Brewed by Swannay Brewery
Style: Premium Bitter/ESB
Orkney, Swannay by Evie, Scotland
Serve in English pint


on tap


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RATINGS: 43   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.14/5   EST. CALORIES: 156   ABV: 5.2%
Cask; Regular. Previously brewed at 5.0%.

Appearance: brown to red in the glass.
Nose: generously malty with subtle hop notes and hints of fruity fermentation esters.
Palate: nutty crystal malt to the fore, with a hint of chocolate malt roastiness, leading into a satisfyingly balanced malt hop middle. The end is nutty, with a lingering hop note.
Summary: a rewarding world class premium ale made with maris otter pale ale malt & dash of chocolate malt, with two classic english hops for bitterness and aroma. St magnus is a beer with a fabulous malt hop balance. If its well vented the hops just win through in the flavour profile.

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   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
allmyvinyl (10281) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - JAN 20, 2015
Cask at cloisters. Pours clear amber gold, thin white head. Aromas of toffee, biscuit. Light herbal bitter taste, which grows down the glass. Clean finish. Nice.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Stuu666 (12499) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - OCT 21, 2014
Cask at the Guildford arms. Pours pale amber, nose is malty toffee, taste is sweet, fruity, light toffee.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
anders37 (25572) - Malm, SWEDEN - OCT 2, 2013
Cask @ GBBF 2013. Pours a pale amber color with a small off-white head. Has a fruity malty spicy caramel aroma. Fruity malty spicy caramel flavor. Has a fruity malty spicy caramel finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
FatPhil (15560) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - SEP 22, 2013
Cask (Black Door, Helsinki)
Rich nutty amber, beautiful persistent spongy head. Lovely UK bitter aroma - lovely malts, lovely sweet fruity esters, and some great noble hops too, absolutely classic. Soft palate, gentle carbonation. Flavour quite fullish in the mouth - good ESB-like sweetish malts fill the mouth, but these are drier and nuttier, and hoppier. And the finish is very hoppy, dry and bitter, quite herbal. Storming ESB, absolutely classic. Cant imagine how to make it better without making it more extreme in some direction, which might change its style.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
Rune (12063) - Troms, NORWAY - AUG 23, 2013
Half, cask at Cloisters. Clear, dark amber coloured body. Tiny, white layer. Spotty lacing to the upper level of the glass. Honeyed sweet citrus nose. Fine blended taste character of fruity hops and caramel malts followed by a bittersweet taste. Medium bodied. Satisfying version of the style (Edinburgh 07.08.2013).

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
AshtonMcCobb (6397) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - AUG 19, 2013
On tap @ the Stockbridge Tap. This version really lifts this beer which is really one of Highlands more austere normally. The balance of zingy hops and malt sweetness is spot on.
Earlier Rating: 4/17/2012 Total Score: 2.9
On tap @ Cloisters Highland Tap takeover. Pours a chestnut red with a well proportioned head. The nose is quite pungent with resin, caraway seeds and apples. The taste is more resin and apples. The palate is medium bodied with a thick texture but this lacks the refreshment of the other Highland beers. Overall, this was better in bottle I think - maybe needs to be kegged?

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
back (2109) - Holstebro, DENMARK - AUG 13, 2013
Rødgylden klar skum hvid Humle citrus grape Bitter meget Tør flad @gbbf ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Scopey (14007) - Croydon, Greater London, ENGLAND - JUL 21, 2013
Cask at Guildford Arms, Edinburgh. It pours clear amber-brown with a medium white head. The nose is earth, wood, brown bread, light toast and leather. The taste is wood, leather, decent bitterness, peppery, caramel and dried fruit with a dry, bitter finish. Medium body and fine carbonation. Good balance and nice bitterness. Decent.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
SaintMatty (7207) - Uppsala, SWEDEN - JUL 19, 2013
Cask (SRAF 2013) - Amber in colour. Sultanas and apricot in the aroma. Fruity and moderately hoppy taste with notes of peach, sultanas and toffee.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
Stuartyboy (1600) - Ayr, SCOTLAND - JUN 28, 2013
On tap at the crystal palace jdw Glasgow a deep Amber colour with strong aroma of fermented fruit flavours are complex with orange and carmel sweetness malt and hops are perfectly ballanced to give a really lovely beer that packs a punch

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