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Allagash Black - Allagash Brewing Company

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2,176 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,176
Reviews: 666
rAvg: 4.04
pDev: 11.14%
Wants: 116
Gots: 272 | 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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4.5/5  rDev +11.4%

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4.6/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

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3/5  rDev -25.7%

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3.5/5  rDev -13.4%

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4/5  rDev -1%

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4.35/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5


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

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5/5  rDev +23.8%

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3/5  rDev -25.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +11.4%

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4/5  rDev -1%

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4/5  rDev -1%

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4.5/5  rDev +11.4%

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

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.

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3.53/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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%.

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4/5  rDev -1%

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4/5  rDev -1%

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4.5/5  rDev +11.4%

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4.3/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 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.

Allagash Black from Allagash Brewing Company
91 out of 100 based on 2,176 ratings.