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


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RATINGS: 69   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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Rune (12612) - 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).

mR_fr0g (11914) - 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,

Desverger (11122) - 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.

pivnizub (10575) - 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. ..

allmyvinyl (10508) - 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!)

jercraigs (10303) - 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

MoritzF (9851) - 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

mabel (9246) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 18, 2014
[6504-20140710] Cask. Toasted peaty grains aroma. Clear, orange amber body with a quick bubbly head. Bitter boozy orange roughage grains flavour with a quick biting finish. Medium-full body is quite boozy. Interesting start to the festival but not a bad choice. (7/3/7/3/13) 3.3
(Scottish Real Ale Festival 2014 @ Corn Exchange, Edinburgh, Scotland)

The_Osprey (7886) - Richmond, Greater London, ENGLAND - OCT 25, 2015
Bottle share, thanks to Strokey, as ’Swannay Old Norway’, 8%. Clear dark orange, lightly sparkling, small foamy off-white head, light lacing. Aroma is piney, air freshener, floral astringent hops. Body is medium to light, tingly carbonation, slightly foamy. Taste is strong caramel, honey, astringent piney hops. For me it’s got too much of a sweet-yet-astringent vibe, but it’s OK I suppose.

Finn (7516) - 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.

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