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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: 347   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.


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   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 16/20
Dogbones (116) - North Carolina, USA - JAN 26, 2014
Expensive but tastes reasonable. Smell peat like and is good. I would not spend the money! Glad to have it but will move on fairly quickly.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
stoutnick (385) - Brisbane, AUSTRALIA - JAN 20, 2014
UPDATED: FEB 14, 2014 Oily black. Aroma has a spirit slash schnapps quality. Taste is very complex, berries malt port like finish; like nothing else I’ve had. Heaps of dark fruit flavours like wine or port. ABV well hidden. Very complex. Palate not overbearing but also light. Overall, not an especially fun beer to drink but lots going on.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
AgentAle (411) - Alberta, CANADA - JAN 2, 2014
Aroma:rich malty smell Taste: whiskey early notes, malty rich tastes Appearance: very dark body,off white head ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
evilcougar (66) - Evansville, Indiana, USA - DEC 29, 2013
Had as a bottle share.. All I can say is.... Awesome.. I am a big fan.. Dark, rich, chocolaty.. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
gowdy (681) - Erskine, SCOTLAND - NOV 23, 2013
Bottle at Craig’s house. Very dark. Not much in the way of head. Medium consistency. Quite good.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Habanero (2157) - Tranbjerg, DENMARK - OCT 14, 2013
Pours deep brown nearly black with a medium, lacing, tan head. Aroma of roasted malt, vanilla, wood, notes of whiskey and licorice notes. Sweet flavor, that ends up more dry. Medium to full bodied, oily to syrupy text. and soft carb. An excellent barley.

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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
ROGUE (2086) - Newark, Delaware, USA - OCT 6, 2013
750ml bottle. Poured a deep murky dark brown color with a thin dense tan head that fell to a ring. The aroma was rich port, figs, peat, and maple. Strong whisky flavors start and remain with peat and oaky flavors along with a pretty strong amount of vanilla. Dark fruit and anise come out a bit through the middle. Fairly sweet with the whisky peat and spiciness cutting that a bit. Smooth and creamy, good bit of carbonation with a crisp rough finish.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
dfearnley (762) - Alberta, CANADA - OCT 4, 2013
Bottle to tulip Aroma of whiskey, candied fruit, cherry, and plum. Dark brown with a creamy tan head. Strong plum, oak, and raisin.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Ferris (2017) - Burnaby, British Columbia, CANADA - OCT 4, 2013
Bottle - 2011 - Sweet dark fruits, oak, roasted malts and some sweet whisky notes. Inky black with a thin brown head. Sweet dark molasses and fig. Versus the regular there is alot of oak and sweetness, which although nice it overwhelms the nice complexity of the original.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jaghana (3501) - Strasbourg (France), FRANCE - SEP 14, 2013
Bottle 75cl from Mondial. A dark beer almost without head. Nose is on caramel, burnt caramel, very malty. Aroma is in velvet fruits such as quetches and currant, not too sweet, lot of caramel and light burnt caramel, light smoked notes, quite creamy, smooth with some dark chocolate notes. Typical Scottish profile, oak notes are low but whole beer is properly balanced, grape touch at the finish.


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