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Allagash Black - Allagash Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
90
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1,903 Ratings
THE BROS
92
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Ratings: 1,903
Reviews: 636
rAvg: 4.04
pDev: 11.14%
Wants: 95
Gots: 201 | FT: 5
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)
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Reviews by kkipple:
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kkipple

South Carolina

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
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07-23-2014 23:13:47 | More by giodinero
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cjgiant

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4.16/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A: pretty much black in look, but is actually pretty clear; with some effort I can see through it, making me realize it's a dark brown. I did not get any head in my pour, but given other reviews will give a benefit of doubt here

S: mocha, black currant, little tobacco perhaps. Reminded me a bit more of stout smells than a Belgian nose.

T/M: a strange opening of booze, licorice, blackberry, and coffee. This mellows into a burnt sugar taste that slowly fades to the end taste. A swirl of the glass did produce some carbonation that slowly covered the surface, then faded with the same speed. The spiciness of the licorice (or anise) taste provides a feel similar to carbonation, but isn't quite the same, but still works for me.

O: I thought I might like this, even though I can pick out a number if reasons I wouldn't, as well. I think it straddles the tastes of a barleywine and American stout, the Belgian influence subdued or balanced by roasted malt flavors. Will definitely grab this again.

Serving type: on-tap

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3.93/5  rDev -2.7%
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I am now committed to reducing, if not eradicating, my backlog of bottles. This one was part of a local, in-person trade with tone77.

From the bottle: "Dark and roasted with chocolate expressed throughout[.]Belgian-style[,]bottle conditioned"; "[B]elgian style stout".

Given The Old Lady's shock & outrage at how I pour beers when I visited her last summer, I promised her that I would be gentle with bottle-conditioned beers or ones that were explicit about how they should be poured. Despite my very slow, gentle pour, I still garnered a finger of foamy, light-tan head with decent retention. Color was a deep, dark reddish-brown (SRM= > 27, < 34) with good clarity and mahogany highlights. Nose was reminiscent of Belgian chocolate - sweet, but not cloying, plus the yeast gave it a slightly vinous quality. Interesting. Mouthfeel was creamy. I have to say, there was an initial fusel alcohol heat with this one. It mellowed out to create a semi-sweet chocolatiness, but when coupled with the yeasty flavors, I am glad that it is not classified as a "Stout" on here. It was Stout-like, but at the same time, it was not a Stout. Finish was semi-dry with it being a battle between the chocolate malt and the yeast plus alcohol for supremacy. I was glad to have been able to drink and review one, but it is not the sort of thing that I would normally buy for myself.

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Allagash Black from Allagash Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 1,903 ratings.