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


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RATINGS: 389   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.

BelgBeerGeek's rating

   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 !!!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Niller (932) - 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 (252) - 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 (1086) - 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 (1913) - 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 (744) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
italianjohn (2489) - Penndel, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 21, 2015
Black pour with a thin beige head .... Aroma of dark roasted malts, figs, light oak, smokey, whiskey, orange and spices .... Very complex ..... Taste is of deep roasted malts, oranges, oaky, figs, smokey whiskey, light vanilla and dark chocolate .... Very complex brew .... Whiskey barrel added a lot of depth and character ..... Finish is dry and roasted with a lingering light bitter bite

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
TheXanMan (2) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - APR 11, 2015 does not count
Really great beer. Pours black as oil, with really decent carbonation for a barley wine. Rich, biscuity with big fudge/caramel notes. Dark fruits and strong malt profile, everything you’d expect really, but really well put together. One thing I loved was it wasn’t overly-whisky tasting, which has now been done to death in most dark beers. Perfect for a desert beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
GlasgowTAD (586) - Glasgow/Aberdeen, SCOTLAND - APR 3, 2015
2014 vintage. Pours brownish black with an active brown head which soon recedes to a ring, heavy lacing on glass as the beer is swigged around. Aroma is dominated by port and sherry aromas, red wine, grapes and slight malts aromas. Taste is caramel, toffee, butterscotch, figs, slightly smokey and leathery too. Medium to thin body with a sticky mouthfeel and prolonged aftertaste.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
StilleStorm (1064) - Stavanger, NORWAY - FEB 21, 2015
DWF; Bottle 75cl. Pours smal "alchol head", black with a fast fading tan head. Aroma is roasted malt, barrel, heavy dark chocolate and coffee, spice, ripe fruit and booze. Taste is moderate to heavy sweet and light bitter with a sweet, warming, roasted lasting finish. Body is medium, texture is oily, carbonation is flat. Head brewer, thanks for signing the bottle.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
k92488 (346) - NORWAY - FEB 21, 2015
1 liter svart med lite skum. Søt. Smak av whisky malt.aroma. mild og fin. Pittelitt syrlige ettersmak

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