Allagash BAM - Allagash Brewing Company
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3.83/5 rDev -5%
This brew was served from the tap at The Blind Tiger in New York, NY into a stemless chalice. It glowed a reddish golden amber, showing a half finger tall head of stark white bubbles. A ghostly film was left across the top, but lacing appeared minimal. There was a heavy haze to the clarity, but no sediment was noted. Carbonation appeared average. The aroma showed nice oak barrels, honey and and maple sweetness, heavy malts of wheat and pales alike, and a final milky, lactic sweetness to cut the seriousness of wood. Our first impression was that there was nice fruity sweetness to the flavoring, with a hearty souring grain mash to the back. As we sipped, sugary sweetness of violet grapes and old apples started things off. These prepared the palate for the onslaught of booze to the peak, with fusel ethanol boxing hard against caramel malts, coin, and bittering magic marker phenols. The finish gave more apple sweetness, peppery booze, and black cherry sweetness. The aftertaste breathed of honey, booze, pale and caramel grain, metallic coin, and mineral water. The body was medium, and the carbonation was medium. There was drying bite through the middle, with chalky, bone dry astringency on the back. Slurp, cream, and froth were all nice. The abv was appropriate, and the beer drank okay.
Overall, what we enjoyed most about this brew was the sweetness through the taste. This is seriously tested throughout the taste, with hearty strength to the malty backbone and boozy bite. The final flavoring, however, ends up nicely balancing the sweetness to this bitterness. While the blend is nice, BAM is weaker in overt punch when compared directly to Allagash’s other special offerings.
11-20-2012 14:51:03 | More by TheBrewo
3.76/5 rDev -6.7%
On-tap at Bar on Buena. Served in a tulip.
A - Off-white foam settles to a solid cap, leaving behind splotchy lacing. Hazed orange-brown body that is evocative of cider.
S - Smells a lot like a Belgian amber, Belgian yeast, nebulous fruity notes, some bready malt, mild earthy hopping, and light oak. Quite a bit sweeter than BAT, which I'm guessing is from the mead barrels, although I don't think I could have guessed that blind.
T - Again, the barrel-aging is quite understated, with the base Belgian amber dominating the flavor profile. Tangy yeast, some vague stone and citrus fruits, bready malts, and light oak. Perhaps a bit of honey, either from mead or malt.
M - Dry, medium-full body, with lower carbonation. A bit of alcohol shows up and lends some warmth.
D - Not bad, but sort of underwhelming. It's a somewhat generic Belgian amber with only faint barrel characteristics (particularly compared to BAT). No major flaws, but not a beer I'd reach for often.
05-29-2013 20:06:56 | More by MasterSki
4/5 rDev -0.7%
On-tap at Publick House, 12oz serving into an Allagash tulip.
A- Pours a fairly hazy orange golden with decent carbonation and about half finger of white foamy bubbly head that has nice retention slowly receding to a thin layer and leaving spotty lacing.
S- Has a lightly sweet Belgian candy aroma of oranges, lemons, bananas and other fruits. Not citrusy but more of just a sweet fruity aroma. Decently aromatic and fairly pleasant smelling.
T- Like the aroma the taste has a Belgian fruity sweetness to it of oranges, lemons (not acidic or citrusy), bananas, and honey. The mead doesn't present itself too strongly but it accentuates the fruitiness and adds a nice extra sweetness to it.
M- Smooth, easy drinking, nice carbonation, abv well hidden.
O- This beer didn't blow my mind, but it was a unique well executed beer. You don't see too many beers that have been aged in spent mead barrels and I thought this beer made nice use of it. The mead added a nice sweetness to the beer that balanced well with the Belgian fruitiness of the Belgian Strong Pale Ale. It wasn't overly flavorful or the best Belgian Strong Pale Ale, but it was interesting to try and I'm glad I got to enjoy a glass.
09-08-2012 18:45:55 | More by jaasen64
Allagash BAM from Allagash Brewing Company
88 out of 100 based on 22 ratings.