thenick (766) - North Bellmore, New York, USA - MAY 1, 2008
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Tap @ Blind Tiger. Pours a deep brown to almost black with a lacy white head. Aroma is roasted malt and that unmistakable Belgian yeast characteristic. Taste is a wonderful experience of light roasted malt, chocolate, coffee, and Belgian yeast, remaining smooth throughout. Finish is crisp and the alcohol isn’t noticeable in the least. Very enjoyable experience, and another hit from our boys in Maine.
Tmoney99 (10660) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - MAY 1, 2008
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle from River’s Bend. Poured a black color with an average frothy off-white head that lasted and produced good lacing. Good roasted malt aroma. Medium to full body with a smooth texture. Complex roasted stout flavor with a medium bittersweet smooth finish of moderate to long duration. Very well balanced standout beer.
smith4498 (3025) - Miami, Florida, USA - APR 30, 2008
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours dark brown/black with tan head. Aroma of burnt malts and some smokiness. Flavor is sweet roasted malts. Mouthfeel is a bit thin, more like a porter than a stout. Still, it is a very well made beer that is very tasty.
DukeBrewDevil (732) - Chapel Hill, North Carolina, USA - APR 29, 2008
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bomber. Near black color, big foamy head. Nuts and coffee on the nose and flavor. Very burnt and roasty flavored, both in a good way. Some more bread flavors than typical of a stout. Really enjoyable beer that’s quite easy to drink. Interesting and would go wonderfully with heavy food.
mvcramer (243) - Lexington, Massachusetts, USA - APR 28, 2008
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Spectacular brew and a magnificent take on a very unique twist of a classic style. I love what the brewers at Allagash do. There’s no challenge that they won’t take a whack at.
This one is a gorgeous deep brown (dare I say "almost" black?) with a rich foamy head. Aroma is mild coffee and strong roasted notes. Just a hint of chocolate. Rolls smoothly across your palate with the same burnt notes and roasty goodness. Not quite as bitter as some of your other stouts out there. Delicious. Pairs very well with a blackened piece of beef.
Schroppfy (2360) - Łódż, Warsaw, Poland; Michigan, Ohio, USA - APR 27, 2008
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
Nicely bittered, with just an acidic touch reminiscent of coffee. Underlying soft, sugary sweetness. Aroma of wood, baked bread and a little burned oatmeal. Alcohol apparent in the nose, but not the flavor. Goes down very easy, but at the moment the beer (in Expedition snifter) is still too cold; about 53-54 deg, but not warm enough yet. A little thin. Nice lookin’; a little lighter brown than expected.
Someone mentioned milk stout, and there is definitely a lingering lactic component to the flavor...
JFURYCAT (1079) - East Stroudsburg, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 26, 2008
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap at River Street Ale House in Pittston and listed on menu as Allagash Brun (retired beer). Nice initial sweetness somewhat supported by its yeasty character and bitter quotient but quite flavorful in the end. I wasn’t screaming for a repeat but it was pleasant to drink nevertheless. I didn’t really detect too many chocolate or coffee tones but am biased by what I drank before this one.
HopheadHans (804) - Bay Area, California, USA - APR 26, 2008
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: MAY 19, 2008 Tap. Pours black with a smallish head. Aromas of some bread, coffee and some cloves. Flavors of dough, yeast and coffee and dark fruit, in additopn there is some smokiness. Reminds me a bit of a milk stout. I think the body is too thin though, this flaw makes an otherwise outstanding beer only good.
kenb (1102) - Oregon, USA - APR 22, 2008
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
750ml bottle via Mys Wap 3.0 (thanks to whoever sent!). Nose is sweet with belgian yeast. Taste starts with the sweet candy, cloves, bananas, then some roastiness. Body is light, carbonation is light/medium. The candy and burnt grains do not blend real well, leaving this a nice attempt but in the end a beer that seems confused and unsure of itself.
georgekappus (296) - Brookfield, Connecticut, USA - APR 21, 2008
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. Pours black with a thick chocolate colored head. Aroma was thick, roasted malt, and tobacco. Taste was sweet, roasted malt, tobacco flavored smokiness with a tinge of a copperiness. Thick and hardy on the palate. An excellent brew.