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RATINGS: 99   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.66/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 309   ABV: 10.3%
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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
conway (2174) - - MAY 30, 2014
Draft. Gold with a fluffy white head. Aroma is buttery, Belgian yeast and just a slight hint of coffee. Taste confirms what I can only assume is a diacetyl infection. Buttered popcorn carries the day with hints of what was supposed to have happened in the background, including the bourbon barrel and coffee. Very nice soft mouthfeel. Would like to try non-infected because it's still pretty drinkable in this state.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
PhillyCraft (4541) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 29, 2014
Sample at pour house during Maine event , pours golden with loosely bubbled head not much lacing. Aromas and flavor were lots of espresso, roast, pepper, fruit, Belgian malts, and yeast. Refreshing but it is a little thin.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Lubiere (11589) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 16, 2014
A hazed golden amber ale with a thin lacing off white head. In aroma, smooth coffee grind with light fruity notes, coriander, very perfumy and nice. In mouth, a nice sweet fruity malt with loads of coffee extract, herbaceous hops, licorice and smooth warming alcohol. On tap at Porter Beer Bar.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
solidfunk (5991) - Washington D.C., Washington DC, USA - MAY 12, 2014
Comes together ok but not huge - honestly I donít think espresso has a place in this style. Pours golden orange with good head and lacing. Espresso isnít huge at least, but dampens the coriander and other elements. Soft carbonation. Improves a little after a few tastes. Tap at Churchkey.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
radagast83 (6119) - Fairfax, Virginia, USA - MAY 9, 2014
Shared at CK with gendv138 and solidfunk. Thanks! Nice golden color with a small white head on it. Aroma is lots of fresh ground coffee notes, some woody bourbon notes to it. Coffee is not muted all that much, which is quite nice. Coffee and bourbon - what a way to start a morning, right? Probably, probably not. Nicely infused and good balance between the bourbon and beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
nuplastikk (5270) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - MAY 5, 2014
Tap at Maxís. Golden bodied. Massive coffee tones. Full bodied. Really strong oak and coffee notes. Massive flavor. Nice golden malt backbone. Right on.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
marcus (8010) - Sacramento, California, USA - MAY 1, 2014
On tap at Capitol Beer& Tap Room. Pours golden with a thick off-white head and a coffee aroma. There is a hearty caramel malt flavor with lots of coffee and a hint of bourbon. It tastes like it should be a dark beer because of the coffee. Very unique and delicious.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
odinstyr (645) - Howell, 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Maverick34 (2721) - New York, USA - APR 10, 2014
Draught from the evening star. Orange brown pour. Light coffee, dark fruits, sugar, vanilla really. Good.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
keanex (1640) - 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.

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