Brewed by Swannay Brewery
Style: English Strong Ale
Orkney, Swannay by Evie, Scotland


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RATINGS: 116   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.35/5   EST. CALORIES: 180   ABV: 6%
Cask; Regular. Also available bottled.

Appearance: pale and golden in colour.
Nose: rich fruity malt hints of yeast, with earthy, woody, hop with honey and alcohol notes.
Palate: generously malty with balanced spicy hop in the middle leading, to a lingering hop finish, with honeyed fruity malt and a hint of warming alcohol.
Summary: a stunning stronger ale in the true british fashion, with balanced flavours from maris otter malt and English hops added early and late in the copper. One to take great care with as it is so drinkable.

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   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Niall73 (2430) - Ontario, CANADA - AUG 6, 2014
Bottle at home. Pours amber with a white head. Aroma is fairly sweet with lemon, light caramel and sponge cake. Light to medium body, medium carbonation. Orange marmalade, lemon drizzle cake, grass, light pine, light caramel, grapefruit... Its very nicely balanced with a good bitter finish and very drinkable. Nice.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
gunnar (8872) - Sandnes, NORWAY - JUL 25, 2014
Bottle at Ayre Hotel, Kirkwall. Pours clear golden with a small creamy white head. Aroma is light sweet malty, some strong citrus and oak. Taste is light sweet malty, some good fruity and herbal hops, provides a good balance and drinkability, moreish ?-off course

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Beersiveknown (5272) - NORTHERN IRELAND - JUL 24, 2014
Bottle at home from alesela
mid burnished gold with offwhite lacing. Honeyed malt nose with a touch of coconut.Full bodied, fruity, rich malt, golden syrup, herbal bitterness. Moderate carbonation, long fruity finish. A bit heavy going but enjoyable.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
OwainTurner (425) - Leicester, Bedfordshire, ENGLAND - JUN 13, 2014
A lovely deep rich and fruity beer. Slight oilness. Perfect balance of sweet and hop bitterness. Easy to drink, brilliant beer. Very nice indeed.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Beerhunter111 (19863) - PCastle, GERMANY - APR 6, 2014
Ins Glas ergiet sich ein hell bernsteinfarbenes Bier mit geringer Schaumkrone. Geruch leicht rstmalzig, dunkle Frchte, wrzig. Geschmack nach dunklen reifen Frchten, malzig s, leicht wrzig.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Garrold (5067) - Sheffield, South Yorkshire, ENGLAND - MAR 14, 2014
Cask at SIBA Beer X. Clear, light amber. Bubbly, white head. Grassiness. Apple. Light toffee. Fresh palate. Dry finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
allmyvinyl (10388) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - MAR 1, 2014
500ml bottle from Appellation Wines. Pours clear gold, thick white long-lasting head. Aromas of greens apple and wood, light lemon citrus, light malt sweetness. Taste brings more sweetness, cleansing bitterness. Medium body, thin-to-creamy texture. Clean finish. Slips down a treat.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
BlackHaddock (7080) - Shropshire, ENGLAND - DEC 20, 2013
My third and final hand-pulled half-pint of Orkney brews in The Plough, Shifnal, during a CAMRA pub crawl on 14th Dec 13. This was by far the best of the three IMHO: the Dark Munro was fine, the IPA too citrusy for me. Pours a clear light golden colour with a full white cap. The aroma was semi-sweet, as was the taste: light malts seemed to give off caramel and butterscotch esters which also carried on into the taste. Nice feel to the whole thing: well balanced as the hop content rears up towards the end of each sip to equal out the sweetness. The alcohol is well hidden within the flavours and makes the beer far to easy to drink: I prefer slightly sweeter brews, so this suited me fine.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Staffan47 (909) - Uppsala, SWEDEN - DEC 19, 2013
Real ale p akkurat. Inleder fdelsedage med en brntensfrgad hrlig real ale. Engelsk humle i doften, lite grsig. ven tydlig maltighet i doften. Frbereder mig p att beskan kommer bli massiv men helt i ondan fr den r nmligen inte alls speciellt besk. Lg kolsyra som vntat. Medium kropp och lskande. Sublima inslag av alkohol men i balans. Ren och fin. Inget som spretar.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Lonick (1827) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - DEC 17, 2013
Simply a very nice beer. A touch of malt to give it some sweetness, hoppy without being a hop-bomb. Strong without being stupid, just a nice good quality beer

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