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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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3.9
mr_h (6012) - 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

3.9
BenH (3434) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - MAR 17, 2013
Cask at bat. Amber woth little white head. Thick resinous aroma, molasses, caramel, little alcohol, sherry. Taste is very rich, sherry fruits, resinius, caramel. Flat and warm, oily. Very nice bit I might prefer from a bottle.

3.9
allmyvinyl (11073) - 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!)

3.9
Stuu666 (15056) - 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.

3.9
gowdy (1116) - Erskine, SCOTLAND - APR 23, 2016
Half pint at The Paisley Beer Festival. Very dark. No head. Hint of mint. Smell of licorice too.

3.9
ArtificialCyst (1373) - Szczecin, POLAND - AUG 30, 2016
Bottle from Elysium. Aroma: Mead, caramel, lot of dried fruit, molasses, light alcohol, resin, peach. Appearance: Nice head, quite dense, hazy golden colour. Taste: Medium-high biterness, peach, dried fig, caramel, molasses, bit of booze alcohol. Palate: Finish is sweet, body is high, carbonation low.

3.9
titanek (460) - POLAND - JUL 19, 2017
Very sweet aroma, toffee, caramel. Caramel in taste, sweet, sweet fruit, a bit alcohol, nice bitterness. Full body, pleasure aroma, nice taste, pretty good barley wine.

3.8
Bullit (4719) - Buffalo, New York, USA - MAY 1, 2010
Cask @ Paisley Beer Festival 2010. Clear golden colour, white bubbles. Aroma is sugar, syrup , fruits and sweet malts. Flavour is sweet fruity, orange, sweet malts, touch of hops. Slightly sweet finish. Little alcohol burn. Very balanced. Good stuff.

3.8
FaithHealer1 (358) - SCOTLAND - JAN 31, 2012
Cask at North Bar, Leeds. Pour an orange-gold, finger of head that lasts. Aroma is sweet, with some hops, grassiness and a hint of maple syrup, but I think its dampened by the head. Taste is very sweet - golden syrup, caramel, with a hint of hops, a little honey. Cask suits it, but leaves it a shade cloying. Need to drink it slowly. Sweet finish dies after a medium length of time, leaving a lifting grassy bitterness to end. Good stuff.

3.8
madmitch76 (25809) - , Essex, ENGLAND - JUL 27, 2013
11th July 2013
Chelmsford Beer Festival. Pretty much a clear gold - amber beer. Little pale cream coloured head. Palate is smooth and semi dry. Super mild carbonation. Lactose sweet malt with a nice nutty caramel. Floral dried fruits, Touch of licorice. The milky sweetness holds this sweetish and clean barley wine together.


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