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

bottled
common

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unknown

Broad Distribution

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RATINGS: 415   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.87/5   EST. CALORIES: 300   ABV: 10%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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.


tipsytoad's rating

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
tipsytoad (85) - - DEC 31, 2008
My second bottle of this fairly pricey beer. Given the relatively poor quality of the regular Orkney beers now I was pleased to find that it was brewed by Rob Hill (the original brewer) who made Orkney into one of the best in the UK until it was taken over. This beer is excellent, with lots of whisky, chocolate and fruit in the nose and some oak.


3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Homer321 (3551) - Melboring, Florida, USA - FEB 4, 2016
Bottle at RBWG 2016. Thanks Theydon. Nose is light Sherry oxidation with some raisins. Deep brown small light brown head. Taste is papery with some figs. Light woody notes. Seems to be just a touch past its prime.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Leighton (16281) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - FEB 4, 2016
Bottle shared at JoeT’s house during RBWG 2016. Pours rich brown with a slight off-white head. Lots of ripe dark fruits in the nose, some earthy leather, hints of toffee and cocoa. Medium to heavy sweet flavor with slight oxidation, caramel, toffee, figs, dates, toffee, vanilla. Full bodied, oily, with fine carbonation. Warming finish with toasty toffee, dark bread, raisins, more figs, hints of cocoa, leather. Great stuff overall. Really good depth.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
JulienHuxley (5203) - Trois-Rivières, Quebec, CANADA - FEB 4, 2016
Bottle shared. Deep brown black pour with thin white head. Aroma is really malty, rich malty aromas, caramel, toffee, light oxidization. Taste is rich malty, caramel. Palate is full bodied with light carbonation. Great.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
VsXsV (3645) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - FEB 4, 2016
Bottle at JoeT’s cat cabana. Opaque black liquid with small light tan head. Aroma of coffee, dried fruit, chocolate, biscuit and Whiskey. Taste is light to medium sweet and light bitter with notes of chocolate, licorice, whisky, wood and dried fruit. Medium to full bodied with medium carbonation. Nice.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
joet (2463) - Santa Rosa, California, USA - FEB 4, 2016
Black with clear brown edges oxidized paper molasses aromas, lightly citric, light medium effervescence, lightly bitter finish

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Theydon_Bois (14980) - Tourist Town (West), Berkshire, ENGLAND - FEB 4, 2016
Bottle split at RB HQ, Santa Rosa, 04/02/16. Dark mahogany brown with a decent beige covering. Nose is dark malt, toffee, fruit cake, spice, molasses, tar. Taste comprises molasses, tar, liquorice, chocolate, fruit cake, treacle toffee. Full bodied, oily complexion, warming alcohol in the close. Solid.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
fellebag (1266) - Oslo, NORWAY - JAN 30, 2016
Bottle 75cl. Small grey layer along the sides. Hazy opaque color. Aroma is soya, leather, berries, meat, horse blanket, licorice. Taste is sweet and doughy.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
rayaron (1059) - Kfar Saba, ISRAEL - JAN 29, 2016
Bottle sample at a tasting at Max’s place. Thanks DSG. Opaque black with brown head. Aroma of date honey, lots of soy sauce, some ink and port wine. Sweet flavor with notes of port wine, soy sauce, date honey, some licorice, wood and liqueur, sourish, syrupy and sticky, slightly dry. Oily texture, full-bodied. Rich and excellent.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
DSG (9563) - Tel Aviv, ISRAEL - JAN 26, 2016
Bottle shared at a tasting at Max’s place. Thanks BenH for this bottle! Bottled 15 January 2014, Gyle Number 701. Very dark brown to black, almost flat. Aroma of malt, nuts, some chocolate, caramel, toffee, lots of dark fruits, whiskey, some vanilla, some soy sauce, wood. Sweet and slightly salty flavor, with malt, caramel, soy sauce, dark fruits, chocolate, nuts, toffee, some vanilla. Nice rounded mouthfeel. Great stuff, complex.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
mabuzzer (381) - SCOTLAND - JAN 16, 2016
330ml bottle, shared. Deep black with a thin tan head. Aroma is sweet malt and smoke. Flavour is smoky, caramel and vanilla with a little alcohol on the finish. Gorgeous


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