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Allagash Black - Allagash Brewing Company

Allagash BlackAllagash Black

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1,759 Ratings

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Ratings: 1759
Reviews: 629
rAvg: 4.04
pDev: 11.14%

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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Photo of BDIMike


3.88/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours exactly as the beer is named: black. It is a black viscousy color with a very thin white lacing that barely exists.
Smell is very faint of chocolate malts and dark fruits, like plum. There is a good bit of sweet sugar to the smell too.
Taste is very nice on this belgian dark. There is a good balance of dark malts and chocolate against some sweet fruits and sugar.
Mouthfeel is a bit thin for my liking, however there is nice silky smoothness to the feel.
Drinkability is good for such a strong belgian dark ale. The balance of the two parts of the beer makes nothing overbearable in the drink. This is a nice representation of the style that is worth trying, but it will not blow your socks off.

Serving type: growler

02-12-2009 02:34:14 | More by BDIMike
Photo of Biggness

New York

4.05/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I got a growler of this beer @ Bellport Beer. This beer pours a very dark brown with a 1 fingered tan head with hardly any lacing. The smell is of roasted malts. The taste is nice, tbh if I was doing a blind taste test I would say this was Bluepoint Oatmeal stout (MUCH CHEAPER). There is a slight hops flavor and a wonderful toasted malt base. The mouthfeel is very pleasant and the carbonation is nice. A rather drinkable brew, but I think I would go with BPBC OS, its nearly the same beer @ 1/3 of the price.

Serving type: growler

08-26-2008 22:07:41 | More by Biggness
Photo of JAA


4.3/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Well, this is my first review. I hope i don't sound like a dumbass, 23 year old kid.

I bought this growler at this new beer store in Bradenton,FL. The owner keeps it behind the counter to protect it from touchy-feely beer shoppers. After i poured it into a rocks glass, the beer developed about a one finger medium tan head. I don't think my sense of smell has been properly trained, so i won't even guess. The aroma wasn't anything out of the ordinary. The beer had a spicy-smokey onset that faded into a very dark chocolate and ashy aftertaste that lingered for quite a while. Mouthfeel was silky-smooth with what seemed to be the perfect amount of carbonation.

I was quite impressed with this allagash after tasting another, less satisfactory, variety. I would drink this quite often, if it weren't 22 bucks a growler. If you like 60%-72% cacao chocolate you'll probably enjoy this beer a lot.

Edit: well you knew i was new at this, because i said that this was a "growler". It actually was a 750 ml bottle. Der der der der der.

Serving type: growler

06-03-2008 20:35:06 | More by JAA
Photo of PEBKAC

New York

3.7/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

32oz lunch substitute via New Beer Distributors. I wasn't in the mood for Chinese. :P

Just some standard shakers on hand, Washington Bullets logo. How... vintage. Though the color of a Chips-Ahoy, you can practically see through the foam like a bad comb-over.

Glug, glug, glug. Not much to see. An appetizing Quik-colored head & a saturated brown body.

Smell is of fresh asphalt, hot cocoa powder, lactose, & nutty alcoholic fumes resembling amaretto. A banana/coriander-ish scent peppers things as it warms.

Thin & free flowing are the first things I notice. I'm actually a fan of easier drinking stouts, so it's not a negative for me.

Anise, with light amounts of coffee(I'm not a big fan of coffee, but it has it's place, with this one being very mild on the scale of things). I don't drink too many stouts as a result. You can definitely taste wheat in the background, along with some clean residual sugar, but it's all clogged up by the booze. The alcohol is very obvious once it settles at a more comfortable temperature. That's not nice. More of that almond dries up the finish, with a barky/grassy bitterness that almost fails to register.

A soft feel from the carbonation, & a lack of body give pluses to drinkability, but it gets boring after a few. The chocolate was interpreted differently then anticipated & the alcohol was too apparent. The wheat felt nice, but the taste felt watered down.

Different, but it doesn't break into the rotation.

Serving type: growler

02-09-2008 00:27:09 | More by PEBKAC
Photo of delta490


4.18/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bottled on 2/7/14 as per bottle. Deep clear brown. A slight ruby hue at the bottom of the glass and nice creamy off-white head. Head has great retention and leaves some nice lacing. Aroma is an interesting blend of traditional roast notes and hints of Belgian yeast. The flavor is interesting, as well. The roasted notes from the dark malt are significantly mellowed out by the Belgian yeast. There is a nice interplay between the two. The weight of the beer is a little lighter than a more traditional stout but with the lighter flavors it matches well. This is an excellent twist on a traditional stout and Belgian dark.

Serving type: bottle

04-19-2014 23:02:26 | More by delta490
Photo of teromous


4.18/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

A: Black body with a fluffy off-white head that shoots out like rocket smoke. Stands a long time and leaves good lacing on the glass. The head looks nice and loafy.

S: Some mild sweet scent, like light caramel and apples.Mild "Belgianesque" scent (observable phenols) but overly faint.

T: It has a good amount of alcohol flavors, followed by some roasted dark charcoal-like flavor. It's slightly metallic but it only peaks through every few sips. Finishes like a coffee. It's not as spicy or estery as other comparable Belgian Dark's. I feel like the focus of this beer is towards the roasted character less than that of the yeast. I feel that at this point it is important to say that this is labeled as a "Belgian Stout" and not a standard traditional "Belgian Dark." I feel that if the beer is approached with the anticipation of stout-like qualities, it will deliver a much higher score. I will rate it as if it were a stout, in which case I believe it is more than outstanding but slightly less than perfect.

M: The mouthfeel is nice and clean. No complaints in this department, but it doesn't feel as robust or present as what I would expect from a Belgian Dark. It is quite a bit drier and does not coat very well. Judging it more as a stout, I would say that it is perfect. It might appear strange to have such a juxtaposed opinion, but is works very well as a stout.

O: Overall this is quite an enjoyable beer but it could draw quite a bit of controversy if examined closely. It might leave one wondering why I rated this beer in such favorable light. For lovers of Belgian Dark ales, unfortunately I would not recommend this beer to you. It has a great lack of complexity and yeast character. It does quite well as a stout, and I would recommend it to anyone looking for that. I feel that the minor contribution of Belgian yeast flavor does add enough to make it more than your standard stout, so those looking for a delicious stout will undoubtedly agree that this is an outstanding beer.

Serving type: bottle

04-14-2014 21:49:47 | More by teromous
Photo of bball208

New Jersey

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.

Serving type: bottle

03-15-2014 17:57:24 | More by bball208
Photo of BeerDazed


3.93/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle poured into Pint glass.

Deep, dark brown color with a dense, lightly tanned head. A fair amount of lacing.

Roasted aroma with caramel, coffee, and chocolates notes - but not real strong.

Medium to full bodied, with a creamy texture and on the medium side of carbonation.

It finished dry, with some roasted bitterness - and I got a bit of coffee and licorice too. Sweet and spice at the end.

Looking forward to trying some more offerings from Allagash. All of there Belgian-style offerings look really good.

Serving type: bottle

03-02-2014 19:07:02 | More by BeerDazed
Photo of Chessmaster


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

Poured from bottle into stout glass

A: During pour, looks dark but translucent, black with light brown highlights. In glass, appears dark. Pours with a nice 2-3 inch head that dissipates to a cap

S: Amazing, very malty, sweet and lightly roasty smell.

T: Similar to smell, very malty. I was actually reminded more of a doppelbock in terms of sweet maltiness than a stout. Not very roasty, no balancing hop bitterness. The overall taste is good, but again doesn't fit the style exactly.

M: Nice, smooth mouthfeel with good carbonation.

O: A very enjoyable beer, on the malty and sweet side. Not really a stout though

Serving type: bottle

02-12-2014 16:31:58 | More by Chessmaster
Photo of i4ourgot


3.93/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

I really liked this beer it is the perfect winter complement to their Allagash White. I got some light clove notes from the yeast that blended really well with the flavors from dark roasted malts. The Belgium yeast was very dominant in the aroma with light notes of coffee.

Serving type: bottle

02-07-2014 23:34:12 | More by i4ourgot
Photo of stckhndlr


3.96/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.25

A- starts out very dark with rusty red tones around the edges. Sea foam head that topped out at a good 2 fingers and settled to a whispy thin layer that stayed until the last sip. good lacing.

S- Definitely has that belgian aroma to it. Raisin and yeast. Not getting alot of much of the chocolate.

T- Ah, there's the chocolate. Roasted notes and the dark fruit are there but there is a consistent chocolate flavor throughout the entire sip. Start to finish.

M- Starts mid body but creams up to a good full body. Really fills the palate.

O- It's a pretty good beer, the flavors really ring true to the belgian style. It does seem to tire out the palate a bit. Little heavy on the roast to me. But over all not bad.

Serving type: bottle

02-02-2014 00:17:11 | More by stckhndlr
Photo of SteveTheDog


3.45/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25

This beer poured very smoothly into a snifter with a soul blacker than curious George is curious. The snifter definitely accentuated the smells and it was a divine aroma of dark chocolate coffee and maybe BlackBerries. I was just slightly less whelmed by the taste which had more of ground-up cigarettes to it. I was underwhelmed by the finish which was a little rough. Overall this was an okay beer I can't say that I'm going to go out and get another one especially considering the price.

Serving type: bottle

01-25-2014 23:15:32 | More by SteveTheDog
Photo of CFHMagnet


3.88/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Thank you SplashyFob for this one.

I get a light brown head over a dark, kinda cola brown looking body. The head fades to nearly nothing, and no lacing is noted.

The aroma is rich in malt, chocolate, dark fruit and caramelized sugar.

The flavor is almost delicate, and quite enjoyable. Dark fruit joins a sugariness up front, then transitions into roasted malt, earthy hops and a baker's chocolate finish.

The mouthfeel is a smooth medium bodied feel. It is rather easy going.

Serving type: bottle

01-24-2014 02:29:14 | More by CFHMagnet
Photo of zac16125

South Carolina

3.91/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle into a tulip
Bottling numbers: 2563 09:33; not sure if that means anything

A: Pours a somewhat thin appearing very dark brown, almost black as it sits in the glass. 1.5 fingers width of light tan head builds then has good retention. Leaves lots of lacing.

S: Aromas of roasted malt, a somewhat astringent plastic, more subtle dark fruits, faint cocoa, belgian fruity-esters.

T: Roasted malt, heavy cream, semi-sweet chocolate, blond roast coffee.

M/D: Medium body, on the lighter side for the style (whether it be a stout or a BSDA), carbonation heavier than I prefer, fairly smooth, drinkability is average.

O: It was kind of meh at first but really grew on me as it warmed. Nothing spectacular but certainly worth a try.

Serving type: bottle

01-21-2014 01:15:23 | More by zac16125
Photo of mralphabet


3.96/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into Sam Adams Perfect Pint Glass

A: Very dark brown with a red hue, poured with a good 2 fingers worth of head that settles to a nice thin layer. Wonderful lacing from start to finish.

S: I'm getting some dark fruit, little spicy Belgian yeast and a good helping of chocolate and coffee mixed in. I'm also getting a little light alcohol aroma.

T: The chocolate and coffee dominate the overall taste right up front. The dark fruit flavors kick in near the end. Pretty well balanced... Malty up top then a light hop bitterness at the end. It is sweet but unsweet at the same time.... Quite complex, with a nice alcohol warmth at the end.

M: Medium bodied with a sharp carbonation. A lot lighter bodied than I was expecting.

O: Overall a great looking and tasty complex little brew, well worth looking for. Allagash is never disappointing.

Serving type: bottle

01-20-2014 00:29:59 | More by mralphabet
Photo of tone77


3.46/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a brown 12 oz. bottle. Has a black color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is of some chocolate, a bit of yeast and fruits. Taste is kind of mild, roasted malts, a hint of chocolate, a very mild bitterness. Feels full bodied in the mouth and overall is a pretty good beer, but didn't meet my expectations.

Serving type: bottle

01-15-2014 04:10:59 | More by tone77
Photo of Immortale25

North Carolina

4.34/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a Saint Somewhere wine-style glass. No readable freshness date.

A- Pours a mostly opaque black color with a 1/4 light tan head that retains a bit before becoming a thick bubbly ring around the edge of the glass and a wispy pattern of surface foam. Sudsy non-resilient lacing slides quickly down the glass.

S- Phenols from the Belgian yeast emanate from the glass along with some dark roast. Slightly soapy and a bit spicy.

T- More richness from the yeast creates a sweet fruitiness that pairs well with the mild dark roast. Very smooth and drinkable. Notes of dark fruit, cocoa and a hint of astringency.

M- Somewhat thick and slick. Medium carbonation and a fullish body.

O- I swear, I have yet to have an Allagash beer that's anything less than excellent.

Serving type: bottle

01-01-2014 01:55:59 | More by Immortale25
Photo of BMMillsy


3.71/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Bottle at Ava’s in Easton. Poured into a pint glass. Pours dark brown with some ruby showing through the light, not particularly dark for a stout. Aroma of yeast, candi sugar, some chocolate, spice. Flavor follows with a similar profile: candi sugar and yeast, some light chocolate, sweet and spice finish. This tastes closer to a Belgian Strong Dark ale than any stout, but good in that vein. Medium mouthfeel with medium carbonation, rather light for a stout. Overall this was a pretty good beer but not one to go for if you’re looking for a creamy stout. Definitely Belgian inspired.

Serving type: bottle

12-30-2013 00:37:47 | More by BMMillsy
Photo of JWU


4.33/5  rDev +7.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-26-2013 00:37:57 | More by JWU
Photo of keithmurray

New York

3.74/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Appearance - dark brown body with tan head

Smell - roasted coffee beans, roasted nuts, bakers chocolate

Taste - dark chocolate, cocoa, roasted coffee, expresso

Mouthfeel - medium bodied, medium carbonation, slight sweetness upfront, slight roastiness on the end

Overall - I failed to see the Belgian influence on this one, but that aside, it is still a beer worth checking for and trying. Mild easy drinking stout.

Price Point - ~$3/12 oz bottle

Serving type: bottle

12-24-2013 22:54:21 | More by keithmurray
Photo of Twobeards


3.84/5  rDev -5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle poured into a 40 cl allagash glass. Pours a caramel brown/light black. One finger toasty brown head that falls pretty quick. Aroma picks up strength as it warms. Slight yeasty and malty notes with bitter coffee notes and a bit of chocolate. Taste is very similar, with a bit of a dark wheat flavor as well. Some batches seem to have more expressed coffee or chocolate notes, but it's always very good. Fine carbonation in the mouth, easily drinkable. The 7.5 fits it.

Never had it when the bottle has aged for awhile, living close to the brewery I've only ever had it on the fresh side. Curious as to what age (not in a barrel) does to it.

Serving type: bottle

12-21-2013 06:35:25 | More by Twobeards
Photo of jneiswender


4.73/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Poured out of the 750 mL bottle into a goblet
Served cool and then allowed to warm up

Body is a dark black walnut and cola with a tan thick head

Smells like dark chocolate herbs and some alcohol

Nice and sick chocolate flavor certainly has some herbal qualities and a slight boozy finish

Medium to full and well carbonated

Very enjoyable and versatile can be drunk alone or with food I would drink this again

Serving type: bottle

12-16-2013 19:30:23 | More by jneiswender
Photo of MoorBeerPlz


3.89/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from the bottle into a snifter...

On the pour, a dark brown/black with a 1 1/2 finger tan head that dissipated fairly quick. Little to no lacing. Carbonation apparent.

First whiff is coffee, light chocolate then roasted grains and a slight hint of carmel. Nose was very light and required a few swirls to get things going. As the beer warms, a sweet smell comes through along with a yeasty note, like a belgian.

First taste reminded me of cold coffee, roasted grains, char and a slight note of chocolate. The flavor improves on this beer as it warms up, adding a raisins, molasses/sweetness, better dark chocolate hints and maybe a little spice. Like the bitter/sweet finish.

Mouthfeel is medium & smooth with more carbonation than I originally guessed. A little lighter than other stouts I've tried and a little on the dry side at the end.

Overall a decent stout, in the middle of a very large pack of decent stouts. Certainly no drain pour and I wouldn't turn my nose at this if offered one. Yet, there are better examples of the style I prefer so I probably wouldn't seek this out again. As it's a little different than the norm, it's worth trying just to see what a Belgian stout tastes like.


Serving type: bottle

12-16-2013 05:07:15 | More by MoorBeerPlz
Photo of u2carew


4.3/5  rDev +6.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-29-2013 02:40:36 | More by u2carew
Photo of dar482

New York

4.11/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

The beer comes pitch black with a off white, slightly brown head with decent sized bubbles from the bottle conditioning.

The aroma has molasses, this fruity ester of pear, apple peel. A bit of milk chocolate and roasted malt, but still light on the aroma. As the beer warms up, it moves onto a woody herbal bitter note.

The flavor shines through however. In the front, there's spiciness of clove, pepper along with some chocolate. The middle hits with this intriguing fruit peel ester along with a white raisin. The finish hits with aggressive espresso, as well as floral and a woody, herbal bitterness.

There's a decent amount of carbonation that scrubs the tongue and kicks the sweetness away into that bitterness. It gives the beer some body.

An interesting take on the style.

Serving type: bottle

11-26-2013 03:12:46 | More by dar482
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Allagash Black from Allagash Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 1,759 ratings.