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


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RATINGS: 450   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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bytemesis (8990) - Sunnyvale, California, USA - JAN 29, 2017
Bottle, 2014 vintage. Pours deep clear ruby black, minimal head, wisp of a ring of tan foam and not much lacing. Aroma is pretty much sherry, port, some oaky vinous notes. Flavor is medium sweet, light plus bitter. Medium body, low carbonation. Better after it warms, but this one apparently does not age well, cause it is high on oxidation and pretty rough around the edges. Kind of hot as well. Probably should have guessed that flip-top was not the best seal in the world, but oh well.

Saeglopur (2294) - 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 I’ve had so far, truly accomplished stuff.

kathouse (1930) - 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.

Bozo_skeleton (1164) - Grenoble, FRANCE - NOV 6, 2016
Noire dense, petit collet fin Arômes intenses et complexes, vanille, café, légèrement boisé, fruits noirs (pruneaux) Douce, ronde, bien caramélisé sur la finale avec de grosse notes d’alcool, liquoreuse et chaleureuse

zvikar (6349) - 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.

RickReallyBrew (105) - 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.

kraddel (8744) - Antwerp, BELGIUM - NOV 1, 2016
Pours black ,. Small white head. Smell is bit roasty. Taste is full, fleshy, oak, dark malts. Very subtile, dark aroma’s of dried fruits. Very complex brew. A slow sipper , very nice

CraftBeerNick (2734) - 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.

Bubeer (479) - - 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.

ljthiessen (1397) - 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.

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