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
Ranking:
#2,409
Reviews:
85
Ratings:
587
pDev:
8.52%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
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Ratings: 587 |  Reviews: 85
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4.5/5  rDev +9.5%

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4/5  rDev -2.7%

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4/5  rDev -2.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +3.4%

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4/5  rDev -2.7%

Photo of rudzud
4.29/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Enjoyed at the dive bar on Allagash tap takeover. Poured into an Allagash tulip.

A - Poured a slightly hazy golden hue with a nice thin lacing and good creamy blanket.

S - Aromas of coffee haggle, faint barrel notes, the coffee mellowed out the aromas of the base beer. Still a quite nice aroma.

T - Taste is loads of coffee, light bourbon, light base beer but for the most part this is a glass of cold pressed coffee.

M - Mouthfeel is nice for the ABV, light carbonation, alcohol well hidden here, tremendously so.

O - Overall I was happy with this one, best of the night even if it crushed the base beer. Delicious.

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4/5  rDev -2.7%

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4/5  rDev -2.7%

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

From tap at the Festival. Clear gold pour with white head. Intense coffee aroma, vegetal notes but also roasty, definitely smells just like cold pressed coffee. Some light bourbony wood notes are perceptible, but barely. Very intense coffee flavor. The most peculiar part of this beer is that it has the palate of cold pressed coffee (plus carbonation), very silky mouthfeel with a long bitter aftertaste. Not my favorite beer, not sure I’d drink a pint but this is very well made.

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

On tap @ Prohibition Pig

A - Opaque cloudy orange/yellow with a thin film of off white head.

S - Belgian yeast, spice, coffee. Some breadiness.

T - Big coffee flavour up front. Some spice, clove, Belg yeast and coriander. Warming alcohol throughout. The coffee definitely dominates but the other flavours are noticeable as well.

M - Medium body. Dry. Light carbonation.

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Photo of Caleb
3.75/5  rDev -8.8%

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4.25/5  rDev +3.4%

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3.75/5  rDev -8.8%

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4.5/5  rDev +9.5%

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4.5/5  rDev +9.5%

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4/5  rDev -2.7%

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3.75/5  rDev -8.8%

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4/5  rDev -2.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +3.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +3.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +9.5%

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5/5  rDev +21.7%

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4.05/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at Hopleaf. Served in an Allagash tulip.

A - Creamy off-white foam lingers; great retention here with glass-coating lace. Looks almost like a nitro beer. Lightly hazed golden orange body.

S - Loads of coffee! Very odd getting this from such a pale beer. Light vanilla, sweet malt, with an undercurrent of bourbon. Not much Tripel here, as it's largely overwhelmed by the coffee and barrel-aging. Perhaps a touch of tangy Belgian yeast as the beer warms up.

T - The taste is similarly heavy on coffee, with a whiskey and oak finish. There's implied chocolate from the other flavors that I'm guessing isn't really there. Some sweet malts, but nothing to suggest tripel. Perhaps a touch of peach brightness as it reaches room temperature.

M - Tannic, roasty, coffee texture. Medium-full body, a tad creamy, with pleasant carbonation. Some definite warming alcohol.

D - Odd beer. The coffee and barrel largely overwhelm the base beer, so as a Tripel it's off the mark. That being said, if I tried this blindfolded I'd think it was a pretty good bourbon coffee strong ale or something. High ABV makes things a bit slower drinking, but I'd consider ordering this again.

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4.25/5  rDev +3.4%

Photo of ChainGangGuy
4.04/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

10 ounce pour - $6.00 at Leon’s Full Service in Decatur, Georgia as part of their Allagash Takeover event.

Appearance: Heavily hazed, darkened gold body with a nearly white head, just shy of a full inch.

Smell: My stars! Certainly a stronger coffee aroma than I had anticipated, delightfully roasty, nutty. Undertone of gently sweet-scented bourbon notes. Faintly fruity, with a bit of lemon, leaving little of the original tripel to recognize.

Taste: Sweetish flavor of roasted coffee beans -- it really does have a surprising depth of coffee in the taste. No, really, it does! Caramel, vanilla, and wooden bourbon accents follow. Then, way waaaay back is the original Allagash Tripel. Ultra faint citrus. Sweetish, coffee finish with a sliver of bourbon and a slight, warming alcohol quality.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium-plus carbonation. Smooth mouthfeel.

Overall: I would enjoy starting my day by downing a pint of James Bean.

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James Bean from Allagash Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.11 out of 5 with 587 ratings