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


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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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larsga (7542) - 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.)

AshtonMcCobb (6612) - 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.

berkshirejohn (6502) - 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.

jfb (6270) - 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.

mr_h (5552) - Ayr, SCOTLAND - APR 23, 2012
Cask by handpump at Cloisters, Edinburgh (11 Apr 12) - clear deep golden ale, good off-white head, good temperature, sweet malt aroma, slight hop overtones, clean malty, well balanced barley wine, smooth

minutemat (5546) - 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.

johndoughty (5452) - cheslyn hay, West Midlands, ENGLAND - AUG 22, 2015
Bottle. Lovely orange appearance with a powerful slightly hoppy and bitter flavour. A dangerous and rather dangerous beer.

Beersiveknown (5284) - NORTHERN IRELAND - NOV 7, 2015
bottle at home from alesela
hazy bright orange, lacing beige head, sticky sweet toffee, boozy, warming, high fruity yeast esters, very much a sipper for sharing.

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.

JohnRMurdoch (4878) - Glasgow, SCOTLAND - MAR 22, 2013
Cask @ The Hanging Bat. Orange amber colour, decent head. Big barley aroma. Very sweet rice barley alcohol flavour. Sweet aftertaste. Better than I expected.

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