DJMonarch (9160) - Northwich, Cheshire, ENGLAND - AUG 23, 2009
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
From the Bottle at Dr Billís Tasting Falling Rock Tap House, Denver 09/10/2008
Fruit and hop aromas. Golden coloured and hazy in appearance. Strong in alcohol and rich on the palate with a crisp and bitter malt finish.
MrChopin (2763) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - AUG 13, 2009
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle thanks to BanditBrewingCO (BA)!
Beautiful opaque gold-tangerine color, medium fluffy white head, great lacing. Nose has subtle fruit, some peach, lemon, and orange, also heavy rye and some light mint. Overly sweet flavor, heavy orange and yeast, definite grainy rye through the finish. Pretty thick body, but incredibly drinkable for 10%, thanks to intense carbonation. Pretty good, but the heavy sweetness and alcohol conflict with this as a lighter, refreshing beer. Maybe the most conflicted Allagash Iíve had.
rocbyter (1831) - Waterbury, Connecticut, USA - JUN 18, 2009
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Sweet tangy fruit aroma with a little whiskey. Lightly hazy golden color with a small white head. Mild sour and bitter finish.
bfeldmann (1048) - Wilmington, Delaware, USA - APR 15, 2009
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Poured a cloudy light brown orange color with a good head. Aroma was tons of ginger and yeast. Flavor was much the same some white grapes in there and almost a tea flavor as well. Ginger overwhelmed the beer a little for me. Okay but could have been better.
Goodgrief (1733) - Middletown, Delaware, USA - APR 5, 2009
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
This was definitely the 2007 version (the label looks like the 2007 and this has been laying around for a good long time), however I could swear I tasted ginger (which is on the bottle notes for 2008). Anyway, the pour was amber orange with yeast chunkies floating near the bottom of my goblet. The beer is silky smooth. A good bit of pear and orange flavors were present and the first half of my glass was really enjoyable. As it warmed, the spices became more prevalent, almost to the point of being one of those dreaded Christmas ales overloaded with ginger and other spices which belong only in cookies. I wouldnít drop serious coin on this again, especially if it were sitting anywhere near an Odyssey.
ElJefe (553) - Rochester, New York, USA - APR 3, 2009
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
A golden colored brew with a creamy bone white head. First glass poured from the bottle was perfectly clear, subsequent samples were moderately cloudy. Seemingly endless bubbles stream up from the bottom of the glass. Aroma is very floral, with some notes of white grape, a peppery spiciness, and honey. Actually the nose is somewhat reminiscent of a mead. Big, substantial body, with perfect carbonation. Flavor is spicy and sweeter than the nose led me to believe it would be. White pepper, tart grapes, yogurt, peaches, toffee, and cookie are all present, along with a slightly musty yeastiness. A touch of bitterness in the finish, but overall the hops presence is very subdued. Canít say I know what yarrow tastes or smells like, but this beer was very good...and also very expensive.
00cobraR (1103) - Greensboro, North Carolina, USA - MAR 25, 2009
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours out a cloudy golden color with a nice white head. Aroma was rather sweet with notes a malt and some hops to it(which is guess is the yarrow). Flavor was crisp and refreshing. I think this brew is a little underrated, but certainly over priced.
WISEGUY572 (1372) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 24, 2009
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Letís do this in the wrong order and start with the obvious 5s. The appearance is extraordinary. Clear gold, and carbonation that looks more like champagne than beer and pinpoint bubbles that last and last. Small dense white head and incredible lacing. An easy 5. Ditto on the mouthfeel, an easy 5. Nose of a tripel, although the malting is entirely different. Great nose, with touch of hops behind the malt. Not sure Iím a big fan of yarrow, but the hops provide sufficient bitterness. Really nicer than my dinner tonight, actually.
ross (2008) - weddington, North Carolina, USA - MAR 12, 2009
2 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
Bottle from Daniel. I think he won the fucking lottery since he bought a 23 dollar beer. Holy dog shit! Pours out a cloudy brown color with a big white head on it. Interesting color, kind of like creek water. Hopefully it tastes better than that. Smell is fruity, some hints of banana, cloves, alcohol, kind of a mess. Taste is off, kind of weird, with some fucked up nasty adjunct that I cannot get past. This beer also does not contain the typical Allagash (yeast?) flavor that ALL of their beers have. This one is a failure, and this is probably my favorite brewery. Good god get this one away. Anyone want to trade this? I have a bottle of it too. I am not sure what went wrong here. Maybe its Yarrow that I do not like - I cant say I have had it before, but jeez, this one was bad. I may pull the cork on mine soon to see if I can up this rating, but this was a disgrace.
after4ever (5731) - Brier, Washington, USA - MAR 11, 2009
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 12/20
750, corked and baled. Opened March 09, about two yearsí bottle age. Pours a dense, burnished medium copper with a dazed-looking, slowly surging off-white head. Leaves gorgeous dryer-sheet clingy layers of foam.
You know, the label, off to the side, away from the logo, says "pour slowly into wide mouth glass." Who are they kidding? This stuff is so goopy thereís no other way to pour it. You can see the cough syrup body as soon as the first dribbles come over the mouth of the bottle. This beer looks like itís been tranquilized, the way it sludges around in the bottom of the glass--the body is just insane. After you get about 75% done pouring the beer, all of a sudden the carbonation panics all at once and slooooowly pushes through the top of the glassfull and runs for the rim. Delayed reaction spillover. Sigh.
Once you finally get the glass and counter dried off so you can readily drink the beer, it has settled again, and you can play the topping up lottery to see if you gauge the surge correctly this time.
Maybe itís the yarrow, maybe itís the yeast. But this beer probably shouldnít have been aged. Kind of a double whammy of stale menthol and stale bubble gum on the nose. Supported perhaps by a few whiffs of stale eucalyptus. Kinda smells stale, if Iíve failed to make that point. But still sweet and woodsy.
Body is, of course, creamy thick and sticky. Iím almost scared to swallow it, lest it turn to eucalyptus-scented concrete in my colon. In the end, itís not any thicker than pancake batter.
Doughy, orangey malts, fruitcake, eucalyptus, menthol, and bubble gum on the mid-palate.
Longish orange/eucalyptus finish. Sticky as hell, of course. God, this beer has me feeling tranquilized now, after 5 or 6 little sips. Phew. This is a lot of work to drink.