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


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RATINGS: 112   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.89/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 315   ABV: 10.5%
Cask & bottle; Special

This batch of Orkney Porter has been patiently aged for 18 months in Isle of Arran Bere whisky barrels.
The spirit previously contained in the casks was distilled with the ancient bere barley. Grown here, on blustery Orksney, ths hardy variety is probably one of the oldest cultivted cereals in the world.

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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
TBone (18551) - Pori, - NOV 9, 2017
Bottled 330ml (Alko web)
Dark ruby colour, small steady beige head. Toasted, a bit peaty, whisky aroma. Medium-bodied. Chocolate, toasted malty, smooth palate. Some vanilla sweetness. Some whisky backing the nicely balanced porter. Doesn't show its 10.5%. Delicious. Not so robust but nice.

JefVerstraete (3742) - Oosterzele, BELGIUM - JAN 8, 2018
Bottle from a trade. Many thanks GlasgowTad! Dark brown/black colour, beige foam. Very complex nose of roasted malts, dried fruit, plums, raisins, caramel. Fruity sweetness along with subtle whisky notes. Note very thick body but very drinkable and subtle. Complex and not too boozy. Wow, really nice beer!

tiong (7739) - Espoo, FINLAND - JAN 6, 2018
330ml bottle from Alko. Pours deep dark brown, almost black with a smooth head. Lovely aroma of whisky, oak, roasty malts, wood, hints of peat, toffee, vanilla and chocolate. Taste is smooth, sweetish and heavy with oaky whisky notes, wood, hints of peat, vanilla, toffee, chocolate, coffee and roastiness. Finish is sweetish, slightly roasty and earthy with loads of oak, wood, whisky, toffee, vanilla and hints of peatiness. Quite nicely balanced and tasty.

humpah (379) - Jyväskylä, FINLAND - JAN 6, 2018
0,33l bottle from Alko, pouring almost black color. Aroma of sweet roasted maltiness, whiskey, caramel, dark fruits, sugar, vanilla, sweetness, licorice and slight alcohol. Not extremely roasted for a porter, medium+ body, some bitterness to balance. Ending is a bit roasted sweet. Smooth, reminds a bit of a oatmeal stout. Great rich sweet porter, not extremely roasted or bitter, but doesn't get alcoholy at all so the balance is really nice at all times.

Kingi (677) - - JAN 4, 2018
aroma has a nice combination of all kinds of stuff i cant really differentiate, just is pleasant. Black beer, head could be better. Taste is medium sweetness, light bitterness, light alcohol. Medium body, slick. A bit of sweetness on the aftertaste. This is a nice barrel aged porter, i like it, but not really tasting the greatness in this.

thmsboyd (218) - Ayr, SCOTLAND - JAN 2, 2018
330mL bottle BBE: Oct 2017. Served in a tulip glass @ 16ºC. Pours a deep, dark brown with a tawny amber hue. Medium-small, sandy brown head that quickly recedes to a crown. Medium-high intensity nose full of fruit and roast character, with wood notes in the background. Sweet liquorice, brambles and raisins. Banana emerging late on. Very sweet to taste yet still not cloying, there's a dry oak and mild roasted bitterness that keeps everything in check without being acrid or ashy. Full-bodied and sticky (almost syrupy), medium-low carbonation, and lingering finish of raisins with a hint of oak. This doesn't scream 'cask-aged', yet clearly benefits from the time it's been laid down. Unclear whether time in the bottle has helped, but either way this is a stunning beer.

Tide (4564) - Helsinki, FINLAND - DEC 30, 2017
UPDATED: DEC 30, 2017 Bottle from Alko. Black color, beige head. Bitter taste with roasted malts, whiskey, oak, vanilla, dark fruits, chocolate and toffee. Bitter finish with roasted malts, whiskey, oak, vanilla, dark fruits and toffee. Excellent imperial porter.

lada66 (84) - Savonlinna, FINLAND - DEC 29, 2017
Good beer. Excellent balance. Very nice and smooth flavour and aroma of whisky barrel (batch #2). One of the best beers from Scotland I have tasted so far, excluding Brewdog beers.

Aukedebier (41) - KAUTTUA, FINLAND - DEC 24, 2017
Bought at a local Alko liqueur store in Turku in a 33ml bottle. Appearance: quite black with hardly any head, very modest carbonation. Nose: caffé latte, light burned makts and some whiskey. Taste: mild coffee, mild hops and the oaked whiskey taste at the end. What can I say.. This is craftsmanship! If you are looking for an experience, and you like porters or stouts.. this is the thing to try.

Psytron (2563) - Turku, FINLAND - DEC 23, 2017
Smell of rye bread, mämmi, some licorice. Black colour, small brown head. Aroma of rye bread, mämmi, licorice, coffee, some oak and smoky notes. Whisky and rye bread in finish. Very heavy body. Viscous texture. Sweet, medium bitter. Very smooth palate.

mice (1097) - FINLAND - DEC 22, 2017
Clear, cola looking beer with small head. Aroma has licorice, dried fruits, vanilla and whiskey. Taste has dried fruits, licorice, vanilla and dry whisky at the end. Soft. Long lasting, a bit spicy ending.

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