ClarkVV (3970) - 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.
jredmond (5911) - Manhattan, New York, USA - JAN 2, 2014
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Backlog. Draft at Teresaís. Pours a hazy golden body with thick white lacing. Aroma is spice, malt, dark fruit, light floral hop and cream. Mouthfeel is medium to light with soft fruits and vanilla upfront, followed by a nice spicy hop character and additional notes of earth, citrus, grapefruit and flowers.
marcus (7183) - Sacramento, California, USA - SEP 9, 2013
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle shared by bhensonb. Pours orange gold with a disappearing beige head and a musty aroma. there is a slightly carbonated fruit and spice flavor suspended over a hearty caramel malt base. Nicely aged.
bhensonb (12016) - Woodland, California, USA - SEP 9, 2013
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
750 c&c from bu11zeye. Thanks much for this! Pours orange gold with a transient wite head. Aroma of light stone fruit and grape must. Full bodied. Mild carb. Flavor is sort of tripel crossed with barley wine - with spice/must. Aged very well.
OldGrowth (2850) - the Containment Area, North Carolina, USA - JAN 27, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
bottle from Wine Warehouse, Greensboro, which Iíve never been to, I think I got this in a trade with ross. good aroma, sweet. nutty, little spice, banana, apple. 1st pour, clean golden orange color, small head, faded quick, little to no lace. sweet flavor. heavy body, oily creamy mouthfeel, sweet dry finish. drinking, nice, not oxidized, big on sweetness, pleasant enough, donít think Iíd drink alot of this, well, Iím gonna drink about 750mls right now, maybe Iíll grab a recent one fro comparsion.
daknole (10045) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - JUL 14, 2012
2.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Burned orange pour, off white head. Aroma of caramel, mint, oxidation. Flavor is sweet, caramel, oxidized apple cores, yeast.
PorterPounder (5959) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - JUL 8, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Tallahassee, Fl - at drowlandís 7/7/12 going away tasting party - thanks to colemanzuber. Dark orange pour, off-white head. Nutty aroma, hint of spices. Flavor is sweet with some yeasty notes, a hint of spiciness. Some spearmint like notes make their way through to make it quite interesting. Mouthfeel is thick and sticky. Nice.
drowland (6596) - Georgia, USA - JUL 7, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
7/7/12. Shared at my going away tasting by czuber! Hazy orange pour with a small head. Minty aroma with touches of yeast. Light yeasty flavor with more mint and fruity esters. Nice.
rbrazell (1702) - Florida, USA - JUL 7, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Thanks to Coleman again! Hazy orange pour with a white head. Nose has lots of spearmint, herbally, hints of subtle grains. Black pepper, spearmint, herbs, mild grain character. Very interesting and tasty.
Damico (2787) - Royersford, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 21, 2012
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours unclear amber malty in color with red clay white head. The aroma brings lightly sweet aged oaky malt notes with some alcohol notes at the end. The flavor brings some aged malt notes with the alcohol presence still there and some starch like flavors.
madmitch76 (17146) - , Essex, ENGLAND - APR 29, 2012
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
2nd August 2009
Hazy amber beer. Dry frothy palate. Immediate vegetable spice that dominates the creamy malt. A bit like ginger but itís not ginger! Frothy in the mouth, it finishes dry with some warmth. As so often with Allagash - interesting but not quite inspiring.