James Bean | Allagash Brewing Company

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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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4.25/5  rDev +3.4%

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4.26/5  rDev +3.6%
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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4.13/5  rDev +0.5%
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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James Bean from Allagash Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.11 out of 5 with 558 ratings