mansquito (6435) - Nueva York, New York, USA - JUL 1, 2012
Rustico, Ballston tap ($9): Pours black with a small creamy head. Aroma is very complex: vanilla, bourbon, light roast coffee, and a hefty hint of booze as it warms. Taste is pretty similar. The alcohol is noticeable, but the taste is actually not offensive to me in the least bit. For me this was a definitive sipper, but each sip was very nice and mellow. At no point did I feel that any taste is overpowering. The roast is kept in moderation. There is very little bitterness, but at the same time very mild sweetness. b3shine (8873) - Indiana, USA - JUN 16, 2012
Draft to snifter. Looks good; dark with nice head. Smells pretty good too; malty and boozy. Tastes good. The base beer and the barreling wed well together. Good on the palate too. Tasty! tastybeer (1853) - Indiana, USA - JUN 13, 2012
Draft. Pour is murky black with a small tan head, no retention/lace. Aroma of oak, vanilla, cocoa, cream. Taste is nice bourbon, vanilla, chocolate, dark fruits. Palate is a bit thin, slick texture, long bourbon finish. TeamTrappist (832) - jericho, New York, USA - JUN 8, 2012
Tap at Brouewrij Lane. Nose is bourbon , malty and sweet. Smooth yet intense bourbon quality. The base beer holds up well to the bourbon but the Belgian aspect seems to take a backseat. Rich chocolate mesh with the barrel aging to make this a smooth and delicious sipper. annunz123 (957) - Taunton, Massachusetts, USA - MAY 19, 2012
I generally don’t like "bourbon barrel" stuff, but I like Allagash and figured I’d give this a try. Bad idea. Both aroma and flavor are overwhelmed by a harsh, boozy bourbon flavor. If you like beer, get the regular Allagash Black instead of this. If you like bourbon, order a bourbon.
arminjewell (9661) - East Lansing, Michigan, USA - APR 16, 2012
Pour on tap at Avery Strong Ale 2012, dark brownish black with thin tan head, aroma brought nasty notes of cabbage, green bean, mineral and some rotten fruits, some slight vanilla maybe but the smell is awful. Taste however is completely different, nice roasted and ester notes, hints of vanilla and slight bourbon into a dark fruit middle, slight chocolate and espresso goes into a roasted finish. Interesting how different the aroma and taste were. Reynolds314 (3450) - Connecticut, USA - APR 15, 2012
Underrated beer here! On draft at Armsby abbey and it was probably my second favorite beer of stoutfest behind the CBS. Really rich and spicy with great bourbon character and creamy mouthfeel. Taste was pleasent and the barrel aging was lightly done to perfection. Awesome work. Ernesto987 (6050) - Arizona, USA - APR 14, 2012
On tap at armsby abbey, this is awesome. Huge Belgian roasty flavors and great bourbon notes hopscotch (11101) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - APR 13, 2012
Growler… Pours clear and very dark with a crimson shimmer and not much of a head. To me, the aroma smells of bourbon and wood – no more “Black” in here… all gone. Full-bodied with lively carbonation. The flavor is all about alcohol heat and American oak with a smidge of vanilla. Finishes boozy and bourbony. The bourbon barrel treatment took away my Allagash Black and left me with something less. Not bad, but it’s not “Black.” Growler courtesy of ElliesBrown! TheGB (578) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - APR 10, 2012
On tap at Timberwood grill. Black with a quarter inch head. Light aroma of malt. Medium to full bodied. Not a lot of bourbon barrel taste. Maybe less interesting than the regular black.
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