Beershine (5218) - The Sunshine State, Florida, USA - JUN 21, 2008
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Opaque black-brown with fizzy looking head. Rich roasted malt nose. Chocolate, rasin. Cocoa, unsweetened, slight chalkiness. Robust malt character. Thin in a nice quaffable way, a little bit fizzy though. Coffee, chocolate throughout. Decent finish, nice beer.
Heathen (1500) - Wilmington, Delaware, USA - JUN 19, 2008
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
THOUGHTS: Maybe not the best foreign stout, but a very interesting beer. A little lacking in aroma. That Allagash yeasty smell seemed to dominate. But the aroma and flavor improved the warmer it got. This seemed more Belgian than foreign stout. This is one of those hybrid beers that should really have its own category if anyone else can ever make something like this.
TECHNICAL: Bottle. Poured a dark brown that was nearly black in the glass with light reddish highlights and a small to average, off white head that mostly diminished and left fair lacing that ran back into the glass quickly. The aroma was complex, but dominated by alcohol and yeast. The rest of the aromas were underlying. They were moderate chocolate syrup, cocoa powder, mild coffee as it warmed, mod yeast, raisin, plum, prune, port wine, some spices, maybe some cherry and a surprising amount of alcohol for the ABV. The initial flavor was lightly to moderately sweet and lightly acidic and bitter; while the finish was moderately to heavily sweet and bitter, and lightly acidic, and just a little sour right at the end with an average duration. The flavor was sort of a mix of chocolate and dark fruit with some alcohol then burnt and very bitter chocolate malt flavor took over, with just a hint of the fruit lasting. It was so bitter it was sort of metallic. Hints of coffee at the end. The medium body was kind of silky with fizzy carbonation and a slightly chalky finish.
RollinHard (1024) - Fort Worth, Texas, USA - JUN 17, 2008
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Thanks to TheRealBastard for this nice bonus beer. Pours dark brown/black with a fluffy khaki colored head that lasts a long time. Aroma is quite nutty with some butterscotch, raspberry, toast, chocolate, espresso, licorice...this reallly offers a lot on the nose, especially as it warms a bit. Flavor shows a bit more roast and coffee, caramel sweetness, a little licorice, charred wood, and some pleasant "Belgian yeast" style dried fruit. Finishes with a lingering brown sugar sweet taste, coffee bitterness and burnt toast. Vague fruit flavor too. High carbonation, but never irritatingly so, medium bodied and definitely easy to drink. It seems unfair to call this watery; I think it’s about where a 7.5% Belgian beer should be. I think this beer is a LOT better on the warmer side. Otherwise, the flavor is just stark burnt roast. Good beer, but the aroma is the best thing about it.
jazz88 (2576) - San Francisco, California, USA - JUN 15, 2008
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. Thanks to Thaddeus. A dark black color with a big foamy tan head. Tangy with a nice light carbonated feel. Chocolate and candy sugars join in for a smooth finish.
jcwattsrugger (11310) - Florida and, New Jersey, USA - JUN 14, 2008
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: MAY 1, 2010 @Ginger Man-on tap-pours a rich retaining light tan head and dark brown color with red tint. Aroma is dark malt-licorice/chocolate/anise, roasty. Taste is dark malt-coffee/licorice/chocolate/anise, roasty, some astringency. Not my style.
Have had 2 or 3 more times and enjoyed, without astringency. 3.5
dyetube (1230) - McKinney, Texas, USA - JUN 12, 2008
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
DFW Tasting 6/8/08 Thanks to Bu11zeye for sharing! I like the irish stouts so this one was not as good as those, but it was good. The aroma and flavor were the same, light chocolate and coffee with a lot more emphasis on the coffee.
travita (4221) - Frisco, Texas, USA - JUN 11, 2008
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Dark brown to black and clearish with an off white head. Smell is belgian, but malty, roasty, and yeast at the same time. Taste is the same as the smell. Decent.
Dorwart (2408) - Robbinsville, New Jersey, USA - JUN 9, 2008
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Strong tan head of fine bubbles. Reducs to a thick sticky sheet of lacing and a rocky topped head. Roasdted grains, chocolate, crusty bread and some oatmeal. Color is a very dark brownish black. Good helping of roasted grains again, dark chocolate, a hint of raisin and some late smoke. Decent biterness with a light hops presence. Finishes creamy and a bit astringent. Very easy drinking. A damn good brew from Allagash.
beerinmarch (2830) - Washington, USA - JUN 9, 2008
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
On tap at Belmont Station in Portland. Pours very dark brown with a soft khaki head. Earthy roasted malt nose, bakers chocolate and a soft oak and clove note. More of a stout then well anything Belgian style, although the palate was lighter, almost airy which i’ll admit doesn’t fit the stout characteristics well for me. It was a good brew, but when I get roastiness I like a little more body behind it, maybe it helps keep the flavor around for me or something. This felt like more of a quick roasty tease then the higher carbonated and dried out palate flushes that away.
hotstuff (4341) - Indiana, USA - JUN 8, 2008
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle at stout tasting at bdigi66. Poured a small tan head that was mostly lasting, opaque, no visible carbonation, and very little lacing. The aroma consisted of roasted malts, some hops, sugary, some coffee, and a hint of chocolate. The flavor was malt, sugar, chocolate, some coffee, thin, and watery. Smooth, watery and thin mouthfeel and light-medium bodied. Quaffable, but somewhat on the thin side; however, tasty nonetheless. Worthy of a try if it comes your way.