Allagash Black - Allagash Brewing Company
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4.6/5 rDev +13.9%
Poured from 750ml bottle into Chimay chalice.
Appearance: Unsurprisingly, pours black in color with a medium brown head that dissipates fairly quickly and leaves behind a few tiny spots of lace.
Smell: Roasted malt and bittersweet chocolate dominate, with some grape and orange peel aromas as well.
Taste: Chocolatey throughout with some slightly bitter hop and roasted notes toward the end, leaving a bit of a white rice with soy sauce on it aftertaste in the throat. A dash of licorice and sweet bread round off the beer's complexity.
Mouthfeel: Full in body with balanced, full carbonation and a dryish finish.
Overall: An excellent beer. A lot like a stout, but it clearly isn't- I don't know exactly what category it fits into. Still, this is very good.
01-01-2012 22:55:18 | More by Mosstrooper
4.35/5 rDev +7.7%
Pours pitch black with 2+ fingers of caramel colored head. Great head retention & lacing
S: Faint figgyness, a bit of earthy funk, not a much though. Raisins & cherry once warm
T: Chocolate, dark fruit, & molasses up front. Jammy apricot as this warms, plus baker's choclate & a touch of raisin & roasty notes. Finishes roasty with figgy & cherry notes, plus a touch of molasses
MF: Medium bodied, lively carbonation,
Drinks very easy, a great take on the style & one I'd buy again
12-29-2011 03:55:36 | More by russpowell
4.43/5 rDev +9.7%
Pours....do I have to say it? black.
Smell is light. Malty, not what I usually expect even from a belgian style.
Taste is amazingly good. Light for a stout like the smell would suggest, yet pleasant and almost as sweet as it is bitter.
Mouthfeel is high. A little more carbonation in a stout then I'm used to but works well.
Overall, I hate allagash, and yet I like this... a lot. They finally got something right, very right. It won't remind you have a lot of other stouts, but it is actually pretty pleasant. If you have been turned off to this brand like I have, break the cycle with his beer, it is worthwhile.
12-24-2011 12:05:56 | More by Vylo
3.53/5 rDev -12.6%
Poured from the bottle into a Delirium tulip at low altitude.
A: Pitch black with a big off-white head that leaves some spotty lacing.
S: Significant alcohol smell for 7.5% ABV. Roasty malts, dark chocolate, and a significant amount of yeast at play here.
T: Roasty malts up front mingle with chocolate notes, followed by the kind of complex yeast flavors you would expect from a BSDA. The finish is much more boozy than I would have liked. I think it's very appropriate to think of this one as a "Belgian Stout."
M: Medium- to full-bodied with tingling carbonation and a dry finish.
D: Although it's an interesting idea to combine a stout and a BSDA in one beer, I find that the mouthfeel doesn't complement the flavors very well. It also tastes much more boozy than it should at 7.5%.
12-23-2011 04:14:57 | More by schlimenhaumer
4.3/5 rDev +6.4%
A: A clear black with ruby edges and a thin line of bubbles on top.
S: Roasted malt, plum, dark cherry, Belgian yeast, coffee.
T: Sweet Belgian yeast and malt flavor up front followed by some plum and date flavors with a little bit of clove. The clove spice lingers in the finish with a licorace and roasted malt flavor.
M: Heavy with light carbonation, smooth. Warm in the finish.
O: A very good Belgian dark ale. Great flavors.
12-22-2011 23:42:43 | More by Kromes
Allagash Black from Allagash Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 1,951 ratings.