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98
style
Brewed by Orkney (Sinclair Breweries)
Style: Old Ale
Stromness, Scotland

bottled
available

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Broad Distribution

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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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4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
fonefan (46646) - VestJylland, DENMARK - NOV 4, 2006
Bottle. Dark brown / black color with virtually none head. Nice nose, clear more warmer and mature then the regular Dark Island, the whisky shows very soft and mixes perfectly with the malty aromas. Long warm finish with lots of power, fruity pleasant aromas of berries, dried figs and prunes. Little carbonation, slightly bitter and a bit thin in texture. I must say as "henrikb" it is a very good idea to age the Dark Island in Whisky barrels, the beer has really gained from it.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
yespr (42151) - Copenhagen O, DENMARK - MAR 13, 2008
75 cL bottle, thanks to Myrup. Pours dark brown to black with a lacing tan head. Vanilla, liqourice and roasted malt. Flavour is roasted malt, tar like and woody with a little sweetness and a solid liqourice note. Lingering liqourice and light vanilla finish.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Ungstrup (35892) - Citizen of the universe, DENMARK - APR 2, 2008
Bottled at RBESG 2007. A pitch black beer with a thin brown head. The aroma is sweet and acidic with strong notes of whiskey and wood. The flavor is sweet with a powerful note of whiskey as well as brettanomyces which lends it an acidity, but also medium notes of alcohol, prunes, and wood, as well as hints of salt.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
joergen (26788) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - NOV 11, 2006
Bottle. Dark brown coloured with a beige head. Aroma of dried fruits, prunes and caramel. Flavour of dried fruits, sherry, caramel, liquorice and alcohol.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
oh6gdx (25953) - Vasa, FINLAND - APR 25, 2009
Bottled (thanks cgarvieuk!). Black colour, small brown head. Aroma is madeirawine, some grapes, alcohol and quite sourish. Flavour is smoked oak, alcohol, raisins, some sourness as well. Oily palate. Feels a bit infected, yet in a quite nice way.

4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Papsoe (25063) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - NOV 21, 2006
(Bottle 75 cl) Pours a hazy mahogany with a vague, reddish glow and a tiny, beige head. Very beautiful and complex aroma with lots of dried fruit. Flat appearance but yet very full-bodied with loads of roasted malt and dried fruit - port-like. Discreet hoppiness. Wauw for an excellent and complex brew. 281006

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
anders37 (24604) - Malm, SWEDEN - FEB 7, 2008
Bottle. Pours an almost black color with a small brown head. Aroma of malt raisins, dark fruit and oak. Also some weak aroma of chocolate. Has a slightly roasted malty oak flavor with lots of dark fruit and chocolate. Also a little vinous hints. Warming roasted malty finish with hints of dark fruit.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
omhper (24333) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 31, 2007
Bottled at RBESG 07. Near black. Woody nose with some vinegar. Oily yet fairly slim. Sweet malt tartened by malt vinegarVinous with notes of molasses. Salty finish. Complex, or even complicated. Yet immature - already highly interesting and tasty.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
madmitch76 (23681) - , 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.

4.8
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Travlr (22897) - Charlotte, North Carolina, USA - DEC 22, 2008
Absolutely unbelievable. 750 ml bottle, bottled on 3rd September 2008. Jet black, no head. Aroma of burgundy wine, taste of a single malt whisky. D bitter and malty finish. Heaven.


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