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Dark Island - Orkney Brewery

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very good

352 Ratings

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Ratings: 352
Reviews: 234
rAvg: 3.97
pDev: 12.09%
Wants: 57
Gots: 12 | 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.

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4.25/5  rDev +7.1%

JMS1512, Thursday at 02:22 PM
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3.75/5  rDev -5.5%

zestar, Wednesday at 12:21 PM
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5/5  rDev +25.9%

casapy, Sep 10, 2014
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4.32/5  rDev +8.8%

$ 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.

Ozzylizard, Sep 08, 2014
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4.12/5  rDev +3.8%

mindbottling, Aug 31, 2014
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3.6/5  rDev -9.3%

djrn2, Aug 23, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +7.1%

stephaniehuey, Jul 29, 2014
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4.75/5  rDev +19.6%

tvljr, Jul 28, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -11.8%

John_Beeryman, Jul 21, 2014
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3/5  rDev -24.4%

TheSamKuehn, Jul 14, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +7.1%

Marius, Jul 03, 2014
Photo of Paul_PABrewNews
3.33/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance : It was Dark as Night, Slight ruby hues being seen through the bottle of the glass, I could tell it was a clear ale overall from what I could see through it.
Aroma: It was faint, but toasted grains, a bit of smoke tone, coffee and earthy hops were present.
Body: It was soft and smooth a bit thin overall but it was a great chugging ale and with the low ABV very session able.
Taste: Was faint but enjoyable, soft chocolate and coffee tones. Toasted Grains, Brown Bread and Brown Sugar at the end. Blending with a undefined dark fruit note.
Overall: A nice drop, but a little muted in character for me, though on cask I think this would shine. Cheers!

Paul_PABrewNews, Jul 03, 2014
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3.7/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from a 16.9 oz. bottle into a pint glass.

A- Pours very dark but some light comes through on the edges revealing a deep garnet. Small medium brown head that doesn't stick around long.

S- Light notes of smoked peat, treacle, whole grain bread.

T- Not as complex as the aroma, pretty light and a bit too thin for what I was hoping for. Getting more dark fruit and a light roast note with some very light smoke notes.

M- Light, easy drinking like a dry stout.

O- It's pretty good, basically like a sessionable Scotch ale. Guess I'm just to used to full flavored beers. It's kinda like Skull Splitter light.

PaulyB83, Jul 03, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Notes from phone, reviewed May 4, 2014. 500ml bottle poured into a nonic dark brown/reddish. Solid finger of light brown head, with big chunks of fizzy lacing.

Caramel/toffee and roasted malts, along with fig and other unidentifiable dark fruits. Slight hint of anise, and the warmer it gets, the smokier it gets.

The flavor is drier than the aroma. SOur and smoked peat, along with nutty and roasted malts. Chocolate and anise; almost English porter-like. Mile dry/sour finish.

Nice soft mouthfeel. Light-medium bodied and low carbonation, perfect for the style.

This is a wonderful beer. Very light and soft mouthfeel with a lot of subtle but no overpowering flavors going on. ABV makes this very drinkable. This would be even more phenomenal on cask.

Phocion, Jun 30, 2014
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4/5  rDev +0.8%

vauxhaulastra, Jun 20, 2014
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5/5  rDev +25.9%

hippoballetdancer, Jun 16, 2014
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2.75/5  rDev -30.7%

TastyAdventure, May 29, 2014
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4/5  rDev +0.8%

kjkinsey, May 24, 2014
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4.75/5  rDev +19.6%

afsdan, May 22, 2014
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4.19/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Color- dark mahogany to very dark brown. Small but creamy head with very little noticeable carbonation.

Aroma- coffee, very roasted malts, hint of raisins, caramel, and dark bakers chocolate.

Taste- rich and deeply flavorful. Starts with a semi-sweet cocoa notes and dark unsweetened mocha coffee, hint of fruit, and finishing with a long roasted and mild smokiness. Excellent.

I procured this 500 ml bottle in Scotland and tasted in in Edinburgh, Scotland on 6/5/2013.

utfiero, May 20, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +7.1%

Arrios, May 16, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +7.1%

KeeganRohovich, May 09, 2014
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4/5  rDev +0.8%

parintele, Apr 20, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +7.1%

jaymo18, Apr 18, 2014
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3.05/5  rDev -23.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Maybe I wasn't in the mood for this dark ale, stout.
There was nothing offensive about it, but nothing hoppy or wholesome or distinctive.it reminded me of a kit homebrewed stout I brewed a couple of years ago. I was very pleased with it, but then, It cost me 30p a bottle and was out of a tin.

I think I'm not a dark ale fan, that's the problem.

Godfather50, Apr 13, 2014
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Dark Island from Orkney Brewery
89 out of 100 based on 352 ratings.