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


on tap

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RATINGS: 398   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.87   EST. CALORIES: 300   ABV: 10%
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.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
riversideAK (5749) - Shoreline, Washington, USA - DEC 18, 2008
Smoky licorice, chocolate and sweetness in the aroma. Dark fruit too. Black pour with a thin head. The flavor profile is made up of smoke chocolate, dark malt, salt, bacon. Full almost heavy body. Lots of smoke in the finish, almost to the point of dryness.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Bragesnak (5395) - Aarhus, DENMARK - OCT 25, 2008
Aros Ølfest, Aarhus, DK. Bottled, 241008. Dark brown with mall white head. Aroma of roasted malt and wood. Flavor is complex of chocolate, coffee, caramel, oak, oats and dried fruits.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
dalekliz (902) - San Diego, California, USA - OCT 20, 2008
Bottle, thanks to WeeHeavySD for sharing. Pours a deep black with a light tan ring. Huge aroma of sweet toasted malt, scotch, oak, chocolate, bread. Taste is rich, of sweet malt, scotch, oak, oats, chocolate, coffee, a hint of dark fruits. Lingering malt and scotch flavors. Delicious.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
WeeHeavySD (3361) - Portland, Oregon, USA - SEP 11, 2008
Pricey 750 I’ve had for a while now that I bought at the Pizza Port Bottle Shop. Pours black black black with a 1 finger tan head. Nose is smokey with big roasty chewy malts. Great awesome nose. Taste is chocolaty and roasty and smoky with lots of dark chunky characteristics. Not sure I’d call this a Barleywine by the taste I think its more an old ale or traditional by my measure. Tasty indeed, lots of character, and overall a nice experience. Great mellow vibe, can’t taste the booze. Shared with Dalekliz and my girlfriend Cyn

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
chimplechamp (601) - Oslo, NORWAY - AUG 24, 2008
bottle- bought at the cave last christmas, vintage 2006. pours dark engine oil with a bit of sparkle. nose is vinous. with notes of butterscotch ans brandy, chocolate complexity. seems to be opening up more as time goes by like a fine wine, toast, and biscuit comes through now.sticky mouthfeel, with a vinous slightly oxidized taste, lingering hints of wood and whisky is definite in finish. dry, and fruity a bit lighter than i imagined. it was meant to be my 10th anniversy drink with my wife, but the bottle opened slightly in the plane ride to norway. and it might have altered the taste of this rating. either way very good stuff.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
lassem (652) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - JUL 31, 2008
Well well well...this wasn´t my cup of tee...but you can surely tell its scotish origins. The colour is deep brown - almost black like soya. The aroma is vinoes and you sense the scient of wood and spicies. The taste was massive and very strong. It was vinoes and sour like vinegar and salty like it was brewed on water from the Northsea. The palate was tame and pale. Not good for me - sorry

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
MakeItDrinkIt (66) - Portland, Oregon, USA - JUL 11, 2008
Deep black color with a thin brown head. Aroma is chocolate and walnut meats, figs and leather. Flavor is big, bold, walnutty, whisky, chewy chocolate, black strap molasses, figs - WOW! Not too sweet, not bitter - very well balanced. Texture is velvetty smooth on the tongue. A truely lovely beer from Scotland!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
juiceisloose (1165) - Windermere, Florida, USA - JUN 28, 2008
UPDATED: JUL 1, 2008 Courtesy hopscotch, thanks Eric. Pours a dark chocolate brown color with a small foamy tan head. The aroma shows notes of dark chooclate malts, caramel, vanilla, and a touch of smokey whiskey. The aroma is nice and complex on this one. The flavor is really amazing with the dark chocolate and vanilla from the oak dominanting the flavor. The whiskey adds just a touch of smokiness that is integrated seamlessly without ever overpowering. The mouthfeel is medium bodied and very smooth and leads into a warm, smoky finish. This is one well crafted beer and really glad I got to try it.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Beerdedone (3011) - Croydon, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 24, 2008
Bottle. Pours black with a tan head. Rich aroma of oak barrel whiskey, malts, chocolate, peat and a hint of vanilla. Flavor is tart with dried fruit, chocolate, licorice, whiskey, and with some peaty/smoke notes. Mouthfeel was oily and heavy with a mild bitterness

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
goldtwins (4320) - Nesconset, New York, USA - JUN 23, 2008
Thanks to jjpm74 for the treat. Poured a deep copper brown color with a very thin tan head. The aroma had a nice complexity to it. Smoky, roasty, sweet dark chocolate, and alcohol. The flavor had a dry roast to it with a touch of soy. Medium bodied.

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