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


on tap

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RATINGS: 145   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.51   EST. CALORIES: 138   ABV: 4.6%
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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
anders37 (16410) - Malmö, SWEDEN - JUN 11, 2009
Cask @ National Winter Ales Festival 2009, Manchester. Pours a dark brown almost black color with a small off-white head. Has a strong roasted malty chocolate aroma. Fruity roasted malty chocolate flavor with some hints of caramel. Has a fruity roasted malty chocolate finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Rune (7775) - Tromsø, NORWAY - DEC 8, 2008
UPDATED: DEC 9, 2008 Half pint enjoyed in a perfect atmosphere at Guildford Arms where the ale was kept in good shape and served at the very right drinking temperature. Dark Island is an old ale with a decent off-white head over a deep, ruby dark body. Smell of roasted dark malts. Blended taste of roasted coffee malts, nuts and dark chocolate with accomplishing notes of dark fruits. Dry in the mouth. Easy to drink. Edinburgh, 23.10.2008.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Bullit (3970) - Burgos, SPAIN - OCT 10, 2008
Cask at Bon Accord, Glasgow. Dark brown colour, stable beige head. Smell of roasted malts with vanilla. Taste of roasted malts, a lemonade fruityness. Bitter finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Finn (4032) - Tromsø, NORWAY - FEB 11, 2009
Cask at Guildford Arms, Edinburgh 11 Nov 08. Black colored. A lasting tanned head. Rich aroma of chocolate & roasted malt. Sweet fruity flavor with a dry fruity aftertaste. Some bitterness.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
TheGrandMaster (2334) - Auckland, NEW ZEALAND - AUG 21, 2008
Pint pulled at the Sheep’s Heid some time ago. However, I still remember decent stout, though one that was typically unoffensive. Sure was a good pub.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
kwik-lime (1241) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - SEP 14, 2009
A rich, dark brown, bordering on black. This is a good ale, with a rich taste of roasted malts and hints of nuts, coffee and bitter chocolate. At JDW’s in Bognor Regis.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
DruncanVeasey (7112) - NUNEATON, Top 13, Warwickshire, ENGLAND - SEP 14, 2009
UPDATED: SEP 18, 2009 I reeled into Cov Wetherspoons off the last Brum train around midnight, alone, with no key to my hotel room, bag of Tamworth treasure slung under my arm, 26 beers in 24 hours at 2 festivals under my belt (and I don’t mean sips), expecting and hoping to be disappointed. No such luck. The tattoed young urchin behind the bar (possibly sensing my beeriness) proceeded to serve me a half of this roasty treat with the utmost delicacy, patience, and awareness of how to treat a fine ale, in a city (my hometown) and a pub I associate more with the hurling of barstools through plate glass windows than its connoisseurship of such. RESPECT. And on top of that, the beer was a good one and a (relatively) exotic one, in infuriatingly good nick. Burnt toast barley and jam aroma. Deep ruby appearing pitch, creamy beige halo and Xmas card lace. Smokily silky and burnt, cigar wreathes, cream and ashtray aroma. Really tasty, well-conditioned ale. BLOODY SPOONS.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
thewolf (11127) - Kolding, DENMARK - JUL 30, 2009
Cask @ World’s End, Edinburgh.
Pours deep chestnut with a great, creamy, beige head. Aroma is fat and malty, liqourice, roasted malts, dark chocolate, raisins. Great creamy mouthfeel, low carbonation. Creamy malty sweetness, chocolate, lightly roasted and a fair amount of liqourice. Incredibly balanced beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
sm89walt (1748) - Northern Beaches, Sydney, AUSTRALIA - OCT 4, 2008
Cask - Wetherspoons, Canterbury. A dark brown coloured beer with a healthy and lasting deep tan head. Aromas are sweet and bready with some red berries mingled amid others such as caramel. Roasted malt flavours give a tobacco-like characteristic in the flavour department along with more dark, fruity flavours. Fairly mild in body, but a winner nevertheless.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
MiP (13513) - Sønderborg, DENMARK - SEP 8, 2008
Cask at GBBF08. Nice roasted aroma, good and creamy. Very dark brown colour. Stable frothy light brown head. Good roasted flavour, dark bread, chocolate. Mild yet flavourful. Like a cask Dunkel.

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