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


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RATINGS: 440   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.

BelgBeerGeek's rating

   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 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 !!!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
ljthiessen (1125) - Winnipeg, Manitoba, CANADA - SEP 14, 2016
Bottle. Black pour with a rich tan head. Aroma is a little boozy, chocolate and dark fruits, raisin, hints of whiskey. Taste is boozy chocolate, some raisin, cocoa, subtle coffee, quite rich, slightly bready. Thick texture and low carbonation.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
c0fein (551) - Helsinki, FINLAND - SEP 12, 2016
750ml bottle from Saveur-Biere. Oravankolo tasting.

Dark stuff with a small head. Whisky notes, malts, smoke, light and forgettable. Not getting any feelings from this.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
GRM (3737) - Aylmer, Quebec, CANADA - SEP 8, 2016
Brown bottle, 75 cl, brewed on September 24 2013, bottled on November 15, purchased at Binny’s - Lincoln Park, savoured on September 8 2016; eye: black, opaque, ring of beige head, no lacing; nose: molasses, malt, ink, slight fig, slight chocolate, light vanilla; mouth: molasses, malt, ink, light fig, slight alcohol, light whisky, slight chocolate, light vanilla, finale in molasses with slight presence of whisky, medium-full body, below-average carbonation, slightly sweet, slick texture; overall: fine FRANÇAIS Bouteille brune, 75 cl, 10 %, brassée le 24 septembre 2013, embouteillée le 15 novembre, achetée chez Binny’s - Lincoln Park, savourée le 8 septembre 2016; œil : noire, opaque, anneau de mousse beige, pas de dentelle; nez : mélasse, malt, encre, très léger figue, très léger chocolat, léger vanille; bouche : mélasse, malt, encre, léger figue, très léger alcool, léger whisky, très léger chocolat, léger vanille, finale en mélasse avec très légère présence de whisky, corps moyen-corsé, carbonatation sous la moyenne, très légèrement sucrée, texture coulante; en résumé : bien

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
jjsint (2328) - Cambridge, Cambridgeshire, ENGLAND - AUG 31, 2016
750ml bottle from Bacchanalia. Somewhere between very dark brown and oil-slick black. Flat, no head. Whisky, honey, bitter cooking chocolate, and a touch of yeast extract. Fantastic gooey sweet boozy taste with caramel and a hint of sea salt. More salted caramel and prune in the aftertaste. Thick only body. Doesn’t taste anywhere near 10%. Excellent stuff.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
klaing (282) - 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

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
bulldogops (2250) - 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.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
peponi (1469) - Hannover, 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
slowrunner77 (10116) - 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, it’s also way stronger and everything about the regular DI is amplified. There’s also a slight smoke character. Good brew!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Ratman197 (13272) - 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 (5604) - 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

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