porterhouse (1581) - Boothbay, Maine, USA - NOV 15, 2009
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
(375 ml bottle from the brewery) Smooth, sour and woody...Pours rubyish brown with only a very small biege head. Aroma - first thing that hits is sourness, this is followed by maply brown sugariness, dark sour fruits, a fair bit of wood and hints of bourbon. Mouthfeel is smooth, almost buttery soft, like the soft, smooth wood on the inside of a barrel, lots of sour tingliness. Flavor of contrasting sourness and brown sugary and maply wood. ABV is not a factor in the taste. More sour than anything - not hit you over the head sour, but sour. I’d call this a sour ale more than a Belgian. Almost as good as Gargamel and maybe a little reminiscent of NG Unplugged Enigma.
drewbeerme (3836) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - NOV 13, 2009
2 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 7/20
UPDATED: NOV 14, 2009 375ml. thanks kan for sharing, Pours hazed ruby red with off white head. Nose of butterscotch brandy diacytel bomb, some oak and cherry too. Flavors wow what a diacytel butterscotchy bomb. plummy notes, sour vinegary finish. They’ve made a horrible mistake.
pantanap (3335) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - NOV 13, 2009
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
375ml bottle from a very kind soul... Pours a dark reddish mohogany brown with a medium soapy frothy white head... Aroma is hugely barrel and bourbon forward, some tobacco and a light smokiness... Bourbon forward with caramel and vanilla upfront then quickly turns into a buttered-popcorn mess with huge diacytel notes. Yikes. Carbonation level is lively but nothing really helps the fact that it doesn’t come together well. Plum comes into play in a similar manner like Joe the plum.
gkost (1714) - Tampa, Florida, USA - NOV 8, 2009
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
POured brown. Nose is sweet ripe fruits, tart acedic acid, apple cider vinegar, wood, plums and fig. Flavor is a fruity unripe sour, apple peel, dry wood, funk, sharp vinegar sourness.
fredandboboflo (1570) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 8, 2009
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Aroma boozy with graham cracker, toffee, plum, each very powerful, with a bit of leather as well. Flavor becomes a bit too boozy (whereas it seemed in place in the aroma) with a mix of raspberry tartness and plum and cookie sweetness. Great aroma and overall unique and interesting, grew on me through the glass despite my initial distaste for the booziness.
LilBeerDoctor (3296) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 7, 2009
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Pours a clear dark brown with just a ring of white head. Aroma of oak, sour fruit, booze, vanilla, toffee. Flavor is tart on initial sip, with maple syrup, roasted malt, gingerbread, vanilla, and booze in the finish. A little on the boozy side but it was enjoyable.
bu11zeye (11760) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - NOV 4, 2009
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
( 375ml bottle ) Pours a cloudy reddish brown body with white particulates and a small white head. Aroma of toffee, gingerbread, maple syrup, light butterscotch, dark fruit, vinous, and caramel. Flavor of toffee, nuts, plum, gingerbread, caramel, and some funkiness.
daknole (8327) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - NOV 1, 2009
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Hella good gem from stowehop. Gold pour. Sour grapes, apples and plums along with some nice woody tones. Really a damn fine beer. I think the best sour from Allagash that I have had to date.
j12601 (6585) - Poughkeepsie, New York, USA - OCT 29, 2009
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pouring at the Night of the Funk event in Boston. I just ended up with a bottle of this courtesy of LilBeerDoctor, so I may have to revisit this soon. Pours a lightly hazed brown with a thin white head. Light raspberry and fruit with a touch of solvent, bourbon, cognac, and vanilla. A little bit thin and a touch too sweet.
sigma23 (380) - , Maine, USA - OCT 28, 2009
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
bottle the night of the release. pours a rich golden with small white head. aroma is sweet oak, brett, dark fruits, caramel, and a bit of vanilla. drinks similar with lots of sweet dark fruits and a very rich smooth oak through out and just a bit of tartness and musty in the finish. long oak after taste and a fine sweetness carry to the next sip. just fantastic.