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:
544
Reviews:
70
Avg:
4.09
pDev:
8.8%
 
 
Wants:
37
Gots:
70
For Trade:
1
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Photo of Roy1586
4.25/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of sweemzander
3.74/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of mmorris15
4.27/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Immortale25
4/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

Photo of aasher
4/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Dizzy242
4/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of jaydoc
4.02/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of mltobin
3.81/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Cpmitchno1
4/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of reebtaerG
4.24/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of malfunxion
4.65/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Honeybourne
4.32/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Nichols33
3.5/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of brentk56
4.25/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: Pours out with a clear amber color; the head is impressive and it leaves behind some wisps of lace

Smell: Smells of graham cracker, caramel and coffee, with hints of Bourbon, vanilla and toasted coconut; even more coffee, as the beer warms

Taste: Graham cracker and caramel, up front, with coffee tones building; Bourbon tones, vanilla and toasted coconut, after the swallow, but it is the coffee that takes over and drives through the finish

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation

Overall: Really enjoy the coffee impact here and the creativity of using it with a BSPA

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Photo of Adamostella
4/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Lucular
3.97/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of CaptDavyJones
4.06/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

Photo of kvgomps
4/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of BigSmooth12
4.36/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of seedyone
4.58/5  rDev +12%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

07/28/17 Second encounter. On tap at Rattle n Hum. Selected as the night cap for a session but would be a better choice in the middle of the pack. Luscious & smooth with a vague haunting of coffee. (Maybe the cold brew effect.) Extremely well balanced for the high ABV.

On tap at Rattle n Hum, NYC.

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Photo of ArtZan
4/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of MacMalt
3.93/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had this on draught in a pub. 12 oz. pour into Chimay goblet. In my opinion, it was served at too cold a temperature. It poured a coppery-orange color with a thin, milk-white head and lacing that dissipated quickly. The smell was rather subdued but featured bourbon, coffee, vanilla, oak, and Belgian spices. The taste was similar to the nose: there was a pronounced flavor of bourbon with coffee and vanilla notes, some clove, oak, and a slightly hoppy finish. This ale is quite heavily carbonated and you can feel its 10.4% ABV. Overall, I was intrigued by the idea of a BA Belgian Strong Pale Ale but I felt that all of the tastes were subdued, which was disappointing. I think part of the problem was that it was served too cold. A more moderate temperature might enhance both the smell and the taste.

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Photo of jbarletto
4/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Allagash James Bean from Allagash Brewing Company
4.09 out of 5 based on 544 ratings.
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