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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

wnoble's rating

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
wnoble (1251) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - NOV 10, 2012
Thanks to Jcr! Pours a light ruby. Nose is fruity, caramels, light sherry, fruit and even a little cardboard. Flavor is slightly tart, fruity, wine notes, light oxidation. Sweet and moderately rich. Really not bad for its age. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Drake (11937) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 4, 2014
750 mL bottle shared at the 9th Richmond Rare & Unusual Epic Tasting, Richmond, VA, 11/30/14. Pours hazy orange with a thin head. Aroma of toffee, spice, vanilla, maple. The taste is toffee, spice, plum, caramel, vegetal notes, raisin. Medium bodied, mild heat.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
jackl (7069) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - NOV 30, 2014
Bottle. Deep brown with a small head. Nose is candy, marzipan, bubble gum. Taste is similar. Sort of nutty, signs of oxidization. Peppery. OK

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
vtafro (6731) - Wayne, New Jersey, USA - AUG 23, 2014
Draft at ebenezer’s. Brown pour with tan head. Dark fruit, spice, sweet malty aromas. Flavors are dark sweet nutty and spice tones, touch of warmth.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
alexsdad06 (9137) - Ohio, USA - JUN 18, 2014
750 ml bottle at home from early backlog notes 07. Pours a hazy dark orange amber color with a medium sized off white head. The aroma and flavor have caramel, dried fruit, raisins, figs, mild spices, Belgian yeast, brown sugar, some earthy notes to the finish. Solid enough. I have enjoyed many of the beers from Allagash.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
madmitch76 (22400) - , Essex, ENGLAND - APR 28, 2012
11th July 2009
Cloudy brown beer. Crispish semi dry palate with low carbonation. Sweetish malt with a dry spicy undertone. Dark orange buried deep. Dry finish with an odd aftertaste. Mmm!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
MadIndian (2743) - Levittown, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 7, 2011
What’s not to love? Bottle. Red/ brownpour with an Aroma of belgian spices, bread, dark fruit and caramel. Flavors of brown sugar, bread, plums, earth and hop. If Stegosaurus wasn’t so damn gay, We’d be drinking this together.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
anders37 (23363) - Malmö, SWEDEN - AUG 16, 2011
Bottle. Pours a hazy amber orange color with a small off-white head. Has a fruity malty spicy yeasty caramel aroma. Fruity malty spicy flavor. Has a fruity malty spicy yeasty finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
adnielsen (10490) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - JUL 28, 2011
Bottle @ home, courtesy of TheBeerSommelier. 2:40 am, work at 9:00am tomorrow (err, today?), I probably shouldn’t be opening a sweet Allagash 750, but what the hell! Cork popped out like opening a champagne bottle. Pours a dark red-orange appearance with a cream colored head that dissipated quickly. Moderately spicy (nutmeg, cinnamon), caramel malty, dark sugar, Belgian yeasty nose. Pretty sweet, Belgian yeasty, caramelized sugar, light toffee, fig, light raisin, caramel malty flavor. Slightly spicy, caramel malty, caramelized sugar, dark raisin/fig aftertaste. Pretty awesome beer. I would expect nothing less out of one of my favorite breweries.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Koelschtrinker (17721) - Köln (Cologne), GERMANY - JUN 3, 2011
Wenig süßer und voller Malzantrunk. Dies wird sofort milder und wird etwas hefig. Das Bier wandelt sich nun nicht mehr sondern verharrt weitestgehend auf dieser Stufe. Wenig interessant, malzig-trocken, trinkbar. Danke an den Doppelbock für das Bier. 9/9/9/9/10/9

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