Allagash Black - Allagash Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
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2,356 Ratings
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Ratings: 2,356
Reviews: 699
rAvg: 4.04
pDev: 10.89%
Wants: 133
Gots: 390 | FT: 8
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:
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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Ratings: 2,356 | Reviews: 699
Photo of BranfordBound
4.02/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Had out of the 750 mL bottle into a snifter glass. Poured fairly dark, but still some light coming through. Moderate head on this one. Nice roasty aroma and a rich flavor of stout fills the mouth. A little bit bitter on the back end and a touch of yeast. I never knew Belgians that brew big roasty stouts but this one could certainly keep up.

Photo of CAC329
4.32/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Refreshing!! Flavorful!! Its a keeper =)

Photo of ginsburgec
5/5  rDev +23.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

An incredible beer. Exactly what it should be.

Photo of Gote
3.64/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

My tastes must run differently than a lot of people who have rated this beer because I think I've had lots better in the stout/porter department. While most concentrate on the coffee/chocolate flavors this seems to rely simply on the coffee aspect. Good, but I don't see how it rates this high over time.

Photo of Phigg1102
4.14/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours out pretty flat, I don't mind this in a huge BA Bomb, but I expected a bit more life in this. A touch of chocolate with some muted stone fruit and maybe a bit of caramel in the nose. The yeast gives this beer a smokey flavor that completely livens it. The smokiness plays off the raisiny fruit characteristics very well.

Photo of Marraybay
3.86/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Really interesting. Not quite a home run for me, but definitely wouldn't mind having another + exploring some additional Allagash brews. Much better than so many other porter/stouts I've had recently.

Not much of a head: Very dark brown/black color. A little glass-lace, but not much. Nose very sweet. Taste similar: Nicely sweet out in the front, which I liked. Fair bitterness in the end. Something in the middle...couldn't quite put a finger on it, but it may have been the note/element that kept it from being a true success for me. Maybe metallic or smoke...just not quite sure. A little less pronounced--whatever it was--as it warmed. Alcohol pretty well disguised throughout.

Photo of GrinkoN
4.27/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Look: Dark with hints of red. Slight head.

Smell: Roasted malt, coffee?

Taste/Mouthfeel: chocolaty toasted malt, slightly bitter on the back end. Felt a little thick was enjoyable.

Overall: It was a great beer, would buy again.

Photo of Webbydag1
3.7/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Wonderful mix of malts and hops.

Photo of Shaun_S
4.14/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4.25

Sweet roasted smell. Light carbonation with a roasted malt, chocolate, and very slight coffee flavour, sweet almost fruity finish into a slight bitter aftertaste. Mouthfeel is light, creamy, and almost flat with subtle fizz from the near non-existent carbonation.

Drank straight from one of the 12oz bottles.

Photo of JohnL9013
4.5/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I've had bad experiences with Allagash in the past, but definitely not this time. This stuff is seriously amazing. For such a low abv beer (only 7.5%), it packs an unbelievable flavorful punch, up there with many great Imperial Stouts that I've had before.

It's really more of a stout than a BSA, but I don't care. They can call it whatever they want, I'm buying this stuff again.

Taste: A little on the bitter side, prominent dark malts, slightly sweet, slight coffee flavor with some yeast esters and light hopping.

Photo of GOBLIN
4/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A pretty typical easy drinking stout. Pleasant aromas and flavors of roasted malts, chocolate and coffee all brought together by the Belgian yeasts to make an extremely enjoyable Belgian stout.

Photo of 50marathons
3.72/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Nice mix of a dark toasty malt with a fruity touch. Interesting flavors.

Photo of Dufmandinga
4.12/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Nice sharp Belgian stout. Surprisingly drinkable. Have had on draught and bottle. Subtle roasty coffee flavors. Light carbonation

Photo of gatorlove
3.69/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Very good dark fruit and roasted flavors with some black licorice, but it had a slightly metallic taste but it could have just been because it was on cask.

Photo of leantom
4.29/5  rDev +6.2%
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.

Photo of founddrama
4.4/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

"Belgian-style stout" -- and like the best of both worlds. Reads like a stout, but with a subtle touch of that Belgian yeast.

Photo of WhiteHillsStore
4.27/5  rDev +5.7%
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.

Photo of Kiserian
3.73/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Overall a good beer. It was a little too bitter for my taste.

Photo of Csikic93
4.23/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Corked and caged. Pours a pitch black with almost no head. Smells smokey, with hints of black licorice and chocolate. Tastes like chocolate and very malty. Overall a fantastic beer.

Photo of NHJimD
2.87/5  rDev -29%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

Very thin and carbonated for a stout. Poured with almost no head. Had a burnt coffee taste.

Photo of Apellonious
4.13/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

12 bottle poured into a tulip glass.

A - Pours a dark black with a one finger head that moves to a thin lace.

S - Cocoa, burnt grains, dark chocolate, faint banana

T - Follows the nose, some vanilla and bubble gum notes.

M - Well balanced, slightly creamy, carbonation melts away as it warms, some
stickieness ensues

O- Enjoyable beverage, very well crafted.

Photo of Greywulfken
4/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I recognize that this is a decent beer, but it is not so good that I would return to it. I don't often go for BSDAs, and this one doesn't have what it takes to bring me back.

Photo of dandandan79
3.94/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a solid tasty beer. An oak, coffee aftertaste. This beer goes down easy, smooth. Nothing bad here. A drinkable refreshingly stout. A little carbonation. Nothing overpowering.

Photo of Gotti311
2.75/5  rDev -31.9%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

The front of this beer was really fantastic. The yeast strain they use, plays very nicely with the roasty notes and mouth feel is great. Then something goes completely wrong. The far back end/lingering flavor I can only think of one word to describe: sewer. There is a dirty/rank flavor that wasn't completely overpowering, but definitely present enough to ruin the beer. The other people that I shared the bottle with didnt seem to detect it so I am guessing it is something specific to my palate that just didnt sit right.

Photo of SFNC
4.12/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Very tasty, best when it warms up and the Belgian yeast profile comes forward. I'll get this again.

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Allagash Black from Allagash Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 2,356 ratings.