VikingHammer (506) - Lynnfield, Massachusetts, USA - JAN 3, 2008
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours black with a big creamy head. Sweet malt aroma with some coffee. Big roasted flavor with hints of pine. Lot of carbonation for a stout. Not my favorite Allagash beer.
notalush (4859) - Denver, Colorado, USA - JAN 1, 2008
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
750ml bottle - dark brown, fizzy, cola-looking beer, with just a small ring of foam on top - lightly roasty aroma, with ambiguous belgian fruitiness, slight lactose sweetness, bitter coffee and dark chocolate - some cream sweetness and roasted malts up front make it taste more like a milk stout than anything else - strong coffee bitterness rides the roasted flavor across the palate - very light dark fruit sweetness and background yeastiness are the only belgian aspects - bittersweet chocolate arrives late, along with an interesting lavender/wildflower character that makes things a bit more interesting - mostly bitter and roasty, with a few underlying elements to keep it from being boring - decent, but below their usual standards.
ScoWRee (381) - Perkiomen, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 29, 2007
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a very dark brown, almost black, with a huge tan foamy head. Aroma is roasty, chocolate almost a burnt smell. Taste is very silky, coffee, bitter sweet chocolate.This is a very intresting brew.
TheBeerGod (5254) - Newport News, Virginia, USA - DEC 26, 2007
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle - 750 mL corked and caged. Opaque black pour with deep brown around the edges. Nose is coffee with dark chocolate. Taste is more coffee, big roasted malts, dark chocolate and sweet malts. Light dark fruit notes. Perhaps like a chocolate covered fruit. Itís there but itís more of a underground flavor. Body is chewy and medium-full with a strong carbonation feel. Feels heavier and thicker than it is. Finishes with more roasted malts, coffee, dark chocolate and sweet malts. Very candyish at times but then very bitter. Here there also seems to be more dark fruit notes but they are still ever so slight. Again the chocolate covered fruit comes to mind. At times I get slight melon notes during the finish. Nice beer, nonetheless.
Kinz (3293) - Glen Allen, Virginia, USA - DEC 25, 2007
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a brown tinted black, decent head fades away entirely. Aroma is coffee, a bit of chocolate liquor, and a tangy Belgian yeast note that brings to mind some other Allagash beers. Alcohol clearly present. Rather light on the palate, the initial flavor is a bit of chocolate and a whole bunch of dark fruit. Bit of anise as well. This changes significantly as it warms, going from initial chocolate and hint of coffee into a fruity, yeasty, clearly Belgian influenced brew. Interesting. Hopefully the alcohol will integrate a touch better as it ages, as it was a touch disjointed in my opinion. But still rather unique and enjoyable in its take on the style.
CamdenD (1094) - Madrid, SPAIN - DEC 24, 2007
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Not as impressive as I wanted it to be. Allagash makes many fine fine ales, this is just not one the best. Cloying candied nose that works well as a stout-smell, reminiscent of nothing, and thatís a nice thing. However, the taste is simple, despite a long aftertaste that overcoats the tongue and tonsils. Unique and should be tried by many however, and yet another example as to why Allagash is one of the most exciting breweries in the US, not just the east cost.
rocbyter (1898) - Waterbury, Connecticut, USA - DEC 22, 2007
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Strong coffee aroma with a less amount of chocolate. Dark amber color with a medium brown head. Smooth but strong roasted barley flavor that mellows moderately in the finish. Creamy palate.
Immy (1955) - Virginia Beach, USA - DEC 18, 2007
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
C&C 750. Aptly named - very black with a thick and foamy light brown head. Sweet nose, lots of chocolate and coffee, plus a light yeasty note. Lots of sweet coffee goodness in the flavor, roasty malt, bittersweet chocolate and light anise. Medium body. Roasty malt finish, lightly bitter and somewhat dry. Nice!
LooseCannon (938) - Norfolk, Virginia, USA - DEC 18, 2007
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
750ml bottle. Pours black in color with full foamy brown head. Aroma is sweet, roasted coffee and chocolate. Taste of coffee, chocolate and roasted malt with bitter and dry after taste. The alcohol is well hidden but you will feel it.