hophead75 (2012) - Largo, Florida, USA - SEP 30, 2006
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
UPDATED: OCT 19, 2007 Although I seemed to enjoy this more at the beer advocate belgian beer fest 2006, in the bottle was not crazy about it. (2007 version) This is basically their tripel (which is one of my favorites of the style) completely overpowered by bourbon and oak. completely boozy, a train wreck packaged in a nice corked and caged bottle.
skippapotamus (29) - USA - SEP 21, 2006
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Sampled and then bought directly from the brewery. Golden brown to a loose white head, strong oak aroma that lends well to the taste as well. Thinner mouthfeel, lightly hopped just like their true belgian attempts, this was a nice twist to the line and very enjoyable.
nhorween (645) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - SEP 15, 2006
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle. Cloudy honey color with a soapy white head that doesnít last. Spicy, woody aroma, with lots of sweetness. Some citrus, vanilla notes, definite bourbon background, some fruit too (mangoes, bananas). I donít smell the alcohol. There is an underlying medicinal smell, which isnít all that good. Flavor is a bit confusing. Alcohol notes, woody, more bourbon, but leaves something to be desired. Flavor is almost metallic. Mouthfeel is oily but nicely carbonated... almost soapy. Not a great beer, definitely not worth what I paid for it, but interesting in its own right.
adrian910ss (2427) - philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 15, 2006
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Oct 2005 750 ml bottle. Pours a murky yellow brown color with a creamy white head. Aroma is all bourbon with a slight detection of alcohol and vanilla oak. Taste is very bourbony with hints of vanilla and oak wood. In my opinion this beer has been overdone. Too much bourbon in scent and taste.
kujo9 (1095) - North Ridgeville, Ohio, USA - SEP 15, 2006
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
750 ML bottle, Oct. 2004: Golden almost clear w/ a short lived thin white head. Peppery yeast is the first aroma that hits my nose, followed by some oaky wood and a light hint of alcohol (bourbon) with notes of vanilla. Light dried apricot and plum fruitiness & a hint of grainy malt. Overll dry and well balanced. A very faint touch of sweetness up front with some grainy malt, some sugary flavor, and mild peppery yeast. Some alcohol adds to the spicy character in the flavor. Hints of vanilla and woody bourbon in the aftertaste which is dry and lingering. Not very estery in the flavor but some hints of plum come in to the last bit of the aftertaste beyond the wood. Highly carbonated, medium body, with warming alcohol presence: a bit on the dry side. The aging has much mellowed the bourbon and oak notes. Iíve had this beer before, but it was later bottlings and seemed really raw when it was young. Some aging has done this beer wonders.
ruggedman (647) - Portland, Maine, USA - SEP 11, 2006
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
On tap at the Great Lost bear, I forget the exact date as itís not in my notes, but anyway here goes. Flavor is very hefty, drinks like a malt whiskey. The Jim Beam flavors lend themselves so well to this beer recipe. Dark caramel, woody, and peaty flavors. Didnít remind me of any triples Iíd had recently, in fact didnít taste much like their triple at all...reminded me more of a belgian strong ale. But regardless it is what it is, and this is a very interesting offshoot that any beer fan would love.
hotstuff (4408) - Indiana, USA - SEP 6, 2006
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Corked and caged 750ml. bottle. Bottling Feb. 2006. Poured a medium sized white fizzy head that almost diminished, decent amount of lacing, carbonation, hazy, and a pale yellow hue. Nose consisted of oak, bourbon, fruity, some caramel, apples and some honey. Very nice! Flavor was oak, bourbon, dry, woody, caramel, honey, and apples. Very tasty! Mouthfeel had a burning sensation in the throat and also a dry feeling. Medium-full body.
bfeldmann (1049) - Wilmington, Delaware, USA - AUG 31, 2006
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
"Allagash is on the way up for me :) Poured a nice golden color small head almost no lacing. Aroma was of strong oak and some apple. Flavor was at first overwelmed by oak, then the apple and yeast. Nice nice beer."
DarkMagus (473) - San Diego, California, USA - AUG 29, 2006
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Modest amount of foamy white head... deep golden color. Sweet aroma of fresh apples, malt, a yeasty breadiness, some woody/smoky notes. Nice rich and well-balanced flavors of apple cider, malt, yeast, citrus, hops, alcohol. Dry, slightly bitter and hoppy finish with... alcohol. A good amount of carbonation makes this pretty crisp and refreshing, but it is definitely heavy and demands to be consumed at a slow pace.
BitchesBrew (715) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - AUG 24, 2006
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
[bottled June 2006] Pours a nice golden color, with a short-lived head that leaves a little bit of lacing. Aroma is sweet, with a bit of banana, and loads of alcohol towards the end. Flavors are very sticky-sweet. Cantaloupe, pears and alcohol. The oak really makes its way through towards the end, but really doesnít contribute that much. Perhaps, with time it will mellow out, but this fresh bottle seems to be a little harsh and unbalanced.