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Brewed by Swannay Brewery
Style: Barley Wine
Orkney, Swannay by Evie, Scotland
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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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4.4
cgarvieuk (25987) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - JUL 28, 2010
UPDATED: NOV 21, 2016 cask at bow bar ... dark amber ... creamy off white head ... sweet vineous toffee nose ... syrupy toffee ... figs and raisins ... light bitter linger ... really well balanced ... not over hoped ... really like this 4.3cask at Bacchus .... newcastle ... amber ... Creamy white head ... Sweet juicy pine malts resiny hops ... Sweet juicy syrupy toffee ... Light apple ... Little fig Creamy toffee hop ... Light resiny body 4.4cask at bow bar ... crisp amber ... thin off white head ... soft sweet toffee malts nose... rich syrupy sweetness ... appricot and peach ... soft figs ... little toffee ... creamy malts ... juicy ... 4.0cask at bow ... copper ... creamy off white head ... soft sweet toffee malt ... juicy fruit nose ... soft very sweet floral citrus and peach ... big soft fig ... soft toffee malts ... creamy body ... very nice 4.1cask at cloisters ... copper amber ... thin white head ... sweet toffee fruit nose ... very sweet orangy fruit ... 4.0Cask at HW beer fest...best of evening , totally soth rich .. little sweet ut balanced nicly 4.3Cask at the bow bar... Thin tan lacing.. Soft sweet floral fruit.. Light peach nose... Soft sweet floral fruit... Light sweet fruits. Oily fruits.. But really Light... Light floral oily orange

Hic hic hic... Cask at the wonderful cloisters bar... Amber.. Thin white lacing.. Soft sweet oily orange fruits... Juicy floral fruits... Sweet sticky fruits.. Juicy fruits. Nice soft sweet fruits 4.2

4.3
AshtonMcCobb (6913) - 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.

4.3
Jacob23_5 (128) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - FEB 1, 2012
Cask at the Bow Bar. Red-gold with a lovely half-centimetre of creamy white head. The nose presents mango, some citrus sweetness. Immensely rich tastes: complex, boozy, marzipan, almond, resin, raisin, an almost dessert wine-like sweetness, and some woody sort of mahogany aspect to it as well. A real winner.

4.2
BeerCast_Rich (1906) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - NOV 14, 2011
[cask at Bacchus, Newcastle] Clear bronze-coloured pour, with a good head. Sweet, honey nose, plenty of tacky malt and almond on the nose. Flavours are big and strong, no question. Big marzipan sweetness, honey, figs and then warming alcohol. Very fruity after the sweetness resides. Finish is very long. Nice stuff [12112011]

4.2
Timmer_isurus (1) - Bristol, ENGLAND - FEB 14, 2015 does not count
Drinking 330ml bottled. This is a great beer. Copper to deep red-amber colour, minimal head. Incredible aroma, strongly chocolate and caramel with smoked malt, slight hint of citrus and cucumber hiding behind. Mouthfeel adhesive and oily. Rich malty body, structured hops, alcoholic and slightly sweet aftertaste. Whole impression is extremely distinctive. Could pick this out of a lineup after smoking 20 marlboro reds and cleaning my teeth.

4.1
BrotherLogic (252) - California, USA - DEC 14, 2011
Alcohol burn in this decent cask barley wine - thick and chewy with a hint of hops. Solid effort. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

4.1
markas101 (2499) - Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA - DEC 17, 2011
Cask, The Sheffield Tap, Sheffield. Clear amber-honey appearance, even cream head. Sweet aroma, floral and honey. Smooth, boozy with caramel and fruit, nectarine and golden raisin. Long sweet alcohol tempered finish. Great.

4.1
tombyars (1768) - Saltcoats, SCOTLAND - JAN 11, 2012
Tasted this at the Paisley Beer Festival in May 2010. Cask, gravity dispense. Clear dark amber in colour with a thin white head. Strong jellied fruit confectionary in the long aroma. Thin but milk like texture in the rich mouthfeel and poor lacing. Strong pale malt complexes deliver a robust juicy maltloaf base with rich notes of lychees, honeydew melon, pineapple and soft brown sugar. There is a slight hint of tropical fruit flavoured hop flowers in this with pine resin evident in the long aftertaste. Malt returns with sweet linctus notes of golden syrup and fermented gaia melon, smoothly warming the throat. Fantastic stuff and highly recommended, try this out along with the Porter what a combo. Highland brewerys portfolio is Scotland’s answer to Thornbridge - bring it on!

4.1
Scottishchris (754) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - FEB 13, 2015
Bottle from Cornelius. Labelled at 8%. Irn bru orange, no head. Sticky summer fruits jam nose, underlying citrus tang. Sprightly body, good carbonation but still quite thick. Raisin and caramel. Wow.


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