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Allagash Black - Allagash Brewing Company

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2,127 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,127
Reviews: 660
rAvg: 4.04
pDev: 11.14%
Wants: 111
Gots: 259 | 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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Photo of Spider889
2.93/5  rDev -27.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Bottle purchased while I was in DE. Shared with beace.

Poured into a snifter. Nice black color with a very tall dark sandy head. Lacing was alright. The foam was pretty fine though, and the beer was a bit thin, evidence of the Belgian yeast strain.

The smell was pretty damn estery. The yeast doesn't mess around with this one. Lots of banana and clove spiciness, along with a light roast and muddled char.

I have not found many a Belgian RIS I have liked much. The yeast, in this case at least, overpowers everything that a good stout normally aims to be. The beer is all spice and blindingly strong carbonation. Quite a strong mineral presence as well. Perhaps it's just the overabundant C02 from all this carbonation.

Very light hints of chocolate and black malt trickle through, but this beer is a Belgian yeast bomb.

Again, the mouthfeel is both thin and over-carbonated. Both qualities I usually loathe in a RIS. Prickly and thus seemingly bozzier than it should have felt.

Overall I wasn't very impressed, and the price tag was high for what it was (I want to say $14-15 for this 750ml).

Spider889, Sep 14, 2011
Photo of Paincane
4.03/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Dark brown, not quite black in color with a bit of a reddish tinge. Small head with little if any lacing.
S: Roast malt, yeast, bread, and dark fruits all hit the nose.
T: Smoky malts and dark fruits with some sweetness.
M: Full bodied with minimal carbonation. Alcohol presence makes itself felt with warmth at finish.
O: Flavorful and enjoyable. Very drinkable. I will definitely have another.

Paincane, Sep 13, 2011
Photo of mostpoetsdo
3.63/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Dirty, reddish brown, with almost matching head, dissipates quickly. Looks rather evil.

S: Odd combination of coffee, burnt malts, and Belgian spices. Clove cigarettes.

T: Dark malts up front, paired with a smokiness and coffee. Dark fruits start to show up, along with subtle cocoa nibs.

M: A medium body, but more carbonation than expected.

O/D: Mellow tasting, and not "all up in your face" like other BSDA's. Pleasant to drink, but not something I'd search for.

mostpoetsdo, Sep 12, 2011
Photo of zeff80
4.2/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured out an opaque, jet-black color with a one-finger, cream colored head of bubbly foam. It left sudsy trails of lace on the glass.

S - It smelled very roasty with some coffee-like notes. There were some mild dried fruit notes.

T - It tasted of figs and dried plums with a strong coffee flavor. There were chocolate and toffee flavors, too.

M - It was crisp, sharp and smooth. A medium bodied ale with a dry clean finish.

O - This is a very tasty Belgian Stout. Allagash always does really good beers.

zeff80, Aug 30, 2011
Photo of Brewski4Drewski
4.18/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from 750ml bottle into wide brimmed stout glass.
A: Pours black, but not as expected from the name "Black", with an almost red-brown edge...nearly opaque. Stirs up large khaki head that weighs in about three fingers, this big guy goes down quickly to leave a thin foam on top until the end, lacing there.

S: Had to smell this a few times... very complex nose, but noice. Slight sweetness (maybe dark fruit), coffee, chocolate, and that zesty Belgian tone/signature.

T: Again had to dissect this one... dark fruits, toasty oats and malts (almost smokey), mild coffee and cocoa at the end... more here I can tell just cannot snipe the exact flavors/words.

M: Slighty heavier than medium bodied, smooth but chewy... carbonated throughout

O: Enjoyable, Drinkable, have you feeling IRIE upon evacuation, and possibly more special than you know at the moment... "Solid Brew"

Brewski4Drewski, Aug 29, 2011
Photo of JCellars
4.75/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured from 750mL btl into Duvel tulip at 45-50 degrees.

Nice two finger head with a dark black color on the beer as well as a dark amber hue. Good retention, little lacing.

Aromas of plums, figs, grapes, roast grain, espresso, yeasty black bread notes, a dark earthiness, and a subtle dark chocolate undertone.

The toasty, espresso flavors linger onto the palate with ripe fruit showing up as well. Subtle fig, vanilla, cocoa that swirl with the rich, opulent, creaminess of this superb beer. Excellent, silky finish. I honestly don't know how you could improve this beer. Cheers!

JCellars, Aug 28, 2011
Photo of ryan1788a5
4/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml bottle poured into a Chimay goblet.

A: Pours very dark brown with red hues. Thin tan head has modest retention. Thin slip of lacing.

S: Very fruity on the nose. Concord grapes, pear, faint cherry. Spicy Belgian yeast makes a slight contribution. Subtle anise. Chocolate and charcoal underneath.

T: Fruitiness skips across the palate with fleeting tastes of grape and pear. Spicy Belgian yeast has a bit of an understated presence, and is overshadowed by woody and smokey roasted malt tastes. Slightly bitter dark chocolate, cocoa. Dry and smokey in the finish with a slight fruitiness.

M: Medium bodied. Chewy and a tad viscous. Moderately carbonated.

O: A solid Belgian-style stout. It's got everything you could want.

Notes: I could see this pairing very well with a woodfire grilled steak.

ryan1788a5, Aug 21, 2011
Photo of HopsYeast
4/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

a-black body with no transparency when held to light. very nice thick light cream colored head. dissipates after a little while to less than half the size but it follows you down the glass with each sip.
s-coffee and roasted to almost burnt malt. chicory, vanilla, sweet molasses.
t-very clean taste, nothing overpowering. nice delivery of roasted to burnt barley and malt. additionally it features a nice roasted coffee flavor as well. there are subtle hints of many flavors passing from the glass to you with each sip.
m-nice body thats not heavy. low to middle level carbonation that seems to hit you more on the finish than the beginning. very clean wash from your palate.
o-extremely enjoyable. this is very unique and complex beer. would be perfect served with nice hearty meals or as an after dinner drink. great job again allagash!

HopsYeast, Aug 19, 2011
Photo of OBeerMeGreatOne
4.05/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a pint. Pour black with ruby around the edges. Starts with a nice inch and a half of head, not much lace.

Oats, chocolate, plum and earth dominate the smell. Slight roasted malt note.

Chocolate laced oatmeal, earth and a nice mineral note. Plum and alcohol make a slight appearance. Smooth going down.

Very nice stout. I think I'd go for something else first due to the price. Glad I got to rock a bottle though.

OBeerMeGreatOne, Aug 19, 2011
Photo of yemenmocha
4.03/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours BROWN, dark brown, or maybe black from across the room. Nose has a dark chocolate and coffee aroma. Bitter flavors on the palate, bitter chocolate, hops, some floral and citrus in there, and finishes with a coffee aftertaste that lingers. Also bitter. Light bodied and easy drinking, and surely hides the 7.5% well.

yemenmocha, Aug 16, 2011
Photo of SWMeyer4141
3.98/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Been a longgg time since I had an allagash beer. Excited for this one.

2010 Vintage

Poured into a snifter....

Appearance-Out of the bottle it looked like a pretty light brown and was suprised. Ended up being a Bold dark brown color with about a 3 finger khaki head that has some good retention and lacing.

Smell-Dark fruits and some spicey belgian yeasts.

Taste-Dark bitter chocolate, not so much in your face. Roasted coffee, not much sweetness at all, a little on the finish along with that light bitterness that stays with you the whole time.

Mouthfeel-Balanced. Very pleasant to drink. Medium bodied with spot on carbonation.

Overall-I was given this beer so not sure what it costs, probably about 10 bucks. At that price I'm not going to stash up on these, but definitely worth it even now and again.

SWMeyer4141, Aug 10, 2011
Photo of devinoconnor
4.13/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

After having several Allagash's on tap, I picked up a bottle of the Black.

Pours a very rich and dark black color (as you'd expect).

Little head from the bottle.

Smell is again, rich. Coffee and stout flavorings, very nice aroma.

Taste is smooth, caramel, and a tad sweet. Coffee undertones.

Overall, very enjoyable stout.

devinoconnor, Aug 09, 2011
Photo of jondeelee
4.22/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pouring a dark nut-brown/light black, Black smells immediately of coffee and chocolate malts, the aromas of deeply roasted grains wafting up from the glass lazily. Heavy, languid sugars lie beneath, including notes of molasses and caramelized brown sugars, as well as dark fruit esters.

On the tongue, the brew does have an immediate chocolate malt and coffee taste, closely mimicking the nose, but with the added benefit of a Belgian-style layer of spicy fruit beneath, mixing oranges and apricots with cloves and spice. This intertwining of stout and Belgian ale flavors is unique and intoxicating, each adding to the other in a symbiotic swirl, leaving the tongue wondering on what it's supposed to focus.

Purists will probably criticize the brew for this duality, and it does seem at times like Black is searching for an identity. However, I think the result is interesting, and worth trying--if a little strange. Beware, though: as Black comes with a champagne-style cork (which won't go back in the bottle), it looks like you're going to have to drink the whole thing in one sitting. Darn.

jondeelee, Aug 06, 2011
Photo of OWSLEY069
4/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours jet black with a light tan head. In the aroma, a small roast and a small oatmeal like sweetness. In the taste, sweet oatmeal, a small roastiness, and a candy sugar like bite. A small bite and medium bodied mouthfeel, with a lightly dry and roasty aftertaste. A nice roast and small dry hop presence.

OWSLEY069, Aug 06, 2011
Photo of pmlondrigan
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.

pmlondrigan, Aug 05, 2011
Photo of BeerForMuscle
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.

BeerForMuscle, Aug 02, 2011
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.

DaveBlack, Jul 29, 2011
Photo of greybeardloon
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.

greybeardloon, Jul 24, 2011
Photo of lostandwandering
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.

lostandwandering, Jul 23, 2011
Photo of MadCat
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.

MadCat, Jul 18, 2011
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.

Sam21, Jul 15, 2011
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.

IKR, Jul 14, 2011
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.

kcbearkat, Jul 14, 2011
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.

Knapp85, Jul 13, 2011
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.

perrymarcus, Jul 11, 2011
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