Allagash Grand Cru - Allagash Brewing Company
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Reviews by MJR:
4.35/5 rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Appearance: Spills into my tasting glass with a semi-clear, reddish-orange color. A huge tan head fills almost half of my glass and shows no intention of going anywhere. Awesome head retention and lacing with this brew.
Smell: Spicy, with a strong aroma of orange peel and tropical fruits. A lot of sweet complexity in the nose here. Very inviting!
Taste: Starts with a fruitiness that turns into a fantastic spiciness. A bit of toffee, orange peel, caramel, and licorice. Tropical fruit. Very complex and full-flavored. Subtle hints of alcohol here and there. Nice warming effect. There doesn't seem to be any hop flavor or bitterness.
Mouthfeel: Oily, creamy, smooth, and slightly medium-bodied. It almost seems like a barley-wine in it's mouthfeel. Goes down way too easy!
Drinkability: Quite high considering it's almost 8%abv. This is a great beer to have beside you in front of a roaring fire with a good book. Allagash continues to impress...
Serving type: bottle
12-01-2002 20:37:20 | More by MJR
More User Reviews:
4.34/5 rDev +6.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5
This stuff is pretty light colored for a BSDA. Still a pretty beer to behold with a deep burnished gold and an dark off white head that leaves some nice lacing. In fairness I accidentally cracked this 32 oz bottle by accident as it was mislabeled by my vendor so it might have had a bit more carbonation and such had it remained at unopened and a bout an ounce or so fuller. Hardly flat it shows light carbonation as it sits and a leaves nice decoration as I drink. The nose is delicate and sophisticated. Lots going on. The peated malt is remarkable. A delicate smoke wrapped around sweet lightly breadiness. Hints of coriander honey and maybe a touch of citrus. Faint notes of bubblegum live in pods of anise. Taste is a great followup to the nose. Peaty malt abounds with a honey and spice cake center. Light fruits, apple and pear, maybe a touch of mellon. The anise shows itself a touch more and builds a great platform for the hops. herbal and spicy they nod back to the body of the brew while giving a clean dry finish. Notes of pepper linger along with cinnamon, graham and brown bread. Just a hint of alcohol but not enough to serve a warning. Feel is velvety with a light creaminess. Light enough to encourage sessioning with the aforementioned hidden alcohol. Just enough presence to lead you to sip and savor. This will compliment any food you find yourself near. From traditional winter to lighter fare with an artisnal flare. This is a beer that is sublime and superior. One of my new faves this year and so far my favorite from Allagash
Serving type: growler
01-15-2014 07:09:28 | More by scootny
Allagash Grand Cru from Allagash Brewing Company
91 out of 100 based on 623 ratings.