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Allagash Black - Allagash Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
89
very good

2,093 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 2,093
Reviews: 656
rAvg: 4.04
pDev: 11.14%
Wants: 108
Gots: 252 | 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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3.96/5  rDev -2%

brbrocc, Dec 22, 2012
Photo of johnnnniee
3.33/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a solid dark brown with garnet highlights when held to light and a huge fluffy beige head that persists forever. I can smell chocolate, caramel, and spicy wheat with a bit of pepper and a hint of oxidation. Light sweet fruits mixed with a bit of yeasty funk and fruitiness round out the nose well. The flavor is chocolate and caramel up front followed by a huge ashy and then oxidized taste that seems odd. Light fruit and yeasty phenols sweep in to mop that up then a chocolatey roasty ashy flavor lingers long into the finish of every sip. Medium body with a high level of carbonation and a sweet bubbly mouthfeel. This one isn't bad, it actually grew on me through the glass, but I'm not sure I'd grab it again.

johnnnniee, Dec 22, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

jco3rd, Dec 21, 2012
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4/5  rDev -1%

dog-ear, Dec 21, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

mcaulifww, Dec 20, 2012
Photo of BrownNut
3.58/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Nice looking textured head.

Smells... Belgian.

The taste is an odd mix of stouty char, divorced from the other usual elements of a stout, and Belgian style yeasty sweet mild. The yeast, or maybe the whole candi-sweetened Belgian dark ale profile wins out. So it comes across as more of a Belgian ale that somebody accidentally spilled some black malt into. Those two components don't seem to come together very well.

Some combination of mouthfeel and taste comes across kind of weak and diluted.

It's not offensive but I kind of don't want to finish the rest of the pack. You can tell the skill was there in the separate elements. It's just the overall composition and blending of the elements that was lacking.

BrownNut, Dec 18, 2012
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4/5  rDev -1%

Dufraine, Dec 17, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +11.4%

xacidx, Dec 16, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +11.4%

BRD14, Dec 16, 2012
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4/5  rDev -1%

gshackles, Dec 16, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -7.2%

DBosco, Dec 16, 2012
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4/5  rDev -1%

Nmgreen, Dec 15, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -7.2%

stortore, Dec 15, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -13.4%

jak119, Dec 14, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +17.6%

DarthGuitarHero, Dec 14, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +11.4%

Cbrazbox, Dec 14, 2012
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4/5  rDev -1%

BlairB, Dec 13, 2012
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4/5  rDev -1%

garfscores, Dec 13, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

tapbit, Dec 13, 2012
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4/5  rDev -1%

swimfire, Dec 13, 2012
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4/5  rDev -1%

chim52chim, Dec 12, 2012
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4/5  rDev -1%

od_sf, Dec 11, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +11.4%

pknyc, Dec 08, 2012
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4/5  rDev -1%

Bubbles, Dec 08, 2012
Allagash Black from Allagash Brewing Company
89 out of 100 based on 2,093 ratings.