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RATINGS: 221   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.73   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 276   ABV: 9.2%
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To acknowledge this year’s anniversary, our 11th, Allagash’s brewers decided to use a champagne yeast for both the primary and secondary fermentations. This beer was brewed with both Cascade and Northern Brewer hops and copious amounts of Belgian Aromatic Malt to achieve its vibrant garnet color and unique, malty palate. At a hefty 9% ABV, the alcohol in this brew is balanced by a light sweetness, a full-bodied mouth feel and a gentle, lingering hop character. Just prior to bottling, when there is no carbonation present in the beer, a fresh dose of sugar and yeast is added. After bottling, the beer is aged in our temperature-controlled cellar, where the yeast ferments the sugar and naturally carbonates the beer. This process, known as méthode champenoise, is the same traditional process we use for all of our bottled beers. The batch of 11th Anniversary Ale was bottled in May of '06 - 950 cases, six bottles in each case and is the only batch that will be available. Its aroma is redolent of red licorice, nutmeg, wild apple, and hard candy. Its taste is malty with date and fig notes with a finish that is crisp, striking a balance between dry and fruity. We suggest serving this rustic brew at cellar temperature. Our 11th Anniversary Ale would make a perfect addition to foods such as roast duck and venison, or with desserts like pumpkin pie and apple cobbler


4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
decaturstevo (5198) - decatur, Tennessee, USA - AUG 31, 2006
A slightly hazed amber pour. A slight hop aroma with a flavor of fruit (kinda applely. A slight bitter dry finish. A smoother palate than I expected when I first poured and smelled this beer. A beer I struggled to understand. I wish I could have had about 6 more oz. to try. A beer that is complex but is very special.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Zeswaft (1393) - Seattle, Washington, USA - AUG 29, 2006
first, next, and every sniff is that stupid Jolly Pumpkin sour aroma. Flavor is quite complex with all types of shit going on: sourness, wood, hops, and sweetness. They all blend together well. I wish it was everthing it was without the sourness. Oh, yeah, this is one really sweet looking beer. Big white head with a softly cloudy light red color.

4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
sersdf (1015) - chicago, Illinois, USA - AUG 29, 2006
spicy, candi sugar aroma. suggest american tripel. maybe coriander. deep amber color, some opacity. limited head. tastes pretty alcoholic.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
DarkMagus (472) - San Diego, California, USA - AUG 29, 2006
Nice frothy head, leaving some lingering bubbles on the surface. Flavors of malt, yeast, fresh fruits (pears, apples), dried fruits (raisins, prunes, dates, cherries), caramel, toffee. Smooth, sweet, full-bodied brew... (not at all syrupy), maybe even slightly dry/hoppy finish. A truly awesome beer.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Dickinsonbeer (5076) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - AUG 29, 2006
KP’s Fest. Pours a medium cloudy amber with a frothy white head and some lace. I dont understand why they would use a champagne yeast- and I dont particularly like the results from its use, but it was still pretty tasty beer. Aroma reminded me of a few of Tom Bakers beers with the bread yeast- giving a very dirty wierd fruity esters, and a hint of fruity sweet-tarts and lemony finish. I get a slight sourness in the end and a wierd artificial sweetness kinda like pez-candy. Finish was obvioulsy very dry with a light tartness and a bit yeasty. Pretty decent beer, but not worth the money especially compared to their other high priced beers. Maybe Im just spoiled after havig the interlude a few times in the past couple months.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
hophead75 (2008) - Largo, Florida, USA - AUG 28, 2006
pours a reddish amber with a medium off white head, which dissipates. i would say the carbonation is medium. The aroma is lightly fruity, some earthy yeast and fruits, notes of citrus. Taste is fruits, grapes, wood, light citrus, slightly earthy yeast, with a lightly tart and slightly bitter finish. The 9.2 % is very well hidden, this beer is very drinkable....and good.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Shag (2623) - Chattanooga, Tennessee, USA - AUG 28, 2006
An amber color with a moderate head. The aroma and flavor were both very complex. A malty caramel and dark fruit aroma. The flavor consisted of some molasses, raisins, cherries, caramel, and alcohol. Good stuff.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Schroppfy (2360) - Łódż, Warsaw, Poland; Michigan, Ohio, USA - AUG 25, 2006
This is really some beer! I had it too cold but we took our time and t was worth it. Some real spice (anise) from the champagne yeast along with a lot of spicy cinnamon and bark/wood. Just delicious. Never veered into too sweet a territory, although a bit of pine/grapefruit from the cascades is clear. A vey nice blend and one that is sure to impove wonderfully. I will seek this out (a friend turned me on to it).

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
stegosaurus (1882) - Levittown, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 25, 2006
Bottle sampled with Beerded_one. Pours orange\brownwith a large beige colored head. Aroma of fruit, citrus, yeast, belgian style spices, and alcohol. The flavor is very smooth, citrus hops, carbonated, fruit, alcohol masked well but present. Great body, Great brew.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Bigsilky (327) - Charleston, USA - AUG 17, 2006
An ager. Plain and simple. Head retention was nice in my De Rocs chalice, very happy to drink this guy just slightly chilled. Brown sugar, earthy, zesty hops, and some baking spices on the nose. The palate leads into a granny smith apple followed by more spices and a marzipan plateau that seems to flatten out as the alcohol hits. Finishes with a lingering sense of nutmeg, cardommon, and little bits of anise. I think that with age, the flatness in palate and the baked goods will mellow and transform into leather, mission figs, and rich port-like characteristics. Almost a shame to say that I will not have this beer in the near future. But cellaring does have its rewards.


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