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Orkney (Sinclair) Dark Island

PubAddressLast Visit Seen
The Marine HotelStonehaven, Aberdeenshire22 Nov 2023
The Wrong 'UnBexleyheath, Greater London22 Nov 2023
The Furze WrenBexleyheath, Greater London22 Nov 2023
The Great HarryWoolwich, Greater London05 Nov 2023
The Carpenters ArmsWindsor, Berkshire27 Oct 2023
The PhoenixDenmark Hill, Greater London24 Oct 2023
The Halladale InnMelvich, Highland30 Jul 2022
The Brockley BargeBrockley, Greater London28 Jan 2022
The MitreGreenwich, Greater London27 Jan 2020
St Machar BarAberdeen, Aberdeenshire06 Dec 2019
Rochford Beer & Cider Festival 2019Rochford, Essex20 Nov 2019
The Cafe RoyalEdinburgh, Edinburgh, City of13 Nov 2019
BeerhouseMarket Harborough, Leicestershire20 Sep 2019
The MerchantGlasgow, Glasgow, City of13 Jul 2019
The Alfred HerringPalmers Green, Greater London04 Jun 2019
Leyton Orient Supporters ClubLeyton, Greater London07 Feb 2017
The GrillAberdeen, Aberdeenshire03 Oct 2016
Tap EastStratford, Greater London30 Jan 2016
The Wheel AlehouseBirchington-on-Sea, Kent24 Jan 2016
The RakeSouthwark, Central London22 Jul 2015
Hoop & GrapesAldgate, Central London21 Apr 2015
Sir Christopher HattonChancery Lane, Central London20 Apr 2015
The WellingtonCovent Garden, Central London13 Apr 2015
The RegalCambridge, Cambridgeshire03 Mar 2015
Hamilton HallCity, Central London27 Jan 2015
The Willow WalkVictoria, Central London18 Jan 2015
The Crosse KeysCity, Central London12 Jan 2015
CarriagesAberdeen, Aberdeenshire23 Dec 2014
The BerryWalmer, Kent25 Aug 2014
The CorryvreckanOban, Argyll and Bute06 Jul 2014
Blue BlazerEdinburgh, Edinburgh, City of05 Jul 2014
The Guildford ArmsEdinburgh, Edinburgh, City of04 Jul 2014
The RailwayBlackheath, Greater London27 Jan 2014
Dartford Working Men's ClubDartford, Kent09 Jan 2014
The MagpieCity, Central London07 Jan 2014
The EagleHoxton, Central London06 Jan 2014
Bruce's WellTroon, South Ayrshire04 Jul 2013
The Congress InnStoke-on-Trent, Staffordshire04 Jun 2013
The Richmal CromptonBromley, Greater London08 May 2013
The Six TemplarsHertford, Hertfordshire05 May 2013
Blue LampAberdeen, Aberdeenshire07 Mar 2013
The FalconBattersea, Greater London12 Feb 2013
The Market PorterSouthwark, Central London22 Oct 2012
Krakatoa (formerly The Moorings Bar)Aberdeen, Aberdeenshire18 Oct 2012
The Butchers ArmsHerne, Kent08 Sep 2012
The Ale HouseChelmsford, Essex11 Jul 2012
The Last InnOswestry, Shropshire15 Jun 2012
Old BlackfriarsAberdeen, Aberdeenshire10 Dec 2011
The Duchess (formerly The Duchess of Cambridge)Hammersmith, Greater London01 Dec 2011
Ye Olde Thirsty PigMaidstone, Kent26 Oct 2011
The Daylight InnPetts Wood, Greater London05 Oct 2011
Aitchie's Ale HouseAberdeen, Aberdeenshire15 Jul 2011
The Archibald SimpsonAberdeen, Aberdeenshire22 Jun 2011
Royal Dunkeld HotelDunkeld, Perthshire and Kinross10 Jun 2011
The Parkwood HotelStockton-on-Tees, Durham09 Jun 2011
Stile BridgeMarden, Kent24 Mar 2011
Artillery ArmsRamsgate, Kent02 Mar 2011
The Flower PotMaidstone, Kent19 Feb 2011
01st Amber Valley Beer & Cider Festival (The Ripley Rail Ale Festival)Ripley, Derbyshire02 Oct 2010
The Humphrey BeanTonbridge, Kent18 Jul 2010
The Paper MoonDartford, Kent10 Jul 2010
GlobeAberdeen, Aberdeenshire15 May 2010
Oyster Brewery BarEllenabeich, Seil Island, Argyll and Bute11 Oct 2009
The Sugar LoafMarket Harborough, Leicestershire03 Sep 2009
Far from the Madding CrowdOxford, Oxfordshire13 Jun 2009
Planet Thanet Easter Beer Festival 2009Margate, Kent10 Apr 2009
The County HotelAshford, Kent11 Oct 2008
The HaywainBramling, Kent27 Sep 2008
Montefiore ArmsRamsgate, Kent06 Sep 2008
Ye Olde MitreHolborn, Central London27 Nov 2007
CoastguardSt Margaret's at Cliffe, Kent07 Nov 2007
Tennent'sGlasgow, Glasgow, City of23 Aug 2007
The State BarGlasgow, Glasgow, City of23 Aug 2007
Halfway HouseEdinburgh, Edinburgh, City of15 Mar 2007
Behind the WallFalkirk, Falkirk21 Apr 2006
Four MarysLinlithgow, West Lothian17 Apr 2006
The Yew Tree InnBarfrestone, Kent11 Mar 2006

Tasting Summary

These comments are the opinion of the individual reviewer and represent what they thought of the beer on a particular day in a particular pub. If a review is less favourable, it may be because the beer suffered somewhere in the supply chain between them and the brewery.

The Marine Hotel, Stonehaven, Aberdeenshire

McGargleNot Tried22 Nov 2023
McGargleNot Tried31 Aug 2023
McGargleNot Tried10 May 2022
McGargleNot Tried29 Mar 2022
McGargleNot Tried21 Jun 2021
McGargleNot Tried14 Oct 2019
McGargleNot Tried24 Jul 2019
McGargleNot Tried29 May 2019
McGargleNot Tried08 May 2019
McGargleNot Tried25 Mar 2019
McGargleNot Tried14 Jan 2019
McGargleNot Tried07 Jan 2019
McGargleNot Tried04 Sep 2018 Selling well.
McGargleNot Tried06 Aug 2018
McGargleNot Tried05 Jun 2018
McGargleNot Tried16 Nov 2016
McGargleNot Tried19 Oct 2015
McGargleNot Tried29 Sep 2015
McGargleNot Tried13 Sep 2015
McGargleNot Tried12 May 2015
McGargleNot Tried10 Mar 2015
McGargleNot Tried10 Feb 2015
McGargleNot Tried26 Jan 2015
McGargleNot Tried23 Jan 2015
McGargleNot Tried22 Jun 2014
McGargleNot Tried24 Feb 2014
McGargleNot Tried04 Aug 2013
McGargleNot Tried23 Sep 2011
RayNot Tried04 Sep 2011
RayNot Tried02 Sep 2011
McGargleNot Tried14 Aug 2011
RayNot Tried04 Jul 2010
McGargleNot Tried27 Aug 2009 Others were enjoying it.

The Wrong 'Un, Bexleyheath, Greater London

Philip PirripExcellent22 Nov 2023 In surprisingly good condition with all its bitterness accentuated

The Furze Wren, Bexleyheath, Greater London

Philip PirripExcellent22 Nov 2023 Every bit as excellent as that in The Wrong 'Un earlier this evening
Philip PirripExcellent14 Nov 2023 Absolutely delightful form, holding creamy head and lacing
Philip PirripNot Tried13 Nov 2023
Philip PirripGood04 Oct 2023 Went down well, albeit slowly
Philip PirripGood06 May 2019

The Great Harry, Woolwich, Greater London

Philip PirripAcceptable05 Nov 2023 Far too creamy to have been correctly served

The Carpenters Arms, Windsor, Berkshire

Magnus GreelGood27 Oct 2023 Dark smooth malty and unexciting..
WittendenExceptional24 Sep 2011 A wonderful dark christmas pudding of a beer,dried fruit with the tantalising sourness of a late autumn to come.

The Phoenix, Denmark Hill, Greater London

Philip PirripNot Tried24 Oct 2023

The Halladale Inn, Melvich, Highland

Jack WilliamExcellent30 Jul 2022 Lovely, rich dark ale.

The Brockley Barge, Brockley, Greater London

Philip PirripExcellent28 Jan 2022 In fantastic condition and smooth with it

The Mitre, Greenwich, Greater London

Philip PirripGood27 Jan 2020 A ridiculous price of £5.05pp for the suburbs, which will not entice a foreseeable return visit

St Machar Bar, Aberdeen, Aberdeenshire

McGargleNot Tried06 Dec 2019

Rochford Beer & Cider Festival 2019, Rochford, Essex

Philip PirripNot Tried20 Nov 2019

The Cafe Royal, Edinburgh, Edinburgh, City of

ChrisENot Tried13 Nov 2019

Beerhouse, Market Harborough, Leicestershire

Magnus GreelNot Tried20 Sep 2019
Philip PirripNot Tried20 Sep 2019

The Merchant, Glasgow, Glasgow, City of

Stephen HarrisExcellent13 Jul 2019 A beer I used to love but now rarely see.

The Alfred Herring, Palmers Green, Greater London

Magnus GreelNot Tried04 Jun 2019

Leyton Orient Supporters Club, Leyton, Greater London

Stephen HarrisNot Tried07 Feb 2017

The Grill, Aberdeen, Aberdeenshire

McGargleNot Tried03 Oct 2016
RayNot Tried09 Jan 2013
McGargleNot Tried19 Jul 2012

Tap East, Stratford, Greater London

ChrisENot Tried30 Jan 2016

The Wheel Alehouse, Birchington-on-Sea, Kent

DosserAcceptable24 Jan 2016 Last one out but perfectly drinkable

The Rake, Southwark, Central London

Stephen HarrisExcellent22 Jul 2015 A really good, dark, fruity beer.

Hoop & Grapes, Aldgate, Central London

HSBNot Tried21 Apr 2015

Sir Christopher Hatton, Chancery Lane, Central London

Stephen HarrisNot Tried20 Apr 2015

The Wellington, Covent Garden, Central London

Stephen HarrisNot Tried13 Apr 2015

The Regal, Cambridge, Cambridgeshire

HSBNot Tried03 Mar 2015

Hamilton Hall, City, Central London

HSBNot Tried27 Jan 2015

The Willow Walk, Victoria, Central London

Philip PirripNot Tried18 Jan 2015

The Crosse Keys, City, Central London

Stephen HarrisNot Tried12 Jan 2015
Martin the MildmanExcellent28 Jul 2009 Smooth, dark velvety strong mild/stout type ale. My score 16/20.
IanNot Tried21 Oct 2008

Carriages, Aberdeen, Aberdeenshire

McGargleNot Tried23 Dec 2014
RayNot Tried27 Nov 2012
McGargleNot Tried29 Jun 2011

The Berry, Walmer, Kent

IanNot Tried25 Aug 2014

The Corryvreckan, Oban, Argyll and Bute

HSBNot Tried06 Jul 2014

Blue Blazer, Edinburgh, Edinburgh, City of

HSBNot Tried05 Jul 2014
MickNot Tried05 Mar 2013

The Guildford Arms, Edinburgh, Edinburgh, City of

HSBNot Tried04 Jul 2014
CharlesNot Tried12 Mar 2006

The Railway, Blackheath, Greater London

Philip PirripNot Tried27 Jan 2014

Dartford Working Men's Club, Dartford, Kent

ChrisENot Tried09 Jan 2014

The Magpie, City, Central London

Stephen HarrisNot Tried07 Jan 2014

The Eagle, Hoxton, Central London

Philip PirripGood06 Jan 2014 Enthusiastically recommended by the barmaid who had got bladdered on it the previous week

Bruce's Well, Troon, South Ayrshire

HSBGood04 Jul 2013

The Congress Inn, Stoke-on-Trent, Staffordshire

Nick WillisExcellent04 Jun 2013
Nick WillisNot Tried16 May 2013

The Richmal Crompton, Bromley, Greater London

Philip PirripNot Tried08 May 2013

The Six Templars, Hertford, Hertfordshire

Philip PirripNot Tried05 May 2013

Blue Lamp, Aberdeen, Aberdeenshire

McGargleUndrinkable07 Mar 2013 Badged as Corncrake this was from the bottom of the cask. Tired and tasteless. Staff exchanged it but wanted to charge ne again. No, thank you.

The Falcon, Battersea, Greater London

ChrisENot Tried12 Feb 2013
PedroNot Tried06 Feb 2013

The Market Porter, Southwark, Central London

Stephen HarrisNot Tried22 Oct 2012

Krakatoa (formerly The Moorings Bar), Aberdeen, Aberdeenshire

RayNot Tried18 Oct 2012

The Butchers Arms, Herne, Kent

MickNot Tried08 Sep 2012
IanNot Tried28 Jul 2012
PedroExcellent20 Jul 2012
AndrewNot Tried06 Jul 2012
IanAcceptable06 Jul 2012 Good malty beer.
BrianExcellent05 Dec 2009 This was really good. A bit resinous and slightly sour with a smokey edge.
MickAcceptable03 Dec 2009 Others were raving over this so maybe it's me but it seemed to have a strange taste but still OK.
BlairExceptional22 Oct 2009 This beer is an old favourite of mine, one of the first I ever tasted and really liked. So this was a bit of nostalgia for me really. Loads of chocolate, oats and slightly sour. Lovely.

The Ale House, Chelmsford, Essex

Martin the MildmanExcellent11 Jul 2012 This wasn't on at the Chelmsford beer fest so chose to sample it here. On top form, a black roasted beer with coffee and chocolate notes. Midway between strong mild and stout. My score 16/20.

The Last Inn, Oswestry, Shropshire

Bear & Ragged StaffGood15 Jun 2012 A dark beer with the usual dark flavours all nicely balanced. Not a heavy beer which made it easily drinkable.

Old Blackfriars, Aberdeen, Aberdeenshire

McGargleNot Tried10 Dec 2011

The Duchess (formerly The Duchess of Cambridge), Hammersmith, Greater London

Martin the MildmanAcceptable01 Dec 2011 Rather tired sample, roast malt but little else to back it up with a rather vineous finish. My score 14/20 with B for quality.

Ye Olde Thirsty Pig, Maidstone, Kent

PedroNot Tried26 Oct 2011

The Daylight Inn, Petts Wood, Greater London

oz11Excellent05 Oct 2011 Very nice dark beer.

Aitchie's Ale House, Aberdeen, Aberdeenshire

ChrisEExcellent15 Jul 2011

The Archibald Simpson, Aberdeen, Aberdeenshire

McGargleNot Tried22 Jun 2011
McGargleNot Tried22 Jan 2011

Royal Dunkeld Hotel, Dunkeld, Perthshire and Kinross

McGargleNot Tried10 Jun 2011

The Parkwood Hotel, Stockton-on-Tees, Durham

davidg83Good09 Jun 2011 Near black colour. Chocolate notes with sour aftertaste. Liquorice nose with very thin head. Nice.

Stile Bridge, Marden, Kent

PedroNot Tried24 Mar 2011

Artillery Arms, Ramsgate, Kent

BlairExcellent02 Mar 2011 Smoky, oily old ale. Smooth and velvety.

The Flower Pot, Maidstone, Kent

IanNot Tried19 Feb 2011
PedroExcellent19 Feb 2011
AngieExceptional19 Feb 2011

01st Amber Valley Beer & Cider Festival (The Ripley Rail Ale Festival), Ripley, Derbyshire

AlenomoreNot Tried02 Oct 2010

The Humphrey Bean, Tonbridge, Kent

Martin the MildmanExcellent18 Jul 2010 I think this was fairly well down the cask as it had picked up a sort of underlying fruitcake taste, but still dominated by the rich roast maltiness characteristic of this beer. My score 16/20.

The Paper Moon, Dartford, Kent

AlenomoreNot Tried10 Jul 2010

Globe, Aberdeen, Aberdeenshire

McGargleAcceptable15 May 2010 Some chocolate and fruit aromas and initially smooth but thin in the mouth. Unexpected burnt bitterness in the finish.

Oyster Brewery Bar, Ellenabeich, Seil Island, Argyll and Bute

RayNot Tried11 Oct 2009

The Sugar Loaf, Market Harborough, Leicestershire

StephenGood03 Sep 2009 Lovely full malt fruitiness full mouth feel in this dark ruby ale

Far from the Madding Crowd, Oxford, Oxfordshire

Martin the MildmanNot Tried13 Jun 2009

Planet Thanet Easter Beer Festival 2009, Margate, Kent

AndrewPoor10 Apr 2009 Sinclair Dark Island it's called. Umm. I've had this before a number of times and it's a great beer... well it was a great beer. Don't know what this beer was. Watery weak sharp briney. Not the Dark Island I know.

The County Hotel, Ashford, Kent

IanAcceptable11 Oct 2008 Coffee and liquorice. Too much liquorice on the after taste for me.
IanNot Tried03 Apr 2008

The Haywain, Bramling, Kent

BrianExcellent27 Sep 2008 Smoky aroma, sour fruit dominates. Excellent.
AndrewNot Tried27 Sep 2008

Montefiore Arms, Ramsgate, Kent

BlairExcellent06 Sep 2008 Lovely pint. Rich silky old ale. Nice chocolate flavour with a slight sourness at the end. Delicious.

Ye Olde Mitre, Holborn, Central London

IanAcceptable27 Nov 2007 Maybe had cider in the glass before, maybe young as had green apple flavour. Tight sparkler blands the flavour. Shame.

Coastguard, St Margaret's at Cliffe, Kent

IanExcellent07 Nov 2007 Good malty dark beer in great condition.

Tennent's, Glasgow, Glasgow, City of

IanNot Tried23 Aug 2007

The State Bar, Glasgow, Glasgow, City of

IanNot Tried23 Aug 2007

Halfway House, Edinburgh, Edinburgh, City of

ColinExceptional15 Mar 2007

Behind the Wall, Falkirk, Falkirk

CharlesExcellent21 Apr 2006 Beer turnover seems to be good here these days and the result is excellent quality beers all the time. A chocolatey favourite - can never resist it.
CharlesExcellent10 Feb 2006
CharlesExcellent09 Feb 2006

Four Marys, Linlithgow, West Lothian

CharlesExcellent17 Apr 2006 Fantastic dark chocolatey ale.

The Yew Tree Inn, Barfrestone, Kent

AndrewExceptional11 Mar 2006 A rich dark red-black beer with a partial cream-grey head. It tasted of a rich sharp sweetness with undertones of milk and oats. The finish was a lovely sweet milky bitterness.

Orkney (Sinclair) Dark Island

4.60% ABV.

Fruity and chocolatey. Some hops in there somewhere. Green and Blacks chocolate in a glass..

We have tried this beer 48 times.

We have given this beer an average score of Good to Excellent.

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