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

bottled
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RATINGS: 451   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.88/5   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.

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4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Bubeer (410) - - 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.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
ljthiessen (1218) - 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.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
c0fein (593) - 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.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
GRM (3893) - Aylmer, Quebec, CANADA - SEP 8, 2016
Brown bottle, 75 cl, brewed on September 24 2013, bottled on November 15, purchased at Binnys - Lincoln Park, savoured on September 8 2016; eye: black, opaque, ring of beige head, no lacing; nose: molasses, malt, ink, slight fig, slight chocolate, light vanilla; mouth: molasses, malt, ink, light fig, slight alcohol, light whisky, slight chocolate, light vanilla, finale in molasses with slight presence of whisky, medium-full body, below-average carbonation, slightly sweet, slick texture; overall: fine FRANAIS Bouteille brune, 75 cl, 10 %, brasse le 24 septembre 2013, embouteille le 15 novembre, achete chez Binnys - Lincoln Park, savoure le 8 septembre 2016; il : noire, opaque, anneau de mousse beige, pas de dentelle; nez : mlasse, malt, encre, trs lger figue, trs lger chocolat, lger vanille; bouche : mlasse, malt, encre, lger figue, trs lger alcool, lger whisky, trs lger chocolat, lger vanille, finale en mlasse avec trs lgre prsence de whisky, corps moyen-cors, carbonatation sous la moyenne, trs lgrement sucre, texture coulante; en rsum : bien

3.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
jjsint (2689) - Cambridge, Cambridgeshire, ENGLAND - AUG 31, 2016
750ml bottle from Bacchanalia. Somewhere between very dark brown and oil-slick black. Flat, no head. Whisky, honey, bitter cooking chocolate, and a touch of yeast extract. Fantastic gooey sweet boozy taste with caramel and a hint of sea salt. More salted caramel and prune in the aftertaste. Thick only body. Doesnt taste anywhere near 10%. Excellent stuff.

4.5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
klaing (282) - Florida, USA - AUG 18, 2016
Dark with little head. Toasted grains with chocolate note, some berry, and then a whiskey tang, sweetness nicely balanced with a mild floral and dry finish. Alcohol nice and warming on the tongue. One of the best. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
bulldogops (2475) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - AUG 2, 2016
Rating #1753 - 2015.06.25 - Bottle from CBI - Dated November 11 2013 - Rich dark brown-black pour with a weak white head that bubbles away quickly, no lacing. Aroma is earthy - presence of toasted barley, chocolate, coffee grounds, mild peaty smokiness.Mouthfeel is clean, low carbonation, medium alcohol warmth. Taste is a depth of chocolately, nutty roast malts, tinge of peat smoke, and tremendous character from the wood of the whisky casks - vanilla, oaky. A truly gorgeous concoction.

4.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
peponi (1686) - Hannover, GERMANY - JUL 30, 2016
Aroma: peated, roasted dark malts, bitter chocolate, barrel, dried fruits. Appearance: jet black and creamy head. Taste: roasted dark malts, barrel notes, vanilla, peated, bitter chocolate, coffee, dried fruits, very smooth, and dry, balanced. Palate: medium body and medium carbonation, roasted barrel finish. Overall: It is a great beer, so complex and balanced, tasty.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
slowrunner77 (11048) - Reno, Nevada, USA - JUL 22, 2016
recently had this shared by a friend, side by side with the base, which was a treat. Not close to the same beer, though. Not only is there a good deal of whiskey and oak here, its also way stronger and everything about the regular DI is amplified. Theres also a slight smoke character. Good brew!

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Ratman197 (14070) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - JUL 18, 2016
750 ml swing top bottle poured a clear reddish brown with a small lingering tan head. Aromas of toffee, oak, dried fruit, pipe tobacco, earthiness and peat smoke. Palate was medium bodied and smooth with a dry finish. Flavors of toffee, peat smoke, tobacco, light dried fruit and light earthiness with a smooth dry lingering peat smoke finish.


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