Allagash St. Klippenstein | Allagash Brewing Company

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Brewed by:
Allagash Brewing Company
Maine, United States
allagash.com

Style: Belgian Strong Dark Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 11.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
At the brewery, we celebrate St. Klippenstein day to commemorate our love of free ham, pot lucks, and strong stouts. In honor, we brewed this Belgian-style strong stout aged in bourbon barrels. Rich cocoa brown in color, the first sip of this beer opens with a complex chocolate and roasted aroma. Notes of vanilla, coconut and oak infuse the palate and lead to a smooth, warm finish.

This full bodied beer is brewed with an array of dark roasted malts: dark chocolate malt, roasted barley, chocolate malt, and brown malt. After being hopped with Chinook and Northern Brewer, and fermented with a trappist-style yeast for a month in stainless, the beer spends three months aging in bourbon barrels.

Added by ThatsThatDude on 10-13-2015

BEER STATS
Reviews:
58
Ratings:
221
Avg:
4.19
pDev:
6.92%
 
 
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Reviews: 58 | Ratings: 221
Photo of Jimlikesbeer
4.18/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

Label says coconut. Maybe a hint. Definitely not strong. It really is pretty good. The 11% ABV and slight bourbon flavor over shadows any coconut. Nice head with lacing. Lots of flavor, but no AshTray after taste like some Stout beers. Really is good. 4+ out of 5.

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Photo of HattedClassic
4.03/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

The beer pours a very nice looking creamy brownish tan head while the beer itself is a nice brown color. It's a decent look and has a certain charm to it but it isn't anything mind blowing or overwhelming.

The smell is good. The bouquet of dark notes such as a moderate roasted note mixes well with the bread like Belgian yeast notes and a dark chocolate note that is stronger in the smell than in the taste. The wood note also seems to come out strongly in the smell.

The taste is pretty good. There beer has a nice bourbon finish while the main notes seem to consist of a good mix of dark notes such as a moderately roasted note mixed with a light oak while it runs into a light dark chocolate note. The hop note are lightish and get lost in the bourbon but give off a decent pine bitterness that is smoothed out fairly well. A light alcohol note in the end.

The feel is pretty good. It's definitely a heavy bodied beer. The best part of the feel is how smooth it is and slightly creamy it is. The alcohol gives it a slight burn towards the end as well as a slight alcohol thinness.

Overall, a fairly decent beer and definitely interesting enough to try. The way the barrel aging affects the beer is definitely worth the price to admission and better than the other bourbon barrel aged beer.

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Photo of polloenfuego
4.35/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

St. Klippenstein pours a deep dark brown/black with a minimal head but with some nice lacing along the way. The smell is really nice: mild bourbon, dark chocolate, Belgian Yeast, some leather and coffee. The taste brings the coffee and chocolate forward, with the yeast still banging the drum and that bourbon and leather on the finish. The flavors work together incredibly well. The feel is a little heavy with almost no carbonation, and the booze is hidden amazingly well.

This beer just reaffirmed my belief that Allagash is one of my favorite brewers. I am having trouble finding a real weak point with this beer, but I can't. I'd have a case of this in my cellar if I could.

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Photo of avalon07
4.25/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

L: Poured from a bottle to a tulip glass. Had a dark, dark brown color and a thick texture. There was an inch of off white, fairly long-lasting head. Decent enough lacing.

S: A solid aroma of chocolate, malt, yeast, bourbon, and wood. Interesting.

T: Tasted of a bit of roasted malt, light yeast notes, lots of dark chocolate, a definite boozy quality, bourbon, some light vanilla notes, coconut, and more oak than I expected. A different kind of flavor that sneaks up on you. The alcohol is pronounced, but it doesn't overpower the other ingredients. Complex and tasty.

F: A highly carbonated beer with a lively finish. Medium-bodied.

O: This isn't your typical Belgian Strong Dark Ale. It has a definite American-ness. Worth a try.

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Photo of cjgiant
4.07/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Bottle dated 12/2016:
Pours black in a thick glass, but a dark mahogany hue is seen at the edges when some natural light hits from behind. A pretty thick beige to tan rim of head froths with each tip of the glass, though it doesn't provide much lacing.

The nose has a bit of heat or spice in it to me, the barrel coming through prominently but not solely. The backing roasted malt has a chocolate lean to it. Whiskey, oak, vanilla, and perhaps a little clove (mixed in with the whiskey).

Feel starts off somewhat silky to a tad oily, but the carbonation breaks that up by mid taste. A mildly drying wooden feel comes out in the end.

The flavors start with a mild chocolate maltiness, aided by a little vanilla early. The barrel's content start to make an appearance next, yielding a sorta of whiskey-and-coke overall impression. The carbonation mentioned above accentuates the heat I get from the alcohol at this point. Coming out of this is a splash of coconut rum, before the beer starts to get a little bitter, aided by the barrel wood itself coming out.

A tasty beer that has a little more of the barrel influence than I expected from Allagash. I could use a little more of the base beer at this point. There are some nice flavors in there that I'd like to see meld together a little more. I wonder if a couple months aging might smooth it out a tad.

I see mention in other reviews to dark fruit, which I can sort of get, but the combination with other notes, it comes as root spice to cola. I also see the thought of some that this could come across as a strong BSDA, which I can understand.

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Photo of sokol_1993
4/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this on tap at Circa Dupont DC.
A really strange brew. Full of bourbon smell and taste, and really boozy; the alcoholic feel came right out, you can't miss it.
A nice stout, not sure I could feel the Belgian taste, but a bit too boozy for my liking.

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Photo of zonker17
4.75/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Very dark brown draft pour with massive beige head, great retention, and significant lacing. Bourbon and wood on the nose along with roast malt. Flavor is glorious, bringing together elements of Belgian and USA influence. Drink and enjoy!

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Photo of GrumpyGas
4.31/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

10oz draft pour into a snifter has an opaque dark brown body and floats a thin cream colored head. Lacing and almost legs.
Aroma is booze, oak, dark stone fruit, and roast malts.
Flavor matches with coconut, vanilla, and caramel, under the chocolate and booze with no hint of heat = trouble.
Mouthfeel is creamy and leans heavy with an oily finish.
Overall, very nice to see that Allagash is more than a one trick pony. I don't see much in Illinois and I am not a fan of the White.

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Photo of q33jeff
4.25/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

**
03/03/17
On tap at churchville inn. 5oz Pour.

LOOK: thick dark black, medium beige head, fades to lacing.
AROMA: raisin, dark fruit, mild yeast.
A slight aroma of sesame. Strange...took me awhile to place it, but I knew I felt like I was in a chinese restaurant.
TASTE: dark chocolate and coffee seamlessly blended with previous flavors from nose. Very nice.
FEEL: full bodied with a creamy finish.

Very nice Belgian stout. I usually find these to be clashing, but this one works for me.

**

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Photo of dd43
4.21/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Boozy and worthy of sharing with friends. Has a woody character to it. Roasted flavor profile, dark chocolate aroma and flavor, somewhat of an unorthodox stout that I wish I could recall more detailed flavor notes from. It doesn't necessarily look the part, it has more of a brown ale appearance.

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Photo of ccg
3.93/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Fantastic-looking stout. Black and opaque, of course, but it also looks creamy, and the foam on top has a bit of fizz initially, but it settles quickly and remains dense, sticking to all sides of the glass.

The smell is dominated by chocolatey malt and oak. Hint of raisins and molasses and coffee. There's a small note of whiskey in there, but it's subtle. The barrel aging seems to be coming across more as oak than as bourbon. No booziness at all.

The flavor is more subtle than the smell. There's more vanilla and maybe even coconut in the flavor, but the the chocolate and malt are less pronounced. Oak and bourbon are in the background.

The mouthfeel is a little bit difficult to describe. It feels lighter than most stouts, but not thin or watery. I'd say it's more creamy than dense without going all the way into the bland territory of nitro. There is almost no sign of this beer's 11%ABV.

This beer may not be a big and bold as a lot of barrel-aged stouts on the market today, but the Belgian yeast seems to be giving it an extra dimension of subtle flavors and smooth texture. Its 11%ABV is actually somewhat aggressive, but it's so well integrated that you may not even notice that it's there.

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Photo of BFCarr
4.17/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours black with a thin white head. Roasty aroma with borbon notes. Taste is the same, borbon and roasty. Feel is good, especially for a non-RIS. Overall very nice.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
4.25/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

i had no idea this one was so hard to come by, its a really great beer. i love belgian style stouts, i think the yeast lightens up the body and brings out different aspects of the dark malts, and this is a great example of that. there is so much more dark fruit happening here than normally is present in stouts. some of it might be the esters of the yeast, but some of it definitely comes from the grains. raisin and plum for sure, a little sweet fig, even pear in here too, red wine notes, and of course the whiskey from the barrels, some char and wood too. smells and tastes quite sweet, i think it could be a little drier, easier drinking, but i like how thick and dense it is. heavy cocoa and dark chocolate notes, cherry for a second, brown sugar, vanilla, whiskey, wood. i love the bright carbonation, this must be bottle conditioned to some degree. tobacco and coffee notes in the end with the dried fruits, the floral belgian yeast, the bitterness of the dark grain, and the heat of the alcohol. this is a strong one, a bottle for sharing. high price tag for sure, yikes on that, but a great beer, one of the best belgian type stouts around. i hope they keep making this one...

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Photo of cbutova
4.15/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Sierra Grille, Northampton.

A- Draft pour to an Allagash chalice with a deep brown almost black body. A thick and frothy head makes it to a finger high with good retention. Lacing is beyond plentiful.

S- Fairly mild for 11% and the style. A mix of Belgian yeast, smoothed out whiskey and dark malts. Wet, aged toasted oak, spiced dried dark fruits, phenolic spices, vanilla oak, toffee, Candi sugar, cocoa and deeply caramelized sugars.

T- The wood comes out a bit more and it is once again smooth and aged out. Whiskey is mild but certainly present with some peppery feel and vanilla from the wood aging. Spiced raisins, fig, toast, toffee, bitter cocoa, roast barley, brown sugar, candi sugar, clove, Belgian yeast spice, cola, coconut and toasted nuts. So smooth and even mild for what it is.

MF- Medium bodied overall with a low end carbonation. Texture is oily and fairly smooth with a bit of a foaminess. Ends just a bit warm.

I dig brews like this. Belgian yeast works so well in this case as the spice compliments both the malts and the barrel.

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Photo of BergBeer
3.67/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Look: Opaque black with a thick mocha head. Moderate activity.

Smell: Decadent. Molasses, vanilla extract, candies raisins, burnt marshmallows, and figs.

Taste: Rich notes of dates, figs, and molasses. This fades to a bitter black malt with cocoa nibs. The a boozy bourbon lurches forward with notes of charred oak and vanilla.

Feel: Big bodied if a bit thin for the style. Dominates the palate. Booze prickles the tongue and warms the throat. Moderately bitter. Finish is dry.

Overall: A good barrel aged stout. It has complexity. Yet most of this complexity comes from competing charred oak and bitter roasted malt. This would be excellent if only the body was just a bit richer. A fuller body would really set this over. Also I didn't get any "Belgian" notes from this Belgian stout. With that being said it's still a solid brew.

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Photo of Severymusic
4.87/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

I've updated my rating numbers after having this on tap at the Allagash tasting room in Portland. The coconut and vanilla stand out so much more, whether that's due to a recipe change or just trying it fresh from the source.

I guess the story goes that the name of the beer is based on a former staff member at Allagash, and the pig on the label is to due to the fact when a supplier would bring a holiday ham to Allagash, he would always be found with ham in his shirt pocket, just munching away as he was working.

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Photo of Radcpa
4.44/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Very dark appearance with a good head and perhaps a little too much carbination. Aroma is moderate bourbon and a slight chocolate. Taste is is definitely bourbon with some chocolate.

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Photo of ovaltine
4.43/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours nearly jet black (lightens at the edges), with a couple of fingers of light tan head (and much lighter than you typically see in a BA imperial stout). The aroma is primarily dark fruit, with some chocolate aromas as well.

The taste, though, is very nuanced. The dark fruit is very present, and so is the chocolate, but the Trappist yeast that was used really elevates this, especially as it warms. The barrel comes forward, there's a little funk going on, the dark fruit and chocolate linger. I really am enjoying this. Well done by a world-class brewer.

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Photo of oberon
4.1/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours into a chalice a deep walnut brown with a thinner beige head atop,s broken ring of lace is left behind.Caramel toffee really sticks out in the nose with a bit of yeasty/phenol spice underneath.The palate has a bitter chocolate element to go along with scorched butterscotch and caramel notes,the bourbon barrel comes in late along with a bit of toasted oak.There is phenolic presence but it never plays to big of a role,this is a rich beer,and a sipper no doubt.A worthy #5,000 for me.

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Photo of DBosco
3.98/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Bottled on December 31 2015 (New Year's Eve party?). Opaque brown with not much head that quickly disappears. Smells of roasted malts and bourbon. Tastes of chocolate malt and bourbon. Little bitterness and I don't really notice the hops that are mentioned as ingredients. A moderately dense stout with strong bourbon. The Belgian characteristics seem to be overshadowed by the stout and bourbon. Mouthfeel is smooth with alcohol burn and little carbonation. Overall, a pretty good stout if you want a lot of bourbon taste.

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Photo of Absolut
4.24/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

purchased from quality liquor store online.

description says something about free ham and potlucks. let's just say they fact I wrote that tells you how the 11% sneaks up and bites you in the buttocks.

pours a dark black, white head with sticky lacing.

first smell and taste was smoke. after warming, malt, bourbon, molasses, cocoa and dark fruits come through.

really a great beer, must let it warm up. tremendous.

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Photo of Slatetank
4.34/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Thanks to Jeff (Hoss) for sharing this corked and caged bottle, enjoyed chilled in a stemmed glass.

The color is black, with opaque clarity and thin tan head with fine bead and good retention. The smell is very good with a rich cocoa and subtle bourbon element with wood and coffee-like dark malt aroma with slight dark caramelized sugar scent. The feel is rich with roast and thick body and sweet texture yet mild carbonation with semi-sweet and strong finish with light alcohol influence.

The taste is great with a rich cocoa flavor intense with light woody taste and slight raisin in the yeast with mild bourbon complimenting adding some sweetness and warmth with a spice and slight char taste mid palate. THe flavor has a hint of dried fruit coming in as it finishes with light alcohol in the taste. This is like a meal in a glass! a rich big stout with smooth layers of flavor with copious bourbon in the mix improving on an already great beer

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Photo of zac16125
4.15/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

750mL bottle into a snifter
Bottled on: 12/31/2015


A: Opaque black, small light tan head dissipates quickly, small patches of lacing. 4

S: Very roasty, lots of semi-sweet cocoa, more subtle dark fruits. Barrel characters are pretty mild, but I do get some charred oak and toasted coconut. A bit of booze to round it out. Don’t get really any belgian yeast characters in the aroma but thats ok. 4

T: Taste follows the nose, except better. Charred oak, roasted malt, vanilla. Bigger bourbon characters than the aroma. Some leather and tobacco notes, and a sugary sweetness on the finish. Quite a nice combo of roast, sweet and barrel. 4.25

M/D: Mouthfeel is full bodied but not think. Carbonation on the higher end but appropriate. ABV is well masked, and drinkability is good. 4

O: A very nicely done barrel aged IS. Nothing mind-blowing, but if you can pick one up off the shelf its 100% for a try. 4.25

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Photo of Boccu
4.34/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pours with nice head. Nice aroma coffee and light booze. Taste of Oak, booze, dark malt, coffee and boozy finish. Very well made complex and yet smooth. I will look for this again.

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Photo of stortore
4.19/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

750 ml bottle into a tulip glass. Bottled 12/31/15. Happy New Year, indeed...

Pours dark, near black and opaque. Maybe a half finger head, some lacing. Smell is malt, bourbon, chocolate, some Belgian yeast, light vanilla, kind of a roasty aroma, light black pepper on a warmer pour. The taste also leads with the malt and bourbon, vanilla, chocolate, some oak, Belgian yeast, caramel, cocoa. Very smooth, creamy, solid body, well carbonated.

Very good flavor and aroma, the bourbon is prominent but not overwhelming. Would buy this one again, not a lot of BBA Belgian Strong Dark's out there. Reasonable price point, so give it a try.

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Allagash St. Klippenstein from Allagash Brewing Company
4.19 out of 5 based on 221 ratings.
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