Dark Island | Orkney Brewery

BA SCORE
88
very good
432 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:
432
Reviews:
257
Avg:
3.94
pDev:
11.68%
 
 
Wants:
78
Gots:
38
For Trade:
0
User Ratings & Reviews
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Ratings: 432 |  Reviews: 257
Photo of tylerstravis
3.8/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.35/5  rDev -15%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Best before the end of 10/2015.

Pours an opaque black with a foamy dark khaki head that fades to nothing. No lacing on the drink down. Smell is of roasted malt, burnt caramel, smoke, and slight dark fruit aromas. Taste is much the same with roast, char, burnt caramel, and slight smoke and soy sauce flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of roast bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is an above average beer that is drinkable, but the aromas and flavors I am getting are a bit unexpected for the style.

Serving type: bottle.

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Photo of hypnotoad1
3.34/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of rawfish
3.89/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of UniversitateaDeBere
4.09/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of steverx8
3.94/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of shelby415
3.77/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of redleg411
4/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of VitorDamasceno
3.84/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of hansavijaticar
4.3/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Colour: very dark red. Smell: blackcurrants, dried figs, plums, raisins. Taste and mouthfeel: same as smell, hints of dark chocolate, bit watery, and bitter. By acetic blackcurrant smell and taste it reminds me of Porterhouse Oyster Stout and Sam Smith's Taddy Porter. By bitterness it's untypical Scottish Ale. Very original beer. I suppose it would be even better paired with appropriate food. Skull Splitter is better, though.

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Photo of Foley67
4.18/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of BUNZILLA
3.96/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of vinicole
3.72/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Very dark brown with very little head. Slight lacing.
Malt and burnt sugar aroma.
Continuing roast malt in flavour. Some dark chocolate and caramel.
Quite bitter.
Feels rather thin but well carbonated.

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Photo of Mlkluther
3.94/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours very dark brown with tan head that lingers and leaves a little lacing.

Nose has malt and some caramel but not picking up too much in the nose.

Taste is much more than the nose. Very rich and full caramel and malt and finishes dry.

I really liked this one!

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Photo of jcubz
4.5/5  rDev +14.2%

Photo of tillmac62
3.6/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Pours darker than a typical porter, but slightly more transparent than a stout. Above average head volume, lacing and retention. Vey rich complex nose of sweet caramel, hints of dark fruit (plums), pear (as it warms), toffee with light coffee notes and a hint of roast and chocolate. Very light medium body with just a touch of smoothness. Average carbonation with a bit of effervescence on the finish. The flavor profile is well below average in intensity, complex and well balanced. It begins rather bland, but comes alive in the middle. Dark fruits become evident along with the other flavors of the nose except for the caramel - it is totally absent. The long finish has a hop note. Perhaps this bottle is old, but since they don't bottle date...

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Photo of rork
4.25/5  rDev +7.9%

Photo of Gww1864
4.5/5  rDev +14.2%

Photo of olradetbalder
3.5/5  rDev -11.2%

Photo of Jerseyislandbeer
3.75/5  rDev -4.8%

Photo of beaulabauve
4.5/5  rDev +14.2%

Photo of BuckeyeSlim
3.6/5  rDev -8.6%

Rich deep molasses on a bed of well-toasted, slightly roasted malts fill the nose. Cocoa nibs and powder in the background. Hints of coffee break through. Letting it open, there's also dark caramels and a touch of toffee in the glass, too. Let it really open, and the roast releases a touch of smoke.

Good, rather crisp carbonation with a firm but somewhat thin body. Roasted malts alternate between somewhat bitter chocolate and morning blend coffee, but don't really merge into one. Dark caramel mixes with bitters on the back end. As the finish fades, traces of dark red fruit emerge, such as dried cherries, but it's dry enough to give it a woody, smoked feel.

An interesting take on a stout that includes nuances typical of a Scotch ale, but darker.

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

Bottled
Seems appropriate for Halloween
Pours a jet black body with decent enough tan head
quite subtle for a dark beer
more like a continental dark beer, not bad just muted nice malt base

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Photo of DingoDeacon
4.4/5  rDev +11.7%

Photo of mizx
4.24/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Dark Island from Orkney Brewery
3.94 out of 5 based on 432 ratings.
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