Allagash St. Klippenstein
Allagash St. Klippenstein is a Belgian Strong Dark Ale, 11% ABV. This Belgian-style Stout is fermented with a trappist-style yeast for a month in stainless, the beer spends three months aging in bourbon barrels. Bottled on 12/31/15, opened on 17/27/16. Unfortunately this is yet another beer I never saw here in Savannah, but found in abundance when in Atlanta.
A wonderful looking ale with a chocolate black color and a dense tan head that isn’t going anywhere. Honestly, this kind of sexy lacing should be illegal. Another one of those beers I could just sit and smell for and hour or two. I’m smelling a fantastic milk chocolate, good bourbon, nutty toffee, and just the slightest hint of coconut. The taste? It’s as good as the aroma; sweet, boozy and decadent! Almost a carbon copy of the nose with sweet milk chocolate, strong notes of coconut and toffee; also added to the mix is a little bit of vanilla and dark fruit flavors of fig and prunes. (I like the dark fruit, it really keeps this in the Belgian-style) As if all that wasn’t good enough, we have the barrel to talk about. The bourbon flavor itself is much more intense than it is on the nose, and I am tasting all of the 11% as well. A touch of dry oak is the finishing touch on what is one of the better beers I’ve had in a while.
As I was drinking this it got me to thinking about Bourbon Barrel Black, is this just the same beer under a new name? After checking the website there are separate entries for both this beer and Bourbon Barrel Black, but I do find it interesting that my notes for the two beers are so similar. I will assume this is a new beer though, I remember Bourbon Barrel Black being impressive when I had it, for whatever reason St. Klippenstein is impressing me even more.