Orkney Dark Island

Orkney Dark Island

Rated 3.813 by BeerPals

Brewed by Orkney Brewery

Orkney Islands, United Kingdom

Style:  Scottish Ale

4.6% Alcohol by Volume

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Dark Island is an iconic beer: a standard-bearer for traditional Scottish ales. In cask, this beer has twice won CAMRA’s Champion Beer of Scotland. On the nose, this dark beer offers bitter chocolate, figs, toffee and hints of fruit. On the palate, this resolves into beautiful, silky-smooth, coffee-and-chocolate flavours, followed by figs, dates and dried fruits, with a very appealing, lingering aftertaste of fruits and hop bitterness. Appearance A very dark beer with a deep ruby tint, displaying a tight, smooth, almost white head Aroma Chocolate, winter fruits and dried fruits, with hints of smooth roasted malt, coffee, nuts and toffee Palate Chocolate, coffee and roast malt flavours, giving way to warm winter fruits and a balanced, more-ish aftertaste Key Ingredients Chocolate malt, crystal malt and wheat give this beer its smooth, full-bodied, maltiness and sweetness; First Gold and Goldings hops combine with the malt flavours to deliver the winter fruits and dried fruits aspects

ID: 876 Last updated 3 years ago Added to database 22 years ago

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Overall Rank506
Overall Percentile99.1
Style Rank8 of 680
Style Percentile98.8
Lowest Score2.6
Highest Score4.7
Average Score3.900
Weighted Score3.813
Standard Deviation0.467

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  • JNE5HUSG 1814 reviews
    rated 4.1 9 years ago

    Aroma: 8 | Appearance: 8 | Mouthfeel: 9 | Flavor: 8 | Overall: 8

    500 ml capped bottle. Poured in a Scottish Ale stemmed glass a dark ruby-burgundy-brown coloured S A with a one finger fine, creamy and tan foamy head that had a very long retention and tons of micro bubbles. Soft carbonation. Some lacing. The aroma is roasted malts, intense roasted coffee beans, cocoa powder, fruity, figs, dark berries, blackcurrant. The flavour is roasted malts, dark bitter chocolate, coffee beans, spicy, licorice, vanilla and a peppery touch, fruity, dark berries, notes of ashes. The mouthfeel is sparkling and amazing smooth. The texture is oily. This light bodied S A has a dry and light bitter finish. A well balanced and very pleasant Scottish Ale. Well-done !

  • FARGINGBASTIGE6 1476 reviews
    rated 4.5 12 years ago

    Aroma: 9 | Appearance: 8 | Mouthfeel: 9 | Flavor: 10 | Overall: 9

    Pours a deep, dark, intense brown with what little light passing through giving it a hint of ruby as well. Dark chocolate and deep roasted malts produce ample pleasant sweetness. Smallish tan head. Velvet smooth in the mouth and a warm finish. Very well-done Scottish Ale.

  • HONKEYMOFO 1000 reviews
    rated 3.9 12 years ago

    Aroma: 8 | Appearance: 8 | Mouthfeel: 7 | Flavor: 8 | Overall: 8

    It pours a very dark-brown with a thick light-tan head and copious lacing. An aroma of roasted malts, coffee, chocolate, vanilla, light hops, nuts, beans, orange and citrus, and light spices. The mouthfeel is smooth and rich. Flavors of roasted malts, hops, coffee, chocolate, orange and citrus, nuts, and spices. Excellent, it seems like a mix of stout and scottish ale.

  • BLUESANDBARBQ 2568 reviews
    rated 3.9 15 years ago

    Aroma: 8 | Appearance: 7 | Mouthfeel: 8 | Flavor: 8 | Overall: 8

    Pours a dark black brown with a medium tan head leaving some tight lacing. Smoke, peat earthiness, big malts, cocoa and coffee in the aromas. Taste has a bit of the smokiness and earthiness with a hint of Scotch with tons of malts, a touch of bitter chocolate and coffee then some caramel sweetness. Another good beer from Orkney.

  • RJA 2975 reviews
    rated 3.6 15 years ago

    Aroma: 6 | Appearance: 8 | Mouthfeel: 7 | Flavor: 8 | Overall: 7

    As so pours a black, stout like colored ale. Disappointing in a weak, soapy, tan head that disappears quickly enough. A soapy ring is left. The aroma is of woods, peat and balanced with a background of malty sweetness. Nice body is full enough. The taste is chocolate and roasted malt. A nice, refreshingly flavorful ale.

  • JERRYMORRISON 2130 reviews
    rated 4.1 15 years ago

    Aroma: 8 | Appearance: 8 | Mouthfeel: 8 | Flavor: 8 | Overall: 9

    I got this one from bluesandbarbq, Aroma of smoke, chocolate, coffee, and roasted malts, it poured a murky brown body, thick and creamy head. Flavors of coffee with chocolate and nut undertones, the roasted malts give it a smokey flavor that reminded me of a smoked porter, complex and interesting with a slight hop presence in the finish. I didnt find any of the dark fruit flavors as advertised, still it was a really enjoyable, well balanced brew thats worth a try. Thanks Louis!

  • SUDSMCDUFF 3781 reviews
    rated 4.5 15 years ago

    Aroma: 8 | Appearance: 8 | Mouthfeel: 10 | Flavor: 10 | Overall: 9

    Pours a dark brown with a low but firm head ... wow, this is wonderful stuff... pure and delicious ... a true classic brew that completely satisfies .. smokey and balanced, so much flavour in a small abv beer ... an almost perfect Scottish ale!!!

  • RETROMAN 140 reviews
    rated 3.1 16 years ago

    Aroma: 7 | Appearance: 6 | Mouthfeel: 6 | Flavor: 6 | Overall: 6

    Not a bad beer. Poured a rich, dark color with a somewhat fleeting head. I can't exactly place the aroma, but it was quite pleasant. A chocolate/coffee taste with a hint of smoke. I had it in the frig and that was a mistake since as the beer warmed the flavor really came out. Definitely worth a try.

  • STOUTLOVER72 2327 reviews
    rated 3.6 16 years ago

    Aroma: 8 | Appearance: 6 | Mouthfeel: 7 | Flavor: 8 | Overall: 7

    Nothing really special about this nice beer. A little bit of sweetness on the palate gives way to a smokey, chocolatey, carmelish flavor that reminded me more of a smoked porter than a Scottish Ale. Aroma is malty sweet, perhaps a bit fruity and gives you no early signs of what is to comes when the beer his your tastebuds. Very nice beer.

  • JONMOORE 1367 reviews
    rated 3.9 17 years ago

    Aroma: 8 | Appearance: 7 | Mouthfeel: 8 | Flavor: 8 | Overall: 8

    Bottle. Near black with a thick tan head. Aroma of roasted malts & coffee. Flavours are roasted malts, chocolate, coffee and caramel. Some dark fruit and brown sugar in there as well. Creamy medium bodied mouthfeel. Would benefit from a bit more alcohol, but still very good.

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