Brodie (540) - Blowing Rock, North Carolina, USA - MAR 11, 2005
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Vanilla-oak, pears, apples, honey, light spiciness in the aroma, very chardonnay-like. Clear golden color, lasting white head, good lacing. Flavor again is reminiscent of an oakey chardonnay, lots of oak and vanilla blending with light fruits and spiciness. Leans towards sweetness, but it is balanced out by the not-unpleasant alcohol flavor. Medium body with high carbonation, a little alcohol warming. Put me down as another person who likes the regular Triple Reserve better, but this isn’t bad.
skaughty (652) - Marietta, Georgia, USA - MAR 9, 2005
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Dated September 2004. Exactly as expected - Allagash Triple with some oak and vanilla in the nose. The sweet body of the triple holds up nicely, and is not dominated by the bourbon. A "buttered biscuits, dipped in whiskey" analogy is right on target. To me, worth the $15+ that I paid. Hopefully others will pay far less.
Kevin (2156) - New Mexico, USA - MAR 8, 2005
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
cloudy yellow with a large fluffed white head. sour sweet aroma with an odd note that is most likely from the barrel. wild turkey is the bourbon that came to mind. taste is very dry with something similar to the taste of the syrup from canned peaches with noticeable alcohol and fruits mix in, but wow is it chalky, taste of the bourbon comes through after a minute. interesting vanilla and yeast lin the finish.
SpringsLicker (3254) - Tennessee, USA - MAR 8, 2005
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Thanks to Skaughty for bringing this one to sample at KP’s.
Hazy gold with a thin head. Honey in the aroma. Sweet with a tangy finish.
The bourbon and alcohol are both very subtle and well masked in this. Well mellowed and overall a pleasant brew. I need to start bringing my Allagash’s up from the cellar.
PorterPounder (6293) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - MAR 3, 2005
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
750 ml bottle, Whole Foods, Austin, Tx. Pours a murky golden honey color with a snow white fluffy head. Aroma of bourbon and yeast. Flavor has a strong bourbon presence, obviously, and is a bit distracting but not cloying. Pick up some bubble gum notes and alcohol, lots of it - not hidden well. Settles a bit as it warms, but overall, I think this one needs some aging. Mouthfeel is thick and pleasant. Had higer expectations for this one.
Walt (2449) - Austin, Texas, USA - MAR 1, 2005
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Dec. 04 vers Poured deep cloudy orangey amber with a nice tan head...smell was oaky and sweet with a hint of vanilla...taste was hot...hot with bourbon, oak, smoke, vanilla, alcohol...just tastsed way too hot...I’ve got a bottle of the July 9.5 and I must wonder if it is smoother...this needs a LOT of time...
Ernest (6749) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - FEB 28, 2005
2.7 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Dec ’04 version. Head is mostly lasting. Body is hazy dark yellow. Aroma is lightly malty (toasted grain), lightly hoppy (herbs), with strong notes of raw wood and alcohol. Flavor is moderately sweet, lightly acidic, lightly bitter. Finish is lightly sweet, lightly acidic, moderately bitter. Medium body, velvety texture, lively carbonation, moderately alcoholic. Very medicinal nose without much appealing in it at all. Flavor balance is ok, but this just wasn’t particularly good overall.
legion242 (2337) - Richardson, Texas, USA - FEB 25, 2005
2.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Poured quite pretty and had a great head. Aroma was inviting and sweet. But then on first sip, that same sweetness raises it’s ugly head. WAY too sweet. This definitely will benefit from some aging. It NEEDS to be aged. Much to one dimensional at this point, but has great potential.
Volgon (2763) - Manchester, New Hampshire, USA - FEB 21, 2005
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottled September 2004 drank February 2005: I wasn’t going to have any beer today, but then I heard that Hunter S. Thompson died, so there went that idea. Dark hazy yellow with a rocky white head that isn’t going anywhere. Wood notes, brown sugar and lemons in the aroma, although they are all fairly muted. Starts and ends lightly sweet with a warm ending. Active carbonation, and thin bodied. Bourbon notes come out as it warms, but they are not overwhelming like some barrel-aged beers.
Jonathan3584 (323) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - FEB 21, 2005
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 11/20
UPDATED: FEB 22, 2005 Smells like bourbon -- Jim Beam whie label without the alcohol. Rough aroma. Thin white head over a golden body; slight lacing left after it dissipated fairly quickly. The first note is bourbon with a smoky background. Almost all of the Belgian spice is dominated in the flavor and only present in the aftertaste. Not for me. hard to discern the palate through the overpowering bourbon flavor, but it’s light and bubbly. Not as good as the regular tripel.