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Allagash Black - Allagash Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
90
outstanding

1,880 Ratings
THE BROS
92
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Ratings: 1,880
Reviews: 634
rAvg: 4.04
pDev: 11.14%
Wants: 94
Gots: 197 | 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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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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Allagash Black from Allagash Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 1,880 ratings.