IMtheOptimator (1162) - Bethel, Connecticut, USA - JAN 27, 2008
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Poured dark brown with an off-white head. Aroma of coriander, dark wine grapes, some orange peel and perhaps a bit of toffee. I didnít detect much of the roastiness one would expect from a "stout". Flavor follows with notes of spiciness of cinnamon, coriander, and nutmeg with a bit of alcohol dryness. If I were to close my eyes, this would strike me simply as a strong dark Belgian ale. However, I must confess that Iím not missing the stout qualities I had thought were going to be present. Rich soft body pulls everything together. Considering Allagash didnít really have much in the way of "dark" offerings before, I hope they keep this one on as a nice compliment to their lineup.
heylrule (46) - Frederick, Maryland, USA - JAN 27, 2008
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
poured almost black. decent taste of roasted malts, not as sweet as i though it would be from the smell. drank well, slight smokey taste at the end.
3fourths (8481) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - JAN 27, 2008
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Dark brown body with light at the edges, and a light tan head. Pale and soft nose of cream, chocolate malt, and light roast, with a mild, pasty flavor of milky roasted malt and soft, pallid, lightly sweetened cocoa. A different kind of stout, for sure, but nothing in there that does much for me.
muzzlehatch (4422) - Burlington, Vermont, USA - JAN 26, 2008
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
750 ml bottle from City Market in Burlington, VT (January 2008) served at cellar temperature from a Maudite glass. Smooth light tan medium-bubbled head fills over half the glass above the totally opaque ebody liquid dies fairly rapidly leaving little residue....light chocolaty, licorice-accented aroma, moderately roasty but mostly sweet, bready yeast character takes a little while to come out but adds some interest when it arrives....the body is at first sweet and lightly toasty, with full-on espresso bitterness arriving shortly, deeply and richly chocolaty with just a hint of dark grapes, rather burnt and perhaps a touch smoky at the finish....beautiful, typically Allagash silky mouthfeel despite the quite high carbonation, very light on the tongue given the potent flavor profile....excellent; were the nose more expressive it could be genius.
Hangover (1087) - Atlanta, Alabama, USA - JAN 26, 2008
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Deep brown color, slighly opaque around the edges and a nice, creamy tan head that lasts. Roasty and coffee aroma. Velvety mouthfeel and perfect carbonation. Flavor is predominantly roasted malt, but there is also some coffee, milk chocolate, and floral hops towards the finish. Finish is bitter, long and with lingering roasted malt notes. I didnít catch any alcohol at all and that makes this a dangerously drinkable brew.
Cletus (6354) - Connecticut, USA - JAN 25, 2008
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle provided by IMtheOptimator. Pours dark brown with a tan head. Smells of bananas, coriander, cinnamon, lots of spiciness. Tastes of lemons, pepper, lots of sweet malty undertones. Not a stout by any stretch of the imagination but very enjoyable.
golubj (1377) - San Mateo, California, USA - JAN 25, 2008
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Cask at the Blind Tiger. Black with a reddish hint, not thick looking though, with a thin film on top. Aroma is burnt wood, roasted malt, maybe a little coffee / chocolate. The flavor shows more sweet chocolate, burnt malt, and burnt coffee in the finish. Palate is nice but a little watery. Distinct brew.
puzzl (3254) - New York, New York, USA - JAN 24, 2008
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Cask at Blind Tiger. Coffee and roasty aroma, hearty and cheesy, much bread and belgian yeasts. Dirty, muggy, foggy flavor, old coffee, with an oddly hoppy and paint thinner finish. Really, the finish is the only real flaw in this beer. It is supremely drinkable, especially on cask, and I finished the mug in 4 large sips. Very unique and different. I enjoyed this a good bit.
JoeMcPhee (8819) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 24, 2008
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Cask at Blind Tiger. Deep black beer with a creamy light brown head. Very soft carbonation (I suspect this is completely unlike the bottle, FWIW). Aroma is fairly chocolatey initially with some fruity plums, raisins and a prominent yeasty character. Spicy with a bit of herbal flavour, light coffeeish character as well. Fairly vineous with a grapey sweetness, clove and a hint of cocoaish flavour. Raisiny sweetness on the back before a soft roastiness before a lovely yeasty spiciness. Fairly rich with a hint of raisiny sweetness, light licorice toastiness. Quite a lovely brew.
MaxxDaddy (413) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - JAN 24, 2008
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Cask at Blind Tiger. Pours black with a moderate amount of off-white head. I can smell the beer just from holding it regularly. Lots of roasted malts and coffee. The atse starts off pretty well with roasted malts being the key player, but for whatever reason, it all just falls apart from there. Iím not even sure how to describe it. I think the coffee managed to get burnt while on my tongue. The palate was slightly watery and the finish brought the burnt coffee again. Sadly, letting this beer sit for a bit didnít help it much. I should probably give this another try out of the bottle, though I wonít be paying for it.