after4ever (7361) - 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 years’ 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 there’s 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 it’s 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 it’s the yarrow, maybe it’s the yeast. But this beer probably shouldn’t 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 I’ve failed to make that point. But still sweet and woodsy.
Body is, of course, creamy thick and sticky. I’m almost scared to swallow it, lest it turn to eucalyptus-scented concrete in my colon. In the end, it’s 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.
nuplastikk (5615) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - FEB 8, 2009
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
750ml corked bottle which has been sitting in my closet for the better part of a year. Murky orange-gold colored with a foamy head. Sweet herb and malt aroma, a little sugary. The mouthfeel is a little too mellow and free of effervescence for me, but perhaps that is due to excessive aging. Sweet and malty with some pleasant yeast tones. Some earthy notes from the herbs and Rye. Multi-faceted, but hardly exceptional.
jkwalking05 (4534) - Arlington, Texas, USA - JAN 29, 2009
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Dark golden in color and cloudy with a generous white head. Aroma is spicy(yarrow) and slightly hoppy. Taste is extremely spicy, slightly acidic and highly carbonated.
ClarkVV (5249) - Allston, Massachusetts, USA - JAN 7, 2009
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Fresh bottle at Sunset Grill, probably a month after release if even that. Lovely looking beer, as usual from Allagash, with a very brilliant bronze-golden hue, minimal haze and a large, well-retained white head. The nose smells gingery, so I suppose yarrow must have some similarity in its aromatic profile. Spicy phenols are also noted and appreciated, with a hint of citrus (orange and lemon) that is perhaps derived from the hops. Alcohol is not noted, probably well covered up by the deep maltiness (honey dough and sweet vanilla). All in all, its not terribly cohesive yet, but is nonetheless interesting to me. Unfortunately, the flavor was absolutely dominated by yarrow, giving a very spicy, challenging ginger flavor that persisted and stuck to the palate, overdrying the finish, while mingling with the slightly underattenuated pils malt (age will dry it out properly, no doubt) in the middle to produce a candy-sweet, near cloying flavor that seems to have little more than some peppery rye malt and black pepper phenol complexity. Probably a great beer underneath all of the yarrow-derived gingeriness, but I could barely choke this stuff down as is. Big, chewy, candy-sweet body is not mitigated by the carbonation.
2007 bottle aged one year. Certainly it has mellowed out and is much less yarrow-gingery than when fresh. Quite nice, but perhaps not as much underlying complexity as I had expected. Almost a pineapple-coconut juiciness right after opening, transitioning in to a more dry, honey dough malt sweetness and finishing with a mixture of light vegetal notes and house yeast mustiness. Still no sign of alcohol, while a light dusting of white pepper phenols is quite pleasant throughout. Enjoyable to me, but the light vegetal nature could have been prevented by using a lot less yarrow, which also would have made the beer more accessible while young. Great sweet/dry balance at this point though.
Rciesla (5499) - Exit 15W, New Jersey, USA - DEC 22, 2008
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: DEC 14, 2009 Draft at blind tiger. Pours an amber body with a white head. Lots of fruit citrus, pear, and yeast lightly spiced with pepper. Rye with a big alcohol finish. 3.2
2 years in the bottle this came along very nicely. No notes just good stuff. 3.8
radiomgb (2686) - Peterborough, Ontario, CANADA - NOV 27, 2008
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Cloudy orange in colour with a long lasting white coloured head, good lacing. The aroma has some spices jumping out at you, yeast, musty, very floral, some sweetness, noticeable alcohol. The flavour is of alcohol upfront, orange citrus, some spice and lots of yeast, perfume. Slightly alcoholic mouthfeel, medium body, high carbonation. Finishes long with the spice continuing, alcohol warmth.
The aroma was way more spicy then the flavour, the alcohol was overpowering at times, not really a sense of balance or direction it seems.
<i>750ml bottle obtained in a trade with kmweaver, thanks Ken.
Opened on May 18, 2008.
BeerandBlues2 (11732) - Escondido, California, USA - OCT 6, 2008
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Pours clear dark yellow with a small, fizzy, white head, somewhat lasting with fair lacing. Aroma is heavy malt (cookie, straw, meal), average hops (flowers, perfume), average yeast (horse blanket, earth) with notes of alcohol, bubble gum, and pears. Medium bodied, slick texture, average carbonation, and a bitter finish. Average duration, light sweetness, heavy acidity and bitterness.
CaptainCougar (7133) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - OCT 1, 2008
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a transparent deep bronze golden with a well-lacing dense froth of off-white head. Has a sweet caramely floral nose with a touch of honey and yarrow. Body starts with good fullness and sweet biscuity Belgian malt with a spicy, earthy rooty flavor that provides a bitter balance, before a doughy yeasty finish with some alcoholic warmth. An interesting and fairly complex brew.
JB175 (1665) - Bucks County, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 29, 2008
2.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Golden color with a spicy aroma dominated by citrus and a whole spice rack. Flavor is excessively spicy, and dominates all else to its detriment. This one was ruined for me by being excessively spiced. Interesting, but excessive.
ThomasE (5174) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - SEP 5, 2008
2.2 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 8/20
Hazy golden, orange colour with a white head. Malty, fruity aroma with notes of band aid. malty, winegum sweet flavor.