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Allagash Black - Allagash Brewing Company

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2,260 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,260
Reviews: 676
rAvg: 4.04
pDev: 10.89%
Wants: 126
Gots: 333 | 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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Photo of cburns48
4.5/5  rDev +11.4%

Photo of GotWad629
4/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours an opaque black with a thick tan head. It fizzes away fairly quick leaving a little bit of lacing.

Smells of spicy yeast, light roast, and some slight coffee.

The taste is very similar to the smell, spicy yeast, roasted malts and coffee flavors. It leaves a little bit of bitterness on the back of the tongue..just to let you know its still there. Nothing is too overpowering though. Its an extremely well balanced beer.

It's pretty carbonated, filling your mouth quickly. It leaves your mouth on the oily side then finishes dry.

Another phenomenal Belgian from Allagash. Easy drinking, well balanced, and great with a chocolate dessert.

Photo of tronester
3.74/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a very dark brown, almost black in color. Creamy, but somewhat thin tan head. Smells of cocoa powder. Taste begins with some sweet caramel, followed by some tart, herbal flavor, then some coffee, and finishing with a smokey, resiny finish. Mouthfeel is rich. Overall a good beer, though a bit pricey for my liking considering how much i liked it.

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4/5  rDev -1%

Photo of templar316
4.2/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Batch 35 poured into Konings hoeven snifter. Deep black with subtle ruby appearing around the edges. Dark candi sugar on the nose, that distictive belgian note mixed with figgy, carmalized notes and some dark rum. The taste follows soft and nondescript allowing the flavors from the nose to flow over the tongue. If you really rough it up there's a sour note from the burnt candi sugar. What really stands out about this beer is the soft mouthfeel rolling smoothly to an easy finish with no harsh carbination or alcohol burn despite the lingering head.

Photo of ScottHeidrich119
4.5/5  rDev +11.4%

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4/5  rDev -1%

Photo of FEUO
4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

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4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

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4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

Photo of WDJersey
3.75/5  rDev -7.2%

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4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

Photo of LouDogg114
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%

Photo of wrath98
3.75/5  rDev -7.2%

Photo of ummswimmin
3.96/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had this beer on tap at Cloverleaf Tavern in Caldwell, NJ. They served it in a pint glass.

The Black was very dark. I only saw some light at the very edges of this beer. The minimal head came from some low carbonation.

Off the top I can pick up espresso and chocolate. There is also a little bit of sour. The flavor is very plentiful with the chocolate, espresso, and roastiness. You get a lot of flavor in each sip. There is some really good balance going on.

I thought this made for a very good winter sipper. I might buy more for aging in the future.

Photo of phishbone23
4.5/5  rDev +11.4%

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2/5  rDev -50.5%

Photo of EORS
4.31/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Served out of a bottle into a tulip glass.

A: Pours opaque with about a half inch of head that quickly dissipates. Clings well to the sides of the glass when swirled

S: Musty at first (straight out of the bottle) even a little sweaty, but gives way to fruit and coffee as the beer sits in the glass.

T: Little bits of chocolate, tanginess from the yeast, spice and warming alcohol at the end.

M: Smooth but well carbonated. Medium to full without being syrupy.

O: Really interesting beer - can see why the brewer called it a "Belgian stout" - a pretty good mix between the roasted, coffee notes of a stout and the tang from a dark Belgian ale. Good character to have by itself or with spicy or grilled food (can hold it's own against spicy chili)

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4.75/5  rDev +17.6%

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3.75/5  rDev -7.2%

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4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

Photo of Westbrook
4.5/5  rDev +11.4%

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3.5/5  rDev -13.4%

Allagash Black from Allagash Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 2,260 ratings.