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Allagash Midnight Brett - Allagash Brewing Company

Allagash Midnight BrettAllagash Midnight Brett

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BA SCORE
87
very good

296 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 296
Reviews: 47
rAvg: 3.9
pDev: 11.28%


Brewed by:
Allagash Brewing Company visit their website
Maine, United States

Style | ABV
American Wild Ale |  7.30% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
Midnight Brett is chocolate brown in color, brewed with 2-Row, Midnight wheat, raw wheat and rye malt. It was hopped with a blend of Perle, Glacier and Simcoe hops. The beer was fermented with our house strain of Brettanomyces in stainless tanks. The finished beer has the aroma and flavor of fresh berries, sour cherries and a slight roasted character. The finish is pleasantly tart and fruity making this beer very drinkable.

(Beer added by: Jason on 01-09-2013)
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Omnium

Pennsylvania

3.56/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

From notes at the brewery on 10-17-13

A - Ruby dark brown with one finger of fizzy white head medium lacing.
S - Very odd aroma, dark fruit, cherries being among them, bubblegum, big funky medicinal.
T - Very tart cherry and blueberry, slight clove and pepper, apple, weird medicinal flavor that I cant discern.
M - Extremely tart sour.
O - Just a weird beer, not my style at all

Serving type: on-tap

02-20-2014 16:46:30 | More by Omnium
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MDDMD

Pennsylvania

3.79/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A-dark brown color with a light tan head and little lacing

S-roasted malt, cocoa, light smoke, hint of Brett

T- dark roasted malt, dark chocolate, light smokiness, light Brett funk, hint of coffee, mild bitterness in the finish

F-medium body with moderate carbonation, smooth

O-nothing very compelling here, I enjoy dark sours but this really did bring much to the table and was far from beers like Tart of Darkness

Serving type: on-tap

02-03-2014 23:25:17 | More by MDDMD
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metter98

New York

4.09/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

On-tap at Alewife, Long Island City, NY

A: The beer is nearly black in color—dark red is visible near the bottom of the glass when it is held up to a light. It poured with a quarter finger high tan head that died down, leaving lacing on the surface, a collar around the edge and lacing down the sides of the glass.
S: Light aromas of dark, sour cherries are present in the nose.
T: The taste is a little sour and has flavors of black cherries but there are also strong notes of dark malts. The sour cherry flavors linger through the finish.
M: It feels light-bodied on the palate and has a lot to moderate amount of carbonation. Faint bits of tartness are noticeable.
O: You wouldn't expect this to be a wild ale from its appearance, but it has a nice amount of sourness that's not overpowering and interesting contrasting flavors of dark malts.

Serving type: on-tap

09-17-2013 01:41:16 | More by metter98
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wedge

North Carolina

4.18/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

@ Tyler's (Raleigh)

Very dark brown with a soft-looking, beige head. Smells different than I expected...Brett, tart, juicy berries, grapes, and leather. No roasted malt character to speak of. Flavors are similar with Brett, more dark fruits like blackberries, grapes, and plums, and some very light phenolics in the back. Fluffy, tart, medium body. Drinks lighter than its strength. Another tasty beverage from Allagash.

Serving type: on-tap

08-27-2013 12:43:44 | More by wedge
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rudzud

Massachusetts

3.59/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Enjoyed at the dive bar on Allagash tap takeover. Poured into an Allagash tulip.

A - Poured a nice deep garnet hue with a nice one finger light tan head that fades to leavethin lacing and a light blanket.

S - Aromas of sweet malts, light funky brett, faint almost jam like aroma, light fruits.

T - Taste is definitely brett...lightly smokey, sweet malts, light fruits...strawberry perhaps... not quite dark fruits. The funk slightly overpowers the roast malt in here, light nuttiness, slight lactose creamy thing going on.

M - Mouthfeel is not bad for the style, lightly carbonated. Alcohol is hidden nicely.

O - Overall I was again underwhelmed by this beer. The brett here kind of overpowers the fruit and Belgian-esc aspects. Sigh.

Serving type: on-tap

07-11-2013 22:45:33 | More by rudzud
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brentk56

North Carolina

4.4/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: The dark brown liquid arrives showing off plum highlights; a perky head leaves occasional splashes of lace behind

Smell: A range of sweet and tart jam fruits (grape, black raspberry and cherry) dominate the aroma with some leathery Brett tones underneath

Taste: The jam fruit flavors detected in the aroma jut forward bringing subtle sweet and tart elements; by mid-palate, the leathery Brett arrives, adding some additional sour tones; the finish shows off the oaky vinous character but every element of the beer is held in check

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation

Overall: Tremendous subtlety in every direction makes this beer stand out; the barrel aging here was handled with great deftness

Serving type: on-tap

07-02-2013 00:34:09 | More by brentk56
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Axnjxn

North Carolina

4.26/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

on tap at Sams in Durham. into an allagash flute glass.

pours a dark purple brown with an inch white head. smell is a big tart blueberries blackberry mix. excellent. taste stays true to the smell. moderate tartness with a big blackberry flavor. superb! medium bodied with medium carbonation.

overall this is some great stuff. 100% recommend.

Serving type: on-tap

06-29-2013 17:16:07 | More by Axnjxn
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cosmicevan

New York

4.38/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Thanks to joefuzz for the tip on this one. Decided to head over to the tap room for lunch to see what the hub bub was all about. Showed in a snifter. Maroon purple with minimal head. Smell is grape and dark fruit. Nice sweetness. Really smooth, easy drinker. Not really all that sour, but good tartness on the finish. Word is this might go to bottles, paint me excited. Great sour for those who don't love overly sour beer. Will be interesting to see what time does to it if it does get bottled.

Serving type: on-tap

06-19-2013 16:45:13 | More by cosmicevan
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joefuzz

New York

4.66/5  rDev +19.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at taproom in patchogue

Pours just like the name...midnight black with a tiny ring of bubbles. Smells like tart grapes with a little bit of plums. Taste is not as sour as the nose let's on, more funky with a slight sour grape twing. Mouthfeel is on the lighter side with soft carbonation. Overall this beer blew me away, I hope more of this makes it into my market.

Serving type: on-tap

06-18-2013 00:41:18 | More by joefuzz
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ChainGangGuy

Georgia

3.68/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.5

10 ounce pour - $6.00 at Leon’s Full Service in Decatur, Georgia as part of their Allagash Takeover event.

Appearance: Dark mahogany-hued body with a smallish, short-lived, beige head. Slim latticework of lacing on the way down.

Smell: Fruity, berry-accented wine barrel aromatics with notes of chocolate (fairly light) and roast (also quite mild) with a sustained but subdued funkiness.

Taste: Lightly chocolaty, with a little bit of scorched grain and muted, muddled caramel. Modestly sweet. A welcome fruitiness coming across for me as raspberry and black cherry. Some leathery, phenolic, funky qualities. All of the various flavors converge on the tangy/tart, lightly funky, lightly malty finish.

Mouthfeel: Barely hits medium-bodied. Medium carbonation.

Overall: While one was plenty, it was interesting and pleasant.

Serving type: on-tap

05-27-2013 16:32:34 | More by ChainGangGuy
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smakawhat

Maryland

4.21/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured on tap into a tulip glass.

Super dark red body, hinting towards black. Foamy cap of mocha tan white, with a collar to match. Noticeable small carbonation.

Nose smells sweet fruit dominant. Welch's grape juice, mild little funk, good balance of sweetnees and funky character.

Sharp mild fruit sweetnees, good brett and funk mid palate almost with a nice woody roast character. Smooth wet feel, with moderate carbonation. Juicy quality slightly a bit, with grape and hints of dark red fruit, raspberries, cherry and so forth, mild pepper.

Real neat fun beer, like this sweet light fruit and brett mix.

Serving type: on-tap

04-05-2013 16:31:54 | More by smakawhat
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MusicaleMike

Pennsylvania

4.3/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Served in a balloon glass. Deep brown color with a tan head that moves off quickly and shows red highlights throughout the beer. Nothing special really.

The aroma is very interesting, hinting at berries and sour funk in the profile. I get notes of vinegar, blackberries, and blueberries in this beer. The aroma is also quite potent. Really good.

Sour up front, but not aggressively sour. Blueberries, blackberries, and boysenberries are all very prominent and mix with the dark malt characters. The dark malts roasted flavors are only there in the background and even then not much. Really tasty beer. Not much alcohol present. The sour is not overwhelming, the beer is quite fruity, and it turns out to be a great tasting beer.

Full body and decent carbonation. Fluffy, dry, acetic finish.

I typically don't like dark sour ales but this has really made me think otherwise. Quite a good beer. It's drinkable yet complex. It reminds me of Dannon Mixed Berry yogurt. That is how much of a fruit profile this beer has. This one surprised me. Good one.

Serving type: on-tap

03-22-2013 19:02:28 | More by MusicaleMike
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mdfb79

New York

4.21/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Have had this several times but review from 03/07/14 notes. 12 oz. pour in tulip at One Mile House in NYC.

a - Pours a dark brown color with one inch of light tan head and moderate carbonation evident.

s - Smells of sour cherries and tart dark fruits, brett, citrus, fruity pebbles cereal, roasted malts, chocolate, oak, oranges. Nice nose, very good mix of some dark malts with brett and sour fruits.

t - Tastes of lightly sour dark fruits, cherries, brett, oranges, citrus, roasted malts, chocolate, light tang. Taste is a slight step up from the nose.

m - Medium body and moderate carbonation

o - Overall I like this one quite a bit though not as much as Golden Brett. Light fruity pebbles in the nose especially, but a good mix of brett sour fruits and roasted notes. Well worth checking out.

Serving type: on-tap

03-19-2013 14:55:41 | More by mdfb79
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thagr81us

South Carolina

3.89/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had during Brewvival 2013! Served from tap into a Brewvival sampler shaker. Poured a massively dark brown (almost black) with a minimal tan head. Maintained decent lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, roasted malt, dark fruit, wood, and funk. The flavor was of sweet malt, big funk, dark fruit, wood, earth, and subtle dark chocolate. It had a light feel on the palate with high carbonation. Overall this was a fairly good brew. I will come out and say it right out of the gate. I’m not the biggest fan of soured/funked stouts, etc. However I do mind giving them a try. This one was one I’m glad that I gave a shot. The funk on this one was definitely the dominate factor going on here with some of the notes from the base brew taking a backseat. The brett didn’t really add any balance to the brew which is what hurt my flavor score on this one slightly, but it was still a brew that I’m glad I got the chance to try and wouldn’t mind doing so in the future again.

Serving type: on-tap

03-09-2013 00:57:04 | More by thagr81us
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KalH

North Carolina

4.38/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Caught this on tap at Nocturnem earlier today. They had some left over from the Allagash Tap Takeover last night and so I gladly obliged myself to a glass.

A - Black in color with a minimal tan head.
A - Funk, Dark fruits, some slight oakiness and roast
T - Wow. This was everything I expected it to be and more. The funky, bretty notes are definitely there and provide a pedestal for the well-incorporated dark fruit aspect in the flavor. Raspberry and black cherry nuances arrive in what I can only assume are those derived from the wine barrels they used. Some oak character and dark malt also reside in the flavor profile as well.
M - A very smooth and delicate brew with a nice balance in soft carbonation and even mouthfeel. The set-up allows the above mentioned flavors to wash right over the palate effortlessly. This drinks somewhat light and hides the alcohol well.
O - Would buy the shit out of this if Allagash put this into bottle production. Such a great funky stout and the flavors here are interwoven so well. Enjoyed this immensely and highly recommend it.

Serving type: on-tap

03-02-2013 06:40:00 | More by KalH
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homebrew311

Illinois

4.01/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours brown within white head and nice lace left behind. The nose starts with strong Brett character which brings funk, lemon, and spice to the nose. This is followed up with some roasted notes and mild chocolate character. The Brett notes seem to work nicely with the roasted malts. The taste features notes of Brett, fruit, funk, and chocolate intertwined. There is a slight tartness at the beginning, but that is overshadowed by roasty malt notes. Mouthfeel is light with high carbonation. Overall, I like the combo of dark malt and Brett. I think the two strong flavors do a nice job of balancing each other.

Serving type: bottle

04-08-2014 05:44:11 | More by homebrew311
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AnthonyBeerdain

Connecticut

3.71/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a footed pilsner glass. Bottled on 16-Oct-2013.

Appearance
Dark ruby, near black. Seems opaque. Poured with a half-inch head. Big bubbles.

Aroma
Sour cherries. Reminiscent of an Oud Bruin. Very slight "brett" characteristics of goat scrote. Presents itself as a tart mouth-buster. Alcohol in the distance.

Flavor
After smelling the beer, I was expecting, as I've been conditioned, to be assaulted with a strong souring, puckery experience. Instead, I don't get much sour at all; just a hint. The middle of the beer is somewhat void. At the end, hints of roastiness poke through. Again only mild farmhousey characteristics. Some fruitiness as well: berries? As the beer warms a nutty flavor fights its way into the middleground.

Mouthfeel
Medium to light, despite its dark color and higher ABV, with a slick lasting (but welcome) presence.

Overall
There's nothing "big" about this beer, but I think that's the point. It's an extremely drinkable, very mildly-sour, dark ale. The brett, while a characteristic of the beer, is not the highlight as the name suggests. I could drink several of these, but would've appreciated a bit more *something* in between the surprisingly subtle sourness that first hits your tongue and the roasty, fruity finish. The middle just seems to sit there coating my tongue.

Serving type: bottle

03-07-2014 02:01:56 | More by AnthonyBeerdain
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MarioM

California

4.15/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

375 ml bottle poured into a Jolly Pumpkin Goblet
Bottle date: Oct 16, 2013.

A: Light tan head made from medium to small bubbles that are quickly dissipating to a thin rim of lacing. Color is black but thin looking, nothing like a stout but still dark as hell. A beautiful dark cherry red glows through when put against a light source.

S: Aroma hits you in the face with a huge fist full of tropical Brett. Slight funk is kinda there but smell is mostly ashy roast like a wannabe dark saison. I do enjoy dark saisons but they all have a slight ashy roastiness to them and this has that as well. The Brett is getting more prevalent as it warms and while keeping a distance from the glass. Quite funky almost old gym sock like aroma but kinda enticing in a weird beer geek way.

T: Dry and right away you get a distinct ashy roast that is nor chocolaty or coffee like in its roastiness. Its that typical roast you get in dark saisons. Very much like the nose but not as funky as the nose leads you to think. I've had this on tap and was more funky than this bottle. Maybe as it warms even more it will gain some funk. Nice and bitter finish though and also has some fruitiness in the aftertaste that is most likely the tropical Brett notes that are in the nose. Good brew.

M: High carbonation makes up for the otherwise thin mouthfeel. Slight roast and bitterness lingers for a while but fades into an almost dark fruit but mostly tropical Brett. Nice funk is beginning to develop but is not too obvious. Aging will be great on this bottle, wish I had picked up a few but was the last one left.

O: A nice example of a brett beer and perhaps one of the only examples of a dark brett beer. Its refreshing since its not a dense beer like a stout. The color is just that, color. It happens to be dark but roast is negligent minus a slight ashy character but is typical for non roasty dark beers. Worth a try.

Serving type: bottle

03-05-2014 07:20:22 | More by MarioM
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Huhzubendah

District of Columbia

4.26/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottle shared by jayhawk73. Thanks Jeff!

The beer is dark brown with an everlasting beige head that leaves copious lacing behind. The aroma brings smoke, malt, molasses, leather, dark fruit, funk, oak. Well balanced and flavorful. Dark saison character. Complex and intriguing. A fun beer. This was really solid. I'd definitely have this again.

Serving type: bottle

03-01-2014 18:13:46 | More by Huhzubendah
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Jonada

New Jersey

3.9/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

375ml bottled 10/16/2013. Served in a Russian River stemmed glass.

Appearance: Pours a dark brown color with 1 finger of a light tan head with decent retention. Body is mostly opaque but with some ruby red around the edges when held up to light.

Smell: Sour cherry, roasted malt, lacto, slight hint of cocoa and wet hay.

Taste: Roasted malt, sour black cherry, rye spiciness, and some dark fruit. Nice mild clean tartness throughout. Some mild brett funk comes through more as the beer warms.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, creamy mouthfeel. Carbonation bordering on high.

Overall: Brett is a bit subdued but overall a nice beer. Probably not worth the price tag, but still enjoyable.

Serving type: bottle

02-27-2014 08:19:17 | More by Jonada
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fourstringer

Maryland

4.18/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 375 mL bottle into a BA goblet. Moderate hand. Date bottled: Oct. 16, 2013.

A: Very dark red-brown. Essentially black viewed straight-on. 1/2 finger of off-white head. Ok retention. Light lacing.

S: Equal parts earthy funk and lactic/citric acid sourness. Darker notes of roasted malt. Trace cacao. Dark fruit, cherry. Minimal acetic acid. Licorice.

T: Roasted malt intermingled with musty brett and a relatively light tartness. Dry finish. No significant alcohol presence. Lightly metallic in the aftertaste, but overpowered by a tasty combination of dark fruit, smoky malt and lingering tang.

M: High carbonation with moderate-light body. Bit prickly early on, but smooths out nicely as it goes.

O: Very nice, well-integrated brett elements coupled with roasted malt makes for an interesting and rather delicious brew. Glad I picked up a second one to get a bit of age on!

Prost!

Serving type: bottle

02-26-2014 01:02:50 | More by fourstringer
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DaveBlack

Virginia

4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Not quite midnight, but exceedingly dark, almost opaque. Two-finger off-white head that has an incredibly long retention.

S: Sour cherry, a faint roasted malt smell. Really not a lot happening on the nose, but it certainly smells intriguing.

T: Not as sour or funky as the nose led me to believe. Dark roasted malts, slightly ashy. A punch of bitterness through the middle, with the taste of and a lasting note of funk. I realize as I describe this that it doesn't sound all that appetizing, but it is a nice balance.

M: High amount of carbonation, the body itself is actually fairly light.

O: A tasty beer. Reserved on the brett, and well balanced with malts and hops. The brett comes through more as it warms, but it is never in your face.

Serving type: bottle

02-26-2014 00:43:08 | More by DaveBlack
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alaimoa

Connecticut

3.51/5  rDev -10%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Good not great and a slight disappointment at a high price point ($15). Teeters along potential greatness but lacking across the board on slight muted flavor and feel

Pour dark violet with foamy dirty brown head that was a inch or two
Smell has a bit of musty dark fruit (cherry, date) not strong
Taste similar to nose but when something has Brett in the name I was expecting bold farmhouse funk and if just wasn't there. Profile lacked depth
Feel medium and nice rolling carb but couldn't save it

Serving type: bottle

02-24-2014 19:05:32 | More by alaimoa
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Meathead27

North Carolina

4.43/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

A - pours dark brown but crystal clear with a great tan head, great lacing, head lasts

S - tart cherry, funky but a bit muddled with the dark malts

T - delicious - roasty, slight coffee flavor blended with Brett barnyard and dryness. Some rich malt / fig flavor which disappears quickly due to carbonation level. Taste is less sour than aroma would suggest.

M - great carbonation, very dry

O - lots of intangibles in this special beer. Very well down, great Brett beer. Glad I have 5 more!

Serving type: bottle

02-22-2014 00:12:16 | More by Meathead27
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Holland

Illinois

1.99/5  rDev -49%
look: 4.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.75

A: pours dark brown to black with a tan head with excellent retention. Amazing looking beer.

S: that's where the amazing ends, except that it smells amazingly average. Dark malts come through a bit, but it mostly smells like smarties.

T: it's bad. This tastes like a campfire and sweet tarts. Sour along with some dark malts come through a bit, giving this beer slight redeeming taste.

M: way too frothy for a wild ale. Feels like a Guiness on nitro.

O: terrible experience overall. I had to use a Sam Adams Rebel IPA as a chaser to finish this. To sum it up: this tastes like a Smarties factory caught on fire while the brewery next door was coolshipping a beer.

Serving type: bottle

02-21-2014 01:15:17 | More by Holland
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Allagash Midnight Brett from Allagash Brewing Company
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