Allagash Black - Allagash Brewing Company
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4.22/5 rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Pouring a dark nut-brown/light black, Black smells immediately of coffee and chocolate malts, the aromas of deeply roasted grains wafting up from the glass lazily. Heavy, languid sugars lie beneath, including notes of molasses and caramelized brown sugars, as well as dark fruit esters.
On the tongue, the brew does have an immediate chocolate malt and coffee taste, closely mimicking the nose, but with the added benefit of a Belgian-style layer of spicy fruit beneath, mixing oranges and apricots with cloves and spice. This intertwining of stout and Belgian ale flavors is unique and intoxicating, each adding to the other in a symbiotic swirl, leaving the tongue wondering on what it's supposed to focus.
Purists will probably criticize the brew for this duality, and it does seem at times like Black is searching for an identity. However, I think the result is interesting, and worth trying--if a little strange. Beware, though: as Black comes with a champagne-style cork (which won't go back in the bottle), it looks like you're going to have to drink the whole thing in one sitting. Darn.
Serving type: bottle
08-06-2011 19:59:32 | More by jondeelee
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