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

bottled
common

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unknown

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RATINGS: 389   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.87   EST. CALORIES: 300   ABV: 10%
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.


3.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
djd07 (6058) - Houston, Texas, USA - FEB 17, 2015
Bottle thanks to Rick. Pours a dark brown with beige head. The aroma is dark fruit and chocolate. Thin mouth, roast, oak, dark fruit, boozy finish, very good.

2.8
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Koelschtrinker (12665) - Köln (Cologne), GERMANY - FEB 6, 2015
Dunkler, schokoladig malziger Antrunk mit geringer Röstigkeit. Vollmundig, ab dem Mittelteil kurzzeitig säuerlich, rund, Vanille. Später verhätlnismäßig dünn, geringe Herbe, etwas trocken. 8/11/8/9/11/8

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Smaskifa (136) - Oslo, NORWAY - JAN 26, 2015
Bottle. Pitch black oily looking, hardly any head. Nose: Red wine, prunes, plums, grapes, vanilla, licorice, dark choco, oak, leather, peat and smoke. Taste: Pretty much the same as the nose, everything’s in there very well balanced together - it has a slight acidic touch to it, like from a mature red wine.The body is thick and oily, hardly any carbonation apart from a small dose. Extremely well balanced beer and one of the best I’ve had in a while.

4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
maekchu (2733) - Hirakata, JAPAN - JAN 26, 2015
Bottle. Deep dark roasty nose with lots a whiskey barrel. Deep brown color, slick surface. Chocolate, soy sauce, small bits of cocoa powder, dark fruit (raisins and light prunes). Medium body. Smooth, gentle barrel in flavor, light complex flavors.

3.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
vanvenlo (1441) - Glen Iris, AUSTRALIA - JAN 26, 2015
Slowbeer bottle(26-Jan-2015)Sweet fruit spirit malt aroma.Black,low head&suds lace.Big spirit fruit roast peat malt flavour.Sweet fruit roast malt finish&roast malt aftertaste.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
KyotoLefty (7565) - Kyoto, JAPAN - JAN 23, 2015
Bottle. Nose of fudge, caramel, whisky; rich and chewy, some grapes and a winelike character. Black-brown with lace. Flavor is fudge and booze, whisky and wine, wood, a touch of coffee, treacle. Smooth and chewy, a bit alcoholic. Lovely malt, not cloying. Much of a big Scotch ale than BW.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Florya (866) - Bergen, NORWAY - JAN 2, 2015
How: Bottle. Appearance:Dark/black, tan head. Aroma:chocolate, vanilla, whiskey, dried fruits. Palate:Full body, some bitterness in the finish.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
jinroh (738) - ESTONIA - DEC 30, 2014
Had this months ago. Pours deep mahagony, almost black. Thin foam, only some lacing. Aroma feels somewhat raw but deep at the same time. You can feel alcohol. Aroma is actually quite soft, velvety. When I have a sip, I am not sure if this is beer or not. Feels like port wine, strong in alcohol, velvety, barrel had a good impact on this one and it really drinks as "whiskey port" if there is something like this. Wicked. Is it beer? Maybe, but it certainly tastes great!

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
VictorStr (1740) - Helsingborg, SWEDEN - DEC 13, 2014
Kraftig i arom och smak. Lite kaffe, märks att den legat på whisky fat, toner av ek ich vanilj. Bra balans och fyllighet.lite tvek på utan kolsyra, hade gärna haft lite lite

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Stuu666 (6530) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - DEC 4, 2014
Cask at Guildford arms. Pours black, rich and fruity, figs, chocolate, spicy fruity whisky.


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