ClarkVV (3891) - 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!
JK (4350) - St. Louis Park, Minnesota, USA - JUL 2, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Purchased at Allagash. 12 oz bottle.well roasted grains giving a little coffee flavor. Dry malt amd some chocolate. Nothing particularly Belgian about it, aside from the yeast I suppose. Good.
reberiii (302) - Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 1, 2014
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Aromatic chocolate and dark fruit. Touch of licorice. Mostly opaque. More licorice and chocolate on the front of the tongue, light clinging sweetness in the finish. Touch of hops and spice at the end.
beertholomeus (671) - California, USA - JUN 30, 2014
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours black with a tan head. Chocolate, roasted malt, licorice, coffee, caramel and hop aroma. Chocolate, roasted malt, caramel, licorice, soy sauce and slight yeast flavors. Medium full body and a creamy mouthfeel. Chocolate and roasted malt finish.
jacoblsmith (3) - New York, USA - JUN 24, 2014 does not count
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
My absolute favorite stout, hands down. I was first introduced to this beer by a bartender in Chicago, and this is beer is the reason I love Allagash. It’s not perfect, but damn it’s good.
Busick (355) - South Carolina, USA - JUN 20, 2014
2.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
A ’staple’ when I was first introduced to the craft beer industry, but now that the boom has landed, this beer and others from its brewery tend to get lost in the mix.
penguinfinity (103) - North Carolina, USA - JUN 17, 2014
3.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Bottle. Mildly sweet aroma. Pours dark brown. Taste is slightly bitter, hard to place. Solid stout but I’m not a fan of this one.
Bule (690) - California, USA - JUN 15, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
12oz bottle at Kin. Pours a dark brown color without much head. Mild sweetness and some caramel.
Zymurgeist2 (941) - Redwood City, California, USA - JUN 15, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
From bomber to glass. Aromas of moderate biscuit and moderate low chocolate. Slight sweet candi as it warmed. Clear and deep brown with a tan head. Taste is chocolate and toast with very slight roast. Moderate low bitterness. Finishes medium dry.
crhensel (135) - New Jersey, USA - JUN 15, 2014
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. Pours pitch black with no head. Aroma is slightly fruity with roasted malts. Flavor is very rich with light chocolate coffee notes. Thick but refreshing and definitely a great sipper.
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Jorn69 (771) - Ängelholm, SWEDEN - JUN 14, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
@ Havregatan. Bottle from Kihoskh, Copenhagen (61 DKK). Fruity with roasted malts, sweet, spicy and yeasty notes, medium body and oily texture. The finish is dry with roasted notes.