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Allagash Black - Allagash Brewing Company

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1,878 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,878
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.

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Photo of perrymarcus


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 but it's enjoyable and complex. i appreciate the outside-the-box thinking that went into it, transcending styles.

Serving type: bottle

07-11-2011 01:20:11 | More by perrymarcus
Photo of silentjay


3.93/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

as with many Allagash 750ml bottles, the cork comes out with a loud pop. it pours the color of dark chocolate with a chocolate milk colored head that fills more than half of my Duvel tulip, slowly settles and laces well.

differs from your normal stout in the aroma, as the yeasty spice and phenols come through first, on top of the char, cocoa, tobacco, and coffee flavors that are more typical of a stout. its not the best smelling beer, but it does smell nice.

roast, charcoal, and tobacco come first with some coffee, then dark fruits and spice thats typical of Belgian yeast. finishes with some drying charred flavors.

almost full-bodied and fluffy with a nice charred finish which works very well for the flavors presented.

Its kinda like if you mixed a belgian dubbel with a roasty stout. it works pretty well, but I've never been blown away by this beer. I would like to try the bourbon barrel version of this.

Serving type: bottle

07-10-2011 01:36:33 | More by silentjay
Photo of jiggahertz

New Hampshire

4.38/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Frothy big two finger head on top of a deep dark black beer. Nice lacing throughout.

S: Fruity malts, smokiness, nutty.

T: Malts really come through up front, roasted toffee, dates, caramel, some hoppiness towards the ends and a bitter chocolate finish that's pretty dry.

M: Big and bold, low carbonation.

O: This is a huge beer with a lot of complexities

Serving type: bottle

07-08-2011 22:33:42 | More by jiggahertz
Photo of HattedClassic


4.25/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Nice creamy tan head that diminishes quickly but leaves a lasting cover. Very nice lacing. Pours a dark brown that resembles chocolate with a slight hint of copper to it.

Smell: Hints of Belgian spices dominated by a mix of chocolate, coffee and roasted malts. After mixing it a little you can get a little bit of alcohol in it.

Taste: Chocolate mixed with coffee and roasted malts dominate the palate. Underscore of hops and Belgian spices which mix very well.

Mouthfeel: Light body with medium carbonation.

Overall: A very good beer for a warm night or a cold room. Recommend.

Serving type: bottle

07-01-2011 18:40:11 | More by HattedClassic
Photo of homebrew311


3.75/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Served on draft in a tulip glass at Durty nellies

A: pour deep brown with some light passage, thin head, no retention

S: heavy clove and Belgian yeast character. Some faint chocolate in the background. Some oat characte on the finish

T: starts out sweet with notes of cherry and plum, chocolate and roasted barley come in next, finish is very yeasty

Mf: thin body, high carb

O: this is a very Belgian forward stout, I would prefer it o have a bigger body

Serving type: on-tap

06-22-2011 04:54:43 | More by homebrew311
Photo of bishopdc0


4.33/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A nice black color a dark brown on the edges when held to the light. A decent head forms tan and subsides

A nice sweet roasted malt miked with chocolate and a hint of Belgian spice

The taste starts with a bit of yeast and a mix of chocolate. Roasted malts come in but finishes with a malty mix of yeast and spiced hops

Very drinkable and nice

Serving type: on-tap

06-13-2011 01:22:26 | More by bishopdc0
Photo of BLove

South Carolina

4.47/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thoroughly enjoyed this brew in downtown Bar Harbor, ME at Rupununi.

A - Deep brown, almost black with ruby red around the edges when held up to light. Nice cocoa-colored, thick head which tapers to fine lacing.
S - dark chocolate, earthy
T - faint vanilla, dark chocolate/cocoa, & expresso flavors...very complex. Medium hop, and some warming from the higher alcohol content
M - Medium-full body, coats palate, easy drinkability
D - D-licious!! Very smooth! One of my favorites while visiting Maine. If this beer is any indication, I will be seeking out more beer from this brewer.

Serving type: on-tap

06-12-2011 18:58:25 | More by BLove
Photo of Jesstyr


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

I've enjoyed this beer many times since, and while I still think its more stout than Belgian strong dark, I have an incredible appreciation for this beer.

Tried at Ginger Man in South Norwalk.

First off, this beer is unquestionably a stout, not a strong dark ale as listed above.

A: As mentioned in the name, this Allagash is a deep black, far removed from the Allagash I'm used to seeing.

S: Surprisingly strong and floral. On first smell I was exceedingly excited to try a taste and was determined that this was a belgian dark...

T: This is a stout. Not sure what type, but it is. Someone mentioned soda in their review and I strongly agree. It takes like the beer has been roasted with coffee.

M/D: Very dry, but think and smooth. Drinking this beer made me exceedingly thirsty.

Serving type: on-tap

06-08-2011 19:15:04 | More by Jesstyr
Photo of haddon


4.33/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

It was black in the glass with a dark tan froth and lots of lacing sticking all the way down the glass.

The aroma was candied sugar, dark fruit, chocolate, and roasted malts.

The flavor was caramel and chocolate malt with a hint of coffee bean. a very rich and complex flavor that comes across as smooth. I believe it is more chocolate than coffee. hard to explain but very tasty.

Medium body with a very velvety feel.

this beer is very well done and has a very rich flavor. hard to explain but it really has a complexity to it while staying light, smooth and quite enjoyable to drink. this is one of my first experiences with Allagash and I am very impressed.

Serving type: on-tap

06-07-2011 01:26:19 | More by haddon
Photo of jsanford


3.9/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml C&C bottle poured into a Tulip Glass. Batch #25.

A - Pours a dark cola brown with a creamy, mocha-colored head. Very nice retention, leaves some soapy lacing as it recedes.
S - Dark roasted malt, Belgian yeast, caramel, coffee and chocolate.
T - Spot-on with the nose, big "roasty" flavors with a nice spicy Belgian yeast profile. Very tasty.
M - Creamy, with a medium-full mouth-feel and moderately crisp carbonation.
O - Very good beer, and an excellent take on the BSDA style. One of Allagash's best offerings.

Serving type: bottle

06-07-2011 00:17:23 | More by jsanford
Photo of marm


4.4/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Serving type: 750 ml bottle

A: Deep dark black with a hint of reddish brown.

S: Wonderful aroma of roasted coffee and just enough chocolate to sweeten the deal.

T: Tastes similar to a freshly brewed cup of coffee. But with none of the bitterness or overpowering malt you may smell because there's a sweet after taste with each sip.

M: Strong bodied feel on your palette seems to coat it.

Overall I found it to be a delicious brew. I've had similar beers that offered something a bit more sweet but this beer makes you feel all warm inside. Perfect drink for a nice cool evening outside by a fire.

Serving type: bottle

06-04-2011 04:21:12 | More by marm
Photo of claspada

New Jersey

3.95/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Aromas of coffee and chocolate. Subtley sweet and slightly earthy. A bit of char and as it warms you get some nice dark fruits (from either the yeast or complex dark caramel malts), mainly figs and prunes. Not too complex but nothing wrong here either.
The tastes begin with rich coffee, dark chocolate and the figs I detected in the aroma. The warmer it got the more it seemed to pick up on that burnt/char maltiness
The mouthfeel is luscious and creamy, dominating by an active carbonation profile that really never let this one become dull or boring in anyway. (This is one of my favorite aspects of this hybrid style.)
Overall this is an extremely drinkable stout, almost dangerously so, especially as it warmed as you started to take hold of all the notes of prune and dark fruits. Probably the best example of the hybrid style beer and well recommened and will definitely be revisted in the future.

Serving type: bottle

06-03-2011 19:02:29 | More by claspada
Photo of brotherloco


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

750ml C&C. Batch #22.

Pours black as promised, but hold it up to the light and you see a red-tinged clarity. Big beige head settles down, but doesn't completely disappear.

Smell is roasty and sweet. Earthy and grassy as well, Belgian yeast and candi sugar makes its presence known. Not your typical stout, but I get the Belgian notes.

Taste is lighter than expected. Doesn't have that initial deep coffee roast you might expect, but rather a slightly dry sour and metallic earthiness. Middle gets smokey... Ah, the roasted malt emerges in the finish and aftertaste, along with some sweet bitterness.

Very soft and pleasing in the mouth, carbonation is pretty mellow. Wonderful mouthfeel and the relatively low ABV make this extremely drinkable.

I'm fairly new to Allagash, but they continue to impress me.

Serving type: bottle

05-29-2011 02:55:54 | More by brotherloco
Photo of OldIronLungs


4.05/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Brewing a Belgian stout tomorrow, figured I'd give myself a fresh reminder why.

Poured into a Chimay chalice a deep brownish black.

The nose is a darkly fruity Belgian yeast quirk with some roast.

Nicely executed puffy carbonation leads a smooth and roasty mouthfeel with hints of darker chocolate bitterness. Alcohol is lightly present and blends with an earthy hop dryness. Highly quaffable.

An excellent example of a style that pretty much fuses two of the greatest things possible.

Serving type: bottle

05-26-2011 03:40:57 | More by OldIronLungs
Photo of arizcards


4.22/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up a 750ml bottle in late February at Whole Foods in LaJolla for $10.49. Batch #25.

Beer poured a deep brown with a nice tan head on the initial pour.

Nose is classic belgian yeast strain with some roasted notes.

Taste is very good, a wonderful collaboration of that belgian yeast with chocolate, roasted malts,and a slight hint of dark fruits.

Mouthfeel is silky smooth and a little on the lighter side.

Overall this is a wonderful concept beer that is crafted very well. Glad i jumped on a bottle of Allagash while in Cali as i have not seen any on the shelves in Arizona for 5-6 years.

Serving type: bottle

05-22-2011 22:52:42 | More by arizcards
Photo of katan


3.75/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22oz into a goblet

A - Pours a deep dark black with some mahogany highlights. Head formation is light, mocha in color. Breaks down to a film. Very opaque looking.

S - Chocolate, light amounts of vanilla and caramel, even a hint of a wooden scent. Yeast is very hidden with only a small whiff of some fruity esters.

T - Starts off with a light roasted malty flavor, chocolate mainly. Mid-stream gets more roasted, some bitterness, but overall a malt forward beer. Finishes with a more fruity note, perhaps of grapefruit - indicating a good belgian yeast production.

M - Solid beer body, somewhat understated carbonation. Seems heavy on the palette. Finishes with a sticky sugary film. No alcohol warmth.

O/D - Moderately easy drinking ale, a little bit too americanized I feel for the style - although the hopping isn't extreme either. Just seems to straddle the line. ABV is managable.

A good black ale.

Serving type: bottle

05-18-2011 23:28:35 | More by katan
Photo of beerandcycling88


4.22/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a snifter.

A Pours a dark brown. About the same color as cola. The head is about 2 fingers and has good retention.

S The nose is full of roasted malt, chocolate, a hint of yeast and some alcohol.

T This one has a nice taste. Lots of roasted coffee and malt plus dark fruit, and some smooth alcohol.

M a thickish feel with some nice warming alcohol. Very easy to drink.

Overall this was a good one, the great combination of stout and Belgian like qualities makes this a great smelling and tasting beer that makes me sad that Allagash is leaving Washington.

Serving type: bottle

05-08-2011 06:57:21 | More by beerandcycling88
Photo of OrangeAmps


3.9/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Battleship Brewhouse, fall river, MA. Consumed in a pint glass

A: Dark brown with an almond colored head that is tiny, but clings to the sides a bit.

S: dark roast malt and alcohol. not much in the way of aromatic hops

T: dark chocolate, roasted malts, slight coffee vibe. some dark fuits toward the end.

Very good beer!

Serving type: on-tap

05-06-2011 04:00:21 | More by OrangeAmps
Photo of argock


3.65/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 750ml brown bottle into a clear glass snifter. Batch #27 on the side of the label. Purchased at Wine Warehouse (Charlottesville, VA) for $9.49.

A: Black body with 1-finger beige bubbly head with average retention and no lacing.

S: Very earthy, phenolic aroma with a lot of roasted barley. Not sure if the herbal aromas are phenol plus dark malts or herbal hoppiness. There is little to no spicy yeast aromas.

T: This did not drink as well as the on-tap version, by a long way. The phenolic, herbal notes are far too strong and dominate all of the other flavors which include coffee, chocolate, roasted malt, and earthy hoppiness.

M: Slick feel with medium body and heavy carbonation and a very dry, crisp finish.

O: Not the best as the body is light and the phenol is too heavy. High Allagash prices are a turn-off too, but this is still a solid brew, just not destined to be a favorite.

Serving type: bottle

05-05-2011 02:02:04 | More by argock
Photo of nhindian


3.78/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

750ml bottle poured into an Allagash cervois. Bottle provided by 603BeerMe, thanks Clark!

Batch 20.

A - Pours a cola-colored brown, actually quite lighter than I would've though. When held up to a light, it's easy to see through it, and there is a torrent of carbonation rushing up from the bottom of the glass. There are some nice, deep red and chestnut highlights. The head is unmistakably Allagash; 2.5-fingers worth of tan, tightly condensed foam sits on top as if poured out of a nitro-tap. It's thick and creamy, as with many other big Allagash beers, and I'm amazed at how they consistently pull it off. Retention is absurd, and I actually have to actively work to slough off some of the foam before I can drink. What's left is half-head, half-thick-as-hell cap. Lacing is fantastic as well, with the head pretty much enveloping the entire glass as it dissipates.

S - The nose has a big oat smell, that's immediately noticeable from the start and lasts throughout. Very roasty and definitely brings out the bittersweet chocolate and espresso notes. The chocolate lingers and is present throughout the aroma, and the candied sugar comes in about halfway through. Not as bold and robust as other big stouts out there, but it doesn't smell anywhere close to a 7.5% beer.

T - The taste is really interesting for sure. The blend of typical stout qualities with a Belgian twist really throws my palate for a loop. The candi sugar comes through earlier here, giving it a sweet boost that accentuates the bittersweet chocolate in the malts. Conversely, the coffee is a bit more subdued and imparts more a roasty characteristic rather than any actual espresso flavors. A little bit watery in the finish, but no hint of alcohol to be found here.

M - Mouthfeel is medium-bodied with moderate carbonation. A little bit thin for a stout, doesn't have an incredibly bold mouthfeel or presence. Given the stream of carbonation that can be seen in the glass, it actually isn't overcarbonated, thankfully. Incredibly smooth and creamy, and leaves a roasty finish.

D/O - Drinkability is moderate. While the Belgian influence is a welcome change in a style I've had my fair share of, it's not exactly brimming with flavor and the mouthfeel is a bit of a disappointment. I would've loved to see this be a bit fuller in the mouth.

Serving type: bottle

05-03-2011 03:43:44 | More by nhindian
Photo of jpro

South Carolina

3.65/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had on-tap at Closed for Business. 10oz serving in a small Allagash shaped glass...

A: Dark brown with some mahogany on the edges; almond head leaves some specks of lace and manages pretty good retention.

S: Belgian yeast; dark roast malt; some alcohol. Not too aromatic, really.

T: Black malt, dark chocolate, cocoa powder, fruity / doughy yeast; some dry qualities toward the finish.

M: Medium bodied; high carbonation.

D: Pretty drinkable... interesting flavors... nothing too crazy, but good.

Serving type: on-tap

05-03-2011 02:13:08 | More by jpro
Photo of brian44556


3.25/5  rDev -19.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured this into a wine glass. Batch #9.

Pours a pitch black with little to no head forming. Almost no lacing present. The beer smelled of chocolate, roasted malt, molasses, and coffee. Taste was about the same as the smell, strong chocolate and coffee notes. Almost no carbonation was present and the mouthful was extremely thin. Overall an average beer.

Serving type: bottle

05-02-2011 01:32:08 | More by brian44556
Photo of JoEBoBpr


4.22/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a tulip glass from a 750ml bottle.
Batch # 25

A - Pours a dark mahogany brown with a .5 inch head that is light tan in color and has very dense bubbles.

S - Sweet candy notes some slight toasted malts and some nice phenols. There is some slight chocolate sweetness and cocoa powder notes. Quite yeasty aroma.

T & M - Taste starts off with some roasted malt notes. There is some cocoa powder notes as well. There are slight yeast phenols and some nice slight funk that gives the beer a clean dryness. There is some slight smokiness and some nice bready malt. The beer is quite smooth and delicious. It is surprisingly similar to an oatmeal stout in my opinion because of the fluffy notes from eh yeast. The higher ABV is not that forward. It has a nice medium mouthfeel with some good carbonation, roasted notes and sweet chocolate.

O - Good offering from Allagash. Quality Belgian style brews always.

Serving type: bottle

04-30-2011 23:23:11 | More by JoEBoBpr
Photo of JRed

New Jersey

4.03/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Deep black in body with off-white bubbly head that leaves behind some lacing. Aroma of chocolate nibs, raspberry, grapes, slight cola. Eclectic flavor including cola, Belgian candy sugar, subtle cocoa, warming booze, grapes, hop bitterness and mint to finish the drink. Medium bodied with high carbonation. A delicate but assertive beer that is one of a kind.

Serving type: bottle

04-24-2011 02:14:57 | More by JRed
Photo of busterthecat


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

Poured into an oversized tulip glass. Batch #27.

A- Pours a nice rich brown hue with a big khaki head. Lots of carb present.

S- Interesting, unlike anything i've smelled before. The belgian side really comes through, banana, cloves, spice. Additionally a tanginess with some choc comes through. A slight herbal/ mint character also is detectable.

T- Rather like a typical BSD but with some stout notes. A some chocolate gives it a some sweetness, flavor and a slight tang. Also light coffee kicks in.

M- Med-Big bodied. Hits all of palate, wet. Sticks to all of tongue but doesn't over power.

O- A very good BSDA hybrid. Enjoyable and nice to drink. Worth trying if your a fan of Belgians and/ or stouts.

Serving type: bottle

04-23-2011 12:59:47 | More by busterthecat
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