Allagash Black - Allagash Brewing Company
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Reviews by hayesez:
3.88/5 rDev -4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4
This one has been sitting in one of my beer fridges for quite some time, so I figured it was about time to give it a shot. Our second and final beer of the afternoon, Kate and Ridgley joined me for this one. Split between the three of us and poured into snifters. Although not one of my top beers or anything, this one was definitely enjoyable to drink. Both the taste and the smell morphed toward each other throughout the session. By the end, they had basically flip-flopped. Very interesting to say the least.
A fairly thin, dark brown beer poured into my Portsmouth snifter. A huge sandstone colored head quickly surged to the top and wasn't in any hurry to return. A ton of thick lace was left behind as this one slowly backed down.
So we started out drinking this one right out of the fridge. At the time, the smell was led by the Belgian yeast spiciness that I was expecting. Cloves, a bit of coffee, but quite a bit of the Belgian spice. As it warmed up, the Belgian smells diminished to the point where they were actually very difficult to discern. A very roasty maltiness crept over the top of the Belgian and kicked it right out. Chocolate and coffee become the preeminent scents, with spiciness , cloves, etc. all but gone. Very odd.
After taking the initial whiff of this beer, I was fully expecting a Belgian taste to smack me in the tongue. I was quite surprised when I took a drink, looked around, and realized that the Belgian had left the building. Seriously, where was that spicy, yeasty taste I expected? Very, very roasty for a Belgian style...I guess that is where the "Black" comes in. At the very end, there was a bit of spice, but it was quite muted. However, as this thing warmed up, somehow the smell morphed into taste, and although it was no longer evident on the nose, this thing turned Belgian. Spicy, cloves, a bit of that fruitiness that comes from Belgian yeast. Again, quite different than I expected...but good!
The mouthfeel definitely fell a bit short. Medium-bodied with good carbonation, but no volume and nothing notable. Quite easy to drink, and certainly enjoyable. I'm not sure about the whole "Belgian and Stout" combination, but it was certainly something different.
Serving type: bottle
06-20-2010 04:12:15 | More by hayesez
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3.93/5 rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
12 oz. bottle poured into Pint glass.
Deep, dark brown color with a dense, lightly tanned head. A fair amount of lacing.
Roasted aroma with caramel, coffee, and chocolates notes - but not real strong.
Medium to full bodied, with a creamy texture and on the medium side of carbonation.
It finished dry, with some roasted bitterness - and I got a bit of coffee and licorice too. Sweet and spice at the end.
Looking forward to trying some more offerings from Allagash. All of there Belgian-style offerings look really good.
Serving type: bottle
03-02-2014 19:07:02 | More by BeerDazed
Allagash Black from Allagash Brewing Company
91 out of 100 based on 1,709 ratings.