AirForceHops (2557) - Epping, New Hampshire, USA - MAR 4, 2014
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draft @ Ale house in Amesbury, MA. As well as bottle, score is a combo of both versions. Aroma is cocoa powder, Allagash house yeast, and caramelized sugar. The draft sample I didnít get any hints of citrus at all and my two buddies who had it right next to me said the same. In the bottle the citrus was there but very faint. And I mean just a glimmer. Most of the flavor is ashy, dry malts. Roasted. The body is on the lighter side of medium with a dry texture. If you have a bottle drink it soon, donít think it will hold much longer. I feel my bottle sample was better than the draft.
ThisWangsChung (747) - Leonardtown, Maryland, USA - MAR 2, 2014
2.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 7/20
650ml bottle into a tulip. From notes.
A: Pours a very dark brown color with a good two-finger mocha shaded head. The texture is great, the retention is solid, and thereís some nice lacing left on the glass.
S: Thereís some chocolate along with a hint of coffee. Buried beneath that is some cream, oats, and some distant blood orange. There isnít a whole lot of Belgian yeast
T: While it starts pleasantly with some roasted and coffee notes, with a palpable midtaste of blood oranges, itís finish kills it - thereís way too much metallic, vegetal action going on here. Which is a shame, since the blood orange character is actually very well blended within the base porter.
M: Hits all of the criteria I like in the style: itís dry to the point of parchment, light enough, and fairly well carbonated. If it werenít so metallic tasting, this would go down very easily.
O: Damn near $20 for this? OUCH. It would have been good without the metallic bitterness, but still not $20 good. By far the worst beer Iíve had from Allagash.
madmitch76 (13005) - , Essex, ENGLAND - FEB 26, 2014
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 11/20
20th February 2014
Fare thee well Josh tasting at Bruceís. Opaque dark brown beer, good pale tan - cream head. Palate is light and airy. Mild fine carbonation. Dry smooth and light dark malt. Light fruity tang. Mild esters. Light dry finish. A passable Porter but also an expensive let down. Was expecting so much more than this from Allagash.
Theydon_Bois (6429) - The íSham, Surrey, ENGLAND - FEB 23, 2014
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle at Joshís Farewell Tasting, thanks to Kenny, 20/02/14.
Light black with a bog old tan head that dissipates to a covering.
Nose is light pastic, cocoa powder, bitter roast, ripe fruit pangs.
Taste carries a little more depth, earthy cocoa, light spice, dark pitted fruits.
Medium bodied, light prickly carbonation - a little overcooked here, semi drying close.
Ok porter but no great, canít say I was picking up the orange much either.
maneliquor (2726) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - FEB 23, 2014
2.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
Bottle shared in London for my farewell drinks. Cheers to Kenny for this. Pours clear dakr brown with a small beige head. Nose is very soy sauce driven with roast and liquorice behind it. Bit of a shocker here. Taste is oxidised and tangy, some powdery chocolate and roasty. The tang doesnít work at all and it comes across quite one dimensional with flaws. Not my favourite porter in the world
Leighton (9619) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - FEB 20, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle shared in London for Joshís farewell do. Thanks, Kenny. Pours clear brown with a frothy beige head. Lots of well toasted bread on the nose, some dusty cocoa. Medium sweet flavor, more dark bread, light cocoa, a bit of dried dark fruits. Medium bodied with fine, massaging carbonation. Sweet finish, touches of Belgian yeast, candied sugar, toasty bread. Decent.
Scopey (5284) - Croydon, Greater London, ENGLAND - FEB 20, 2014
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Bottle thanks to Ken. It pours darkest brown with a small beige head. The nose is soy sauce, black bean noodles, pseudo Asian cuisine and toasted sesame seed. The taste is roasted malt, toast, cardboard, paper, earth, watery aspect, burnt notes and dirt with a dry finish. Medium body and moderate carbonation. Pretty disappointing......
deekyn (983) - San Francisco, California, USA - FEB 12, 2014
3.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
A- pours an opaque black brown with a light tan head that thins quickly. No lacing. S- porter strong. Chalk, earth, bakers chocolate, vegetal malts, waters down grains, coffee and mineral water. Blood orange is faint in the back. Faint cacao. M- light to medium dry and chalk body with a lightly malty and sweet palate. Well ask carbonation. T- dry. Chalk, rooty vegetables and carob. Some bakers chocolate, cacao and cola. If there is any blood orange in the taste it is in the middle, but very mild. Ending is still dry. Bitter and hoppy. Some grass and mild lemon. Somewhat predictable and not affecting.
ClarkVV (3748) - Allston, Massachusetts, USA - FEB 11, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draught at Publick House, December 2013
Large, quickly receding sienna-colored head tops a black body that has deep mahogany tints on the edges.
Dark chocolate, roast and touches of base malt (vanilla, cream) are plentiful and overall quite dry in the nose. If youíre looking for the orange, I suppose itís there in the form of a lightly juicy citrus, but youíre not really going to find it, otherwise, amidst the roasted barley and floral/lightly citric hoppiness. Still, this is a nicely attenuated porter that lets the malt do the talking, with much less emphasis on any Belgian yeast character. No heavy esters or fusels here.
Quite ordinarily porterish, in the mouth, not to say boring, but rather, nearly a well-constructed American rendition, with plenty of bitterness from the dark malts including notes of coffee and dry chocolate. A soft, supple, nearly oily texture is bolstered by an engaging carbonation, and a bit of juicy, though tame hoppiness (floral, lightly grassy) sits on the finish. Again, itís always good to tend towards the side of caution when brewing with adjuncts and this is certainly done cautiously. Wouldnt mind a bit more of the blood orange, though. It only slightly emerges on the finish, as a citric bitterness afterthought.
mdindy (32) - Attleboro, Massachusetts, USA - FEB 5, 2014
4 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
pours almost stout black with tan head, aroma not very noticable. first sip complex taste hits you, not anywhere near the average porter. citrus and orange zest dominates, then some milder coffee bitter and roasted malts. leaves nice bitter after taste for sometime. the coffee/expresso flavour very well ballenced by the sweeter citrus, making it very smooth. top porter Ive personally tried.
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