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


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RATINGS: 448   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.88/5   EST. CALORIES: 300   ABV: 10%
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.

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   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
BelgBeerGeek (1308) - Antwerp, - AUG 17, 2012
Thx to Palme !!

What the hell ?! is this a Barley Wine or a Imperial Stout ?! the colour !
Head: capuccino, away fast
Colour: black !!! ( impy or barley ?! )
Smell: freaking amazing !!! so intense !!, red port, vanilla, oak, grapes, red wine, boozey, oak, sweet, candy sirup, coconut, molasses, sherry, this must be one of the best aromas ive ever had !!! so good !!! lets hope the flavour is as good as the aroma ?!
Taste: start is pretty salty, and caramel, thus salted caramel .. duh !, butterscotch, very oily mouthfeel, slightly roasted, very nice boozey and spicey flavour, very creamy, not as sweet as i tought it would be ( good thng ! ), lots of port wine and whiskey flavours, end is a tad irony with beautifful red wine tanines, aftertaste is roasty and earthy/grassy. this is a damn fine beer ! Tough id classify it as a Imperial stout flavourwise ...

But doesnt matter Barley Wine or Imperial Stout its freaking lovely !!!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Saeglopur (1853) - Vienna Woods, AUSTRIA - JAN 14, 2017
330 ml bottle from Beergonzo, bottled on 5th June 2015.
Dark brown body, with a small, creamy, dark beige head.
Aroma of whisky, some smoke, dried fruits, tobacco, cocoa, toffee.
Tastes of wood, whisky, peat, tobacco, dark bread, cocoa, some dried fruits, some liquorice.
Medium, oily mouthfeel, with a moderate carbonation.
Finishes roasty, smokey, wooden, a bit astringent, a bit warm, with tobacco, cocoa, subtle fruits.

Tasty. Really balanced, well integrated peaty whisky notes, leaving room for lots of dark malt and fruity notes, with just the right levels of roastiness and sweetness. Alcohol is greatly hidden, drinks really smooth. One of the best style example Ive had so far, truly accomplished stuff.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
kathouse (1739) - LAS VEGAS, Nevada, USA - NOV 27, 2016
Shared 2007 bottle from Julio. No head. This had big fruit, fig, and toffee aromas. Wood flavors were complimentary and the whisky just added to the complexity. Simply amazing.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Bozo_skeleton (1070) - Grenoble, FRANCE - NOV 6, 2016
Noire dense, petit collet fin Armes intenses et complexes, vanille, caf, lgrement bois, fruits noirs (pruneaux) Douce, ronde, bien caramlis sur la finale avec de grosse notes dalcool, liquoreuse et chaleureuse

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
zvikar (5537) - Ramat Gan, ISRAEL - NOV 5, 2016
Black, beige head, aroma of cherries, toffee, caramel, light lemon, fun, wood, whiskey, flavor of cherries, toffee, caramel, wood, whiskey, medium+ bodied.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
RickReallyBrew (94) - Franktown, Colorado, USA - NOV 3, 2016
Reminiscent of an Imperial Stout but very unique as well. Dark as molasses and deeply satisfying. Amazing! I just love this brew.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
kraddel (6864) - some beerplace, BELGIUM - NOV 1, 2016
Pours black ,. Small white head. Smell is bit roasty. Taste is full, fleshy, oak, dark malts. Very subtile, dark aromas of dried fruits. Very complex brew. A slow sipper , very nice

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
CraftBeerNick (2126) - London Town, Greater London, ENGLAND - OCT 15, 2016
Bottle at home, 15th October 16. Pours dark brown, almost black, no head. Aroma, dark fruit seeped in liquor, black treacle, molasses. Taste is black treacle, barrel, slight whiskey well integrated, some spice, slight heat, with prune and date in the finish.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Bubeer (386) - - OCT 3, 2016
UPDATED: OCT 4, 2016 Opaque dark brown with mahogany edges. No head. Aroma intensity 3.75/5. Whisky, malt, prunes and blackcurrant aroma. Medium bitter. A bit of chocolate and treacle in the aftertaste. Oily texture. Soft carbonation. Full body.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
ljthiessen (1199) - Winnipeg, Manitoba, CANADA - SEP 14, 2016
Bottle. Black pour with a rich tan head. Aroma is a little boozy, chocolate and dark fruits, raisin, hints of whiskey. Taste is boozy chocolate, some raisin, cocoa, subtle coffee, quite rich, slightly bready. Thick texture and low carbonation.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
c0fein (591) - Helsinki, FINLAND - SEP 12, 2016
750ml bottle from Saveur-Biere. Oravankolo tasting.

Dark stuff with a small head. Whisky notes, malts, smoke, light and forgettable. Not getting any feelings from this.

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