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Dark Island | Orkney Brewery

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3.96/5
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434 Ratings
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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:
#5,273
Reviews:
257
Ratings:
434
pDev:
11.62%
Bros Score:
4.25
 
 
Wants:
79
Gots:
38
Trade:
0
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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

Photo of dasotelo50
3.25/5  rDev -17.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Frankenmonkey81
4.54/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Shockey
4.35/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of jrsqc7
3.75/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Tasty
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Photo of clarknova
3.42/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

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

Photo of Roguer
3.85/5  rDev -2.8%
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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5/5  rDev +26.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

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4.27/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of kojevergas
3.25/5  rDev -17.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

High C+ / ABOVE AVERAGE

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

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Dark Island from Orkney Brewery
Beer rating: 3.96 out of 5 with 434 ratings
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