Dark Island | Orkney Brewery

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3.96/5
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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:
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Added by BeerAdvocate on 04-02-2002

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#9,744
Reviews:
260
Ratings:
445
pDev:
11.62%
 
 
Wants:
81
Gots:
44
Trade:
0
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Ratings: 445 |  Reviews: 260
Photo of nhdjinn
3.84/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of ajdemma
4.25/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Zylod
4.25/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of swabby46
4.68/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

It doesn't hint of peat, it doesn't smell like rose petals, it's just damn good brew. When reviewers start rating beer like wine, ( In itself nonsense) they lose track of why most people drink beer. I drink beer because it has so much more flavor and value than grape juice.

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Photo of hman43
3.8/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Look: It pours dark brown with a tan head with low head retention.

Smell: There are aromas of biscuits, carmel and a touch of butterscotch. There is a touch of earthy notes and a bit of musty notes.

Taste: It has flavors that are bready and a bit of caramel with light roast and a low smoke. There is also a low background not of earth.

Feel: It has a moderate body with a slight bit of creaminess to it.

Overall, it is a malt focused beer with a fairly good combination of malty elements.

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Photo of IckyT2012
4.12/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of LennyBound
3.75/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Rymish
4.5/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of BlueSpader
3.95/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of brutalist
4/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Cnote_crafty_1
3.69/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Look was black like a stout, tan head with a lot of lacing on the glass, smell was roasty maltedness and like a Guinness Irish stout. Taste was very similar to a Guinness as well, but a bit more malty and a tad more sweet. I should have a Guinness with this side by side, but as I remember it they seem very similar. The feel is very light for a dark ale like this, but I think it was meant as an easy drinking session ale. It has this bitter sort of skunk on the end of it which is almost like a mass produced beer. Yah, for all of the different tastes that they use to describe it on the bottle it really falls short of all of them. It was really overpriced from the store that I got it from. I think it was upwards of seven dollars a bottle. I am not really impressed, but it is not horrible.

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Photo of mmilyko
3.5/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of TheCrowsEye
4.19/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of InfernoBoss
3.28/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of _nickg_
4.09/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Vader444
3.33/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

500ml Bottle poured in nonic pint glass.

Many years ago this was my everyday beer when the local pub had it on draft. Probably been a decade or more since I last tried it and was a little disappointed to be honest. Guess my tastes have changed but this was just so bland and uninteresting. Overcarbonation in bottle form didn't help. Slightly sulphurous and without the sweetness that I remember. A shame.

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Photo of ckollias
4/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of mothmanscott
4.05/5  rDev +2.3%
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 -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of outdoor7or24
3.54/5  rDev -10.6%
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 -11.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of a77cj7
4/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Leif_Eriksson
3.68/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Photo of RBuckley73
3.93/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of KGilmour
4/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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Dark Island from Orkney Brewery
Beer rating: 3.96 out of 5 with 445 ratings