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Allagash Black - Allagash Brewing Company

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2,070 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,070
Reviews: 655
rAvg: 4.04
pDev: 11.14%
Wants: 107
Gots: 248 | 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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Photo of barleywinebrewer
4.03/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - nice solid black color with a solid off white head that lasts almost the entire bottle. S - mild sweet stout and belgian yeast notes.
T - light bakers chocolate, grainy roasty notes swirl with a nutty lactose stout character with a light belgian yeast influene.
M - medium bodied, smooth creamy carbonation. D - drinks on the lighter side

definitely not a brew that bashes you upside the head and says this is the dominate note. this is a brew that confidently and quitely says there's a flavor to contemplate and savor in here!

barleywinebrewer, Jan 11, 2008
Photo of mvanaskie13
3.9/5  rDev -3.5%

Poured into a medium chalice: color is dark brown with brown edges, hed is tan but dissipates to a ring quickly.

Aroma is deep and pleasant, great chocolate, roast and espresso blend.

Taste is has more present candi sugar flavor with chocolate, roast and espresso providing lingering flavors that fluctuate as it warms.

Mouthfeel is a bit sweet, light cloying sweetness on the tongue.

Overall, a nice tasting brew that goes well with sweeter foods.

mvanaskie13, Aug 19, 2014
Photo of elgiacomo
4/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Just a quick update on Batch 16 I’m enjoying on New Year’s Eve 2011. This has got some age on it, at least a year if not two. The Belgian yeast characteristics are really forward on this one, particularly the aroma. Definitely more of a Belgian Strong Ale with some underlying stout character than a Stout with some Belgian notes.

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Original review, February 28, 2010:
50ml bottle, batch #9. Pours very dark brown with a large 2-3 finger foamy and fluffy light brown head. Maintains a small cap and leaves a few clumps of lacing.

Aroma is roasted malts, milk chocolate, some yeast and bread, aroma strength could be better.

Flavor is much stronger, big milk chocolate, dark roasted malts, some coffee, a little yeast, bitterness on the finish.

Mouthfeel is full and smooth from the oats, but also features very lively carbonation, a foamy overall mouthfeel.

elgiacomo, Feb 28, 2010
Photo of soupyman10
4.2/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Excellent Christmas present from my dad. Pours a dark brown color, some lighter brown highlights. On top, a two finger tan head that dissolves quickly down to a fairly thin layer of film. A touch of lacing.

Nose is interesting. Roasted malt, chocolate, then some Belgian candy and molasses sweetness. Nice. Bread and cookies.

Flavor is nice as well - more stouty than the nose would let on. Light dried fruit and bread and candy malt for an instant, then rolls right into roasted malt. A touch of coffee and chocolate. A pretty good job of hitting that "stout" and "Belgian" mix.

Body is solid, although not quite as full as it could be (I had a couple oddly thin mouthfuls). Nice mild carbonation.

Overall a very nice beer, extremely unique and tasty.

soupyman10, Feb 28, 2009
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4/5  rDev -1%

woodchip, May 30, 2013
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4/5  rDev -1%

Hessian257, Jan 29, 2014
Photo of ONovoMexicano
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
Photo of IBUnit63
3.95/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served in tulip - Starbucks espresso-dark. Head is tight, rye/whole wheat in color but dissipates quickly.

Scent is loaded with coffee and hearty roasted chocolate malt. Good stuff - piney hops way is background - not a lot of alcohol here. All working well together.

This is hefty hefty hefty...loads of malt with slight vegetal hop presence and a hint of alcohol burn that keeps it from being too chewy.

Mouthfeel is a little disjointed - this one rolls a little heavy with an alcohol spike on the finish.

Definitely a sipper - maybe time will even this out. Good stuff - a little heavy with an independent alcohol burn though.

IBUnit63, Aug 19, 2008
Photo of joepais
3.65/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Bottle poured into a tulip glass produced a large tan head that trails off to a thin lace on top of a black body brew.

Entering my nose were aromas of roasted malts and some earthiness come thru as well. I would have thought the Belgian yeast would have been little stronger

Kind of a strange stout, flavors are sweet followed by the slight coffee bitter that comes from the roasted malts. I had this on cask as well and the flavors were a little more pronounced. This reminds me of an export stout, a lot lighter mouthfeel than I care for but the carbonation is spot on.

This is a good brew not exceptional in my book especially for the price. Drinkability is good on this but the cask was better than the bottle

joepais, Sep 12, 2008
Photo of impending
3.63/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

750ml into a tulip. Pours . . . . black, minor head subsides to the surface, ok lacing.

Aroma is very nice, interesting to find this much classic belgian yeasty goodness atop classic stout aromas.

The strength of the yeast carries through in the taste atop the mildly charred malts. Finishes just a tad bitter, aftertaste lingers pleasantly. Medium bodied.

Nice but not a particularly notable stout nor strong dark. If the stout stood alone it seems it would be on the russian imperial side of the fence as compared to Chocolate Indulgence which would stand on the american double side.

impending, Jan 31, 2011
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4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

sgoro, Apr 07, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +17.6%

Modernrickk, Nov 19, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

cfinch2, Apr 04, 2012
Photo of ATPete
4.08/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

corked/caged 750ml
batch 10

Pours a truly black color, even when held up to the light only a faint ruby glow barely peeks out of the edges, a small brown head sits a top the abysmal brew leaving lots of sticky lace. Creamy, long roasted malts, coffee notes, hints of chocolate and a fruity Belgian-like yeast characteristic in the nose. Spicy, a heat like in some chili beers ive had sits on the tongue, i love it, creamy, smooth and silky in texture, light and well carbonated. An awesome beer, although ive never had a Belgian Stout that tasted quite like this one, this beer goes above and beyond. A good balance of flavor and sweetness, id actually coin this one as more dry than the average stout, although the stickiness on the lips is undeniable. The 750ml is an ideal serving, i dont see it becoming a chore any time soon. Recommended.

ATPete, Oct 15, 2009
Photo of Stigs
3.95/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz pour at Sunset Grill, served in a tulip

A - served with a solid finger of frothy and creamy khaki colored foam. the beer is well, black! creamy sticky lacing left behind most of the drink.

S - deep roasted almost charred malts, fresh dark coffee, oaky sweetness, and dark chocolate.

T - begins a bit sweeter than expected with a heavy amount of vanilla and oak, dark roasted malts cut through rather quickly bringing some bittering earth hops along, some dark fruits, and brewers licorice. rounded out at the end with (creamed) coffee, rum, and toasted nuts. very minor alcohol heat.

M - medium bodied and VERY chewy, leaves the mouth coated with a layer of wool...despite that the body has a nice pleasant creaminess to it.

D - solid all around, excellent example of a Belgian-influenced stout. nice and robust but not too extreme.

Stigs, Aug 05, 2010
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4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

NYR_Rob, Jan 25, 2014
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4/5  rDev -1%

JMS1512, Aug 04, 2014
Photo of Gatch
4/5  rDev -1%

Gatch, Mar 08, 2014
Photo of Jordy777
3.75/5  rDev -7.2%

Jordy777, Nov 16, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -7.2%

StephRai, Sep 27, 2014
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4/5  rDev -1%

jkane101, Jun 15, 2013
Photo of dasenebler
3.83/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Allagash Black
12oz (can't decipher date code)

Pours very dark, near black, with brown highlights. Tight off-white head, spotty lacing, average retention. (3.5)

Aroma is vaguely yeasty. Light sulfur, spice, ester, dark fruit , alcohol and roasted malt. (3.5)

Flavor is on the sweet side, but very complex. Notes of licorice, date, clove, pepper, chocolate, molasses and coffee. Roasted malt flavor builds up on palate, but does not dominate at all, letting the Belgian yeast character shine through. I really like the phenol and spice. Mouthfeel is velvety, but could use more carbonation. (4, 3.5)

Much tastier and more complex than I remember. Sweetness and alcohol make it more of a dessert beer. Aroma and head could use improvement. (4)

dasenebler, Jun 16, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -13.4%

Archemedies, Jan 07, 2012
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4/5  rDev -1%

bmjivi221, Jul 31, 2013
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4/5  rDev -1%

gshackles, Dec 16, 2012
Allagash Black from Allagash Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 2,070 ratings.