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


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RATINGS: 433   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.87/5   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, oak roasted malt flavour.

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   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 !!!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
slowrunner77 (9620) - 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!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Ratman197 (12946) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
JPDIPSO (5519) - 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

   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

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
batneil (602) - - JUL 3, 2016
Very thick and dark. Chocolate taste, also quite malty. Potent. Good for small doses.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
suurjuust (2770) - 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
martjoobolut (2800) - 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
teorn88 (6039) - Out of the EU, Greater London, ENGLAND - JUN 13, 2016
March 2015 rating: 37.5cl bottle, fresh, from Utobeer, London. It pours a dark copper/brown color with a small beige head. Aroma is big bold and lightly boozy with notes of coffee, toffee, vanilla and rum. Taste has also notes of dark chocolate, toffee and vanilla. Well rounded and bold with light alcohol burnt in the finish. Full bodied with silky mouthfeel and soft carbonation. Overall, very nice balance and complexity 8-4-8-4-18 June 2016 rating: 75cl bottle, 5-year old vintage, shares at the Non-Beer Tasting @Fergusí, Watford. It pours a clean brown color with a small beige head. Aroma is lightly sweet and boozy, with notes of figs, raisins and toffee. Taste is a bit thin with more sweet raisins, toffee, vanilla and light booze. Light bodied with soft carbonation. Overall, age has taken its toll on this one, both in terms of flavor and body 7-3-7-3-16

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
mR_fr0g (8505) - Hertfordshire, ENGLAND - JUN 11, 2016
Bottle shared thanks to Paulo. A dark mahogany brown coloured pour with a fading dark tan head. Viscous. Aroma is aged, plummy figgy pudding, airy malts, a little salty umami. Flavour is composed of semi sweet, salty airy malts, plummy jammy fruits, little age, but nice complexity. Palate is semi sweet, moderate carbonation, little airy. Lingering black malts.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Maris (1349) - Canberra, AUSTRALIA - JUN 3, 2016
From a 330ml bottle on 3/6/2016 (bottled 27/3/2015, Gyle no. 954). Pours the darkest brown with pretty much no head. The aroma features some light whisky notes, dark and dried fruit, and is quite vinous in character. Taste wise, itís quite sharp and sweet, with cherries, prunes, chocolate and soy. Thereís a good dash of whisky, and a light acidic bitterness. The texture is slightly syrupy and the carbonation soft. Desmond has proclaimed this his fave beer of all time, but itís not really my cup of tea. A reasonably enjoyable sipper, but at around $23 a bottle, it just doesnít go close to working as a value proposition.

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