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


on tap

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RATINGS: 381   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.86   EST. CALORIES: 300   ABV: 10%
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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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
PhillyBeer2112 (2584) - Oviedo, Florida, USA - JUN 1, 2008
UPDATED: JUN 2, 2008 Throwdown. Big scotch nose on this with plenty of roasted malts and dark bitter chocolate. Flavor is a hit hot with alcohol plus dry roasted malt. Finish is somewhat tannic with a long lingering bitterness. Very dark brown.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
darkguardian (726) - Florida, USA - JUN 1, 2008
22Oz bottle from Hopscotch at the Solan’s Mom Throwdown. 100th rate. Poured a dark inky black with a small tan head. Nose was absolutely sick. Peat Smoke, Fruit, Chocolate, Caramel and Dalmore 12. For the 10% ABV the alcohol doesn’t really come into play until at the end. Its just warming, no burn. Starts off very heavy on caramel and oak. Then that distinctive Dalmore flavor comes through in the finish with a touch of molasses and smoke and some lightly bitter chocolate. Truly a remarkable beer. This is absolutely a after dinner beer.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
thill25 (232) - Orlando, Florida, USA - JUN 1, 2008
UPDATED: JUN 2, 2008 750 ml provided by hopscotch...Poured a midnight black, and sported a mostly diminishing tan head. The nose on this beer was incredible: smoke, scotch, dark fruits, cocoa...Mmmm makes me drool just thinking about it. The beer was nice and mellow with well blended flavors of oak, smoke/peat, scotch, dark fruits and bitter chocolate. DIR offered a slight alcohol burn on the back palate, but was overall very smooth and enjoyable. I’d love to down a bottle with some friends after a big meal!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Christian (11421) - Odense, DENMARK - MAY 25, 2008
Black with a lasting light brown head. Aroma has licorice, tar, oak and chocolate. Tannin dry flavour is combined with a certain fruity sweetness. Burnt malt, charcoal finish.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 8/20
kp (10884) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - MAY 25, 2008
UPDATED: MAR 8, 2009
Date: May 22, 2008
Mode: Bottle
Source: Tasting
Appearance: black, wispy tan head, streaks of drippy lace
Aroma: dark chocolate aroma with a dark caramel sweetness, light roasted, sweet dark fruit
Flavor: sweet chocolate and caramel flavor, nice dark fruits, touch of alcohol, light smokey and earthy character that grows as it warms

Aroma: 7/10; Appearance: 7/10; Flavor: 7/10; Palate: 6/10; Overall: 15/20
Rating: 3.6/5.0
Drinkability: 8/10
Score: **4

Date: February 20, 2009
Mode: Bottle
Source: Tasting
Appearance: black, wispy tan head
Aroma: tart dark chocolate aroma, fruity tartness
Flavor: rich chocolate flavor, good dose of lactic tartness, light fruityness balances some of the tartness

Aroma: 4/10; Appearance: 6/10; Flavor: 4/10; Palate: 6/10; Overall: 6/20
Rating: 2/5.0
Drinkability: 5/10
Score: *+/4

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
shp555 (2024) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - MAY 24, 2008
Pours an opaque black color with a brown head. Aroma is malty, caramel, oak, and sweet scotch. Flavor is malty, caramel, oak, vanilla, and a dry scotch finish.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
caesar (5499) - Bunnik/Utrecht, NETHERLANDS - MAY 24, 2008
Bottled @ Aarhus beerfestival 2008. Lovely aroma of roasted malt, peat, hint of medicine, coffee and licorice. Very malty taste, almost sour, oak, loads of peat, bit sweet. Great stuff.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 13/20
unclemattie (4317) - Georgia, USA - MAY 22, 2008
750ml swing-top bottle. Pours a dark brown / black, dark brown head. Aromas of fresh peat, chocolate, hints of butterscotch. Flavor is a bit of roast, chocolate,some oak, lots of peat.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
charlotte (4466) - rødovre, DENMARK - MAY 22, 2008
At Arhusbeerfestival.Dark brownish colour with no head.Aroma is smoked and warming with strong hidden alc.Some taste of vanilla and spices full body and well balanced finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
grimreeser (797) - Minnesota, USA - MAY 20, 2008
Shared by Reakt/Mes. Probably getting shorted compared to the rest of the beasts that we tried that night, but oh well. Some fruit and chocolate, alcohol was a bit too noticable. Would do very well with some age on it. Pretty good beer for being from a place with a made up name. (thanks Sim)

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