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


on tap

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RATINGS: 393   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 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 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Shark_Pants (466) - AUSTRALIA - AUG 27, 2015
2013 vintage. Strong complex sweet aromas of figs, dates, vanilla, whisky, oak tannins, fortified wine notes. The taste lives up to expectations - soft smooth whisky front and centre, oak, camembert cheese, nuttiness, light peat. ABV very well disguised. Low carbonation, smooth and oily. Not getting much barley wine in this but stands on its own feet as a sensational beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Rolfarild (160) - NORWAY - AUG 22, 2015
2013 vintage. Black with a small beige ring of foam. Aroma of sour bonfire and vanilla. Taste figs, dates, salt licorine, whisky, oak snd dark chocolate. Dry aftertaste but creamy and oily at start.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
nihtila (1826) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - AUG 10, 2015
Bottle. Pours black, aromas of dark chocolate, sweet vanilla, whisky, roastedmalts, dark fruits. Very nice. Taste has plenty of dark malts and fruits, gentle whisky and vanilla, wood, smooth and low carbonation. Excellent.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
beechner224 (957) - Melbourne, Florida, USA - AUG 8, 2015
Bottle to glass. Pours pitch black with hint of head. Aroma is coffee, chocolate, whiskey. Taste is light, smooth, a sweet whiskey finish. Very light bodied and easy drinking. Alcohol is well hidden. Really like this beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Niller (970) - 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 (351) - 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 (1144) - 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 (1999) - 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 (766) - SCOTLAND - JUN 25, 2015
Black beer with a thin beige head. Fruity scent. Strong fruity beer, malty too. Actually a very basic flavour but itís gorgeous.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
italianjohn (2516) - 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

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