Allagash Black - Allagash Brewing Company

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2,181 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,181
Reviews: 667
rAvg: 4.04
pDev: 11.14%
Wants: 115
Gots: 275 | 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)
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Photo of nebula1999
4.18/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at DaCapo's Restaurant in Avon, CT.

Full pint served in proper stemmed Allagash glass. Nearly pitch black, with thin beige head.

Aroma is subtle for me, but has hints of cocoa, candied sugar, caramel in the nose.

Taste is phenomenal. Cocoa again, caramel, Belgian yeastiness. Some pleasant wintery spice I can't quite place. Very soft & silky with maybe a hint of oats. But the oats role here is really in the mouthfeel. Outstanding beer.

Photo of ThisWangsChung
3.85/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

About 7 oz poured into a Duvel tulip.

A: Pours a dark brown color that betrays a hint of transparency even in this dark environment. The head is a one finger light khaki color that fades to a thin collar relatively quickly. There's a hint of spotty lacing on the glass.

S: Rather estery, especially with pear and apple. I have to dig around to notice the chocolate and roast, but its there. Another taste noticed a touch of sourness.

T: At first, it's a bit roasty and chocolaty, but the finish betrays its Belgian roots with fruity apple esters. The faint touch of sourness on the aroma comes through on the general flavor, which I really appreciate. It really takes a few sips to appreciate everything going on in the profile, but once that happens, one can really appreciate the complexity and nuance within this.

M: A little bit on the heavy side, but with a great finishing dryness and moderate carbonation.

O: The first sip doesn't wow me, but it rewards a patient palate with solid complexity. I'd definitely have this one again.

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3.5/5  rDev -13.4%

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4/5  rDev -1%

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3.75/5  rDev -7.2%

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4/5  rDev -1%

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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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5/5  rDev +23.8%

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4/5  rDev -1%

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

Batch 25, no date. I assume roughly 2 years old.

A: Pours a very dark brown with a big fluffy light brown head adorning it. Fades very slowly. Moderate lacing left behind and good head retention.

S: Fairly strong char and coffee up front. A little dark fruit in the form of raisin. Some stale bread mixes in. Just a hint of smoke.

T: Smoky char up front with just a touch of dark fruit. A bit of coffee and bitter dark chocolate in the middle. Ends with a little more bitter char and smoke and some earthiness.

M: Fairly thin for a "stout" but not horribly so. Has a bit of a chalky presence, almost ashy.

O: Not much belgian presence in this one. With its relative thinness and the presence of a bit of smoke, it's honestly very similar to an english porter more than anything. Not bad though, nice roasted malt and nice balance. Drinkable enough.

Photo of Nage37
4/5  rDev -1%

Photo of horshack7
4.35/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: This one is quite an abyss of darkness with a tawny to beige head a solid one finger thick. The hed retention is quite good leaving behind good lacing.

Aroma: Dark fruits, raisins, mild fig, prunes, light notes of dark bread, touches of caramelized sugar.

Taste: Dark fruits once again, spice, black licorice, figs, floral hop, dark roasted malts with faint notes of molasses. The finish has a light crispness and dryness and touch of a toffee texture.

Notes: Quite tasty a little bit of a sipper but very drinkable. Cheers.

Photo of mgironta
3.63/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The brew poured with a half a finger of tan head that lingered for awhile and left lacing on the glass. The body was a deep black with no visible carbonation. The nose had a lot of roasted malts with a hint of sweetness. The taste was definitely interesting. I got some smoke and definite roasted malts with a hint of Belgian yeast at the end. The body was a moderate thickness with very low carbonation. The alcohol was also really well hidden. The finish lasted awhile with the roasted malts that were apparent in the taste. For me, I enjoyed the brew, but the roasted malts just overwhelmed everything. If I didn’t know that this was an Allagash beer, I wouldn’t be as disappointed. But, this is probably my least favorite brew from them.

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4.75/5  rDev +17.6%

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4/5  rDev -1%

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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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4/5  rDev -1%

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4.5/5  rDev +11.4%

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4/5  rDev -1%

Photo of fourthaxis
4.23/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Into the black abyss with you! As the label implies, this beer pours like motor oil. Despite the 7.5% alcohol, it feels like a solid kick in the pants. I'm always a fan of a $4 bottle of stone. But if I want to belly up and pay $10+ for a bomber, Allagash is worth every penny.

Allagash Black from Allagash Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 2,181 ratings.