sic1314 (4967) - Leiden, NETHERLANDS - AUG 19, 2012
Now Dark Island is one of my Desert Island beers, so the fact this creams it says one hell of a lot from my point of view. Utter complexity, Dark and vinous, the odour is an mix of normal DI but transformed by the whisky cask with wooden hints. Flavour is also complex, caramel and heavy malt complemented with chocolate and coffee notes, Hell, don’t read this description, just get some and drink it! Alecwallace (154) - West Midlands, ENGLAND - DEC 31, 2012
My highest rating to date. A glorious beer. This was bottled 13 months ago and is even better than it was a year ago. It pours sluggish its so full bodied. Jet black, brown on the pour and has a tan coloured head. Still well carbonated. The aroma of Christmas cake hit me as the swing top hissed. Sniffing the beer, its chocolatey, rich and telling me to drink it.
The first taste is viscous, warm, rich and fruity and full of complexity. The whisky notes on this beer are as good if not better than ive tasted on any other. So definite but so discrete and balanced. There is a nice bitterness. This is Christmas pud in a glass, and full of cherry, dark chocolate and caramel. The flavour left in the mouth is rich, warm and lasting.
An excellent beer and one Orkney should be proud of. This beer may seem pricey at circa £15 for 750ml (which is expensive) but when you consider £7 for 330ml it is good value compared to average beers ive had from other brewers, Anarchist/alchemist being most notable. This is a yearly treat and one i hope continues. Glorious! Maltworm01 (8) - - NOV 21, 2014 does not count
Extremely nice Dark Ale matured in whisky casks. A smoky round falvour with notes of coffee. Handbottled and not easy to get! bulldogops (2907) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - AUG 2, 2016
Rating #1753 - 2015.06.25 - Bottle from CBI - Dated November 11 2013 - Rich dark brown-black pour with a weak white head that bubbles away quickly, no lacing. Aroma is earthy - presence of toasted barley, chocolate, coffee grounds, mild peaty smokiness.Mouthfeel is clean, low carbonation, medium alcohol warmth. Taste is a depth of chocolately, nutty roast malts, tinge of peat smoke, and tremendous character from the wood of the whisky casks - vanilla, oaky. A truly gorgeous concoction.