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


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RATINGS: 367   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.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
fonefan (35220) - VestJylland, DENMARK - NOV 4, 2006
Bottle. Dark brown / black color with virtually none head. Nice nose, clear more warmer and mature then the regular Dark Island, the whisky shows very soft and mixes perfectly with the malty aromas. Long warm finish with lots of power, fruity pleasant aromas of berries, dried figs and prunes. Little carbonation, slightly bitter and a bit thin in texture. I must say as "henrikb" it is a very good idea to age the Dark Island in Whisky barrels, the beer has really gained from it.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
yespr (31464) - Copenhagen O, DENMARK - MAR 13, 2008
75 cL bottle, thanks to Myrup. Pours dark brown to black with a lacing tan head. Vanilla, liqourice and roasted malt. Flavour is roasted malt, tar like and woody with a little sweetness and a solid liqourice note. Lingering liqourice and light vanilla finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Ungstrup (29464) - Citizen of the universe, DENMARK - APR 2, 2008
Bottled at RBESG 2007. A pitch black beer with a thin brown head. The aroma is sweet and acidic with strong notes of whiskey and wood. The flavor is sweet with a powerful note of whiskey as well as brettanomyces which lends it an acidity, but also medium notes of alcohol, prunes, and wood, as well as hints of salt.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Papsoe (25085) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - NOV 21, 2006
(Bottle 75 cl) Pours a hazy mahogany with a vague, reddish glow and a tiny, beige head. Very beautiful and complex aroma with lots of dried fruit. Flat appearance but yet very full-bodied with loads of roasted malt and dried fruit - port-like. Discreet hoppiness. Wauw for an excellent and complex brew. 281006

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
joergen (21062) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - NOV 11, 2006
Bottle. Dark brown coloured with a beige head. Aroma of dried fruits, prunes and caramel. Flavour of dried fruits, sherry, caramel, liquorice and alcohol.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
oh6gdx (20602) - Vasa, FINLAND - APR 25, 2009
Bottled (thanks cgarvieuk!). Black colour, small brown head. Aroma is madeirawine, some grapes, alcohol and quite sourish. Flavour is smoked oak, alcohol, raisins, some sourness as well. Oily palate. Feels a bit infected, yet in a quite nice way.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
omhper (19626) - Tyresö, SWEDEN - AUG 31, 2007
Bottled at RBESG ’07. Near black. Woody nose with some vinegar. Oily yet fairly slim. Sweet malt tartened by malt vinegarVinous with notes of molasses. Salty finish. Complex, or even complicated. Yet immature - already highly interesting and tasty.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
anders37 (16895) - Malmö, SWEDEN - FEB 7, 2008
Bottle. Pours an almost black color with a small brown head. Aroma of malt raisins, dark fruit and oak. Also some weak aroma of chocolate. Has a slightly roasted malty oak flavor with lots of dark fruit and chocolate. Also a little vinous hints. Warming roasted malty finish with hints of dark fruit.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
madmitch76 (15309) - , Essex, ENGLAND - JAN 9, 2010
15th July 2008. A smooth silky beer with a complex configuration of flavours. Whisky and bitter orange, very mild coffee and sweet cream. Vanilla. Different and very drinkable - looking forward to tasting this again after a couple of years.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
fiulijn (14978) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - DEC 20, 2007
Bottled 2006-03-20, 20 months old
Black color, no head, but with a oily appereance on the surface and a thin brownish ring of foam. The aroma is quite peculiar, with some roasted malt, oak, light Porto wine, very light vanilla. Medium to thin body strength, oily mouthfeel, with some flavor of roasted malt, light liquorice, light wood, some sourness from the roasted malt, molasses comes to my mind as well; with some oxidation it gets winy, more mellow, showing more liquorice. In the final there is some more roasted malt sourness and salty liquorice.
A strange brew, where the cask aging adds chaos rather than complexity.
Cheated by the style, I would not categorize it as Barley Wine (not enough sweetness, too much dark malts).

Got it at Brogatan, Malmö; at 260SEK (26€) for one bottle, it’s one of the worst quality-to-price beers that I remember

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