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Darach Mòr Special Reserve 21 (Laphroaig)

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68
76
style
The Stillman’s
Formerly brewed at Haldemann

Style: Brown Ale
Gurmels, Switzerland

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unknown

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unknown

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RATINGS: 17   MEAN: 3.41/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.23   EST. CALORIES: 180   ABV: 6%
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COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
Wood: Bourbon Oak
Whisky: Laphroaig
Vintage: 1989
Age: 21 years
Region: Islay

Nez: pêche, malt, fruits tropicaux, fumée, chocolat, caramel, châtaigne, douceâtre
Palais: fumée de tourbe, banane, touche de chêne, compote de fruits, iode, noix de coco
Finale: fumée, corpulente, houblonnée
Type: aromatique, puissant, robuste
Couleur: brun soutenu

Editor’s note: there are two "21" versions, the Region is different.


3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
fonefan (35220) - VestJylland, DENMARK - APR 11, 2012

Bottle 330ml.

[ Trade by fiulijn ]. Clear medium to dark brown amber colour with a average to large, creamy - frothy, good lacing, mostly lasting, off-white head. Aroma is moderate to heavy malty, caramel, oak, smoke - meat - whisky, alchol notes. Flavour is moderate to heavy sweet and light moderate bitter with a long to average duration. Body is medium, texture is oily, carbonation is soft. [20120316]

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
yespr (31485) - Copenhagen O, DENMARK - FEB 23, 2012
33 cl bottle. Pours clear and deep golden amber with a small tan head. Aroma is smoked, peated and tarish. Thick malty, peated and smoked. Dry tarish and mild acidic dark malty flavoured. Ends dry malty and bitter dark roasted. Lasting tarish impression.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Ungstrup (29486) - Citizen of the universe, DENMARK - FEB 23, 2012
Bottled. An amber beer with a lazing tan head. The aroma has notes of caramel, and fruits. The flavor is sweet with notes of alcohol, malt, and caramel, leading to a dry finish.

2.1
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
Papsoe (25085) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - FEB 23, 2012
Bottle 33 cl. Courtesy of fiulijn. Pours an almost clear orangey brown with a creamy beige head. Heavy nasty iodine aroma. Medium body, dry roast, again heavy iodine with some sweet caramel in the finish. Tons of peat in this one. 230212

2.8
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
joergen (21091) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - FEB 25, 2012
Bottle at yespr. Hazy orange-brown coloured with a medium sized off-white head. Sweet and fruity aroma of earth, whisky and peat. Sweet and fruity flavour of earth, peat and whisky. Fruity finish.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
oh6gdx (20621) - Vasa, FINLAND - OCT 18, 2011
Bottled@omhper tasting. Very deep amber colour, small beigeish brown head. Aroma is mild smoked wood, some vanilla and mild sour wooden notes. Flavour is quite much the same, but rather big on the peat.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
omhper (19671) - Tyresö, SWEDEN - OCT 18, 2011
Bottled, thanks Bov! Clear dark brown, small head, Aroma of coffee and bourbon. Medium bodied with rounded mouthfeel. Lots of oak and vanilla, rather intense smoky islay whisky, Still it manages to stay balanced. The best I’ve tried in the series so far.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
fiulijn (14990) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JUL 13, 2011
Bottle from Au Grain d’Orge, Crissier, Switzerland
Dark brown color; generous creamy head. The delicate peaty whisky aroma is just slightly stronger than the Special Reserve 20; mild campfire wood too, and very light vanilla and banana.
The underlying Brown Ale has the same caramel flavor as in the other versions, but it seems a bit sweeter here; the smoked whisky character is moderate (as in the other beers of the series), but pleasantly well integrated in this beer, and it gives a light salty character.
The final has some caramel, chocolate, smoke, and also light vanilla (indeed this is a different wood than the Special reserve 20).
Pleasant, balanced, the most interesting of the set.

2.5
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
saxo (14095) - Højbjerg, Aarhus, DENMARK - FEB 23, 2012
Bottle @ yespr tasting. Nice head with good duration. Color is brown. Aroma and taste are peat, smoke, wood, and notes of caramel and malt. Another mistake with beer and whisky.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Dedollewaitor (14041) - Odense, DENMARK - MAR 16, 2012
Bottle @ Ulfborg Mid March Tasting, 2012. Pours dark brown with a small creamy head and lacings. Slight peat and bacon. Whisky and caramel. Medium bodied. Fine balance.


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