Allagash James Bean | Allagash Brewing Company

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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
Ratings:
518
Reviews:
65
Avg:
4.08
pDev:
8.82%
 
 
Wants:
38
Gots:
66
For Trade:
1
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Ratings: 518 |  Reviews: 65
Photo of StoutElk_92
4.67/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

750ml bottled on 05/19/16

Pours golden amber orange with a dense creamy white foam head. Smells like fresh coffee beans, caramel, chocolate, vanilla, bourbon, oak, malty bready grains, honey, dark berries, apricot, banana, peppery clove spice, apple, pear, with floral earthy herbal grassy pine. Tastes like rich caramel, chocolate, vanilla, bourbon, oak, fresh coffee beans, malty bready grains, honey, dark berries, apricot, banana, peppery clove spice, apple, pear, with floral earthy herbal grassy pine. Feels medium bodied, creamy and smooth with moderate carbonation. Overall a really nice bourbon barrel aged Belgian strong pale ale with coffee.

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Photo of HermitDan
4.01/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Red5StandingBy
4.32/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from 750ml bottle into Snifter. Decanted properly. Bottled on March 2nd 2017.

L: Even decanted this pours a cloudy kiwi skin brown. Nice fingers width off-white head. Retains decently.

S: Coffee, rich caramel, some bourbon but not overpowering, brown sugar, vanilla.

T: This is nice. Following the nose, with some added nut complexities, maybe pecan or walnut. I do not taste any hidden fruit notes from the coffee, maybe they would present themselves after some aging. Bourbon is subtle (Thankfully, this IS in fact a BEER, not Bourbon!) Would definitely recommend this.

F: Full body, Belgian carbonation, semi-dry.

O: This doesn't match up with a Duvel however this is a very good beer.

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Photo of mdecross
4.54/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of mjwellman
4.55/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Chuckdiesel24
4.05/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of gr0g
4.1/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of InfernoBoss
4/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Zach136
4.06/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of 80x2HopHead
4.34/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of WOLFGANG
4.15/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Ogpuglord
3.85/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 1 | overall: 3

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Photo of FrankShirley
2.93/5  rDev -28.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Photo of paulish
4.25/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Mambajahamba
4.41/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of stortore
3.95/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

750 ml bottle into tulip snifter. Bottled 5/29/16, had 11/5/16.

Pours a golden/apricot, mostly clear, with a one inch head and a good amount of foamy lacing. The smell is Belgian yeast, coffee, slight funk/straw, a little black pepper in the head. Not very aromatic, at least not as you would expect. The taste also leads with the yeast and coffee, then bourbon- stronger as it warms, light oak, a little vanilla. Smooth, creamy, a good, medium body, well carbonated.

Liked this, good flavor, iffy aroma. Well balanced. But it seemed like this could be better than it is. By a lot. High price point for what you get. Not a repeat purchase.

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Photo of ArkyVaughan
3.75/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pour at the Modern Times Carnival of Caffeination. I love Allagash, but this one just didn't do it for me. Coffee just didn't seem to pair all that well with the base beer. As usual, well-executed, just not my favorite flavor profile.

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Photo of thoglund
4.1/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of BlackBeerPirate
3.85/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Taste: smooth, big barley malt, coffee, woody, rich notes. Boozy bourbon, coffee bean nose. Honey/Amber color, semi clear, with a refine head of delicate lattice of lace. Medium/Full body. Alcohol sneaks up on you.

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Photo of durlta
3.32/5  rDev -18.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of kevanb
4.06/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

750ml bottle, 2016 batch, poured into an Allagash Cervoise. Enjoyed on 12.7.16, reviewed from Tasting Journal.

The beer pours a golden amber color, lightly hazy and cloudy with lots of activity in the glass and a foamy white head, about two fingers tall with good retention and plenty of soapy lace. The aroma is quite interesting, light coffee, tons of belgian yeast, light stone fruits, faint bourbon character, strong french oak presence with light toffee and pale cereal grains. The flavors are very fun, very strong coffee, much bigger presence than the nose previewed, vanilla shines nicely, white chocolate, bittersweet with bourbon and toffee being expressed very well, very rich and decadent, stone fruits, yeast, funk, spice and cereal grains support the adjuncts and the BSPA/Tripel base beer is quite rewarding. The mouthfeel is good, medium body that is very lively and active, coats well with plenty of carbonation and a mildly dry finish, smooth and warm from the alcohol.

Verdict: A really nice barrel aged belgian beer from Allagash. I wasn't expecting the coffee to work so well here but boy does it. Nice coffee roast, vanilla bean, chocolate and bourbon with the added complexity of the base beer makes for a great dessert or sipping beer.

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Photo of jgunther71
4.25/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of krome
4.25/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of nater919
4.18/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Roy1586
4.25/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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