Allagash Red Howes - Allagash Brewing Company

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Ratings: 142
Reviews: 14
rAvg: 3.7
pDev: 10.81%
Wants: 0
Gots: 6 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Allagash Brewing Company visit their website
Maine, United States

Style | ABV
Russian Imperial Stout |  8.50% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: hopley on 02-04-2014

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

Black in color with a creamy biege head, Red Howes is a stout brewed with 2-Row barley, a blend of roasted malts and 3,000lbs of local cranberries, both Red Howes and Early Black varieties. The finished beer has cocoa, coffee and berries in the aroma and flavors of dried fruit and bitter chocolate with a slight tartness and a dry, lingering finish.
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Photo of Abstract_Alegebra
3.52/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On tap into 10oz snifter at beer run in cville. Eyes are like looking into deep space with a light collar on the head with a few sirrus cloud micro bubbles inside. Nose is malts, subtle coco and coffee characterized by smoked peat. Taste is malt, subtle coffee/dark chocolate up front with a bit of a smoked feature as present in the nose, which as others have mentioned, decays to an interesting berry tartness. Overall, interesting take on the unique fruit stout, and I would recommend to people interested in stouts as i am. Otherwise, prob aren't missing too much passing this one up.

Photo of Hopdaemon39
4.16/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Had at blind tiger in an 8 oz tulip- very dark, nice finger and a half of mocha colored head, modest retention and lacing.

Smell is nice and intriguing- roasted malts, vaguely smoky and a hint of cranberry.

Tastes great- rich roasted malt profile, certainly has some bitterness to it, and a very nice light cranberry flavor. Not intrusive but it's definitely there. Lovely.

Mouthfeel is pretty good- medium full bodied and decent carbonation. A little bit cloying but it is a stout. Really tastes great but leaves something to be desired in other aspects.

Photo of metter98
3.96/5  rDev +7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

On-tap at Mugs Alehouse, Brooklyn, NY

A: The beer is jet black in color. It poured with a quarter finger high tan head that died down and left a patch of bubbles on the surface and a collar around the edge of the glass.
S: Light to moderate aromas of dark malts and coffee are present in the nose.
T: The taste starts out like a stout but then you can taste hints of cranberries—the berries become a little stronger and linger through the finish.
M: It feels medium-bodied and a little tart on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer doesn't taste nearly as strong or full-bodied as other Russian Imperial Stouts, but the cranberries make the taste unique. It is very easy to drink.

Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.73/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

On-tap 7/6/2014 at Battleship Brewhouse in Fall River, MA served in a tulip glass.

A: The beer is a medium brown color, with a short light brown head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains roasted malts, some coffee, some chocolate, dark fruits are there but did not specifically detect cranberry.

T: The taste starts out with a hearty but not too heavy malt character followed by mild flavors of coffee and chocolate. There is a cranberry flavor that replaces the typical notes of dark fruit that you would normally find in a stout. The cranberry flavor also is not overdone, which is a good thing. The hops presence is very mild and creates a good balance. The after-taste is slightly bitter-sweet.

M: Crisp and smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is dry and slightly sticky.

O: A little tasty, goes down ok, not too filling, good kick, good representation of style, it’s a decent beer to drink for a while if you like the cranberry flavor and the dryness in stouts.

Photo of smcolw
3.65/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Near black color. No head except for the rim bubbles which leave only a couple of spots on the glass.

Dry unsweetened powdered cocoa is the primary smell. A touch of mocha in the background.

This seems like a straight up dry stout. There's a bit of fruity sweetness but it is so subtle I almost missed it. Highly carbonated for the style. Thin bodied.

Photo of dar482
3.57/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

The aroma has roasted malt, chocolate, a hints of tart berries.

The flavor follows of roasted coffee and chocolate. The middle to end has a roasted malt drying. Then there's a drying Belgian yeast with hints of tart berry skin and red grape peel.

The tartness comes through more as the beer warms, but is still very gentle.

A decent attempt a fruity stout, but still held back a bit much.

Photo of cosmicevan
4.04/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bobbique had an allagash night last night and this was on tap. Couldn't make it then so swung by for lunch the next day. Arrived in a pint glass. Deep black stouty look with a thin grey almost khaki head that didn't last but left great lacing on the glass. Nose is a really nice roast with some vanilla like char. Taste is spot on. Really nice roost with some vanilla char. Some fruit on the finish rounds out the flavor. Really easy drinker. Glad i checked it out. Really nice nuttiness going on in this beer as we'll.

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.79/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

On tap at Newhall Refinery in Newhall, CA.

Pours an opaque black with a foamy dark khaki head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Foamy rings of lace line the glass on the drink down. Smell is of dark roasted malt, cocoa, earth, spice, and slight dried dark fruit aromas. Taste is much the same with cocoa, spice, and slightly tart berry flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of roast bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp and medium bodied mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer with a subdued cranberry aspect that is more noticeable in the taste.

Photo of JGam115
4.14/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thick black, tan firm top. Perfectly roasted coffee, cocoa nib, dough. Bitter cranberry upfront with dough finish. Delish

Photo of RandomExile
2.39/5  rDev -35.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.25

A: dark brown to black; full, fine cocoa head; checkered webs of lacing
S: cocoa, coffee, malt, farmyard, hints of berry
T: cocoa/coffee, charred wood, berries, medicine
M: medium-bodied, coating, dryish
O: the farmyard elements reminded me of hay and compost and vomit, while the medicinal notes reminded me why children fight so fiercely against their doses.

12oz/snifter/Victoria Gastro Pub

Photo of mdfb79
3.75/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

From 03/07/14 notes. 12 oz. pour in a snifter at One Mile House in NYC.

a - Pours a deep brown, almost black color, with one inch of tan head and moderate carbonation evident.

s - Smells of roasted malts, dark chocolate, vanilla, light cranberry, burnt malts, light sweet chocolate, and earthy malts. Lots of chocolate and roasted notes, pretty nice.

t - Tastes of bitter dark chocolate, roasted malts, char, oak, burnt malts. Taste is very bitter, but too much and not much going on otherwise in my opinion.

m - Medium body and moderate carbonation. Bitter bite to it.

o - Overall a decent stout but way too bitter in the taste for me, and the cranberries barely come through. Probably wouldn't seek it out again.

Photo of StonedTrippin
4.35/5  rDev +17.6%

so this is a belgian imperial stout brewed with black cranberries, and its amazing. so soft in feel, its delicate beer for its size, gentle and highly refined and mature beer, like no other. the cranberries add some tartness to the matte finished black brew, and the berries there play well with the yeast, which is only minimally belgian, or fermented a little colder to keep it from taking over. the roasty character of the grain is exceptional, its a bit bitter, which again works with the fruit. i cant get past the feel, just so pillowy and mesmerizing on my tongue, it just yawns to sleep texturally, but dances ferociously with excitement from the tastes. the tart with the dark grain is one of a kind. allagash blows me away most times i have new beer from them, but this is even better than most. alcohol shows just a bit in the finish, but its flattering to the whole. cranberry isnt overdone in the least, and is just perfectly dialed. best fruited stout i have ever had, hands down. brutally underrated here.

Photo of MDDMD
3.71/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A-dark brown color with hints of ruby, minimal head and lacing

S-dark malt, light coffee and chocolate, hint of tartness

T-dark roasted malt,light chocolate and coffee, hint of cranberry, mild bitter finish

F-medium body with light to moderate carbonation, smooth

O-interesting stout, but lacking punch in the flavor

Photo of mick303
3.94/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Chocolate and dried cranberries, bit sweet but with a refreshing tartness. Not everyone at the table was a huge fan of this, but I enjoyed the interesting take on a stout-style with a tart berry aspect. Complexity was alright, drinkability was a bit cloying but overall I thought an average but not outstanding offering from Allagash. Exactly like dark chocolate cranberries.

Allagash Red Howes from Allagash Brewing Company
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