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


on tap

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RATINGS: 369   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 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Osprey87 (1964) - 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 (3035) - 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 (587) - 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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
AgentAle (747) - Alberta, CANADA - JAN 2, 2014
Aroma:rich malty smell Taste: whiskey early notes, malty rich tastes Appearance: very dark body,off white head ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
evilcougar (66) - Evansville, Indiana, USA - DEC 29, 2013
Had as a bottle share.. All I can say is.... Awesome.. I am a big fan.. Dark, rich, chocolaty.. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
gowdy (737) - Erskine, SCOTLAND - NOV 23, 2013
Bottle at Craig’s house. Very dark. Not much in the way of head. Medium consistency. Quite good.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Habanero (2727) - 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
ROGUE (2120) - 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
dfearnley (1048) - 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.

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