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Dark Island - Orkney Brewery

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very good

358 Ratings

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Ratings: 358
Reviews: 235
rAvg: 3.97
pDev: 12.09%
Wants: 57
Gots: 14 | 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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Photo of utfiero
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
Photo of Arrios
4.25/5  rDev +7.1%

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

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

parintele, Apr 20, 2014
Photo of jaymo18
4.25/5  rDev +7.1%

jaymo18, Apr 18, 2014
Photo of Godfather50
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
Photo of Pens1967
3.75/5  rDev -5.5%

Pens1967, Mar 29, 2014
Photo of deletedmemory
4/5  rDev +0.8%

deletedmemory, Mar 02, 2014
Photo of zenithberwyn
3.75/5  rDev -5.5%

zenithberwyn, Mar 02, 2014
Photo of R_J_FearNoBeer
3/5  rDev -24.4%

R_J_FearNoBeer, Feb 28, 2014
Photo of harpus
4/5  rDev +0.8%

harpus, Feb 26, 2014
Photo of yankees27
3.75/5  rDev -5.5%

yankees27, Feb 22, 2014
Photo of sludgegnome
4/5  rDev +0.8%

sludgegnome, Feb 08, 2014
Photo of superspak
4/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

superspak, Feb 06, 2014
Photo of williamjbauer
4/5  rDev +0.8%

williamjbauer, Jan 26, 2014
Photo of ryan1788a5
4.05/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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.

ryan1788a5, Jan 11, 2014
Photo of DamageCase76
4/5  rDev +0.8%

DamageCase76, Jan 11, 2014
Photo of Schmoog
4/5  rDev +0.8%

Schmoog, Jan 11, 2014
Photo of CookstLiquor
3.93/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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.

CookstLiquor, Jan 06, 2014
Photo of LampertLand
4/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

LampertLand, Dec 24, 2013
Photo of Lambocalrisien
3.25/5  rDev -18.1%

Lambocalrisien, Dec 06, 2013
Photo of BillRoth
4/5  rDev +0.8%

BillRoth, Nov 29, 2013
Photo of andrenaline
4/5  rDev +0.8%

andrenaline, Nov 03, 2013
Photo of dcmchew
4.25/5  rDev +7.1%

dcmchew, Nov 03, 2013
Dark Island from Orkney Brewery
89 out of 100 based on 358 ratings.