Allagash Black - Allagash Brewing Company
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3.95/5 rDev -2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
Pours nearly black with only the faintest umber highlights and one finger of variegated khaki foam. Foam soon settles into patchy frogspawn while reticulated swaths of lacing cling to the glass. Aroma smells of coriander and yeast--much lighter than the appearance would suggest. Flavor is spicy up front with a peppery bite and a pronounced yeast presence, along with some coriander. This is augmented by a bitterness that tastes one part roast and one part resinous hops. The hops assert themselves more in the finish as the initial spices subside. There's not much sweetness to speak of, at least not while it's still fairly cool. The bottle touts "chocolate throughout", but I'm not tasting it here. Perhaps some traces of milk chocolate manage to sneak through on the back end after the beer has warmed substantially. The mouthfeel is zesty and lively, as is to be expected with a Belgian style ale, and it serves to exacerbate the spiciness almost to the point of being too aggressive.
Overall, this is a tasty and vivacious brew that's nearly too perky for its own good. A little more sweet and mellow, and this could be really exceptional. As it stands, it tastes more like a less sophisticated version of Pepe Nero, which is hardly a bad thing.
Serving type: bottle
06-21-2013 01:46:26 | More by MaximalC
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