Brewed by Orkney (Sinclair Breweries)
Style: Old Ale
Stromness, Scotland


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RATINGS: 415   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.87/5   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, oak roasted malt flavour.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
ianwelby (870) - SCOTLAND - JUN 25, 2015
Black beer with a thin beige head. Fruity scent. Strong fruity beer, malty too. Actually a very basic flavour but it’s gorgeous.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
italianjohn (2682) - Penndel, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 21, 2015
Black pour with a thin beige head .... Aroma of dark roasted malts, figs, light oak, smokey, whiskey, orange and spices .... Very complex ..... Taste is of deep roasted malts, oranges, oaky, figs, smokey whiskey, light vanilla and dark chocolate .... Very complex brew .... Whiskey barrel added a lot of depth and character ..... Finish is dry and roasted with a lingering light bitter bite

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
TheXanMan (2) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - APR 11, 2015 does not count
Really great beer. Pours black as oil, with really decent carbonation for a barley wine. Rich, biscuity with big fudge/caramel notes. Dark fruits and strong malt profile, everything you’d expect really, but really well put together. One thing I loved was it wasn’t overly-whisky tasting, which has now been done to death in most dark beers. Perfect for a desert beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
GlasgowTAD (945) - Glasgow, SCOTLAND - APR 3, 2015
2014 vintage. Pours brownish black with an active brown head which soon recedes to a ring, heavy lacing on glass as the beer is swigged around. Aroma is dominated by port and sherry aromas, red wine, grapes and slight malts aromas. Taste is caramel, toffee, butterscotch, figs, slightly smokey and leathery too. Medium to thin body with a sticky mouthfeel and prolonged aftertaste.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
StilleStorm (1254) - Stavanger, NORWAY - FEB 21, 2015
DWF; Bottle 75cl. Pours smal "alchol head", black with a fast fading tan head. Aroma is roasted malt, barrel, heavy dark chocolate and coffee, spice, ripe fruit and booze. Taste is moderate to heavy sweet and light bitter with a sweet, warming, roasted lasting finish. Body is medium, texture is oily, carbonation is flat. Head brewer, thanks for signing the bottle.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
k92488 (378) - NORWAY - FEB 21, 2015
1 liter svart med lite skum. Søt. Smak av whisky malt.aroma. mild og fin. Pittelitt syrlige ettersmak

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
djd07 (7196) - Houston, Texas, USA - FEB 17, 2015
Bottle thanks to Rick. Pours a dark brown with beige head. The aroma is dark fruit and chocolate. Thin mouth, roast, oak, dark fruit, boozy finish, very good.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Koelschtrinker (14596) - Köln (Cologne), GERMANY - FEB 6, 2015
Dunkler, schokoladig malziger Antrunk mit geringer Röstigkeit. Vollmundig, ab dem Mittelteil kurzzeitig säuerlich, rund, Vanille. Später verhätlnismäßig dünn, geringe Herbe, etwas trocken. 8/11/8/9/11/8

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Smaskifa (136) - Oslo, NORWAY - JAN 26, 2015
Bottle. Pitch black oily looking, hardly any head. Nose: Red wine, prunes, plums, grapes, vanilla, licorice, dark choco, oak, leather, peat and smoke. Taste: Pretty much the same as the nose, everything’s in there very well balanced together - it has a slight acidic touch to it, like from a mature red wine.The body is thick and oily, hardly any carbonation apart from a small dose. Extremely well balanced beer and one of the best I’ve had in a while.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
maekchu (3044) - Hirakata, JAPAN - JAN 26, 2015
Bottle. Deep dark roasty nose with lots a whiskey barrel. Deep brown color, slick surface. Chocolate, soy sauce, small bits of cocoa powder, dark fruit (raisins and light prunes). Medium body. Smooth, gentle barrel in flavor, light complex flavors.

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