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Allagash Black - Allagash Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
90
outstanding

1,900 Ratings
THE BROS
92
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Ratings: 1,900
Reviews: 635
rAvg: 4.04
pDev: 11.14%
Wants: 95
Gots: 201 | FT: 5
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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EBeckett3

New Jersey

4/5  rDev -1%

08-10-2013 04:13:39 | More by EBeckett3
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LakerLeith

California

3.75/5  rDev -7.2%

06-09-2014 01:32:39 | More by LakerLeith
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carrollmel7

North Carolina

4.5/5  rDev +11.4%

07-26-2012 19:49:22 | More by carrollmel7
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BostonHops

Massachusetts

4.13/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 corked and caged bottle served in a tulip.

pours a cola-like brown, sits an opaque black hue in the glass while yielding a frothy/creamy 2" head. decent retention and lacing. nose is somewhat subdued but offers notes of roasted malt, spice, and a little chocolate.

smokey, roasted malt, spice, yeast, tobacco, chocolate, and a touch of dark fruit in the background. tasty and interesting, it's definitely a style-overlapping beer with elements of a belgian dark, a stout, and even a smoked beer. medium bodied mouthfeel with average carbonation.

overall i'm digging this beer. it's not a world-beater necessarily but it's enjoyable and relatively complex. i appreciate the outside-the-box thinking that went into it, sort of transcending styles.

(originally reviewed: 07-11-2011)

Serving type: bottle

06-19-2012 04:12:17 | More by BostonHops
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Dizzy242

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev -1%

05-14-2014 23:52:54 | More by Dizzy242
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Sweffin

Illinois

4/5  rDev -1%

01-31-2014 07:54:58 | More by Sweffin
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CHADMC3

Connecticut

4.22/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This sample of batch number 4 pours a nearly opaque black with a soft, faint tan head full of tight carbonation, which seems to last for only a short time after pour with little to no lacing.

You do not have to get very close to this beer to experience its aromatic qualities. Roasted malt, chocolate, coffee and perhaps some bread qualities waft from this masterpiece.

More roasted palate pleasure in the flavor with chocolate and coffee notes mirroring the aroma. In addition, there is just a slight smoky quality, which is more pronounced in the aftertaste, especially as this friend warms.

Extremely smooth and well balanced. No particular flavor dominates this beer, yet it is still very rich. This is a particularly crisp and refreshing Belgian stout.

This is an instant favorite. It does not sit heavy and could be enjoyed with a variety of foods. A slow drinker to imbibe in anytime.

Serving type: bottle

08-04-2008 00:38:30 | More by CHADMC3
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gshackles

New York

4/5  rDev -1%

12-16-2012 03:45:54 | More by gshackles
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Blanco

Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev -7.2%

02-19-2013 04:32:00 | More by Blanco
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JamieDuncan

Maryland

3.75/5  rDev -7.2%

12-22-2013 22:10:42 | More by JamieDuncan
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hopley

Massachusetts

4.5/5  rDev +11.4%

02-03-2014 00:15:24 | More by hopley
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patm1986

New Jersey

4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

11-15-2011 05:56:05 | More by patm1986
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braican

Massachusetts

3.75/5  rDev -7.2%

10-03-2012 20:56:48 | More by braican
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eulerthegrape

California

3.25/5  rDev -19.6%

09-13-2013 00:16:49 | More by eulerthegrape
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kmo1030

Massachusetts

4.28/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

pours with a good sized light brown head that fades to a film. and yes, it's black.
the smell contains what is best described as a smoked coffee aroma. it's got a faint lactic quality. i find chocolate, some powdery, yeasty breadiness. the chocolate develops into a milk chocolate, with warmth. also with warmth some of the dark fruitiness from the yeast shows up.
the taste contains an earthy more pronounced and smokier version of the roasted coffee aroma. with warmth that smoke mellows though, bringing out some softer dark fruity chocolate. it stay loaded with complex roasted coffee flavors though. it's got a little bit of a bitter nuttiness, like a walnut, and also a similar lactic sourness like in the aroma. hop bitterness hits towards the back, but without any hop flavor that i can pick out. alcohol makes a little bit of an appearance in the finish.
the body is fairly full with a pretty moderate carbonation. i find it really suits the beer.
good drinkability not a booze bomb, as this type of beer could be, and all the flavors remain in check. a complex in interesting beer.

Serving type: bottle

01-04-2008 01:59:02 | More by kmo1030
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Nightrain87

California

4/5  rDev -1%

02-13-2012 07:15:54 | More by Nightrain87
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TKEbeerman

Florida

3.83/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into my Tulip

A: Decided to go out on a limb and pour this dark brew into my Tripel Karmeliet tulip. Definitely the darkest beer ever poured into this glass. Allagash Black pours black (duh), but not an RIS, light extinguishing black, with a beautifully thick sandy brown head. The head dissipates rather fast and leaves little evidence behind.

S: The nose of this beer falls way, way short of it's appearance. No hop prescience at all, the aroma is relevant to that of a brown ale. Nutty, and light roasted notes are present.

T: Not much Belgium in the taste. The taste resembles a porter rather then a stout. Light roasted malt, a little smokiness in the finish, and light hints of cappuccino. Delightful, yet not very bold.

M: Just about the only thing Belgium about this brew is the mouth feel. Excellently crafted, supremely smooth, and very full and ample. Would have liked a bit more carbonation, however this is a mouth feel that compliments the beer's flavor profile and aroma.

D: Smooth and easy on the pallet. This is a great beer to start the night off with, or to just wind down after a long day at work.

Over all I would re-label this beer as Allagash Black Belgium feeling American Porter. This beer is worth the try, but a $14.99 for a 750mL, I'm gonna shy away from buying this one again for a while.

Serving type: bottle

01-27-2010 00:43:06 | More by TKEbeerman
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gleemonger

California

5/5  rDev +23.8%

03-28-2012 22:38:18 | More by gleemonger
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pjs234

Connecticut

4/5  rDev -1%

11-20-2011 14:42:25 | More by pjs234
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ccozzi

Illinois

4/5  rDev -1%

05-23-2012 02:21:56 | More by ccozzi
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M1A2

Ohio

3.5/5  rDev -13.4%

03-25-2013 13:49:33 | More by M1A2
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BlurryVisi0n

New York

3.95/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Served in a wellington glass. (my favorite glass).
Bottled November 2011.

Appearance: very dark brown, almost opaque a tan head little lighter than normal rising to maybe half an inch.

Smell: Light yeast with light chocolate; good but light I personally prefer a deeper smell (FYI).

Taste: Robust bitter dark chocolate but light not overwhelming with the right blend of yeast.

Mouth: Medium to heavy carbonation, sharp texture, you might not be able to see the bubbles but you can sure feel them.

Overall: Pretty good beer, little different considering the what it is representing...dark, robust, and overall tasty. Salud!

Serving type: bottle

06-08-2012 18:15:34 | More by BlurryVisi0n
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Beerbuddy21

California

3.5/5  rDev -13.4%

07-22-2013 18:04:07 | More by Beerbuddy21
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NODAK

Tennessee

3.8/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Aroma here is rather muted...both out of the bottle and when in the glass. There's a roasted, coffee or dark chocolate aroma here....like a light stout more than anything. I don't really get the sweetness from the candied sugar on the nose. It really smells a lot like a light stout. I'm sure it won't TASTE that way....that's just my deviated septum nose here.

Pours jet black in the glass, as expected...head is rather thin. Nothing to write home about. Is what it is.

The taste is pretty interesting. It's actually what I wish most "sweet stouts" would taste like. The roasted note is there, though reserved (as it was on the nose). Light chocolate malts as well...a note of coffee perhaps. But there's also a definite candied sugar presence there that's side by side with the malts and is every bit as pronounced.

This isn't a bad beer at all...it's certainly different. Basically a light stout with the infusion of candied sugar. Goes down pretty easily.

Serving type: bottle

08-11-2013 00:53:08 | More by NODAK
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jk3

New York

2.75/5  rDev -31.9%

02-15-2013 13:25:51 | More by jk3
Allagash Black from Allagash Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 1,900 ratings.