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Brewed by Orkney (Sinclair Breweries)
Style: Old Ale
Stromness, Scotland

bottled
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Broad Distribution

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RATINGS: 436   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.88/5   EST. CALORIES: 300   ABV: 10%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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, oak roasted malt flavour.


BelgBeerGeek's rating

4.6
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
BelgBeerGeek (1308) - Antwerp, - AUG 17, 2012
Thx to Palme !!

What the hell ?! is this a Barley Wine or a Imperial Stout ?! the colour !
Head: capuccino, away fast
Colour: black !!! ( impy or barley ?! )
Smell: freaking amazing !!! so intense !!, red port, vanilla, oak, grapes, red wine, boozey, oak, sweet, candy sirup, coconut, molasses, sherry, this must be one of the best aromaís iíve ever had !!! so good !!! letís hope the flavour is as good as the aroma ?!
Taste: start is pretty salty, and caramel, thus salted caramel .. duh !, butterscotch, very oily mouthfeel, slightly roasted, very nice boozey and spicey flavour, very creamy, not as sweet as i tought it would be ( good thng ! ), lots of port wine and whiskey flavours, end is a tad irony with beautifful red wine tanines, aftertaste is roasty and earthy/grassy. this is a damn fine beer ! Tough iíd classify it as a Imperial stout flavourwise ...

But doesnít matter Barley Wine or Imperial Stout itís freaking lovely !!!


4.5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
klaing (276) - Florida, USA - AUG 18, 2016
Dark with little head. Toasted grains with chocolate note, some berry, and then a whiskey tang, sweetness nicely balanced with a mild floral and dry finish. Alcohol nice and warming on the tongue. One of the best. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
bulldogops (1986) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - AUG 2, 2016
Rating #1753 - 2015.06.25 - Bottle from CBI - Dated November 11 2013 - Rich dark brown-black pour with a weak white head that bubbles away quickly, no lacing. Aroma is earthy - presence of toasted barley, chocolate, coffee grounds, mild peaty smokiness.Mouthfeel is clean, low carbonation, medium alcohol warmth. Taste is a depth of chocolately, nutty roast malts, tinge of peat smoke, and tremendous character from the wood of the whisky casks - vanilla, oaky. A truly gorgeous concoction.

4.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
peponi (1414) - Mainz, GERMANY - JUL 30, 2016
Aroma: peated, roasted dark malts, bitter chocolate, barrel, dried fruits. Appearance: jet black and creamy head. Taste: roasted dark malts, barrel notes, vanilla, peated, bitter chocolate, coffee, dried fruits, very smooth, and dry, balanced. Palate: medium body and medium carbonation, roasted barrel finish. Overall: It is a great beer, so complex and balanced, tasty.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
slowrunner77 (9922) - Reno, Nevada, USA - JUL 22, 2016
recently had this shared by a friend, side by side with the base, which was a treat. Not close to the same beer, though. Not only is there a good deal of whiskey and oak here, itís also way stronger and everything about the regular DI is amplified. Thereís also a slight smoke character. Good brew!

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Ratman197 (13076) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - JUL 18, 2016
750 ml swing top bottle poured a clear reddish brown with a small lingering tan head. Aromas of toffee, oak, dried fruit, pipe tobacco, earthiness and peat smoke. Palate was medium bodied and smooth with a dry finish. Flavors of toffee, peat smoke, tobacco, light dried fruit and light earthiness with a smooth dry lingering peat smoke finish.

3.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
JPDIPSO (5569) - Wauwatosa, Wisconsin, USA - JUL 10, 2016
Brown body, with a diminishing light brown, turning creamy small head. Lots of malt aromas, with toasted malt, molasses, and dark chocolate. Moderately sweet, with some acetic and lactic notes in the finish. Have had this a few times and have placed the rating between 2.8 and 3.5. 6/10-6/16

4.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Karlsen (43) - HÝnefoss, NORWAY - JUL 10, 2016
Dark brown and creamy, light white head, aroma a bit sour, roasted, fruits. Taste of roasted malts dried fruits, chocolate. More dry than sweet. Fantastic complexity

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
batneil (605) - - JUL 3, 2016
Very thick and dark. Chocolate taste, also quite malty. Potent. Good for small doses.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
suurjuust (2791) - ESTONIA - JUN 25, 2016
UPDATED: JUN 25, 2016 Bottle shared by Mart. Dark brown beer, very small white head. Nose is very peaty, almost tarry, dark chocolate, roast. Flavor is peat, roast, iodine, salt. Drying peaty finish, roast, tobacco. Warm alcohol in the aftertaste. Savory with chocolate hints and tons of peat and iodine.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
martjoobolut (2888) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - JUN 25, 2016
Bottle (as drk isld rsrv in swing top bottle from beer gonzo). Pours dark brown. Aroma is peat, malt, whisky. Flavor is sweet and bitter, peat, tar, dark chocolate, malt. Overall: very nice, very barrel driven tho.


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