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

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RATINGS: 362   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.


3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Habanero (2470) - Tranbjerg, DENMARK - OCT 14, 2013
Pours deep brown nearly black with a medium, lacing, tan head. Aroma of roasted malt, vanilla, wood, notes of whiskey and licorice notes. Sweet flavor, that ends up more dry. Medium to full bodied, oily to syrupy text. and soft carb. An excellent barley.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
ROGUE (2085) - Newark, Delaware, USA - OCT 6, 2013
750ml bottle. Poured a deep murky dark brown color with a thin dense tan head that fell to a ring. The aroma was rich port, figs, peat, and maple. Strong whisky flavors start and remain with peat and oaky flavors along with a pretty strong amount of vanilla. Dark fruit and anise come out a bit through the middle. Fairly sweet with the whisky peat and spiciness cutting that a bit. Smooth and creamy, good bit of carbonation with a crisp rough finish.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
dfearnley (883) - Alberta, CANADA - OCT 4, 2013
Bottle to tulip Aroma of whiskey, candied fruit, cherry, and plum. Dark brown with a creamy tan head. Strong plum, oak, and raisin.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Ferris (2993) - Burnaby, British Columbia, CANADA - OCT 4, 2013
Bottle - 2011 - Sweet dark fruits, oak, roasted malts and some sweet whisky notes. Inky black with a thin brown head. Sweet dark molasses and fig. Versus the regular there is alot of oak and sweetness, which although nice it overwhelms the nice complexity of the original.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jaghana (3724) - Strasbourg (France), FRANCE - SEP 14, 2013
Bottle 75cl from Mondial. A dark beer almost without head. Nose is on caramel, burnt caramel, very malty. Aroma is in velvet fruits such as quetches and currant, not too sweet, lot of caramel and light burnt caramel, light smoked notes, quite creamy, smooth with some dark chocolate notes. Typical Scottish profile, oak notes are low but whole beer is properly balanced, grape touch at the finish.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Martinus (2743) - 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!)

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
tderoeck (4447) - 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!

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Rasmus40 (10578) - 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

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Benzai (7287) - 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.

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
77ships (3573) - 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???


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