Kinz (3257) - Glen Allen, Virginia, USA - NOV 15, 2004
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Been looking forward to sampling this, glad to see Allagash branching out and experimenting a bit more. Hazy golden yellow, creamy smooth and lasting head. Aroma of wood, vanilla, alcohol laden with a hint of yeast and spice belying the triple underneath. Flavor starts like the honey and spice draped triple this came from, quickly turning into a lovely vanilla flavor, with accents of wood and liquor. Very enjoyable. Think this one should age nicely. Hope they do the same experiment with the grand cru.
jeffin7 (612) - Silver Spring, Maryland, USA - NOV 11, 2004
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours a light tan. Aroma of berries, and hops. Flavor is typical belgian with some mild wood. (need to rerate)
DYCSoccer17 (3302) - Woodland, California, USA - NOV 7, 2004
2.7 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 10/20
Draft at Belgian Beer Fest in Boston. Sweet bourbon like nose without any beer characteristics in the aroma. Mildly hazy golden blonde with a huge off-white frothy head. Too much bourbon in this. Tastes like mellow JB, but I cannot taste any beer besides the overwhelming Jim Beam. You could accomlpish the same results if you barrel aged busch light...
scraff (2121) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - NOV 1, 2004
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Hazed gold, quickly disappearing white head. Interesting nose as it warmed with minty vanilla, bourbon and oak, fuzzy fruits, hint of tropical fruit, and spices. Alcohol dominates the first few sips, but melds into a fruity, woodsy, bourbon like concoction. Full bodied, fizzy carbonation, super dry alcohol laden finish. It was a nice experiment, but don’t think this style is suited for bourbon barrels. Just seemed to detract from the greatness of their original. However, with that being said, I still thought it was a very nice brew for sharing and sippin...
hopscotch (8893) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - OCT 30, 2004
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: DEC 20, 2004 This beer rocks!...Hazy, light golden ale with a small, creamy, white head. The nose is of all kinds of stuff. First off, the beverage smells exactly like the Deft Clear Wood Finish I used on my coffee table this past week... exactly. I am very familiar with the aroma as my wife, cats and I have been catching a contact buzz from sitting near the table for seven days. Breaking it all down, there are huge notes of Wrigley’s spearmint gum, then lesser notes of oak, pear, vanilla and light sourmash. The flavor is of warm alcohol, light pear and apricot with vanilla notes and a light aftertaste of bourbon. Full-bodied with a fizzy mouthfeel. Lengthy, alcoholic, bone-dry finish. World class effort by Allagash. What else is new? I’m not a fan of Triples, but I really like this version of the style.
TheBeerGod (5184) - Newport News, Virginia, USA - OCT 30, 2004
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottled. Pours a hazed gold with a small, and quickly diminishing white head. Nose is honey, wood, vanilla, sweetened malts, light yeast, light alcohol notes and light flowers. Maybe some coconut as well. Taste is yeasty and flowery with sweet malts and honey blended with the wooden cask flavor and more vanilla. The alcohol is there and has a slight warming effect. The body is lighter than expected with slight alcohol warming and medium carbonation. Finishes smooth with a stronger note of alcohol and more pronounced honey, vanilla and wood.
JCW (1274) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - OCT 29, 2004
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Weird aroma for a triple(duh). Appearance is a cloudy yellow with a small white head. Aroma is very confusing to me, the yeast, candi of a triple comes through as well as the Bourbon Barrel Aging, and I’m not sure which one dominates. What I will say is I think for now I prefer their regular triple. Sweet finish.
Cobra (1100) - Banned City, - OCT 28, 2004
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
750 ml. big ’ole brown, Belgian shaped bottle. No freshness date seen anywhere. Corked and caged. Cheap ass cage broke when I tried to untie it. You’d think for $12.50 USD per bottle, they’d invest in a better cage. Cheap bastards. I paid $12.50 each for this stuff at Astor Liquors in Laurel, Md.
Only bought one bottle at that frickin’ price. Poured out a hazy, yellow color, with a minimal white head. It quickly subsided to a thin ring of foam around the edge of the glass. Aromas are of fresh malts, some honey notes, slightly funky Belgian yeast aromas, and a strong vanilla component. I can’t detect any whiskey notes whatsoever. Maybe a slight oakiness, but nothing to write home about. Tastes are of a typical Belgian light strong ale, similar to Duvel. Again, nothing to write home about. Clean, crisp, but slightly heavy on the palate. Not a substantial typical Belgian triple by any means. Maybe I’m missing the point here, but why would you age a decent triple in oak casks?
OldGrowth (2619) - North Carolina, USA - OCT 17, 2004
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle, from Julio’s. Sept 2004 bottling. Bourbon, coconut rum, vanilla, clove, penuche fudge, honey.Little woody. Litely hazy, I mean litely, pale golden yellow color. Good head that faded. Bitter, sweet flavors.The bourbon dominates with hints of a triple behind it. Almond. Kinda harsh. Thicker body, creamy syrupy mouthfeel. Dry sweet finish. Not my cup of tea , though I can see its well made. If you don't like the "Barrel" thing stay away.
BuckNaked (1230) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - OCT 14, 2004
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottled Sep. 2004, cases 286: Pours a clear, straw/golden yellow color with a nice orange tint in the light. There’s a large white head that quickly diminishes to nothing. This is tough to really distinguish how I feel about the scents and flavors here. There’s a nice woody, acidic, rye scent to compliment the expected banana, yeast, clove, vanilla, orange, caramel, light malt notes, and honey. Taste is pretty much what I would expect. There’s an initial combination of light malts, caramel, and yeast combined with a clear bourbon taste, rye, and acidic oak notes. There are some nice notes of vanilla, oak, yeast, and citrus that is quite dry and crisp. This was an enjoyable beer, though not very good right now....I will try to age some of this for a few years and see if Allagash has either produced a strange brew or a new classic.