Allagash Black - Allagash Brewing Company
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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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