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Dark Island Reserve - Orkney Brewery

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Dark Island ReserveDark Island Reserve

Educational use only; do not reuse.
BA SCORE
91
outstanding

115 Ratings
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Ratings: 115
Reviews: 65
rAvg: 4.11
pDev: 10.95%
Wants: 64
Gots: 29 | FT: 3
Brewed by:
Orkney Brewery visit their website
United Kingdom (Scotland)

Style | ABV
Scottish Ale |  10.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: John_M on 01-15-2008

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3.88/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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4.77/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of oberon
4.21/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bottled on 3rd April 2012.Pours into my Isle of Arran glass a deep dark chocolate brown with a half finger cappuccino colored head atop.Dark fruit,brown sugar,and buttery caramel in the nose,a decent amount of alcohol is detected.Brown sugar and buttery caramel on the palate with alcohol infused dark fruit as well,light to almost zero carbonation in the feel.A great CHRISTmas eve sipper,expensive but hey it's the holidays.

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3.75/5  rDev -8.8%

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4.25/5  rDev +3.4%

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4/5  rDev -2.7%

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3.75/5  rDev -8.8%

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4.15/5  rDev +1%

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4.4/5  rDev +7.1%

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4.6/5  rDev +11.9%

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3.75/5  rDev -8.8%

Photo of Budinetz
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!

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3.5/5  rDev -14.8%

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5/5  rDev +21.7%

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4/5  rDev -2.7%

Photo of KYGunner
3.94/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

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4/5  rDev -2.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +3.4%

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4/5  rDev -2.7%

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3.5/5  rDev -14.8%

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4/5  rDev -2.7%

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4.21/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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.

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4/5  rDev -2.7%

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3.75/5  rDev -8.8%

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4.5/5  rDev +9.5%

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Dark Island Reserve from Orkney Brewery
91 out of 100 based on 115 ratings.