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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AshtonMcCobb (6609) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - APR 20, 2011
UPDATED: OCT 20, 2013 Re-rating, a really great cask experience - rich but refreshing. Previous Re-rate 28/08/11 7+4+7+4+14 = 3.6. More of the cleverly integrated yeast and hops on this experience and less aware of the strength, as it comes in understatedly and finishes cleanly and elegantly. Previous rating 20/04/11 6/3/7/4/14 = 3.4 50cl bottle. Pours an orange colour with steady bubbles and a good frothy head. The nose is of pale malt and nettles. The taste has more pale malt and nettles, also some hay and perhaps an apple note. The palate is fairly light in body and structure and there is a very long refreshing structure. Overall, I think I could drink it all night,

Humble_Tester (9) - Durham, Durham, ENGLAND - APR 4, 2011 does not count
Cask - Stromness. Very fruity smell, passion fruit and perhaps pear. Light color, somewhat murky. Sharp first taste with a lingering, but mild, aftertaste. Sign at the bar said 2010 Scottish Beer Champ, though I have not verified this.

Blairgus (4613) - California, USA - MAR 9, 2011
nose is grass and passion fruit, unripe fruit med/thin body and mildly fizzy taste is some malt, some hops. decently balanced with slight bitter finish decent british session beer

imdownthepub (14555) - Banbury, Oxfordshire, ENGLAND - FEB 13, 2011
Cask conditioned at Fleetwood Beer Fest ’11. Gold with white head. Quite a perfumed honeyed note initially with a slightly sourish malt, the alcohol shows through quite strongly, maybe overly. Dry in the finish.

Egg4Goff (19) - Sheffield, South Yorkshire, ENGLAND - FEB 13, 2011
Cask, Sheffield Tap. Recently voted Champion Beer of Scotland this was quite disappointing. The appearance was a pleasant amber. There was little on the nose apart from a slight floral hint. The alcohol was prominent and overpowered the hoppy edge. While it was not unpleasant it was only OK. I would have rather got a half as the oily palate did not make for a particularly enjoyable finish.

anders37 (26641) - Malmö, SWEDEN - DEC 18, 2010
Bottle @ Chris O. Pours a golden color with a small white head. Has a fruity malty aroma with some hints of caramel and weak hints of citrus. Fruity malty toffee flavor. Has a fruity malty caramel finish.

JohnRMurdoch (4876) - Glasgow, SCOTLAND - DEC 18, 2010
Bottle from Peckhams. Mild malty aroma, slightly unusual orange brown colour. Distinctive orange metallic taste. Good.

Beershine (5224) - VANCOUVER, British Columbia, CANADA - DEC 2, 2010
@ Malt & Hops, Leith. Clear amber, sparkling color, tight head. Slight solvent in aroma, and wood. Soft, soapy palate. Nearly bland. Is underhopped. Malty but not sweet. Soap and a strange bitterness. Strange like a pale bock almost. Not my thing.

yespr (45464) - Copenhagen O, DENMARK - NOV 19, 2010
From cask at Bow Bar. Pours clear and golden yellow with a small white head. Aroma is fruity and slight malty. Sweet, malty and fruity. Subdued bitterness. Sweet and lingering into the finish.

BeerCast_Rich (1906) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - NOV 10, 2010
[500ml bottle, Cornelius Beer&Wine, Edinburgh] Clear golden colour. Deep toffee apple alcohol aromas, some wood, hops and sweetness. Malt forward on the palate, some raisin/pruneish flavours, before the sweet alcohol finish. Very complex, extremely well-balanced and dangerously drinkable at 6% [25012008]

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