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Allagash Black - Allagash Brewing Company

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2,187 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,187
Reviews: 667
rAvg: 4.04
pDev: 11.14%
Wants: 115
Gots: 280 | 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 retreminy
3.75/5  rDev -7.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +11.4%

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4/5  rDev -1%

Photo of PeteRiz
3.75/5  rDev -7.2%

Photo of BeerInspector
4/5  rDev -1%

Photo of tdm168
4.03/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - deep, dark black with a thin layer of foamy, thick, brownish head that has great retention

S - clove, roasted malts, faint chocolate, apples, banana

T - clove, banana, roasted malt, mint, chocolate, spicy, herbal

M - full bodied, smooth, well carbonated

This has decent flavor and a nice body. It's a tad spicy and yeasty, but it has a solid malt character. I will definitely accept this as a "Belgian Stout". I'll have this again.

Photo of rolltide8425
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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4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

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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%

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

Pours a thick 2 finger khaki colored head, dissipates within 30 seconds or so. Darker than I imagined; it's nearly opaque.

Bold, roasty, and slightly chocolatey aroma up front. I can also detect some subtle dark fruits.

Does not taste as chocolatey as the nose let on. I get more of a coffee flavor. Follows up with raisin and banana. Feels like the phenols are somewhat high. Overall very complex and inviting flavor.

This is surprisingly drinkable. Carbonation is medium low, and it's quite smooth. Clean finish.

Probably the best I've had by Allagash to date. I'll definitely pick this up again. But the question remains... is this a stout or dark ale!?

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3.75/5  rDev -7.2%

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4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +11.4%

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

Bottled November 2011:

In my chalice:

A: very dark brown body, almost black that yields a small soft filmy one finger tan head that dies within fifteen seconds. The body is too dark for any carbonation to be seen. No lacing is seen.

S: very complex and inviting with some dark chocolate coming in very lightly along with some banana and raisins.

T: brings back the dark chocolate, banana and raisins yet also has a bit of roasted coffee. The alcohol comes out a bit in the taste as the beer warms.

M: medium to heavy with nothing bad on the tongue. It gets pretty creamy and the carbonation is light all around, sessionable

O: probably my top beer by Allagash, one that I will continue to have

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4/5  rDev -1%

Photo of kylehay2004
4.03/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: 2.5 finger off white head on a slightly hazy black/dark brown body.

S: fruity belgian yeast actually comes through on this one which is stronger once the head fades. Coffee and roasted malts as well.

T: blunted tropical fruit and belgian yeast up front fading to chocolate, espresso and roasted malts.

M: medium body and moderate carbonation.

Overall: very well made, fairly complex. The belgian yeast meshes well and better than I expected with the usual harsher notes of a mildly coffee heavy stout.

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4.03/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from bomber into a pint glass.

A: This is a very dark brown beer, and forms a moderate amount of off-white head. Only minimal visible carbonation. Very nice looking beer.

S: Roasted malts, coffee notes, and some dark fruitiness.

T: Coffee malt flavors predominate. Some chocolate notes. Pretty tasty.

M: Lighter mouthfeel than looks. Well-carbonated but not overly so.

O: I'm a bit fuzzy on whether this is a Stout (per the label) or a Strong Dark, and it seems to straddle both styles. Either way, it's a very pleasant beer and easy to drink.

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4/5  rDev -1%

Photo of andrewinski1
4.08/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a tulip. The color is very dark amber/black. There is a very thin light tan head.

The aroma is smoky with some coffee and licorice.

The taste has some nice slightly sweet malt flavor. There are notes of chocolate with some coffee mixed in. There is a nice sweet creamy finish.

The body is light, with smooth soft carbonation. This is delicious. It has a lot of great stout flavor and aroma without being sweet.

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5/5  rDev +23.8%

Photo of BostonHops
4.13/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 corked and caged bottle served in a tulip.

pours a cola-like brown, sits an opaque black hue in the glass while yielding a frothy/creamy 2" head. decent retention and lacing. nose is somewhat subdued but offers notes of roasted malt, spice, and a little chocolate.

smokey, roasted malt, spice, yeast, tobacco, chocolate, and a touch of dark fruit in the background. tasty and interesting, it's definitely a style-overlapping beer with elements of a belgian dark, a stout, and even a smoked beer. medium bodied mouthfeel with average carbonation.

overall i'm digging this beer. it's not a world-beater necessarily but it's enjoyable and relatively complex. i appreciate the outside-the-box thinking that went into it, sort of transcending styles.

(originally reviewed: 07-11-2011)

Allagash Black from Allagash Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 2,187 ratings.