Allagash Black - Allagash Brewing Company
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Reviews by rudolphjacksonm:
4.47/5 rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
A - Almost jet-black, but still brown by a hair. Nice one-finger, tan head and just enough carbonation to keep a residual head after each sip. Not very much lacing. I feel like the richness of the color hints at the complexity of flavors in this beer. 4.0
S - Fruity smell of figs or prunes combined with roasted malt, cloves and a hint of phenols. If it weren't for the smokiness and I were blindfolded, I'd mistake this for a Belgian Pale Ale or something of the like on the count of the heavy presence of fruit and esters. That being said though, the nose is incredibly good and yet also slightly mysterious. It only hints at the flavor of the beer and some of the more subtle aspects of the taste. 4.5
T - Wow. The taste is incredible. Very smooth and sweet introduction combining flavors of molasses, coffee, roasted malts...and mystery. The flavors are so complex it's almost impossible to break it down into individual components. Finish is bitter with a hoppy and smokey flavor. Leaves a perfectly bittersweet flavor on the tongue that urges you to have another sip to try and figure out what the hell it was you just drank. 4.5
M - Heavy-bodied and slightly creamy, but still lighter than a stout or a thick porter. Nice mouthfeel, not watery at all. Slight tingle of carbonation on the sides of the tongue as well. 4.5
O - This is probably one of the finest beers I have ever had. I would highly recommend this to anyone, regardless of their taste in beer. I'd consider it a sin not to try this beer. I think the body could have been a bit heavier and if there was a bit more lacing and head retention this would have received a solid A/A+. Those are just tiny things though...in the long run, this beer is wonderful and I'd pay top-dollar for it any day :D 4.5
Serving type: bottle
11-13-2011 01:51:18 | More by rudolphjacksonm
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3.93/5 rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
12 oz. bottle poured into Pint glass.
Deep, dark brown color with a dense, lightly tanned head. A fair amount of lacing.
Roasted aroma with caramel, coffee, and chocolates notes - but not real strong.
Medium to full bodied, with a creamy texture and on the medium side of carbonation.
It finished dry, with some roasted bitterness - and I got a bit of coffee and licorice too. Sweet and spice at the end.
Looking forward to trying some more offerings from Allagash. All of there Belgian-style offerings look really good.
Serving type: bottle
03-02-2014 19:07:02 | More by BeerDazed
Allagash Black from Allagash Brewing Company
91 out of 100 based on 1,708 ratings.