Orkney Island’s dark ale is best in the world

Already judged Europe’s best, the 10 per cent speciality Dark Island Reserve ale from Orkney Brewery beat off stiff competition to take the global “strong dark, dark ale” title in the World Beer Awards 2011.

Orkney Brewery’s Dark Island Reserve has been named the world’s best strong dark, dark ale in a major international competition.

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The best in the world!

Judging in the competition is blind, with regional style heats held in Europe, the USA and Asia under the careful eye of a regional chairman.

They choose the style winner in each region, which is then tasted against the other regional winners to select the World’s Best Style.

News of the highly prestigious award was greeted with jubilation at the Orkney Brewery in Quoyloo, with company boss Norman Sinclair hailing it as the most important accolade ever won by his experienced team.

World Beer Awards logo“This is an outstanding and hugely important result for us and we’re immensely proud to have produced an ale that has gained this level of global recognition,” said Mr Sinclair. “We put a lot of care into the creation of all our beers, but we’ve always known that Dark Island Reserve is something truly unique.

“This award reflects the brewery team’s commitment to crafting a superb ale that has come to epitomise everything we stand for in terms of quality, taste and innovation.

It also further strengthens Orkney’s reputation as a key player in the international high quality food and drink market. Suffice to say, this is a fantastic milestone for the Orkney Brewery.”

Dark Island Reserve is created by maturing Orkney Brewery’s iconic and award winning Dark Island Ale in aged Orkney malt whisky casks for three months.

Produced in limited quantities and for exclusive markets, Dark Island Reserve is renowned for its flavours of smooth roast malt, dark chocolate, caramel, figs and dates, which combine with vanilla, spice and bitter orange flavours from the wood and whisky.