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


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RATINGS: 398   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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
tiong (5225) - Espoo, FINLAND - SEP 25, 2015
750ml bottle @ ISKTR

Pours pitch black with a tiny bubbly head. Aroma of roasty malts, whisky, oak, wood, ripe fruits, spices, plum, berries and syrup. Taste is smooth, sweetish and heavy with whisky notes, oak, berries, syrup, hints of licorice and toffee. Finish is sweetish, heavy and oaky with loads of berries and syrup. Quite heavy and sweet.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
lusikka (7595) - Tampere, FINLAND - SEP 25, 2015
750 ml bottle @ ISKTR V. Pours a black colour with a minimal white head. Aroma of sweet roastiness, raisins, whiskey and wood. Flavour of strong roastiness, licorice, syrupy sweetness, whiskey and a bit of spiciness. Full bodied. Oily mouthfeel. Solid.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
gegwilson (2243) - North Yorkshire, ENGLAND - SEP 14, 2015
Bottle from Hippo Beers in Glasgow. Pours deep mahogany with some rapidly dissipating beige froth laving just a rim of bubbles. The aroma is peaty malt whisky. The taste is quite spicy initially with lots of earthy flavours and smoke that lingers in the finish. The body is pretty light. The whiskey flavours in this are over dominant for my tastes leaving little in the way of beer character. OK, but not worth the expense in my opinion.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
bluejacket74 (1584) - Reynoldsburg, Ohio, USA - SEP 6, 2015
750 ml swing top bottle, bottled on November 15, 2013, Gyle 682. Served in a snifter, the beer pours dark brown/black with maybe a half inch tan head. Head retention is decent, and there isnít much lacing. Aroma is nice, the brew smells like dark fruit (figs, dates), whisky, chocolate, caramel and vanilla. The taste is similar to the aroma, but with the addition of burnt/charred malt, coffee, red grapes, woodiness, and sweet spices. Mouthfeel/body is medium/full, itís a bit creamy and slick with low carbonation. Overall I thought this was a pretty good brew. The whisky barrel character is certainly noticeable, but not overpowering. Definitely worth a try if youíve never had it before.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
thedm (5206) - Fort Wayne, USA - AUG 29, 2015
This flippy top bottled brew marked Gyle Number 701 bottled on 15 January 2014 from a bottle shop poured a small sized head of frothy fine to medium sized brown colored bubbles that were mostly lasting and left behind a no visible carbonation opaque black brown colored body and a fair lacing. The nice aroma was chocolate and cherry. The mouth feel was weakly tingly at the start and at the finish with a strong vinous aftertaste. The sharp flavor contained notes of vinous chocolate dark malt and cherry. A decent one that I would consider drinking again.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Shark_Pants (477) - 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 (173) - 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 (1928) - 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 (976) - 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 (1037) - 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.

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