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

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RATINGS: 152   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.5   EST. CALORIES: 138   ABV: 4.6%
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Cask; Regular


3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
anders37 (16582) - 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.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Finn (4141) - 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.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Rune (7988) - 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.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Bullit (4008) - 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.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
sm89walt (1754) - 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.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
MiP (13596) - 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.

3.2
   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.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
SaintMatty (5189) - Uppsala, SWEDEN - AUG 10, 2008
Cask (GBBF 2008) - Dark brown, almost black in colour. Roasted aroma with coffee. Caramel and coffee in the taste with some roasted malt. Very nice.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Bragesnak (5346) - Aarhus, DENMARK - AUG 3, 2008
Cockney Pub, Aarhus, DK. Cask. Dark brown with small head. Aroma of chocolate and coffee, Flavor of roasted malt with a hint of red berries

3.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
bobinlondon (1256) - Harrow, Greater London, ENGLAND - JUL 13, 2008
Handpulled cask at the Hamilton Hall (JDW) Liverpool St. during recent international beer fest.Almost black with a big khaki head. Rich chocolate and coffee aroma. Espresso flavours dominate,especially towards the finish,but there is plenty of chocolate and hints of berries as well. Well-carbonated.A greatdark scotish beer.


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