kbutler1 (1378) - North Carolina, USA - NOV 26, 2010
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. Courtesy of Mothman. Poured into a CCB snifter a fairly dark hazed deep mahagony rust color with a very thin collared head. The aroma isnít that strong with only subtle notes of dark fruit, oak, and caramel. Light mouthfeel with good carbonation. Sweet dark fruit start with a very wine like grape flavor. Slightly sour with a more malty flavor than sour. Lingering flavor of purple grapes and port wine. Overall, this is a decent beer but nothing to me that is very mind blowing. The flavors are nice and well blended but I think additional sourness wold have balanced out the sweetness a little better, that being said though, I wouldnít turn this beer down at all if offered again. The wine characteristics really dominate the aftertaste.
SSKD814 (854) - Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 17, 2010
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Thanks to maltzilla for sending this my way!
A- Pours with a 1/2 finger foamy white head which eventually fades to a thick collar and leaves little to no lacing behind in the glass. Body is a dirty bronze hue that is slightly translucent with a dynamic cloudiness.
N- The overall impression of the nose is mild, soft, and balanced. Vinegar, slight tartness, vinous grape, and pear come through.
T- Flavor is very balanced and mildly sour. This is a really complex brew and with every sip I am picking up something new. Grape, light spiciness, light vinegar, yeasty background, raisin, cinnamon, apple, pear, soaked oak, . Overall impression is delicate, sweet, sour, and slightly oaky- a mild alcohol heat comes through for the finish.
P- Carbonation is soft. Body is medium weight and exceptionally smooth and yeasty.
O- I had no idea while drinking this that it was 10%! This is an awesome brew-its delicate and very complex overall. Probably the best I have had from Allagash (that isnt a collaboration) so far. I love it!
Serving type: bottle
Reviewed on: 06-21-2010 00:41:20
GAManiac (1944) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - NOV 5, 2010
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Huge thanks to Joe for sharing this one, tasted alongside Gargamel and Victor Francenstein.
Aroma is interesting and unexpected with the sweetness of the maple syrup dominating with dark fruits and sugar. There is a definite oak character with some spiciness, while the tartness is very, very subtle. It smells almost like a port.
The taste starts with some sweet, but overripe dark fruits, with a little more tartness than the aroma but still not much. The sweet sugary backbone and sweet port flavors are dominant until the finish where the oak starts to show.
The mouthfeel is boozy and a little dry, but, again, really feels like a tawny port on the palate. Carbonation is low.
This is an interesting sour though nothing like I was expecting. Less like a sour and more like an after dinner wine.
nickd717 (4113) - San Francisco, California, USA - OCT 15, 2010
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Official tick #2300 - letís do this! Andrť (Bardwashrind on BA) was nice enough to open this 375ml bottle when I was in Denver for GABF, so big thanks to him for hooking up this milestone tick. At #2300, many beer ticking journalists canít help but draw comparisons to Michael Jordan, the best basketball player of all time. Do I have what it takes to become the Michael Jordan of beer ticking? Probably not, but I can probably at least be the Michael Jackson of ticking. CHEE-HEE!
This tick - I mean beer - pours into the tulip glass a hazy reddish-brown color. A well-formed whitish head sits on top.
Tart funky oaky and nutty aroma. The -bal aging asserts itself, along with caramel and some vinous and acetic notes. Slightly buttery, but otherwise nice.
The flavor has a caramel and nutty malt base, as well as red wine, vinegar, and red wine vinegar. Rather oaky and funky...and oh, I almost forgot: buttered chives. Youíve heard it before for this beer Iím sure. Itís undeniable, and I just canít get past it.
Pretty solid mouthfeel for the style. Slight acidity on the mouthfeel with average carbonation and medium body. Slightly tannic.
This is a pretty good wild ale. Is it a great one? Not even close. Above average but not worth the hype in my opinion. But oh man that rarity tastes so good sometimes!
17thfloor (2443) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - OCT 15, 2010
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle thanks to davinci! Has a New Glarus like oaky vanilla lacticness, sweet cherry, woody, nicely balanced though, maybe a touch of aceto also giving a slight vinegar twang. Very nice and strikingly similar to New Glarusí barrel character.
50belair (3329) - Florida, USA - OCT 11, 2010
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Diego hooking us up with another crazy bottle for the LCBS 10. This golden colored ale was more like a barley wine to me. The nose was dark fruits, carmel malts, and vanilla. The taste was molasses and caramel malt with dark fruits, barrel, and even a little bourbon.
xpimptastikx (103) - Austin, Texas, USA - SEP 20, 2010
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Got this some time back in a trade and decided to open it since everyone else it at GABF....
A - pours a dark ruby red, burgundy, with a single finger of puffy off white head which recedes to thin sheet with webs left when swirled.
S - oak, malt, vinegar, vanilla, and some dark fruit. slightly reminiscent of a Rodenbach grand cru, but not quite as malty.
T - Malty and spiced similar to a BSDA, oak still present with dark fuites (plums and raisins).
M/D - good carbonation as always from Allagash, not overly acetic or citric so it goes down easy without destroying the palate. It reminds me of a mix of Cuvee de Tomme and Rodenbach Grand Cru.
Another great wild ale from Allagash. Not exceedingly sour, but enough to keep me very interested in another sip. Even more happy with the trade I made for this/
tokyogoat (1503) - San Diego, California, USA - JUL 17, 2010
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
A decent offering, well worth the money and iíd possibly get it again. Just didnít knock my socks off. Sorry, limited bottle supply didnt make this beer give me a boner. still a little hot, flavors didnt play too well together for me.
egajdzis (6067) - Pennsburg, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 11, 2010
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Hazy dark golden color with a medium sized, off white head that left nice lacing on the glass. Aroma of vanilla, caramel malts, almond, nuts, dark fruits, wild yeast, and oak. Taste of citrus, toffee malts, wild yeast, nuts, barrel, and light alcohol in the finish.
TomDecapolis (4618) - Milton, Delaware, USA - JUL 9, 2010
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Thanks to Josh for sharing this one. Pours a hazy brownish orange with little to no head. Aroma of dark fruits, maple, nice oaky notes and toffee. Flavor of molasses, dark fruits, plum, oak and vanilla.