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Dark Island - Orkney Brewery

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BA SCORE
89
very good

352 Ratings
THE BROS
95
world-class

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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.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 04-02-2002)
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Photo of inspektor
4/5  rDev +0.8%

inspektor, Aug 19, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +7.1%

carlitosbronson1, Aug 02, 2013
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4/5  rDev +0.8%

Los1324, Jul 30, 2013
Photo of thierrynantes
4/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

thierrynantes, Jul 27, 2013
Photo of Mebuzzard
4.25/5  rDev +7.1%

Mebuzzard, Jul 15, 2013
Photo of mick_cooper
4.75/5  rDev +19.6%

mick_cooper, Jul 10, 2013
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4/5  rDev +0.8%

mrfrancis, Jul 09, 2013
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5/5  rDev +25.9%

mrbigpappa, Jul 09, 2013
Photo of Kerrie
4/5  rDev +0.8%

Kerrie, Jul 07, 2013
Photo of shand
4.38/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

shand, Jun 14, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -5.5%

Schlafly33, Jun 11, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +7.1%

NorthernSoul, May 29, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -11.8%

Kmat10, May 27, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +13.4%

Slatetank, May 24, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +13.4%

Ciocanelu, May 23, 2013
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4/5  rDev +0.8%

pin, May 21, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +13.4%

Maddognav, May 19, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -5.5%

schaffer9252, May 16, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -5.5%

civicm87, May 15, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -18.1%

tommyguz, May 09, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +7.1%

MacStinson, May 05, 2013
Photo of BeerRefugee
3.68/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.75

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.

BeerRefugee, Apr 30, 2013
Photo of twax
4/5  rDev +0.8%

twax, Apr 14, 2013
Photo of bmwats
3.66/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

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.

bmwats, Apr 13, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +19.6%

HawkeyeJosh, Apr 06, 2013
Dark Island from Orkney Brewery
89 out of 100 based on 352 ratings.