Allagash James Bean | Allagash Brewing Company

Allagash James BeanAllagash James Bean
BA SCORE
92%
Liked This Beer
4.11 w/ 549 ratings
Allagash James BeanAllagash James Bean
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:
#2,117
Reviews:
72
Ratings:
549
Liked:
505
Avg:
4.11/5
pDev:
8.76%
Alströms:
0
 
 
Wants:
37
Gots:
74
Trade:
1
User Ratings & Reviews
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Ratings: 549 |  Reviews: 72
Photo of wmartin
3.59/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Noticed that it was a somewhat clear liquid by holding the bottle up against light. This surprised me as it is supposedly a coffee beer, which I expect to be dark. Did they put the wrong beer in the bottle? No, but this is a BA ale with a little coffee added to add some flavor. The color, as has been noted, as a dirty orange color, which makes some sense as an ale with a little coffee added. Still, surprised by the light color, considering this was also barrel-aged. However, the taste was good, if not profound. Clearly an ale with Belgian yeast flavor. Nice flavors from the barrel aging, and a nice coffee overtone to the whole thing. Very enjoyable. Would have again if I happened upon it, but won't seek it out.

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Photo of probert
2.95/5  rDev -28.2%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

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

Photo of Eamonn-Cummings3
4.17/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 750ml bottle into a speiglau BA glass.

Aroma is light on malt and hops but a lot of vanilla and a little vegetal note at the end from the coffee.

Taste is lighter on the bourbon upfront but it comes in at the end.

A lot more subtle than I thought, definitely hinds the 10.2% abv.

Oh by the way, 1000th beer!

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Photo of Phineasco
4.47/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of bigpoppa67
3.99/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.96/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

8 oz serving tasted in a snifter from draught at Firkin on August 12, 2017.

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Photo of eldoctorador
2.5/5  rDev -39.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Photo of Jonnydrinker
4.13/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of SGR1220
3.5/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of jooler
4.35/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Gmann
3.57/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dirty golden color with a smallish tight white head. Left a wall of lacing on the glass.

The aroma is of slight grain and slight coffee. Hint of bourbon. Nothing stands out.

The taste is a mix match. There is a light fruity Belgian yeast note. Very light clove. Subtle bourbon, caramel, and vanilla. A touch of sour. I get zero coffee.

The feel is light with fizzy carbonation. Lightly sweet with some oaky tartness. Bit of spice.

Umm the beer didn't deliver to what it stated. I get no coffee and can barely detect any bourbon. Light Belgian notes. Not worth the $20 bottle. Not bad but expected better.

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Photo of h4ger
4.1/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

Photo of RyanTheLion13
4.08/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Curt3
4.61/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of DrAnnaNemis
4.17/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of BrewSTL
4/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of ntanner83
3.94/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Lone_Freighter
4.24/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

On tap at The Reservoir, Waterbury, VT, this was poured into a tulip. The appearance was a hazy burnt orange color with a bar pour’s kind of slim little head, quickly dissipates and leaves barely any lacing. The smell started off with boozy bourbon sweetness running into the normal qualities of a Tripel or in this case Curieux and then as it warms, the coffee comes out nice and sweet. The differences of the sweet coffee (cold pressing) to the tripel qualities of iced apples and sweet breadiness really come together well and make it a really nice aroma. The taste was moderately sweet through the Curieux qualities. Bourbon sits back a bit more in the flavor and gives off a slight sweet blend in the aftertaste. Semi-sticky finish. On the palate, this one sat about a medium on the body with a nice semi-smooth feel to it. I think that cold pressed coffee was a great idea as it really felt great all around. Overall, well, there ya go, Allagash taking an already stellar beer to the next level. Of course, I’d have this again.

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4.11/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of ummswimmin
4.26/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of micropale
4.27/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of avas
4.03/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

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Allagash James Bean from Allagash Brewing Company
Beer rating: 92% out of 100 with 549 ratings
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