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 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
MatSciGuy (907) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - APR 23, 2008
[bottle] shared by badgerben. Poured black with no head. Huge aroma. Roasty and sweet, with some chocolate and peat. Flavor is peat smoked malt, vanilla, some subdued scotch whisky, and some alcohol in there as well. Very good beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
sthlm (1231) - Minnesota, USA - APR 18, 2008
[Bottle, thanks Badgerben!] Pours black with a tan head. The aroma is chocolate, vanilla, peat and whiskey. The taste is has a lot of smoke, peat, and alcohol. Roasted malt definitely is in there as well, especially towards the finish. Medium mouthfeel with a long finish. As Ben said, this is really an unusual barley wine, but it was a good beer.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 20/20
badgerben (4478) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - APR 18, 2008
Bottled November 10, 2007. Black color with a thin head. Big peaty aroma. Lots of whisky and sherry. Chocolate. The taste is somehow not dominated by peat, but it is screaming peat. Oak and vanilla, sweet malt and honey. Very little hop bitterness, but it is there. I donít think this is really a barley wine, but it is delicious.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Stine (1599) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - APR 17, 2008
Poured from a 750 ml bottle. Thin, oily, charred oak pour. Fairly faint and basic chocolate and scotch whiskey aroma; grahams, honey, lots of smoky peat. A really pleasant and warming campfire kind of aroma. Bit of red wine, and nougat fills out the detailed sweetness evident here. Flavor is cool and oily with a big, but laid back scotch flavor; lots of wildflower honey, green apple, nougat and cinnamon whipped cream. Alcohol deftly understated. Palate is thoroughly soft and feathery; a really erudite and finely polished texture. Not dense, but glassy and deep. Long, generous creme brulee finish. Heat is there, but it doesnít damage the flavors of the malt but more comes across as it does in the whiskey itself. Likeable. Thanks for sharing, Ben!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
holdenn (2080) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - APR 12, 2008
750ml bottle. shared by tytoanderso at An Evening with Pantanap #4. Pours black with a brown head. Nose of chocolate, alcohol, and sweet malts. Sweet and boozy flavors. Chocolate, brown sugar, green apple, and alcohol.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
JK (4520) - St. Louis Park, Minnesota, USA - APR 11, 2008
UPDATED: APR 26, 2008 Big thanks to Badgerben for sharing this rare and expensive beer. The aroma is nice, peat, smoke, and malt with very light spice. A black beer and no carbonation. Exceptionally complex flavor. Peat, seasalt, smoke, malt, and oak that imparts a wood, and vanilla flavor. The high abv is well hidden and not noticeable in the aroma or flavor.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
tyler_mn (1475) - SLP, Minnesota, USA - APR 9, 2008
750 ml bottle. Shared with the Chi-Town crew at P4. Left my tasting notes there, so these are transcribed by Kan from my chicken scratch and then BMíed back to me. Aroma of boozy whiskey, wood and thicker malt. Fairly faint though. Pours a thick, nearly lifeless dark brown with no head. Flavor of green apple skin, chewy toffee malt, wet wood and a heavy whiskey presence. Lush and creamy on the tongue. Very carbonated with a hot boozy finish. This a very boozy beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Enjoyit (3470) - Vadum, DENMARK - APR 9, 2008
UPDATED: JAN 2, 2009 1st edition. Black of color with a nice brown head. A roasted aroma with malty, coffee, whisky and liqurice notes. A flavor with prunes, liqurice, roasted and weak smoked notes. 6-4-7-3-14. 2nd edition. Black of color with a creamy brown head. An aroma of burnt malt, whisky, roasted and chocolate hints. A flavor of liqurice, smoke and burnt.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
JohnC (3000) - Mission Viejo, California, USA - APR 6, 2008
This is a very tasty brew. complex flavors that are nicely complemented by the whisky barrel aging.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
drewbeerme (3879) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - APR 6, 2008
750ml bottle. shared by tytoanderso at An Evening with Pantanap #4. pours black with tan head. nose is green apple, wood, some chocolate. flavor of green apple, alcohol, bakerís chocolate, some espresso. this is a barleywine? taste and looks more like a stout. the green apple and over barrel aging hurts this beer.

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