Allagash Black - Allagash Brewing Company
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Reviews by kkipple:
4.35/5 rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4
Downed this before the fearsome Mikkeller Black. I'm happy to report that Allagash has another hit on their hands.
Allagash Black arrives out of the classy looking bottle a deep nearly-black, and sports a fine tan head that leaves spotty lacing on my goblet and sticks around longer than needed. I like it immediately.
The smell develops as the beer warms, but what you end up with his a pleasing earthy, coffee smelling beer with lots of toasty nutty burnt malt and a touch of booze. There's an odd, although not bad, yeasty, estery smell but it plays second fiddle to the big roasty notes. Very clean and only a hint of sweetness.
Ahh, now we're talking! The flavor delivers! It's very roasty yet not over the top, and the reserved 7.5% is exactly where it needs to be. Dark coffee, burnt (but not charred) grain, and molasses are all expertly balanced. A touch of metallic hops and some walnuts and anise round it off. Delicious.
The mouthfeel is perfect. It's not too thick and the carbonation fluffs it up once it hits your tongue. It's altogether full and wonderful and the best thing going here. Finishes roasty and bittersweet, slightly chalky.
One tires of all these insane 12% abv American Stouts and Barleywines after a while, and Allagash has decided to take an alternate tack and brew something drinkable and mild. Black is quite drinkable and one of the better beers I've had from the brewery, which is saying a lot. Rob Tod and Company absolutely know what they're doing.
Serving type: bottle
02-19-2008 17:32:21 | More by kkipple
More User Reviews:
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
Allagash Black from Allagash Brewing Company
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