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

bottled
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RATINGS: 447   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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3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Gluepot (499) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 16, 2016
A frothy tan head over a very dark brown body for a BW. The nose is malt, some dark fruit and possibly red wine. While this is an engaging beverage, the whiskey casking overpowers almost everything else that could create an engaging beer experience. This is dominate by peat from the scotch, scotch booziness, and some subsidiary tastes to the scotch, including vanilla and oak. It is very dry with a hint of smoke on top of the peat.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
SHIG (4722) - Wasilla, Alaska, USA - FEB 15, 2016
Bottle: Poured a black brown with bubble tan head. Aroma is smokey peat, malty and fruit. Taste is fruity, boozy, berry.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Homer321 (4380) - Melboring, Florida, USA - FEB 4, 2016
Bottle at RBWG 2016. Thanks Theydon. Nose is light Sherry oxidation with some raisins. Deep brown small light brown head. Taste is papery with some figs. Light woody notes. Seems to be just a touch past its prime.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Leighton (19180) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - FEB 4, 2016
Bottle shared at JoeTs house during RBWG 2016. Pours rich brown with a slight off-white head. Lots of ripe dark fruits in the nose, some earthy leather, hints of toffee and cocoa. Medium to heavy sweet flavor with slight oxidation, caramel, toffee, figs, dates, toffee, vanilla. Full bodied, oily, with fine carbonation. Warming finish with toasty toffee, dark bread, raisins, more figs, hints of cocoa, leather. Great stuff overall. Really good depth.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
JulienHuxley (5657) - Trois-Rivires, Quebec, CANADA - FEB 4, 2016
Bottle shared. Deep brown black pour with thin white head. Aroma is really malty, rich malty aromas, caramel, toffee, light oxidization. Taste is rich malty, caramel. Palate is full bodied with light carbonation. Great.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
VsXsV (3991) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - FEB 4, 2016
Bottle at JoeTs cat cabana. Opaque black liquid with small light tan head. Aroma of coffee, dried fruit, chocolate, biscuit and Whiskey. Taste is light to medium sweet and light bitter with notes of chocolate, licorice, whisky, wood and dried fruit. Medium to full bodied with medium carbonation. Nice.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
joet (2555) - Santa Rosa, California, USA - FEB 4, 2016
Black with clear brown edges oxidized paper molasses aromas, lightly citric, light medium effervescence, lightly bitter finish

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Theydon_Bois (17600) - Hazlemere, the lower Xhitlerns, Buckinghamshire, ENGLAND - FEB 4, 2016
Bottle split at RB HQ, Santa Rosa, 04/02/16. Dark mahogany brown with a decent beige covering. Nose is dark malt, toffee, fruit cake, spice, molasses, tar. Taste comprises molasses, tar, liquorice, chocolate, fruit cake, treacle toffee. Full bodied, oily complexion, warming alcohol in the close. Solid.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
fellebag (1382) - Oslo, NORWAY - JAN 30, 2016
Bottle 75cl. Small grey layer along the sides. Hazy opaque color. Aroma is soya, leather, berries, meat, horse blanket, licorice. Taste is sweet and doughy.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
rayaron (1489) - Kfar Saba, ISRAEL - JAN 29, 2016
Bottle sample at a tasting at Maxs place. Thanks DSG. Opaque black with brown head. Aroma of date honey, lots of soy sauce, some ink and port wine. Sweet flavor with notes of port wine, soy sauce, date honey, some licorice, wood and liqueur, sourish, syrupy and sticky, slightly dry. Oily texture, full-bodied. Rich and excellent.


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