SSKD814 (854) - Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 17, 2010
Thanks to maltzilla for sending this my way!
A- Pours with a 1/2 finger foamy white head which eventually fades to a thick collar and leaves little to no lacing behind in the glass. Body is a dirty bronze hue that is slightly translucent with a dynamic cloudiness.
N- The overall impression of the nose is mild, soft, and balanced. Vinegar, slight tartness, vinous grape, and pear come through.
T- Flavor is very balanced and mildly sour. This is a really complex brew and with every sip I am picking up something new. Grape, light spiciness, light vinegar, yeasty background, raisin, cinnamon, apple, pear, soaked oak, . Overall impression is delicate, sweet, sour, and slightly oaky- a mild alcohol heat comes through for the finish.
P- Carbonation is soft. Body is medium weight and exceptionally smooth and yeasty.
O- I had no idea while drinking this that it was 10%! This is an awesome brew-its delicate and very complex overall. Probably the best I have had from Allagash (that isnt a collaboration) so far. I love it!
Serving type: bottle
Reviewed on: 06-21-2010 00:41:20
hbmason (1086) - Shoreline, Washington, USA - DEC 3, 2011
375 ml. Bottle pour. Dark amberish color with a decent head. Dark fruits. Very complex. A lot going on. Enjoyed greatly. daknole (11044) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - NOV 1, 2009
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. wetherel (1880) - Cupertino, California, USA - JAN 17, 2010
Bottle brought by Dan to the bottle shop. Huge thanks for opening this rarity! Wow. Smells great. Caramel malty and underlying sourness. Some barrel goodness. Some oxidation, but in a good way. ABV hidden extremely well. Excellent Cletus (6355) - Connecticut, USA - FEB 16, 2010
Pours brown with a hint of off white bubbles around the rim of the glass. Up front caramel gives away to some dust, funk, sour hints, oaky drynes. Tastes of dark fruit, some caramel, dry oak, some peppery splashes, dry, some complimentary notes of oxidation. Surprisingly lively on the finish. Enjoyable offering fro Allagash.
meerbier (1474) - Pijnacker, NETHERLANDS - SEP 12, 2012
[email protected]craftycarl21 (2338) - Seattle, Washington, USA - NOV 25, 2009
Wow! What a flavourful and complex beer. Very full aroma, fruity, light tart. Dark brown, light hazy, off-white head, good lace. Sweet, dried dark fruits, sourish, sweet, port. Light alcoholic.
Mahogany pour, definite sediment, with minimal head. Aroma is loaded with bourbon, oak, booze, caramel syrup, and a bit of dark fruit. At first this smell seems one-dimensionally like whiskey, but the complexities slowly express themselves, and it becomes truly excellent. Flavor has a really interesting aspect of pickle, like vinegar and dill. The boozy bourbon and vanilla is still present, along with maple syrup. At the finish, a note of toasted almond, hazelnut, and marzipan- exquisitely sweet final flavor that leaves the tongue longing for more. The different levels of flavor in this beer are vast and impressive. While this is not a BSA and should be re-categorized, this is an incredible and unique beer that should be coveted by all. Thanks to jblauvs for getting his hands on this one- truly a treat. Jblauvs (1358) - Chester, Vermont, USA - NOV 28, 2009
Bottle opens with a loud pop, mahogany pour with a thin line of filmy offwhite head. Aroma is boozey with maple syrup, sweet caramel and a peaty scotch element that ravishes my notrils. Flavor is sour caramel at first and then morphs into a boozey bourbon and vanilla. This proceeds to soften into a nutty almond or hazelnut, all the while maintaining a mellow woodiness. Uniwue , a one of a kind evolution of complex taste that takes place starting with the inhale and ending with the sit back and reflect. Incredibly complex and awesome. cpetrone84 (1810) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 31, 2010
Big thanks to Sarah for sharing this at our basically weekly tasting.
A-pours a cloudy, grainy copper color, rusty brown. a tight light tan head on the side.
S-oaky vanilla up front, wild yeast, grapes, balsamic, notes of tart cherries behind.
T-the taste has the wild yeast up front with notes of oaky wood underneath. a touch of earthy grain, very light balsamic notes, tart cherries and grapes in the back.
M-grainy on the palate, soft with a medium body. good carbonation with a crisp finish but not biting.
D-this is a well balanced sour with nice subtle flavors blending together very well this is a top notch sour. hopdog (12341) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 8, 2010
Thanks Josh for sharing! Poured a medium and cloudy golden color with a very small sized head. Aromas of wood, oaky, and nice funkiness. Tastes of wood, oak, and the same nice funkiness.