Ahhh, yet another collaboration beer! I reviewed the regular version of this beer last year and have been looking forward to trying out this one. While the beer itself is the same as the regular version, this one has spent 18 months on Laphroaig casks, compared to 8 months on Jura casks for the original.
Muddy brown with a hint of red. The head is beige and has a low retention. The head leaves some lacing on the glass.
Intense aroma from the cask, which is not too surprising considering the beer has spent 18 months in ex-Laphroaig casks.
I’m getting a lot of peat, raisins, phenols and some alcohol. The peaty aroma is very overpowering.
I poured a small dram of Laphroaig Quarter Cask while drinking this beer and that managed to dull the peaty notes in the aroma of the beer, bringing forth the hops and malts more.
The flavor matches the aroma well. Peated malts, some smokiness, raisins and some punch from the alcohol. The flavor also has some sweet malty hints and some small hoppy flavors.
The flavor is far from that of the Laphroaig Quarter Cask IMHO, as is the aroma actually. It reminds me more of a mix between Ardbeg Ten and Lagavulin 16.
Long peated finish with hints of alcohol and tar.
I have heard some wildly different opinions of this beer, and I guess if you’re not into Islay Whisky this beer might not be your thing. I happen to love Islay Whisky, and I also happened to like this beer. I think it’s a tad bit raw in the flavor profile and would love to try it again after it has spent some years in the cellar. Score: 3.8/5.