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 Lucoli
3.87/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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

look: Clear golden-orange. White head and some messy lacing.
smell: Coffee with a bright oaky vanilla.
taste: like the nose, coffee is most prominent but the other flavors temper it. Not sure i would have known this is barrel aged if it weren't on the bottle but the barrel time seems to be a perfect compliment to the coffee.

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

The beer poured a clear gold color without any head.
Coffee aroma. Some sweet fruit.
Strong coffee up front, then a bit of milk chocolate, with some pear at the end.
Incredibly smooth, with no note of the alcohol.
Loved it.

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Photo of JKasten988
4.5/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of DrewSnyc667
3.76/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

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

Photo of Hootie159
4.21/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Photo of iCabaLLero
3.88/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of 7irondave
4.55/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of costanzo_mike
4.19/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of groutenberg
4.31/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Delicious nose w mild coffee and chocolate aroma, pours a somewhat cloudy amber color, really nice beer, maybe more of a cold weather beer. Just wish it wasn't sooooo expensive. It's $17 for a 750ml bottle! As a point of reference this beer is $0.67/oz while TreeHouse Alter Ego or Green (yes, different beer) is $0.23/oz or Epiphany across the street is $0.25/oz. Like I said, delish, more of a winter beer for me, but pretty steep such that I just wont enjoy it very often.

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Photo of rjp217
4.62/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of mmoriarty
4.4/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of colbster92
4/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of mig100
4.05/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of StonedTrippin
4.1/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

the base beer here is barely recognizable to me here, this is all about the coffee, and it just isnt anywhere near as sweet or as whiskey driven as the beer it comes from. some have remarked that the coffee is somewhat subtle, but i really didnt think so. i loved the way it smells bitter and earthy, rather than sugary and vanilla driven. the base beer just seems way lighter, which is odd in something like this, but i really do dig it. the coffee is great, more vibrant in nose than taste, i will agree with that, but its like cold drip or something, concentrated and strong on caffeine, not insane on the pungency in the blend, but the flavor is on point. i remember this being boozy, but the coffee seems to balance some of that, or cover it up, and in the end this seems nowhere near 11% abv to me, not even close. sometimes an extra ingredient doesnt need to dominate in a beer to improve it, and i think this is a perfect example of that. allagash can do no wrong though in my mind, i knew i was going to like this before i ever even ordered it. nice use of the barrel, coffee tastes fresh, and its drier than the original. lovely stuff.

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

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

On tap at Ginger Man: Pours a hazy straw yellow with a half finger of head that settles to a fluffy cap with spots of lace. Definitely smell the booze and some Belgian candy. Very sweet, candy and bourbon. Nice balance.

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Photo of MRVermont
4.79/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Budlum
4.06/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of elamb106
4.25/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of jaxon53
3.88/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of PeterOSU
4.44/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Erockss
3.98/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

on tap at Novare res

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Photo of msscott1973
4.06/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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