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


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RATINGS: 347   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 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Martinus (2630) - Nijmegen, NETHERLANDS - SEP 10, 2013
Dark brown to black colour, minimal head. Aroma of raisins, caramel, dried fruits, light whisky. Sherry flavour, quite young sherry, sweet caramel, sweet dried fruits. Finish sherry, Manzanilla sherry, malts, quite alcoholic. Nice.
(From 75cL bottle @ RBBSG II, Gent 2013. Courtesy of BelgBeerGeek. Thanks for sharing, Vincent!)

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
tderoeck (4069) - Gent, BELGIUM - SEP 4, 2013
10/VIII/13 - 75cl bottle @ RBBSG II, my place - bottled: XI/2008 (2013-746) Thanks to BelgBeerGeek for sharing the bottle!

Clear dark brown beer, small off-white head, unstable, non adhesive. aroma: dried fruits, caramel, sugary, bit of chloride, peated whisky. MF: ok carbon, medium to full body. Taste: caramel, dried fruits, some raisins, bit of chocolate, sugary, mocha, hoppy. Aftertaste: little bitter, caramel, mocha, quite some chocolate, bit of citrus, sugary ending. Very nice rich and complex beer, love it!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Rasmus40 (9832) - Beder, Aarhus, DENMARK - AUG 15, 2013
Bottle brought home from Scotland by a friend. Almost black with a lasting light brown head. Aroma is sweet, roasted malt, liquorice, dried fruit, wood and whisky. Flavor is very sweet and rather bitter. Dry and roasted rather bitter finish. Oily. More imperial stout than barley wine. 150813

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Benzai (6387) - Oirschot, THE NETHERLANDS, NETHERLANDS - AUG 13, 2013
Sampled from bottle @ RBBSG II. Opaque very dark brown color, small beige head. Smell malts, whiskey, slightly vanilla. Taste malts, slightly sweet but also some bitter, vanilla, whiskey. Oily texture, medium body, medium carbonation.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
77ships (3307) - Antwerpen, BELGIUM - AUG 11, 2013
UPDATED: AUG 15, 2013 Courtesy of BelgBeerGeek. Thx! 75 cl. swing-top bottle sampled @ RBBSG II. 2008 Vintage. Blackish to light brown, no head. Nose is sweet alcoholic, slightly vinous, pale, very sweet brown sugar mixed with alcohol, red grapes, raisins, roasted malt, some wood,… Taste is bitter roasted malts, alcohol, huge chocolate, light raisins & cherries, liqueur drenched cherries, maple, restrained whisky, bitter malts, warming, slightly alcoholic finish. Big bodied, lower carb. slightly sticky. Interesting & very nice. Also Barley Wine???

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
polomagnifico (1202) - Saginaw, Michigan, USA - JUL 3, 2013
2012 bottle from kbudd19, thanks Kevin!! Aroma has nice big notes of whiskey, smoke and oak, bread, dark dried fruits. Dark brown that sits black in the glass. small tan head that mostly diminished and left decent lace. Flavor is very sweet and bitter. Palate is full bodied and oily soft with a long cloying whiskey finish. Overall a good brew but the whiskey is a little too dominant. This wouldn’t be a bad thing but I don’t think the whiskey was all that good. All in all the brew gets much better as it warms and the aroma really comes out.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
bigskula (2) - Hamilton, SCOTLAND - JUL 3, 2013 does not count
Lovely dark fruits, prunes, dates, some sweet sticky figs, on nose. Tastes similar, good sticky fruits, some oak, slight smoky whisky, some charring, bitter dark chocolate. Oily but very pleasant mouth feel. Top notch.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Davros (1806) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - JUN 10, 2013
Pours dark brown with an almost non-existent head. Nose shows caramel, peat, charred oak, roasted malt, smoke, bready malt and heavy sweet burnt figs. Sweet flavours at first too, before some roasted malt and charred oak roll thorugh. A fair bit of booze too. Body feels a bit light.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
nilsas (969) - Bryne, NORWAY - MAY 22, 2013
God lukt, noe ubestemmelig. Bør servetes romtemperert. Noe røyksmak men totalt sett et godt øl som gjerne vurderes igjen i annen temperatur.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Gorm (838) - Sandnes, NORWAY - MAY 22, 2013
Lukt av bek og hamp. Svart og godt. Godt balansert, med god carbo. Masse malt. Melkebaren.

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