1. Extreme Beer Fest. March 20 & 21, 2015 in Boston, Mass. Join us!
  2. The wait is over! Download the BeerAdvocate app on iTunes or Google Play now.
  3. Get 12 issues / year of BeerAdvocate magazine for only $9.99!

Allagash Black - Allagash Brewing Company

Not Rated.
Allagash BlackAllagash Black

Displayed for educational use only; do not reuse.
BA SCORE
90
outstanding

2,044 Ratings
THE BROS
92
outstanding

(view ratings)
Ratings: 2,044
Reviews: 652
rAvg: 4.04
pDev: 11.14%
Wants: 105
Gots: 243 | 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)
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Usefulness | Recent | High | Low | Top Raters | Read the Alström Bros Beer Reviews and Beer Ratings of Allagash Black Alström Bros
Ratings: 2,044 | Reviews: 652 | Display Reviews Only:
Photo of dunix
4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

dunix, Nov 20, 2012
Photo of gshak
4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

gshak, Nov 20, 2012
Photo of MarioM
4.5/5  rDev +11.4%

MarioM, Nov 20, 2012
Photo of 2GOOFY
4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

2GOOFY, Nov 19, 2012
Photo of FreshHawk
4/5  rDev -1%

FreshHawk, Nov 18, 2012
Photo of TerrapinWakenBake
3.5/5  rDev -13.4%

TerrapinWakenBake, Nov 18, 2012
Photo of AdamBear
3.8/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-dark brown, almost black with a thin tan head.

S-smokiness, Belgian spices, somewhat funky. All extremely faint. Can almost barely smell anything at all really.

T-comes in with a decent taste of dark spices, dark roasted cocoa, and a good smokiness. It even has somewhat of an underlying chocolate flavor to it as well. It has a good matching and long lastit after-taste.

M-medium dry carbonation with a dry finish

O-pretty good stout/dark Belgian. I'd say this is definitely more of a Belgian stout than a BSDA. The flavors aren't very strong. They're subtle and complex. A really decent beer. Something I recommend to go out and try

AdamBear, Nov 17, 2012
Photo of DarthTremens
4/5  rDev -1%

DarthTremens, Nov 16, 2012
Photo of MrIncognito
4.1/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a stemless wine glass

A - Black body with dark auburn edges as the light shines through. Two-finger tan head that fades in a couple minutes.

S - One of the coolest and most interesting aromas to date. Strong Belgian yeast aroma followed by dark chocolate and mocha. Semi-sweet especially as the beer warms with a bit of brown sugar.

T - Very much like the aroma with a nice mix of Belgian yeast and stout flavors. Full bodied without being at all heavy. Alcohol is unnoticable for the most part until the beer reaches about room temperature. Sweeter as it warms as well with brown sugar and sweet alcohol coming through. Not overly coffee-flavored which I really appreciate.

M - Very smooth with little carbonation. Coats the mouth well without being sticky.

O - I really enjoyed this and it was highly drinkable. Smooth and full of flavor

MrIncognito, Nov 16, 2012
Photo of AdamP
4/5  rDev -1%

AdamP, Nov 16, 2012
Photo of mhaugo
3/5  rDev -25.7%

mhaugo, Nov 15, 2012
Photo of avschmitt
4/5  rDev -1%

avschmitt, Nov 14, 2012
Photo of sneaks2210
4/5  rDev -1%

sneaks2210, Nov 14, 2012
Photo of kduf
4/5  rDev -1%

kduf, Nov 14, 2012
Photo of Slikpitt
4.5/5  rDev +11.4%

Slikpitt, Nov 13, 2012
Photo of mpedara429
3.68/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Poured out black with two fingers of tan head with moderate lacing.

S: Spicy Belgian yeast and sweet caramel.

T: Very Belgian with raisin, clove, and banana flavors. A hint of roasted malt.

M: Medium body with medium-high carbonation.

O: Unique, yes, but the Belgian yeast is overpowering for me in this one. I like a good stout and a good dark Belgian ale, but this does not seem proportionate in my mind. The stouty aspects are very subtle and I would've liked to have seen more of them present.

mpedara429, Nov 11, 2012
Photo of SadMachine
4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

SadMachine, Nov 11, 2012
Photo of ScaryEd
3.75/5  rDev -7.2%

ScaryEd, Nov 11, 2012
Photo of frank12
4.5/5  rDev +11.4%

frank12, Nov 11, 2012
Photo of JohnnyChicago
4/5  rDev -1%

JohnnyChicago, Nov 09, 2012
Photo of Stobin
4/5  rDev -1%

Stobin, Nov 09, 2012
Photo of gcamparone
4.4/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22 oz. bottle into a Samuel Adams pint glass. Purchased at Wakefield Liquors in Wakefield, Rhode Island.

A- Pours a dark black body with an off-white medium density head that reduces to an airy film of foam and leaves some very sticky, strong lacing.

S- This is a unique type of beer with an equally unique aroma. On the nose I'm getting a 50/50 combination of a toasted-malt stout aroma with a wheaty, banana, clovelike belgian style aroma. It's almost as if you made a black and tan with an oatmeal stout and Allagash White.

T- Equally as complex as the aroma. Upfront I'm getting the belgian notes, specifically unripe banana, clove, and wheat. This fades after a few seconds into the deep, roasty, dark chocolate characteristics of a good stout. I can sum the taste of this brew up by comparing it to semi-sweet chocolate covered bananas.

M- Medium-heavy body with low carbonation. Leaves a tasty film of roasty malt bitterness on the tongue.

Overall, I can confidently pronounce this brew as one of the most complex and delicious ones I've ever tried. I can't place this into one category, though. It has all the great characteristics of a belgian while keeping that robust backbone of a stout. Allagash did a great job on this one to create a unique, tasty, balance belgian style stout. This is a must try and i'd recommend.

A dangerously drinkable brew for the AVB that demands another sip.. or gulp.

gcamparone, Nov 09, 2012
Photo of andthevolcano
4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

andthevolcano, Nov 07, 2012
Photo of irs
4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

irs, Nov 07, 2012
Photo of TheHoppiest
4/5  rDev -1%

TheHoppiest, Nov 07, 2012
Allagash Black from Allagash Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 2,044 ratings.