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Allagash Black - Allagash Brewing Company

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Ratings: 1,904
Reviews: 636
rAvg: 4.04
pDev: 11.14%
Wants: 97
Gots: 202 | 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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4.15/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle from River's Bend.

Poured a black color with an average frothy off-white head that lasted and produced good lacing. Good roasted malt aroma. Medium to full body with a smooth texture. Complex roasted stout flavor with a medium bittersweet smooth finish of moderate to long duration.

Very well balanced standout beer.

Serving type: bottle

02-22-2009 01:48:11 | More by tmoneyba
Photo of smcolw


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

Lumpy, large off-white head. Recedes with a lot of webby lace. Deep, dark brown color where only the faintest of light shining through.

Initial smell is of the Belgian yeast. Soon it is overtaken by the darker malts. Some cream and "refrigerator" aroma. Light hop and alcohol in the background.

Full and creamy body with a light level of carbonation. This is predominantly a mocha flavor brew. The swallow and aftertaste has a good dose of hop. Well balanced. Notable alcohol warmth.

Serving type: bottle

02-16-2009 00:47:38 | More by smcolw
Photo of BDIMike


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

Pours exactly as the beer is named: black. It is a black viscousy color with a very thin white lacing that barely exists.
Smell is very faint of chocolate malts and dark fruits, like plum. There is a good bit of sweet sugar to the smell too.
Taste is very nice on this belgian dark. There is a good balance of dark malts and chocolate against some sweet fruits and sugar.
Mouthfeel is a bit thin for my liking, however there is nice silky smoothness to the feel.
Drinkability is good for such a strong belgian dark ale. The balance of the two parts of the beer makes nothing overbearable in the drink. This is a nice representation of the style that is worth trying, but it will not blow your socks off.

Serving type: growler

02-12-2009 02:34:14 | More by BDIMike
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3.75/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Serving notes: brandy snifter, cellar temp.
Aroma: slight sourness, light roast.
Appearance: Pitch black, completely opaque. Good 1" head. Nice lacing.
Mouthfeel: full body, fills the entire pallet, light carbonation.
Taste: Light roast is balanced perfectly with malty sweetness and a sourness that one would expect from a brewery like Allagash. Dry finish makes this a deceptively easy beer to drink. Very slight chocolate notes.
Drinkability: While this beer goes down easy, one bottle is good for the evening. I will definitely be looking for this one again though.

Serving type: bottle

02-11-2009 02:05:37 | More by Yeastcakes
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3.95/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle courtesy of Ding as part of my Good, Bad and Ugly BIF package. Thanks!
Very dark brown with a fluffy tan head, lots of supporting carbonation rising to the surface. Lighter edges, chunky lacing. Aromas of dry yeast, bread crust, chocolate milk, malt, roast and dark fruits. Malt forward flavour, lots of chocolate notes (milk and semi-sweet), roast, dark fruits and a hint of sour cherry. Bitterness was average, making its presence known but not getting in the way of the malt. Not overly sweet though, with a bit of alcohol towards the end. Texture was decent, medium bodied with carbonation a little higher than average. Light warmth and a bit of dryness from the dark grains. Pretty good overall.

Serving type: bottle

02-05-2009 23:44:56 | More by DrJay
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4.43/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Cask, into Imperial Pint.

Pours black with a healthy, creamy light tan head.

Nose is cocoa and roasty coffee, with a hint of floral hops mixed in.

Taste is so smooth - cocoa and roasty espresso meld with a mellow dark fruit & cherry note, and floral hops asserting themselves just enough to balance, with almost no acidity.

Silky smooth, with full but fairly light body. Really fantastic beer when cask conditioned. I literally did not want to stop drinking it.

Serving type: cask

02-05-2009 13:51:11 | More by JohnQVegas
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4.22/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- 750mL caged and corked brown bottle poured into a tulip glass. 1.5 inch tan head and black beer. Head settles in after a few minutes and doesn't leave very much lacing.

S- Yeasty, spicy, with notes of red fruit, especially grape.

T- Starts with a yeasty/grapey red fruit classic Belgian flavor and transitions quickly to stout-like flavors of roasted malt, chocolate, and coffee. The roasted and stout flavors become more dominant as the beer warms. Red fruit in the aftertaste.

M- Full-bodied beer which coats your mouth and lingers. Not too carbonated and not too viscous. Very nice.

D- Great flavor with moderate alcohol makes this bottle a pleasure to finish. I definitely wouldn't pop another, though.

Serving type: bottle

01-27-2009 23:19:24 | More by akokandy
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3.93/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Paid $12.99 for a 750ml bottle from BevMo in San Jose, CA. Poured into my Chimay Chalice.

About an inch of frothy light tan head of fine bubbles. Very dark, nearly black with ruby hints when held to a light. Thick lacing and excellent head retention. Rather carbonated.

Smells quite spicy and yeasty. Bubbly and carbonated.

Taste is much different than the smell. Much more reminiscent of a stout, while the nose was screaming Belgian Dark. Quite malty up front, the creaminess lends to a longer finish of a spicy belgian. The yeast is better balanced in the mouth and adds a nice touch to stout qualities.

This one is medium bodied, smooth and creamy, but not silky smooth. Rather carbonated, pretty easy going down.

A nice spin on combining two somewhat contrasting styles. And certainly was worth trying.

Serving type: bottle

01-21-2009 03:23:51 | More by ibbjamin
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4/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

There seem to be a lot of brewers experimenting with "Belgian style" stouts lately...or at least I seem to be trying a lot of them for the first time lately. They tend to fall in one of a few categories: either they are Un-Belgian-y (just stout-like and roasty), too Belgian-y (Buffalo Belgian Stout), or just right (Weyerbacher XIII). I would put this one in the Un-Belgian-y category...there was plenty of roastiness, but none of the mouthfeel or yeast or spice notes that I associate with Belgian-style beer.

It was black, it was roasty, it was ot very Belgian-y. It reminded me of a milk stout, and a very good milk stout at that. I would suggest that this beer is not exactly on-target (as far as the description is concerned) but I nonetheless thought this to be a very good beer.

I bought this at Rick's Wine on Duke Street in Alexandria, VA. I enjoyed it with SurlySober and Flyer at a tasting at my house which also included RR Beatification and Westvleteren 12 (quite respectable, eh?).

Serving type: bottle

01-19-2009 01:54:08 | More by BeerBelcher
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3.58/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

25.4 oz brown bottle; caged & corked. Served in an oversized wine glass.
Batch #7.

Pours a somewhat opaque, deep maple in color beneath a densely foamy, coffee-colored head with very stable retention. Some patchy, carbonation-filled ringed lacing with decent strength.

Espresso, dark chocolate, and bittered caramel aromas: almost rich, but lacking an expected sweetness. Some candied sugar that is engulfed by a spicy licorice given a brisk must and dryness. Rich, semi-sweet, and spicy.

Licorice, saffron, and spicy clove almost immediately. This dark spice profile, in combination with a mild astringent yeast, gives off a lingering dryness. Light rich and creamy caramel, coffee, and even dry hazlenut. The carbonation is very intense, which takes away some of the rich and dry flavors allowing the spices to run wild.

Medium bodied; good lord, the carbonation is out of control. As stated, the carbonation exacerbates the spiciness, which I do not think is this ale's best quality. Dry, unfortunately unbalanced.

Some unique flavors; however, the carbonation is extremely intense. An interesting idea from Allagash, but heavy on the spice and lacking in richness.

Serving type: bottle

01-19-2009 01:36:34 | More by NEhophead
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3.55/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Allagash Black, sampled on three different occasions, with composite notes from all three. The first set was written on a napkin, and the beer enjoyed on tap at Summits Wayside Tavern, Snellville, GA. The second was from a sample, enjoyed at the World Beer Festival in Durham, NC. The third and final was at Capital Ale House, Innsbrook location, Richmond, VA. Yep.

Appearance: A solid, black-bodied beer, with a relatively fast-fading tan head that leaves a solid sheen of lace, a little thin collar, and a few glittery sheets and streaks here and there. Retention leaves a bit to be desired, and that and the lacing is pretty much all you can review as far as appearance goes in a beer this dark, no?

Aroma: Banana dominates, though smoke, very heavily toasted malts, char, and a few bready notes that give a faint air of banana bread provide the balance. All in all its a little faint, and a little too heavily roasted, but that's ok.

Taste: Char is strong here, and it almost lends that bourbon barrel note, though it's obviously a result of all the woody earthiness. Plenty of cocoa and a dash of coffee lends a mocha-like edge with a few lactic notes. Relatively dry, on the whole. A few faint spices.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, relatively crisp and dry, with mild and even effervescence. This beer's best aspect.

Drinkability: Not my cup of tea, really. Hell Hath No Fury was better than this. This one's just a little too heavily roasted, a little too dry. It's worth at least one try, though I can't say I see myself going back to this one.

Serving type: on-tap

01-11-2009 07:24:02 | More by CrellMoset
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3.95/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Pours black with brown highlights and an ecru head that slowly recedes to a viscous white film.

S - Roasted malts, coffee beans, bitter dark chocolate.

T - I wouldn't exactly say it makes my tastebuds pop n lock uncontrollably, but they're nodding their heads a little bit. Dark malty upfront with a bitterness creeping in and a little licorice essence. Little bit o' coffee as well.

M - I wasn't enamored with the mouthfeel because I felt it should've been thicker, but I don't discount that too much as it wasn't really my decision to make, but the brewers'. Good carbonation.

Notes - Good drinkability, the ABV isn't evident in the lack of strong alcohol taste.

Serving type: bottle

01-10-2009 02:01:59 | More by HeyItsChili
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3.95/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had this on-tap at the Brick Store.

Pours a color one shade away from being black. The head is one-finger of off-white foam that recedes into a thin pancake on top with decent lacing.

Smells of roasted malts with hints of coffee and licorice. As the beer warms the licorice becomes more apparent.

Tastes good. Mild roasted malt flavors up front that segue into hints of licorice. Depending on the sip the initial flavor switches between roasted malt and roasted coffee. Ending is mildly bitter.

Mouthfeel is good. It's a bit more carbonated than I was expecting, but the thickness is good and it goes down pretty smoothly.

Drinkability is good. I finished one glass with no problem and could have a few more.

Overall this isn't my favorite from Allagash, but it's still a solid offering. Worth a shot.

Serving type: on-tap

01-08-2009 03:47:54 | More by glid02
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4.33/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750ml Bottle
Batch 4

Poured into a chalice a very nice black color, nice carbonation, nice little one-finger creamy tan head, which does leave some nice oil slicks and slight sticky lacing. The nose is malty, with some coffee/chocolate, some slight figs/prunes/raisins. The taste is malty, slightly bitter, nice notes of coffee/chocolate, also a hint of dark fruits. Medium body. Very drinkable, this is not a BSDA, but a Belgian Stout like the bottle sez, probably the first I've had, lol Recommended.

Serving type: bottle

01-04-2009 19:25:54 | More by Wasatch
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New York

4.13/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A huge, dense, tan froth fills half of this tulip glass. The other half is filled with a dark, black beer that displays a dark, ruby halo. Enormous lacing leads to a big, puffy pillow, while serious legs defy gravity.

Initially, pumpernickel bread dominates, but is quickly followed by coffee, molasses and light cedar aromas.

Flavor profile presents bourbon early followed by espresso and a mild, bitter finish.

Allagash Black is a creamy, full-bodied beer with soft carbonation and moderately warming alcohol.

This would be a great selection any time of day, but perhaps best as a sipper while reading after dinner. Fortunately, this one's not too big to back for seconds or even thirds.

Date consumed: 22 August 2008

Serving type: bottle

01-04-2009 14:32:39 | More by SLeffler27
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Ontario (Canada)

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

Big thanks to Russ for sharing this 750 ml corked and caged bottle.

Pours a slightly opaque dark reddish black, slightly cloudy, drops a pretty nice film of tan lacing on the glass, very thick layer and ring forms on the glass, very sticky lacing, looks nice. Smell is roasty, some chocolate, dark fruits, real toasty malts, some raisins, lots of Belgian fruity character, but some real nice stout character as well. Taste is nice, really raisiny some caramel malts, lots of fruity malt, some roasty middle, chocolate, very toasty, really nice and clean flavour, currants and raisins, spice in the finish but well balanced. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with medium carbonation, smooth, some warmth from alcohol but generally a well put together beer, real nice job. THanks Russ!

Serving type: bottle

01-01-2009 05:23:03 | More by Viggo
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Ontario (Canada)

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

750ml bottle, corked and caged. sampled dec 31/08.

pours nearly black and mostly opaque with a small dense light brown head. the head drops very slowly and leaves lots of lace.

aroma is good. dark and milk chocolate. coffee. multi-grain bread and biscuit. bit of cracker. light alcohol. light roast and toasty character. bit of dark fruit.

taste is great. milk and dark chocolate. multi-grain bread and biscuit. bit of cracker. light alcohol. coffee. some dark fruit - date, fig, red grape, raisin.

mouthfeel is good. medium-large body. medium carbonation.

drinkability is good. nice balance. the stout and belgian allagash characters mesh well together. good stuff. i have another in the cellar and am interested to see how it changes with time.

Serving type: bottle

01-01-2009 05:15:00 | More by grub
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Rhode Island

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

On-tap 12/28/08 at Track 84 in Warwick, RI, served in a tulip glass.

A: The beer is a deep black color, with a decent off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of dark fruit, dark chocolate, Belgian yeast and a touch of hops.

T: The taste is malty but not overly sweet with flavors of dark fruit, chocolate and Belgian yeast. There's a mild but complimentary hops presence that brings a good balance. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and very smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

D: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, good kick, good representation of style, not usually the type of beer that I go for, but this is a good one to drink for a long time if you're in the mood for a very dark Belgian beer.

Serving type: on-tap

12-30-2008 04:14:12 | More by TheManiacalOne
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4.03/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I grabbed this at the sterling Sun Singer. Big mahogany brown body supports a frothy tan head with very good duration and ample lacing--a very good first impression. Prominent coffee aroma lives up to the "stout" moniker on the label, but I also detect sweet-and-sour fruit and a bit of spice. The nose is in a way confusing. This is as much reminiscent of a BSDA as it is a "Belgian Stout." Either is fine, but I'm still wondering which this is--either or both.

The taste is good but only compounds the identity questions I have, but will set aside. It's malty with a nice bite--dark coffee, raspberry, dark chocolate. This is delicious, though the coffee is at times a bit domineering. Smooth, but with decent effervescence, this strikes a nice balance in texture.

This is good overall, though not my favorite from Allagash. Not the most complex stout or BSDA, this is still worth acquiring. A solid beer.

Serving type: bottle

12-30-2008 03:58:55 | More by Gehrig
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3.53/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Although this is self described as a "belgian style stout" I will agree with BA that it resembles a strong dark ale. This is especially true in terms of appearance and mouthfeel.

A: True to its name, this brew is opaque bordering on black. Minimal head which quickly dissipates. Practically no lacing as poured into an Ommegang Abbey chalice.

S: Burnt with some spice and solvent notes.

T&M: Definite coffee and chocolate flavors. My wife commented that this brew seems incredibly sweet.. which I would say is how it finishes. Also somewhere between the taste and aroma there is a faint papery note. Sort of a corrugated paper but very faint and could just be this bottle.

D: Overall the drinkability of this brew is mediocre. I'm not a big fan of any brew with an identity crisis. Not my favorite as a stout and not my favorite as a strong dark ale. Not bad, but I doubt I'll buy it again.

Serving type: bottle

12-28-2008 02:36:24 | More by dino213aa
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New Hampshire

4.1/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours with a three-finger light tan head that fades slowly leaving some lace. Totally black color. Light carbonation and heavy bodied. Roasted coffee nose. Flavor is roasted coffee with a slight sweet background, burnt coffee finish. Nice Belgian stout. Pricey at $13.00 for a 750ml bottle from a Tully's Beer & Wine Wells, ME.

Serving type: bottle

12-27-2008 23:17:41 | More by jdhilt
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4/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Review here being written from notes as I drank this over 2 months ago now while on vacation in Boston visiting my sister. Served to me in a tulip glass. This beer is a dark brown, almost black color. Nice tan head about 1/4 inch thick when served. Good staying power. Sets to a nice thick ring lining the inside of the glass. Decent lace. Aromas of bitter coffee and dark chocolate notes filled my nostrils. The taste is the same along with slightly roasted malt, a trace of hops, and a bit of caramel rounding this beer's flavors out. Gets a bit more bitter as it starts to warm up. Has a smooth, frothy, full bodied mouthfeel with light to moderate carbonation. Easy to drink. I believe the establishment where I had this beer listed it as being a stout on their beer menu, and based on the heavy coffee and chocolate notes of this beer I can understand how easily they could have made a mistake. this beer is unlike any other Belgian Strong Dark Ale I have ever had before, and I have had quite a few of them. A good beer here.


Serving type: cask

12-26-2008 05:59:07 | More by neenerzig
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New York

4.05/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Reviewed on 7/11/08. Bottle. Pours black with a small ring of tan head. Aroma of roast, coffee, and sweet roasted malt. Flavor of lots of coffee and roasted malt, some peanut brittle and roasted nuts. A nice body- very rich, silky, smooth, and creamy. So drinkable for a stout. Quite enjoyable. I would like to see more Belgian characteristics in this one however.
7/4/8/5/14 (3.8/5)

Serving type: bottle

12-20-2008 18:37:06 | More by LilBeerDoctor
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North Carolina

4.1/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Aged 1 year in the beer fridge.

Pours very dark with a thick head, leaving faint lacing on my snifter.

Roasted chocolate nose that grows sweeter and fruitier as the beer warms. Initial hit is very roasty with a chocolate finish. Some fruitiness in between, tasting of plums and prunes.

Mouthfeel is very smooth. I was expecting a little more thickness from the appearance, but seems about right for the style.

Overall, a good one-timer.

Serving type: bottle

12-19-2008 01:20:01 | More by beer2day
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District of Columbia

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

stuff's dark. and the head proportionally poofy.

from said poof emanates figs, smoke, floral hop, coffee, coriander and a hint of heat

the belgian character is generally subdued (visit Trinity brewpub for a super belgian stout). big woody hop flavor and bitterness, very deeply roasty, with even a touch of astringency. the mouthfeel also come across as fairly smooth (which i see might be attributable to oats). the truth is that the flavor seems a little underwhelming: stouts and belgians are of the richest and most dynamic styles, yet their brood seems a little peaked. tasty, no doubt, but perhaps a warmer fermentation would have helped

ok, so it's roasty and spicy and belgiany and minimallyfruity and hoppy. tasty, but i feel it could be better

Serving type: bottle

12-15-2008 04:08:45 | More by bruachan
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