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


on tap

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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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
gEUS (890) - Linden, BELGIUM - MAY 20, 2013
Bottle at the cellar of Chez Moeder Lambic Saint-Gilles - sampled during full vertical DL tasting - poured into a balloon glass, pours flattish with a small ring of a head. Marroon beige/brownish with notes of caramel, oat-malt, honey, raisins, with woody notes, tasdte is likewise. Quite balanced and very nice-to-drink beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
Meilby (6345) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - MAY 12, 2013
Bottle 750ml @ haakonm
Pours clear dark brown with a small off-white head. Aroma has notes of roasted malt, caramel, chocolate and wood. Taste is medium to heavy sweet and medium bitter with a long chocolate and caramel finish. Body is full, texture is oily, carbonation is soft.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
boddhitree (56) - Frankfurt, Hesse, GERMANY - MAY 9, 2013
Drunk in a snifter at BrauKunstLive! 2013 Festival in München, Germany. I think it was because my taste buds had had an overload of Simcoe and Citra already and needed some comfort beer, we went for 2 dark beers. First was the Dark Island Reserve, a "Dark Ale." Man, vanilla, chocolate with the aroma of a whiskey barrel,... mmm lovely.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Stuartyboy (433) - SCOTLAND - MAY 3, 2013
Bottle courtesy of Mr_H Black in colour with tan head strong malt aroma flavour consists of dates, figs and dark chocolate sweet and very strong with hints of vanilla and whiskey pleasant to drink in small amounts definitely a bottle for sharing

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
FatPhil (8552) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - APR 26, 2013
750ml bottle (Gallows Bird, Espoo)
Lovely rich sweet malt, touch buttery and sweet. Very dark, tan head. Smooth palate, gentle carbonation. Great roast, whisky kept very subtle. Dry woody finish. Some sharp sour spikes, not a quaffer by any means, but what a sipper! Long dry hoppy (not quite soapy) finnish is great and lasts for ever.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
AndySnow (2469) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - APR 22, 2013
2012 vintage. Bottle at NK Bar. Dark brown, almost black, colour with a tan head. Mild sweet whisky, alcohol, dried fruit aroma. Flavour is oak, raisin, alcohol. Licorice after taste.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
dimenhetfield (2487) - , Florida, USA - APR 17, 2013
Bottle shared by my friend Waffle, thanks man. I recall this one having some vanilla notes with some lingering whiskey aromas as well. This was a 2011’ so it’s mellowed out some but still very tasty.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Lilja (1391) - Malmö, SWEDEN - APR 13, 2013
Smak och doft av malt, choklad, brunt socker, whisky och toner av vanilj och laktris. Lagom söt med bra avrundande besk.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
bergstaden (1007) - Røros, NORWAY - APR 10, 2013
Black with a brown head - sweet malt aroma with some licerice notes in the back - sweet malt body with some licorice nad vanilla with some hints of a nice alcohol heat - lingering sweet malt ending - this was very good

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 7/20
stokkdum (1) - NORWAY - MAR 30, 2013 does not count
Dark brown color, almost pitch black. Sweet aroma with notes of whiskey and wood. Smooth mouthfeel.

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