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

bottled
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on tap
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RATINGS: 347   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.86   EST. CALORIES: 300   ABV: 10%
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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, oakroasted maltflavour.


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4.6
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
BelgBeerGeek (1297) - 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 aroma’s i’ve ever had !!! so good !!! let’s 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 i’d classify it as a Imperial stout flavourwise ...

But doesn’t matter Barley Wine or Imperial Stout it’s freaking lovely !!!


4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
RhetoricalAns (111) - Toronto, Alberta, CANADA - APR 14, 2014
Bottle. Lovely black pour with a thin fizzy tan head. Aroma is coffee, dark chocolate, whiskey. Flavour is much the same, some dark fruit. overall a sweet malt experience, smooth body.

4.7
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
BeerAcademyRO (2) - - APR 10, 2014 does not count
A great experience together with beer friends: this beer surprised us all and discover good atmosphere all around.

3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Scottishchris (116) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - MAR 22, 2014
33cl bottle from the hive. Gyle 701. Black very little bubbly head. Wood coffee and chocolate on the nose. Slightly sticky sugary thick body. Whisky and alcohol prevails, not particularly subtle. Not a classic for me.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
MichaelAwesome (2982) - Wanne-Eickel, GERMANY - MAR 17, 2014
Wundervoll dick mit beerigen Anklängen und hoher Trinkbarkeit. 10 Prozent sind kaum zu merken, unterstützen aber die dick fruchtigen Aromen und wirken teilweise wie Sirup. Klasse.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
McTapps (2980) - Ruhrgebiet, GERMANY - MAR 16, 2014
Bottle from trade with BenH - many, many thanks Ben! The beer pours out in a deep dark brown colour with steady head and smooth body. Aroma of plums, oak and barley. Taste of intense barley, dark berries, oak, roast, woods, plums, prunes, dark grains and rum. Light roasty hints. Easy and smooth drinkable, really nice brew. Enjoyed it.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Ktwse (1474) - SWEDEN - MAR 8, 2014
Pours black with low light tan head. Aroma of whisky cask, molasses, roasted malts. Taste is initial vanilla and chocolate sweet followed by massive cask notes. Full, creamy body. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
ansalon (946) - Stockholm, SWEDEN, SWEDEN - MAR 8, 2014
Pours black with no head. Aroma is coffee, muscovado sugar, citrus, whisky, roasted oak tones. Taste is coffee, chocolate, honey, muscovado sugar, whisky, vanilla. Mouthfeel is light with liw carbonation. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Inbreak (1526) - Loddefjord, NORWAY - MAR 1, 2014
Old rating rerated 01.03.2014, 0,75l bottle (hand-bottled 25.11.2010) @ home:
Small slightly bubbly light brown mediumlasting head. Aroma is slightly rich, lots og licorice, dark malts, coffee, burnt caramel, grass, cough syrup, butterscotch, dark fruits. Taste is slightly rich, licorice, old rope, grass, whisky, coffee, dark malts, cough syrup, burnt caramel, dark fruits. Medium bitterness, slightly dry syrupy mouthfeel. Very nice, but I think maybe it’s even better with less aging.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Osprey87 (1161) - London via, WALES - FEB 22, 2014
75cl bottle, 2012 vintage, one of 3641 bottles. Poured into a snifter. Black, bubbly tan head. Smell - Belgian yeast, chocolate, slight whisky, alcohol soaked cherries. Body is pretty big and smooth, slightly foamy, very low carbonation. Taste - molasses, liquorice, iodine, paint, alcohol comes through and it’s a little sharp in the finish. Whisky character is subtle. Good, but the flavour isn’t as intense or complex as I was expecting. Smooth flavour and body.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
VastActiv (2175) - Oulu, FINLAND - FEB 2, 2014
Bottle 0.75l at Gallow’s Bird, Espoo. Originally rated 21012012. Colour is dark brown with almost no head. Aromas and flavours: Dark fruits, sweetness, wood and malts.


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