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Dark Island - Orkney Brewery

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Dark IslandDark Island

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very good

347 Ratings

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Ratings: 347
Reviews: 233
rAvg: 3.97
pDev: 12.09%
Wants: 56
Gots: 9 | 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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3.75/5  rDev -5.5%

02-22-2014 02:20:15 | More by yankees27
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4/5  rDev +0.8%

02-08-2014 04:16:33 | More by sludgegnome
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4/5  rDev +0.8%

500 ml bottle into pint glass, bottled on 6/6/2011. Pours lightly cloudy nearly opaque dark brown color with a 1-2 finger dense khaki head with good retention, that reduces to a thin cap that lingers. Nice spotty lacing clings down the glass. Aromas of chocolate, cocoa, toffee, molasses, toast, raisin, plum, pear, apple, dark bread, light roast, herbal, light pepper, light leather, and yeast earthiness. Damn nice aromas with good balance and complexity of dark malt and yeast ester notes; with good strength. Taste of chocolate, cocoa, dark bread, toast, molasses, raisin, plum, pear, light roast, herbal, light pepper, light leather, and toast/yeast earthiness. No bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of chocolate, cocoa, dark bread, toast, molasses, raisin, plum, pear, light roast, herbal, and toast/yeast earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Damn nice balance, robustness, and complexity of dark/roasted malt and fruity yeast ester flavors; with zero cloying flavors after the finish. Light-medium carbonation and medium bodied; with a fairly creamy, smooth, and lightly chalky mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with minimal warming present after the finish as expected of 4.6%. Overall this is a damn nice Scottish ale! All around good balance, robustness, and complexity of dark/roasted malt and fruity yeast ester flavors; and very smooth to drink. A very enjoyable offering.

02-06-2014 00:11:09 | More by superspak
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4/5  rDev +0.8%

02-03-2014 18:34:13 | More by lesdemonsamaporte
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West Virginia

4/5  rDev +0.8%

01-26-2014 12:54:23 | More by williamjbauer
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4.05/5  rDev +2%

500ml bottle poured into a pint glass.

A: A shade below the point at which brown changes to black. Creamy tan head retains well and leaves broken patches of wispy lacing behind. Retention is great.

S: Dark molasses, dark chocolate sauce, chocolate covered raisins and berries. Traces of soot and roast. Nutty undertones. Hints of crust and a little bit of earthy yeast.

T: Roasted coffee beans and coffee beans dipped in chocolate. Waves of molasses and chewy dark caramel. Red berries with chocolate. Nutty. Hints of soot and roasted barley. Cocoa nib sort of chocolatey taste. Oily hop spice toward the finish. Hint of fruity tartness in the background. Chocolatey flavors and hop spice on the finish.

M: Medium-thick body. Silky smooth from start to finish. Moderate prickling carbonation.

O: A full-flavored pint that delivers great complexity and delightfully smooth drinkability. This is just an awesome beer all around. I'm sold on Orkney. These guys can brew some excellent beer.

01-11-2014 19:18:20 | More by ryan1788a5
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Ontario (Canada)

4/5  rDev +0.8%

01-11-2014 14:56:08 | More by DamageCase76
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United Kingdom (Scotland)

4/5  rDev +0.8%

01-11-2014 10:35:29 | More by Schmoog
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British Columbia (Canada)

3.93/5  rDev -1%

Poured from a 500ml bottle. Pours a red-tinted raisin brown colour. Nose offers notes of sweet, dark dried fruit. Taste is remarkably dry, yet quite flavourful with strong porter-like notes of smoke, chocolate and black coffee. Crisp and easy drinking, yet quite complex and flavourful.

01-06-2014 23:25:41 | More by CookstLiquor
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British Columbia (Canada)

4/5  rDev +0.8%

Orkney Brewing 'Dark Island' Scotch Ale @ 4.6% , served from a 500 ml bottle purchased for $8

A-pour is a dark cola brown from the bottle to near black in the glass with some ruby red peeking thru a small tan head leaving a spotty lace along the pint

S-dark ripe fruit , bitter bakers chocolate

T-smooth with a coffee & hop bitterness on the swallow

MF-ok carbonation , medium body

Ov-ok beer , good scotch ale

prost LampertLand

12-24-2013 20:36:19 | More by LampertLand
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New York

3.25/5  rDev -18.1%

12-06-2013 00:38:22 | More by Lambocalrisien
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4/5  rDev +0.8%

11-29-2013 18:57:44 | More by BillRoth
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Ontario (Canada)

4/5  rDev +0.8%

11-03-2013 23:20:52 | More by andrenaline
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4.25/5  rDev +7.1%

11-03-2013 16:21:32 | More by dcmchew
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3.75/5  rDev -5.5%

10-03-2013 08:01:57 | More by abeeronthebeach
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4/5  rDev +0.8%

09-24-2013 22:19:18 | More by CaptainStubing
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4.06/5  rDev +2.3%

Deep black color with a one finger off-white head with low to medium retention and leaving some laces.
Nice original malty aroma with lots of dark chocolate and clear fig and cherry notes.
Flavor of coffee, piney and earthy hops, roasted malt, plums, figs, leather and cocoa. A hint of peat, almonds and vanilla. Dry with a medium bitterness aftertaste.
Light body with good carbonation.
A very drinkable Scottish Ale. I was expecting a heavier body, but once it starts to warm up it reveals more and more amazing fruity flavors.

09-21-2013 02:16:18 | More by FLima
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United Kingdom (Scotland)

3/5  rDev -24.4%

09-10-2013 12:16:48 | More by Brewer1980
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Newfoundland (Canada)

4/5  rDev +0.8%

08-30-2013 00:25:29 | More by TT--Cashout
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United Kingdom (England)

3.5/5  rDev -11.8%

08-29-2013 21:35:04 | More by His_Royal_Hoppiness
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North Carolina

4/5  rDev +0.8%

08-19-2013 00:55:55 | More by inspektor
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4.25/5  rDev +7.1%

08-02-2013 22:26:00 | More by carlitosbronson1
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New York

4/5  rDev +0.8%

07-30-2013 01:47:25 | More by Los1324
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4/5  rDev +0.8%

Beer bottle (50 cl.) purchased from Le Comptoir Irlandais, and tasted in 2013.

Appearance : dark red color, with tan foamy head.
Smell : dark fruit & malty aromas.
Taste & mouthfeel : roasted and smoked malts flavors,
Drinkability : a good beer in the Style Scottish Ale.

07-27-2013 15:42:40 | More by thierrynantes
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4.25/5  rDev +7.1%

07-15-2013 05:54:49 | More by Mebuzzard
Dark Island from Orkney Brewery
89 out of 100 based on 347 ratings.