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

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RATINGS: 77   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.54/5   EST. CALORIES: 270   ABV: 9%
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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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FatPhil (17079) - 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.

3.5
Scopey (15704) - Croydon, Greater London, ENGLAND - JUN 13, 2013
UPDATED: JUN 14, 2013 Cask at CP&K, Pimlico. It pours deep amber with a minimal white head. The nose is toast, fruit cake, raisin, plum, light booze, earth, honey and toffee. The taste is toffee, caramel, fruit cake, oily, toast, honey, earth and toast with a dry, boozy finish. Full body, soft carbonation and oily mouth-feel. Pretty tasty, but a touch cloying.

3.5
Borup (15345) - Albertslund, DENMARK - APR 14, 2016
33 cl. bottle. unclear brown colour with an off-white head. Aroma and flavor of dried fruit, malt, caramel, spice, alcohol and a warming finish.

3.9
Stuu666 (14843) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - OCT 21, 2014
UPDATED: MAR 19, 2015 Cask at the Hanging Bat. Pours copper amber, taste is sweet, fruit, caramel, honey, nose is burnt toffee, fruity.

3.5
mR_fr0g (13509) - Hertfordshire, ENGLAND - OCT 25, 2015
Bottle shared at Leighton’s. Thanks to Paul for this. Clear light orange golden coloured pour with a small off white head. Aroma is toffee, caramel, tangy berry, hedgerow. Flavour is composed of toffee, Salted caramel, berry, rounded malts, medium sweet. Palate is semi sweet, moderate carbonation,

2.9
Rune (13508) - Tromsø, NORWAY - APR 26, 2016
330ml bottle, 8 % abv, shared with Roger at St Ola Bar. A hazy orange coloured body. Tiny white head. Minimal lacing. Dried fruity nose, hints of alcohol. Flavours of dried and ripe fruits. sweet jam-like. Prolonged ending with noticeable alcohol. Medium bodied. A tad too sweet for a higher score (Kirkwall 16.04.2016).

3.4
Desverger (12941) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - FEB 27, 2016
[email protected] - Golden Amber pour with white head. Sweet malty and fruity, some caramel, treacle, some faint dark dried fruits, brown sugar, sweet finish. Decent.

3.9
allmyvinyl (11021) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - JUL 11, 2014
Cask at The Scottish Real Ale Festival 2014. Pours clear orange amber, no head. Aromas of jam and marmalade, really jammy! Light spice there too. Taste is more of the same, light booze note. Slightly sticky, but I’ll put that down to the gravity pour, might be a bit zingier from hand-pump or bottle (please bottle this Highland!)

3.4
jercraigs (10886) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 20, 2014
2014-07-10. Crisp dark orange body near headless. 3+ Aroma is sweetly alcoholic and fruity. Flavour is similar, sweet malty core, pleasant fruit character, touch or what i want to call juniper probably isn’t. Smooth average plus to bodied palate, little carbonation. 3+ Nice, touch too alcoholic, some carbonation might help cut that a touch. Cask at Scottish Real Ale Festival

3.6
pivnizub (10811) - Bochum, Por�ř�, 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. ..


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