Quetzalcoatl (153) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - JUL 13, 2005
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
This is a fine creation; a full nose that foreshadows the variety of flavors that wait within. No shortage of oak here, but not nearly as intrusive or distracting as some other oak aged beers. The flavor is a very nice blend of oak, yeasty esters, smoke and boozy warmth. Dead on carbonation and a medium body, it is as equally pleasing to feel as it is to taste. This is a fantastic brew. Cheers!
scraff (2121) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - JUL 13, 2005
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Deep cola colored ale, light tan fizzy head. The nose held rich and complex tones of vanilla, buttered oak, toasted waffles, cocoa, and spices, with lighter notes of apple and marshmallow. Flavor practically matched aroma with spiced bourbon, vanilla, plum, and toasty oak up front, and a tangy citric hop addition late which helps to maintain a very nice balance. Medium to full bodied, zesty carbonation, dry, oaky finish. Another great Allagash creation....
MilkmanDan (1943) - Eagan, Minnesota, USA - JUL 12, 2005
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Deep, deep red. Smells meaty, is this liquidized bacon I see before me? Some prunes and smoke as well. Tastes woody and oaky, dark fruit, deeply sweet. Alcohol burns at the end. Nice stuff, the oak isn’t overly done, adds to the beer nicely.
jasonp (1555) - Leesburg, Virginia, USA - JUL 10, 2005
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Clear brownish red with a quickly fading off-white head. Nice aroma of wood, vanilla, sherry and almonds. Flavor has notes of plum, raisin, toffee, caramel, toasted malt, oak, sherry and ends with chocolate and alcohol in the finish. Pleasantly sweet. Medium body with very fizzy, spritzy carbonation. Nice beer.
BuckNaked (1230) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - JUL 10, 2005
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle: Mostly opaque murky brown with a medium tan head. Aroma is meat, beef jerky, smoky chocolate, salty hops, prunes, light wood barrel, charred barrel, licorice. Taste is salty prune, wood, chocolate, light burbon (but not enough to burn), yeast, and thick malts. Full mouthfeel, dense, medium-lively carbonation. I thought they did a nice job with the barrel aging on this one - there wasn’t any alcohol burn like I’ve had from some bourbon barrel aged beers, and the tannic oak notes were not overpowering.
beerinmarch (2830) - Washington, USA - JUL 10, 2005
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a lightly cloudy amber with an off-white head. Massive oak aroma and flavor, a bit too woody, could be a bit more subtle. The spiciness of the yeast esters struggled against the oak aroma. Taste starts sweet with a nice fig and caramel sweetness that is quickly faded into a percieved dryness by the oak. The actual dryness in the finish isn’t half of how dry all the oak makes it feel. An interesting beer, but I wish they had blended it differently.
DocLock (7861) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 6, 2005
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
I saved this for #2000, because it was the best beer I had over Independence Day weekend. The pour was hazy, deep-brown with a medium white head. The aroma was complex...oakish, with bourbon, figs, caramel malt, some chocoff. The taste was very oaky, with the common vanilla flavor, which was bolstered by big bourbon, figs, caramel malt, and merlot and port wine. A true doppleganger of the 3 alcohol styles, this one is. Great, dense mouthfeel with well hidden alcohol and increasing complexity as it warms. If you see this one, for God’s sake buy this one!!
ABUSEDGOAT (2391) - California, USA - JUN 30, 2005
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: JUL 1, 2005 Pours a dark body with a moderate head. Aroma is remnicent of wine and wood... oak by any chance? haha. If it’s not wine, it’s some other form of hard alcohol. Maybe rum or bourbon? It’s very smooth based on the aroma and the alcohol %. However, the flavor doesn’t match the price tag. $15 for a bottle = never again. Even if I won the lottory I wouldn’t buy this beer. It’s not that special anyway.
Miguel (1181) - Saint-Ours, Quebec, CANADA - JUN 30, 2005
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Robe auburn surmontée d’une mousse généreuse. Arômes de chêne, de fumé et de malt. Saveurs de chêne, de cassonnade et d’alcool. Bien balancée.
GonZoBeeR (2926) - Ste-Eulalie, Quebec, CANADA - JUN 29, 2005
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Appearance:Redish brown,good head...
Flavor:oak all the way,malt and sugar.......