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Orkney Dark Island Reserve

Brewed by Orkney (Sinclair Breweries)
Style: Barley Wine
Stromness, Scotland
Serve in Snifter


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RATINGS: 394   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.87   EST. CALORIES: 300   ABV: 10%
Bottled, Filtered, Special;
Dark Island Reserve is a strong and full Orcadian Ale - lagered for 3 month in old Dalmore whiskey oakbarrals. This slow proscess makes a classic - a fruity, spiced, oakroasted maltflavour.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
thedm (5163) - Fort Wayne, USA - AUG 29, 2015
This flippy top bottled brew marked Gyle Number 701 bottled on 15 January 2014 from a bottle shop poured a small sized head of frothy fine to medium sized brown colored bubbles that were mostly lasting and left behind a no visible carbonation opaque black brown colored body and a fair lacing. The nice aroma was chocolate and cherry. The mouth feel was weakly tingly at the start and at the finish with a strong vinous aftertaste. The sharp flavor contained notes of vinous chocolate dark malt and cherry. A decent one that I would consider drinking again.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Shark_Pants (470) - AUSTRALIA - AUG 27, 2015
2013 vintage. Strong complex sweet aromas of figs, dates, vanilla, whisky, oak tannins, fortified wine notes. The taste lives up to expectations - soft smooth whisky front and centre, oak, camembert cheese, nuttiness, light peat. ABV very well disguised. Low carbonation, smooth and oily. Not getting much barley wine in this but stands on its own feet as a sensational beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Rolfarild (160) - NORWAY - AUG 22, 2015
2013 vintage. Black with a small beige ring of foam. Aroma of sour bonfire and vanilla. Taste figs, dates, salt licorine, whisky, oak snd dark chocolate. Dry aftertaste but creamy and oily at start.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
nihtila (1835) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - AUG 10, 2015
Bottle. Pours black, aromas of dark chocolate, sweet vanilla, whisky, roastedmalts, dark fruits. Very nice. Taste has plenty of dark malts and fruits, gentle whisky and vanilla, wood, smooth and low carbonation. Excellent.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
beechner224 (957) - Melbourne, Florida, USA - AUG 8, 2015
Bottle to glass. Pours pitch black with hint of head. Aroma is coffee, chocolate, whiskey. Taste is light, smooth, a sweet whiskey finish. Very light bodied and easy drinking. Alcohol is well hidden. Really like this beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Niller (970) - Hammel, DENMARK - JUL 17, 2015
Bottle@Voldby. Pours black with a beige head. Aroma and taste is roasted malts, dark fruits, oak, whiskey, dark chocolate. Very complex brew. Oily texture. Flat carbonation. Slight bitter roasted finish.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Scotty001 (386) - Portlethen, SCOTLAND - JUL 12, 2015
Share of a 2012 vintage. Poured deep dark brown, minimal head. Aroma is boozy, malt, dark fruit. Full body, flavour is roast malt, prunes, raisins, light chocolate, lightly peated.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
ElManana (1148) - Scheldewindeke, BELGIUM - JUL 4, 2015
Bottle at RBBSG, thanks for sharing Beerlover_Ben. Alcohol, malts, chocolate, whisky, not bad.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Mr_Pink_152 (2017) - Lincoln, Lincolnshire, ENGLAND - JUL 3, 2015
Bottle from The Real Ale a Store, Newark. Thick black colour with a beige head. Fruity aroma, taste is toasted malt and fruity. No really much like a barley wine. But good.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
ianwelby (770) - SCOTLAND - JUN 25, 2015
Black beer with a thin beige head. Fruity scent. Strong fruity beer, malty too. Actually a very basic flavour but it’s gorgeous.

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