Allagash Coolship Resurgam


Coolship Resurgam is a blend of both old and young unfruited spontaneous beer. The name comes from the motto of Portland, Me. It means “I shall rise again”. Coolship Resurgam won a Silver medal at the 2010 GABF.

My Full Review:

Final Rating: 4.56/5
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12.7 bottle into an Allagash tulip. Purchased at the brewery this past weekend.

Pours a super hazy, golden body with a big fluffy white head that reduces slowly, leaving a little lacing and chunky retention.

Big, potent aromas come through, barrel/oak make a big appearance here, as well as musty wood, funk, sharp acetic and a hint of vinegar. Citrus, hay, and slight grain are all also present on the nose.

On the tongue comes super tart citrus, tons of oak, hay, funky barnyard, sour apple, followed by cedar and a sour wild aftertaste that leaves the teeth chalky. Very tasty. Mouthfeel is medium with medium-high carbonation, easy sipper.

Delicious.. balanced.. complex, and one of the most elegant displays of oak aging I’ve experienced in a sour. Recommended.


Maine Beer Company Dinner


I decided that after hearing all the hype surrounding Maine Beer Company’s first double IPA, Dinner, I needed to get a bottle. So I drove up the Boston to get the job done with an in-person trade with one of the brave souls who waited 6 hours in line for the release of this legendary beer. Here’s my full review:

Final Rating: 4.75/5

look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Poured from a 16.9 oz bottle into a goblet. Acquired in an IP trade with Mike – thank you very much!

Pours a sunny deep orange hazy body with a big frothy white head that reduces slowly, leaving chunky foam and lots of retention/lacing. Really nice looking.

Big, potent aromas of juicy fruits, fresh citrus, pineapple, like a tropical heaven bursting into my nostrils.. mango, pineapple, passionfruit. Fresh hops straight from the package, raw, alpha acids that make my mouth water. Nearly perfect here.

The tongue follows the nose with the addition of some piney/resinous notes.. lots of citrus and tropical fruits, followed by a piney/resinous bite then a light hop zing on the finish, no big hop bitterness on the finish which is nice, this ties into a nice easy drinking mouthfeel with medium carbonation and body. Beer burps are awesome.. which I usually don’t comment on but these taste like straight hops.

Overall a beautifully crafted DIPA, one of the freshest, most tropical I’ve ever smelled and the most balanced I’ve tasted. Excellent.

Jester King Montmorency vs. Balaton: Barrel Aged Sour Beer Refermented with Cherries


Montmorency and Balaton cherries from Michigan were added to mature, sour, barrel-aged beer and allowed to referment to dryness. Unfiltered, unpasteurized, and 100% naturally conditioned.

Final Rating: 4.58/5
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Poured from a 16.9oz bottle into a Jester King stemmed glass. Acquired in a trade.

Pours a hazy raspberry maroon-red body with a light pink 1 finger head that reduces very quickly, leaving no lacing or retention. Berry juice looking after the head dies.

Big cherries on the nose.. kriek-like, tart green apple, fresh berries, barnyard funk, tart fruits. On the tongue is super tart fruits, sour cherry, sour lemons, lots of funkyness, barnyard, hay, on the follow through is slight vinegar, oak, fresh cherries, acetic bite on the aftertaste. Light and easy drinker, but very sour and mildly carbonated.

I loved this beer.. super complex, nice cherry notes, and lots of flavor.