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Dark Island - Orkney Brewery

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Dark IslandDark Island

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very good

370 Ratings

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Ratings: 370
Reviews: 238
rAvg: 3.98
pDev: 12.06%
Wants: 58
Gots: 13 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Orkney Brewery visit their website
United Kingdom (Scotland)

Style | ABV
Scottish Ale |  4.60% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 04-02-2002)
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4.5/5  rDev +13.1%

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3.54/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Pours darker than a typical porter, but slightly more transparent than a stout. Above average head volume, lacing and retention. Vey rich complex nose of sweet caramel, hints of dark fruit (plums), pear (as it warms), toffee with light coffee notes and a hint of roast and chocolate. Very light medium body with just a touch of smoothness. Average carbonation with a bit of effervescence on the finish. The flavor profile is well below average in intensity, complex and well balanced. It begins rather bland, but comes alive in the middle. Dark fruits become evident along with the other flavors of the nose except for the caramel - it is totally absent. The long finish has a hop note. Perhaps this bottle is old, but since they don't bottle date...

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4.25/5  rDev +6.8%

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4.5/5  rDev +13.1%

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3.5/5  rDev -12.1%

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3.75/5  rDev -5.8%

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3.6/5  rDev -9.5%

Rich deep molasses on a bed of well-toasted, slightly roasted malts fill the nose. Cocoa nibs and powder in the background. Hints of coffee break through. Letting it open, there's also dark caramels and a touch of toffee in the glass, too. Let it really open, and the roast releases a touch of smoke.

Good, rather crisp carbonation with a firm but somewhat thin body. Roasted malts alternate between somewhat bitter chocolate and morning blend coffee, but don't really merge into one. Dark caramel mixes with bitters on the back end. As the finish fades, traces of dark red fruit emerge, such as dried cherries, but it's dry enough to give it a woody, smoked feel.

An interesting take on a stout that includes nuances typical of a Scotch ale, but darker.

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3.75/5  rDev -5.8%

seems appropriate for Halloween
quite subtle for a dark beer
more like a continental dark bee, not bad just muted

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4.4/5  rDev +10.6%

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4.24/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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4.75/5  rDev +19.3%

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3.75/5  rDev -5.8%

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2.75/5  rDev -30.9%

08/01/13 From bottle at Rattle n Hum, NYC. At the outset this was too cold to appreciate. Unfortunately, even as it approached ambient temperature the flavor never seemed to arrive. It never got past a stout w/out body. Left me waiting at the station.

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4/5  rDev +0.5%

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5/5  rDev +25.6%

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4.32/5  rDev +8.5%

$ 5.99/16.9 oz (500 mL) bottle at Vintage Estates in Boardman, OH
Bottle marked L2352 18:34 at 45 degrees into snifter
Aroma of roasted malt
Head small (2 cm), light brown, frothy, rapidly diminishing to 2 mm layer
Lacing excellent – complete wide rings of tiny bubbles
Body dark brown, opaque
Flavor of roasted malt with some coffee; no hops, no alcohol, no diacetyl
Palate medium to full, creamy, soft carbonation

Appearance 4, Aroma 4, Flavor 4.5, Palate 4.5, Overall 4.25. Final weighted score: 4.325
This is an excellent dark ale. I want to try it on cask.

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Dark Island from Orkney Brewery
89 out of 100 based on 370 ratings.