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Allagash Black - Allagash Brewing Company

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Reviews: 687
Hads: 2,394
rAvg: 4
pDev: 9.5%
Wants: 139
Gots: 413 | FT: 7
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Allagash Brewing Company visit their website
Maine, United States

Style | ABV
Belgian Strong Dark Ale |  7.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Bassetdawg on 12-14-2007

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.
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Photo of Jayli
4.27/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had at Novare Res on 10/29
Served in a tulip

A: This pours an opaque black, minor reddish edges when held to the light. Two fingers of thick, creamy light brown head. Head holds extremely well and leaves nice big chunks of lacing on the glass.

S: Nose is belgian yeast notes, nice roasted malts, chocolate and a bit of hop bite.

T: Taste starts with a mixture of dark fruits, raisin and dates, mingled with nice belgian spiced yeast. Middle has some nice roasty notes, that are quickly overtaked by bitter baker's chocolate, and strong coffee/espresso bite that carries through the finish.

M: Medium body, higher carbonation, slightly thinner body with a dry finish.

D: Goes down easily, nice kick, nice representation of style, a touch less carbonation would be nice, but a damn fine beer that I would easily get again. (827 characters)

Photo of WhiteHillsStore
4.27/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a dark brown, almost black, with a coffee colored head. The smell was full of espresso and coffee notes. The taste had a lot of coffee in the beginning and then some sweet dark chocolate flavors came through with a light finish. Very nice stout. (251 characters)

Photo of ColdPoncho
4.27/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

From notes, 9-12-2010

A - dark blackish reddish brown body, largely opaque with a small tan head

S - malty chocolate nose with hints of dark fruits.

T - See above. Great balance with nose, chocolate and stone fruits.

M - medium body, decent, not great

O (D) - Drinkable for sure, a pretty good and interesting beer. (320 characters)

Photo of koopa
4.27/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Sampled on tap at the Copper Mine Pub

Appearance: Nice black body with a light brown 1 finger crown that bares some retention and lacing.

Smell: Beautiful toasty malt notes with some hints of coffee and Belgian yeast.

Taste: Very nice flavor profile going here...roasted malt, coffee, chocolate, and a touch of toffee sweetness.

Mouthfeel: A touch too thin for my preference.

Drinkability: Fairly good.

I liked this much more on tap than my previous bottle samplings. (473 characters)

Photo of ikantspel
4.27/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

12oz bottle into a hanger 24 barrel roll tulip

Pours a dark cola color with a carbonated light khaki fizzy head

Great combination of strong Belgian ale smell of dark fruit and spices kicked around with dark chocolate and cocoa

Great balance in taste as the stout is strong and heavy without trying to be and the Belgian ale floors finesse in beautifully. The caramel and roasted malt finish seem to work well in unison with a classic abbey ale spice.

Remarkably a great beer (478 characters)

Photo of Minotaur
4.28/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Black - with only the slightest bit of deep amber on the very rim of the Ommegang Adoration goblet. The head is thick and big and evaporates slowly leaving an etching like lacing and skim of smoke grey-tan on the top of the beer.

The aroma is the earth and coffee of stout, with a slight hint of belgian style yeast esters. There is a slight bit of banana as per standard in belgian ales.

The taste is bitter with just a slight bit of sweetness at the back of the tongue. It is amazingly dry like bitter cocoa. There is a slight amount of hops in the flavor and bitterness giving it a bit of tanginess, plus a hint of breadiness from the wheat and Belgian yeast. The bit of chocolate, candi-sugar and roasted malts are deep ane rich.

It has a full, smooth chocolate cake-like mouth feel. There is a definite sense of strength in the back of the mouth but it is not disruptive to the enjoyment of the flavor. It is very drinkable and is an excellent example of two very traditional styles merged to create something luscious and unique. (1,038 characters)

Photo of vandemonian
4.28/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Allagash Black has a black (duh) colour with a good head and excellent lacing. The smell is quite yeasty with some notes of bitter chocolate. The taste is malty with some raisins and coffee notes. It ends with a delicious roasty Belgian-yeasty finish. The texture is frothy and excellent. This is a very nice strong dark ale. (325 characters)

Photo of Durge
4.28/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Another happy discovery at The Grille Room in Portland, Maine, this one's a dark black color, as one might expect, with mahogany edges and a big tan head not to mention fair lacing. The aroma brings light charcoal chocolate hints and maybe a touch of grassy hops. The flavor brings herbal hop and subtle juniper malt and charcoal. Very nice blend and a very pleasant, near velvetty feel with subtle carbonation. This has a beautiful grain hop mix that is pretty drinkable and just pleasantly tasty. Almost a bit of a Christmas beer. Very nice stuff and highly recommended. (572 characters)

Photo of Kromes
4.29/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: A clear black with ruby edges and a thin line of bubbles on top.

S: Roasted malt, plum, dark cherry, Belgian yeast, coffee.

T: Sweet Belgian yeast and malt flavor up front followed by some plum and date flavors with a little bit of clove. The clove spice lingers in the finish with a licorace and roasted malt flavor.

M: Heavy with light carbonation, smooth. Warm in the finish.

O: A very good Belgian dark ale. Great flavors. (433 characters)

Photo of leantom
4.29/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Another old classic. Picked this up while in Virginia before heading back to Indiana. Here goes:

A: Great. Black with a red hue. Pours a passive head with great lacing as well.

S: Belgian yeast with a hint of roasted malt. Yeast imparts scents of coriander, clove, white pepper, and bread. Malt is slightly burnt. Also has lots of candied sugar.

T: Follows the nose. Lots of candied sugar. Initially taste the spicy, bready yeast, but this gives way to chocolatey, roasted malt. Great mix-mash of the yeast and malt.

F: Thick and bready with great carbonation.

O: Great beer. (595 characters)

Photo of bishopdc0
4.3/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A nice black color a dark brown on the edges when held to the light. A decent head forms tan and subsides

A nice sweet roasted malt miked with chocolate and a hint of Belgian spice

The taste starts with a bit of yeast and a mix of chocolate. Roasted malts come in but finishes with a malty mix of yeast and spiced hops

Very drinkable and nice (347 characters)

Photo of haddon
4.3/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

It was black in the glass with a dark tan froth and lots of lacing sticking all the way down the glass.

The aroma was candied sugar, dark fruit, chocolate, and roasted malts.

The flavor was caramel and chocolate malt with a hint of coffee bean. a very rich and complex flavor that comes across as smooth. I believe it is more chocolate than coffee. hard to explain but very tasty.

Medium body with a very velvety feel.

this beer is very well done and has a very rich flavor. hard to explain but it really has a complexity to it while staying light, smooth and quite enjoyable to drink. this is one of my first experiences with Allagash and I am very impressed. (668 characters)

Photo of ams0286
4.3/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I purchased this beer in the 750 ML format corked bottle with no freshness date but it was bottled from batch #16. I love dark beers in the Fall/Winter which is what prompted me to purchase this one in particular (the first cold night where I lit up the wood stove!).

As for appearance it is right on par with the style, almost completely pitch black when held up to the light. The one issue I had was a lack of head retention and lacing. I think I can blame this on the glassware as I had just washed it with regular dish detergent.

The second mistake I made was storing the bottle too cold. So I am currently allowing the temperature to come up and the beer is opening up nicely. Great aromas of dark dried fruits like plums and raisins. I'm also getting a bit of milk chocolate undertone with the roasted malt scent. This is definitely a Belgian and I love that funk!

This is where the beer really takes you for a ride. Up front you get a great amount of complexity from the roasted malts. As the beer warms I am getting a small amount of warming alcohol, and a little bit of a bitter coffee/espresso flavor, again great for a cold night.

The mouth feel is lighter in body than I would have expected and perhaps this is caused by the high level of champagne like carbonation, after all this is bottle conditioned.

I would say this would be a great bottle to share with friends who enjoy other complex beers. This is by no means a session beer, that would just be a waste of such a robust offering. Do yourself a favor, buy two bottles, drink one now and put one in your cellar for a year or two! (1,604 characters)

Photo of jtierney89
4.3/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Deep deep brown with a sticky off white head. Sweet fruity belgian yeast notes on the nose along with sweet dark malts. Asphalt, chocolate covered raisins, and dark fruits.

This beer melts in your mouth. Sweet chocolate malts with a creamy mouthfeel. Sweet dark Belgian candy sugars upfront followed by an intense roasted character. Finishes with decadent sweet chocolate covered dark fruits, a fine earthy bitterness, and a touch a smoke. The rich body holds up perfectly to the carbonation creating a truly layered flavor experience. So many flavors hide itself in this dark brew including bananas, hazelnuts, plums, and leather. Allagash Black has the drinkability of it's fine Belgian counterparts, with the depth of a classic Russian imperial stout! This is an intense beer! (781 characters)

Photo of bucklemyshoe
4.3/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750 ml bottle, batch 16, at 45* into a Stone IRS tulip.

A: This pours pitch black with a fingerful of tan, frothy head. The head recedes to the edges eventually but leaves behind a great deal of lace.

S: The nose is as expected: Belgian yeast, chocolate, coffee, and anise.

T: The taste is geared more to the espresso side early but finishes with some funkiness and fruitiness on the back end.

M: It's pleasantly creamy and a bit lactic.

D: This is a very unique and enjoyable brew. (487 characters)

Photo of u2carew
4.3/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750ml (batch 22)
A) Pours with a two finger head, tan in color. Dark chestnut colored body. Sticky lacing on the drink down.
S) Roasted grains. Hints of chocolate. Subtle caramel. Typical Belgian dark aromas - raisins, candi sugar.
T) Smoky. Sweet tree fruit - raisin, plum.
M) Medium-full bodied. Lightly carbonated. Creamy.
O) A delicious Belgian dark. Classic Belgian characteristics with a pleasant stout twist. (416 characters)

Photo of gte893m
4.3/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I've been looking forward to this one. Allagash produces some of the bast belgian-syle beer in the US. The beer poured a dark black. Holding my glass up to the light you can see some reddish-brown peaking through. Head is a nice mocha color with good retention and nice lacing. Note I've poured this into a glass with a nucleation point at the bottom. Flavor is complex with deep roasted malts, coffee and faint hints of chocolate. Finish is wonderful and is really the only chance to notice the alcohol. A beautiful stout. (523 characters)

Photo of Rifugium
4.3/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

First had: on tap at Teresa's, Wayne, PA

Poured into a signature stem glass, Allagash Black was, well, black more or less, with a generous cap of tan head. Listed as a "Belgian stout" I didn't completely know what to expect, but the "Belgian dark ale" label makes a little more sense after drinking it. Aroma was rich with dark malts, leather and charcoal, with touches of fruit in the background. The taste was similar, and quite complex, with nearly 100% dark maltiness up front, giving way to the leather and charcoal sensed in the aroma, hints of peat and of Belgian yeast, cocoa, and dark fruits coming through near the end. Very interesting. Heavier-medium mouthfeel, rich, and drinkable enough to make me desire another glass right after the first. (756 characters)

Photo of WesWes
4.3/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The beer pours a black color with a thick frothy tan head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is good. It has a dry, earthy, black, chocolate, and roasted malt scent along with a light Belgian yeast fruitiness. The taste is great! I'm not sure I'm a huge fan of this concept, but this seems to be the benchmark for Belgian stouts; dry, earthy, thinner mouthfeel, fruity yeast esters. This is a damn good stout. The mouthfeel is fine. It's full bodied with adequate carbonation, but it's thinner than a regular imperial stout. This beer drinks well. It's complex and flavorful, but it doesn't sell out the stout style. (620 characters)

Photo of Wasatch
4.3/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750ml Bottle
Batch 4

Poured into a chalice a very nice black color, nice carbonation, nice little one-finger creamy tan head, which does leave some nice oil slicks and slight sticky lacing. The nose is malty, with some coffee/chocolate, some slight figs/prunes/raisins. The taste is malty, slightly bitter, nice notes of coffee/chocolate, also a hint of dark fruits. Medium body. Very drinkable, this is not a BSDA, but a Belgian Stout like the bottle sez, probably the first I've had, lol Recommended. (516 characters)

Photo of JWU
4.3/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

750ml bottle poured into a chalice.

A- Very dark brown, not quite black. A nice light tan head sits on top and laces fantastically.

S- some light char, black currants, and a slight Belgian sugar note.

T- Very soft, but quite complex in what's there. Light char, with hints on anise, vanilla, currants, oats, up front, melds into a bitter espresso, and cocoa powder finish. One of those beers that as you sip on it, you can pull out different things on each sip.

M- Solid medium body, but very creamy and slick. An active carbonation is there as well. You can tell there are oats in this one. Dries pleasantly on the finish.

O- I will certainly seek this out again, an excellent offering from Allagash. (707 characters)

Photo of BretSikkink
4.3/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Dark brown, served with a great frothy head. Sticky as hell. Coffee-like, heavily roasted malts lead the nose, and as it turns out, on the tongue as well.

Full-bodied, but somewhat subtle. Nicely malted, with lots of roasted notes coexisting with the spicing and dark sweetness. Dry finish.

Super beer. Carbonation could be a little smoother, given the style comparison to Rochefort 8 for example. But that's an awfully high standard, and this one tastes terrific. (468 characters)

Photo of SuperSpy
4.3/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle poured into a Chimay glass.

Pours a great head. Tan, big, lots of staying power and tons of lace. The beer is pitch black. Can't even see through it when I hold it up to the light. The first smell is coffee, currants and charcoal followed by sweet roasted malts. The beer velvety smooth and delicious. The flavor has everything that was in the aroma and then some. All of the dark and roasted flavors are accompanied by hints of vanilla and dark fruits. This beer is amazing and right now I'm regretting that I gave my half the other half of the bottle. (568 characters)

Photo of NoLeafClover44
4.3/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Reviewed from notes on 7/7/12. 12 oz. bottle poured into Allagash Chalice.

A - Black in color with a finger of almond head and ruby highlights in the light. Very good lacing.

S - Roasted malt, hazlenut, oak, belgian banana and clove.

T - The flavor is very belgian-forward. Chocolate covered banana is prominent along with sweet marshmallow. Smoke on the finish.

M - Creamy with micro-carbonation. The body is medium-full.

O - I enjoyed this beer while sitting in a cabin overlooking Horseshoe Pond in Maine. The setting, along with the beer in the Allagash glass are perfect. I would certainly classify this more as a stout than a BSDA, but it was fantastic regardless of style classification. I highly recommend this beer. (730 characters)

Photo of capra12
4.3/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Reviewed @ Rattle N Hum courtesy of speedwayjim.

Appearance: dark amber with little head, weblike lacing.

Smell:roasted coffee beans

Taste: Opens malty with milk chocolate. From the middle there is a sweet coffee and licorice which leaves a coffee aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: light bodied, and smooth with moderate carbonation.

Drinkability: I would definitely have this again and if difinitely worth the try. (410 characters)

Allagash Black from Allagash Brewing Company
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