Allagash Four - Allagash Brewing Company
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3.76/5 rDev -7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75
Poured from a 750 ml brown bottle into an oversized wineglass. Batch 22 on side of label. Purchased at Wine Warehouse (Charlottesville, VA).
A: Murky hazy amber with with thin cap of off-white head with numerous streamers and spots of lacing.
S: Very grapey, vinous aroma with plenty of caramel and dark fruit maltiness with raisin, plum, and cherry, and a good dose of herbal and floral citrus hop notes. There is some spicy yeast esters and a hint of higher alcohols.
T: The flavors are widespread but too fat of a distribution, complex but not that cohesive which I think is this beer's main fault. The grape in the aroma is still the most prominent feature with dashes of medium and dark crystal maltiness and dark fruits like cherry and fig with a hint of sourness. The hops are subtle but are moderately bitter with some herbal, earthy, and floral characteristics. The yeast notes are lightly estery but spicy which mixes well with the spicy alcohol bite. If I didn't know better, I would have thought this was wine barrel aged. The sweetness of the caramel malts are a bit too much along with the strong grape and dark fruitiness for me.
M: Smooth with a light alcohol burn, low carbonation as you'd expect, medium body.
O: Allagash Four is a very complex beer, but overly so, and the shotgun approach to flavors hurt the overall package as the flavors are all over the place.
Serving type: bottle
04-02-2014 01:30:57 | More by argock
Allagash Four from Allagash Brewing Company
91 out of 100 based on 819 ratings.