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Allagash Black - Allagash Brewing Company

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1,913 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,913
Reviews: 637
rAvg: 4.04
pDev: 11.14%
Wants: 96
Gots: 203 | FT: 5
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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 pmlondrigan

New York

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

Had this beer many times, never reviewed it, tonight is the night. Very deep dark brown, not yet black, light can make it through. Tan head, fades down to a ring. Not much in the way of lacing. Some aromas of ester-y belgian quality make it through the chocolate and roasted scents. Although faint these two divergent aromas do marry nicely. Strong roasted cacao flavor, roasted barley, some yeast driven fruity notes, more stout like (clearly) then BSDA like. Not overly complex. Full bodied, thick but not syrupy a tad flat. A well presented ale I have enjoyed time and again.

Serving type: bottle

08-05-2011 01:17:18 | More by pmlondrigan
Photo of BeerForMuscle

New Jersey

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

A - Very dark brown and hardly translucent with a thin head gently topping the brew.

S - Roasted, smokey chicory and burnt wood. Salty.

T - Roasted malt and some lightly burned wood/nut notes. Toasted grains and chicory, with some bitter java thrown in. Dry hops in the finish. Nice dark flavor profile.

M - A medium, almost dry stout/porter body and feel.

O - This one seemed more like a smokey porter, but a unique interpretation of a BSDA.

Serving type: bottle

08-02-2011 00:52:35 | More by BeerForMuscle
Photo of DaveBlack


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

A: Black, like the name says, but when viewed through the light it has some hints of red. There is little head, with less retention and almost no lacing.

S: Fruity and sweet with raisins, Belgian yeast and sugar and roasted malts, with a hint of coffee at the end.

T: The taste is, I must say, interesting. Heavy amounts of chocolate malts, mixed with the Belgian yeast and candied sugars all combine nicely. Tastes more like a stout than it smells, but still recognizably Belgian style. A little muddled for me, all-in-all. I wish it would lean a little more one way or another.

M: Mouthfeel is moderately heavy, and offset by a massive amount of small bubbles for carbonation.

O: As I said about the taste: it's interesting. The combination of styles is nice, and makes fr a fun drinking experience. That being said, it's far from my favorite beer. The flavors are a little muddled, the carbonation overdone.

Serving type: bottle

07-29-2011 21:25:44 | More by DaveBlack
Photo of greybeardloon

Rhode Island

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

batch 29

A: Black with a loose, off-white head.

S: Lots of fruit with some chocolate and a little smoke and lots of other things. The nose is quite complex.

T: Again, predominantly a sweet fruitiness. There's milk chocolate and a very faint touch of wet charcoal. The yeast by products poke through at the end, along with faint, earthy hops. The beer is somewhat sweet, but not cloyingly so. I would have liked some more pronounced char, though.

M: Fairly thin and heavily carbonated. More Belgian than stout.

O: One (big) bottle is enough. To drink more, I would need more roast and char to cut the fruity sweetness.

Serving type: bottle

07-24-2011 01:16:18 | More by greybeardloon
Photo of lostandwandering

New Jersey

4.43/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Pours black with a solid two finger head that lasts. Persistent lacing remains on the glass with each sip.

S- Roasty and earthy. Not all together unpleasent.

T- Some slight fruitiness with plenty of roasted malt. Smokey flavor towards the end.

M- well carbonated. Medium body. Not thick like an Oatmeal or mild stout, but not thin either.

O- Very good beer. Got this for my birthday and didn't get around to it until now. This is my first offering from Allagash and I am rather impressed. Would higly recommend this one.

Serving type: bottle

07-23-2011 02:21:45 | More by lostandwandering
Photo of MadCat

New Jersey

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

Appearance: Pours jet black with a good brown head, leaving decent lacing

Smell: Mostly roasty malts, caramel, and chocolate. Earthiness and a little herbal.

Taste: Roasty malts, caramel, chocolate, and Belgian yeast funk. Anise, vanilla, and coffee. Amazingly complex.

Mouthfeel: Thick and highly carbonated. A bit different than your typical stout

Overall: Excellent. Not your standard big stout. I like it, especially for being different.

Serving type: bottle

07-18-2011 02:51:04 | More by MadCat
Photo of Sam21


3.98/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml bottle purchased for $8. Batch 28. Poured into a snifter.

Appearance – Dark mahogany body with a decent light brown head. Fluffy with okay retention and sparse lacing. 3.5

Smell – Strong dark fruit in the nose (plums, prunes, black currants) with a supporting charred flavor. Richly sweet and intense.

Taste – Dark fruit hit first upfront and persist until the very end. In a way, it builds the stage upon which the roasted malt makes its stand. Charred, burnt, and slightly smoky, it adds balance. Finishes with light bitterness from a combination of hops and malt. Lingering sweetness.

Mouthfeel – Medium body with soft lively carbonation. Nice and light.

Drinkability – Easy drinking, yet full of nooks and crannies begging to be explored. This is a beer to enjoy in every sense of the word and on any occasion.

Serving type: bottle

07-15-2011 12:42:15 | More by Sam21
Photo of IKR


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

A: Very dark with large beige head. Good appearance.

S: Raisin y fruity aromas hits my nose first and most prominent. Slight roast notes are also present. I'm a fan of the nose on well executed Belgian stouts e.g Black Albert.

T: Fruit notes and roasty notes come through in the taste. I also pick up a tiny hint of hops. Good tasting but not as complex as a Black Albert.

M: Medium body with a fairly high level of carbonation.

O: Nice flavors, high carbonation and pleasing mouthfeel.

A good example of a Belgian stout. It's not quite up there with what I consider the upper echelon of the breed (e.g. Black Albert) but it's a tasty beer that's priced well.

Serving type: bottle

07-14-2011 22:59:29 | More by IKR
Photo of kcbearkat


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

On tap @ The Flying Saucer Houston

A: The name says it all Black with a white head.

S: Fresh roasted coffee, and bitter chocolate.

T: It tastes like an iced americano with a slight sweetness. Slight bitterness that's lessened with the carbonation.

M: Well carbonated, medium bodied.

O: Amazing beer! One of my favorites and I'll be sad to see this leave TX in bottle.

Serving type: on-tap

07-14-2011 01:11:25 | More by kcbearkat
Photo of Knapp85


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

This beer poured out just like it's name, Black. The head was fluffy and tan in color. The lacing that was left behind was light and a bit scattered. The smell of the beer was roasted and had some Belgian Yeast peaking through. The taste had a light burnt flavor with a slight sweetness in there too. The other flavors of some soft Belgian Yeast and a little spice come in after the metallic flavor fades by mid glass. The mouthfeel had some decent carbonation to it. Overall I felt this was a pretty good brew.

Serving type: bottle

07-13-2011 14:32:02 | More by Knapp85
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
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