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Reviews for: Dark Island Reserve

From: Orkney

ABV: 10.0%

Quality Ales Rating:9.25 from 2 reviews

From: Sigmund - 395 Rank: Colonel Barrel
Rating: 9.00
Bottle, at RBESG 2007 in Glasgow, Grand Tasting. ABV was 10%. Pitch black colour, brown head. Lovely vinous, oaky and roasty aroma, some sandalwood too. Perfect! Vinous, roasty and oaky flavour - a wonderful beer!
Submited On: 2007-09-14
From: tombyars - 1031 Rank: Lieutenant General Butt
Rating: 9.50
Noticed this was on in cask (small) at the Paisley Beer Festival, Paisley town hall in May 2010. It was finished around 10pm on Thursday night - just as well I tried it early on! Gravity dispensed. Oil black in colour with brown tints on the glass edge. Large open bubbled tan head which vanished in seconds. Powerful alluring aroma of Neotropical dark chocolate, mocha coffee, vanilla pods, alcohol soaked oak casks and roast malt. The aroma is that good it almost brings tears to your eyes. Fantastic oily, almost silky light mouthfeel, not the thick chewy sensation I was expecting from this 10%. The flavours are simply stunning. This is what Brewdog Paradox aspires to be but fails to deliver. Loads of dark malt in this, with roast and chocolate evident. Could not detect the burnt dusty notes of black malt though and its better for it. A whole cacophony of flavours vie for attention here. Roast grain notes at the start soon gives way to strong Colombian coffee beans. Then the strong dark chocolate flavour kicks in with dry notes of Equador dark Magnum, smooth creamy vanilla, subtle hints of oak cask malt whiskies, toasted hazelnuts, treacle toffee and a hint of liquorice root. There may be hops in this but the bitter resin element is overwhelmed by the seductive warming notes of alcohol vapour in the dry, slightly sweet edged finish. A very potent liquor but so so easy to drink. This is a Scottish barley wine at its very best and a benchmark few breweries can achieve. You must seek this out in cask form if possible but it must be rare to find outwith ale festivals - check those programmes thoroughly and never leave it till the end!
Submited On: 2010-06-07

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