Brewed by Orkney (Sinclair Breweries)
Style: Old Ale
Stromness, Scotland


on tap

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RATINGS: 415   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.87/5   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, oak roasted malt flavour.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
MartinT (8821) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - MAR 2, 2009
My Bottom Line:
This serious creature of a Barley Wine stuns the tastebuds with its oaken alcohol, fruity chocolate, vanilla-like sweet spiciness, and peaty earthiness for a classy but stern moment of sipping.

Further Personal Perceptions:
-A thin ring of foam decorates the reddish blackness.
-The alcohol is strong throughout, almost burning in the finish. This is obviously meant for slow sipping.
-The body is quite healthy and never falls into syrupy textures.
-The fruitiness is also redolent of black grapes and cherries.


   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
ucusty (2691) - raleigh, North Carolina, USA - MAR 2, 2009
Thanks to Keith for sharing this! Black pour with very thin beige head. Vanilla, bourbon and roasty aroma. Dark fruit, peat, vanilla, and toffee.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Magjayran (1378) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - FEB 27, 2009
Pours a near black with no real head to speak of. Very peaty aroma with just a bit of roast malt. Peaty woody taste with a hint of charcoal and chocolate. Sort of a strange tasting brew. Almost no carbonation at all. Decent.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
MaltOMeal (1092) - Land of Sugar, Texas, USA - FEB 24, 2009
750ml bottle thanks to papsoe. Shared at February Houston Tasting. Pours black with no head. Nose was sour with whiskey and wood. Taste was yummy fruit with some whiskey. Mouthfeel was medium with tart and sour characteristics. Very nice

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Rune (9994) - Tromsø, NORWAY - FEB 20, 2009
750ml swingtop bottle bought for a relatively expensive price at Cornelius in Edinburgh. Vintage 2007, hand bottled 10.11.07. Thin, light brown head on top of a ruby-black body. Peaty aroma containing oak, dark coffee malt and a underlying note of liquorice. The flavour character appears as reminiscent of a dry, semi-sweet port wine. The vanilla oak works quite well together with figs and raisin. The concluding bitterness has got a smoky touch to it. Maybe rather too wine-like. I must admit that I had expected a little more, but, nonetheless, it is a fine drink for having a good time on late evenings (shared at Finns, Tromsø 18.02.2009).

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
Finn (5563) - Tromsø, NORWAY - FEB 19, 2009
Bottle 0,75l brewed 3th June and hand bottled 10th November 2007. Shared with Rune. (Thanks). Dark red/black colored. A rapidly dwindling mocha colored head. Some coffee and liquorice in the aroma. Flavor is close to port wine. Vinous. Touch of oak. Dry fruity bitter aftertaste reminding you that this is a beer after all. KI=3

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
redlight (2318) - Orlando, Florida, USA - FEB 10, 2009
Mild funky on the nose, dark fruits, oaky aromas. Pours very dark with a thin head. The flavor is full of dark fruits, smooth chocolate, oaky vanilla, with some mild funk. Nice very nice.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Doppelganger (1388) - Dry County, Arkansas, USA - FEB 9, 2009
Bottle, picked up in Edinburgh. Opened with Alaskanwarren for our "Reeser Got Married" tasting. Deep red-brown, dense espresso-tan head. Toasty brown sugar aroma, rum, Marmite. Dry salty roast flavor, a touch of old oak barn boards. Viney, mineral finish. Lots of interesting character that doesn’t quite come together as well as it could.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Palidor19 (3111) - Brandon, Florida, USA - FEB 4, 2009
slightly tart, lots of dark malts, rich fruits, smooth milk chocolate and vanilla bean. hardly any carbonation. pretty good.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
nick76 (4334) - Tampa, Florida, USA - FEB 4, 2009
The aroma is toasted and slightly sour with fruit, licorice, and oak. The appearance is black with almost no head. The flavor is like the aroma with a burnt finish. The palate is watery. Overall this is not very good. It’s certainly not like most barley wines.

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