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Allagash Black - Allagash Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
91
outstanding

2,135 Ratings
THE BROS
92
outstanding

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Ratings: 2,135
Reviews: 661
rAvg: 4.04
pDev: 11.14%
Wants: 112
Gots: 261 | FT: 6
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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Ratings: 2,135 | Reviews: 661 | Display Reviews Only:
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1/5  rDev -75.2%

UncleJon206, Feb 19, 2012
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1/5  rDev -75.2%

3bthero, Dec 26, 2012
Photo of Mick83
1/5  rDev -75.2%

Mick83, May 26, 2012
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1/5  rDev -75.2%

Maurod4d, Jan 05, 2013
Photo of tsfertitta
1.32/5  rDev -67.3%

tsfertitta, Yesterday at 05:35 PM
Photo of bball208
1.73/5  rDev -57.2%
look: 3 | smell: 1 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 1

Yuck. This beer smelled like canned tuna. I'm dead serious.

I just don't believe that Belgians and stouts should be tried unless you're going to blow my mind away. This fell EXTREMELY short on all levels. The aroma was very off putting. I literally got roasted tuna.

The taste was the aroma magnified. I just didn't get it. It was a wrong marriage of two styles and flavors. I still have the aftertaste of tuna in my mouth. My significant other feels exactly the same.

Needless to say, I will never drink this beer again. Allagash is one of the most overrated breweries.

bball208, Mar 15, 2014
Photo of Lucular
1.75/5  rDev -56.7%

Lucular, Sep 27, 2014
Photo of cornpone
2/5  rDev -50.5%

cornpone, Sep 14, 2013
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2/5  rDev -50.5%

nicholas527, Mar 04, 2012
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2/5  rDev -50.5%

ab39z, Jan 23, 2013
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2/5  rDev -50.5%

Kyrojack, Sep 06, 2014
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2/5  rDev -50.5%

rmcnamee, May 15, 2014
Photo of xk6m6m5x
2.25/5  rDev -44.3%

xk6m6m5x, Nov 21, 2013
Photo of tjeppaint
2.25/5  rDev -44.3%

tjeppaint, Mar 15, 2012
Photo of MbpBugeye
2.33/5  rDev -42.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

Thanks to InebriatedJoker for this. Spidder889 had his bottle around numerous times but it ended up being passed over each time. Seems I nearly dodged a bullet.

Appearance
There isn't a whole lot to this appearance, which I soon found out is some pretty strong foreshadowing of the beer to come. Its thinner than I expected; a burnt red, barely achieving black.

Aroma
Not much going on here either. Where's the decadent imperial stout goodness? I'm getting dry yeasty nonsense in the form of your typical "Belgian" phenols. There is some nondescript spice and roasted malts, but not enough deep fruitiness.

Taste
I noticed some metallic flavors, whoopee! The rest of the beer is very generic, mostly made up of steeped grains. A little bit of light roast and chocolate try to break up the monotony.

Mouthfeel
The body is thin, much thinner than it should be. But the worst issue here is that horrible, horrible carbonation. No wonder I can barely taste the stuff. The carbonation is far too high and fizzy. I've heard that CO2 tastes metallic, perhaps that's what I was picking up in the flavor profile.

Overall
This stuff is thin, way over carbonated and doesn't have enough redeeming flavors to save it. Not worth buying. Lately I've been very happy I didn't spend the money on Allagash beers while they were distributed in Ohio.

MbpBugeye, Sep 16, 2011
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2.5/5  rDev -38.1%

amex_platypus, Oct 26, 2014
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2.5/5  rDev -38.1%

Mudawg, Jun 06, 2012
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2.5/5  rDev -38.1%

Liberatiscioli, Feb 15, 2014
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2.5/5  rDev -38.1%

jophish17, Dec 11, 2011
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2.5/5  rDev -38.1%

FrankHammer, Dec 16, 2013
Photo of smakawhat
2.58/5  rDev -36.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

From on tap poured into a tulip glass an interesting walnut red color with big brown opaque appearance. Faint chestnut colored head that leaves a ring throughout the glass.

A very closed bouqeut. Faint and does contain weak coffee notes but not fruit components whatsoever.

Taste is way too carbonated with a soda finish but has a neat bitter coffee and yeast like tinge.

This would have been great if it had some sort of fruit or estery component on the nose or taste but it doesn't. Very dissapointing I don't care for it at all.

smakawhat, Jan 03, 2011
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2.73/5  rDev -32.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Pours in between black and deep dark red with a khaki head.

Smell is a bit fruity, belgium yeast, and a bit of roast.

Taste is very roasty, almost like an imperial porter, bit of a burning on the tail end. Red fruit present, but ash and bitter coffee dominates, the Belgium sweetness doesn’t come through in the flavor.

Slightly disappointing.

Smurf2055, Jul 20, 2013
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2.75/5  rDev -31.9%

PressFastF0rward, Jun 27, 2014
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2.75/5  rDev -31.9%

jessicapreuss, Feb 14, 2013
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2.75/5  rDev -31.9%

The_Beer_Shark, Oct 25, 2014
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Allagash Black from Allagash Brewing Company
91 out of 100 based on 2,135 ratings.