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Allagash Black - Allagash Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
90
outstanding

2,312 Ratings
THE BROS
92
outstanding

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Ratings: 2,312
Reviews: 688
rAvg: 4.04
pDev: 10.89%
Wants: 130
Gots: 364 | FT: 7
Brewed by:
Allagash Brewing Company visit their website
Maine, United States

Style | ABV
Belgian Strong Dark Ale |  7.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Bassetdawg on 12-14-2007

Allagash Black is a Belgian style stout brewed with 2 Row barley, torrified wheat, oats, both roasted and chocolate malt and a generous portion of dark caramelized candi sugar. The silky mouth feel is a great balance to the roasted character, coffee and dark chocolate notes expressed throughout this beer.
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Ratings: 2,312 | Reviews: 688
Photo of GOBLIN
4/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A pretty typical easy drinking stout. Pleasant aromas and flavors of roasted malts, chocolate and coffee all brought together by the Belgian yeasts to make an extremely enjoyable Belgian stout.

Photo of 50marathons
3.72/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Nice mix of a dark toasty malt with a fruity touch. Interesting flavors.

Photo of Dufmandinga
4.12/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Nice sharp Belgian stout. Surprisingly drinkable. Have had on draught and bottle. Subtle roasty coffee flavors. Light carbonation

Photo of gatorlove
3.69/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Very good dark fruit and roasted flavors with some black licorice, but it had a slightly metallic taste but it could have just been because it was on cask.

Photo of leantom
4.29/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Another old classic. Picked this up while in Virginia before heading back to Indiana. Here goes:

A: Great. Black with a red hue. Pours a passive head with great lacing as well.

S: Belgian yeast with a hint of roasted malt. Yeast imparts scents of coriander, clove, white pepper, and bread. Malt is slightly burnt. Also has lots of candied sugar.

T: Follows the nose. Lots of candied sugar. Initially taste the spicy, bready yeast, but this gives way to chocolatey, roasted malt. Great mix-mash of the yeast and malt.

F: Thick and bready with great carbonation.

O: Great beer.

Photo of founddrama
4.4/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

"Belgian-style stout" -- and like the best of both worlds. Reads like a stout, but with a subtle touch of that Belgian yeast.

Photo of WhiteHillsStore
4.27/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a dark brown, almost black, with a coffee colored head. The smell was full of espresso and coffee notes. The taste had a lot of coffee in the beginning and then some sweet dark chocolate flavors came through with a light finish. Very nice stout.

Photo of Kiserian
3.73/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Overall a good beer. It was a little too bitter for my taste.

Photo of Csikic93
4.23/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Corked and caged. Pours a pitch black with almost no head. Smells smokey, with hints of black licorice and chocolate. Tastes like chocolate and very malty. Overall a fantastic beer.

Photo of NHJimD
2.87/5  rDev -29%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

Very thin and carbonated for a stout. Poured with almost no head. Had a burnt coffee taste.

Photo of Apellonious
4.13/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

12 bottle poured into a tulip glass.

A - Pours a dark black with a one finger head that moves to a thin lace.

S - Cocoa, burnt grains, dark chocolate, faint banana

T - Follows the nose, some vanilla and bubble gum notes.

M - Well balanced, slightly creamy, carbonation melts away as it warms, some
stickieness ensues

O- Enjoyable beverage, very well crafted.

Photo of dandandan79
3.94/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a solid tasty beer. An oak, coffee aftertaste. This beer goes down easy, smooth. Nothing bad here. A drinkable refreshingly stout. A little carbonation. Nothing overpowering.

Photo of Gotti311
2.75/5  rDev -31.9%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

The front of this beer was really fantastic. The yeast strain they use, plays very nicely with the roasty notes and mouth feel is great. Then something goes completely wrong. The far back end/lingering flavor I can only think of one word to describe: sewer. There is a dirty/rank flavor that wasn't completely overpowering, but definitely present enough to ruin the beer. The other people that I shared the bottle with didnt seem to detect it so I am guessing it is something specific to my palate that just didnt sit right.

Photo of SFNC
4.12/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Very tasty, best when it warms up and the Belgian yeast profile comes forward. I'll get this again.

Photo of Bentotheallen
4.94/5  rDev +22.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Great beer. Very smooth and flavorful

Photo of polloenfuego
4.08/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Beer bottled in May 2014, enjoyed on January 23, 2015.

This beer poured a lovely black (go figure) with a frothy and thick three finger head that was sticky and persistent.

The smell was interesting...all the features of a stout; the roasts, some coffee and perhaps a touch of cocoa BUT there were also a lot of features of a Belgian dubbel present; yeast, dark fruits, some candi.

Taste carried through this mysterious mix; up front was the coffee and roast and as the beer warmed it was joined by cocoa. But the back end was pure Belgian. Candi, yeast and dark fruits sneak in.

The feel was medium bodied and good carbonation. This is an easy drinking sipper.

Overall, color me impressed. Getting the characteristics of two of my favorite styles together in one beer made me quite happy. This is an easy beer to enjoy on a cool evening.

Photo of Jeffreysan
3.5/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle, poured into a pint glass

Appearance: Pours a pretty, pitch-black color with an eighth of a finger of white head that quickly dissolved into a thin halo of foam that gripped the sides of the glass.

Aroma: Roasted malt and freshly baked dark bread. Some notes of dark molasses and coffee.

Taste: Malty up front, followed by some smoky, roasted malt and/or coffee. There are some subtle notes of dark chocolate as the beer warms up, as well as some caramel-like sweetness. The beer finishes with some subtle hoppy bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Slightly chewy, with hardly any carbonation what-so-ever. With an ABV of 7.5%, there is just a touch of alcohol on the palate.

Overall: This is a very tasty stout. Not world class or excellent, but a very solid, very tasty stout. Definitely worth getting.

Photo of uvachief
4.02/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Draft from Taco Mac into a snifter. Dark black color with 1 finger of tan head by the time I got it. Traditional notes of espresso, dark roasted malts and dark chocolate. Tastes much the same but smooth. Typical espresso aftertaste but not overpowering. Like it.

Photo of ConradKenney
3/5  rDev -25.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Typically I'm a fan of the belgian yeasts but this beer had a pretty bad after taste.

Photo of scootny
4.1/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle that pours a not quite black brown. Nice light khaki head that coats the glass well. Some murk keeps it from being clear.

Nose is roasty, rich with coffee, and molasses sweetened. Belgian yeast and light chocolate.

Taste is char and coffee. Some soap and Belgian funk. Dark chocolate as it flows to a sharp earthy hop bitterness. Dry and quencing while giving a satisfying heartiness.

Feel is lively and smooth. Lovely carbonation and a weight that is lighter than the body's chewiness would lead you to believe.

Easy drinking, complex and satisfying. A great brew.

Photo of Jacobob10
4.15/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

750 mL bottled on 9/18/2014.

Dark brown almost black color, translucent around the edges, with a small beige head. Coffee and roasted malts make up all of the aroma. Soft but not too subtle. dry roasty. The flavor leans heavily on the roasted malts with very small hints of chocolate and sweetness from the candi sugar, creating a dry and bitter finish. Medium bodied and smooth despite the lively carbonation. Definitely on the thin side for a stout.

I have had this a couple of times now and find it to be really enjoyable. While it lacks complexity, it's a more refined, easy-drinking stout where all the aromas and flavors blend nicely.

Photo of fredmugs
3.03/5  rDev -25%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This was very unimpressive. Little to no aroma with a taste and mouthfeel that was all over the place. Great example of trying to combine several things (belgian style, stout, roasted, chocolate) and having it fail to mesh.

Photo of adhokk7
2.94/5  rDev -27.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Kind of thin. Not what I typically want from a stout.

Photo of Shade1951
4.58/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Whoa!! If leather could be liquefied, fermented, and turned into a beer, THIS is what it would likely taste like. Well, leather mixed with unsweetened cocoa. If that is a combination that does not appeal to you, then steer clear of this beer!!

Me? This is just the kind of beer I love! Motor oil in a glass. Musky, dusky scent of the aforementioned ingredients. And the smooth, smooth taste that follows the nose.

Bitter - in a good way. The leathery, cocoa-ish taste lingers on the palate even minutes after your previous sip. This is good stuff. And you know, the smell alone is almost rich and flavorful enough to be satisfying without even taking a sip. But drinking adds a whole lot to the experience.

Photo of ClavisAurea
3.81/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle served in a wide mouth Belgian beer glass at fridge temps. No freshness date to be found.

Appearance: lighter black and fairly see through around the edges with no head to speak of at all. Disappointing really. The pour was pretty thin as well.

Nose: Heavy on the roasted malts, burnt coffee at the bottom of the pot, sweet creme brûlée in the end.

Taste and Mouthfeel: The mouthfeel is much more substantial that the pour and appearance would have suggested, like the nose it is heavy on the roasted malts (black and maybe a little chocolate), decent bitterness that would put it in line with a classic American west coast stout, slight coffee character with some chocolate but the burnt carries through, there is a creaminess in the middle that lingers to a nice creamy finish that is full of roasted flavors and a slight sweetness.

This is an interesting beer. BA has it down as a Belgian Strong Dark Ale but Allagash markets it as a Belgian Style Stout. I have to agree with the brewer on this one; it is far more consistent with a stout than a BSDA. I've reviewed 7 beers in the BSDA category (and many more unlogged) and 25 stouts. I'd like to try this again but it doesn't scream Belgian to me. Much more of an American double stout. Nice beer though.

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Allagash Black from Allagash Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 2,312 ratings.