Bartzilla (515) - San Diego, California, USA - MAR 9, 2008
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle @ Liar’s Club, shared with various personnel. Thick, dark but surprisingly refreshing. But perhaps that was the dozen or so strong ales I had before that talking. Still, a fine stout. It’s exactly what you would expect from Allagash.
ChainGangGuy (4231) - Marietta, Georgia, USA - MAR 9, 2008
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: AUG 13, 2008 Appearance: Pours a black body with an immense, frothy beige head.
Smell: Aroma saturated with the scent of Belgian yeast and roastiness and containing notes of mentholyptus, burnt wood, cocoa powder, and the juice of one lemon.
Taste: Bittersweet chocolate, dark caramel, and a dash of cola start things off with a restrained, rather brief sweetness. A pop of lemony acidity. Tastes of coffee, half a Halls Menthol cough drop, and a few chunks of smokey fire-charred wood follow. Medium bitterness. Plenty of yeast. Very dry finish leaves you with a lingering roasty, bitter herb aftertaste.
Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Moderate carbonation. Slight creaminess to the mouthfeel.
Drinkability: A decent Belgian-minded stout from the folks at Allagash, though I didn’t care for that herbal, mentholyptus-esque taste and aroma I kept running into even if it cured me off my nagging cough.
BorksBabe (85) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - MAR 8, 2008
4.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 20/20
Aroma is of malt and slight hops. A little mollasses and oats. Full and silky on the plate, the flavor is reminiscent of coffee with yeast. I love it!
nick76 (4126) - Tampa, Florida, USA - MAR 8, 2008
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 10/20
The aroma is almost salty with chocolate, coffee and toasted malt. The appearance is dark brown with a nice large head. The flavor is like the aroma and bitter. The palate is smooth. Overall interesting but not great.
goldtwins (4320) - Nesconset, New York, USA - MAR 8, 2008
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Tap @ Barcade. Poured black with a creamy beige head. Mild roasty aroma with light notes of chocolate. Roasted malt flavor with again light chocolate. A fair amount of bitterness on the finish. Creamy mouthfeel with a medium body.
UselessGdTaste (365) - Long Beach, California, USA - MAR 8, 2008
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pretty darn good. Had this on tap, wished it could have been in the bottle about 6 months from now. I think a bit of age could have really made this even better. Chocolate, coffee, etc. Long story short, it’s darn good and deserves to be tried.
sloth (2340) - Ceciltucky, Co., Maryland, USA - MAR 8, 2008
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Large light tan head, excellent retention, ends up rocky, abundent with a patchy lace. Black bodied with a ruby glow when held to the light. Nose of cocoa and roast and some dark fruits, plum some raisin and maybe a hint of vanilla. Body is medium, Euro Stout carbonation, softly spritzy and nicely oily, surprisingly refreshing. Gourmet chocolate flavors, bittersweet chocolate, cocoa, hidden coffee notes peeking out along with some spent grains. Dark fruits, light raisins and some black cherry notes as well. Finish is almost dry with clean roast and chocolate notes. A Stout with alot of finesse that puts many an Impy to shame. Though i dont see it as being an ageable type brew. Well done Allagash!
jstraw (1837) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 5, 2008
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: DEC 9, 2008 In bomber at Jerry’s. Black with good, creamy brown head / Sour malt and apple nose / Medium, effervescent body with very good, moderately creamy, bitter finish / Flavors of apple, bittersweet chocolate, banana, and nuts / Elegant.
Stine (1441) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - MAR 5, 2008
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Sienna brown with a ruby glow around the rim; a firm head of tanned white. Aroma is quiet, but complex, mostly of baker’s chocolate, banana, and hazelnut; a lovely, strange sweetness of red bell pepper and citrus zest underneath. Taste is velvety and soft with black licorice, caramel, espresso and lingonberries; hints of candied almonds and cherries. A second series of flavors is juicy, meaty, and acidic; roast beef, lemon juice, and maple. Palate is somewhat sandy and cola-like at first, but slowly relaxes into a more caressing texture of chilled red wine; medium in body. Finishes with raspberry jam and honey; lengthy, wet and warm. The initial impression is one of acrid mineral and nutty bitterness; mid palate is the highlight with a rich, intricate, and perfect balance of malt and yeast. Sweetness prevails a bit too easily in the end. Like many of Allagash’s products, this recalls but doesn’t live up to the greatness of its Belgian inspiration, which in this case as in others is probably De Dolle; still this is altogether a fine offering and an impressively delicate and generous representation of this difficult style. Thanks Jason!
corby112 (2214) - philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 4, 2008
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a dark black color with a foamy beige head. Aroma of roasted malt, chocolate, toast, coffee and toffee. Full bodied and smooth with loads of roasted malts, chocolate, coffee and sugar cane. Dry bitter finish.