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


on tap

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RATINGS: 371   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 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
SuzyGreenberg (1603) - Seattle, Washington, USA - MAY 16, 2008
750 ml bottle - thanks to after4ever for sharing this; thick, dark brown with thin off-white head; texture is thick and creamy; just a kick as nose of chocolate, sweet candy and caramel; creamy and chewy body; definitively boozy and dumps a slight burn on you, but this has a deep richness to it; Oradian Ale is a new term to me; just delish; thanks tom!!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
thewolf (11235) - Kolding, DENMARK - MAY 11, 2008
UPDATED: MAY 12, 2008 Bottle, bought @ Skjold Burne, Store Torv, Århus, Denmark.
Pitch black with a small, beige, film head. Rather creamy. Aroma is lightly fruity tart, heavily peity with a dose of chocolate. Low carbonation, very fat mouthfeel, nice oiliness. Flavour is initially tart, lots of dried fruits, good dose of dark chocolate, good roastiness. Wonderful, long aftertaste of peity smoke and light wood.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Guerde (1183) - St. Paul, Minnesota, USA - MAY 4, 2008
(bottle, thanks Badgerben) Pours brown with a cream colored head. Aroma has a lot of smoke, and not too much else. The taste is also smoky as well with some light vanilla, and a lingering smoky finish. Medium mouthfeel. Not an overly complex beer, but it was still very good.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
1FastSTi (3341) - Glendale, Wisconsin, USA - APR 24, 2008
Thanks for sharing this one Todd. Nov 10., 2007 bottling. The beer pours to a black body with a creamy tan head. The aroma is peaty as hell. Some notes of red delicious apples amongst all the peat smoked wood. The flavor is a rich peat malt, sweet oaken apples, chocolate, and molasses. The are complex but not really old-ale-ish. Rich palate that finishes thick and boozy with a long sugary finish.

   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 (1233) - 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 (4502) - 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 don’t 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 (1627) - 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 doesn’t 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 (2083) - 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 (4603) - 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.

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