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


on tap

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RATINGS: 389   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.87   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 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
goldtwins (4320) - Nesconset, New York, USA - JUN 23, 2008
Thanks to jjpm74 for the treat. Poured a deep copper brown color with a very thin tan head. The aroma had a nice complexity to it. Smoky, roasty, sweet dark chocolate, and alcohol. The flavor had a dry roast to it with a touch of soy. Medium bodied.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Beerlando (3342) - Orlando, Florida, USA - JUN 16, 2008
Courtesy hopscotch. Thanks Eric! Pours a deep, dark chocolate brown color. A small but dense, foamy tan head leaves spotty lacing behind. The aroma shows a dark chocolate malt base, with notes of vanilla and caramel. A smooth, lightly smoky scotch element permeates the nose, proving to be seamlessly integrated into the rich chocolate goodness. Likewise, flavors are bold but very well blended. Semi-sweet dark chocolate is highlighted by the vanilla laden oak, with the scotch lending a warm, smoky edge that never overpowers. The body is medium-full and slightly chewy, sporting a smooth, light carbonation. Similar to the BrewDog Paradox series, though a bit less aggressive. Absolutely loved this one.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Cletus (6355) - Connecticut, USA - JUN 15, 2008
Bottle courtesy of magic_dave. Pours dark brown with a thin tan film. Smells of nutty malt, some raisins, hints of booze. Tastes of cherries, some clove, touches of coffee, nuts.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
ChainGangGuy (4534) - Marietta, Georgia, USA - JUN 14, 2008
Appearance: Pours a oily-looking, black body with a scant, brown head. Smell: Rather peaty aroma with notes of molasses-coated grains, anise, chocolate. Taste: Chewy, sweet dark maltiness. Smokey peat character throughout. Hint of aniseed. A few drops of Maggi seasoning. A jigger worth of scotch. Only a very slight underlying bitterness. A touch of vanilla, dark chocolate, and molasses. Sugary, smokey, warming finish. Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Rather mild carbonation. Drinkability: A fine, reasonably complex beer packaged in a classy-looking bottle.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
cmillward (497) - San Francisco, California, USA - JUN 11, 2008
Bottle @ ORL throwdown, courtesy of hopscotch. Black brown body with a thin little ring of tan head around the edge of the glass. Smooth bubbles glide up every once in a while. On the nose bourbon, smoke, some roast and caramel malts, a little alcohol, vanilla, chocolate hints, some fig. Super smooth, scotch smokey barrel notes and warm caramel and sweet malts. Wow!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
dchmela (2834) - Orlando, Florida, USA - JUN 2, 2008
Bottle courtesy of hopscotch. Watery brownish black pour with virtually no head. Strong peat smoke scotch and sweet malt aroma. Smooth malt taste with lots of peat and whiskey in it. Fantastic beer.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
mcbackus (758) - Merritt Island, Florida, USA - JUN 1, 2008
bottle courtesy of hopscotch: pours a darkalmost cola black coour no head but just a beutiful colour. aroma is great with a good scotch nose, fantastic caramel, deep peat, awesome dark fruit of figs, slight chocolate. flavour is an awesome peat, scotch flavour, deep and dark rich caramels and a good amount of the barrel. fantastic world class beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
joekinty (263) - rockledge, Florida, USA - JUN 1, 2008
thanks to the orlando throwdown black pour oak and roasted aroma slight saltiness chocolate dark fruits complex but not overwhelming flavor is very balanced

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
PhillyBeer2112 (2641) - 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 (727) - 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.

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