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RATINGS: 82   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.62   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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
egajdzis (5364) - Spring Mount, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 9, 2013
Hazy, dark golden color with a medium sized, white head that left nice lacing on the glass. Aroma of citrus, spices, toast, vanilla, bourbon, roast, smoke and coffee malts. Taste of coffee, citrus, spices, vanilla, roast, bourbon, and light alcohol in the finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
ChainGangGuy (4391) - Marietta, Georgia, USA - MAY 19, 2013
10 ounce pour - $6.00 at Leon’s Full Service in Decatur, Georgia as part of their Allagash Takeover event.

Appearance: Heavily hazed, darkened gold body with a nearly white head, just shy of a full inch.

Smell: My stars! Certainly a stronger coffee aroma than I had anticipated, delightfully roasty, nutty. Undertone of gently sweet-scented bourbon notes. Faintly fruity, with a bit of lemon, leaving little of the original tripel to recognize.

Taste: Sweetish flavor of roasted coffee beans -- it really does have a surprising depth of coffee in the taste. No, really, it does! Caramel, vanilla, and wooden bourbon accents follow. Then, way waaaay back is the original Allagash Tripel. Ultra faint citrus. Sweetish, coffee finish with a sliver of bourbon and a slight, warming alcohol quality.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium-plus carbonation. Smooth mouthfeel.

Overall: I would enjoy starting my day by downing a pint of James Bean.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
oRos (1126) - sacramento, California, USA - MAY 18, 2013
On tap at city beet pours yellow with white head. Taste is all coffee as well as the aroma.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Godofthecellar (677) - NYC, New York, USA - MAY 10, 2013
Growler poured a clear yellow with no head Smell and taste of coffee, hazlenut, nutella. Abv is very well masked.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Butters (3789) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - MAR 23, 2013
Sampled at the Raleigh Rare and Vintage Festival 2013. Clear yellow pour with offwhite head ring. Smells like a burning fuelsel alcohol and coffee. Flavor is woody barrel and sage. unusual to have coffee infused into an triple. Not really my thing. Meh.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
j12601 (6607) - Poughkeepsie, New York, USA - MAR 22, 2013
Pouring at the Saturday sessions of Extreme Beerfest. Pours a clear gold with a thin white head. Big whiskey and wood on the nose, toasty. Medium bodied, soft smoke, toast and wood, lots of wood. Hints of chocolate, lingering wood with some alcohol warmth on the finish. Interesting.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
nimbleprop (4973) - SouthWest, Washington, Washington DC, USA - MAR 21, 2013
Sampled at EBF. Pours a hazy come with some creamy, white head. Big coffee nose, chocolate, caramel, malt. Smells and tastes like coffee. Other flavors of brown sugar, nuts, a little maple, sugary. Full bodied, but dry, nutty finish. I was surprised by this on many levels. Doesn’t taste like it looks.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Jow (2200) - New York, USA - MAR 7, 2013
Tap at Brewers Choice. Pours hazy orange. Nice aromas of fresh roasted coffee and vanilla. you get lots of coffee upfront kinda overpowering. also get some vanilla, straw, pineapple, peat, yeast, ginger, and some sweet bourbon. kinda ll over the place with alcohol warming on finish

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
mansquito (3444) - Nueva York, New York, USA - MAR 3, 2013
Pizzeria Paradiso, Alexandria tap: Pours a light coppery color with a white head. Aroma is straight up coffee beans (ground up and fresh), with a little bit of whiskey, and somewhere deep in there is a tripel. Taste is straight up coffee beans, which is pretty crazy, because this beer looks nothing like what it tastes. Vanilla is present as well. This beer is just nuts and even weirder than the Curieux.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
MadRobin (1994) - Silver Spring, USA - MAR 2, 2013
On tap 4 oz. sample at Pizza Paradiso in Alexandria, VA. Hazy, golden oak color with small off-white head and very good lacing. Aroma of sweet light malt, vanilla, light fruit and fresh whiskey barrel with nary a hint of coffee. Taste of sweet light malt, sweet alcohol, light fruit, vanilla and no coffee. Medium body and medium carbonation. So where did the coffee go?!! If it is there, it is very subtle. The Jim Beam is certainly there and makes for a wonderful beer. I wonder if they served me Curieux by mistake. I certainly would have rated this beer higher if I had not been expecting coffee. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

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