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Allagash James Bean
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RATINGS: 62   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.61   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 309   ABV: 10.3%
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James Bean is our bourbon barrel aged Tripel (Curieux), with cold pressed coffee added. We use coffee from www.mattscoffee.com right here in Maine. Released January 2013.


3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
odinstyr (541) - Hamilton, New Jersey, USA - APR 10, 2014
Pours a hazy amber with a foamy white head. Smells of yeasty fruit, hint of funk hint of pear. Taste is bitter and sweet - hint of sour - fruit and coffee, biscuits.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Maverick34 (2041) - New York, USA - APR 10, 2014
Draught from the evening star. Orange brown pour. Light coffee, dark fruits, sugar, vanilla really. Good.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
keanex (1289) - Atco, New Jersey, USA - APR 4, 2014
On tap at Joe Canals West Deptford.
Appearance: Milky hazy orange amber body with a short white head that quickly dissipates.
Aroma: The aroma is very odd, vanilla creamer, roasted peanuts, hints of coffee, and a touch of bourbon.
Taste: Bourbon runs mildly through a creamy slightly fruit tripel. Vanilla works through it with banana leading to a heavily creamer coffee/roasted peanut finish. The finish lingers a touch of booze with bourbon. Itís an odd mix, but it works.
Palate: Creamy with moderate carbonation.
Overall: This is excellently executed despite being an odd concept. This is balanced through the flavors nicely and despite some of them not being common together it works.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
crossovert (6344) - Illinois, USA - MAR 23, 2014
Draft. Enjoy the base beer but this oen seems to be just a bit off the rails, lots of clashing flavors, coffee is nice in the aroma though.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
jtclockwork (7107) - , New Jersey, USA - MAR 21, 2014
Draft at Torst. Pours cloudy yellow with white head. Nose and taste of coffee, lemongrass, light bourbon, oak and yeast. Medium body.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
ClarkVV (3856) - Allston, Massachusetts, USA - MAR 19, 2014
Draught at Publick House, 3/14/14
Looks like Curieux, that is to say, bright golden with a hint of amber and a fluffy, well-retained head.
Soft coffee in the nose still allows light peach/apricot esters and bourbon notes in. Almost a light vanilla-chocolate interplay and quite light on the alcohol. Fairly strong aroma and Iím glad Iím just smelling espresso....
Deceptively beer-like in flavor. You certainly get the coffee up front, clean, lightly bitter and with plenty of vanilla flavor. However, malt kicks in, adding light sweetness with a touch of biscuity malt. Some lightly acidic notes along with yeast esters begin to give an almost citric-like impression as the bourbon and coffee sit somewhat dryly on the finish. Actually liked this a lot more than Curieux (which I dont care for much at all, thanks to the heavy bourbon), as the coffee blotted out some of the heavy bourbon character, added a silky-slickness to the texture and seemed to be in balance. Of course, you certainly lose a fair amount of the Belgian nature of the beer, but for what it is, I think it works fine.

3.4
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
WillDunn (26) - - MAR 17, 2014
On tap. A lot of promise held in the description of this beer and I was disappointed by the subtlety vs more of the big flavors. Ultimately, that's my issue. The flavor definitely carries some of the vanilla from the barrel, while allowing for an easier drinking experience.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Steve_0 (2229) - Denver, Colorado, USA - MAR 5, 2014
On tap at Boulder Strong Ale Fest (2014). Pour is clear golden with a small white head and decent lacing. Huge coffee, lightly fruity, oaky, earthy, toffee, and caramelly aroma. Taste is espresso, spicy, fruity, bready, light caramel, and wood with a lightly bitter finish. Slick mouthfeel with medium carbonation. Pretty cool Belgian strong.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Ratman197 (9028) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - MAR 2, 2014
On tap at Avery Strong Ale Fest poured a hazy gold with a small lasting ivory head. Aromas of coffee, light caramel, light fruitiness and light oak. Palate was light bodied and crisp with a smooth dry finish. Flavors of coffee, caramel, light bourbon and light oak with a smooth dry lingering coffee finish.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
NielsenRatings (8273) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - MAR 1, 2014
On tap @ Boulder Strong Ale Fest 2014. Pours a bit hazy golden orange appearance with a thin white head. Aroma is pretty nutty. Some woody notes. A bit of coffee in the flavor. Caramel and toffee tastes. A bit of graham cracker. Kind of twangy. Kind of disappointing and honestly a big hard to see the underlying tripel.


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