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


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RATINGS: 433   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 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
chrisv10 (14817) - DENMARK - JUN 17, 2009
Sampled bottle at beer festival. Black body without much head. Almost no carbonation. Flavour is smoke, alcohol and raisins.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
CaptainCougar (7133) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - JUN 11, 2009
Bottle thanks to Sloth, sampled on 5/22/08: Pours a mostly opaque dark mahogany with a spotty-lacing dark tan head. Aroma of sweet dark caramel and roasty notes with a touch of oxidation and smoky peat. Body starts fairly full and rich caramel malty sweet with good, mild balance of smoky peat and scotch barrel flavor. A very enjoyable and dangerously drinkable Scotch ale.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
thebeertourist (5175) - Oslo, NORWAY - JUN 3, 2009
Bottle from Beers of Europe. Very dark brown with a small beige head. Caramel aronma with hints of whisky and oak. Richer in the mouth though caramel maltiness still has the last word. Some spicy fruit and vanilla. Solid alcohol, good dryness. Body is a bit hard. i had very high expectations, and must admit that I was disappointed. It is not Brew Dog.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
alexanderj (3524) - Branson, Missouri, USA - MAY 26, 2009
Bottle. Poured a black color with not much head. Aroma of whiskey, buttery malt, a bit roasted and sweet malt. Flavor was pretty nice; roasted, woody, whiskey, with some fruit and a light hop finish. Overall it was a drinkable and solid example of the style.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
johndoughty (4874) - cheslyn hay, West Midlands, ENGLAND - MAY 16, 2009
75 CL Bottle. Black with no head and virtually no carbonation.Full bodied with traces of chocolate and other lovely flavours. Wow what a beer.Highly recommended.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Miksu (5047) - Jyväskylä, FINLAND - MAY 8, 2009
0.75 l bottle, thanks oh6gdx! Black color with small tan head. Vinous aroma with sherry, calvados, apple, soya sauce, licorice and some lambic notes. Vinous and slightly acidic flavor with oak, apple, calvados, sherry and hint of smoke. Oily and woody palate. Surprisingly sherry and calvados like. There are also some acidic lambic notes which may not be intentional but this is nevertheless tasty.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
TBone (15911) - Pori, FINLAND - APR 25, 2009
Bottled (swing top 75cl, Vasa session). Pitch black, small tan head. Aroma is suprisingly very lambic-like, quite tart. There is calvados, grapefruit, smoke and licorice. Full-bodied. Cellary and earthy, some vinegar, alcohol and tartness. Some licorice and oak barrel, but othwerwise feels like infected.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
oh6gdx (24920) - Vasa, FINLAND - APR 25, 2009
Bottled (thanks cgarvieuk!). Black colour, small brown head. Aroma is madeirawine, some grapes, alcohol and quite sourish. Flavour is smoked oak, alcohol, raisins, some sourness as well. Oily palate. Feels a bit infected, yet in a quite nice way.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
OleR (4804) - Oslo, NORWAY - APR 24, 2009
750 ml bottle enjoyed@GrOve’s. As black as it gets with a thin layer of foam. Strong malt nose with a touch of fruity acidity. Taste has a rich, roasted malt body with a delicate sweetness, that unfortunatly is set off by vinegar-like acidity, probably from a light infection. Strong body. Acidity in the finish. Re-rate pending.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Gr0ve (2177) - Oslo, NORWAY - APR 21, 2009
750 ml bottle. Pitch black. Small beige head. Light cherry aroma. Hints of toffee. There is quite a bit of vinegar. I think I remember there was a bit of vinegar when I tried it three years ago. Rich roasted malt with a sweet background. The vinegar dominates a little unfortunately. Hops are well hidden behind the rich dark malts. Woudl like this one without the vinegar.

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