kmweaver (3206) - Petaluma, California, USA - OCT 21, 2007
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
750mL bottle, courtesy of Stine. Thanks, Eben! Pours a murky, yellowish-brown color; minimal off-white head. Medium, mineral and herbal hops in the aroma; some belgian sugars; slightly muddled. Medium-to-full mouthfeel: chewy Belgian sugars and slightly alcoholic upfront; some odd spices and stalky vegetal character; pine and herbal hops are present but donít do much to bring this around to anything good; too much alcohol. Lengthy, Belgian sugar and spices in the finish; ends a bit sticky.
argo0 (11329) - Washington DC, USA - OCT 21, 2007
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
(10/18/07, 750ml bottle, thanks stine) Small beige head atop hazy golden body. Aroma is medium sweet, herbal, light grapefruit, some alcohol. Taste is medium sweet, herbal/straw, lemon/grapefruit, some alcohol. Fairly dry finish. Medium body.
3fourths (7861) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - OCT 20, 2007
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
750ml shared by Stine. Pours completely opaque with a light yellow corn meal colored body with a purely white head. Spicy nose of clove, white grapes, yogurt, corn starch and tortillas, with moderate hop presence, light pungency and light fruity orange yeast esters. Smells decent enough but the hops tend to mask the spices a little too much. Flavorwise the hops arenít really present, at least not the bittering hops. Thereís some smooth hay and straw notes, some weird, pasty, starchy and husky grains and corn, with, again, light spices and a moderate presence of muddy yeast. Overall itís decent enough, but itís not really anything special, and for Allagash itís below average.
Stine (1465) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - OCT 19, 2007
2.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Poured from a 750. Cloudy, dank yellow pour. Old pineapple juice, cinnamon, and anise on the nose; hints of bubblegum, banana, and clove in a wheaty essence. Alcohol powers through and translates itself brusquely to the taste; heavy, boozy. Spiced golden flavors of honey, flowers (yarrow?), and bland coastline scotch. Smooth and thick palate, finishing with simple heat. Boring and banal, with distant ugliness.
hophead75 (2008) - Largo, Florida, USA - OCT 12, 2007
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Samples from two 750ís purchased from the brewery. very hazy light amber/dark golden in color, somewhat resembles a light colored apple cider. Medium lasting head. Aroma- alot of yarrow, which Iíve never had in food (to my knowledge) but reminds me a bit of a mild ginger. Also get alot of belgian yeast, mild banana and citrus, and light phenolics in the nose. Taste is yarrow with pale malts and some rye, moderately yeasty with must and moderate spicy phenols. Some honey sweetness near the finish. Medium to full body with some alcohol apparent, but not over the top. At first the yarrow seems to dominate but then becomes more in check as the beer warms. Overall I liked it, definitely weird and unique- but this one worked for me more than some of the other Allagash special releases. Thanks D.O.B for hooking me up with this.