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Allagash Black - Allagash Brewing Company

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90
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2,292 Ratings
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Ratings: 2,292
Reviews: 685
rAvg: 4.04
pDev: 10.89%
Wants: 128
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: 2,292 | Reviews: 685
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Poured from a bottle into a snifter, the beer is a dark, almost black coloring with hazelnut highlights and a thin, filmy, light tan head. Aromas of roast coffee, both bitter and warm, with a meaty heartiness and touch of smoke. Some funk from the yeast, too. Flavors of dark fruit sweetness, with plum and date in the backbone, and a coffee highlight, bitter and roasted. Very well blended. Roasty and bitter aftertaste, with a touch of campfire. Light, filmy, slightly effervesced finish, with a roasty linger. Tasty brew.

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Picked this up in Totowa, not having had an Allagash beer in years. This was available in 4-packs, even though I only bought one bottle of this, and wanted to see if this was as enjoyable as the popular White was. While the mouthfeel was a bit thin and the alcohol was light, I enjoyed this and there was enough of a Belgian feel to the flavors to make this worthy of the name on the label.

The pour to this was dark - not quite black but dark enough not to let much of any light through except around the edges. There was some crystalline sugar in the nose, backed up by some burnt sugar, sarsaparilla, and raisin in the mouthfeel. Not a lot of head or lacing to be seen, which was indicative of the lack of body in this beer. It almost reminded me of a Schwarzbier but the presence of the sugar was enough to tip this in favor of a Belgian Strong Dark Ale. The mouthfeel was smoother than other Belgian-style beers that I've had, leading this to go down easy for something so dark.

The relative lightness of the alcohol wasn't a deterrent either. While certainly present, it wasn't high for this style and couldn't be detected until I was close to finishing this off. Since the carbonation was somewhat high, it helped to take the bite off of the stickiness from the sugar and made this relatively easy to down. Someone new to this style would be well-versed to begin with this, since it's a solid take on what a Belgian Dark Strong Ale should be.

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Allagash Black from Allagash Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 2,292 ratings.