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Allagash Black - Allagash Brewing Company

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2,171 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,171
Reviews: 663
rAvg: 4.04
pDev: 11.14%
Wants: 116
Gots: 270 | 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 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.

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!

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Photo of silentjay
3.93/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

as with many Allagash 750ml bottles, the cork comes out with a loud pop. it pours the color of dark chocolate with a chocolate milk colored head that fills more than half of my Duvel tulip, slowly settles and laces well.

differs from your normal stout in the aroma, as the yeasty spice and phenols come through first, on top of the char, cocoa, tobacco, and coffee flavors that are more typical of a stout. its not the best smelling beer, but it does smell nice.

roast, charcoal, and tobacco come first with some coffee, then dark fruits and spice thats typical of Belgian yeast. finishes with some drying charred flavors.

almost full-bodied and fluffy with a nice charred finish which works very well for the flavors presented.

Its kinda like if you mixed a belgian dubbel with a roasty stout. it works pretty well, but I've never been blown away by this beer. I would like to try the bourbon barrel version of this.

Photo of jiggahertz
4.38/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Frothy big two finger head on top of a deep dark black beer. Nice lacing throughout.

S: Fruity malts, smokiness, nutty.

T: Malts really come through up front, roasted toffee, dates, caramel, some hoppiness towards the ends and a bitter chocolate finish that's pretty dry.

M: Big and bold, low carbonation.

O: This is a huge beer with a lot of complexities

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

Appearance: Nice creamy tan head that diminishes quickly but leaves a lasting cover. Very nice lacing. Pours a dark brown that resembles chocolate with a slight hint of copper to it.

Smell: Hints of Belgian spices dominated by a mix of chocolate, coffee and roasted malts. After mixing it a little you can get a little bit of alcohol in it.

Taste: Chocolate mixed with coffee and roasted malts dominate the palate. Underscore of hops and Belgian spices which mix very well.

Mouthfeel: Light body with medium carbonation.

Overall: A very good beer for a warm night or a cold room. Recommend.

Photo of homebrew311
3.75/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Served on draft in a tulip glass at Durty nellies

A: pour deep brown with some light passage, thin head, no retention

S: heavy clove and Belgian yeast character. Some faint chocolate in the background. Some oat characte on the finish

T: starts out sweet with notes of cherry and plum, chocolate and roasted barley come in next, finish is very yeasty

Mf: thin body, high carb

O: this is a very Belgian forward stout, I would prefer it o have a bigger body

Photo of bishopdc0
4.33/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A nice black color a dark brown on the edges when held to the light. A decent head forms tan and subsides

A nice sweet roasted malt miked with chocolate and a hint of Belgian spice

The taste starts with a bit of yeast and a mix of chocolate. Roasted malts come in but finishes with a malty mix of yeast and spiced hops

Very drinkable and nice

Photo of BLove
4.47/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thoroughly enjoyed this brew in downtown Bar Harbor, ME at Rupununi.

A - Deep brown, almost black with ruby red around the edges when held up to light. Nice cocoa-colored, thick head which tapers to fine lacing.
S - dark chocolate, earthy
T - faint vanilla, dark chocolate/cocoa, & expresso flavors...very complex. Medium hop, and some warming from the higher alcohol content
M - Medium-full body, coats palate, easy drinkability
D - D-licious!! Very smooth! One of my favorites while visiting Maine. If this beer is any indication, I will be seeking out more beer from this brewer.

Allagash Black from Allagash Brewing Company
91 out of 100 based on 2,171 ratings.