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Allagash Black - Allagash Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
90
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1,879 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 1,879
Reviews: 634
rAvg: 4.04
pDev: 11.14%
Wants: 94
Gots: 197 | 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)
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Ratings: 1,879 | Reviews: 634 | Display Reviews Only:
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keanlacrosse

New Jersey

3.5/5  rDev -13.4%

02-19-2012 21:45:37 | More by keanlacrosse
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jongullotti

Massachusetts

4.5/5  rDev +11.4%

02-19-2012 21:05:34 | More by jongullotti
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UncleJon206

Massachusetts

1/5  rDev -75.2%

02-19-2012 16:10:16 | More by UncleJon206
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asafarc2

Rhode Island

5/5  rDev +23.8%

02-18-2012 17:35:30 | More by asafarc2
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chrispoint

Connecticut

3/5  rDev -25.7%

02-18-2012 17:22:20 | More by chrispoint
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tbeq00

California

3/5  rDev -25.7%

02-18-2012 05:51:45 | More by tbeq00
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smutty33

Connecticut

3.5/5  rDev -13.4%

02-17-2012 14:06:19 | More by smutty33
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grannaniwa

Massachusetts

3.5/5  rDev -13.4%

02-17-2012 02:36:18 | More by grannaniwa
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grahambo

New York

5/5  rDev +23.8%

02-16-2012 21:12:18 | More by grahambo
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cycoduck

California

4.5/5  rDev +11.4%

02-16-2012 03:19:29 | More by cycoduck
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theempire

California

4/5  rDev -1%

02-16-2012 01:43:03 | More by theempire
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hopmeister

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev -1%

02-15-2012 20:13:12 | More by hopmeister
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Steven31

Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev +11.4%

02-13-2012 15:48:11 | More by Steven31
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jrod412

Illinois

4/5  rDev -1%

02-13-2012 15:40:01 | More by jrod412
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Nightrain87

California

4/5  rDev -1%

02-13-2012 07:15:54 | More by Nightrain87
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jrenihan

Ontario (Canada)

4.1/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Batch #29

Beer is black with hints of brown or deep red. A fairly large tan head is on top, very active with lots of bubbling. Fades at a decent pace, leaving a bit of lacing.

Smell is full of dark fruit, notably prune, grape, raisin, plum. Belgian yeast sticks out as well. A little behind these smells is chocolate and roasted malt. As a Belgian stout, the smell on this one is Belgian first, stout second, but both are clearly there. Very nice.

The Belgian and stout sides of this beer are more balanced in the taste than the nose. The fruit flavours of the beer are at least evenly matched by chocolate and roasted malt flavours. Not as sweet as many BSDAs, finish is actually somewhat bitter.

Moderate carbonation, full bodied. Nice feel.

Overall, a very enjoyable beer, though not a standout. A nice take on the Belgian stout.

Serving type: bottle

02-11-2012 19:36:26 | More by jrenihan
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brystmar

Texas

3.48/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

750ml bottle into a Chimay chalice, split over dinner.

I've only had a few Belgian-style stouts before, and this one certainly lives up to its purported style. Ratings take style & personal preference (against the traditional style) into consideration.

Black pour, decent head and lace. Aroma mostly just holds Belgian yeast with some chocolate malts hiding underneath. Mild dark fruit character lurks in the shadows as well.

Bold yeast character grabs you by the pearls right off the bar. Dark fruits and roasted malts add complexity, but this is unmistakeably Belgian. Very active body helps the liquid dissolve into fizz when swirled in my mouth. Distinctly Belgian, yes, but I like my stouts creamy and viscous with mild carbonation.

I love stouts, particularly of the imperial variety, and this just doesn't rub me the right way. My beer roots are strongly Belgian, and I suspect I'd have LOVED this brew about 3 years ago. But nowadays, this isn't for me at all. Allagash nailed the style here; it just isn't for me.

Serving type: bottle

02-10-2012 23:33:01 | More by brystmar
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jlove5

Georgia

4/5  rDev -1%

02-10-2012 13:57:31 | More by jlove5
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valdieuer

Maine

4/5  rDev -1%

02-10-2012 00:38:15 | More by valdieuer
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kingcrowing

Vermont

3.5/5  rDev -13.4%

02-09-2012 15:55:01 | More by kingcrowing
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msarver16

Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev +11.4%

02-09-2012 05:52:30 | More by msarver16
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UCLABrewN84

California

3.88/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Ransackingpete for sharing this one!

Batch # 34.

Pours an almost opaque murky dark brown with a 1 inch puffy khaki head that settles to a thin cap. Small dots of lace form on the glass on the drink down. Smell is of dark malt and Belgian yeast. Taste is of dark roasted malt, burnt coffee beans, and slight yeast flavors. This beer has a higher level of carbonation with a nice crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good Belgian style take on a stout.

Serving type: bottle

02-06-2012 06:04:01 | More by UCLABrewN84
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fank2788

Connecticut

4.28/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Served up in a snifter this beer is nearly black in the glass the head is thin likely due to a soft pour but the dark khaki colored bubbles around the edge of the glass don't appear to be going anywhere anytime soon. I'll agree with others in that the smell is a bit heavy on the malt for a belgian strong dark ale. However, I'm not going to fault the beer too heavily because i think it works. Malt is the focus in the nose with roasted and chocolate and dark coffee coming through. Below that there is some dark fruit and yeasty esters. The taste follows the smell quite closely with the malt focus clear. Coffee, bittersweet chocolate, roasted malt a bit of caramel and then some bitterness and the yeast. The carbonation is high and bitterness through hops appears relatively low but the coffee like character adds additional bittering. The finish is quite dry and lingers with the coffee character last to leave. Overall this is somewhat of a mix of styles rather than a pure belgian strong dark or I suppose you could just call it an interesting take on that style. Quite good and definitely recommended.

Serving type: bottle

02-05-2012 23:56:14 | More by fank2788
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EvanWilliams

Illinois

4.5/5  rDev +11.4%

02-05-2012 02:19:06 | More by EvanWilliams
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EasyReader

North Carolina

4/5  rDev -1%

02-04-2012 15:39:00 | More by EasyReader
Allagash Black from Allagash Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 1,879 ratings.