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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 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
AirForceHops (4993) - Epping, New Hampshire, USA - JUL 6, 2013
Draft @ Prohibition Pig. Aroma is nice fresh ground coffee bean and a bourbon undertone. Taste is mostly bold, intense coffee beans. Again bourbon comes through in nuances. Seems to have traces of the base brew underneath this coffee and bourbon. Lingering coffee after each sip. I really enjoy coffee infused beers, this happens to be a standout in my recent memory. And using a Tripel base with coffee is really interesting.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
AdamChandler (3878) - Enfield, New Hampshire, USA - JUL 6, 2013
Draft at Prohibition Pig. Orange reddish hue Cold pressed coffee and oak Taste is big and bold. Bready with hints of medicinal quality. Coffee goes throughout from start to finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Bacterial (2451) - Twin Cities, Minnesota, USA - JUL 5, 2013
On tap last year at Church Key in Washington, DC (it was called Jim Bean, but it seems to be this beer). Wow! Never had coffee in my beer outside of a stout or porter. Haze golden with an orange tinge, white head, nice lacing. Nose is coffee coffee and more coffee. Some subtle belgian spices in the nose as well. Smooth drinking, awesome mouthfeel, a touch bitter, sweetness and then coffee in the finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Marheb (3534) - San Diego, California, USA - JUN 30, 2013
Arôme de café très volatile, la pièce s’est remplie rapidement. Le corps est somptueux et le café brutal sur un fini plus végétal, unique.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Ernesto987 (4965) - Arizona, USA - JUN 28, 2013
On draft at alagash tap takeover, way too much coffee, some bourbon flavors, but coffee dominates

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
JulienHuxley (4635) - Trois-Rivières, Quebec, CANADA - JUN 24, 2013
From tap at the Festival. Clear gold pour with white head. Intense coffee aroma, vegetal notes but also roasty, definitely smells just like cold pressed coffee. Some light bourbony wood notes are perceptible, but barely. Very intense coffee flavor. The most peculiar part of this beer is that it has the palate of cold pressed coffee (plus carbonation), very silky mouthfeel with a long bitter aftertaste. Not my favorite beer, not sure I’d drink a pint but this is very well made.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
bob_w (373) - new york, New York, USA - JUN 14, 2013
unique, it being a pale colored coffee flavored beer, as opposed to dark and roasty. the coffee aroma was very apparent, as was the coffee flavor. it was nicely sour, and also had some bitter bite. but i found those three main components kind of stood on their own and didn’t quite meld. still, a very interesting and tasty sour ale.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
egajdzis (5695) - Pennsburg, 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 (4600) - Woodstock, 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 (1419) - 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.

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