joekinty (263) - rockledge, Florida, USA - FEB 18, 2008
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: JUN 2, 2008 very great wood flavor tried a two year old last night. i would love to have more
egajdzis (5365) - Spring Mount, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 18, 2006
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
[BCTC 06] Poured a hazy amber color with a small, off white head that left nice lacing on the glass. Aroma of dried fruits, vanilla, oak, caramel malts, light bourbon, and toffee. Taste of nuts, more caramel malts, tart dried fruits, vanilla, and a lightly bourboned finish.
Walt (2449) - Austin, Texas, USA - JUL 31, 2006
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pour is hazy brown with a thin off white head...smell is smokey and sweet with lots of caramel, vanilla, and molasses...lots of wood...taste is sweet and smokey...chewy mouthfeel...on of my favorites of the BCTC fest.
ruggedman (647) - Portland, Maine, USA - SEP 11, 2006
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pretty pumped when I found this on Tap at the Great Lost bear (i’ve been looking for this beer for a while). Great appley notes, very much reminded me of the regular four, but with that peaty whiskey flavor thrown in. There’s a lot going on here, it’s mildly sweet, very alcoholic tasting, but so enjoyable. Pretty much the perfect beer for sipping and slowly enjoying.
golubj (1377) - San Mateo, California, USA - DEC 1, 2007
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
Draft at the Blind Tiger. Brown pour with a slightly red hint, beige head. Lots of bourbon in the aroma, woody, with some dark fruit and sugar. The flavor is slightly sour / bitter from the oak. I feel like the barrel flavors provide a nice balance to the sweetness of the malt and sugars in this beer. Bourbon lingers in the finish. Good palate.
muzzlehatch (4424) - Burlington, Vermont, USA - FEB 15, 2006
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Sample at EBF 2006. Murky dark amber-orange with almost no head....raisins and currants are the dominant first scents wafting out, grapiness and oaky barrel character last throughout, light caramel-burnt notes as well...the body is quite luscious, sweet raisingy-vanilla, basically echoing the fragrance...carbonation is as noted before very low, though this works for me as this is quite candy-like and not meant in the least bit to be refreshing or I think drunk in quantity. A rare sipping beer, perhaps a little over-the-top in its whiskeyish component and no improvement on the original, but fascinating nonetheless.
Crosling (1863) - Loveland, Colorado, USA - NOV 14, 2005
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Hazy orange red color. Nose has a soft bourbon barrel character, with coconut and vanilla notes, which combines with the dark fruit notes of the original beer and smells balanced and nice. In the flavor, the bourbon character and the original beer balance quite well. It still remains very Belgian in character with juicy fruit flavors and the barrel injected some nice flavors as well. The best of the Allagash bourbon beers.
mkobes (2141) - paramus, New Jersey, USA - JUN 5, 2006
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap at The Belgian Room. Deep reddish copper in color with a nice tan head. Fruity and oaky aroma. Vanilla notes. Fruity and malty flavor. Oak notes. Bourbon. Medium bodied. Finish is oaky. Good.
alexanderj (3318) - Branson, Missouri, USA - FEB 17, 2008
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Sample at the EBF Night of the Barrels. Aroma of apple, yeast and bourbon; some wood as well. The flavor was really smooth and the alcohol was well hidden. After really liking the original version, the barrel aging added some different elements. Some good sweentess too.
Eyedrinkale (3213) - Astoria, New York, USA - JUN 4, 2006
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap at the Belgian Room. Reddish brown with a small but sturdy head. Taste is sour cherry abd apple before the smooth, wet wood kicks in. The warming abv is less noticeable as it warm. Too bad the wood takes away more than it adds. A nice find though.