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


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RATINGS: 367   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.86   EST. CALORIES: 300   ABV: 10%
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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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
Holmen1 (2575) - Stavanger, NORWAY - MAY 30, 2014
0,33 flaske (gyle no. 701), delt med importør Ovesen, kveldens siste denne fine maikvelden på Holmen Nanobryggeri: nydelig mørk farge, bittelitt skum og en lekker duft av eik, vanilje, svisker og mørke bær. Rik og fyldig smak, en vidunderlig vinøs følelse, som den fineste årgansportvin.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Holmen2 (1016) - NORWAY - MAY 30, 2014
Gyle No 701. Ebony. Small beige head. Aroma of vintage port, sherry, ripe berries and oak. Similar and complex taste. Alcohol is evident. Dark chocolate in aftertaste. A very enjoyable barley wine.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
SaintMatty (5384) - Uppsala, SWEDEN - MAY 24, 2014
330ml Bottle - Black with a tan head. Oak, raisins, vinous fruits and hints of leather in the aroma. Roasted malt, raisins, plain chocolate and spice feature in the rich, warming and vinous taste. One to sip.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
suprchunk (2266) - 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.

   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!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
nimsk (12) - SCOTLAND - MAY 15, 2014
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!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 8/20
pepsican (1447) - @ $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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
weark (324) - Morges, 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

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
olsvammel (3290) - Örebro, SWEDEN - MAY 1, 2014
Bottle at the Horse and Hound in Jönköping. Sweet smell of caramell and roasted sugar. Similar taste. Very nice!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
PeatyPete (392) - 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.

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