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Dark Island Reserve - Orkney Brewery

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Dark Island ReserveDark Island Reserve

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BA SCORE
91
outstanding

104 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 104
Reviews: 64
rAvg: 4.11
pDev: 11.44%
Wants: 48
Gots: 24 | FT: 2
Brewed by:
Orkney Brewery visit their website
United Kingdom (Scotland)

Style | ABV
Scottish Ale |  10.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: John_M on 01-15-2008)
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Budinetz

Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev +3.4%

Bottled on November 12th, 2012. Poured from a flip top 75 cl bottle.

Pours a very dark black (50 SRM) with a tan colored head. Very little lacing present. Smells of roasted malt and a strong alcohol presence is detected with a bit of a raison note and slight vanilla. Tastes warming to the lips from the high abv with a sweet, smoky flavor up front and then finishes dry with a bit of astringency from the roasted malt. This is a beer you want to drink slowly and share with others. This is definitely a beer that would benefit from aging. Drink at 55-60 degrees.

Cheers!

08-16-2014 06:31:41 | More by Budinetz
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TheSamKuehn

Florida

3.5/5  rDev -14.8%

07-14-2014 16:21:27 | More by TheSamKuehn
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mrbigpappa

Finland

5/5  rDev +21.7%

06-19-2014 13:16:52 | More by mrbigpappa
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TheBeerAlmanac

Kentucky

4/5  rDev -2.7%

06-12-2014 19:24:10 | More by TheBeerAlmanac
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KYGunner

Kentucky

3.95/5  rDev -3.9%

This had a very dark and viscous pour of, what appeared to be, a very lightly carbonated stout.

The nose gave off a vinous date, licorice, chocolate, sherry and then a vinous alcohol.

I get a lot of chocolate on the palate with a backdrop of dry roasted coffee and some smoky qualities and malty grain.

The feel is mostly smooth and thick but had a slightly dry and tangy finish.

Very interesting and tasty ale but I prefer a touch more complexity on the tongue for the style.

06-11-2014 21:37:50 | More by KYGunner
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jkball01

Kentucky

4/5  rDev -2.7%

06-10-2014 17:59:30 | More by jkball01
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bigbluebeerguy

Kentucky

4.25/5  rDev +3.4%

06-10-2014 04:34:34 | More by bigbluebeerguy
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garfscores

Connecticut

4/5  rDev -2.7%

06-06-2014 22:07:49 | More by garfscores
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endless1408

United Kingdom (England)

3.5/5  rDev -14.8%

05-31-2014 18:35:59 | More by endless1408
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adam42381

Florida

4/5  rDev -2.7%

05-18-2014 13:43:57 | More by adam42381
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soccerman7

Vermont

4.21/5  rDev +2.4%

Brought from Orkney thanks Stan!

A - beautiful pitch black with a thin head.

S - amazing raisin and toffee notes. Intense.

T - wow. Like drinking scotch. Dark fruits and wood. Malt sweetness.

M - lingers and smooth.

O - simple amazing. Worth getting if you see it.

02-03-2014 00:28:24 | More by soccerman7
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MystikCelt

New York

4/5  rDev -2.7%

01-30-2014 09:15:08 | More by MystikCelt
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cnbrown313

Illinois

3.75/5  rDev -8.8%

01-29-2014 13:52:05 | More by cnbrown313
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ThreeFishes

Florida

4.5/5  rDev +9.5%

01-28-2014 04:02:02 | More by ThreeFishes
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kwkurdziel

Florida

4.5/5  rDev +9.5%

01-25-2014 02:51:20 | More by kwkurdziel
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DamageCase76

Ontario (Canada)

4.5/5  rDev +9.5%

01-11-2014 14:56:36 | More by DamageCase76
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dcmchew

Romania

4.74/5  rDev +15.3%

Bottled on 15th November 2013.
Pours black with some dark brown hues, low beige head goes away fast and really sticks to the glass.
Smells awesome. Dark roasted malts with milky chocolate, huge caramel, low coffee, lots of vanilla and dark spices, mild dry dark fruit, not very big oaky barrel notes though.
Whiskey pops up in the taste more than in the smell. Roasted malts with coffee and dark chocolate, along with charcoal notes mix nicely with the strong caramel sweetness. Really balanced malt component. The dark fruit (figs, plums, dates) aren't alone, there are red grapes (bringing a mild mustiness), red berries and some faint sour cherries. Typical whiskey barrel aged vanilla spice, along with some mild cinnamon, cocoa powder and faint licorice. Earthy feel mostly, not as barelly as expected, with some oak chips, smoked wood and peat covered up by the roast. Whiskey is felt though, really clear and nice, providing a nice excuse for the warm booze. Hops aren't the star, so they're pretty low in the finish, still helping the roast bitterness a pinch.
Mouthfeel is creamy, buttery, hence a nice butterscotch feel to the whole brew. Finish is really dry and bitter from the charcoal. As it warms up, the sweet elements (the fruitiness, the caramel) start to cover up all the roughness. Aftertaste gets bittersweet, rather than ashy.
Great beer, a perfect "Orcadian Ale" enhanced by the whisky aging. The best from the brewery and personally it surpassed some russian imperials and scotch ales that i usually hold dear.

12-28-2013 13:11:35 | More by dcmchew
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CampusCrew

Florida

4.75/5  rDev +15.6%

12-22-2013 01:32:31 | More by CampusCrew
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videofrog

Texas

4.75/5  rDev +15.6%

11-10-2013 00:00:14 | More by videofrog
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ROGUE16

Delaware

4/5  rDev -2.7%

10-07-2013 01:53:06 | More by ROGUE16
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beernads

Florida

3.75/5  rDev -8.8%

09-12-2013 20:34:38 | More by beernads
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schopenhauerale

British Columbia (Canada)

4/5  rDev -2.7%

08-03-2013 18:20:28 | More by schopenhauerale
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RedneckBeerz

Massachusetts

3.75/5  rDev -8.8%

07-28-2013 03:09:42 | More by RedneckBeerz
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mick303

Ontario (Canada)

4.21/5  rDev +2.4%

A blackish dark brown, slight whispy lace, thick oiliness. Little residual lacing owing to the barrel time.

S - roasty malt, creamy cherriness, some oaky vanilla sweetness, nutmeg earthy notes with some alcohol spice.

T - sweet start with some oaky whisky presence, smooth and estery alcohol, lots of complex character develops with the malt and barrel influences, a vanilla malty finish, surprisingly lightt with lots of fruit there also, fig, cranberry, not much hops to speak of. End is quite dry.

M - big body and silky liquor lot of smooth vanilla and fig notes, and then dark chocolate, soothing sipper, warming on aftertaste and smooth.

A lovely interplay of complex flavours, it is malty and fruity with vanilla and oak, big presence but so smooth drinking, one to try for sure.

06-27-2013 19:34:48 | More by mick303
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CrazyDavros

Australia

3.85/5  rDev -6.3%

Pours dark brown with an almost non-existent head.
Nose shows caramel, peat, charred oak, roasted malt, smoke, bready malt and heavy sweet burnt figs.
Sweet flavours at first too, before some roasted malt and charred oak roll thorugh. A fair bit of booze too.
Body feels a bit light.

06-11-2013 05:02:23 | More by CrazyDavros
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Dark Island Reserve from Orkney Brewery
91 out of 100 based on 104 ratings.