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


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RATINGS: 166   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.52/5   EST. CALORIES: 138   ABV: 4.6%
Cask; Regular

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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
tiggmtl (4544) - Vancouver, British Columbia, - SEP 25, 2012
Vinous dark fruits in the nose along withalty sweetness. Dark brown body topped by a tight off white head that recedes to cover. Lightly sour fruit flavour is complemented by sweet and roasty malts. Medium body with low carbonation. Delicious and easy to drink. Enjoyed on cask at the Halfway House in Edinburgh in September 2012.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Towey1989 (2462) - Stoke On Trent, Staffordshire, ENGLAND - APR 17, 2017
Cask at The Green Dragon, Leek (JDW) A deep brown colour with a medium beige head. Aroma of roasted malts, chocolate, dark fruits, some nuts, slight coffee, a little liquorice and subtle spicy hops. Taste of chocolate, dark fruits, nuts, some roasted malts, liquorice, slight coffee, a hint of toffee and subtle spicy hops. Medium bodied and soft carbonation. A bittersweet, fruity, roasted bitterness in the finish. A sweet and rich old ale with tart dark fruits and chocolate balanced really well with roasted malts and a slight spicy bitterness. Good for its style.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Parmenion777 (242) - Greater London, ENGLAND - APR 8, 2017
UPDATED: APR 8, 2017 Pours a deep dark brown colour with a small thin beige head. Fruity and roasty aroma, caramel malts and some chocolate. Rich and fruity, sweet caramel, brown sugar and some roasted malty flavours with some ash in the finish. Nice.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
mzaar (3267) - Varberg, SWEDEN - MAR 18, 2017
Grumligt brun med ett smutsvitt skum. Dofter av rda br och choklad. Samma terkommer i smaken tillsammans med tr och lder. Ltt syra i avslutningen.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
john44 (3000) - SW London, Greater London, ENGLAND - FEB 1, 2017
Cask Pint at Wibbas Down (JDW), Wimbledon, London in Aug 2010 - Almost black. Bitter-sweet fruity old ale. Very roasty malts. Very dark chocolate plus some coffee. Fruity (dark fruits & berries). Sour edge. Nice malt/hop balance. Dry bitter roast finish. (2010-08)

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
theprof (833) - Nottingham, Nottinghamshire, ENGLAND - DEC 9, 2016
Cask. Roasted malts on the nose. Murky brown with tan top and lacing. Taste has berry notes in a coffee chocolate malts wash. A bit thin in the finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
bartzluke (598) - Oklahoma, USA - DEC 22, 2015
Pint from cask into mug in pub in Scotland. Dark, opaque, brown. Very creamy. Nutty. Light body, smooth. A bit of cocoa powder. Nose is dry, nutty, cocoa. Nice all around.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Martinus (4588) - Baarle-Nassau, NETHERLANDS - NOV 1, 2015
Black colour, white head. Aroma of caramel, light ash, light smoke, cacao, roasted malts. Flavour of chocolate, ash, light sour hint. Finish ash and toffee.
(from draught @ GBBF 14, London)

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
sound67 (731) - Offenbach, GERMANY - JUN 5, 2015
[National Winter Ales Festival, Derby, 2015] - Orkney Brewery Dark Island, 4.6%, schwarz, sehr viel Kaffee und Schokolade im Aroma. Im Antrunk weich, schokoladig, kaffeeartig, aber trocken. Mitte Schokolade und gebranntes Malz. IM Abgang Schokomalz kaffeeartig, danach im Nachhall sehr bitter, esspressoartig, anhaltend.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
mcberko (16622) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - MAY 5, 2015
On tap at The Old Contemptibles, pours a deep dark brown / near black with a small beige head. Nose brings out bready toffee notes, not much else. Flavour is along the same lines, with bready toffee notes and just enough bitterness to back. Soft on the palate and balanced well. Very easy drinking. Solid.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
teorn88 (7632) - Rimini, ITALY - MAR 13, 2015
Cask at JDW WIQ, London. It pours a dark copper color with a medium tan head. Aroma is sweet and lightly boozy, with notes of raisins, honey, dried fruit, vanilla. Taste is sweet, with notes of chocolate, lactose, vanilla, dried fruits, honey. Medium bodied with soft carbonation. Overall, tasty old ale

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