Allagash 11th Anniversary Ale

RATINGS: 223   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.73/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 276   ABV: 9.2%
To acknowledge this years anniversary, our 11th, Allagashs brewers decided to use a champagne yeast for both the primary and secondary fermentations. This beer was brewed with both Cascade and Northern Brewer hops and copious amounts of Belgian Aromatic Malt to achieve its vibrant garnet color and unique, malty palate. At a hefty 9% ABV, the alcohol in this brew is balanced by a light sweetness, a full-bodied mouth feel and a gentle, lingering hop character. Just prior to bottling, when there is no carbonation present in the beer, a fresh dose of sugar and yeast is added. After bottling, the beer is aged in our temperature-controlled cellar, where the yeast ferments the sugar and naturally carbonates the beer. This process, known as mthode champenoise, is the same traditional process we use for all of our bottled beers. The batch of 11th Anniversary Ale was bottled in May of '06 - 950 cases, six bottles in each case and is the only batch that will be available. Its aroma is redolent of red licorice, nutmeg, wild apple, and hard candy. Its taste is malty with date and fig notes with a finish that is crisp, striking a balance between dry and fruity. We suggest serving this rustic brew at cellar temperature. Our 11th Anniversary Ale would make a perfect addition to foods such as roast duck and venison, or with desserts like pumpkin pie and apple cobbler

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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Beerlando (3342) - Orlando, Florida, USA - JAN 18, 2008
Courtesy boboski. Pours a clear, hazy, dark reddish-orange color. A small, foamy, off-white head leaves behind random, sudsy spots of lacing. The aroma is complex, fruity, and very appealing. A caramel malt base meets notes of golden apples and cinnamon, all of which together make for a baked apple pie sensation that really warms up the nose. The flavor follows down the same path, with apple being a consistent theme. Warmed figs dipped in a light caramel glaze emerge, adding to the candied fruit profile. A warming sensation emerges on the finish, with mild cinnamon providing a mildly spicy end. Medium bodied and very smooth. This is a solid, inventive brew that Id love to try again.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Edmoe (241) - Orlando, Florida, USA - DEC 30, 2007
Deep amber with some head and lacing. Aroma is a very pleasant hoppiness. Flavor is a nice balance between sweetness and bitterness. Good mouthfeel. Very good.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Sammy (11964) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 29, 2007
A tasty and smooth Belgian ale. Dark with a significant light colored head. Fruity but not overly sweet. Cascade and Northern Brewer hops add some bitterness. I am not a fan of champ. yeast and may have avoided its impact on my system. Went very well with fish and soup. Very drinkable.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
csbosox (1229) - Prairie Village, Kansas, USA - DEC 18, 2007
4/07 KC tasting. Thanks TIm! Cookie dough, brown sugar, and caramel aroma. Taste is spice, toffee, caramel. Nice mouthfeel.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
beachbum25 (1092) - Powellville, Maryland, USA - DEC 13, 2007
750 ML Bottle-Cloudy amber color w/an off white head. Dark fruit aroma. Flavors of caramel, molasis, dark fruit, & banana. Kind of grassy & sweet. Not overly complex, a little rough around the edges. Not a bad beer though. Long spicy finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
pnista (1007) - Bloomington, Indiana, USA - DEC 11, 2007
A rich lightly hazed with a thin tan head. Sweet malty body. rich with a good darsh of fruit. Caramel. A bit of wod. Some alcohol. Reminds me o the grand cru, though drier and fruitier and lighter. On the thinner side, but a bit thick Low carbonation. A bit boozy as it warms. Less caramel. Reminiscent of the Grand Cru again, but drier, again. A bit oaky, maybe? Very lightly though. A bit apples with some lightly tannic aspects. Hops? I dont know. A fruity finish. Not a bad beer... perhaps one worth cellaring?

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
GeneralGao (3614) - Iowa City, Iowa, USA - DEC 6, 2007
750 ml bottle. Poured a clear orange-ruby red color. Head was off white and left some lace behind. Aroma was of steeping barley, subdued caramel, molasses, pineapple, and a whiff of rum. Fruity and slightly sweet on the tongue. Tasted of apple, alcohol, molasses, and toffee. Not bad, but not as good as I had anticipated.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
heemer77 (5351) - Urbandale, Iowa, USA - DEC 5, 2007
Thanks for sharing, general gao. This poured copper and red. The aroma was rich with toffee and fresh bread. There were also some apple notes. The taste had some bread crust with some weird cantalope. There was also a strange note I coudl not quite place, it was similar to grass, but not quite. Another strange one form Allagash that I did not enjoy.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
marchcow (664) - Coralville, Iowa, USA - DEC 4, 2007
Sweet malty aroma. Sweet flavors with cream, cheese, and lightly roasted malt. Lightly smoky. Creamy palate. Good overall. Thanks to Colin - General Gao for this one.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
puzzl (3258) - New York, New York, USA - NOV 26, 2007
Well over 1 year old bottle. Been holding on to this since its release. Well call it an investment, if you will, although the rating by month average is trickling ever so slightly down. Cant say whether Ive made the right decision aging it or not because this is the only time Ive had it.

Pours with a slight head, less than Id expect for the style -- or Allagash. Mild brown color has autumn highlights. Saccharine and licorice aroma, wiith a touch of aged hops and a late fishy finish. A gentle and mild mouth yields molasses, flowers, and grass. Very dry and balanced, drinkable, but the complexity is rather low. I expected more from this beer.

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