jkwalking05 (4745) - Arlington, Texas, USA - JAN 23, 2009
Black in color with a medium sized beige head. Aroma is heavy in yeast with a slight roasty character. Taste is of coffee, yeast, and roasted malts with a slight chocolate flavor. tomthompson89 (1983) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 20, 2009
poured brown basically black beige foam nose is Belgian spices and funkyness, smell is booze some dark malts. flavor is roasty a little thin, some coffee and choc. good beer. very interesting. alexsdad06 (10784) - West Chester, Ohio, USA - JAN 19, 2009
750 ml bottle. Pours black with a medium mostly lasting frothy beige head. The aroma is an interesting combination of Belgian yeast and roasted malts with dark chocolate and cocoa. The flavor had baker’s chocolate, roasted malt, caramel, mild coffee, yeast, and wood. This was dry and finished toward the bitter side. Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. BeerBelcher (972) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - JAN 18, 2009
There seem to be a lot of brewers experimenting with "Belgian style" stouts lately...or at least I seem to be trying a lot of them for the first time lately. They tend to fall in one of a few categories: either they are Un-Belgian-y (just stout-like and roasty), too Belgian-y (Buffalo Belgian Stout), or just right (Weyerbacher XIII). I would put this one in the Un-Belgian-y category...there was plenty of roastiness, but none of the mouthfeel or yeast or spice notes that I associate with Belgian-style beer.
It was black, it was roasty, it was ot very Belgian-y. It reminded me of a milk stout, and a very good milk stout at that. I would suggest that this beer is not exactly on-target (as far as the description is concerned) but I nonetheless thought this to be a very good beer.
I bought this at Rick’s Wine on Duke Street in Alexandria, VA. I enjoyed it with SurlySober and Flyer at a tasting at my house which also included RR Beatification and Westvleteren 12 (quite respectable, eh?). fonefan (51064) - VestJylland, DENMARK - JAN 18, 2009
Bottle 75cl. @ [ Tasting by Maria ].
ajm (1072) - Los Angeles, California, USA - JAN 16, 2009
Clear dark red brown color with a large, creamy, good lacing, fully lasting, beige head. Aroma is moderate to heavy malty, roasted, caramel, chocolate, moderate to heavy yeasty, medicine notes, alcohol notes. Flavor is moderate to heavy sweet and bitter with a long to average duration. Body is medium to light, texture is oily to watery, carbonation is soft. 
Bottle from Lee’s discount in the ATL and on tap at the Stuffed Sandwich. I must admit to liking the tap better. Very mellow aroma of roasted licorice, coffee and brownie. Taste is the same with way less licorice. Nice and potent mouthfeel like an imperial rather than foreign. An absolute credit to the style. SamGamgee (2585) - down the whirlpool, California, USA - JAN 16, 2009
Draught at The Big Hunt. Black with a medium beig head. Sweet and fruity aroma, with some caramelized and light licorice notes. Not very roasty on the whole. More Belgian than stout, but what would you expect from Allagash? Lots of fruit, with a good pear quality showing, and a light chocolate and molasses sweetness. The dark candi sugar is quite evident as well. Medium-full, silky mouthfeel. I really enjoyed this, but it really isn’t much of a stout, just a really dark belgian ale. ClarkVV (6862) - Boston, Massachusetts, USA - JAN 7, 2009
In the last half of 2007, the biere du jour seemed to be the Belgian stout (with most versions pushing the imperial status as far as gravity was concerned). Allagash cashed in towards the end of this trend and really capped things off with what I’d consider to be the best commercial example of the "style". So patience really paid off here. Having had samples of the bottle, cask and draught from batch 1 onwards, the beer began great and has remained functionally unchanged in its present incarnation. I found the bottle, with its penchant for evolving more quickly thanks to the more rapid bottle refermentation when compared to a keg, and its more spritzy carbonation (though this is hardly a "spritzily" carbonated beer), to be a bit more dry, and more focused in its dual display of sweet chocolate and dry, moderately bitter roast; though detracting little from the draught version, which is simply more of a hearty, chewier, slightly more sweet "foreign" stout, in the real sense of the style (which it only somewhat approximates). No, the bottle is certainly more a roasty American stout-meets-Belgian yeast. Light notes of vanilla, cocoa and chocolate syrup are found in all versions, with a medium-dry finish in all cases, as well. What I really applaud here is the restraint on the gravity/abv which allows for more focus on the malt and yeast and avoids any obtrusive alcohol sharpness/dryness/heat. The cask was delicious as well, achieving a chocolate fudge iced cream-like flavor and consistency, with fresh Belgian yeast softness on the finish and a creamy mouthfeel that turned it more towards the decadent. Bravo Allagash! Gmoney (465) - Manchester, New Hampshire, USA - JAN 4, 2009
750 ml bottle , jet black pour,thin beige head.malty aroma with coffee and dark fruit notes.flavor is malty,yeasty ,sour and a bit bitter. different for sure .should have waited longer than 6 months to open. porterhouse (1580) - Boothbay, Maine, USA - DEC 31, 2008
UPDATED: JUN 2, 2013 (750 ml bottle from Downeast Beverage, cellared for 1 yr. after purchase) Pours very dark tobacco brown with less than a finger of tan head. Aroma of sour fruit, chocolate and yeast - not particularly inviting. Mouthfeel lightly fizzy, a touch chalky, medium-full. Nice, light rings of lacing melt away rather quickly. Flavor of light baker’s chocolate with a tinge of fruity sourness and yeast. A bit nicer as it warms. Some bitterness builds toward finish. Lingering unsweetened chocolate aftertaste with a bit of bitterness. An interesting, nice quality beer but at the same time a bit of a letdown from Allagash. Seems a little confused. UPDATE: 6/2/13 Draft @ Lion’s Pride - This was smooth with a really nice balanced flavor highlighted by baker’s chocolate and coffee. My posted rating is average of former and recent.