GirlyBeer (190) - Old Orchard Beach, Maine, USA - FEB 7, 2008
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Slight coffee and chocolate flavor, more so than most domestic stouts. I didn’t find the aroma, palate, or appearance to be anything more than what you would expect for a stout. This beer didn’t blow me away, like some stouts can. Don’t get me wrong, this beer wasn’t bad, it just wasn’t anything above average.
BeerandBlues2 (10774) - San Diego, California, USA - FEB 6, 2008
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
750 mL bottle received via trade with eaglefan538. Pours black with a large, creamy and frothy light brown head, lasting with good lacing. Aroma is heavy malt (caramel, chocolate, coffee, nutty), light hops (grass), average yeast (dough, leather) with notes of smoke and prunes. Medium bodied, sticky texture, lively carbonation, and a bitter finish. Long duration, light sweetness, acidity, and bitterness.
michael-pollack (4960) - King of Prussia, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 5, 2008
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
750ml Bottle: Aroma of yeast, roasted malts, piney hops, and a bit of spice. Poured very dark brown in color with a large, foamy, brown head that lasted throughout. Clear. Not sparkling. Lightly sweet, medium bitter flavor. Tastes of yeast, chocolate, roasted malts, cream, spices, and sweet malts. Medium body. Chalky texture. Lively carbonation. Sweet, roasty, yeasty finish.
pineypower (2733) - Pine Barrens, New Jersey, USA - FEB 4, 2008
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours out black with a moderate off white thin head. Aroma is of some chocolate, roasted malt, slight fruit and some earthyness. Taste is complex, roasted malt, some chocolate, slight coffee, dried fruit and some spicy/yeast notes on the finish. Once again a good offering from Allagash.
egajdzis (5573) - Pennsburg, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 3, 2008
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Poured an opaque black color with a medium sized, tan head that left nice lacing on the glass. Aroma of roasted malts, coffee, vanilla, smoke, and burnt wood. Taste of chocolate, roasted malt, smoke, yeast, and coffee, light vanilla, and a dry finish.
Maverick34 (2581) - New York, USA - FEB 2, 2008
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottled. Dark, dark brown to black w/medium tannish head. Tastes and aromas are malts, coffee, chocs. Surprisingly light, and pretty drinkable.
PilsnerPeter (3029) - Flushing, New York, USA - FEB 1, 2008
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle thanks to Dickinsonbeer: Dark brown pour with tan head. Nice roasty aroma with a surprisingly yeasty character, along with coffee and roast. Creamy texture with a hint of sweetness from the chocolate and a nice balance from the coffee like resins. A decent, balanced Foreign Stout.
yobdoog (1888) - Kingston, New York, USA - JAN 30, 2008
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Thanks dickinsonbeer for sharing. At first it was very nice stout roasty flavor then the belgain aspect comes through nicely. Very nice body and yeasty sweet characters round out the moderate spices. Simple and complex all at once.
k4df4l (154) - DTown, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 29, 2008
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle - Pours black, lively carbonation and a light skim of mocha colored foamy bubbles. The light foam hangs in through the bottom of the glass. Aroma is light cocoa & malt, slightly yeasty and spicy. Flavor is rather subtle roast/chocolate, yeasty spice and a very faint sour tang. Nice balance between body and the finish.
beastiefan2k (2830) - Emerald City (formely NYC & KS), Washington, USA - JAN 28, 2008
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: JUL 30, 2009 I think this was from Dickinsonbeer and was shared at JoeMcPhee’s gathering,. Black bodied of course, with a small tan head. It seems like the airiness that the Belgian yeast created gets in the way of the other aspects of the beer that otherwise would add nicely to the beer. These elements would be light chocolate and roast and some faint mineral and smoke. Taste is similarly light on everything, its just all too understated. 7/3/7/3/14
A more civilized rating here. Batch 8 poured into a Hobgoblin tulip. Its not all that black actually, more like really thick and dark brown. Tan head is still there though. This is a weird beer, its got lots of elements but in general they just don’t work for me. And I actually forgot I rated this before and had the numbers in my head before I logged on here. And apparently they are the same but for different reasons. There is a salty characteristic that I do not like here. It goes in hand with a light smoke, and while I love smoke this isn’t rauch but maybe just the roast malts. Its weird for me. In the aroma I also get some hops I do not like, not IPA/IIPA strength but stronger than I would like, an not in the traditional vain. Flavor is that salty meat smoke thang that I am not all that happy about. There is the roast and chocolate, yada, yada, yada that stouts have but that is not what makes the beer. The beer isn’t bad and it aims high (which is what makes Allagash so interesting) but it misses and in general becomes an average brew. Above average for a beer but as far as ratings go its average. The other thing though is the Belgian characteristic is gone, don’t getting anything in that area at all. 7/3/7/14