5000 (5606) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - APR 27, 2005
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle: Brown, hues of ruby, large foamy beige head, lively carbonation, fairly attractive lacing. † Sweet oakish nose, soft bourbon, vanilla. † Strong oak & bourbon up front, quite sweet, but the underlying beer is very light. † Cries to be a Barley Wine or Imperial Stout. † Big body, but fairly average mouthfeel. † Noticable alcohol on the finish, but very little heat. † Well balanced, smooth, but needs a bit more kick on the finish. † Still a fantastic concoction. † Thanks Jeff!
hopdog (8225) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 24, 2005
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Shared bottle courtesy of egajdzis. Poured a dark brown color with smaller sized off white head. Aromas of caramel, fruits and oak. Tastes of dark fruits, caramel, oak, vanilla and toasted malts. Alcohol well hidden. Easy to drink.
egajdzis (5116) - Spring Mount, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 24, 2005
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: DEC 27, 2006 Poured a cherry amber color with a small, light tan head that left light lacing on the glass. Aroma of dried fruits, cherries, toasted oak, caramel and alcohol. Taste of vanilla, caramel, earthy yeast, toasted oak, tart cherries and alcohol. Very nice.
sloth (2340) - Ceciltucky, Co., Maryland, USA - APR 24, 2005
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Large tan head that lasts, thick layer of clingy lace that takes the full ride. Clear chestnut hued brew. Fruity nose, notes of wood, spice and a bit of whisky. Med/full body, soft creamy mouthfeel thats coating. Dark fruit flavors, toasty malts, hints of roast and anise with a defined woodiness. Finish is dry, fruity and woody. An enjoyable, easy to drink B/A brew.
jeffc666 (1984) - Fairfax, Virginia, USA - APR 21, 2005
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
750 ml corked an caged bottle. Bottled February 2005. Deep dark ruby tinged brown body. The tan head is fizzy, collapses quickly, and rather uninspired looking. The aroma is loaded with oak (light to medium toast) vanilla, sweet apple, some light bourbon (which is odd since it is aged in new barrels. maybe some of the Curieux spilled into it. =) ). Further aromas include toasty malt and light dusty yeast. The alcohol (other than the sweet bourbon tones) is fairly subdued in the nose. The flavor is interesting. Its hard to pin down as the wheat notes really mix things up. The oak is here in spades but some bitter cocoa and bourbon. The flavor is not as nice as the aroma and the bourbon is again strong. I guess I expected less bourbon with the virgin barrel since wines aged in this manner do not taste like bourbon. Dry fizzy palate. Light to medium alcohol warmth on the journey down the gullet. Not bad, not great.
dirtymike (2016) - Manchester, New Hampshire, USA - APR 16, 2005
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottled in February 2005. Deep copper in color with a large off-white head. Aroma is fruity,wine-like with a huge oak presence.Flavor is bourbon,vanilla and oak, very assertive and with a dry finish.
swirl (267) - collingswood, New Jersey, USA - APR 13, 2005
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
This is a brown ale with amber highlights as well as a goamy tan head. There is a lot of fruit in the aroma, granny smith apple. The oak barrels also lend a scent of vanilla which is somewhat fainter. Teh taste also imparts some fruitiness with a subtler bourbon in the background. The vanilla also shows up in the aftertaste. The palate is very smooth and unoffensive which follows through with a great aftertaste.
Kinz (3104) - Glen Allen, Virginia, USA - APR 10, 2005
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Feb. 2005 bottling, deep brown with a decent, lasting head. Aroma was frankly of mesquite chips. Flavor was initially of light caramel, a bit of cherry, and a smoky woody note. Tannic without being astringent, their is some interesting complexity in this brew. Lacking the sheer enjoyability of some of their more traditional belgian style offerings, this is still a good beer.
Cletus (6250) - Connecticut, USA - APR 9, 2005
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
When I first tried this brew at a beer festival, I didnít think much of it. At the time, I found it very astringent with whiskey-like qualities. This is definitely not the case out of the bottle. Feb 2005 bottle. Pours dark with an average light brown head that diminishes leaving a thin crust throughout the tasting. Scents of molasses, caramel and coffee are present. Taste is of bananas, raisins, prunes, dates, cassis with cask, wood, butterscotch and honey on the finish. Body is full and oily.
GirlyBeer (190) - Old Orchard Beach, Maine, USA - APR 9, 2005
2.4 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
UPDATED: OCT 6, 2005 This is a good beer to sip, not to drink all at once. Very strong, sweet, with a dark brown color. This wonít go down as my favorite beer from Allagash.