James Bean | Allagash Brewing Company

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4.11/5
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BEER INFO

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

Style: Belgian Strong Pale Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.40%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
James Bean is a bourbon barrel aged, Belgian-style strong ale that is infused with cold press coffee, post fermentation. Coffee, vanilla and bourbon dominate the aroma. Flavors of caramel, coffee, bourbon, and oak present themselves throughout this full-bodied beer. The coffee used in James Bean is Speckled Ax, roasted right here in Maine. The beans used are Ethiopia Amaro Gayo and are known for their lush blackberry and blueberry fruit flavors.

Grains: Allagash 2-Row Malted Barley Blend
Hops: Tettnang and Hallertau
Spices/Other: White Cane Sugar, Cold-Brewed Coffee
Yeast: House
Original Gravity: 1.074, 18 degrees Plato

Added by jlindros on 07-09-2012

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#3,922
Reviews:
89
Ratings:
604
pDev:
8.52%
 
 
Wants:
40
Gots:
88
Trade:
0
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Ratings: 604 |  Reviews: 89
Photo of EMH73
4.23/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a clear copper color with an extremely well retained one inch fluffy white head that leaves ample lacing. Smells of coffee, bourbon, caramel and vanilla. Tastes of coffee, bourbon, vanilla, oak, caramel, sweet malts, Belgian yeast and a hint of lemon. Medium bodied and carbonated with a dry finish.

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Photo of mikeycibelli
4.34/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of npolachek
4.16/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of ThaneMcC
4.06/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had on draft at yard house in dc
Pours a murky, burnt orange. Smell is interesting blend of bourbon, coffee and typical belgian floral/fruit. Taste is sweet malty with a vanilla and smoky bites, hint of coffee and a clean, almost astringent finish. All the flavors smoothly blended- medium mouthfeel- and thoroughly enjoyable

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Photo of ruzzal
4.25/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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

Photo of DaveMaciolek21
3.66/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Still getting used to having light-colored coffee flavored beer. This one is a solid knockoff of a Belgian strong ale. The bourbon barrel aged flavor is just a hint--very underplayed.

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Photo of Nunya
3.89/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of crobinso
4.54/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Samact
4.06/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of TMoney2591
3.99/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served on tap in a snifter at Consume.

Drooklyn's got a winning team... Ahem. This stuff pours a clear sunset brass-copper topped by a finger or so of lightly off-white foam. The nose comprises mild coffee, mild booze, light Belgian yeast, sweet biscuit, honey, and a touch of lemon (I think). The taste brings in more of the same, adding some tiny bits of chocolate-covered bananas and some more boozy wood for the sake of it. The body is a stolid medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a drying finish. Overall, I didn't expect much from this odd combination, but I'll be damned if it didn't work. It's not something I'm gonna reach for on the regular, but it's a rather tasty treat for every now and again.

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Photo of BAinBK
4.25/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of mattmarka1
3.94/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of taospowder
4.09/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Drinkalot
4.85/5  rDev +18%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Photo of nwhittin
4.1/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Brob245
4.1/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Avitra
3.1/5  rDev -24.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Complexity doesn't man it's good. This one is complex, there's the Stout coffeeness in the aroma and the sourness in the taste and lemon and cutrus but the combination doesn't work for me. The balance is not there and the beer is really just meh.

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Photo of Radome
4.04/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Hoptometrist
4.3/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of NeilSilber1
4.75/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Alagash Belgium tripel bourbon barrel aged strong ale with notes of cold pressed Coffee and whiskey, need I say more - excellent!!

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4.14/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of wroywel
4.46/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of YinzBrew
4.06/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of HoppingMadMonk
4.21/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Aroma of bourbon,caramel, and fresh roasted coffee. Taste is identical,bourbon isn't overpowering but still comes off delicate and enjoyable. The caramel and coffee make a great backdrop to the bourbon taste

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James Bean from Allagash Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.11 out of 5 with 604 ratings