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Allagash Black - Allagash Brewing Company

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2,269 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,269
Reviews: 677
rAvg: 4.04
pDev: 10.89%
Wants: 127
Gots: 334 | 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 bruachan
4.05/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

stuff's dark. and the head proportionally poofy.

from said poof emanates figs, smoke, floral hop, coffee, coriander and a hint of heat

the belgian character is generally subdued (visit Trinity brewpub for a super belgian stout). big woody hop flavor and bitterness, very deeply roasty, with even a touch of astringency. the mouthfeel also come across as fairly smooth (which i see might be attributable to oats). the truth is that the flavor seems a little underwhelming: stouts and belgians are of the richest and most dynamic styles, yet their brood seems a little peaked. tasty, no doubt, but perhaps a warmer fermentation would have helped

ok, so it's roasty and spicy and belgiany and minimallyfruity and hoppy. tasty, but i feel it could be better

Photo of russwbeck
3.58/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Enjoyed on-tap next to the bourbon barrel aged version at Rustico in Ballston.

A: Black pour with a finger of white head. Retention, isn't great but it laces nicely 4

S: Roasted aroma with a lot of sweetness. The two seem to work together, but the sweetness (anise?) does seem a bit misplaced at times 3.5

T: Like the aroma, the taste has a real nice roast character, balanced out by the sweetness of the anise. I don't find the taste to be as offensive as the Stone Belgo Anise IRS, but I still prefer a regular stout to a Belgian. 3.5

MF: Heavy body, low carbonation. Decently drinkable, but the sweetness wears on me. 4

O: Solid offering, just nothing special. At $3 for 4oz I would say I'm done with this beer, but could see myself getting it again. I quite enjoyed trying it alongside the bourbon version. 3.5

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3.5/5  rDev -13.4%

Photo of avaldivia
4/5  rDev -1%

Photo of scottbrew4u
4.37/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: This beer was black in color with a small amount of haze. Nice thick pillowy tan head settles nicely. Great lacing as this beer goes down.

S: Dark ripe fruits, sweet roasted malts, chocolate, and chicory. Hops come at you with an herbal hit and the yeast imparts a very fruity aroma.

T: Sweet roasted malt with a nice blend of candy sugar and chocolate. Balance is on the malt but the hops add some spice and herbal flavors. Fruity esters from yeast in the finish.

M: Medium to full body with crisp carbonation. Some alcohol warmth to this beer.

D: This beer is big on flavor and not real heavy so drinkability was good. Allagash hits this style very well. Another one of their great beers!

Photo of Massbmx
3.75/5  rDev -7.2%

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3.75/5  rDev -7.2%

Photo of sloelco
4/5  rDev -1%

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

From notes, Batch 7. Huge fluffy, light mocha head fills the tulip glass and remains for quite some time. It's quite active, and pretty much black, as described. Leaves patchy lacing.

Sweet, malty, mildly roasty, lightly boozy, and something spicy that I'm thinking is star anise.

Taste is consistent with the nose. Malty sweetnes and restrained roasty character share the stage with star anise, for something that reminds me of it. Balanced and nuanced, with some complexity.

Strong carbonation tingles a while and gives way to a rich texture with medium body, light viscosity, some warming, and then drying and mild bitterness in the finish.

Unique and interesting twist on the stout. Subtle and sublime, unlike so many others. Smooth, rich, tasty, and easy to sip. ... Roasty character becomes more prominent with time. I suspect the yeast is the main reason this is so unique. Meets Allagash's high standards, even if it doesn't have the reputation (and price tag) of the others.

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

Batch #29 in my Duvel tulip.

A: 1/2" mocha coloured head that left a nice lacing over extremely dark brown/almost black liquid.

S: Yeast, chocolate, coffee, caramel.

T: Bitter dark chocolate and coffee up front which transitions to a caramel and toasted malt finish with a partially nutty taste.

M: Thick viscosity and a high level of fine carbonation.

O: A definite thick sipper that is best for sharing, I enjoyed the malts used in this beer.

Photo of Gehrig
4.03/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I grabbed this at the sterling Sun Singer. Big mahogany brown body supports a frothy tan head with very good duration and ample lacing--a very good first impression. Prominent coffee aroma lives up to the "stout" moniker on the label, but I also detect sweet-and-sour fruit and a bit of spice. The nose is in a way confusing. This is as much reminiscent of a BSDA as it is a "Belgian Stout." Either is fine, but I'm still wondering which this is--either or both.

The taste is good but only compounds the identity questions I have, but will set aside. It's malty with a nice bite--dark coffee, raspberry, dark chocolate. This is delicious, though the coffee is at times a bit domineering. Smooth, but with decent effervescence, this strikes a nice balance in texture.

This is good overall, though not my favorite from Allagash. Not the most complex stout or BSDA, this is still worth acquiring. A solid beer.

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4/5  rDev -1%

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4/5  rDev -1%

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4/5  rDev -1%

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4/5  rDev -1%

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4/5  rDev -1%

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4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

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

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass
A: Dark brown with a one-finger head that quickly settles
S: A nice mix of roasted malt, cocoa and hops
T: Matches the nose; balanced
M: Medium-bodied, smooth
O: Clean, tasty and balanced as I find most Allagash beers to be

Photo of HollyHops
3.75/5  rDev -7.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +11.4%

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4/5  rDev -1%

Photo of BeerManDan
3.36/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

The color was a very dark brown, with a medium amount of tight tan foam and not alot of lace on the side of the tulip glass.

The smell had a burnt, overroasted aroma of malts, coffee, semi-sweet chocolate with a hint of, also burnt caramel.

The taste was had a very bitter finish. The burnt mixed with the bitterness was not what I expected in a dark Belgium Ale.

Overall, not my kind of dark belgium ale, to much bitterness, but, the turn off was the Burnt Flavor on the palate and tongue!

Photo of craytonic
3.4/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Sadly my least favorite Allagash beer, lowest score I have given the brewery. I didn't know what it would be like, I just saw Allagash on tap and ordered immediately.

Appearance: Black or near black, decent head and lacing.

Smell: Big roasted malt and a bit too much coffee. Coffee completely dominates, perhaps a faint touch of dark chocolate as well, and dark bread crumbs. A bit earthy.

Taste: Coffee dominates, followed by roasted malt and some chocolate.

Mouthfeel: Relatively full body, but something is off about the carbonation.

Drinkability: I was very thankful I had only a glass, and not a bomber, of this one.

Photo of tkdchampxi
3.96/5  rDev -2%

Had this bottled ages ago and it was not impressive (maybe it was to warm when I had it). It seemed overcarbonated at the time.

Just had this again from a sixtel tapped at home and it was excellent. A refreshing, malty, black ale full of subtle flavor qualities, with some hop presence and great drinkability. The ability to dial in the carbonation at home really helped.

Allagash Black from Allagash Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 2,269 ratings.