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 (2771) - 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
thornecb (4738) - Marblehead, Massachusetts, USA - JAN 28, 2008
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours black into a Trappist glass. Mocha head recedes to hug rim. Sour chocolate aromas. Crisp with upfront caramel and chocolate and a lasting hoppy espresso finish.
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 didn’t 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 I’m not missing the stout qualities I had thought were going to be present. Rich soft body pulls everything together. Considering Allagash didn’t 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 (8496) - 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 (4420) - 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 (1088) - 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 didn’t catch any alcohol at all and that makes this a dangerously drinkable brew.