austinpowers (2826) - New York, New York, USA - OCT 22, 2002
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Magnificent! Although I havenít liked the other Allagash brews Iíve tasted, this oneís in a league of its own. Terrifically spiced, like a delicious vienna lager more than a Belgian brew. Slightly herbal.
TAR (2495) - Lafayette, Colorado, USA - OCT 15, 2002
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: JAN 5, 2007 Corked version is superior to its 12 oz. counterpart. (12 oz.) Points deducted for turning watery with age. Oh boy. How rare it is to sample a Grand Cru from the states! Aroma is full of coriander, and figs, toasty malts linger forever with some grand olí spiciness. One of the longest finishes I have ever enjoyed. Undertones of toast and caramel. At just over $12 a six pack, I am jumping for joy. This beer is the perfect match for the wine cellar. Thank God for these brewing gurus! One of my favorite breweries.
estoppel (1028) - Buffalo, New York, USA - OCT 9, 2002
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Tawny amber body, offwhite head with lacing, spicy nose. Sweet, mildly spicy, slightly peppery.
daboskabouter (1470) - Fergus, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 9, 2002
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Dark orange color. Huge aroma of hops, and rich malt which lends to notes of grape, alcohol also trying to break through. Surprisingly hoppy body with a good sweet malty backbone. Nice amount of dark fruit and finishes with hints of yeast and bitter hops. Very nice beer, but suffered from too much hops.
jayme9874 (756) - Hamburg, New York, USA - OCT 8, 2002
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: JAN 15, 2003 Re-rate Deep reddish amber. Beautiful head and lace. This is strange but smells exactly like a lilly(get em for my girl alot, they smell up the whole room). I also get hints of malt, fruits and spices. Nice, almost toasty malt backbone. Berry fruitness, wonderful pepper and corriander spicyness, creamy mouthfeel with a long, sweet, spicy aftertaste. Very complex and very tasty. I appreciate much more the second and third time around. A damn good brew.
GregL40 (97) - Massachusetts, USA - SEP 28, 2002
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Foamy head with an airy aroma. Loose texture. Canít put my finger on the flavor. The 7.2% ABV was nicely masked.
Davhgbrew (940) - Coconut Creek, Florida, USA - SEP 20, 2002
2.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
The label says beer brewed with spices, and the flavor compliments the label. I can taste nothing but interesting spices. Has a very different flavor. This is not a beer I would go for again though. I think the weird spice is clove, but I canít really pinpoint it.
jaymobrown (1665) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - SEP 10, 2002
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Smells strongly of spice and pepper. Slight hints of banana. Had a cola type color.
JoeM500 (1905) - Crown Point, Indiana, USA - SEP 8, 2002
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Spicy like something meant for a Christmas celebration. Clove and pine nose with a taste that reminded me of Hair of the Dog brews! Very sweet at the end, as if it was made with sugars. This was from batch #2 (printed on the label).
SJP (483) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 6, 2002
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Quite spicy, I can very easily taste a hint of cloves and something else I canít quite put my finger on. Slightly sweet with a slightly fruity aroma. Not too great in the summer, but would be excellent in the winter months.