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

bottled
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Broad Distribution

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RATINGS: 453   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.87/5   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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3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
blutt59 (6558) - Dallas, Texas, USA - DEC 24, 2009
Bottle, thanks to bu11zeye. Dark brown pour, smokey peat aroma, flavor has an oily, woody char profile and lots of smoke, oily finsh as well

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Cavie (4575) - Arlington, Texas, USA - DEC 21, 2009
Bottle courtesy of bu11zeye. Dark brown pour with red hints through the light. Whisky sweet smell with lots of alcohol and roastedness. Taste has a woody characteristic with a fair amount of smoked flavor. Roasted flavors with sweet chocolate. Nice and flavorful.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
pivnizub (10408) - Bochum, Porř, GERMANY - NOV 22, 2009
Bottle: Pitch-black, mid-sized firm tanned head with a light lace; tobacco, leather and smoke in the solid vinous-caramelly nose, accompanied by a faint bitterness; solid sweet-bitter flavour, full bodied and smooth; a delicate bitterness in the full soft sourish-vinous and roasty finish. Great, gorgeous stuff......

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Sammy (11773) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - NOV 21, 2009
750 ml from Bruisin Ales. Pours dark grey with bubbly head, looks caskish. Scotch whiskey in the nose. The tasting begins with scotch whiskey and ends with chocolate and peat in a long finish. Very good, it must be shared.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
ricke (476) - Malme, SWEDEN - NOV 19, 2009
Opaque, pitch black. A small brownish head settles into some lacings. Plenty of roasted malts in the nose. Some coffee and dark chocolate. Dark caramel and molasses. The flavor is packed with big aromas of roasted malts, almost burnt. Coffee, dark chocolate and vinous dark fruits. Notes of oak barrel. Unfortunately, I detect an off-centered flavor of watercolor paint hovering above the other flavors, and its quite disturbing. The finish is somewhat bitter with acidic roasty notes, salt and licorice. The alcohol is well hidden, but noticeable. Medium body, gentle carbonation. Could perhaps have a little bigger body. Somewhat dry finish. Not quite as good as I had hoped for. Still recommended though. Lacks some balance. Serving type: bottle (Copy of old Beer Advocate review)

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
blankboy (7521) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - NOV 16, 2009
My bottle [750ml] shared with the gang at WaterlooWeekend Oct.09 -- c/o madmitch76. Pours a very dark brown with a small fizzy light-brown head. Aromas sweet and roasty along with dark fruit, some smoke, vanilla, whisky, spices and more -- lots going on here. Flavour: Wow, this is 10%? Youd never know it. Roasted malt, chocolate, dark fruit, some hops, whisky and spices. Medium bodied. A fantastic beer, very well done!

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
mabel (8717) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - NOV 11, 2009
[2538-20091024] 750mL bottle. Sweet date and roasted fruit malt aroma. Brown black body with no lasting head. More roasted fruit and soy date malt flavour. Full body. Quite full all around, an interesting brew.
(c/o blankboy, w/ him, GregClow, HogTownHarry, jerc, tupalev)

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
jercraigs (10210) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 29, 2009
UPDATED: JUL 16, 2014 2014-06-27. Black body with a fading brown head. Aroma is alcoholic dark fruit and sweet dark malt. Flavour is rich dark malt alcohol, mild whiskey or bourbon like character to the alcohol finishes a touch dry because of the alcohol. Medium bodied palate, low carbonation makes it feel heavier in the palate. Nice but a bit much. It needs just a touch more carbonation perhaps? 7/3/7/4-15 Cask at Glasgow Real Ale Festival

2009-10-24. Very dark brown body with a modest khaki head that fades. 3+ Aroma is a touch boozy but has some interesting nuances, whisky, mild touch of wood. 7+ Flavour is less boozy, sweet dark malt base gets overtaken by a woody whisky character that has a a light tang/something fruity to it that is not unpleasant, but I am not overly enamored with it as I find it distracts. 7+ Smooth average plus palate is lightly carbonated. Alcohol is remarkable restrained. I enjoyed it, and it is well made, but it just did not quite come together for me as well as it did for others. Part of me wants to rate it higher but it just didnt quite get there. 8/3/7/3/15 Bottle shared by blankboy

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
HogTownHarry (6519) - Toronto (Harbourfront), Ontario, CANADA - OCT 24, 2009
(bottle ( 750ml ). shared by blankboy at October 2009 WaterlooWeekend. Oily-looking black pour, smallish frothy tan head. Lovely black, burnt treacle and sherry/Islay whisky aroma, herbal and dry - pretty strong oaky whisky. Taste is much, much less whisky-dominated - dry, oily, herbal bitter, plenty of dry oak resin, a little salty and pretty smoothly alcoholic. Slick, bitter mouthfeel - very roasty and dry, not overpowering, well done indeed.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Chrism86 (294) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - OCT 8, 2009
Pours thick, dark brown tending black with a non existent head. Body appears very oily & rich. Nose is very serious, peat, smoke & dark malts all in abundance. Palate is thick & rich as expected with the nose being translated very well. Finish is long with all dimensions having a great synergy. Awesome beer, well worth the high price tag & will definately be keeping an eye out for more!


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