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Allagash Black - Allagash Brewing Company

Allagash BlackAllagash Black

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BA SCORE
90
outstanding

1,761 Ratings
THE BROS
92
outstanding

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Ratings: 1761
Reviews: 630
rAvg: 4.04
pDev: 11.14%


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:
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.

(Beer added by: Bassetdawg on 12-14-2007)
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
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Reviews by RunawayJim:
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RunawayJim

Rhode Island

3.28/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I picked this bottle up about a month ago. The beer got a lot of hype and given that I like most Allagash beers I had to try it. The bottle calls it a "Belgian Style Stout".

Poured into a tulip glass (bottle says to pour into a wide mouthed glass, but given the style on BA, I went tulip, which is wide mouthed). It pours a deep dark black/brown color with a 1-2 finger light tan head that linger for a bit.

Smells of roasted malts and a slight hint of coffee.

Taste is dominated by the roasted malty sweetness, but a slight hint of coffee and even a slight smokiness show up. This beer is all malt.

Mouthfeel is nice and medium-full bodied, nothing overly heavy, but definitely not light and thing. It has a lot of the nice tiny carbonation of Belgian beers.

This is a drinkable beer. It goes down easy, and makes for an above-average stout. Unfortunately, I couldn't figure out where the "Belgian Style" comes in except for the carbonation. Is it a good beer? Yes. Is it worth the $12-13? I don't think so. Would I buy it again? Only to age it for a year to see what happens to it.

Bottom line: There are plenty of good stouts and good Belgians (some by Allagash), this one just isn't worth the cost and definitely does not meet up to the hype.

Serving type: bottle

03-01-2008 01:09:27 | More by RunawayJim
More User Reviews:
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PeterParker

New Jersey

4.06/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours black with a thick bubbly white head. Tight bubbles with good lacing.

Instantly yeast and dark fruits hit. Following is a bit of breadiness. Very Belgian smelling.

Very roasty, malty, and sweet. A bit of Belgian yeast. More stout than Belgian but very good. A bit metallic on the finish but otherwise good.

Semi thick, a little thin for a stout. Medium carbonation but extremely smooth.

Overall I really like this one. Great combination of yeast and malt.

Serving type: bottle

04-23-2014 01:20:54 | More by PeterParker
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Danielr26

Michigan

4/5  rDev -1%

04-21-2014 23:43:41 | More by Danielr26
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Morakaton

Michigan

4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

04-20-2014 03:16:52 | More by Morakaton
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delta490

Virginia

4.18/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bottled on 2/7/14 as per bottle. Deep clear brown. A slight ruby hue at the bottom of the glass and nice creamy off-white head. Head has great retention and leaves some nice lacing. Aroma is an interesting blend of traditional roast notes and hints of Belgian yeast. The flavor is interesting, as well. The roasted notes from the dark malt are significantly mellowed out by the Belgian yeast. There is a nice interplay between the two. The weight of the beer is a little lighter than a more traditional stout but with the lighter flavors it matches well. This is an excellent twist on a traditional stout and Belgian dark.

Serving type: bottle

04-19-2014 23:02:26 | More by delta490
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little_star

Illinois

4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

04-19-2014 20:10:32 | More by little_star
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marleyr

South Carolina

3.75/5  rDev -7.2%

04-19-2014 05:15:16 | More by marleyr
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T_Hass

California

4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

04-18-2014 22:36:28 | More by T_Hass
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mikefuski17

Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev -13.4%

04-18-2014 17:32:17 | More by mikefuski17
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MakeMineADoubleJack

New Jersey

4/5  rDev -1%

04-17-2014 19:49:18 | More by MakeMineADoubleJack
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teromous

Virginia

4.18/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

A: Black body with a fluffy off-white head that shoots out like rocket smoke. Stands a long time and leaves good lacing on the glass. The head looks nice and loafy.

S: Some mild sweet scent, like light caramel and apples.Mild "Belgianesque" scent (observable phenols) but overly faint.

T: It has a good amount of alcohol flavors, followed by some roasted dark charcoal-like flavor. It's slightly metallic but it only peaks through every few sips. Finishes like a coffee. It's not as spicy or estery as other comparable Belgian Dark's. I feel like the focus of this beer is towards the roasted character less than that of the yeast. I feel that at this point it is important to say that this is labeled as a "Belgian Stout" and not a standard traditional "Belgian Dark." I feel that if the beer is approached with the anticipation of stout-like qualities, it will deliver a much higher score. I will rate it as if it were a stout, in which case I believe it is more than outstanding but slightly less than perfect.

M: The mouthfeel is nice and clean. No complaints in this department, but it doesn't feel as robust or present as what I would expect from a Belgian Dark. It is quite a bit drier and does not coat very well. Judging it more as a stout, I would say that it is perfect. It might appear strange to have such a juxtaposed opinion, but is works very well as a stout.

O: Overall this is quite an enjoyable beer but it could draw quite a bit of controversy if examined closely. It might leave one wondering why I rated this beer in such favorable light. For lovers of Belgian Dark ales, unfortunately I would not recommend this beer to you. It has a great lack of complexity and yeast character. It does quite well as a stout, and I would recommend it to anyone looking for that. I feel that the minor contribution of Belgian yeast flavor does add enough to make it more than your standard stout, so those looking for a delicious stout will undoubtedly agree that this is an outstanding beer.

Serving type: bottle

04-14-2014 21:49:47 | More by teromous
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duracell

Quebec (Canada)

4/5  rDev -1%

04-14-2014 03:12:41 | More by duracell
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mbeerdino21

New Jersey

3.5/5  rDev -13.4%

04-13-2014 01:16:52 | More by mbeerdino21
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jzlyo

Iowa

3.75/5  rDev -7.2%

04-12-2014 21:35:05 | More by jzlyo
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Mikeluzzjr

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev -1%

04-12-2014 07:51:02 | More by Mikeluzzjr
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Malone47

Illinois

4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

04-09-2014 16:18:10 | More by Malone47
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rEBELlION

Connecticut

4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

04-09-2014 01:25:19 | More by rEBELlION
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afsdan

Colorado

4.5/5  rDev +11.4%

04-08-2014 20:42:25 | More by afsdan
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BrewClint

Illinois

4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

04-08-2014 14:31:46 | More by BrewClint
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ACarp

New York

4/5  rDev -1%

04-07-2014 21:01:34 | More by ACarp
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Lissette

New York

3.25/5  rDev -19.6%

04-06-2014 23:35:04 | More by Lissette
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BillBarker

Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

04-05-2014 13:25:22 | More by BillBarker
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South Carolina

4.5/5  rDev +11.4%

04-03-2014 20:30:15 | More by smweir
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Smarty_Pints

California

3.75/5  rDev -7.2%

04-01-2014 03:31:57 | More by Smarty_Pints
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New Jersey

4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

04-01-2014 00:27:27 | More by Hypersomnia
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Allagash Black from Allagash Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 1,761 ratings.