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Brewed by Swannay Brewery
Style: Barley Wine
Orkney, Swannay by Evie, Scotland
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RATINGS: 78   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.56/5   EST. CALORIES: 270   ABV: 9%
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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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3.3
mabel (10003) - 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)

3.1
The_Osprey (9723) - 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.

3.3
Marduk (8622) - 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.

3.5
Finn (8305) - 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.

3.3
larsga (7680) - 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.)

4.3
AshtonMcCobb (7047) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - FEB 1, 2012
On cask @ the Bow Bar, Edinburgh. Pours quite a cloudy medium brown colour with a good head. The nose has cake mixture, sweet spices such as cinnamon and a raisin note towards the end. The taste has more of the cake thing, in fact it’s like a clootie dumpling with dried fruits, cinnamon again, probably nutmeg or cloves too. The palate has been nailed - full bodied, with a big creamy texture in the middle section and a long elegant finish, balanced the whole way through. Overall, this has huge power but restraint like a fine French wine (if that isn’t a ridiculous comparison), the best barley wine I’ve had from Scotland.

3.6
MrTipple (7004) - 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.

3
jfb (6984) - 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.

3.7
berkshirejohn (6771) - Bracknell, Berkshire, ENGLAND - FEB 27, 2016
33cl bottle from Beer52.com. A golden amber colour with a thick cream head; barley sugar aroma; rich and buttery in the mouth with loads of hops giving a bittersweet taste together with some peach and citrus; and then a sweet barley sugar finish with lingering bitterness and warmth. Rather good.


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