bpowers (24) - USA - MAR 23, 2008
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
750 ml bottle. Poured a thick deep black with a 1 finger tan head. Nice aroma of roasted malts, notes of toffee, coffee, vanilla cream, caramelized sugar and oats. Palate is silky silky smooth with an average dose of carbonation. Feels really nice on the mouth, smooth w/o being very heavy and syrupy. Taste is nice but not very assertive. Its really a mild beer but that goes along with the soft mouth feel I think. Taste is of roasted malts and oats. Finishes with a creamy caramel taste and some of the toffee/coffee notes. Nice and mild. Not sure where the heavy price tag comes from but itís a good interesting stout.
railcat1 (676) - Hammond, Indiana, USA - MAR 22, 2008
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
They said this was a Belgian style stout and it was ,dark black and nice lacing but it was thin in the body,had this courtesy of SoLaN at his store and it was a nice gesture,it had the Belgian silky feel with hints of chocolate and malts,i would drink again by its self before i drink anything heavy like i did today ,had a DL07 before so i was a little spoiled already.CHEERS!
WISEGUY572 (1372) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 22, 2008
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Nose of a chocolate soda with a touch of vanilla ice cream. Almost black, slight reddish notes, medium colored foamy brown head, vanishes with surprisingly little lace. Taste of chocolate and dark malts. Nice enough, easy drinking, but Iíll take a Storm King, a Beer Geek Breakfast, an Old Viscosity, a Speedway ... this is nothing special, and way over priced. First time Iíve complained about the price of an Allagash, ever.
redlem (1295) - Ohio, USA - MAR 22, 2008
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
Poured a dark brown, opaque, with a medium off-white head, non-lasting. A sweet yeast with coffee aroma. Taste is of bitter chocolate, yeast, but the aftertaste is too sweet for me. Not bad but not memorable either.
DrBayern (1139) - Morehead City, North Carolina, USA - MAR 21, 2008
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
22 oz. bottle on 3/21/2008. Brown/black with mahogany highlights under a smallish light tan head with slippery sheets of lace. Burnt coffee, dark chocolate, molasses, and dark roasted malt aromas. Quite effervescent with a full mouthfeel, somewhat astringent, leaves a dry palate. Dark roasted malt flavors dominate, the bitterness subjugating the slight treacle sweetness to a minor role. Solid, but not anything that makes it unique or particularly special.
JCB (3999) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - MAR 21, 2008
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: JUN 14, 2012 Kind of odd to see something so dark coming out of an Allagash bottle! Very nice substantial pour; you can tell itís got a robust body just looking at it, obviously thick in consistency and with a nice tan head. Pretty complex aroma, roasted malts apparent initially but then some mildly yeasty notes in there, like dried apricots or dates along with molasses. The taste isnít quite as complex as the nose, somehow, and it comes across as a big, creamy foreign stout rather than a hybrid Belgian stout. Still, though itís too pricy for the payoff, itís enjoyable for sure.
trokini (1025) - San Diego, California, USA - MAR 20, 2008
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours dark brown, almost black. Foamy, cascading brown head. Pleasant aroma of vanilla, anise, chocolate malt, oak, and a kind of yeasty funkiness. Watery mouthfeel in terms of a stout. Some roasted malt and chocolate, but no coffee, bittersweet chocolate, or smokiness. Instead, there is the fruity-yeasty tastes one would expect from a dubbel. Anise, molasses, and some prune flavors come out when it warms. I hate saying this, but an overall disappointment.
JPDIPSO (4956) - Wauwatosa, Wisconsin, USA - MAR 16, 2008
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Very dark brown with a moderate light tan head that settles to a lid and a full sheet of lace. Mildly sweet aroma, with sweet grapefruit, zest, dark candi, dark chocolate, mild roasted malt. Very dark chocolate flavors with hints of vanilla and licorice. Body is quite light, but seems right for this brew. Fairly acidic. Rather dry finish and the linger is offers some dark charred malt. Some coffee grounds come in and out of the flavors. An interesting brew. To me this is on the lighter/thinner side of a foreign stout.
fredandboboflo (1570) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 16, 2008
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: JUL 28, 2008 On tap at Ebenezerís. Iíll start off by saying that this is sort of an odd beer, especially to be produced in America. Roasty and toasty throughout, but I really didnít get too much in the way of chocolatey stoutiness nor Belgiany fruitiness. Itís not necessarily a problem that this beer doesnít seem to fall into any category, but I didnít find it to really create a nice niche for itself either. Mouthfeel also not strong in either the way of stout-solid or Belgian-silky. Again, overall I found it to be odd. (Not that I didnít enjoy it...) Further commentary posted 7/28/08...from bottle, rather heavy mouthfeel, nothing particularly interesting in the flavor, odd mesh of the bitterness and sweetness, no need to return.
gunsho (134) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - MAR 16, 2008
3.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
not so impressed here. nose lacks much, some coffee. notes of roasted barley, cocoa, malt. palate is biting at the end and relatively flat.
on tap @ the map room