ClarkVV (4216) - 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!
e303 (240) - - JUL 28, 2015
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Great every day stout. Aroma like a chocolate covered espresso bean. Taste like a super smooth roasty oat forward stout. Well balanced. Great beer.
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone
maxifunk777 (27) - California, USA - JUL 16, 2015
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
For those who don’t like an overly aggressive stout this the stout for you. ABV is not overpowering makes for a good year round stout. I would buy this again not on my top of the list beers but for sure an easy go to beer.
plaugher (264) - Nova Scotia, CANADA - JUL 12, 2015
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
750ml bottle into English pint. Pours a deep, dark brown, minimal head, moderate carbonation. Bready nose with Belgian yeast, dark fruits, and a bit of dark chocolate. Rich and roasty. Full-bodied, slightly smoky-dry finish.
Ktwse (2801) - SWEDEN - JUL 9, 2015
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours clear deep dark brown with low light tan head. Aroma of coffee, chocolate, raisins, brown sugar, very light citrus fruit notes. Taste is sweet and rich with Christmas spices, carnations and cardamom. Body is light to medium with soft carbonation.
DarbyCrash74 (2) - - JUN 24, 2015 does not count
4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Such a good beer. I got it in the 750 ml bottle. The 2 Row barley, torrified wheat and oats give is a silkey mouthfeel. The roasted and chocolate malt and the generous portion of dark caramelized candi sugar contribute to the apperance and aroma, and the Belgian yeast combines it all to such a great palate.
I will be getting this one again..
Martinus (3711) - Baarle-Nassau, NETHERLANDS - JUN 10, 2015
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Clear dark brown black colour, off-white head. Aroma of roasted malts, spices, cherries, light vanilla. Light sweet caramel flavour, light cacao, yeast, hint bitterness. Bit thin. Finish cacao, yeast, caramel.
(from 355mL bottle @ home)
smiley31 (9) - East Aurora, New York, USA - JUN 5, 2015 does not count
3.1 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
As Belgian style stouts go, this is a very well balanced beer. It is a very smooth drink that avoids any type of hoppy finish. If I came came across this at a bar I would for sure order 2 or 3 :-)
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone
jb (2511) - Rochester, New York, USA - MAY 21, 2015
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
On tap at MacGregor’s Greece. Dark pour with minimal head. Nose is standard - dominated by roasted/toasted malt, a touch of chocolate. Mouthfeel starts oily and sweet then turns dry and grainy as it is held in the mouth. Interesting, I liked it. Chocolate malt taste in the palate.
Belgrave (30) - Truro, Nova Scotia, CANADA - MAY 11, 2015
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours black with low tan head. Aroma of earthy, coffee and basement aromas. Tastes of roasted malt, sweetness and coffee. Full bodied. Good balance.
tsd08460 (225) - Marshall, Virginia, USA - MAY 10, 2015
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Aroma: basement aromas, earthy, coffee
Appearance: brown-black, clear, tan head
Taste: medium sweetness, lightly bitter, coffee
Palate: full body, creamy, soft carbonation, long finish,