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Allagash Vagabond

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RATINGS: 102   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.78   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 300   ABV: 10%
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Vagabond is the second offering in our limited 375 ml series. With only 500 bottles made, this beer is from one of the only barrels to move with us into our new brewery three years ago. Aged four years in American oak barrels, it boasts a complex aroma of maple syrup and port, with background notes of marzipan, plum and dill. Flavors of tart, unripened plum and caramel give way to a warming, toasted almond finish. As always...an adventure.


4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
hopscotch (10000) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - JUN 15, 2011
BottleÖ This beer rocks!... Clear ruby ale with no head. The aroma is funky and fruity with notes of dark cherries and oak. Full-bodied with lively carbonation. The flavor is malty and fruity, but also quite tart with no alcohol burn. Finishes caramely, tart and dry. World class brew! Thanks to jtclockwork for this bottle!

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Glouglouburp (6104) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JUN 7, 2011
In short: A weird overly sweet and vinegary attempt at a classic Flemish Sour. Disappointing.
How: Bottle 375ml. Consumed when a little over 1 year of age
The look: Mostly clear light-bronze body topped by a small beige head
In long: The unusual nose is part classic Flemish Sour (sour oaky notes and all) and part maple leaf cookies. Taste is a strange mix of toasted malts, vinegar, cherry skin, some caramel, a lot of dry oak, frozen raspberries, lots of residual sugars, some medicinal notes, quite a bit of leather, maple cookies, strawberries. Strong sourness and excessive astringency. There is a lot of flavors that can be listed here but the whole thing just doesnít work very well. Too much maple cookies that do not fit the rest of the beer. Overall too sweet and too sharp. The beer isnít bad but Iím complaining because I was expecting a lot more from this beer. This is not the quality level of their Gargamel, not by a long shot. Iíve been hunting for this beer for a while and when I finally got a bottle I found out it really wasnít that good. And I also found out why the chicken crossed the road and itís really not that funny.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
AmEricanbrew (6231) - Same Trailer, Different Park, Louisiana, USA - MAY 25, 2011
Foggy amber color/ beige head. Big wet wood tannin, caramel, fruity aromas. medium bodied. Nice lightly sweet ní tart caramel, grape juice, cherry flavors--good.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
fata2683 (2176) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - MAR 28, 2011
sampled during the 2011 RBWG weekend thanks to Joe for sharing, pours hazy dirty blond with a medium off white head. Aroma is floral with tons of wood going on. Flavor is tart berries, lots of fruity yeast going on and a nice dry finish that is tart with moldy wood.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
jrallen34 (3494) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 24, 2011
This ale is a very dark amber, a little lighter in the light. It is brown with highlights of red, reminding me of tea. There is little carbonation as the head is about half a finger but fades way too quickly. There is little lacing. The aroma is strong with sourness coming from tobacco, leather and oak. There is oddly no tartness from fruit detectable. The taste is very similar to the aroma with a strong oak taste followed by a sour finish. The after taste sour lasts several seconds. the beer is good but its not something you could or would drink a lot of. Iím a big wild fan and find them drinkable but this is on the very far end of drinkability.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Sledutah (5738) - Utah, USA - MAR 9, 2011
Wow, the first beer on day 3 of RBWG 2011
Appearance: Hazy amber with a medium sized beige head and good lacing
Aroma: Tart apples, woody and vanilla
Taste: Tart apples, sour malts and vanilla
Very nice. Good way to start the day, thanks for sharing this one.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Savvy1982 (1705) - Lethbridge, Alberta, CANADA - MAR 9, 2011
Bottle at RBWG 2011. Pours clear tawny/orange, thin off-white head, weak lacing. Nose is tart red fruit, tight oak, cider apples, slightly acetic, strawberries. Flavours of red fruit, sweet woody vanilla, leather, tovacco. Very different, and very cool.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
douglas88 (6941) - Portland, Oregon, USA - MAR 9, 2011
Bottle shared by a generous soul Saturday morn at RBWG. I wasnít quite ready for a brew, but a nice sour tart brew was fine. Pours a golden hue with a medium white head. A great nose of wood, cherries, sweet plums, tart notes. The flavor was very nice; a mellow brew, woody, lots of sweet fruit, cherries, dusty, oxidation, but this is a tart brew as well, not acidic but smooth. Complex and tasty.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jtclockwork (10442) - , New Jersey, USA - DEC 31, 2010
For New Years Eve. Pours dirty brown. Vinous nose of fermented grapes and basement funk. Taste is slightly acidic, mostly sour plum skins, fermented grape and light chocolate and maple.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Thorpe429 (5016) - , Illinois, USA - NOV 30, 2010
Big thanks to bmanning for opening this up at a recent tasting. A: Pours a dark reddish copper with some nice carbonation throughout. S: Lots of oak and sweetness coming from dark fruit and hints of maple syrup. A little bit of funk in there as well. Very unique. T: Quite similar to the nose with just a lot going on. Not completely blended together in the flavor department, but there were so many little things about it that I enjoyed. The dark fruits, oak, and funk were a great combination. M: Pretty smooth with fairly low carbonation and a light-to-medium mouthfeel. D: Definitely would not have guessed that this one was 10%. Very drinkable with some nice flavor characteristics. Serving type: bottle Reviewed on: 03-16-2010


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