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


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RATINGS: 451   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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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
JPDIPSO (6002) - Wauwatosa, Wisconsin, USA - JUL 10, 2016
Brown body, with a diminishing light brown, turning creamy small head. Lots of malt aromas, with toasted malt, molasses, and dark chocolate. Moderately sweet, with some acetic and lactic notes in the finish. Have had this a few times and have placed the rating between 2.8 and 3.5. 6/10-6/16

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Karlsen (43) - Hnefoss, NORWAY - JUL 10, 2016
Dark brown and creamy, light white head, aroma a bit sour, roasted, fruits. Taste of roasted malts dried fruits, chocolate. More dry than sweet. Fantastic complexity

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
batneil (687) - - JUL 3, 2016
Very thick and dark. Chocolate taste, also quite malty. Potent. Good for small doses.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
suurjuust (3254) - ESTONIA - JUN 25, 2016
UPDATED: JUN 25, 2016 Bottle shared by Mart. Dark brown beer, very small white head. Nose is very peaty, almost tarry, dark chocolate, roast. Flavor is peat, roast, iodine, salt. Drying peaty finish, roast, tobacco. Warm alcohol in the aftertaste. Savory with chocolate hints and tons of peat and iodine.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
martjoobolut (3681) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - JUN 25, 2016
Bottle (as drk isld rsrv in swing top bottle from beer gonzo). Pours dark brown. Aroma is peat, malt, whisky. Flavor is sweet and bitter, peat, tar, dark chocolate, malt. Overall: very nice, very barrel driven tho.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
teorn88 (7481) - Out of the EU, Greater London, ENGLAND - JUN 13, 2016
March 2015 rating: 37.5cl bottle, fresh, from Utobeer, London. It pours a dark copper/brown color with a small beige head. Aroma is big bold and lightly boozy with notes of coffee, toffee, vanilla and rum. Taste has also notes of dark chocolate, toffee and vanilla. Well rounded and bold with light alcohol burnt in the finish. Full bodied with silky mouthfeel and soft carbonation. Overall, very nice balance and complexity 8-4-8-4-18 June 2016 rating: 75cl bottle, 5-year old vintage, shares at the Non-Beer Tasting @Fergus, Watford. It pours a clean brown color with a small beige head. Aroma is lightly sweet and boozy, with notes of figs, raisins and toffee. Taste is a bit thin with more sweet raisins, toffee, vanilla and light booze. Light bodied with soft carbonation. Overall, age has taken its toll on this one, both in terms of flavor and body 7-3-7-3-16

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
mR_fr0g (10623) - Hertfordshire, ENGLAND - JUN 11, 2016
Bottle shared thanks to Paulo. A dark mahogany brown coloured pour with a fading dark tan head. Viscous. Aroma is aged, plummy figgy pudding, airy malts, a little salty umami. Flavour is composed of semi sweet, salty airy malts, plummy jammy fruits, little age, but nice complexity. Palate is semi sweet, moderate carbonation, little airy. Lingering black malts.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Maris (1440) - Canberra, AUSTRALIA - JUN 3, 2016
From a 330ml bottle on 3/6/2016 (bottled 27/3/2015, Gyle no. 954). Pours the darkest brown with pretty much no head. The aroma features some light whisky notes, dark and dried fruit, and is quite vinous in character. Taste wise, its quite sharp and sweet, with cherries, prunes, chocolate and soy. Theres a good dash of whisky, and a light acidic bitterness. The texture is slightly syrupy and the carbonation soft. Desmond has proclaimed this his fave beer of all time, but its not really my cup of tea. A reasonably enjoyable sipper, but at around $23 a bottle, it just doesnt go close to working as a value proposition.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
smmaaren (588) - NORWAY - APR 30, 2016
Bottle shared with Kristian. Pours almost pitch black with a small beige head. Aromas of whisky, coffee and licorice. Taste is bittersweet. Good stuff.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 19/20
Cokemonkey11 (713) - - APR 23, 2016
330ml limited edition bottle. Batch number 1000. Bottled 5th June 2015. Consumed 17th April 2016. Pours black with a Ruby hue and a minimal tan head subsiding at an average pace. Scent is dense caramel hints with tobacco, cherry, and oak cask. Resin. Taste is dense grainy hardwood and caramel/toffee. Further light tobacco and leaves. Mouthfeel is medium dense and lightly peppery. Finish is very intense and harsh like charcoal to the throat. Not my ideal flavor profile but a truly fantastic beer.

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