deKooning (3) - USA - JAN 13, 2006 does not count
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Beer with the bourbon, bourbon with the beer. This phenomenon of stashing beer in bourbon barrels does not always leave me wanting more -- Weyerbacher’s Heresy, for instance -- but this one works. There are profound notes of cognac and single malt scotch. Leather, mango, even malted cork give this elixir an ethereal nose. Inhale it or drink it? Inhale it or drink it... Do both. Trust me, good ol’ James Beam NEVER got his bourbon as right as Allagash got this beer.
SwedeDog (364) - Windsor, Connecticut, USA - JAN 8, 2006
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
October 2004 bottle from Dorwart. Initial findings on this pour was that it would be something special. Beautiful pour with a nice frothy head. Good aroma of banana, vanilla, that all-to-familiar Allagash yeast strain and a well balanced bourbon aroma. Even the flavor was nice, vanilla, more banana, some faint spices ... almost like a sugar cookie. As it warmed, the bourbon started to muscle to the fore and take over. By the end of the glass, it still tasted like a sugar cookie, but more like a sugar cookie dunked in Jim Beam. At the very end, I swear I got a little whiff of cooked celery. I guess it’s pretty good, just a little hot, and that’s after aging it an additional 15 months. Hmmmmmm.
Tmoney99 (12987) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - JAN 5, 2006
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Hazy amber color with al arge creamy off-white head that was lasting and had good lacing. Heavy hoppy , pine and cask aroma. Medium body with a slick texture. Moderate bitter and soft bourban flavor with an average light finish.
Lubiere (12265) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 4, 2006
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Tasted at Belgium Comes to Cooperstown, July 16, 2005. Hazy blonde ale with a thick off-white head. Nice malty aroma with strong oregano notes. Sweet malts with oregano and other savoury spices. Rich and lingering alcohol warmth. Medium bodied.
stubby (334) - Santee, California, USA - JAN 3, 2006
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
I wasn’t feeling this one. I couldn’t taste or smell bourbon or wood until it got very warm. Just another thickly sweet Belgian Strong. If you’re going to say triple on the label, give me a triple. Too much body here for how I like my triples. Perhaps I was in a bad mood and should re-rate at a later date, but for $15 a bottle I won’t be buying any more soon. Still, high quality to be sure, and a valued effort at an interesting brewer’s twist.
porterhouse (1580) - Boothbay, Maine, USA - JAN 1, 2006
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
(750 ml bottle, bottled July ’05, 11% ABV) Pours cloudy orangish-yellow. Thin fizzy white head holds firm, especially deeper into bottle. Aroma: mixture of vanilla, wood and alcohol. Fine white lacing on sides of tulip. Mouthfeel smooth and full. Taste: alcohol right off the bat and right on through, cloaked in a pleasant veneer of vanilla, whisky and cherries. I was feeling a buzz off this almost right away. This one grew on me with each sip, as its character continued to develop. Very fine stuff.
wnhay (722) - Princeton, New Jersey, USA - DEC 31, 2005
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Poured golden with practically no head. A bit of a let down in terms of the presentation. Aromas of banana, vanilla. white wine, courant and oak. Did I mention there was oak? Good because there was shit loads of it. Taste was dominated by the oak. That was terrific but it was overpowering. Really smooth mouthfeel with very well hidden alcohol. An impressive beer but not one I would seek out regularly. Good for bringing in the New Year. Happy New year.
igneous1 (1529) - Davenport, Iowa, USA - DEC 29, 2005
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
yellowish/golden color, head is white. actually has an aroma reminiscent of a pale lager with notes of wet paper sack. there are milder notes of spice and banana, but the aroma is underwhelming. flavor has spice, little banana, barely perceptible bourbon in the finish. I can’t believe I spent $15 on this 750.
haddon90 (1602) - Costa Mesa, California, USA - DEC 27, 2005
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bought this 22oz bottle at Norm’s in Vienna, VA. Pours a hazy orangy, golden color with an extremely thin white laced head. Some caramel in the aroma, as well as an oak wood nose and a hint of alcohol. Pretty crisp, sharp taste. You can actually taste a little bit of bourbon. Kind of dry, but not too much. An overall delightful beer.
loweredsixth (946) - Clovis, California, USA - DEC 23, 2005
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Hazy yellow-gold color with a small, soapy white head. The aroma was full of grassy tones with a strong wood background. The flavor was very grassy with bourbon, wood, fruit, and alcohol. The feel was very crisp with a semi-dry finish. Pretty good.