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Allagash Black - Allagash Brewing Company

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2,068 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,068
Reviews: 655
rAvg: 4.04
pDev: 11.14%
Wants: 107
Gots: 249 | 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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4/5  rDev -1%

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4.04/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured into a snifter from a 12 ounce bottle.

The pour produces a finger and a half of frothy, chewy-looking, oatmeal-colored head. This sits over a pitch-black body with trickles of carbonation. There's light lacing. 4.25

Floral notes blend with chocolatey and dark roasted malt aromas. Sweet, creamy caramel and yeast also add to the medley. 4.25

Floral, slightly fruity, like dark fruit, flavors begin, before leading to sweet vanilla and caramel, which leads to a dark, almost tobacco-like flavor. 4

This brew is highly effervescent, highly bitter at the finish, and quite dry. There are creamy elements and moments of smoothness, which help balance the strong bitterness. 3.75

This is a tasty brew somewhat undermined by the aggressive bitterness. 4

ONovoMexicano, Saturday at 08:10 PM
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4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

McBraniel, Saturday at 05:07 AM
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3.5/5  rDev -13.4%

mrp2323, Saturday at 03:52 AM
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4.5/5  rDev +11.4%

jebrew, Saturday at 12:58 AM
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4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

lionskull, Friday at 02:26 AM
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3.92/5  rDev -3%

jawas, Thursday at 11:19 PM
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4.5/5  rDev +11.4%

mikepcarney, Thursday at 11:18 PM
Photo of Jeffo
3.25/5  rDev -19.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Mom & dad grabbed this for me while in the US a while back. Cheers guys!

From a bottle into a snifter

APPEARANCE: Very clear brown and transparent pour yields a 2 ½ finger, foamy, creamy white head with good retention. Head fades to a foamy cap. Dark brown body with no real carbonation evident. Rather light in color for a stout called “black.” Clear with ruby hues around the edges. A splotchy wisp remains leaving dots of lacing down the glass.

SMELL: Lightly roasted notes, spicy yeast, cloves, some dark fruit and aromas of brown sugar.

TASTE: Very much a strong dark ale with some roasted malts thrown in for fun. Roasted malts, dark, sweet fruits and brown sugar up front, with finish of spicy yeast and cloves. Medium and lingering aftertaste of spicy yeast, sweet dark fruits and brown sugar, as well as some lightly roasted notes. Flavorful, sweet and spicy as well. Enjoyable, though not really a Belgian stout.

PALATE: Medium body and medium carbonation. Creamy smooth on the palate, goes down smooth and finishes dry. Some spiciness lingers. Good feel.

OVERALL: This is labeled a Belgian style stout and is called Black, but this is certainly more of a Belgian strong dark ale and is more ruby and brown in color. Not all that great of a stout, even for a Belgian stout, but a decent strong dark ale. Glad to have tried it, but wouldn’t need to drink it again per se. Thanks again for the beers guys!

Jeffo, Thursday at 09:08 AM
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3.75/5  rDev -7.2%

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Urik, Oct 11, 2014
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4.36/5  rDev +7.9%

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4/5  rDev -1%

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4.5/5  rDev +11.4%

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4.08/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A sweet and spicy phenolic aroma masked a bit by the huge tan head over a dark red body.
Clear coffee flavor in a belgian drink is unique and takes a bit to get used to. Nice dryness on the tongue with more hints of the roast lingering. The "stout" flavors intermingle with laid back beglian flavors of phenols, spice and yeast. Interesting mix. Good feel, soft and heavy.
Not great, but interesting.

garymuchow, Oct 04, 2014
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4/5  rDev -1%

Dayman766, Oct 02, 2014
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4/5  rDev -1%

fossage78, Oct 01, 2014
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4/5  rDev -1%

jrschaef, Sep 29, 2014
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Allagash Black from Allagash Brewing Company
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