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RATINGS: 223   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.73/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 276   ABV: 9.2%
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

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
TheEpeeist (3709) - Media, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 16, 2009
25.4 oz bottle. Clearish brown, some crimson highlights, with a bubbly beige froth. Nose is raisin, caramel, chocolate cake and wood. Medium light with buzzy carb. Taste is raisin, fig and maple but feeling a bit thin. Finishes somewhat bitter and earthy but not bad. I guess this is what was left of the hops.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
durhambeer (2500) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - JUN 25, 2009
Bottle thanks to magjayran’s generosity. What a great beer to just give to someone. From the looks of it, seems to have held up well. Pours very hazy copper with decent off-white head and good retention. Sweet aroma filled with fruit and malt: caramel, figs, raisins, apples, tobacco, spice, bread, must ... the more I smell this, the more oxidation I can detect, but it’s not taking too much away from the beer. Oddly crisp finish... drier than expected, but I guess the champagne yeast would probably explain that. Palate almost like bubbly wine. Ha, yeah, now I keep thinking about champagne at the end. Alcohol well hidden. This gets better with each sip. Nice.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
michael-pollack (4959) - King of Prussia, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 25, 2009
750ml Bottle: Sweet aroma of dark ripe fruits, raisins, caramel, figs, malts, slight yeast, and a hint of hops. Much of the spices and fruits others mention seem to have mellowed in the 3 years since this was bottled. Poured deep amber/copper in color with a small, smooth, beige head that lasted throughout. Cloudy. Sparkling. Full of small particles throughout. Good lacing. Flavor is medium sweet and slightly bitter. Tastes of malts, caramel, dark ripe fruits, light tobacco, raisins, figs, hops, light spices, some pepper, yeast, Medium body. Smooth, coating, slightly sticky texture. Soft to average carbonation. Sweet, malty, caramel and slight tobacco finish lings a while.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
COBeer (18) - Boston, Massachusetts, USA - MAR 19, 2009
Held onto this bottle for eight months, was somewhat let down by everything except how well the alcohol was hidden. Brown fruit notes subtle presence, combined with a nice malt, yet I wonder if that champagne yeast wasn’t getting a little pushy.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Pwn3d (1962) - Manhattan, New York, USA - FEB 26, 2009
750mL from the White Mountain. Pours dark orange with light creamy brown head. Malt aroma as well as flavor. Just a bit of alcohol in the finish, good for the %’age. Better than I expected but still didnt do much for me

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
jredmond (7460) - New York, New York, USA - FEB 24, 2009
750mL from the White Mountain. Pours dark orange with light creamy brown head. Malt aroma as well as flavor. Just a bit of alcohol in the finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Trooper11 (468) - Suffolk, Virginia, USA - FEB 7, 2009
750ml I’ve been saving. Not sure why I opened it today but it has been calling to me. Pours a deep caramel brown. Thick, you can’t see through this baby. Very inviting with its creamy thick beige head and fresh caramel aroma with hints of apple or pear. Great belgian. A bit sour, bready flavor. Alcohol sneaks up at the end but not overwelming. Nice warmth. Dry bitter finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
GAManiac (1944) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - JAN 11, 2009
Bottle shared at the HMoG at the Brick Store. Pours a dark, clear amber with a small tan head that showed very good staying power and left a little bit of lacing. The aroma is very sweet with both light and dark fruits, starting with some ripe apples and apricots but also with some raisins and plums on top of the Belgian yeast and hints of spices The taste brings out some sweet malts with more of the ripe, sweet fruits. The spices come out a little more in the taste than the aroma would suggest and the finish is dry and slightly peppery. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with less carbonation than I expected which probably detracts slightly from the overall experience.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
rocbyter (2077) - Waterbury, Connecticut, USA - JAN 5, 2009
Sweet spicy yeast aroma. Cloudy red color with medium tan head. Short sweet beginning with a spicy bitter finish. mild amount of alcohol in the end. Lingering light sour citrus taste.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
cbkschubert (2901) - BFE, Arizona, USA - SEP 23, 2008
<b>750 ml bottle</b> I received in trade some time ago - Pours a slightly hazy orangish-amber color with a small off white head. Light lacing. Aroma is esters and spice. Flavor is sweet esters, malt, and spice. Medium body. Smooth palate. Wish I had taken better notes. I do remember this beer tasting pretty good.

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