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 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
calm_dreamer (160) - GREECE - APR 22, 2013
2011 bottle. Dark black color with little head that doent last for long. Smell and taste of caramel and chocolate and roasted barley. Light bodied for an imperial porter. Hides nicely the high vol.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
MrW (552) - Mechelen, BELGIUM - FEB 11, 2013
2011 Bottle @ Bow Bar, Edinburgh. Grainy, alcohol, coffee, herbs, rich aroma. Darkbrown, tan foamy head. Tastes less sharp than the aroma. Liege syrup. Syrup mouthfeel, alcohol finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Embrouille (2843) - SWITZERLAND - JAN 28, 2013
Bottled 33cl. Suprisingly fruity nose (including banana). Medium bodied. This beer is definitely far from being great to my tastes.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Tinco (614) - Linkping, SWEDEN - JAN 23, 2013
2010 bottle. Dark brown almost black, nice one finger mocha head. Aroma: cacao, some malty sweetness, dark fruits, raisins, figs, sweet dark sugars, mocha, milk chocolate. Taste: nice sweet roasted note, lots of sweet dark fruits, some caramel, dark chocolate, a slightly tart cherry note, well blended flavours. A nice balanced beer!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
rosenbergh (11042) - Tampere, FINLAND - JAN 19, 2013
330 ml bottle. Vintage 2011. From bierzwerg.de.
Dark brown colour with red hue and small tan head. Very strong aroma of dark fruits accompanied with strong Bock-y malty elements and mild vanilla notes. Flavour is sweet dark fruits, Bock-like strong maltiness and some alcohol. Very smooth. Some vinous elements typical to Barley Wine. Maybe I grab the bottle too early as this is Barley Wine to me. Mild bitterness in aftertaste.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
Hermod (6758) - Vantaa, FINLAND - DEC 23, 2012
33cl bottle. Almost black, thin head. Boozy, dark fruity, sweet aroma. Flavor is very sweet, barley wine style with berries and malt. Boozy. Did not find much roastyness or chocolate in it. Did not like this beer. Infected?

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
zimbo (923) - SCOTLAND - DEC 19, 2012
Inially pours a big head. Very dark, very deep with a red cherry hue. Pretty big for a porter with a slight currants on cake quality. Mouthfeel gives the impression its been sliced from one full cream dar bitter block. Very well integrated, the 9% ABV is well hidden.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Theydon_Bois (17944) - Hazlemere, the lower Xhitlerns, Buckinghamshire, ENGLAND - DEC 15, 2012
Bottle at home (thanks to a trade with Craig Garvie) 15/12/12. Pours a very dark mahogony brown with a tan head that soon dissipates to a pond and veers to the edge of the glass. Nose comprises roast malts, rich dark toffee, dark fruits, touch of chocolate. Tastes of toffee fudge, prunes, dates, light cocoa, comlex dark fruit flavours, a little booze but well integrated for 9%. Full bodied with soft carbonation, smooth on the palate, fruity finish. Decent tackle this badger !

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
sic1314 (4775) - Leiden, NETHERLANDS - OCT 26, 2012
Poured dark, deep reddish brown with a thick, frothy tan head. Aroma of vinous roasted malt. Full, smooth and creamy body. Flavour of sweet fruit and some coffee with a lingering bitter sweet finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
jeverszeuge (645) - GERMANY - OCT 24, 2012
# 3133 ersma: danke an claudia frs mitbringen der flasche. schwarz, schaumarm, rubinschimmer im gegenlicht. der geruch ist slich mit lakritz, rstmalz, etwas kaffee und karamell. der antrunk ist slich, malzig mit rstaromen, buttertoffe, lakritz (sem deutschem), trockenpflaumen. dazu eine ganz dezente herbe. die wird zur mitte etwas deutlicher, die sen und rstigen tne bestimmen aber das geschehen. die malzigkeit nimmt zu, mehrt so richtung schoko. der abgang ist slich und herb, karamell- und rstmalze, lakritz, dazu kruterig-herbe hintergrundaromen. sehr komplex. die schlichte und dadurch sehr edle 0.33-l-pulle weist darauf hin, dass das bier nur ein mal jhrlich abgefllt wird und eine lagerung durchaus abkann. fazit: abwechslungsreiches, berzeugendes porter. probierenswert. 11,10,11,11,13,11 - 10,95 - 25/

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