Allagash Black - Allagash Brewing Company
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Reviews by rudolphjacksonm:
4.47/5 rDev +10.6%
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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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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