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Dark Island - Orkney Brewery

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BA SCORE
89
very good

346 Ratings
THE BROS
95
world-class

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Ratings: 346
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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mrfrancis

Kentucky

4/5  rDev +0.8%

07-09-2013 19:13:06 | More by mrfrancis
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mrbigpappa

Finland

5/5  rDev +25.9%

07-09-2013 06:08:35 | More by mrbigpappa
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Kerrie

Michigan

4/5  rDev +0.8%

07-07-2013 00:33:25 | More by Kerrie
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shand

Florida

4.38/5  rDev +10.3%

Dark Island pours out a lighter black and offers sweet, slightly roasted malts, coffee, and fruit on the nose. The nose is really exceptional. The taste is very good, with fruits and semi-sweet chocolate up front, and smoke lingering on the backend along with some leafy hops and highly roasted coffee. Very well composed, and delicious. The mouthfeel is light and creamy, and the drinkability is great. Overall, Dark Island is an excellent beer.

06-14-2013 01:27:03 | More by shand
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Schlafly33

Missouri

3.75/5  rDev -5.5%

06-11-2013 12:35:40 | More by Schlafly33
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NorthernSoul

Saskatchewan (Canada)

4.25/5  rDev +7.1%

05-29-2013 17:42:01 | More by NorthernSoul
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Kmat10

Alberta (Canada)

3.5/5  rDev -11.8%

05-27-2013 20:06:28 | More by Kmat10
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Slatetank

Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev +13.4%

05-24-2013 00:01:54 | More by Slatetank
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Ciocanelu

Romania

4.5/5  rDev +13.4%

05-23-2013 07:02:06 | More by Ciocanelu
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pin

Australia

4/5  rDev +0.8%

05-21-2013 17:49:27 | More by pin
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Maddognav

New Mexico

4.5/5  rDev +13.4%

05-19-2013 19:58:21 | More by Maddognav
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schaffer9252

New York

3.75/5  rDev -5.5%

05-16-2013 22:20:09 | More by schaffer9252
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civicm87

New York

3.75/5  rDev -5.5%

05-14-2013 23:09:28 | More by civicm87
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tommyguz

Pennsylvania

3.25/5  rDev -18.1%

05-09-2013 01:57:16 | More by tommyguz
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MacStinson

Michigan

4.25/5  rDev +7.1%

05-05-2013 01:38:39 | More by MacStinson
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BeerRefugee

Oklahoma

3.68/5  rDev -7.3%

Pours a very dark brown with a creamy tan had with good retention and lacing. Moderate aroma of coffee, toast and toffee. Flavor is similar with hints of coffee, bitter chocolate, raisins and toffee/brown sugar sweetness. Mouthfeel is a little thin and finish is slightly astringent. Would this beer to be a little more full-bodied, but the flavor is very good.

04-30-2013 20:54:17 | More by BeerRefugee
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twax

Florida

4/5  rDev +0.8%

04-14-2013 19:04:19 | More by twax
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bmwats

Louisiana

3.66/5  rDev -7.8%

Poured from a 500 ml bottle into a footed tulip.

A: Medium-dark brown. Pours a slight brown white head, which quickly liberates itself from reality leaving only a faint ring. No real lacing.

S: Pungent malty tone with some black cherry, tea leaf, and.... cinnamon rolls?

T: Very light malt character, slightly kriekened, with a little musty peat.

M: Sticky and a little shallow.

D: Goes down easy.

Atmosphere is good. Decent hue, but a very slight head and no lacing. Nose is a great malty, sweet cherry and fresh pastry combination. Flabby and a little shallow slightly sweetened malty tone, balanced with a bit of pungent peat. Overall, this is a pretty good quaff.

04-13-2013 03:34:15 | More by bmwats
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HawkeyeJosh

Arkansas

4.75/5  rDev +19.6%

04-06-2013 02:47:14 | More by HawkeyeJosh
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Oakenator

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +0.8%

03-30-2013 22:58:51 | More by Oakenator
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Chugs13

New Jersey

4.25/5  rDev +7.1%

03-10-2013 20:06:44 | More by Chugs13
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Bouleboubier

Pennsylvania

3.76/5  rDev -5.3%

(poured into a fat tulip - this bottle seems to me to have been at least 6 months old, if not more, and possibly handled poorly sometime in its history...normally, this beer is pretty good - was a bit off here...)

A: really dark on the pour - appears to be a dark, ruby-brown...nice 1" head on pour that poofed out quickly, leaving barely a slimy collar

S: like an old Eastern European Baltic-style porter...really predominantly fruity, bright and berry-like, matched against a background of light-roasted coffee and a dab of cocoa....i'm wondering if they use a lot of finishing hops or ferment at a higher temperature than normal...perhaps a little oxidized...some mild fig, mint, and cordial/medicinal notes....seems weaker than it should be

T: lightly leathery, mildly soured coffee...just as fruity as it smells - sour cherry?...light cocoa and bittersweet in the aftertaste....bold composition of flavors, yet mellow in their dynamics (if that makes sense)....once again, Baltic porter-like

F: light-ish, clean, but curiously hearty....some silky or slickness as it comes along

O: I've had a better bottle than this, and on cask, it's quite nice-r

03-08-2013 03:35:17 | More by Bouleboubier
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RWACKO

New York

4.25/5  rDev +7.1%

03-01-2013 00:57:33 | More by RWACKO
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Lovely85

Florida

4.25/5  rDev +7.1%

02-22-2013 03:40:58 | More by Lovely85
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StJamesGate

New York

4.1/5  rDev +3.3%

Ruby black with puffy beige head that keeps a film.
Oily coffee, Christmas pudding, and chargrilled steak on the nose.
Strong coffee and dark cherries, dried apple, raisin skins and fig relish, a roasty hit, and some bark and earth hops. Some sour malts, a bit of treacle, and hints of woody vanilla, too.
Prune finish and lingering stone fruit tartness.
Medium thinking about full, oily, good bit of chew, cleansing fizz.

More darkness than the usual Scottish ale but more fruit than a porter. Enough carbonation to never cloy and a very reasonable strength. I'd prefer more hops, but not really what this is about.

Couldn't ask for more in February.

02-09-2013 22:44:33 | More by StJamesGate
Dark Island from Orkney Brewery
89 out of 100 based on 346 ratings.