jzzbassman (1516) - New Albany, Mississippi, USA - DEC 13, 2005
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Thanks to my Secret Santa dhlesq for this treat.
Poured a yellow gold with a medium head that left nice lacing. The aroma was of alcohol and a lemon cake. Bracing hit of alcohol, maybe a touch hot, but with a nice flavor of spicy and citric fruit. A strange flavor in the middle that reminded me of Orange Triaminic cough syrup.
iwantalambic (1478) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - DEC 9, 2005
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
750 mL bottle, corked and caged (December í04 bottling, sampled December Ď05): hazed apricot with streaming bubbles into a full, starched white small bubbled foam. Vanilla bean and wheat yeast aroma, with an icing freshness. An alcohol essence flows out as it warms, tingling the nose. Sweet fruity flavours: pears, strawberries, mangos and pineapple. Warming, yeasty alcohol coats the mouth with biscuity, vanilla malts round and combine the flavours nicely. This one was way more refined and subtle than I expected the oaky character really comes out and the bourbon is completely left behind; I believe that the year in the bottle really did nice things to this one.
Cornfield (5504) - Oak Forest, Illinois, USA - NOV 30, 2005
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottled July 2005 (I have no patience): I love the idea of a Belgian strong aged in a sour mash barrel. Two of my favorites neatly blended together. Hazy straw body with a nifty head that vanished when I blinked, the nose is a lightly bourboned toffee with traces of vanilla, smokey wood, and a light floral scent. (Iím not sure where that last one came from, but itís too cold here in Chicagoland today for me to have picked that up from elsewhere.) The mouthfeel is both creamy and oily, and a little bit warm. The flavor is a buttery toffee, light fruits, Jim Beam, yeast, and a hot spiciness. The finish is warm, mildly sweet, and highly spirited. This is a damned fine beer.
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Nuffield (3691) - Roseville, Minnesota, USA - NOV 25, 2005
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
February í05 bottling (a batch of 290 cases), listing 11% abv. Hazy dirty yellow, dense white head. Musty, woody, bourbon aroma, with a lot of alcohol. The flavor has a bit of coriander and banana, more alcohol, strong bourbon. Dry, with a great palate that is a mix of carbonation and alcohol tingle. I canít say I really wanted to drink a whole bottle--itís too intense--but it was Thanksgiving 2005 and my wife just had a wine-glass full. It is an extremely flavorful and aromatic beer, thanks in part to the alcohol, and while it is curious (of course), it is also highly enjoyable. I found that it was great for a long-sitting, being as easy-sipping cold and freshly opened as it was close to room temperature and nearly two hours later.
sledmilki (1) - USA - NOV 22, 2005 does not count
4.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Draft pour September 2005. Milkier amber color. Aroma of almost pure vanilla extract. Vanilla again on palte with medium body. Further in, a bit of molasses and banana (?!). Not too oaky. Long finish. Almost a wine-like one. Preferable, in 750ml bottle though.
Ratman197 (9948) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - NOV 13, 2005
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
750ml bottle 2004 vintage poured a clear golden amber with a small white head. Aromas of bourbon, vanilla, and carmel. Palate was light bodied but slightly syrupy. Flavors of light bourbon, carmel and vanilla with a sweet lingering finish.
jackson220 (136) - new lenox, Illinois, USA - NOV 10, 2005
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Perfumy nose, golden brown color. A whiskey-like component that is interesting and enjoyable. The wood, which plays rather nicely with the dry, spicy character of the beer, does detract form the overall complexity of the beer. This goes down fairly easy, which makes it a bit dangerous. So...over all....Nice : )
Styles (2014) - Lincoln Park, Michigan, USA - NOV 9, 2005
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Sample courtesy of Silphium. Pours medium gold with big white head, fades to film. Huge alcohol burn up front, lots of bourbon. Whew! Flavor the same just a huge alcohol and bourbon kick. This burns. Not much going on besides that.
jercraigs (7921) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - NOV 7, 2005
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: MAY 14, 2006 July 2005 bottling?, rated May 2006. Hazy pastel golden yellow, small white head fades. Sweet woody malt aroma. Light oaky alcoholic malt flavour is fairly Dry. Average to medium palate. Underwhelming compared to previous samplings, seems a bit less rounded. 7/3/7/3+/16 3.7
Bottle at the brewery Nov 4, 2005. Forgot to record the bottling date. Golden body with a fantastic cream white head. Boozey aroma with oaky vanilla notes that carry over to the flavour. A little more robust than the straight tripel? Full body is creamy on the palate, with pleasantly warming alcohol lingering for some time. Quite nice. Good enough that we went back for more at the Maine Brewers Festival and picked up a few bottles to take home as well. 7/4/8/4/17 - 4
fluids (364) - Massachusetts, USA - NOV 7, 2005
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: MAY 9, 2006 By far the best Allagash has yet to offer. Was actually on the tap at Redbones in Somerville, MA 11/3/05. Alcohol was hardly there very smooth and oaky bready cultured Belgian type of yeast and fruity almost peachy to my taste. I have had four bottles in three days with friends(11-26-05) Addendum: Allagash should bring this back!!!!05-09-06