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Allagash Black - Allagash Brewing Company

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2,227 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,227
Reviews: 673
rAvg: 4.04
pDev: 10.89%
Wants: 120
Gots: 300 | 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:
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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3.5/5  rDev -13.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +11.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +11.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

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3.75/5  rDev -7.2%

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3.75/5  rDev -7.2%

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4/5  rDev -1%

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4.43/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Great mix of a Belgian Triple and a Smokey stout. So light that it almost feels like a schwartzbier. Fruity and phenolic, but smoke and chocolate prevail. Great overall experience.

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4.5/5  rDev +11.4%

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4/5  rDev -1%

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4/5  rDev -1%

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4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

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1/5  rDev -75.2%

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4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

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3.46/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A-Pours not quite black but damn close. Light does manages to illuminate some of the beer's body. Head is a thick, tan clump. It laces well.

S-semi-subdued. Was expecting more strength here. Definitely has a Belgian Stout aroma. You get your chocolate and your coffee but there is a noticeable Belgian yeast addition.

T-Chocolate and coffee but there is also a black licorice/anise aspect to the flavor. Also a bit charred. Definitely getting a bit of metal unfortunately.

M-Not as full as it looks. Medium-to-full but not fully full if that makes any sense. Softer carbonation. Booze masked well.

O/D-Tough to really get a grasp on this one. Had its highs and lows. This one really isn't cut out for me.

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4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

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4/5  rDev -1%

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4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

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3.58/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Serving type: 12 oz bottle in a lovely Allagash glass.

Pours a rich sable color with an effervescent beige head.

The scents of cocoa powder, ginger, caramel, vanilla are barely discernible. Although these scents do become more present as the beer warms.

You can taste the belgian style yeast, baker's chocolate, vanilla, ginger and a slightly distracting metal taste in the finish. There is also a finish of anise or possibly mint.

Mouthfeel is creamy, yet light with a good balance of carbonation. A nice balance of a stout and a belgian style beer.

Overall, a very good beer, although not my favorite from Allagash. While I love the appearance and mouthfeel, there are a few distractions in the aroma and the taste, such as the metalic quality. However, my least favorite Allagash beer is still better than most.

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3.75/5  rDev -7.2%

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4.05/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Finally, this is a beer I've wanted to try for some time. I was excited to find a single 12oz bottle also. Pours dark chestnut in color with a tall, bubbly, tan colored head, that holds good retention & leaves excellent lacing. Aromas are fruity Belgian yeast, dark malt, slight roast; banana and spice in the background. Tastes are roasty, chocolate, Belgian yeast, banana, dark fruit, chalk, candi sugar. Mouth-feel is very creamy & smooth, medium bodied with nice carbonation. Just what I expect from Allagash - excellent American crafted Belgian ales - I haven't had anything bad from this brewery.

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4.22/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bought a 4-pack a few weeks back. Let one of the bottles sit out for 25 minutes then poured into a snifter for review.

A: Pours an almost black. Held up to the light it looks mostly dark brown with dark ruby highlights. Nice fluffy off-white head that settles down to a thin lacing.

S: I get a strong yeast bite. Smells a little horselike and sweaty to me. Is there Brett in this beer? Who cares, cause even if not there's quite a bit of complexion going on. Some underlying dark malts add depth.

T: A solid chocolate malt foundation supports the barn-like qualities of this beer. A touch of bitterness upfront balances the sweetness of the dark malts. Light roast and some astringency from perceived coffee-like notes. Hops are def there but no lend no real flavor.

M: Feels light to medium for the style and mid-weight ABV%. Alcohol is well in check.

O: An interesting style, one I've been def interesting in trying out more. I like this beer and would like to learn more about its seemingly complex fermentation profile. Didn't see anything on the Allagash website. A well made brew and glad to have tried.

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4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

Allagash Black from Allagash Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 2,227 ratings.