durhambeer (2500) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - JUN 29, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Draft from an Allagash event at Sam’s Quik Shop. Pour is dark brown with a modest dark beige head. Nose shows tart blueberries and chocolate malts. Hint of roast and blackberries as well. Taste blends tart, sweet, and dry well. Not overly complex, but much more refreshing than some wild ales, especially dark ones at 7.5%. Tasty.
rbrazell (1452) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - APR 17, 2014
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle from CBX. Black pour with chestnut rims and a frothy tan head. Aroma of dry chocolate, dried figs, blueberries roasted malts, tobacco with mild Brett funkiness. Dried chocolate and roasted malts up front on the tongue fading into plums, figs and blueberries, finishing on a slight tart Brett funk end. Balanced, drinkable and not over the top Brett. Solid beer.
emacgee (3875) - Chapel Hill, North Carolina, USA - APR 15, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Slightly murky cacao brown pour with a fizzy tan head. Dark fruity notes in the aroma with some grain and ephemeral esters. Chocolate and burnt popcorn in the flavor with some spice and a dry bitter cacao note. Tart fruit skins. Light bodied and very dry.
brystmar (1113) - Dallas, Texas, USA - APR 12, 2014
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Brett and burgundy and some mild barrels? Them nuanced browns. Boldly "meh".
Braudog (5489) - Hampton, Virginia, USA - APR 4, 2014
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle, caged and corked. Reddish brown, fizzingly carbonated, producing a funky, tight head of off-tan foam, blanketing the ruby-red-brown brew beneath. The wild, dark fruit funk can reach the olfactory glands from at least a foot away. This drinks with a majorly muddy mouthfeel, thick and soupy. There’s a rich malted raisin, date and vaguely molasses thing riding the wavetops of this beer. Underneath is a definite sense of wild fermentation, and fruity esthers. Intriguing. A sipper for the fire side. (#5479, 4/4/2014)
changeup45 (1709) - Mount Dora, Florida, USA - MAR 30, 2014
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
I got a bottle of this from Lukaduke in a trade. Thanks! A very dark brown color, with some red tint, pours out of the bottle. A nice moderate sized frothy head settles on top and sticks around to lace the glass. The aroma shows cherries, wild berries, and Brett notes. Deeper down there’s some chocolate, oat, and husky notes. Drinking the beer is a rather fun experience. On one hand, it has what you’d expect from a Sour Ale with funky Brett, tart berries, cherries, and vinous notes. But then it completely switches gears and offers a healthy dose of chocolate, toasted malt, with a creamy body. Finishes roasty with gentle hop bitterness. It isn’t going to be an all time favorite or anything but I really like the uniqueness and multi layers of this beer. It’s also pretty easy to consume so there’s probably no bad time to open this one up.
Clownoisseur (137) - Buchanan, Michigan, USA - MAR 22, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a dark brown with plum hues. Medium carbonation gives a small tan head that leaves moderate lacing. Aromas are musty grape with some roasted malt. Interesting. Taste has layers of barnyard brett with dry chocolates, dark fruits, toasted wheats. A nice bittering character from a healthy hop profile keeps the body nice a light despite some of the more robust flavors. FInish is on the dry side and in line with the grapes, cherries and brett that give this tartness. Very interesting beer. Enjoyable.
agl108 (722) - Upper St. Clair, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 15, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
12.7 oz bottle at Monk’s Cafe. Poured ruby tone with minimal head. Yeasty, with plums, dark fruit with minimal carbonation. Lacking sourness I expected. Finished dry.
TheAlum (5205) - Lisle, Illinois, USA - MAR 15, 2014
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
375 ml bottle from Printers Row Wine Shop (Chicago, IL). Pours a deep blackish brown hue, darker near opaque body cascades out with brownish ruby glow into the edges and bottom, some decent glow, frothy brownish head atop stays as a frothy layer. Sticks around ok and laces well enough. Aromas are distinctly tart, sour cherries, vinous and tart with raisins, plum, funky brett and some lactic tang. A touch toasty and roasty, throwing some distinct sour twang, lemony and cherry sourness meet some spirit and rye malt, pungent fruitiness really takes off, red grapes, pulpy seedy raspberry, cherries and citric sourness. Gentle brett, cobwebs, and horseblanket fall behind. Initial is a bit different, more restrained as the bursting fruity sour nose falls behind a bit. Decent body with spritzy brett driven carbonation. Some toastiness, rye and gentle cocoa elements meet fuzzy and dry brett yeasty elements. Touches of raspberry and cherry, more gentle than the nose with jabs of cocoa, biscuits, and toasty malts. Some vinous and dark fruit qualities, more dry as we push towards the finish. A bit biscuity, bready, funky and dry as we hit the finish. Some gentle basement, fuzziness, and dust dry out, gentle tangy fruit and dryness as we roll out. The potent nose and appearance really hit the mark, but the beer itself brings you back to earth, more restrained but fairly balanced and approachable compared to the nose. Nice dry and funky brett elements play well, firmly dry and a bit tart and dusty as we finish, it certainly progresses well albeit not as potent as the nose showed. A really solid wild beer that I honestly wasn’t expecting to like all the much. Probably the most well put together of their recent wild offerings, if a bit heavy handed on brett and dryness into that backend and finish. Perhaps a touch warm on the backend as well.
Reynolds314 (2095) - Connecticut, USA - MAR 13, 2014
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
A decent wild but not on the level im used to from allagash. Very sweet and malty with some light cocoa, grass, muddled cherries, wet wood, and tobacco. Not nearly tart or funky enough for me. Could probably use some time.
Emeister84 (753) - Charlottesville, Virginia, USA - MAR 12, 2014
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Funky, fruity, cherry and berry-like aromas, some toast. Dark brown with red highlights and a lasting fluffy khaki head. Dry, funky, somewhat sour, roasty maltiness and savory in the finish. Light bodied, fluffy, and smooth, with an earthy funky finish.