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


on tap

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RATINGS: 403   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.88/5   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, oakroasted maltflavour.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Dedollewaitor (14915) - Odense, DENMARK - DEC 31, 2008
UPDATED: JAN 3, 2009 75cl bottle bought at VinensVerden, Odense. Pours pitch black with a brown creamy head. Nose is mega roasted. Lots of hard roasted coffee, caramel, chocolate and vague smoke. flavor has peat smoke - a bit too heavy for my likings. Smooth, phat and oily palate. Oak and whisky. Low carbonation. Vinous and very salty....

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
tipsytoad (85) - JERSEY - DEC 31, 2008
My second bottle of this fairly pricey beer. Given the relatively poor quality of the regular Orkney beers now I was pleased to find that it was brewed by Rob Hill (the original brewer) who made Orkney into one of the best in the UK until it was taken over. This beer is excellent, with lots of whisky, chocolate and fruit in the nose and some oak.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Bullit (4285) - Burgos, SPAIN - DEC 27, 2008
UPDATED: JUL 7, 2011 Dark colour, virtually no head. Aroma is sour cherry and glue. Flavour of sour cherry, peat, whiskey. Alcoholic and toasty finish. Good stuff.

Rerate: cask @ Counting House, JDW. Very dark brown colour, beige head. Nose is roasted malts. Flavour is roasted malts, a bit alcoholic, not too much whisky. A lot better in cask. + .4

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Travlr (17644) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - DEC 22, 2008
Absolutely unbelievable. 750 ml bottle, bottled on 3rd September 2008. Jet black, no head. Aroma of burgundy wine, taste of a single malt whisky. D bitter and malty finish. Heaven.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
NoiZe (2323) - Amersfoort, NETHERLANDS - DEC 20, 2008
Black colored brew. Roasted, sweet aroma. Flavor is chocolate, oak, coffee and vinous flavors. Some licorice and hops. Nice one.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
riversideAK (5827) - Shoreline, Washington, USA - DEC 18, 2008
Smoky licorice, chocolate and sweetness in the aroma. Dark fruit too. Black pour with a thin head. The flavor profile is made up of smoke chocolate, dark malt, salt, bacon. Full almost heavy body. Lots of smoke in the finish, almost to the point of dryness.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Bragesnak (5395) - Aarhus, DENMARK - OCT 25, 2008
Aros lfest, Aarhus, DK. Bottled, 241008. Dark brown with mall white head. Aroma of roasted malt and wood. Flavor is complex of chocolate, coffee, caramel, oak, oats and dried fruits.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
dalekliz (903) - San Diego, California, USA - OCT 20, 2008
Bottle, thanks to WeeHeavySD for sharing. Pours a deep black with a light tan ring. Huge aroma of sweet toasted malt, scotch, oak, chocolate, bread. Taste is rich, of sweet malt, scotch, oak, oats, chocolate, coffee, a hint of dark fruits. Lingering malt and scotch flavors. Delicious.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
WeeHeavySD (3361) - Portland, Oregon, USA - SEP 11, 2008
Pricey 750 I’ve had for a while now that I bought at the Pizza Port Bottle Shop. Pours black black black with a 1 finger tan head. Nose is smokey with big roasty chewy malts. Great awesome nose. Taste is chocolaty and roasty and smoky with lots of dark chunky characteristics. Not sure I’d call this a Barleywine by the taste I think its more an old ale or traditional by my measure. Tasty indeed, lots of character, and overall a nice experience. Great mellow vibe, can’t taste the booze. Shared with Dalekliz and my girlfriend Cyn

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
chimplechamp (601) - Oslo, NORWAY - AUG 24, 2008
bottle- bought at the cave last christmas, vintage 2006. pours dark engine oil with a bit of sparkle. nose is vinous. with notes of butterscotch ans brandy, chocolate complexity. seems to be opening up more as time goes by like a fine wine, toast, and biscuit comes through now.sticky mouthfeel, with a vinous slightly oxidized taste, lingering hints of wood and whisky is definite in finish. dry, and fruity a bit lighter than i imagined. it was meant to be my 10th anniversy drink with my wife, but the bottle opened slightly in the plane ride to norway. and it might have altered the taste of this rating. either way very good stuff.

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