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


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RATINGS: 115   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 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
MoritzF (9612) - Ottobrunn, GERMANY - JUL 31, 2012
(bottle) Clear, golden colour with a blond medium-sized foamy head. Discreetly bready malty aroma with hints of butter and citric hops. Mildly bitter and sweet flavour, medium to light bodied with an almost crisp carbonation. Balanced hop-bitter and sweet malty taste with fruity accents of citrus; dry-ish malty and bitter hoppy finish. A clean and pleasantly more-ish Ale. 30.VI.12

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Scopey (13596) - Croydon, Greater London, ENGLAND - JUL 12, 2012
Bottle at Bruces Housewarming Tasting. It pours hazy light orange, with a thick white head. The nose is orange, tinned fruit, peach, apricot and sherbet. The taste is orange, apricot, tinned peach, sherbet, hay, straw and some spice. Medium body, fine carbonation and slightly sticky mouth-feel. Good balance, flavoursome and pretty smooth.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
jackl (7355) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - JUL 9, 2012
Bottle @ Bruces Housewarming Tasting. Light amber color with no head. The nose is apricot and orange marmalade. Light bell pepper, a bit boozy. The taste is fruity marmalade, a bit hot, dusty light hops. Jammy malts. Medium body, smooth. Actually quite flavorful.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
mile (3887) - Helsinki, FINLAND - JUL 8, 2012
Bottle. Golden, small to average and fully diminishing head. Moderate, malty and sweetish aroma, fruitiness - some honey and light toffee, light grassy - herbal hoppyness. Body is moderate and malty and sweetish with some fruitiness - light honey, light caramel, light grassy hoppyness. Finish is average and malty and sweetish, some fruitiness with honey, some grassy - herbal hoppyness, light alcohol. Fruity and sweetish strong ale with decent bitterness - too sweet for my taste.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Leighton (19883) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - JUL 6, 2012
UPDATED: AUG 5, 2012 Cask at the Euston Tap, London. Pours clear gold with a tight, white foam head. Ripe fruit nose. Medium to big sweet flavor, melon, other ripe fruits, faint pine, wet bread, some semi-darkened sugars. Actually a pretty nice quaffer. Medium bodied with fine carbonation. Sweet, fairly sticky finish with lots of ripe fruits, jammy berries, some dates. Quite sweet with lots of ripe, semi-dark fruits, but not at all cloying. Lightly dry on the end, which provides some escape from the sugars. Nice beer. (3.7)

Bottle at Bruces Housewarming Party Tasting, London. Very solid all around. Looks great. Some light citrus jam carries the beer - think marmalade. Not overly sweet. Medium bodied with fine carbonation. Very mild warmth in the end, more jammy citrus character. Very nice beer. (3.7)

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
EithCubes (5722) - New Jersey, USA - JUN 30, 2012
Bottle BBE FEB 13. Sweet malt, fruit, English yeast in the nose, faint wood, hops late. Pours a pale, dull orange with a large and rocky tan head. Taste only lightly sweet and thats followed by a nice, strong bitterness. Caramel is strong but accented sharply by fruit, spicy mid-body resolves into a beautiful but short bready finish. Has some sharp crystal edges but does handle the alcohol well, fruit gains steam and becomes a little sickening. Creamy medium body, like this one.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
stephenmstrain (1) - SCOTLAND - JUN 22, 2012 does not count
An unbelievably drinkable stronger than average beer that just slips down. Good all year but hard to get hold of. Get it when you can.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
ads135 (4342) - Omaha, Nebraska, USA - JUN 13, 2012
Light amber with a thick, creamy head. Fruity mandarin orange and lemon flavor. Light floral aroma. Mild, but with a medium body and memorable character.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
McNeillR (2276) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - APR 11, 2012
Bourbon cream nose, little in the way of a head atop a stern well varnished brown mahogany body. Stickily cheap fudge initial taste, leaving enough width for your fillings to get filled with a malt storm that brings the ABV to the forefront cautiously. Slight TCP burn on the finish keeps the glass on the table long enough to appreciate the effort of what is easily their flagship brew in my book. (Cask, Highland Taps Takeover, Cloisters)

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Erasmus_ro (2737) - Alabama, USA - JAN 22, 2012
Cask @ Gallows Bird. Pours a deep gold with an off-white head. Aroma is sweet with fruit. Taste is fruity and sweet with malts, caramel. Some cherry in the finish. Turns a dry wood and grass in the aftertaste.

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