Beerlando (3342) - Orlando, Florida, USA - JAN 18, 2008
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Courtesy boboski. Pours a clear, hazy, dark reddish-orange color. A small, foamy, off-white head leaves behind random, sudsy spots of lacing. The aroma is complex, fruity, and very appealing. A caramel malt base meets notes of golden apples and cinnamon, all of which together make for a baked apple pie sensation that really warms up the nose. The flavor follows down the same path, with apple being a consistent theme. Warmed figs dipped in a light caramel glaze emerge, adding to the candied fruit profile. A warming sensation emerges on the finish, with mild cinnamon providing a mildly spicy end. Medium bodied and very smooth. This is a solid, inventive brew that I’d love to try again.
Edmoe (241) - Orlando, Florida, USA - DEC 30, 2007
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Deep amber with some head and lacing. Aroma is a very pleasant hoppiness. Flavor is a nice balance between sweetness and bitterness. Good mouthfeel. Very good.
Sammy (8947) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 29, 2007
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
A tasty and smooth Belgian ale. Dark with a significant light colored head. Fruity but not overly sweet. Cascade and Northern Brewer hops add some bitterness. I am not a fan of champ. yeast and may have avoided its impact on my system. Went very well with fish and soup. Very drinkable.
csbosox (1224) - Prairie Village, Kansas, USA - DEC 18, 2007
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
4/07 KC tasting. Thanks TIm! Cookie dough, brown sugar, and caramel aroma. Taste is spice, toffee, caramel. Nice mouthfeel.
beachbum25 (1085) - Powellville, Maryland, USA - DEC 13, 2007
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
750 ML Bottle-Cloudy amber color w/an off white head. Dark fruit aroma. Flavors of caramel, molasis, dark fruit, & banana. Kind of grassy & sweet. Not overly complex, a little rough around the edges. Not a bad beer though. Long spicy finish.
pnista (1007) - Bloomington, Indiana, USA - DEC 11, 2007
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
A rich lightly hazed with a thin tan head. Sweet malty body. rich with a good darsh of fruit. Caramel. A bit of wod. Some alcohol. Reminds me o the grand cru, though drier and fruitier and lighter. On the thinner side, but a bit thick Low carbonation. A bit boozy as it warms. Less caramel. Reminiscent of the Grand Cru again, but drier, again. A bit oaky, maybe? Very lightly though. A bit apples with some lightly tannic aspects. Hops? I don’t know. A fruity finish. Not a bad beer... perhaps one worth cellaring?
GeneralGao (3614) - Iowa City, Iowa, USA - DEC 6, 2007
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
750 ml bottle. Poured a clear orange-ruby red color. Head was off white and left some lace behind. Aroma was of steeping barley, subdued caramel, molasses, pineapple, and a whiff of rum. Fruity and slightly sweet on the tongue. Tasted of apple, alcohol, molasses, and toffee. Not bad, but not as good as I had anticipated.
heemer77 (5109) - Urbandale, Iowa, USA - DEC 5, 2007
2.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
Thanks for sharing, general gao. This poured copper and red. The aroma was rich with toffee and fresh bread. There were also some apple notes. The taste had some bread crust with some weird cantalope. There was also a strange note I coudl not quite place, it was similar to grass, but not quite. Another strange one form Allagash that I did not enjoy.
marchcow (664) - Coralville, Iowa, USA - DEC 4, 2007
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Sweet malty aroma. Sweet flavors with cream, cheese, and lightly roasted malt. Lightly smoky. Creamy palate. Good overall. Thanks to Colin - General Gao for this one.
puzzl (3254) - New York, New York, USA - NOV 26, 2007
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Well over 1 year old bottle. Been holding on to this since its release. We’ll call it an investment, if you will, although the rating by month average is trickling ever so slightly down. Can’t say whether I’ve made the right decision aging it or not because this is the only time I’ve had it.
Pours with a slight head, less than I’d expect for the style -- or Allagash. Mild brown color has autumn highlights. Saccharine and licorice aroma, wiith a touch of aged hops and a late fishy finish. A gentle and mild mouth yields molasses, flowers, and grass. Very dry and balanced, drinkable, but the complexity is rather low. I expected more from this beer.