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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
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 craytonic

District of Columbia

3.4/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Sadly my least favorite Allagash beer, lowest score I have given the brewery. I didn't know what it would be like, I just saw Allagash on tap and ordered immediately.

Appearance: Black or near black, decent head and lacing.

Smell: Big roasted malt and a bit too much coffee. Coffee completely dominates, perhaps a faint touch of dark chocolate as well, and dark bread crumbs. A bit earthy.

Taste: Coffee dominates, followed by roasted malt and some chocolate.

Mouthfeel: Relatively full body, but something is off about the carbonation.

Drinkability: I was very thankful I had only a glass, and not a bomber, of this one.

Serving type: on-tap

11-07-2009 14:46:24 | More by craytonic
Photo of thegodfather2701

North Carolina

3.8/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

This is a dark beer, but no nearly as dark and thick as other stouts. It has a nice off white head that leaves some nice lacing. There is not much going on in the nose; mostly clove, some Belgian spiciness and a hint of chocolate. There is not much going on in the flavor department either. Mostly spicy with some chocolate and a touch of coffee and the slightest hint of dark fruits. The flavors come through as it gets warmer. It seems over carbonated. It is drinkable beer, though I doubt I will ever purchase it again. This is my second beer that blurs the line between being a Belgian beer and a stout and its the second time I've been disappointed. I think I will just stick to drinking either a RIS or a standard Belgian beer, not something attempting to be both.

Serving type: bottle

10-31-2009 19:07:36 | More by thegodfather2701
Photo of matty


3.55/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark brown colored beer with a slowly fading creamy head.Aroma is malty.Taste is malts with hints of chocolate and coffee.Overall drinkable and smooth with a hint of warmth on the back end.This is something I would recommend especially in the winter months.I'm sure I will buy this again somewhere down the line.

Serving type: bottle

10-27-2009 05:40:18 | More by matty
Photo of Arbitrator


3.58/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Batch 7. Room-temperature bomber into a glass.

A: Pours a dark, um, brown in the glass with some light penetration indicating it's not opaque. Oh well. The head is pretty fizzy, with two fingers of creamy beige bubbles generated at first, before receding into a half-finger cap on top of the brew. Some streaks of lacing as I drink.

S: Roasted malt, some dark fruit and spice. But really, it's not a very strong nose. I find myself struggling to pick out anything.

T: Flavor-wise, this is a large improvement. Roasted malt up front, coffee, and chocolate. The beer progresses into its "Belgian-style" half in the mid-taste, offering up dark fruits (plums, raisins) as well as pepper. The finish is toasted marshmallow and grain, with a smoky bent. I also get yeast in the aftertaste.

M: Medium-bodied, creamy mouthfeel.

D: I think I paid $10 for this, which isn't offensive. But the beer is kind of mediocre. I could go either way on having it again.

Serving type: bottle

10-21-2009 15:05:42 | More by Arbitrator
Photo of sisuspeed

New Hampshire

3.8/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured this into a wide mouthed wine glass. Allagash Black is almost black in appearance. I guess I would say that it is a very, very dark brown. A slightly off-white head thinly floats across the top of the beer, leaving some sudsy lacing down the sides.

The nose on the beer consists mainly of dark, roasty, malts and very small bit of hop aromatics. As it warms up though, I do get some sweet wine like aroma. Grapes dipped in honey.

The taste is very much like the aroma. Dark, roasted malts. Almost a bittersweet chocolate flavor. Slightly sour grapes mingle in the background, otherwise there isn't much of any fruitiness to the beer. The flavor is very dominated by the roasted malts.

Mouthfeel is fairly smooth with a bit of prickly carbonation, but not too much. Just about right. The body is pretty good, but I was expecting it to be a little thicker. The drinkability is good. Some malt bitterness, but you don't even notice the ABV, so this one goes down pretty easily.

Overall, I find this to be an enjoyable beer. Allagash has managed to put a nice spin on the typical stout by giving it some Belgian like qualities. Make sure you let this one warm up a bit, because it does become somewhat more complex.

Serving type: bottle

10-18-2009 21:11:35 | More by sisuspeed
Photo of abuliarose

New Hampshire

3.8/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice pop. Poured into a wide-mouthed goblet to the tune of a clear but solid dark brown body, no head. What smell there is comes off as a little metallic, a little earthy and a little roasty.

Tastes bitter, acidic and well-roasted. The earthiness is pervasive and carbonation immediate, but rounded enough not to pierce. Ending notes include raw cacao and slight nuttiness. Overall mouthfeel matches taste: medium-bodied with a little grainy dryness. Fairly smooth. I happen to find this beer pretty drinkable, but I'm not gonna finish a bomber alone.

I haven't had many Belgian strong darks, but this fits the bill enough for me. A solid offering.

Serving type: bottle

10-18-2009 21:03:51 | More by abuliarose
Photo of ImusBeer


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

Small pour, 11oz very dark, and is black as the name suggests. It had a thin head, tan in color.

The aromas of cocoa, chocolate, caramel and roasted grains. The first impression is of malt and molassas than a bit of tangy finish with a smokey aftertaste.

It is silky and warm feeling on the tongue you can also feel the alcohol along with the carbonation. At 7.5 it's a bit too much for a session beer but the flavours are mellow and complex.

Serving type: on-tap

10-18-2009 19:04:34 | More by ImusBeer
Photo of ATPete

New Jersey

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

corked/caged 750ml
batch 10

Pours a truly black color, even when held up to the light only a faint ruby glow barely peeks out of the edges, a small brown head sits a top the abysmal brew leaving lots of sticky lace. Creamy, long roasted malts, coffee notes, hints of chocolate and a fruity Belgian-like yeast characteristic in the nose. Spicy, a heat like in some chili beers ive had sits on the tongue, i love it, creamy, smooth and silky in texture, light and well carbonated. An awesome beer, although ive never had a Belgian Stout that tasted quite like this one, this beer goes above and beyond. A good balance of flavor and sweetness, id actually coin this one as more dry than the average stout, although the stickiness on the lips is undeniable. The 750ml is an ideal serving, i dont see it becoming a chore any time soon. Recommended.

Serving type: bottle

10-15-2009 21:22:55 | More by ATPete
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North Carolina

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

Batch 11. Pours a head over an inch thick, down to a quarter inch in about a minute. Brushstrokes of lace left on the glass. Color lives up to the beer's name, although held to the light some nice burgundy highlights show through.

Mineral in the nose is not overwhelming, but serves as a base for powdered cocoa, woody milk chocolate, fresh sweet cream and faint white pepper spiciness.

The flavor is outstanding, and I'll get to that in a sec, but that finish...whoa...long, even seeming eternal. A milk chocolate/light-roast coffee essence, balancing sweet and bitter, is painted on the tongue in the finish and rides on forever. Very, very nice. But before that, a more pronounced, less-subtle blast of cocoa, coffee, fresh milk, light peppery spice, dark fruit, sweet spices (nutmeg, allspice, a ghostly flash of cinnamon, clove), even something that reminds me of just barely turned white cheese of some sort. That latter impression lends uniqueness to the beer, and also rides into the finish with the sweet-and-bitter characteristics. Even a bitty nip of salt comes in, presumably a residual flavor from the hops?

As most Belgian-style stouts are (and that's exactly what the bottle calls it), this is on the springy, fizzy side of the carbonation bubble...but it's thankfully not overdone. While the body itself is firmly medium, at least, and its has a velvety glide and even a good bit of stick to it, the carbonation makes itself known and throws a curve into the mix if you're new to Belgian stouts and were expecting something creamier and thicker.

As with all Allagash stuff I've had so far, this is above the norm while also seeming sensible, drinkable, made with love, and all the rest. Solid, solid, solid...a word that comes to mind every time I have something from this brewery.

Serving type: bottle

10-13-2009 22:36:53 | More by Metalmonk
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4.05/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A=Dark black color, pours nice with a thick head that seems to stay around. Head's a tan offwhite that seems to stick on the glass.

S=A huge toasted smell, a litle caramel sweetness at the end.

T=Huge smoky flavor, a little candi and coffee in the middle then a stong toasted flavor at the end.

M=Light bodied that feels smooth in the mouth and not as heavy as you'd think by looking at it.

D=Easy to drink if you like dark beer. I can't wait to take another sip.

Serving type: bottle

10-12-2009 02:57:58 | More by ZX6Chris
Photo of treehugger02010


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

My buddy brought a bottle of this over and I poured it into a pint glass.
Appearance: The body is a dark brown color. The head is many fingers tall, mother of pearl in color, stupendous retention and very nice lacing.
Smell: The aromas are coffee, roast notes and more coffee.
Taste: The flavors are sweet sugar, earthy hops and toffee.
Mouthfeel: The body is pretty thin and smooth.
Drinkability: This beer is very drinkability.
Don't drink and review.

Serving type: bottle

10-12-2009 02:13:56 | More by treehugger02010
Photo of Kadonny


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

Poured from tap into a tulip sampler glass.

A: A dark brownish color with a one finger light brown head. Glass lacing was minimal but it left vertical laces. Interesting.

S: Dark roasted malts with coffee, chocolate and a belgian yeasty smell. Subtle hops and some sweetness.

T: Ok, this is a Belgian Stout, tried and true. Tastes of dark roasted malts with coffee, chocolate and molasses mixed with the nice estery yeasty spice of clove. Dark fruits mix in with raisin, plum and cherry with a dry and slightly hoppy finish. Minimal sweetness, nice beer.

M: Medium, coating but dry on the finish. Nice.

D: Very drinkable. I enjoyed my pour and wish I had a full pint.

Overall this was an enjoyable beer. The BSDA category covers a lot of different type beers, but this one is squarely a Belgian Stout. A very enjoyable beer, I recommend to all.

Serving type: on-tap

10-09-2009 12:19:52 | More by Kadonny
Photo of TheDeuce

New York

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

Allagash Black....

Appearance-thick black brown with crispy bubbles laced with black and gray, carbonation brushes and curves, nice looking beer.

Smell-spicy smell laced with sugar, cocoa, dark fruit, alcohol fumes as well.

Taste/Mouthfeel-flavorful, full taste, balances sugary fruit well with dark cocoa, alcohol more pronounced than I thought it would be, warm breadiness as well.

Drinkability-slow sipper to be sure, but nice tasting and full bodied.

Overall-a fine beer, and a success. Nice job here.

Serving type: bottle

10-05-2009 15:53:41 | More by TheDeuce
Photo of BretSikkink


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

Dark brown, served with a great frothy head. Sticky as hell. Coffee-like, heavily roasted malts lead the nose, and as it turns out, on the tongue as well.

Full-bodied, but somewhat subtle. Nicely malted, with lots of roasted notes coexisting with the spicing and dark sweetness. Dry finish.

Super beer. Carbonation could be a little smoother, given the style comparison to Rochefort 8 for example. But that's an awfully high standard, and this one tastes terrific.

Serving type: on-tap

09-28-2009 04:04:42 | More by BretSikkink
Photo of Patrick999


3.88/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I picked this up on a whim, I'd never tried it before.

Poured it into a DFH snifter. It is a very dark brown, not quite black, with a creamy looking stout-like head that sticks around well. In fact, it hangs around really well.

Smells similar to an American stout, with some roastiness and chocolate, yet with the addition of dark fruit...plums and raisins.

Medium roasty, plum and raisin, little hop twang, some clove. This is tasty, but it really isn't breaking any new ground for a Belgian Strong Dark. That said, it is not a very sweet BSDA, which I do appreciate. It dries out with a fair quickness in the end.

Feel is mostly par per style. Medium-thick mouthfeel.

While this is well-crafted, I can't honestly say I'm finding it all that interesting. Not much wow factor. Given that Allagash 750s aren't cheap by any means, you do tend to expect some wow factor. That said, I'll gladly enjoy the rest of the bottle. A huge positive is its very reasonable 7.5% ABV as opposed to the typical 9-11% beast you get with this style.

Serving type: bottle

09-25-2009 21:51:25 | More by Patrick999
Photo of MunchkinDrinker


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

A - Completely ink black in a snifter with a thick frothy cream colored head that goes down fairly quickly. Some lacing.

S - Interesting. Heavy chocolate and coffee with the standard belgian fruitiness. Hard to pick out the individual fruit flavors.

T/M - Very chocolate and coffee heavy up front. The dark fruits come through nicely on the back. Not sticky or slick. Very nice feel. No alcohol present in the taste. Currant and blueberry come through on the back.

D - Very very drinkable for a heavy stout. Alcohol isn't present and mouthfeel is great.

Serving type: bottle

09-24-2009 03:07:42 | More by MunchkinDrinker
Photo of TLove

District of Columbia

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

750 ml bottle to collins glass.

Pour is of thin black/brown and moderate viscosity with a rounded carbonation and a tempered, 1 1/2 finger off-brown head. There is a definitive sweet, kahlua smell with dark fruits of plum and lightly smoked tobacco. The taste is thin, but remarkably complex with a TON of roasted barley, a touch of coffee and dark fruits (figs). Sugars (predominantly caramel and molasses) and a little bit of roasted fall vegetables such as butternut squash and pumpkin, mixed in with a light, fickle yeast.

The best part about this beer is how consistent and smooth it is from front to back. There is a slight conflict between creamy and dry, as the beer possesses both characterisitics, though the finish remains primarily contingent on the sheer smoothness of structure of the roasted barley, light-bodied yeast, and sweet caramel. Very light, refreshing, and very smooth.

Serving type: bottle

09-21-2009 03:54:53 | More by TLove
Photo of srandycarter


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

A - Black with red tinge, off white head leaves to ring. Some sudsy, cling lace.

S - Deep malt, slight coffee and chocolate and citrus. Mostly malt.

T - Mocha heavy on the bitter chocolate with slight orange and big malt.

M - Creamy, fairly balanced, maybe overly bitter at finish.

D - One is enough at a time.

Serving type: bottle

09-15-2009 03:27:44 | More by srandycarter
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New York

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

Had this at Rattle-n-Hum during craft beer week with capra12. Served from a pint glass.

A: Thick, 1 finger creamy head on top of a deep, full mahogany brew. Although not layered, there was ample lacing reminicent of a magnificent beer.

S: Belgian yeast, sugar, honey, citrus, and milk chocolate/cocoa.

T: Opens with roasted malts and that signature Belgian yeast flavor that fades into a dark fruit, maybe raisins, and finishes surprising light and crisp with a distinct milk chocolate flavor.

M: Light to medium bodied. This one really surprised me based purely on the look and lacing. However, although there is ample carbonation, the brew is very silky.

D: Glad I had a chance to try this and its truly a unique and worthy interpretation of an English or American stout in a Belgian style.

Serving type: cask

09-12-2009 01:45:26 | More by SpeedwayJim
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New York

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

Reviewed @ Rattle N Hum courtesy of speedwayjim.

Appearance: dark amber with little head, weblike lacing.

Smell:roasted coffee beans

Taste: Opens malty with milk chocolate. From the middle there is a sweet coffee and licorice which leaves a coffee aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: light bodied, and smooth with moderate carbonation.

Drinkability: I would definitely have this again and if difinitely worth the try.

Serving type: cask

09-11-2009 21:40:14 | More by capra12
Photo of mhatters


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

Had this at lunch at Ron's in Exton, served in a tulip glass

Pours a deep, opaque black color, with a medium white head.

Roastedness dominates the nose, a sweet anise backnote follows

A licorice and roasted malt combination, a hint of coffee in the roast, but not dominating at all.

Creamy clean feeling, not oily. Fairly lightly carbonated, pleasant.

Serving type: on-tap

09-06-2009 23:17:15 | More by mhatters
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3.8/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

750 ml. caged and corked bottle poured into pint glass.

A: Nearly opaque, dark brown with a nice 2 finger head. Left some slight lacing on the way down.

S: Pretty good, some chocolate notes as well as a ton of malt. Earthy hops as well as a bit of yeast.

T: Chocolate was the most up front, roasted malt and a certain earthy character made this one pretty complex. A hint of dark fruit was trying to fight its way into the taste as well. The Belgian yeast left a very dry aftertaste paired with some roasted malt.

M/D: The bottle conditioning gave this one a ton of carbonation. Medium-full body and hid the alcohol well.

Overall, not a bad experience.

Serving type: bottle

09-06-2009 14:08:15 | More by TheViolator666
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4.05/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Very dark brown in color, but not quite opaque. The head is a decent size, off white and left a bit of lacing on the way down. Looks very carbonated with tons of bubbles collecting on the glass.

The smell is very nice and complex with a mixture of chocolate, fruits and a toasted malty sweetness in the background. There is also a hint of dry, earthy yeast.

The taste is pretty interesting with a nice malt sweetness up front; fruits, chocolate and some earthy notes come to mind. The finish is different than what you would expect from the smell. Dry yeasty and earthy aftertaste coupled with a touch of roasted bitterness.

Overall, the taste exhibits a complex range of flavors from sweet and malty up front to a bitter and drier aftertaste. The mouth feel is a bit heavy on the carbonation but still pleasant and full.

Serving type: bottle

09-05-2009 17:59:24 | More by ClevoPiwo
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New Hampshire

3.73/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle into a glass in two parts. Review taken from notes at time of tasting.

Appearance is opaque black. One finger tan head with great retention. Nose is chocolate and coffee notes, pretty straightforward. Taste has these coffee and chocolate notes balanced with some nice yeast sweetness and a smoke note. Rather bland. Smoke note feels too strong. Mouthfeel is smooth and creamy. Brew is medium to full bodied and slighty chewy at the end of each sip. Drinkability is good due to the light flavor and the fact that the ABV is hidden well.

Overall, a reasonably good brew, although slighty bland. Nice mouthfeel and highly drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

09-02-2009 16:29:14 | More by Gosox8787
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4.47/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750 ml caged and corked bottle, Batch #4. Served in a chalice, the beer pours dark brown with about a half inch tan head. Head retention is good, not much lacing at all. The aroma is very nice, it smells like bittersweet chocolate, dark fruit (raisins, plums), coffee, and a bit of licorice. It tastes like roasted and burnt/smoked malt, coffee, plums and bittersweet chocolate, along with a bit of licorice and caramel. Mouthfeel/body is medium, it's creamy and has medium/high, but soft carbonation. Drinkability is pretty good, it's very smooth and easy to drink. Overall I think this is a pretty good brew, it's tasty and very enjoyable. I'd definitely buy this again.

Serving type: bottle

08-21-2009 22:02:15 | More by bluejacket74
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