tronraner (2459) - Walland, Tennessee, USA - SEP 19, 2005
2.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 10/20
Bottle. Pours an almost black hue of ruby with a nice tan head. The aroma is mostly chocolate with some earthy notes and just a bit of hops. The flavor is nutty at first and fades to roastiness with a saccharine finish. The flavor is quite weak because of the wateriness, which gives the whole thing an artificial feel. This almost seems like stout-flavored Kool-Aid. Disappointing.
kepano (256) - Los Angeles, California, USA - SEP 18, 2005
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
UPDATED: SEP 21, 2005 Impressive looking brew with a dense black body and a fizzy tan head. The palate is surprisingly thin for what appears to be such a hefty liquid. Coffee, dark chocolate and other roasted malts are accentuated but some hops are revealed along with the dry finish. Slightly metallic nose.
ontario102 (794) - Boise, Idaho, USA - SEP 17, 2005
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Pours with a nice, frothy head and lively carbonation; creosote, chocolate and roasted nose with a hint of cherry noted fruitiness; burnt, chalky front end with dusty maltiness and dry finish; thin palate; meh.
NachlamSie (3230) - Denver, Colorado, USA - SEP 17, 2005
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
bottle. Pours a nice dark brown with a full, thick tan head. Yeasty, bittersweet aroma. Thin mouth, yeasty sweet. Rather narrow of a brew. Reminds me of a cola.This is fairly drinkable but lacks real substance.
GarrettB (1414) - San Diego, California, USA - SEP 16, 2005
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: JUL 22, 2007 A mythical, scaled creature hailing from the far North and East is always an eye catcher for an unassuming passerby, which is why when I saw a wooden dragon head peering out from the refrigerator at my local liquor dispenser I had to pick it up the bottle it was inescapably attached to. The glass frame is stockish and bullish, like a championship boxer’s coach, and gives the impression, unopened and untouched, of being a truly masculine brew. However, the texture disappoints, being somewhat "translucent" in the depth and breadth of its flavor. It pours thickly, with a fluid base of opaque brown and a tannish shade for a head. There’s nothing one could call artistic magestry in the overall appearance. It really is just a burly looking drink. The overall flavor is hard to discern for a newbie like myself, but I’d definitely call it smoky, with a subtle but welcome hint of chocolate. Most amazing was the disparity between smelling it out of the bottle and out of a glass. Completely different sensations hit my neighboring sensory nerves. I imagine this beer would be a great drink while doing hard agricultural work in a humid environment. Odd, but this might explain its Scottish origins. The Orkney Stout may be a nice parlor drink. You can’t drink it too fast without catching the suspicious glances of your friends. The environment has to be absolutely right. As I begin to sample the stout I find myself under a noisy barrage; my roommates are playing a raucous children’s game, but once I move to another room and start listening to a healthy round of the Russian Red Army Choir, the flavor and its contribution to the environment are enhanced. Drinking this heavy and hearthy beer I feel like a part of history, sunken into the ground with time and tale. If you plan on being light on your feet and witty do not drink the Orkney stout. It sort of sinks into the tongue and gut with an anvil heaviness - hence the aptness for sitting in a parlor and pontificating on European unification or some such weighty matter to the tune of a brazenly burly Scottish brew.
BeerHawk (1810) - Huntsville, Alabama, USA - SEP 16, 2005
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle: Black in the glass with a fuzzy, soda like, light brown head. The head lasted and produced good lacing. Malty stout aroma. Milk chocolate and coffee flavor almost like a mocha or coffee ice cream. Some hoppy background and a smoky after taste. Light to medium body. Thought it would be fuller. Pretty good anyway.
DonMagi (5594) - bantervile, Bedfordshire, ENGLAND - SEP 16, 2005
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: NOV 1, 2005 Had this in a bottle befor ebut re-rating it on cask. Pours perfectly, really dark black with great brown head. Aroma is roasted malts with a little grassy hops. Taste is reasted malts and maybe burnt coffee with a balancing sweetness. Very nice ale, would like to get it in more often.
wavers1 (916) - Notown, California, USA - SEP 12, 2005
3 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
lightly salted syrupy aroma fades quick.dark brown with a creamy khaki head that leaves not a trace on any glass. choco roasted taste, nice medium body, fading with a bking coco aftertaste. descent stout.
xenthem0nk (101) - Oregon, USA - SEP 3, 2005
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Pours really dark auburn. Nose is licorice and Nyquil. Taste is...how can I put this? Flat, barren, desolate..perhaps a wasteland of otherwise potential complexities, a stout complete with tastebud-tumbleweeds. Aside from typical cocoa/coffee/roasted malt, and a bit of a sourness, its a bland stout with a creamy palatte.
tofubeth (10) - Vermont, USA - AUG 17, 2005
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
A solid stout--one good for moving people past the regular brews into specialty beers. Not nearly as good as the Dark Island Ale, but a fine chaser to Dark Island.