellation Wines Dalry Road. Pours clear gold. Aromas of honey, straw, barley, tropical fruit, citrus. Taste is very sweet, boozy, fruity.

ArtificialCyst (1193) - Szczecin, POLAND - AUG 30, 2016
Bottle from Elysium. Aroma: Mead, caramel, lot of dried fruit, molasses, light alcohol, resin, peach. Appearance: Nice head, quite dense, hazy golden colour. Taste: Medium-high biterness, peach, dried fig, caramel, molasses, bit of booze alcohol. Palate: Finish is sweet, body is high, carbonation low.

Erasmus_ro (2945) - Alabama, USA - AUG 26, 2016
Bottle, ABV 8.0%, BBE 02/18. Pours a clear amber with a small, off-white head. Aroma is caramel, dried fruit, raisin, slight apple. Taste is caramel, raisin, slight prune, dried fruit.

Slautar (646) - Gdañsk, POLAND - JUL 14, 2016
W aromacie kwiaty, miód pitny i nuty chleba razowego. W smaku przyjemnie słodkie, trochę landrynkowe. Goryczka średnia, znikająca pod słodowym finiszem. Piwo może nie powala ale piję je z przyjemnością.

larsga (7540) - Oslo, NORWAY - JUL 1, 2016
Medium deep offwhite head. Clear amber body. Perfumy dried fruit aroma with candy notes. Dry-sweet resiny dried fruit taste with toffee and floral marzipan notes. Full-bodied. Mild mouthfeel. Dryish rock candy, toffee, and resin aftertaste with funky herbal caramelly notes. Very interesting, and different beer. Has nothing to do with Norway apart from the kjenge (horse’s heads wrong way, but whatever) on the label, but a lovely beer. (0.33l bottle, from Cornelius, Edinburgh.)

kamwitsta (553) - POLAND - MAY 15, 2016
Aroma: fruits, raisins, a little wine, a little caramel, a little alcohol. Appearance: brown; clear; head medium plus, fairly stable. Taste: bittersweet, a bit sour. Palate: body full; carbonation soft; mouth feel fairly spicy; finish sweet, spicy. Overall: very nice; intense, fruity, alcoholic. For 8%, the alcohol’s not terribly well hidden, but it isn’t offensive, more a spice. Very good.

minutemat (5545) - Shropshire, ENGLAND - MAY 14, 2016
330ml bottle, from trade with AshtonMcCobb. Many thanks! Pours hazy amber, thin ring of white head. Aroma is rich caramel and uncertain alcohol spirit. Taste is slick rich caramel, nice dried fruits with a boozy warmth on the finish. Not usually one for Barley Wines but this is rather nice.

Finn (7547) - Tromsø, NORWAY - MAY 13, 2016
Flaske 330ml. Gave fra Rune. Drukket på Bergstua 4 Mai 16. Gyldenbrun. Lett uklar. Høyt luftig skum med svak farge. Litt filigranser. Interessant aroma. Sammensatt - men mest som sherry. Smaken er frukt & mandler. Balansert. Fortsatt litt sherrypreg. Lett syrlig ettersmak hvor alkoholen skinner gjennom.

karpik (1182) - Sosnowiec, POLAND - MAY 4, 2016
Honey, caramel, herbs and tobacco in aroma. Pours amber with white head. Taste is medium sweet with honey and caramel. Finish is medium bitter with herbs and tobacco. At the end of the bottle hoppy notes takes it over and dominate over maltiness. Overall not bad but pretty one-dimensional.

MrTipple (4968) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - MAY 1, 2016
Intense grain malts, caramel, spiced honey. Hazy gold, small, creamy, white head. Light to medium sweet. Molasses, caramel, bread and grain malts, light bitters coming up, dry finish, lightly acid. Nice Barley Wine, nice, sweet aroma. Bottle from Independent Spirit, Bath.

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