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Allagash James Bean | Allagash Brewing Company

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4.11/5
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555 Ratings
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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:
#2,184
Reviews:
73
Ratings:
555
pDev:
8.76%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
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Gots:
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4.12/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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4.41/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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

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3.93/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of lochef81
3.96/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of ManapuaMan
4.18/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Surprisingly light on the palate, crisp and clean. ABV nowhere to be found on this beauty. It drinks like a single-digit-ABV cold brew coffee pale ale.

Tan/gold pour with a sparkling effervescence. Lively body with a moderate head.

Aroma is cold brew coffee, pale malts, light toffee, faint esters and a hint of wood. Coffee, flowers and trees.

Taste is cold brew, muted floral hops, faint oak, light caramel. Bourbon doesn't come to the fore in aroma or taste but the sweeter elements of the barrel - vanilla, toffee, caramel - are there in light strokes.

Surprisingly easy drinking and refreshing. Figured this might've been best served as a nighttime warmer but I could see it hitting the spot on a warm evening. That ABV, though - it's a big one.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Allagash James Bean from Allagash Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.11 out of 5 with 555 ratings
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