Allagash Black - Allagash Brewing Company

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Ratings: 2,187
Reviews: 667
rAvg: 4.04
pDev: 11.14%
Wants: 115
Gots: 279 | 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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4/5  rDev -1%

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3.88/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Ransackingpete for sharing this one!

Batch # 34.

Pours an almost opaque murky dark brown with a 1 inch puffy khaki head that settles to a thin cap. Small dots of lace form on the glass on the drink down. Smell is of dark malt and Belgian yeast. Taste is of dark roasted malt, burnt coffee beans, and slight yeast flavors. This beer has a higher level of carbonation with a nice crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good Belgian style take on a stout.

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4.28/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Served up in a snifter this beer is nearly black in the glass the head is thin likely due to a soft pour but the dark khaki colored bubbles around the edge of the glass don't appear to be going anywhere anytime soon. I'll agree with others in that the smell is a bit heavy on the malt for a belgian strong dark ale. However, I'm not going to fault the beer too heavily because i think it works. Malt is the focus in the nose with roasted and chocolate and dark coffee coming through. Below that there is some dark fruit and yeasty esters. The taste follows the smell quite closely with the malt focus clear. Coffee, bittersweet chocolate, roasted malt a bit of caramel and then some bitterness and the yeast. The carbonation is high and bitterness through hops appears relatively low but the coffee like character adds additional bittering. The finish is quite dry and lingers with the coffee character last to leave. Overall this is somewhat of a mix of styles rather than a pure belgian strong dark or I suppose you could just call it an interesting take on that style. Quite good and definitely recommended.

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4.5/5  rDev +11.4%

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3.58/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Enjoyed on-tap next to the bourbon barrel aged version at Rustico in Ballston.

A: Black pour with a finger of white head. Retention, isn't great but it laces nicely 4

S: Roasted aroma with a lot of sweetness. The two seem to work together, but the sweetness (anise?) does seem a bit misplaced at times 3.5

T: Like the aroma, the taste has a real nice roast character, balanced out by the sweetness of the anise. I don't find the taste to be as offensive as the Stone Belgo Anise IRS, but I still prefer a regular stout to a Belgian. 3.5

MF: Heavy body, low carbonation. Decently drinkable, but the sweetness wears on me. 4

O: Solid offering, just nothing special. At $3 for 4oz I would say I'm done with this beer, but could see myself getting it again. I quite enjoyed trying it alongside the bourbon version. 3.5

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

A-dark brown opaque color with a frothy tan head and good lacing

S-fruity and roasted malt aromas predominate with hints of sweetness

T-plums and dates with roasted malts

F-medium body with moderate carbonation, slight astringency

O-a nice Belgian ale, easy drinking

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4.33/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle poured into a tumbler.

A – Pours a dark brown with a one-and-a-half finger tan head that dissipates slowly leaving moderate lacing.

S – Smells of roasted malts and Belgian Yeast. Faintly smokey with perhaps a hint of chocolate.

T – Similar to the nose... perhaps some coffee as well. The yeast adds a very nice dimension. Chocolate notes become more prevalent as it warms as does the roastyness. Maybe even a little vanilla at the very end.

M – Smooth and creamy. Moderate carbonation on the tongue as it goes down.

O – A very nice change of pace from my standard RIS. I will definitely have to explore more Belgian Stouts in the future.

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4/5  rDev -1%

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

Had this on tab, in a nice shifter glass. Small tan head, which dissipates into a nice ring around the glass. The color is black.
The aroma is of dark fruit and roasted malt.
Tasting the beer, begin yeast and dark fruits dominate up front. The taste gets better after he beer lingers in the mouth for a few seconds.a more roasted malt character is noticeable towards the end. Nicely balanced and very drinkable. Very very good beer!

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