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


on tap

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RATINGS: 365   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.86   EST. CALORIES: 300   ABV: 10%
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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 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Scottishchris (180) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - MAR 22, 2014
33cl bottle from the hive. Gyle 701. Black very little bubbly head. Wood coffee and chocolate on the nose. Slightly sticky sugary thick body. Whisky and alcohol prevails, not particularly subtle. Not a classic for me.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
MichaelAwesome (4100) - Wanne-Eickel, North Rhine-Westphalia, GERMANY - MAR 17, 2014
Wundervoll dick mit beerigen Anklängen und hoher Trinkbarkeit. 10 Prozent sind kaum zu merken, unterstützen aber die dick fruchtigen Aromen und wirken teilweise wie Sirup. Klasse.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
McTapps (4100) - Ruhrcity, North Rhine-Westphalia, GERMANY - MAR 16, 2014
Bottle from trade with BenH - many, many thanks Ben! The beer pours out in a deep dark brown colour with steady head and smooth body. Aroma of plums, oak and barley. Taste of intense barley, dark berries, oak, roast, woods, plums, prunes, dark grains and rum. Light roasty hints. Easy and smooth drinkable, really nice brew. Enjoyed it.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Ktwse (2002) - SWEDEN - MAR 8, 2014
Pours black with low light tan head. Aroma of whisky cask, molasses, roasted malts. Taste is initial vanilla and chocolate sweet followed by massive cask notes. Full, creamy body. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
ansalon (1393) - Stockholm, SWEDEN, SWEDEN - MAR 8, 2014
Pours black with no head. Aroma is coffee, muscovado sugar, citrus, whisky, roasted oak tones. Taste is coffee, chocolate, honey, muscovado sugar, whisky, vanilla. Mouthfeel is light with liw carbonation. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Inbreak (2131) - Loddefjord, NORWAY - MAR 1, 2014
Old rating rerated 01.03.2014, 0,75l bottle (hand-bottled 25.11.2010) @ home:
Small slightly bubbly light brown mediumlasting head. Aroma is slightly rich, lots og licorice, dark malts, coffee, burnt caramel, grass, cough syrup, butterscotch, dark fruits. Taste is slightly rich, licorice, old rope, grass, whisky, coffee, dark malts, cough syrup, burnt caramel, dark fruits. Medium bitterness, slightly dry syrupy mouthfeel. Very nice, but I think maybe it’s even better with less aging.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Osprey87 (1711) - WALES - FEB 22, 2014
75cl bottle, 2012 vintage, one of 3641 bottles. Poured into a snifter. Black, bubbly tan head. Smell - Belgian yeast, chocolate, slight whisky, alcohol soaked cherries. Body is pretty big and smooth, slightly foamy, very low carbonation. Taste - molasses, liquorice, iodine, paint, alcohol comes through and it’s a little sharp in the finish. Whisky character is subtle. Good, but the flavour isn’t as intense or complex as I was expecting. Smooth flavour and body.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
VastActiv (2846) - Oulu, FINLAND - FEB 2, 2014
Bottle 0.75l at Gallow’s Bird, Espoo. Originally rated 21012012. Colour is dark brown with almost no head. Aromas and flavours: Dark fruits, sweetness, wood and malts.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 16/20
Dogbones (116) - North Carolina, USA - JAN 26, 2014
Expensive but tastes reasonable. Smell peat like and is good. I would not spend the money! Glad to have it but will move on fairly quickly.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
stoutnick (534) - Brisbane, AUSTRALIA - JAN 20, 2014
UPDATED: AUG 14, 2014 Oily black. Aroma has a spirit slash schnapps quality. Taste is very complex, berries malt port like finish; like nothing else I’ve had. Heaps of dark fruit flavours like wine or port. ABV well hidden. Very complex. Palate not overbearing but also light. Overall, not an especially fun beer to drink but lots going on.

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