ClarkVV (3892) - Allston, Massachusetts, USA - JAN 7, 2009
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
In the last half of 2007, the biere du jour seemed to be the Belgian stout (with most versions pushing the imperial status as far as gravity was concerned). Allagash cashed in towards the end of this trend and really capped things off with what I’d consider to be the best commercial example of the "style". So patience really paid off here. Having had samples of the bottle, cask and draught from batch 1 onwards, the beer began great and has remained functionally unchanged in its present incarnation. I found the bottle, with its penchant for evolving more quickly thanks to the more rapid bottle refermentation when compared to a keg, and its more spritzy carbonation (though this is hardly a "spritzily" carbonated beer), to be a bit more dry, and more focused in its dual display of sweet chocolate and dry, moderately bitter roast; though detracting little from the draught version, which is simply more of a hearty, chewier, slightly more sweet "foreign" stout, in the real sense of the style (which it only somewhat approximates). No, the bottle is certainly more a roasty American stout-meets-Belgian yeast. Light notes of vanilla, cocoa and chocolate syrup are found in all versions, with a medium-dry finish in all cases, as well. What I really applaud here is the restraint on the gravity/abv which allows for more focus on the malt and yeast and avoids any obtrusive alcohol sharpness/dryness/heat. The cask was delicious as well, achieving a chocolate fudge iced cream-like flavor and consistency, with fresh Belgian yeast softness on the finish and a creamy mouthfeel that turned it more towards the decadent. Bravo Allagash!
ordybill (82) - Douglasville, Georgia, USA - SEP 15, 2014
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
12 oz. bottle poured into a pint glass.
Aroma- Has a blend of coffee and maybe licorice (?), interesting combo
Appearance- Dark amber colored with a tannish small head
Taste- Strong well balanced coffee & malt mix
Palate- medium bodied with light carbonation
Overall- A great beer (I haven’t had a bad one from Allagash yet)
DurinsDraft (2) - North Carolina, USA - SEP 9, 2014 does not count
4.7 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
caramel, bread, chocolate, nuts, toast, roasty, amber, red, brown, black, medium sweetness, lightly bitter, lightly sour, umami, full body, creamy, thick feel, lively.
A stout that comes as close to perfect as you can get. The only thing stopping it is that it just doesn’t quite have the mouthfeel that a dark brew should, as if they held back giving it that motor oil feel. Do not be fooled though. This beer is top notch. Pair this with a good brat on a cold day.
Ron (2525) - Rochester, New York, USA - SEP 7, 2014
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
On tap at Poured brown, almost black, thick beige head and lots of lacing on the glass. Aroma was caramel, some chocolate and some yeast/grain and some spice. Very good tasting beer spices and malts are nicely balanced with coffee notes, quite enjoyable.
clueo (153) - Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 3, 2014
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours a nice root beer colored brown with a small head. The smell is chocolate and coffee and the taste carries through and finishes well. An incredibly drinkable Belgian style stout!
KyotoLefty (6449) - Kyoto, JAPAN - SEP 2, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle from BOTW. Black with a fine, low head. fragrant nose, Belgian yeast, spicy, coffee, wood, soy sauce, dark chocolate. Sweet and fruity up front, then dry and roasty. Very Belgian stout. Well burnt in the finish. Very complex. Not my personal favorite style, but this is very well done.
Metalchopz (2278) - Cantley, Quebec, CANADA - AUG 20, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Purchased at Shaw’s in Auburn, Maine. Pours a dark brown colour with a big frothy beige head, good retention and some lacing. Aromas of roasted malts, coffee, chocolate and candy yeast. Milder tasting but with a nice balance between bitterness, sweetness and roastiness. Goes down nicely.
Jrwhitney6 (308) - - AUG 18, 2014
3.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours a translucent brown (cola color). A bit of a funky nose - malt, cola, but overall somewhat unpleasant. Taste is pretty good, though - some chocolate, licorice. Somewhat light bodied. Maybe a little too much carbonation. Pretty good.
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GothGargoyle (1201) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - AUG 16, 2014
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Ruby black with a nice beige head. Aroma is brown sugar, dates, currants, Belgian candi sugar, honey, subtle hint of leather. Medium bodied, lightly sweet on the palate with a hint of balancing bitterness, slightly spicy finish. Taste is dates, raisins, dark candi sugar, caramel, hint of oak.
stevoj (2152) - Boise, Idaho, USA - JUL 16, 2014
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Awesome American stout. Light aroma of roast grains, and chocolate. Slick, oily mouth feel. Taste blends it all together, very mild coffee bitterness at the finish.
micronaut129 (241) - chalfontborotowntonbergville, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 15, 2014
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
This is a good beer pouring quite nearly black with ample head fading to just lingering around the edges with a smear in the middle. Good carbonation when held to a bright light.
A wiff of roasted malt can be smelled along with a hint of alcohol warming.
Tastes like a stoudt with roasted malt, sweet. Can also taste chocolate and coffee tones. Dry at finish, mouth puckering.
Smooth with a thick mouthfeel alcohol warming at the end that tickles the tongue and lips.
Over all this is a very drinkable beer. I wish I had another but I don’t.