NOTES: Draft @ Leon’s Full Service in Hotlanta
APPEARANCE: A dark, murky chestnut color with pretty red highlights.
HEAD: Lush, off-white head with a golden tint. It lasted appropriately for a beer this strong.
LACING: Thin, but complete rings are left every half-inch or so on the glass.
NOTES: Whew…so many aromas that it addled my nose. I’ll just list a bunch of things that were probably in there: toffee, caramel, dates, raisins, cloves, candi sugar, pears, and plums. In all honesty, I probably made up half of those things. Every whiff brought something new to the party and my nose is easily confused. Let’s just leave it at this…it smells wonderful.
TASTE: Four hops, four malts, four sugars, four yeast strains, and fermented four times. Sounds gimmicky, right? That’s what I thought until I tasted it. Holy crap, it’s delicious. Molasses and butterscotch, dates and plums, cinnamon, cloves, and a touch of lemon peel. I love a good Quad. And this is a damn good Quad.
MOUTHFEEL: Medium-bodied, fairly creamy, and very well-carbonated. A beautiful beer to roll around your tongue.
DRINKABILITY: About as high as it gets for a Quad. Despite it’s big ABV and complex flavors, this beauty is subtle, cleverly-crafted, and very well-executed. Wifey McHops and our assorted company at Leon’s all loved this brew.
RATING: What can I say? I’m a sucker for Allagash. The best brewery in the Northeast has never let me down. 4 Hops for the Four, of course.
4 thoughts on “ALLAGASH FOUR”
I remember splitting a bottle of Four when I was in Chicago with you and Sudsy. We all wanted to see what this gimmick was all about and had the lowest of expectations. As much as I’m not an Allagash fanboy like some people I know, this was a fantastic brew. For 10% ABV, this guy was as smooth as they come and I could have drank it all night.
I’m looking forward to trying this one sometime soon…