Dark Island | Orkney Brewery

BA SCORE
88
very good
429 Ratings
Dark IslandDark Island
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Orkney Brewery
Scotland, United Kingdom
orkneybrewery.co.uk

Style: Scottish Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.60%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by BeerAdvocate on 04-02-2002

BEER STATS
Ratings:
429
Reviews:
256
Avg:
3.94
pDev:
11.68%
 
 
Wants:
76
Gots:
36
For Trade:
0
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Photo of mothmanscott
4.05/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

This bottle a gift from Outdoors7or24. Pours a brown black with a weak finger of tightly foamed, tan, shortlived head that leaves little lacing. Aroma is dark roasted malts, nuts, raisins, molasses notes & bitter chocolate. Taste is roasted malts, chocolate milk, toffee, dark fruits, thin coffee & a hint of smoke. Finishes fruity as described on the label. Aftertaste is fruity & roasted malt. Mouthfeel: Medium-heavy bodied which is strange for such a low ABV beer. Carbonation is low side of moderate. Texture is silky & just creamy enough to convince you that oats were use in the brew with a nice little prickle in the finish. The mouthfeel may be the highlight of this beer. A pleasant experience as I had a bottle of this several years ago that had obviously gone bad as it was more like a Flanders Brown/Ould Bruin than a Scottish Ale. Thanks R. J. for another go at this brew!

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Photo of thoglund
3.9/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of outdoor7or24
3.54/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

500ml bottle poured into pint glass.
A: pours a dark ruby brown body, mocha brown color 1 finger foam head, carbonation, stringy lacing that fades out
S: chocolate malt, raisins, dark fruit, roasted malt
M: medium body
T: roasted malt, chocolate, coca cola, dark fruit that leads to a semi sweet dry finish.
O: good brew with great nose but the taste was a little light and sweeter than I expected.

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Photo of Rick778
3.5/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of a77cj7
4/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Leif_Eriksson
3.68/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Photo of RBuckley73
3.93/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of KGilmour
4/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of dasotelo50
3.25/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Frankenmonkey81
4.54/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Shockey
4.35/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of jrsqc7
3.75/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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Photo of clarknova
3.42/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of iftcoach
3.75/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Roguer
3.85/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Very dark with a modest tan head.

Strong sweet aroma, replete with fruit and dark bread.

Very bitter, dark chocolate flavor, with prunes and raisins on the finish.

Creamy, medium-full body. Great presentation for a light beer.

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Photo of Beginner2
3.95/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Reviewed in Roger Protz' CAMRA classic "300 Beers To Try Before You Die!" and the "1001."

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Photo of Flo20
5/5  rDev +26.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of elglueckert
4.27/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of kojevergas
3.25/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

High C+ / ABOVE AVERAGE

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Photo of randomNBGD
3.82/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Derek
3.06/5  rDev -22.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A bit flat with a light oxidation, just doesn't seem lively. Subtle fruit and dark malt character, light licorice in the finish. I know it's only 4.6%, but I expected a bit more.

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Photo of arevalo
4.32/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of npendres
3.26/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Photo of captaincoffee
3.83/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500ml bottle in Glasgow. Pours near black with a medium head that does not retain much lacing. Nose is lighter than expected. Roasty maltiness with just a whiff of peat in the background. Taste is slightly sweet with light roasted notes on the malt backbone. Not really what I would call a Scottish ale...more like a cross between a light sweet stout and a brown ale. Good, drinkable, and somewhat flavorful, but not exciting. I would love to try this again on cask where I expect it would shine.

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Photo of tekstr1der
4.17/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Mahogany pour with little to no head/retention. Very nice color though. Aroma is just incredible... chocolate-covered cherries. Flavor is malty with some roasted character, but slightly watery. Finish is slightly dry, mostly roast. Not as great as the nose would indicate.

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Dark Island from Orkney Brewery
3.94 out of 5 based on 429 ratings.
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