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

bottled
available

on tap
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RATINGS: 188   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.67/5   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 270   ABV: 9%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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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4.7
cgarvieuk (25984) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - MAR 30, 2009
UPDATED: JUL 1, 2017 Bottle at home ... deep red back ... big coffee nose with some soft roast ... big toffee malt... little tobacco ... little meaty .. solid dark malts with no charcoal or burnt malts charcater ... low bitterness...light hop in background ... its the light sweet vanilla treacle toffee ness that realy works for me 4.2... tk2 08-01-10 bottle at home .... deep black ... thin lacing ... sweet soft roast malts little tofffee nose ... good dark fruit and toffee malt .... some chocolate .... light hop .in background... i will stick 4.2 on this . lovely... Tkx ... 040510 ... (bbf 1209) bottle at home ... having talked to the brewer today about a new beer that i totally failed at :-( ... i was put in the mood for this one .. deep brown red ... thin tan head ... sweet toffee chocolate malts ... very soft ... nice roast nose ... little over carbonated now ... nice roast toffee roast ... little meaty ... soft chocolate ..little bitterness ... little treacle ... almost a hint of spice ... cinnamon and clove ... aging wonderfully ... shame its a little overcarbonated for me.4.4cask at bowbar ... deep black .. thin tight tan head ... sweet plum and chocolate nose ... big roast ... sweet fruits .... plum ... little raisin ... little cherry ... big chocolate ... rich and complex... light bitter linger .... 4.5bottle at home 04/11/10 bbf Dec 2009 ... deep brown .. thin tan head ... big soft toffee roast ... little over fizzy ... bit thiner than i remember ... big chocolate roast ... light vanilla ... light meatyness ... little treacle ...quite a lot of fruityness ... nice ... 4.0 bottle at home 12/11/10 2009 vintage ... deep brown ... creamy tan head ... sweet light meaty toffee malt nose ... light oily rich body ... big chocolate roast ... little meaty ... quite a bit of treacle ... dark dark sweet fruits ... raisins and cherries...hints of coconut oil 4.3cask in bow .feb 11.. dark black ... sweet chocolate roast malt nose ... very sweet .. light oily body .. nice soft sweet chocolate roast malts ... rich full bodied bliss 4.4cask in bow feb 11 ...deep black ... thin tan head ... sofft sweet chocolate roast ... nose ... dark chocolate ... dark fruits ... lots of green raisin ...wonderfully rich...4.4Bottle at home 2010 vintage drunk 11-05-11 ...deep black ... thin bubbly tan head ... soft blackcurrant chocolate roast malt nose ... little too high carbonation for me ... lots of rich ripe juicy vine fruits ... hint of tobacco ... solid roast malts ... hint of ovaltine ... body is a little thiner than i remember ... light drying linger ... very nice . 4.2cask at bow bar 2009 cask drunk july2011... dark black ... thin tan head ...soft dark toffee roast ... big chocolate ... deep complex roast malt nose ... big sweet roast malts ... some oxidastion ... big roast ... dark malts ... chocolate roast ... soft malty finish ... in some ways this is at the top of its game complex rich and devine... but the oxidisation thats gone along with the complex maturation also distracts... def no thinness as in last btl 4.3Cask at SRAF 2012 ... opps no notes but this was possibly the best ive ever had it, its was so good i drunk too much 4.6Bottle at home drunk 092012 bbf Dec 09 ... deep brown ... thin tan head ... soft mellow toffee roast ... light coffee ... light oxidised malts nose ... cool ... ok this is fairly well oxidised ... rich roast malts ... light toffee hop ... the oxidisation bring out a little nuttyness ... mellow soft smooth ... oh this is still lovely ... its just got such depth ... richness ... 4.3cask at the bat ... dark black ... soft mellow chocolate roast malt nose ... sweet malts ... soft mellow silky smooth roast ... light chocolate ... just sublime 4.4cask at bat ... deep black ... thin tan lacing ... deep meaty chocolate roast .... heavy chewwy roast .. sweet malts ... dark fruits ... swet berries ... soft chocolate ... soft mellow smooth ... soft sweet roast ... amazing 4.5 bottle at home June 2014 vintage 2009... deep blacl ... thick tan head... big blackcurrant ... soft roast ...lifght oxidised cardboard nose... light fizz ... dark sweet roast ... big berriers ...light chocolate ... full rounded mouth ... tiny soya hints but tiny behind the massive roast fruits .. real nice consdidering age ... 4.2Cask at the Stockbridge tap 27jan15... Deep black... Small tan head... Soft sweet berries.. Dark roast malts.. Big chocolate nose... Soft mellow.. Rounded body.. Little thiner than i remember... Oaky chocolate... Light sweet vanilla hint... Mellow chocolate roast... Dark fruits... 4.3Cask at the hanging bat 27jan15... Deep black.. Thiner tan head... Soft dry chocolate berries.. Light dark chocolate nose... Soft roast.. Dark fruits.. Mellow. Berries... Sweet chocolate.. Dark roast... Soft sweet malts.. Lovley 4.5Cask at cloisters... Dark black... Thin tan lacing Dark chocolate roast... Soft chocolate malt roast nose... Soft sweet chocolate roast.. Mellow roast.. Soft meaty malts.. Chewy chocolate mellow roast chocolate roast.. Soft smooth.. Almost woody malts. 4.5Cask at cloisters... Dark brown black.. Thin tan lacing... Soft sweet chocolate roast malts... Dark big chocolate roast.. Big soft malts.. Juicy malts... Sweet toffee chocolate roast... Mellow meaty malts... Big sweet berries.. Juicy sweet malts.. Soft sweet chocolate malts 4.7 bottle at home bbf 2009 later that evening.... Dark black thin tan head... Soft mellow chocolate blackcurrant chocolate roast... Light ovaltine chocolate roast... Cardboard chocolate roast.. Dark wood malt... Big black roast 3.7cask (hand bottle) its lost all its life in a few hours... Soft sweet chocolate roast mellow plum chocolate roast malts nose.. Soft sweet chocolate roast... Big fruits.. Dark sweet fruits... Juicy roast... But lost a lot of life 4.3 but 1 for palate<><>Cask at the bow early 2016 bar... Dark black.. Thin tan lacing... Soft sweet chocolate roast.. Light almost ovaltine roast chocolate roast... Soft sweet chocolate.. Deep rich roast.. Dark malts.. Dark chocolate.. Heavy malt roast 4.2Cask at cloisters aug 2016 ... Dark black... Thin tan lacing.. Dark sweet chocolate roast.. Rich sweet malts... Dark sweet chocolate roast... Nice soft easy rich chocolate roast 4.5Cask at cloisters... Jan 17... Dark black... Small tan head... Dark chocolate roast malts... Rich sweet chocolate roast malts nose... Soft chocolate malts.. Rich smooth roast malts.. Rich soft malts... 4.5

cask at the hanging bat june 17... Dark black.. Thin tan lacing... Soft sweet meaty chocolate roast malts nose.. Soft sweet caramel toffee.. Soft plums... Dark fruits.. Soft sweet chocolate roast malts... But oddly slightly flat... Which is a shame 4.2

Cask at the hanging bat... End june17 2nd pin... Dark black... Small tan head.... Light sry chocolate roast malts nose Soft sweet toffee.. Big blackcurrant fruits roast.. Long sweet fruit nalts.. Juicy fruits malts 4.4

cask at the hanging bat... Dark black... Small tan head... Soft dark meaty chocolate roast malts nose.. Dark sweet chocolate roast malts.. Heavy sweet chocolate roast malts.. Long soft chocolate.. Light blackcurrant... Light treacle 4.5

4.6
flying_pig (1646) - 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.

4.6
thmsboyd (206) - Ayr, SCOTLAND - MAR 19, 2015
Bottle Vintage 2010 (Aged). Lightly chilled. Very deep reddish brown body with a small tan head. High intensity aromas of rich roasted grains, almonds, bananas and some doughy yeast. Surprising tartness that wonderfully cuts through the sweet malty character. Light smoke. Full body - the only real indication of strength - with a thick, oily texture. Low-moderate carbonation and a persistent, long, liquorice finish. Outstanding porter which seemingly benefits from aging. Tremendously balanced and ideal abv. Perhaps lacks a little on the nose, but it’s hard to pick a fault with the taste and palate.


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