Brewed by Swannay Brewery
Style: Imperial Porter
Orkney, Swannay by Evie, Scotland
Serve in Shaker, Snifter


on tap

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RATINGS: 172   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.66/5   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 270   ABV: 9%
Cask; Seasonal - Winter. Also available bottled.
Appearance: Dark mahogany in colour with ruby highlights.
Nose: A lovely roasted grain aroma and some dark berry fruit.
Palate: After a slight tartness (always a good sign in a porter), coffee and chocolate dominate the palate, with a hint of smoke lending complexity. Nutty bitter chocolate pervades the persistent finish.

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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
cthomas2390 (228) - Colorado, USA - SEP 13, 2013
Black-brown pour with tan head. Really complex fruity nose with chocolate, cherry and raspberry. Alcohol evident in the taste but the sweetness is well balanced and it finishes fairly dry.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
anders37 (24431) - Malm, SWEDEN - SEP 12, 2013
Bottle @ Chrisos Pre-GBBF Shindig 13. Pours a black color with a small tan head. Has a roasted malty chocolate aroma. Roasted malty chocolate and caramel flavor. Has a roasted malty chocolate bitter caramel finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
mR_fr0g (10328) - Hertfordshire, ENGLAND - SEP 10, 2013
Bottle at Chrisos Pre-GBBF Shindig 2013. Chesnut dark brown colour. Some sweetness in the aroma with caramel and some fussels. Nutty malt with some roast. Slightly sweet.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
allmyvinyl (9808) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - SEP 5, 2013
Bottle from Appellation Wines. Pours dark brown with a good long-lasting tan head, tight bubbles. Aromas of chocolate, coffee, liquorice, cherries, touch of peat-smoke. Awesome. Taste delivers a roasty bitterness, light sweetness, and merest hint of boozy indulgence. Full bodied, creamy texture, long, long finish. Seriously good beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Leighton (19502) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - AUG 30, 2013
UPDATED: OCT 29, 2013 I try this beer in the house of ratebeer master chriso during his many wonders pre-GBBF tasting. For the event I travel to London in England, land of queens and Pippa where people drink many cups of tea and like eat the fish with french fries. This beer is dark brown like the skin of well-sunned sexy ladies. Very sweet flavor with much chocolate. Some earthy bitterness remind me of pretty ladies giving me no hanky, no panky. I enjoy this beer but I drink only small portion because in my presence were many other ratebeer men including big ticker Danish men. Thanks we had many other beers so altogether I made good boost. (3.6)

Bottle at chrisos Pre-GBBF Shindig 2013 - London. Pours clear brown with a frothy tan head. Sugary bread on the nose, dark toast, chocolate. Medium to heavy sweet flavor with milk chocolate, rich bread, low bitterness. Medium bodied with fine to average carbonation. Somewhat creamy. Sweet on the finish with dark chocolate, bread and light dirt. Good.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
kdb88 (8) - Oslo, NORWAY - AUG 10, 2013 does not count
Bottle from @Great Grog Edinburgh. Nice thick head. Lovely roasted aroma. Coffee, chocolate and a little liqourice aroma. Very nice mouthfeel, and the taste is dark chocolate og coffee. A very nice beer!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 11/20
Sockamania (43) - - JUL 13, 2013
This is obviously a very nice stout but it is not to my taste. Very chocolately, very rich but not my sort of beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Stuartyboy (1530) - Ayr, SCOTLAND - JUL 11, 2013
On cask at sraf 2013 deep mahogany beer with rich. Chocolate and berry fruit flavours rich with fruit and alcohol notes smooth drinking for its strength nice beer I Al

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
mr_h (5070) - Ayr, SCOTLAND - JUN 23, 2013
330ml bottle courtesy of JohnRMurdoch - very dark brown near black, no head, vanilla, alcohol aroma, sweet, toffee, alcohol, high carbonation, not easy to drink

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
flying_pig (1465) - SCOTLAND - APR 24, 2013
330ml bottle from Peckhams, Aberdeen (3.35):
Strong with rich and alcohol laced aroma that is a combination of rich, dark malts and some dark chocolate with an almost red wine like smell following this. There is some raisin, cranberry and plums with a nice alcohol kick and perhaps some dates and figs too.
Dark ruby, almost pitch black with a pinky sized, bubbly, tan head that slowly reduces in size to a thick looking lacing. A nice appearance and a better head than I was expecting.
Boozy, warming alcohol taste to begin that is backed up with a lot of sweetness and darker fruits, notably it is the figs and plums that seem to come through the most here. There is also a very rich, dark, roasted malt taste and some sweet caramel malts and a hint of cherry.
Sweet & rich with a nice boozy feel to the beer and a smooth, full bodied mouthfeel. This one is probably these easiest going 9% beer you will find, the alcohol is noticeable but not overdone & the balance is good.

One of the best I have ever tried. Dangerously easy to drink, considering it is a 9% abv. it goes down an absolute treat. I could drink this one all night although the alcohol content tells me that might not be the best ideas.

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