Allagash Drunken Promise
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RATINGS: 93   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.71   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 255   ABV: 8.5%
Named "Drunken Promise" in reference to the promise Rob Tod made to Dick Cantwell, which started this beer on the road to existence. Debuted at Elysian’s Great Pumpkin Beer Fest (GPBF) 08. Mashed with pilsner malt, pumpkin puree, and roasted pumpkin seeds. More pumpkin puree is added to the kettle and it is hopped with tettnang and hallertau. Fermented with a blend of our house strain and our house brett strain, along with more pumpkin puree, entirely in an old French-oak wine barrel. Starting gravity 16.6 Plato (1.068).

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
IPagan5 (106) - San Marcos, California, USA - APR 4, 2015
Ok brew, some spice in tart nose. Flavor of tart and breads sour dogh breads. Some oak funk and some barnyard.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
jredmond (6382) - Manhattan, New York, USA - JAN 3, 2015
Bottle at franks. Pours a hazy orange with thin white lacing. Aroma is horrid - putrid funk and off flavors. Mouthfeel is lightly tart and fruity. Maybe some earthy funk as well. Seems past its prime.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
JBPortland (1205) - Portland, Maine, USA - NOV 22, 2014
375ml bottle of Ghoulschip b2 Fall 2014 release, pours hazy toasted orange with a finger of head. Nose is musty wet oak and basement wood beams, touches of soft earthy bread crust spice, funky barrel, honey. Taste is tart oak-heavy, some subtle earthy pumpkin and squash, though not in an overly spiced way, wet gourd, some soft sweet roasted nut and honey and toasted bread. Finish is tart musty wood funk, squash, wet oak, light Fall fruit spice.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
b3shine (6743) - Indiana, USA - NOV 13, 2014
375 ml bottle to stemmed taster. Looks solid; a cloudy dark apricot with virtually no lacing. Smells and tastes mildly tart and spicy with a nicely balanced pumpkin presence. Enjoyable.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
boFNjackson (4191) - Portland, Oregon, USA - NOV 5, 2014
Been trying to tick this one for years and finally got a bottle... Poured golden/yellow with a thin, whispy head. Aroma of funk, cheese, squash, pumpkin seeds, and citrus zest. Moderate mouthfeel with decent funk, black pepper spice, citrus rind and zest, musky, and very vegetal in squash flavor. Moderate acidity and not totally sour. Super drinkable.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
vtafro (4924) - Wayne, New Jersey, USA - AUG 10, 2014
(Backlog) Draft at allagash event at barcade jersey city, as ghoulschip. Orange pour devoid of head. Tart, pumpkin, brett and spice aromas. Oak, vanilla, pumpkin, tart tones and a touch of spice.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
mcberko (9568) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - AUG 3, 2014
375mL bottle, pours a cloudy orange with a small white head. Aroma brings out tart fruits, pumpkins, and light funk. Flavour brings out lovely tart notes, some moderate pumpkin notes, and some light funk. Very complex, with a lingering tart finish. Very nice stuff.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
daknole (10319) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - FEB 13, 2014
Amber pour, off white head. Flavors if squash, Balsamic, oak, sour, funky and quite good!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
ClarkVV (4334) - Allston, Massachusetts, USA - FEB 5, 2014
Draught at Armsby Abbey, Summer 2012, as Ghoulschip
Quite carbonated is the glowing orange body (deep, burnished copper-amber) and it sports a small, off-white head that sticks around a covering, leaving bits of lacing. Clarity is good.
Musty basement notes, vegetables (rhubarb, celery) and touches of caramel and vanilla are all pretty well melded together, if you can believe that? It’s got a sweet edge to it, with some very light brett notes that don’t really have the full force of tartness that most "brett beers" have. Strange, indeed, but quite intriguing.
Lightly slick, somewhat sticky palate, has a creamy, tight carbonation that gives this beer a bit more body than it, perhaps, wants, but the light oak tannins, brett acids and nuttiness from the pumpkin seeds all serve to keep it mostly dry on the finish, with some light alcohol warmth that seems well-placed. Reminds me more of something like Saison de Pipaix, than it does something like Allagash Interlude (couldnt really think of a good adjunct, wine-barrel-aged brett Belgian to use as an example). Plenty of basement flavors coming from who knows where. Again, maybe not the most objectively delightful beer, but highly interesting and certainly drinkable. An aged bottle would more than likely be divine.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
tom10101 (4004) - Quebec, CANADA - DEC 24, 2013
Bottle (375 ml). As Ghoulschip. Thanks to Daniel for this one! Beautiful bright and clear golden/orange with a small diminishing white head and little lacing. Aroma is of bourbon (subtle), brown sugar, vanilla, buttery notes, light sweetness, some fruits (pumpkin?), toasted notes and some spices (not overpowering though). Taste is gently tart with bourbon, vanilla, pumpkin, light spices, buttery notes and brown sugar. Medium body. Moderate carbonation. Slightly dry finish. Quite complex and amazing balance. Very nice pumpkin beer! In the same league as Elaborative #2. Drinkable.

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