argo0 (11329) - Washington DC, USA - JUN 27, 2005
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
(750ml, bottled 2/05) Big beige head atop a clear, dark red-brown body. Aroma is moderately sweet, brown sugar, raisin, bourbon, vinous, some vanilla, light wood, faint peat. Taste is sweet, brown sugar, bourbon, vanilla, light plum. Surprisingly mild alcohol warming in the finish. Medium-full body that is much thinner than the bourbon its flavor suggests. Still, the aroma would have you believe a greater range of flavors await you than the beer actually delivers.
dolemike1 (1288) - Jeannette, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 27, 2005
4.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
750ml Bottle: Poured a deep purplish brown, opaque, with a moderate off white head. Nice lacing. Aroma is pleasant, that of oak, bourbon, sugar, and ripe dark fruit. Flavor is excellent, notes of wood, some caramel, maple syrup, plum, and raisin. Slight hint of alcohol at first, which completely disappeared after the 3rd sip. Very enjoyable.
jimmack (1222) - Nutley, New Jersey, USA - JUN 12, 2005
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
750 ml. corked bottle. Dark reddish brown color with a good size tan head. Fruity aroma of oak and whiskey. Flavor was mildly sweet malt, caramel and alcohol. Reminded me of stealing sips of my uncle’s VO and club soda when I was a kid. Unfortunately I’m not a big whiskey fan, but this is definitely well made.
apoptosis (1317) - Denver, Colorado, USA - JUN 5, 2005
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
This is an interesting take on the BSA. Very dark reddish brown with a lushy, big-bubbled head. The aroma is somewhat alcoholic and plant-like/earthy. The flavor also has some vinous qualities to it, and the flavor is also strong of bourbon, I guess from the barrels it is aged in. Somewhat yeasty. Smooth finish.
notalush (4766) - Denver, Colorado, USA - JUN 5, 2005
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Dark purple-ish red with small head of large bubbles - complex nose of red wine, vanilla, oak, spice, musty/earth tones, bourbon, nutmeg - medium body with tingling carbonation - very low sweetness, especially considering the high abv - raisins, prunes, black cherries make an appearance, along with vanilla, bourbon - vinous, medium-dry finish - interesting stuff, should age quite well.
OldGrowth (2598) - North Carolina, USA - JUN 1, 2005
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle, from Julio’s. Good nose, Red wine(I really need to learn abit more about wine to more accurately describe it) dried cherry, Brownish orange color that looked more red when held directly up to a spot light, Big white beige head that quickly retreated to a ring. Sweet bitterdry flavors, like aromas, with the oak showing up, little boubon, Imitation vanilla, molasses. Medium body, oily viscous mouthfeel, sweet dry finish, you get an ABV flash, then molasses fruity thing hangs on the tongue. Nice brew, wish I picked up another to hold on to.
muzzlehatch (4424) - Burlington, Vermont, USA - MAY 31, 2005
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
750 ml bottle (from the excellent Downeast Beverage in Portland, ME). Thick, lasting slightly off-white chunky head with lots of lace covers the black-cherry body...potent nose hits you first with cigar tobacco, a bit of old munster cheese, and some sweet-tart cherries before settling into a port-wine character...alcohol is certainly apparent in the body, but warming more than burning, complementing the heavy sweetness well...caramel-covered fruits (raisins, dried pears) seem to hover at the front, but are quickly subsumed by a dry, cottony hardness as the liquid disappears...very good, nearly up to Allagash’s standards until that desert of a finish which helps to keep it from greatness...certainly may improve in a year or two.
JFGrind (1835) - Glenside, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 28, 2005
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Sugar sweet belgian strong, with a foamy white head and brown body. Hints of wood, spice and bourbon. I’d like to polish off a bottle of this myself!
3daddict (139) - Portland, Maine, USA - MAY 27, 2005
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
This is easily the best beer I’ve ever drunk. The aroma smells of a woody, beechnut, nectar, pours with little head, even with some gentle persuasion, and has a opaque, chestnut color. The taste is complex with mixes of oak, musk, wiskey and why do I want to say, tree bark or sap. I really can’t descibe what heaven this brew is to drink. This recipe has to have been passed on to Allagash brewers by some ancient Druid sect living in the Maine woods. This is a must drink beer and since I can’t get the cork back into the bottle...I must do the honorable thing and kill it by pouring another glass!
Lou18 (1353) - West Paterson, New Jersey, USA - MAY 21, 2005
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Poured dark brown with mid level foamy off white head. Smelled oak, rasis and dark fruit, maybe vanilla. Taste is complex like the nose and hints of whiskey. Mouth feel is a tad bit light. Nice.