Allagash James Bean | Allagash Brewing Company

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Allagash James BeanAllagash James Bean

Brewed by:
Allagash Brewing Company
Maine, United States

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

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Photo of KellyD
2/5  rDev -51.1%

Photo of kojevergas
2.63/5  rDev -35.7%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

Picked u a 750ml brown glass bottle @ Beercraft in Northern California (Rohnert Park, I think?). Branded white hood-and-gold-wire cage over a cork. Classy white label. Bottled on 05/19/16. 11129.

10.40% ABV. "Bourbon barrel aged Belgian-style golden ale." Brewed with Speckled Ax wood roasted coffee.

Reviewed live. Served cold into a highball and allowed to warm over the course of consumption. I'm really looking forward to this since I adore a lot of Allagash's brews.

After the cork pop, no liquid surges out - this seems well-carbonated.


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Photo of FrankShirley
2.93/5  rDev -28.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Photo of apasternak
3/5  rDev -26.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Coffee tasted faded, not sure how well a coffee tripel could really work

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Photo of Jslay013
3/5  rDev -26.7%

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3/5  rDev -26.7%

Photo of Brew_42
3.11/5  rDev -24%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Wasn't advertised as barrel aged at the bar I ordered it. Almost no coffee flavor, very strong whiskey favor. Did not enjoy it at all. If you like whiskey flavored beer, get it.

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Photo of _RL_
3.25/5  rDev -20.5%

Photo of westcoastbeerlvr
3.25/5  rDev -20.5%

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3.25/5  rDev -20.5%

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3.25/5  rDev -20.5%

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3.25/5  rDev -20.5%

Photo of DoctorZombies
3.27/5  rDev -20%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Murky gold draft pour with white head. Coffee nose. Strong espresso flavors superimposed on a sweet malt bill. Medium mouthfeel. Ok-the strong coffee did not marry well with the underlying sweetness. Funny coming from me-I love sugared up coffee in the morning.

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Photo of Dave_Treat
3.31/5  rDev -19.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of durlta
3.32/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of rderedin
3.35/5  rDev -18.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 5 | overall: 2.25

Photo of Futbolmanby
3.36/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of deonreds
3.45/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of mikefuski17
3.5/5  rDev -14.4%

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3.5/5  rDev -14.4%

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3.5/5  rDev -14.4%

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3.5/5  rDev -14.4%

Photo of deltatauhobbit
3.5/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy golden amber color, it is very hazy so don't expect much clarity, very little head and no lacing on the glass.

Smell is an odd mix of sweet malt and a light coffee aroma, touches of wood hit the nose as well to add some complexity to the otherwise odd mixture of aromas.

Taste is similar to the aroma with the coffee and pale malt mixture, because it's a fairly light beer the coffee aspect just seems out of place (as opposed to it's natural presence in a porter or stout), I'm just not feeling that combination, the barrel aging is also quite strong since neither of the main aspects are durable enough to keep things balanced, strong carbonation keeps the mouthfeel light but there's a lack of dryness in the finish that would be welcoming.

This is such a weird beer, being a Belgian pale with such strong barrel aging compared to the flavors with a forced coffee presence that is either too weak to blend in or not strong enough to be the focal point.

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Photo of jopezu
3.5/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

pours a bright, hazy orangey copper with a big fluffy head that poofs. nose; cold-brewed coffee, ethanol, & very faint oak. taste; again, big overtones of coffee upfront. belgian yeast, moderate ethanol, clove-like spice, & light grassy hops. aftertaste is very light bourbony oak, & ethanol fuel. medium carbonation & mouthfeel. overall a bit boozy/hot. the coffee starts nicely, but eventually everything feels really simple and subdued by the alcohol; it then works well as neither a coffee nor a belgian ale. i would like to try this one with some age on it - it very much needs mellowing.

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3.5/5  rDev -14.4%

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