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Alpha State Vengeance (Kentucky Bourbon & Laphroaig BA Blend)

Alpha State Vengeance (Kentucky Bourbon & Laphroaig BA Blend)
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Brewed by Alpha State
Style: Stout
Tonbridge, England

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RATINGS: 15   MEAN: 3.79/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.49   EST. CALORIES: 240   ABV: 8%
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Stout aged in two different barrels and then blended. Kentucky bourbon and Laphroaig.


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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Stuu666 (2283) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - AUG 26, 2014
Keg at the Hanging Bat. Smoky medicinal nose, chocolate, bitter roast malts, dry and smoky.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Hanoi (396) - Bedfordshire, ENGLAND - DEC 27, 2013
Keg@ Port St. From notes. Nose is sweet treacle. Taste is vegetative, treacle. The whiskey barrel is prominent leading to a smokey and very sweet finish with leather undercut with menthol. The mouthfeel is thick. Interesting beer that makes good use of the barrels, but was ultimately a bit rich for me.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
BenH (2333) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - NOV 24, 2013
Keg at bat. Black with tan head. Inviting aroma, peaty smoke with licorice and chocolate and oak, slightly spiced almost christmas pudding, maybe even cherry liquor. Taste is a bit of a peat bomb, super smokey but very nice, peat smoke up front but then behind it all is dark chocolate and licorice, berry fruits. Syrupy sweet with a clean finish. Good shit

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
McNeillR (1221) - SCOTLAND - NOV 22, 2013
Kevlar black body with an impressive wedge of caramel brown, trickling a viscous carbonation post-pour. Big sticky whisky nose, sweet and peaty; inviting and earthy - a beautiful combo. Fairly grainy choc, sweet and crunchy like a Squares Choc bar. Goes through the motions like it should, really well weaved mouthfeel - giggling malt and a clean slip before the BA really crawls in a little too soon. Finish is maybe too medicinal and slightly acrid but doing it for. Slightly stickly initial taste, hefty boozy sweet. Id love this to be a dirty imperial but maybe not being boozy is the charm. More of this please Mr Queally.

Keg, Hanging Bat
Id let this reach room temperature before properly indulging. I also let Garvie have a few sips and he dropped his rate even further.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jesperhammer (2892)
- Copenhagen, DENMARK - NOV 18, 2013
14-NOV-2013, draft @Mikkeller Bar, Black Sensation. Black with brown, low head. Aroma is peat, whisky, roast. Taste is really laphroig-dominated with loads of peated smoke. Difficult to detect anything under that extreme smoke. -too much. but interesting, though.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
fiulijn (14552) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - NOV 17, 2013
Draught at Mikkeller Bar, Viktoriagade
Pitch black color with small collar of brown foam. Roasted malt aroma with some peat. The mouthfeel is smoother than the red wine/cranberry version. Roasted malt flavor. In this version the chocolate is more evident; also the alcohol is more evident; food peat and iodine character, correct bitterness; lightly salty.
Definitively the Islay is adding something to this beer, better than the red wine/cranberry, and not exactly sure what to do about the role of the bourbon.

2.2
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 8/20
cgarvieuk (14287) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - NOV 17, 2013
UPDATED: NOV 19, 2013 Cask at the hanging bat... Deep black roast.. Thin tan head... Far too too much smokey whisky... Dark malts... Nose... Soft roast... Dark malts... Heavy roast... Massive whisky.. Iodine... Not me at all 2.4 Tk 2.. As above but really... Way too iodine... Light smoke . Not me at all 2.2

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
joergen (20807) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - OCT 12, 2013
Draught at Mikkeller and Friends. Black coloured with a small beige head. Sweet and roasted aroma of caramel, peat, dark chocolate and oak. Sweet and roasted flavour of dark chocolate, oak, smoke, peat and whisky. Roasted finish.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Theis (13410) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - OCT 10, 2013
Draught at Mikkeller&Friends. Pitch black - brown head. Licorice - bourbon licorice. Nige peated smoke. Fruity. High malty. Burned malts. Vanilla notes. Some bitterness. Nice.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
thewolf (11184) - Kolding, DENMARK - OCT 9, 2013
Tap @ Mikkeller and Friends, Cph. Pours dark black with a small, creamy, beige head. Aroma has lots of smoke, peat, roasted, mild chocolate. Low carbonation, fine dry and creamy mouthfeel. Flavour has lots of smoke, chocolate, a bit over the top. Not impressed.


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