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Allagash Vagabond Ale - Allagash Brewing Company

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Allagash Vagabond AleAllagash Vagabond Ale

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BA SCORE
92
outstanding

98 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 98
Reviews: 69
rAvg: 4.15
pDev: 11.57%
Wants: 222
Gots: 17 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Allagash Brewing Company visit their website
Maine, United States

Style | ABV
American Wild Ale |  10.00% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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

With only 500 bottles made, this beer is from one of the only barrels to move with us into our new brewery three years ago. Aged four years in American oak barrels, it boasts a complex aroma of maple syrup and port, with background notes of marzipan, plum and dill. Flavors of tart, unripened plum and caramel give way to a warming, toasted almond finish.

(Beer added by: mikey711 on 10-19-2009)
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4/5  rDev -3.6%

zestar, May 16, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -15.7%

CheapBeerBuzz, Apr 12, 2014
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4.08/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Thanks to Joe for sharing this one!

Paper wrapped with a simple card illustrating a hobo's bindle sack. Cork popped with little fanfare, and the beer poured placidly into a small stemmed tulip glass. It appeared nearly still with a sanguine copper color a few trace bubbles around the edges.

Aroma of wet wood, dark cherry skins, port, musty, light oxidation.

Tastes rich and lightly tart with dark cherry skin flavors coming to the forefront. Fairly substantial feel despite the very low carb level. Caramel and prunes in the periphery. Overall it's unique, though the long aging period makes me more curious what it was like in the early stages.

emerge077, Mar 09, 2014
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2.5/5  rDev -39.8%

kscaldef, Nov 05, 2013
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4/5  rDev -3.6%

CityofBals, Sep 12, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

Gonzoillini, Apr 13, 2013
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4/5  rDev -3.6%

spycow, Jan 17, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -9.6%

acurtis, Jan 06, 2013
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4.13/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Notes taken from 9/29 from the craziest bottle share that i have ever been a part of. Thanks so much to the NYC and Hoboken crew for letting me participate in this incredible day of drinking long time wants and insanity.

Thanks kindly to Mark for sharing.

a - maroon brown, very thin head if at all
s - brown sugar and oak
t - taste is nice. nutmeg. soft chocolate notes.
m - smooth, easy drinker.
o - overall, really nice. very enjoyable.

cosmicevan, Dec 06, 2012
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4.15/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Shared by Thorpe429 alongside several other Allagash sour/wild ales. Thank you very much, Mike!

The beer appears a dark, reddish copper hue with a small, fletting head. The aroma brings maple syrup, booze, overly ripe dark fruits, caramel. The flavor follows suit. Complex and tasty. Notes of earth and nuts. Not especially tart or sour. Medium to full bodied with fairly low carbonation. Overall, I enjoyed this and am thankful to have tried it.

Huhzubendah, Nov 16, 2012
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3.25/5  rDev -21.7%

t0rin0, Aug 18, 2012
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3.15/5  rDev -24.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours amber in color with a short lived off-white head. Smells just terribly buttery. Lots of diacetyl overall. Butterscotch and maple syrup are also present, maybe some over-ripe fruits. A bit of spicy oak and a light herbal note. The flavor is really no different from the aroma. A bit more oak and herbal character, however. But still a lot of butter, butterscotch, caramel, and maple syrup. Just really odd. Not a fan.

womencantsail, Jul 16, 2012
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4/5  rDev -3.6%

thewimperoo, May 22, 2012
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4/5  rDev -3.6%

popery, Apr 23, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

mikereaser, Mar 31, 2012
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MA08, Mar 14, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -9.6%

jsilva, Mar 05, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -15.7%

ygtbsm94, Jan 26, 2012
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4/5  rDev -3.6%

djrn2, Jan 13, 2012
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4/5  rDev -3.6%

Kaydogg, Jan 09, 2012
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2.5/5  rDev -39.8%

jophish17, Dec 11, 2011
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5/5  rDev +20.5%

Miamilice, Dec 10, 2011
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5/5  rDev +20.5%

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Diomede, Dec 02, 2011
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4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

LostHighway, Nov 27, 2011
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Allagash Vagabond Ale from Allagash Brewing Company
92 out of 100 based on 98 ratings.