ricke (476) - Malme, SWEDEN - FEB 23, 2010
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Reddish brown with a small off-white head leaving some lacings.
The aroma is quite intense and peculiar. Lots of semi-funky barrel, smooth mild edgy bourbon, herbs and lactic notes. Hints of caramel, leather and nuts.
The taste is quite spectacular. It’s very spicy and has quite a lot of fresh herbal notes to it (thyme, dill). Then, along comes prominent barrel notes of wet wood. Some malty caramel sweetness and muted and strange bourbon notes. Lactic and tart middle leading the way to a tannic and herbally bitter finish (do I taste rocket?) with notes of tart cherries.
Medium to full body, smooth with a dry finish.
Definitely a weird one. A strange and interesting, surprisingly herbal, character, Complex and edgy with a nice tart side to it. But also more fun than good actually. Can’t think of many occasions when I would crave anything like this.
Cletus (6354) - Connecticut, USA - FEB 16, 2010
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours brown with a hint of off white bubbles around the rim of the glass. Up front caramel gives away to some dust, funk, sour hints, oaky drynes. Tastes of dark fruit, some caramel, dry oak, some peppery splashes, dry, some complimentary notes of oxidation. Surprisingly lively on the finish. Enjoyable offering fro Allagash.
andersand (529) - Malmö, SWEDEN - FEB 10, 2010
3.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Hazy brown with a small bubbly ring on top. Seriously odd aroma, herbal and spicy with light caramell, sweet subtile bourbon, rerd berries, some alcohol, vanilla, oranges, tobacco and leather. Flavour is just as weird if not more with lots of thime and white pepper, caramell, wood and acidic berrys. Ends on a tart and dry notee with herbal woody tones that almost becomes a bit much after a while. Mouthfeel is a bit sticky but with fine bubbled carbonation. Really an interesting brew but the aroma holds more complexity than I think the flavour delivers and the flavour becomes a bit too odd even for me.
JoeMcPhee (8746) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 4, 2010
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Amber pour. A bit of sweet chewy maltiness with a bit of brown sugar and molasses overlaid by soft lactic tartness. A touch of sweetness and a bit of chewy character. Lots of vanilla and heavy caramel. As the beer warms up the contribution of the barrel really pops out. Caramel, vanilla and toasted wood underlying the sweetness of the brew. Really quite an interesting brew
blutt59 (6049) - Dallas, Texas, USA - FEB 1, 2010
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
bottle, thanks to ericandersnavy, brownish color with a weak flavor of sour tea, oaky, berries, chalky finish
JAXSON (531) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 1, 2010
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle, corks open with a nice big pop. Pours a clear deep reddish with brown edges and a pretty beige head with lots of tiny bubbles. A beauty! Nose is of English tea cake, pistachios, vanilla, some sweet cherries. Very unique and expressive. Really lively in the mouth, flavor is highlighted by a fizzy sour cherry fading into more pistachios and cake. Quite sour actually, with a little bit of that "wet sock" brett element sometimes found in wild Allagash beers. Sour cherries dominate the flavor a bit, I actually wanted more of that sweet cake thing. Very good and a bit surprising.
Rosebud butternuts (2396) - Denton, Texas, USA - JAN 25, 2010
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
bottle with a big thanks to sigma23. poured brownish with a white head. aroma was tart cherry, bourbon, pecan, and honey. flavor was bourbon, almond, pecan, oak, and some tartness. light body with low carbonation. thanks a ton tim.
DaSilky1 (2606) - San Diego, California, USA - JAN 25, 2010
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a woody-like mahogany color with a frothy ring of head. Nose is sweet and sour with hints of honey. Flavors are sweet with a sour-like finish around the edges...almost has a amaretto character...very boozy, sweet, yet sour. Big, slow sipper...a bit hot but I think combined with the boozy sweetness, it works here. Wouldn’t want to drink a lot at one time, but the big, boozy, sweet and sour interplay is quite interesting.
WeeHeavySD (3359) - San Diego (Hillcrest), Oregon, USA - JAN 24, 2010
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Glad to try this thanks Javier. Pours copper borwn with a tan ring. Nose is sweet, rich, with some tartness. Taste is sweet, rich, tart, and citrussy. I like this one hell of a lot.
thirdeye11 (5644) - Dallas, Texas, USA - JAN 24, 2010
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
( 375ml thanks to ericandersnavy) Pours clear amber with no head. Nose is woody and nutty, honeydew, and cereal grains. Taste is tart raspberry, wet wood, citrus, with an undercarbonated finish that has an odd orange peel flavor in it.