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

bottled
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RATINGS: 457   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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3.6
Rosebud butternuts (2396) - 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 (13029) - 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 (5410) - 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 (9019) - 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 (6562) - 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 (4654) - 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 (10575) - Bochum, Porúří, 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 (12105) - 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
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 it’s 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
blankboy (7662) - 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. Aroma’s sweet and roasty along with dark fruit, some smoke, vanilla, whisky, spices and more -- lots going on here. Flavour: Wow, this is 10%? You’d never know it. Roasted malt, chocolate, dark fruit, some hops, whisky and spices. Medium bodied. A fantastic beer, very well done!


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