TURDFERGUSON (4068) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - FEB 27, 2011
A couple 12oz pours at Milltown. Big black with one-finger steady tan espresso head and lots of lace and legs. Nose is coffee, cocoa, alcohol, smoke, tobacco. Flavor is deep and balanced pretty well with a hefty, but not overwhelming alcohol presence, more bittersweet cocoa, hops, coffee, smoke. SuzyGreenberg (1604) - Seattle, Washington, USA - FEB 16, 2011
750 ml bottle; pours dense black with thin, foamy dark tan head; silky sweet chocolate, light coffee and very sweet medium roast; raw choco powder too and a little bit of brown sugar mixed with butter; plenty of legs from the head; surprisingly astringent on first sip given how sweet the aromas are; has a strange, almost vegi kind of flavor to it; chocolate for sure, but a little celery; rich choco butter, very mild metallic note; has an odd mouthfeel to it and something seems off; get some peanuts with a very mild sour note; note sure here as this has been in the fridge since the release; early get disappointed by Allagash like this faroeviking (11343) - Chupando chellas es como ellas, FAROE ISLANDS - FEB 8, 2011
Botella. Totally black colour, nice light brown head. Aroma of roasted malt, chocolate, and dark fruits. Good filling mouthfeel. Flavour of roasty malt chocolate, cocoa, dark fruits, vanilla and some alc. DocLock (11191) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 7, 2011
750 cc from Capone’s. Pours dark black with 3-finger brown head. Nose is roasty dark malt, dark choc, graham cracker, cashew, and funky yeasty. Tastes of roasty dark malt, some spicy, nutty brown sugar, cacao, dark chocolate, and fig. Very complex, rich, a bit unorthodox and I dare say presenting odd flavor and palate combinations as it warms, but very good, and a beer I’d gladly buy again. hobbersr (690) - Lethbridge, Alberta, CANADA - FEB 6, 2011
Pours black with a nice head. The aroma has chocolate, coffee, fudge, and clove. The flavor has chalk, chocolate, mineral, fudge, spice and clove. Cheapskate champagne yeast? Good, but not great.
Savvy1982 (1706) - Lethbridge, Alberta, CANADA - FEB 6, 2011
Bottle. Again I have forgotten the source.. I know this was a trade, likely from curly??? Still, on with the rating! Pours viscous black, thick tan head, incredible lacing. Why does everything tonight get a 5 for appearance?!? Nose is bitter Bakers chocolate, big roast, some spicy/woody notes also. Flavours are coffee, acid, soot. Alright, not my fave. JoeMcPhee (10138) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 30, 2011
Deep black/brown pour. The aroma is oddly peanutty with a strange vegetal cocoa bean aroma. There is a little bit of light vanilla as well. Chocolate and some odd maltiness that I can’t quite pinpoint the profile of. Sweet and oddly chewy. It’s really tough to describe why I don’t like this, but I don’t. Intensely flavoured but they never really come together cohesively for me. hallinghansen (3474) - Odense SV, DENMARK - JAN 23, 2011
Bottle from rgtravers, thanks. Black body with a medium light brown head. Aroma is cocoa, alcohol, vanilla, dark fruit. Flavor is cocoa, alcohol, vanilla, sweet bourbon and dark fruit. Medium carbonation. patrickfannon (1242) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 21, 2011
On tap at Monk’s Cafe for Allagash Day. Pours dark opaque brown, nearly black, with a thick, cappuccino-like beige head. Great head retention and lacing throughout the session. Aroma of licorice, bittersweet dark chocolate, honey, fresh pound cake, dates, figs, cherries, plums, and red grapes. The aroma is disntinctly mingled with that of a Belgian dark ale. The roastiness and sweetnees of the nose compete to form a nuanced, yet singular scent. Huge, heavy bodied, but not stiflingly so; smooth through the initial sip, the mouthfeel becomes smoky and a bit sticky before settling strongly and warmly in the belley. Great warming burn in the finish. This is an outstanding winter-warmer of an imperial stout. Tremendously tasty, decadent, and toasty. Theis (15150) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - JAN 19, 2011
Bottle at Plovmand’s - Thanks. Black - brown head. Burned, ligh spicy, fruity, coffee, high carbontion, licorice, yeasty, tobacco, light smokey, tarnac notes, cocoa, sweetness. Nice.