1. The wait is over! Download the BeerAdvocate app on iTunes or Google Play now.
  2. 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.

2,023 Ratings

(view ratings)
Ratings: 2,023
Reviews: 650
rAvg: 4.04
pDev: 11.14%
Wants: 103
Gots: 236 | FT: 5
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: 2,023 | Reviews: 650 | Display Reviews Only:
Photo of abrodsky
4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

abrodsky, Sep 04, 2012
Photo of jnardone235
4.5/5  rDev +11.4%

jnardone235, Sep 03, 2012
Photo of valdieu2
4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

valdieu2, Sep 02, 2012
Photo of a_sh0pping_cart
3.5/5  rDev -13.4%

a_sh0pping_cart, Sep 02, 2012
Photo of nwatson
4.5/5  rDev +11.4%

nwatson, Sep 01, 2012
Photo of RussBecker1
3.68/5  rDev -8.9%

Served on tap during an allagash event at Kudu coffee house, Charleston, SC

A-Pours almost pitch black with some deep mahogany and ruby when held up to the light. Nice dirty foamed head sits high atop the brew, but appearance wise the beer seems a bit thin.

S- Pretty rich smell. The roasted malts overwhelm the nostrils which bounce between a strong hint of coffee and a slight nudge of hop bitterness.

T- A nice balance between an imperial stout and a black ale with highlights from both styles. The juxtaposition confuses the taste buds at first but is wrapped together with a beautiful coffee aftertaste that leaves you wanting more.

M-Fairly bland, neither viscousy nor crisp enough to leave much of an impression.

O-Nothing extraordinary but a nice beer that I would recommend over a variety of other allagash products

RussBecker1, Aug 31, 2012
Photo of smcnulty1981
5/5  rDev +23.8%

smcnulty1981, Aug 29, 2012
Photo of DrinkSlurm
4/5  rDev -1%

DrinkSlurm, Aug 29, 2012
Photo of beerpadawan
4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

beerpadawan, Aug 27, 2012
Photo of Davepoolesque
4/5  rDev -1%

Davepoolesque, Aug 26, 2012
Photo of Dave_Treat
4/5  rDev -1%

Dave_Treat, Aug 26, 2012
Photo of thagr81us
3.63/5  rDev -10.1%

Served from tap into a Trappe Door tulip. Poured a massively dark brown with a three finger very light tan head that subsided to a one finger slowly. Maintained phenomenal lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, roasted malt, dark fruit, wood, fruit, banana, and subtle spice. The flavor was of sweet malt, dark chocolate, roasted malt, fruit, dark fruit, wood, subtle alcohol, and subtle smoke. It had a medium feel on the palate with medium carbonation. Overall this was a pretty decent brew. There was quite a bit going on in this one that definitely kept the senses guessing on what to expect next. The aroma on this one was definitely the highlight of this one though as it was quite inviting and very nicely balanced with a nice roastiness and fruit profile going on. The flavor wasn’t too far behind, but the dark chocolate profile going on definitely added just a touch more roastiness than was needed in my opinion. Still a solid brew that should not be ignored.

thagr81us, Aug 24, 2012
Photo of bosoxfanme1966
4.75/5  rDev +17.6%

bosoxfanme1966, Aug 24, 2012
Photo of alameda5
3.73/5  rDev -7.7%

Black belgian style stout? This will be my first belgian stout, because I have never heard of a belgian stout before.

As I hold this up to the light it gives off an almost black and tan look. Very dark up top but as you make your way down it looks brownish red, nice. The head is fluffy, off white, that lingers all the way through, never disappearing.
The aroma of this beer is pretty average, nothing mind blowing. I feel the same about the mouthfeel. Pretty much the norm for a stout style beer.
The flavor is pretty nice, spice up front followed by chocolate and roasted malt. I feel the spice is the dominant flavor with this stout.
Overall this is nice stout. Allagash does a pretty good job with the beers they produce and this is another I'm really enjoying from them.

alameda5, Aug 23, 2012
Photo of stephengraniero
4.5/5  rDev +11.4%

stephengraniero, Aug 23, 2012
Photo of t0rin0
4/5  rDev -1%

t0rin0, Aug 20, 2012
Photo of PalmettoPyrat
4.75/5  rDev +17.6%

PalmettoPyrat, Aug 20, 2012
Photo of claytong
3.5/5  rDev -13.4%

claytong, Aug 17, 2012
Photo of Optifron
3.75/5  rDev -7.2%

Optifron, Aug 16, 2012
Photo of harpus
3.25/5  rDev -19.6%

harpus, Aug 16, 2012
Photo of lion22
4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

lion22, Aug 15, 2012
Photo of NoLeafClover44
4.33/5  rDev +7.2%

Reviewed from notes on 7/7/12. 12 oz. bottle poured into Allagash Chalice.

A - Black in color with a finger of almond head and ruby highlights in the light. Very good lacing.

S - Roasted malt, hazlenut, oak, belgian banana and clove.

T - The flavor is very belgian-forward. Chocolate covered banana is prominent along with sweet marshmallow. Smoke on the finish.

M - Creamy with micro-carbonation. The body is medium-full.

O - I enjoyed this beer while sitting in a cabin overlooking Horseshoe Pond in Maine. The setting, along with the beer in the Allagash glass are perfect. I would certainly classify this more as a stout than a BSDA, but it was fantastic regardless of style classification. I highly recommend this beer.

NoLeafClover44, Aug 13, 2012
Photo of csmartin6
4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

csmartin6, Aug 12, 2012
Photo of Casterbridge
4/5  rDev -1%

Casterbridge, Aug 11, 2012
Photo of flyers1980
3/5  rDev -25.7%

flyers1980, Aug 08, 2012
Allagash Black from Allagash Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 2,023 ratings.