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Allagash Black - Allagash Brewing Company

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Ratings: 2,289
Reviews: 683
rAvg: 4.04
pDev: 10.89%
Wants: 127
Gots: 352 | 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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Ratings: 2,289 | Reviews: 683
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3.75/5  rDev -7.2%

Photo of JohnQVegas
4.4/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Cask, into Imperial Pint.

Pours black with a healthy, creamy light tan head.

Nose is cocoa and roasty coffee, with a hint of floral hops mixed in.

Taste is so smooth - cocoa and roasty espresso meld with a mellow dark fruit & cherry note, and floral hops asserting themselves just enough to balance, with almost no acidity.

Silky smooth, with full but fairly light body. Really fantastic beer when cask conditioned. I literally did not want to stop drinking it.

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4/5  rDev -1%

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

750ml bottle from Lou's in Augusta. Pours a virtually opaque black body with a half inch of tan head. Smoked malts dominate the aroma with slight citrus notes. Roasted malts come on strong initially, with bitter coffee/dark chocolate bordering on ashey and a slight smokey notes in the background. Not quite astringent with moderate carbonation and a full body. Fairly smokey toward the finish. Not bad. Not quite what I was expecting, but interesting and unlike anything I've had in many ways. Alcohol is well-hidden and that with the mouthfeel make this an easier drinker than some beers half as strong. Pretty good.

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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!

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3.75/5  rDev -7.2%

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4/5  rDev -1%

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.

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4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

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

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3.5/5  rDev -13.4%

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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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%

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3.75/5  rDev -7.2%

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

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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

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4/5  rDev -1%

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4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

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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.

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4/5  rDev -1%

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4/5  rDev -1%

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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Allagash Black from Allagash Brewing Company
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