SoLan (1550) - Florida, USA - AUG 31, 2005
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Hazy gold. Thick, bubbly, white head. Yeast, whiskey, malt, alcohol, candi sugar, dark dried fruit. Complex aroma. Same flavor with the whiskey dominating-wood flavor also. Full body, but goes down easy. Dry, alcoholic finish and aftertaste with some yeast creeping back in the aftertaste. Complex. Excellent fuckin brew. There is no lacing- more like dry wall- a solid layer of foam coats the entire inside of the glass where I have not drank. Right now I’m drinking about 60’F. I’ll drink room temp with a cigar after dinner-perfect. Top notch brew from a top notch brewery. 3.6 average? That’s ridiculous.
bu11zeye (12405) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - AUG 29, 2005
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
(750ml bottle, September 2004 vintage) Pours a cloudy golden body with a medium-sized white head. Aroma of oak, vanilla extract, Bourbon, banana, and cloves. Flavor of oak (really pronounced), Bourbon, cirtus, and cream.
zug4abby (287) - San Diego, California, USA - AUG 26, 2005
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a light golden/copper color with a large head and good amount of lacing. Aroma has hints of cloves (maybe something else) and the slightest amount of citrus. Very buttery flavor with hints of bourbon and fruits. Strong alcohol taste through-out.
ChillCoat (1029) - Concord, California, USA - AUG 22, 2005
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottled Dec ’04. Pours light copper color with a huge white head. Aroma is slightly yeasty and big on bourbon and oak. Malty flavor with doughy notes. Fruity and sweet with a touch of bourbon flavor as well. The finish is... Can you say... A-L-C-O-H-O-L?
jcwattsrugger (11751) - Florida and, New Jersey, USA - AUG 22, 2005
3.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
750 bottle pours a white head, color is yellow. Aroma is bourbon. Taste is bourbon, sweet, smoky and has mild carbonation. Good occasional, sipping beer.
redlight (2318) - Orlando, Florida, USA - AUG 20, 2005
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
Yellowish color. Smells like oak, bourbon, sweetness. Tastes like oak, bourbon, alcohol, earthy, sweet. I felt lucky to have tried it!
JasonG (776) - Salt Lake City, Utah, USA - AUG 18, 2005
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Cloudy yellow color, medium sized white head. Aroma is sharp, slightly sour and leathery, somewhat lambic-like, with hints of oak. Flavor is sweet, spicey, with significant alcochol in the finish.
3daddict (139) - Portland, Maine, USA - AUG 17, 2005
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Starts life as a triple then is aged in Oak Bourbon barrels. Pours a clear light amber color with a smallish head but active effervescence. Light aroma of crystalized malts and wood. The bourbon soaked oak comes out a bit too strongly in the taste but isn’t overwhelming. Excellent mouthfeel and a clean dry finish. No hint of the 11abv in flavor but after drinking the 750ml, I’m hammered!
heemer77 (5217) - Urbandale, Iowa, USA - AUG 16, 2005
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
From the 2005 bottling. I really like the style and Allagash, but this is a disappointment. Poured a cloudy yellow with a white head. The aroma from the barrels is definitely noticed with vanilla. There is also some cherries and popcorn. The taste is warming with pancakes and a slightly cheesy finish. There is also some popcorn. The alcohol provides a warming burn. This bad boy is hot. Maybe it would smooth out with a little age. Thanks Chuck.
1FastSTi (3358) - Glendale, Wisconsin, USA - AUG 15, 2005
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: FEB 26, 2006 Bottle (Feb 05 edition):Thanks Chuck. This beer pours to a hazy straw colored body with a thin white head. Excellent lacing. The aroma is strong and Belgian. Nice Belgian yeast, oak, grains. The flavor is spicy and Belgian. 7, 4, 7, 3, 15 = 3.6
Keg:Very fruity flavor that is cinnamon covered pears that have been soaked in sweet pear wine like I’ve had at sushi places. It pours to a light colored yellowish body with a nice white head and awesome lacing. Cinnamon pears is all I can think. The palate is sugary and warming. Lingering but nice. 7, 4, 8, 4, 16 = 3.9