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

bottled
common

on tap
available

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RATINGS: 364   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.86   EST. CALORIES: 300   ABV: 10%
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COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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.


3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
suprchunk (2173) - Crestview, Florida, USA - MAY 18, 2014
Notes from Feb of ’13. Black pour, some brownish notes to it. Big off-white, almost tan head. Notes of malt, dark fruit, chocolate and coffee. Taste is similar. Sweet, caramel, roast. Decent beer.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
RLiddell (46) - Valrico, Florida, USA - MAY 17, 2014
Bottled shared with Kristyn Lier at Castaways. Pours opaque brown with little or no head. Taste is traditional scotch ale with a plus! Dark fruits, molasses with an awesome mouth feel. Great beer!

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
nimsk (9) - SCOTLAND - MAY 15, 2014 does not count
Dark and opaque, minimal head. Quite a fruity nose, with raisins, Xmas pudding. Really rich in flavour, viscous. Intense flavour, with some initial vanilla and fruitcake sweetness, durable bitter aftertaste. Complex and well worth the effort!

2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 8/20
pepsican (1444) - @ $13.99, Iowa, USA - MAY 7, 2014
Near black with no head. Oxidation and cardboard all up in the nose. Heavy booze, abrasive oak. Sweet, almost zero carbonation, flat and dead. Pretty gross.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
weark (294) - SWITZERLAND - MAY 5, 2014
Bottle from Au Grain D’Orges - Black color with a fast disappearing beige head, good lacing - Aroma of roasted malt, dried fruits, nuts, whisky, woody, hints of coffee and licorice - Flavor is more roasted malt, nutty, licorice, earthy hints of coffee - Full body, dry, light carbonation, medium bitterness, dry roasted malt and whisky finish - good and very complex but the finish is too dry

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
olsvammel (3030) - Örebro, SWEDEN - MAY 1, 2014
Bottle at the Horse and Hound in Jönköping. Sweet smell of caramell and roasted sugar. Similar taste. Very nice!

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
PeatyPete (379) - NETHERLANDS - APR 30, 2014
Bottle 330 ml Gyle No. 701. Pours from the bottle into the glass like a thick syrup. Dark black beer with beige instantly disappearing head. Overwelming aroma of vanilla, ripe dark fruit, caramel and coffee. Taste is sweet with in between various other flavors. Dark chocolate, liquorice, woody, roasted breads and ripe plums. Almost no carbonization but a wonderful thick body.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
RhetoricalAns (233) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - APR 14, 2014
Bottle. Lovely black pour with a thin fizzy tan head. Aroma is coffee, dark chocolate, whiskey. Flavour is much the same, some dark fruit. overall a sweet malt experience, smooth body.

4.7
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
BeerAcademyRO (2) - - APR 10, 2014 does not count
A great experience together with beer friends: this beer surprised us all and discover good atmosphere all around.

3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Scottishchris (175) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - MAR 22, 2014
33cl bottle from the hive. Gyle 701. Black very little bubbly head. Wood coffee and chocolate on the nose. Slightly sticky sugary thick body. Whisky and alcohol prevails, not particularly subtle. Not a classic for me.


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