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Allagash Black - Allagash Brewing Company

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Reviews: 690
Hads: 2,414
Avg: 4
pDev: 20.5%
Wants: 141
Gots: 431 | FT: 7
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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Photo of Catracho5
3.94/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle poured into a tulip glass

A: Pours pitch black with a tan colored head, lots of carbonation, some lacing, not much head retention, a little light comes through around the edges.

A: Espresso, roasted coffee, dry dark chocolate aroma, very roast forward.

T: Nice hit of espresso and roasted coffee bitterness up front, hint of dark chocolate, slight dark fruits like plums, raisins, dates, it finishes semi-sweet and dry.

M: Medium mouthfeel with lots of carbonation, dry finish, very drinkable.

O: This is a little different than other Belgian Strong Dark Ales I've tried, not as dark fruit forward, comes off more like a stout, but overall it's a good beer.

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Photo of TimSorrentino
4.76/5  rDev +19%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I loved this one and if you like stout you too will like this beer. Smoke, dark chocolate and coffee malt with just enough bitterness and bite to balance out the ever so slight "sweetness" (barely there).

I just bought two more for the weekend and will continue to buy this on a regular basis.

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Photo of cpetrone84
3.42/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pour is dark brown with a light tan head. Nose is moderate roast, a bit of oily hop resin, notes of citrus, candied sugar and a touch of belgian yeast. Flavor is overly roasted, slightly bitter, citrus hop, lightly creamy with a hint of milk chocolate, light grainy yeast. Soft feel, high carb, creamy texture.

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Photo of damndirtyape
3.73/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle (bottled on 04/15/15) served in a snifter glass. Slow pour to keep the sediment in the bottle.

Appearance: Mostly black with a hint of color coming through at the edges - a bit of dark clear mahogany when held up to the light. Thin off-white ring of foam with some persistent lacing.

Smell: Cocoa powder, char, espresso beans, a hint of something metallic.

Taste: Bitter - black coffee, espresso, leafy, burnt/roasted malt, some bittersweet chocolate, but again overly bitter from start to finish. Some of the bitterness at the finish reminds me of bitter leafy greens (kale, chard) that were cooked down in a pan. As it warms up to near room temp. some of the candi sugars and other sweetness finally start to come out and the bitterness subsides a bit, but it is still there.

Mouthfeel: Brisk carbonation, quite spicy on the tongue. Sticky on the teeth. I'm not getting the silky in the description at all.

Overall / Drinkability: I'm wondering if something happened to this bottle, as I'm not getting the love others have expressed for this beer. I feel the Belgian character is lost with this beer, but it is a nicely bitter stout, but not one that I would see out again. That being said, because the Belgian character is missing with this beer, I think it is at best an American Stout, not a Belgian Strong Dark Ale.

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Photo of ohiobeer29
3/5  rDev -25%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Had out of bottle pours black with decent tan head mouth feel is thin but light taste of chocolate and malt not bad not great but good really solid brew would drink again as it goes down easy

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Photo of phrimplepoot
4.05/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Very interesting. It's got that Belgian white hard-to-place mouthfeel and taste combo going on while also exhibiting some of the chocolaty smoky goodness of a stout. The Gestalt outweighs the individual ratings.

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Photo of mlockman
3.67/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Definitely lives up to its name in that this brew is pitch black. However, it lacks the chewiness and Belgian yeast flavor I usually associate with this style, and while smooth and entirely drinkable, is not all that impressive.

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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.

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Photo of Gote
3.64/5  rDev -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.

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Photo of Phigg1102
4.14/5  rDev +3.5%
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.

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Photo of Marraybay
3.86/5  rDev -3.5%
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.

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Photo of GrinkoN
4.27/5  rDev +6.7%
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.

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Photo of Shaun_S
4.14/5  rDev +3.5%
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.

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Photo of JohnL9013
4.5/5  rDev +12.5%
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.

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Photo of GOBLIN
4/5  rDev 0%
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.

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Photo of gatorlove
3.69/5  rDev -7.8%
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.

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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.

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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.

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Photo of Csikic93
4.23/5  rDev +5.8%
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.

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Photo of Apellonious
4.13/5  rDev +3.3%
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.

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Photo of Greywulfken
4/5  rDev 0%
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.

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Photo of dandandan79
3.94/5  rDev -1.5%
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.

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Photo of Gotti311
2.75/5  rDev -31.3%
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.

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Photo of polloenfuego
4.08/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Beer bottled in May 2014, enjoyed on January 23, 2015.

This beer poured a lovely black (go figure) with a frothy and thick three finger head that was sticky and persistent.

The smell was interesting...all the features of a stout; the roasts, some coffee and perhaps a touch of cocoa BUT there were also a lot of features of a Belgian dubbel present; yeast, dark fruits, some candi.

Taste carried through this mysterious mix; up front was the coffee and roast and as the beer warmed it was joined by cocoa. But the back end was pure Belgian. Candi, yeast and dark fruits sneak in.

The feel was medium bodied and good carbonation. This is an easy drinking sipper.

Overall, color me impressed. Getting the characteristics of two of my favorite styles together in one beer made me quite happy. This is an easy beer to enjoy on a cool evening.

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Photo of Jeffreysan
3.5/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle, poured into a pint glass

Appearance: Pours a pretty, pitch-black color with an eighth of a finger of white head that quickly dissolved into a thin halo of foam that gripped the sides of the glass.

Aroma: Roasted malt and freshly baked dark bread. Some notes of dark molasses and coffee.

Taste: Malty up front, followed by some smoky, roasted malt and/or coffee. There are some subtle notes of dark chocolate as the beer warms up, as well as some caramel-like sweetness. The beer finishes with some subtle hoppy bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Slightly chewy, with hardly any carbonation what-so-ever. With an ABV of 7.5%, there is just a touch of alcohol on the palate.

Overall: This is a very tasty stout. Not world class or excellent, but a very solid, very tasty stout. Definitely worth getting.

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