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Allagash Black - Allagash Brewing Company

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2,068 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,068
Reviews: 655
rAvg: 4.04
pDev: 11.14%
Wants: 107
Gots: 249 | 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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4/5  rDev -1%

JHendu, Dec 08, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -7.2%

jiffymon, Dec 07, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

mbonugli, Dec 07, 2012
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4/5  rDev -1%

magnusdave, Dec 07, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +11.4%

artdec0, Dec 06, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +17.6%

wbumgarner, Dec 05, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -7.2%

JellyJacket, Dec 05, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -7.2%

RES, Dec 04, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -7.2%

CB_Crowe, Dec 04, 2012
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3/5  rDev -25.7%

chippo33, Dec 04, 2012
Photo of Bouleboubier
4.5/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

First time I tried this - a small sample - I didn't think much of it. But, oh, later in the week, when I decided to give it another go - oh boy! - was I astounded how very good this is.

In the glass, it looks like a Belgian ale with its silky-smooth, tight-spongy tan cream head and the gem glow of it's warm, deep, reddish-brown hue.

A little bit of alcohol first hits the nose, then a soft, sweet caramel-topped coffee aroma swirls up, gradually joined by a subtle, clean fruitiness of indiscriminate likeness.

What a rich, delectable taste! Smooth, medium-intense caramel and a lightly cake-y malt assault the palate up front and hold firm and lasting through the end, with just the right amount of delicate and soothing friction. The roasted flavor stays mostly in the background and, I believe, is a slightly muted by the Belgian yeast character.

This can come across as a dessert beer, if you wish - accompanying some vanilla ice cream, for example. It's great by itself, too. Doesn't drink heavy nor is it boozy. Very well balanced and not too much going on. Draws from the best qualities of the Belgian dark and Belgian stout styles. Looking forward to having this (over and over) again.

Bouleboubier, Dec 04, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

muskiesman, Dec 02, 2012
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4/5  rDev -1%

gbrill, Dec 01, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

SatchBeer, Nov 30, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

hlatimer266, Nov 27, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

C-Dog, Nov 27, 2012
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4/5  rDev -1%

Mantooth, Nov 26, 2012
Photo of Etan
3.63/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

750ml bottle, dated April 2012.

A: Pours a very dark reddish brown with a nice light tan head. Good lacing.

S: Smell is chocolate, cloves, mild roasted grain, light coffee.

T: Taste follows with some banana and clove esters, mildly bitter roast, slightly harsh phenolics on the end.

M: Medium-bodied, moderate carbonation.

O: This is ok, but not something I would have very often. Not a huge fan of the stouts fermented with Belgian yeasts I've had.

Etan, Nov 26, 2012
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4/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark cola brown with a light taupe colored head. Mild smoky chocolate and dark roasted malt on the nose. Mouthfeel is full and smooth. Light notes of chocolate underlie an unoffensive Belgian yeast presence. The entire beer is smooth and very drinkable.

DocJitsu, Nov 25, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -13.4%

BhojanBevGuy, Nov 23, 2012
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4/5  rDev -1%

PopnLoads, Nov 23, 2012
Photo of Jamesthebrit
4/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Black indeed. Big creamy head that stays for a loooong time.

S: Smells a lot like a belgian style. Some funky earthy notes. Very interesting.

T: Typical belgian notes being very earty and funky but also some good roastiness. Very well balanced and not what you would expect from a stout. A unique blend. Bitterness is a little off..

M: Medium body. Nice flavor development. Carbonation is in check.

Overall a very nice beer. Unique in many aspects and it handles them and very well. The problem is, I had the burbon barrel aged version of this beer which (if I am not mistaken) is my favorite beer of all. So.... this non aged version is very nice but definately get the barrel aged version if you can.

Jamesthebrit, Nov 22, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -7.2%

OldhouseRecs, Nov 22, 2012
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4/5  rDev -1%

jimilayne, Nov 21, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

dunix, Nov 20, 2012
Allagash Black from Allagash Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 2,068 ratings.