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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 HattedClassic
4.06/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a nice white creamy head that dissipates at a moderate pace. The beer itself is a clear pale amber that borders on medium a little bit. The look has a nice sheen in that it almost radiates and has a bit of a golden shine around it. Anyway, it looks really appealing and definitely worth admiring.

The smell is wonderful. It has a nice strong coffee note that resembles blueberry but isn't over the top. The coffee notes mix very well with the more subtle bourbon note to create an interesting partner to the more subtle golden ale notes. The golden ale notes are still there but buried a little bit beneath the other notes. The ale notes has a nice bitterness to it and a good bready yeast note that also gets mixed into the bourbon and coffee. There seems to also be a very light vanilla and oak note that are barely noticeable.

The taste is pretty good. It has the same notes as the smell but with a more subtle bourbon note and the coffee note with its fruitier notes. There is a moderate caramel note that replaces the bourbon as the coffee's strong partner. Also, a light oak note in the aftertaste but more subtle during the actual drinking.

The feel is nice. It's a heavy bodied beer that a fairly smooth feel to it. The feel has some very light carbonation to it but it's enough to give it a tiny bit of texture.

Overall, this is a very good beer. It has a nice, complex note that isn't overwhelming and the notes all subtly blend into one another in order to create a good beer.

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Photo of mdfb79
4.26/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

From 03/07/14 notes. Have had a few times, review from 12 oz. pour at One Mile House in NYC.

a - Pours a deep orange color with one inch of off white head and moderate carbonation evident.

s - Smells of fresh coffee grinds, whiskey, caramel, oak, toasted notes, light fruity malts. Nice nose, lots of coffee to it.

t - Taste mirrors the nose closely. Lots of coffee, nice sweet whiskey, and some fruits and caramel. Very good taste.

m - Medium body and moderate carbonation. No heat.

o - Overall I like this one a lot. Awesome coffee mixing wiht swete bourbon, but on a lighter tripel beer than the average stout. Highly recommend checking out.

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Photo of MusicaleMike
4.13/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

Served in a balloon glass.

Pours a cloudy, yellow color with a deep orange hue. Big white head that leaves decent lacing. Could improve on the clarity and head retention.

Very interesting aroma! James Bean has notes of green tea, coconut, maple yogurt, and when it warms up, freshly roasted coffee. Complex, layered and more than just coffee.

Amazing coffee flavor...just amazing.... Tastes like a typical coffee beer but with light malts and hints of coconut, cacao, and vanilla.

Extremely smooth body, but could use more carbonation, in my opinion for a Tripel.

Great beer. Yet again, awesome coffee flavor and aroma. It is amazing that Allagash could get the taste like that and keep the beer blonde. I really enjoyed this and would highly recommend trying it if you see it on draft.

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Photo of thagr81us
3.81/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Served from tap into a Raleigh Rare & Vintage Beer Tasting snifter. Poured a hazy golden yellow-orange with a minimal white head. Maintained nice lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, fruit, wood, coffee, and vanilla. The flavor was of sweet malt, fruit, wood, dark chocolate, coffee, and sweet alcohol. It had a light feel on the palate with high carbonation. Overall this was a pretty decent brew. I am a pretty big fan of the base brew as far as a representation of the style and this one was no exception. All of the right right things going on that you would expect plus that nice touch of coffee. The coffee seemed to be more integrated on the nose than in the flavor which was a bit of a letdown for me. Still a solid offering that I would not hesitate to try again in the future if I have the opportunity.

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Photo of axeman9182
3.53/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Served in a goblet during Barcade's 8th anniversary party.

Coffee Curieux pours an opaque tangerine, with about a finger of white head produced by the pour. Retention and lacing are both present, but neither particularly impress. There's very little of the base tripel in the nose, just a bit of a green apple note. The coffee overpowers the Jim Beam barrels in terms of aroma, to an interesting effect. There's a bit more of a pale fruit character to start off the flavor profile. The coffee and bourbon barrels fill in the rest of the blanks. What's unique is that when I look for those flavors I find them separately, but when I let everything just come to me, they meld together to create a slightly toasty peanut butter flavor. The mouthfeel is decidedly not Belgian, as the body"s a little too full and the carbonation is slightly dull. When I first heard about Coffee Curieix I was skeptical best that it could be pulled off, but Allagash did an admirable job with this.

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Photo of jlindros
3.65/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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Light fizzy head, touch of lacing, hazy golden tan color, typical of a tripel at 11%.

Nose light creamy malt, hint of vanilla aroma like barrel, hint of fruity esters, nice mocha vanilla coffee aroma, quite strong, and slightly nutty.

Wow coffee flavor really comes out, fresh roasted coffee beans with cold extraction smoothness. Booze starts to tingle a bit, with a mild sweetness, light taste of the syrup that would be used to flavor coffee, light creamy golden malts, just a hint of citrus. Finish is long, slight bitterness, long smooth nutty coffee finish, still fairly sweet, hint of booze on the finish.

Mouth is med to fuller bodied, decent carb, some warming and tingly booze borderline fuesel.

Overall interesting, lots of coffee flavor packed into the small amount of beer, although the beer itself kind of gets lost in the coffee, smooth cold extracted coffee though, and booze gets a bit much especially as it warms.

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