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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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Mora2000 (6158) - McKinney, Texas, USA - JAN 11, 2010
Bottle courtesy of bu11zeye.

Hand bottled in September 2008. Pours dark brown/black with basically no head. Aroma is some smokey peat as well as caramel. The flavor is slightly sweet with some caramel malt, roasted malt and some smoke and chocolate. Medium mouthfeel. Very creamy mouthfeel.

3.7
madmitch76 (25809) - , Essex, ENGLAND - JAN 9, 2010
15th July 2008. A smooth silky beer with a complex configuration of flavours. Whisky and bitter orange, very mild coffee and sweet cream. Vanilla. Different and very drinkable - looking forward to tasting this again after a couple of years.

3.6
Rosebud butternuts (2408) - Denton, Texas, USA - JAN 7, 2010
bottle thanks to bu11zeye. poured black with no head. aroma was dark roast, some tartness, and alcohol. flavor was dark roast, dark fruit, raisin, alcohol, and cherry with a light body.

3.7
bu11zeye (13239) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - JAN 5, 2010
( 750ml bottle ) Pours a dark brown (near black) body with a small tan head. Aroma of vinous, oak, soy sauce, wood, caramel, and peat. Flavor of soy sauce, raisins, scotch, earth, caramel, roasted malt, and light herbs.

4.1
mar (5445) - Dallas, Texas, USA - DEC 29, 2009
bottle thanks to bu11zeye. handbottled on 9/3/08. deep brown with a cream head. smoke, vanilla and wood. flavor matches the aroma perfectly and it is very smooth on the palate.

4.5
gunnar (9765) - Sandnes, NORWAY - DEC 28, 2009
Pours pitch black with a moderate tan head. Aroma is vinous, sherry, oak and tar. Full and rich mouthfeel. The flavour are all about malty sweetness, plums, raisins and a moderate roastiness, oak, tar and vinous notes (sherry and/or port), some chocolate and a hint of licuorice. Weak hops in the finish. A splendid beer indeed!

3.9
blutt59 (6585) - 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
Cavie (4837) - 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
pivnizub (10844) - Bochum, Por�ř�, 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
Sammy (12846) - 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.


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