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Allagash Burnham Road - Allagash Brewing Company

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Allagash Burnham Road
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37 Ratings
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Ratings: 37
Reviews: 28
rAvg: 3.54
pDev: 22.6%
Wants: 4
Gots: 0 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Allagash Brewing Company visit their website
Maine, United States

Style | ABV
Smoked Beer |  8.00% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

Brewer Jason Winchester's version of a smoked beer. Used Briess Applewood smoked malt.

(Beer added by: deltatauhobbit on 05-09-2009)
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Ratings: 37 | Reviews: 28 | Display Reviews Only:
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GonzoHomebrewer

Massachusetts

3.5/5  rDev -1.1%

07-27-2013 03:06:31 | More by GonzoHomebrewer
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frank12

Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev +20.1%

11-11-2012 09:44:51 | More by frank12
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jophish17

Georgia

3/5  rDev -15.3%

12-11-2011 06:34:02 | More by jophish17
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daryk77

District of Columbia

5/5  rDev +41.2%

12-05-2011 22:38:04 | More by daryk77
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Rochefort10nh

New Hampshire

4/5  rDev +13%

12-02-2011 18:45:17 | More by Rochefort10nh
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deapokid

Pennsylvania

3/5  rDev -15.3%

11-24-2011 14:42:58 | More by deapokid
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HopStoopid120

Connecticut

3/5  rDev -15.3%

11-21-2011 01:15:55 | More by HopStoopid120
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nathanjohnson

Vermont

4/5  rDev +13%

11-18-2011 12:45:19 | More by nathanjohnson
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ElGallo

New Hampshire

4/5  rDev +13%

11-15-2011 16:18:05 | More by ElGallo
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Georgiabeer

Georgia

3.43/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On-tap at the Brick Store Pub. Pours a beautiful dark amber with a perfect head- 5 inches to start, tightly knit and not too foamy, and with nice lacing. Smells fruity, slightly funky, a bit smokey, and slightly medicinal. I'm not a huge fan of those medicinal notes in a beer, even in smoked beers, but this is subtle enough in the nose to not be out of place. Unfortunately, it picks up a bit in the taste, and lends a band-aid note. There is also a firepit smokiness than redeems things a bit. Very dry smoke notes- not bacony at all. The band-aid reemerges on the finish. Somewhat sharp on the finish. This beer should be right up my alley, but the phenolic notes somewhat spoil a good party.

Serving type: on-tap

07-02-2011 01:06:43 | More by Georgiabeer
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metter98

New York

3.55/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: The beer is clear, dark golden yellow in color and poured with a thin beige head that faded away and left a thin ring of bubbles around the edge of the glass.
S: There are moderate aromas of smoke in the nose.
T: The taste dominated by smoke, but the smoky flavors are not overpowering and are balanced by the underlying malts.
M: It feels medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
D: The beer is relatively easy to drink because the alcohol is well hidden and the smoky flavors don't overpower your taste buds.

Serving type: on-tap

03-06-2011 14:16:56 | More by metter98
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Proteus93

Virginia

3.83/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Allagash Burhnam Road Belgian-Style Smoked Ale

This apparently rare brew came to Beer Run, C'ville after the owner spoke to the brewmaster.

A: Rich copper, quite 'full' in appearance, as in it's not crystal clear. White head, leaving a modest, ghosting sheet behind.

S + T: Modest smoked malts, paired with fruit esters of the yeast strain. There seems to be a possible wheat quality to it... Rather delicate, which I can appreciate in a smoked beer, where the flavour can be very intense.

M + D: Softer in body, with a smooth feel to bit. Moderate carbonation. Not a bad brew at all. They handled the brewing well, keeping it modest and that is worth noting.

Serving type: on-tap

08-14-2010 15:57:03 | More by Proteus93
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Chambic

California

4.2/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: medium brown (where are the rest of my notes?)

S: nicely smoky, like wood chips

T: lot of malt in the middle, with the smoke being more apparent in the finish

M: a little fizzier than I expected for something smoky

D: I'd definitely like to have more of this, because it's something unique and typically unavailable

This was the first time I'd heard of this beer, so everything about it was a pleasant surprise.

Serving type: on-tap

03-29-2010 23:10:11 | More by Chambic
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bruachan

District of Columbia

3.88/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

i'll preface the review by pointing out that most--if not all of my smoked beer experiences--have been of the bamburgian mold: bacon in a glass...

the color was a brownish with amber highlights. ok lacing

big smoky aroma: sulfury, woodsy (unrefined) but charming nonetheless

there was no bacon in this glass but there might have been a campfire. such was the nature of the smoke. what i found beyond the smoke was a touch surprising: is that citrus? brown sugar sweetness and good bitterness, too

the smoke provided a touch of astringency but that's part of the adventure, right?

Serving type: on-tap

03-25-2010 21:16:50 | More by bruachan
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popery

California

3.38/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Draft, Toronado. This one was a bit disappointing but good nonetheless. I like smoked beers to be a bit more robust, and this beer drinks smaller than average for the size. There's a good smoke note, but it's of medium intensity, which isn't really my ideal for the style. The underlying beer is good but somewhat bland. The mouthfeel was a bit watery and detracted from the flavors. In my opinion, smoked beers should try to go very smokey and interesting or subtle and balanced, and this beer went for an odd bargain position. Not bad but not something I'd order again.

Serving type: on-tap

02-10-2010 23:56:56 | More by popery
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corby112

Pennsylvania

4.38/5  rDev +23.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Sampled on draft tonight at Capone's.

Pours a dark coppery golden orange/chestnut brown color with golden oragne hues when held to a light source and a two finger frothy off white head that slowly settles into a lasting cap that coats the glass with lacing.

Wonderfully roasted smokey aroma with strong hints of campfire, barecue, bacon, charcoal, butane and wood along with some lighter sweeter biscuit malt and subtle light fruit. The smokey rauch like aromas are prominent but the other notes are still evident in the nose.

Sligtly roasted medium body with soft carbonation up front, heavy smoke character, subtle caramel malt, spice and lift crisp fruit. This beer is pretty smokey but is very well balanced allowing plenty of other flavors to shine. Plenty of smoked malt with subtle hints of charcoal and burnt barbecue. This is balanced by a nice zesty peppery spice as well as some sweet caramel malt and crisp light fruit. I'm picking up some apricot, orange and possibly peach. Very well balanced without to dominant of a smoke flavor and the QBV is very well masked making Burnham Road dangerously drinkable. Recommended.

Serving type: on-tap

01-28-2010 23:10:54 | More by corby112
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wedgie9

Tennessee

3.15/5  rDev -11%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

On tap at Small Bar on Division. Pours dark amber with a smallish white head. Smells like a peated scotch. Slightly hoppy but the peat dominates. The first taste is very nice, but even a small snifter is difficult to finish. Overall, this is interesting but not great.

Serving type: on-tap

01-25-2010 05:53:44 | More by wedgie9
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Telix

Michigan

1.78/5  rDev -49.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 1

Taken from notes. I had this on draft at Birreria Paradiso in DC a few months back.

A: Pours a fairly opaque copper with a quickly disappearing head.

S: Surprisingly mild compared to the taste... slightly chemical, solvent aromas are evident, like a Sharpie. You get some malty and hoppy notes in there as well.

T: BACON BITS. Ham.. smoked ham. WTF. It starts ok, normal, with some sweet malt and some hop flavors, then the synthetic bacon flavor takes over with huge amounts of smoke. My friend said "I think I'm no longer vegetarian."

M: Totally ok, actually, pretty normal.

D: No. A curiosity at best.

Serving type: on-tap

01-06-2010 17:23:32 | More by Telix
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BTPete

New York

3.38/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

On tap at Blind Tiger, notes directly from phone.

Allagash burnham road- smoke beer

Draft to tulip

A: hazy golden in color. Fluffy white head. Lacing on each drink

S: smokey;), no really it smells smokey and I'm not getting a whole lot else.

T: smoke up front, a bit roasty and sweet. End with smoke again, like if you inhaled a camp fire.

M: med body and carbonation.

D: I'm highly enjoying it but I think smoke taste is acquired and limiting. I'd have another but not more. Still another solid offering from Allagash.

Serving type: on-tap

12-16-2009 16:17:29 | More by BTPete
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glid02

Georgia

3.95/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On-tap at the Brick Store.

Pours a slightly hazy golden color with a rocky two-finger slightly off-white head. The head recedes slowly into a thin layer on top leaving solid lacing.

Smells of smoked malts first and foremost but it doesn't have the bacon-esque undertones I've come to expect in smoked beers, rather it has sweet and light fruits lurking in the background with hints of light caramel malts.

Tastes similar to how it smells. The smoked malt flavors are even more intense than they smell intimated however the same light fruit lurks in the background. Pears with very light hints of green apples fight to make their way out but are never really successful. The ending is mildly sweet and leaves a good bit of smokiness lingering on the palate.

Mouthfeel is alright. It's got a nice thickness however the carbonation is a bit on the heavy side.

Drinkability is good. I didn't have a problem finishing my glass and could have another.

Overall this was one of the more interesting smoked beers I've had. A very interesting offering from Allagash, worth a shot.

Serving type: on-tap

12-02-2009 00:02:20 | More by glid02
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ChainGangGuy

Georgia

1.45/5  rDev -59%
look: 4 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 4 | overall: 1

Appearance: Served up an opaque, mahogany-hued body with an expansive, meringue-like, off-white head.

Smell: After a busy, hurry-scurry holiday weekend, it's real nice to just sit down and enjoy a new beer from the folks at Alla--GAH! Sweet, merciful Jesus, what is this concoction? Sure, there's smoke, but there's also the most clear cut, pungent scent of band-aids, by far the most fierce I've encountered in a beer. Oh, how it stings the nostrils!

Taste: Amazingly intense, distilled taste of band-aids marked by a sharp smokiness. Sadly, any actually amiable tastes of caramel and burnt sugar are a far, far, far distant third to these two flavors. And it's all rather medicinal. Frankly, it was rather difficult to get down.

Mouthfeel: Medium-light body. Well carbonated.

Drinkability: Ugh! I went from excited for having stumbled across this beer to horrified and disappointed real damn quickly.

Serving type: on-tap

11-30-2009 19:24:51 | More by ChainGangGuy
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Nickls

District of Columbia

3.45/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

(From notes)

A - Clear marigold color; thinner white head; much lighter than other smoked beers that I've come across

S - Lots of smoke; touch bacony that even incorporates a bit of tabacco; light malt sweetness; pretty overpowering to me

T - Bacon; burning campfire woodiness; burnt bacon-wood finish

M - Medium and a little viscous and slick; very low carbonation

D - Not the greatest for me, some interesting things going on and definitely a more extreme brew. The smoke strength couple with the viscous MF kinda made me feel like I was drinking bacon grease at one point

Glad to have tried this, but I wouldn't rush to revisit.

Serving type: on-tap

11-22-2009 20:42:40 | More by Nickls
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donkeyrunner

Massachusetts

3.75/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Old notes: On tap at The Great Lost Bear. Helped me run a 3:10 Maine Marathon and qualify for Boston the next day.

Served in a bulbous snifter that reflected TGLBs xmas lights. Caramel color with a decent head. Sifting retention and lace.

Smokey with some fruit-infused caramel sweetness trapped underneath. Taste is again a mix of sugary caramel/fruit malt bobbing in and out of a smokey haze. Well balanced as far as smoked beers go, one doesn't see too many smoked beers with Belgian yeasts.

Huge fan of this beer.

Serving type: on-tap

11-15-2009 18:42:29 | More by donkeyrunner
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soupyman10

District of Columbia

3.58/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

So this one is really, really weird. When we ordered it our waitress brought us tasters first, just to be sure (which was actually very nice). Either way, it's not your standard beer flavor in any way. Tons of smoky bacon flavors sit on the edge of too much, but somehow work. It's so weird it's something I definitely wouldn't drink often (no way could I get through a sixer), but a bit every once in a while will work.

The Reef/$8/12 oz

Serving type: on-tap

11-11-2009 16:09:39 | More by soupyman10
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MaineBirdMan

Maine

3.98/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Had this beer on tap at "The Lion's Pride" in Brunswick, ME.

Was poured into a brandy snifter. Huge head of foam. Could have been the person who poured the beer.

I couldn't get much of a nose until the head came down (which was only after a few swallows. Once the foam was gone I got a real good nose full of smoke.

appearance: clear burnt caramel.

taste: good amount of alcohol up front. Mixed well with the smoke. Very smooth finish.

mouthfeel: just enough carbonation. Not very bitter but there were some nice hops present at the finish.

Drinkability: Because I love anything smoked I would say this is a very easy beer to drink. But overall I think it may turn some people off if they don't care smokey flavors. The ABV is up there so it does pack a little punch.

Serving type: on-tap

11-06-2009 11:48:30 | More by MaineBirdMan
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