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Allagash Black - Allagash Brewing Company

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2,093 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,093
Reviews: 656
rAvg: 4.04
pDev: 11.14%
Wants: 108
Gots: 252 | 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.

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

A- pours a deep, almost black, chestnut brown with lighter shades of brown interlaced. It looks like a liquid Tootsie Roll. One finger of tan head sits on top. Head retention is low and recedes into some sticky bubbly remnants.

S- The aroma is beautiful and complex. Initially a roasted hazelnut and toasted malt characteristic shines through. A delicate French pressed iced coffee mixes in with a great creamy note. Finishes with earthy Belgian yeast with a dried fruity ester that makes currants come to mind.

T- Complex semi-sweet chocolate flavors like a gourmet milk chocolate bar to a homemade glass of chocolate milk induce euphoria. Assertive creamy mocha blends with toasted semi-dry malt in the middle and reminds you that this is a beer. A hint of charred fruit with a herbal hop character dance on the palate with ghost like seduction. Finishes dry, roasted and semi-sweet with a tobacco note.

MF- Allagash Black is light to medium in body. It's silky smooth and velvety on the palate. The light feathery carbonation works incredibly well and fits the beer with precision.

D- High drinkability. Allagash Black is one helluva a beer and will change your perception as to what a dark beer can be like. Dark beers generally inspire masculinity and typical robust roasted flavor. Allagash Black has all the characteristics of a stout but is somehow delicate, feminine and graceful.

Viciousknishs, Feb 15, 2011
Photo of JayS2629
4.03/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Dark night black with huge, dense,creamy tan head that recedes slowly and leaves creamy webs of lace.

s- Roasted malts, rich earthy floral tones, hints of coffee and a dash of dark chocolate.

T- Roasted malts, hints of bitter coffee, earthy tannic hops with some floral character that lingers nicely. Good dose of licorice and some hints of dark chocolate. hints of caramel and woody characteristics

M- Medium, chewy, with a watery edge. Dry finish

D- Complex but slightly dry. Very good overall. A sipper.

JayS2629, Feb 13, 2011
Photo of sprucetip
4/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From notes, Batch 7. Huge fluffy, light mocha head fills the tulip glass and remains for quite some time. It's quite active, and pretty much black, as described. Leaves patchy lacing.

Sweet, malty, mildly roasty, lightly boozy, and something spicy that I'm thinking is star anise.

Taste is consistent with the nose. Malty sweetnes and restrained roasty character share the stage with star anise, for something that reminds me of it. Balanced and nuanced, with some complexity.

Strong carbonation tingles a while and gives way to a rich texture with medium body, light viscosity, some warming, and then drying and mild bitterness in the finish.

Unique and interesting twist on the stout. Subtle and sublime, unlike so many others. Smooth, rich, tasty, and easy to sip. ... Roasty character becomes more prominent with time. I suspect the yeast is the main reason this is so unique. Meets Allagash's high standards, even if it doesn't have the reputation (and price tag) of the others.

sprucetip, Feb 01, 2011
Photo of impending
3.63/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

750ml into a tulip. Pours . . . . black, minor head subsides to the surface, ok lacing.

Aroma is very nice, interesting to find this much classic belgian yeasty goodness atop classic stout aromas.

The strength of the yeast carries through in the taste atop the mildly charred malts. Finishes just a tad bitter, aftertaste lingers pleasantly. Medium bodied.

Nice but not a particularly notable stout nor strong dark. If the stout stood alone it seems it would be on the russian imperial side of the fence as compared to Chocolate Indulgence which would stand on the american double side.

impending, Jan 31, 2011
Photo of bottleneckedblog
4.47/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Deep black like the label suggests. Two-finger thick head. Very creamy looking.

Scents of dark cocoa, coffee, along with hints of anise, yeast, and a velvety sweetness.

Nice bitter espresso flavors upfront. Notes of dry cocoa powder. Develops hints of dark fruity black currant in the background along with a brief refreshing sweetness. A good amount of bitterness in the middle balances the sweetness of the roasted malts in this beer. Finish toggles between dry dark chocolate and mildly sweet hints of anise.

Extremely smooth with low carbonation.

An extremely dark and complex stout. Great for sipping over an extended period of time. There were also some fleeting floral herb notes in this beer, but I could not pinpoint at which stage I was tasting them. It's a very fine offering from Allagash. Recommend.

bottleneckedblog, Jan 28, 2011
Photo of htomsirveaux
4/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 mL bottle tried 31 Aug 2010. Served in the (512) One snifter.

Large light brown head. Lightly carbonated. Clear dark ruby brown in color. Aromas of cherry pits and oak. Taste is quite chocolatey, bitter roastiness and some smokiness. Finishes with some cherry tartness. Aftertaste is somewhat tannic with lingering dark chocolate/cocoa. Ethanol is moderate. Medium body.

Nicely done.

htomsirveaux, Jan 23, 2011
Photo of GatheringBrews
3.5/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Aroma of dark candy, Belgian yeast, malt.

Pours a chocolately dark brown with a good 1-2 finger head that settles out into a nice thin head that laces well.

Slightly thin mouthfeel, not a ton of body, but certainly tasty.

Finish is just a tiny bit sweet with bitter chocolate. Overall, a very unique beer.

GatheringBrews, Jan 20, 2011
Photo of mondegreen
3.98/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

750ml into an Allagash Tulip. Batch 17.

Pours a deep brown with dark Garnett highlights. Tons of lacing. I was expecting a darker beer, given the name, but it looks nice for a BSDA.

Nose is sweet candy sugar and dark fruits with bready yeast overtones.

The yeast character comes out more in the taste with the sweetness taking a back seat. Not bad.

Mouth is somewhat thin, but well carbonated.

Drinks very well, somewhat dry for a dark beer.

I'm reviewing this as a BSDA, since that's what it is classified as on BA. As a "Stout," (as the bottle clearly states) it would score substantially lower. I suppose that's the flexibility when brewing these Belgian Interpretations. Still, a nice beer.

mondegreen, Jan 16, 2011
Photo of rtepiak
4/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

belgian style export stout with a uncanny similarilty to some new wave belgian forms. mild sweet blackish brown look with some murkiness. nose of something quite doughy though. doughy overall. with some malty chocolate toast and some mineral finish that doesn't leave too much linger.

rtepiak, Jan 16, 2011
Photo of ChugsMugs
4.47/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Batch #25 poured into Goblet.

A-Fantastic presentation, poured two finger cream/tan head that quickly returns to a thin cover. Consistent thick lacing.

S-Sweets, estery aromas. Mildly phenolic (bandaids).

T- Sweet up front, complex. slight roasted malt, chocolate, hops give off brief citrus. Flavors become more complex and varying as it warms.

M- Intensely smooth and inviting.

D- An exceptional sipping beer. I'm fully hooked, especially being one of Allagash's more affordable beers.(Paid $7.99)

ChugsMugs, Jan 15, 2011
Photo of micmillon18
4.15/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22 oz bottle into a pint glass. Excited to try this one considering it doesn't classify itself as a true stout but that of a Belgian creation.

A - Pours a small one finger head that has a sort of light copper tone. Lots of lacing around the glass. The beer itself is a deep black. It looks so much like a stout.

S - Copper, coffee, sweet floral notes? Metallic scents are also present.

T - Copper, coffee or espresso, hops. Hops are very present in the middle and add a great touch to the balance with the darker flavors. Very complex. Theres another flavor floating around but I cant put finger on it. Its fruity of sorts and rather tasty.

M - Smooth with low carbonation; once again showing its stout side.

D - If it looks like a stout, smells like a stout, and tastes like a stout...then it must be a stout! Very delicious and complex.

micmillon18, Jan 15, 2011
Photo of brewerburgundy
3.98/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

25.4oz bottle, Bruery tulip, Batch #22.

I see why this is categorized as a BSDA, it's that murky slightly red brown color to begin with. The head is more Belgian Dark than Stout; lightly tan, fizzily dissipated with only a ring of small bubbles.

Aromas begin with slightly spicy dark berry Belgian yeast and then yield up dry roast and chocolate. Nothing crazy, but nice, and with more of a phenolic character than I'd expected. Fusel alcohol exposes it self after some warming.

Belgian and Stout characteristics flip-flop. Now the roast and chocolate is much stronger while the clove is toned down. The chocolate is dry. The dark fruit is subtle, as is everything about this beer.

Malty up front with a drying finish, the carbonation is definitely BSDA territory with its gentle fizz.

I'm appreciating that Allagash did not try to be extreme here. The abv isn't extreme, the yeast isn't extreme, none of the flavors are extreme.

brewerburgundy, Jan 14, 2011
Photo of mntlover
4.15/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a murky looking deep brown color, looks black in my St. Bernardus glass away from the light. Smaller tan head falls to ring and laces well.

Aroma is dark fruits mingled with coco very light roasted notes. Some liquorice hints mingle with fruity notes also some light herbal notes spice or hops. It is soft and subtle but very inviting smells of so good.

Taste is roasted malts t start lightly playing on the tongue some soft chocolate appears and transforms to dark fruits along with the liquorice notes. Fruity liquorice lingers into the finish along with some light herbal hop notes. Finish is lightly dry would say chalky but that sounds bad and this isn't bad at all. More of a stout but with definite Belgian notes.

Mouthfeel is solid medium is about it with excellent smooth carbonation, which is big plus for me as lots of Belgians tend to be to fizzy.

Drinkability is good an enjoyable experience maybe not best cost to enjoyment ratio but defiantly worth having if you haven't.

mntlover, Jan 13, 2011
Photo of BucBasil
4.22/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Poured from the tap into a Chimay chalice at 1739 Public House in Los Feliz, LA.

A: The beer is a very deep opaque and murky brown color with only a bit of light coming in around the edges. Head was 1 finger thick, light tan, and had ok retention.

S: The smell is unfortunately quite faint with a fleeting sweetness. Earthy and slightly spicy with some tobacco, dark fruit, and cocoa.

T: Hugely malty with fleeting notes of brown sugar and caramel. Some sweetness and slight anise spice contained inside an intense dark chocolate and and roasted (mocha?) backbone. Strong roasted coffee bitterness in the finish. Soooo smooth going down.

M: Notable because of how damn smooth it is. Perfect and exactly what I am looking for in this kind of beer.

Notes: This isn't so much a Belgian style in my opinion, but a stout. Either way it's a damn good beer and great on tap. Recommended.

BucBasil, Jan 10, 2011
Photo of Redrover
3.63/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This was served in a .40 cl marked Allagash glass at Tannins in downtown Elmhurst, IL. Tannins is a great wine & beer bar. The beer is black with some port red highlights. The head is brown and leaves lots of lace.

It has a nose of cocoa, dark fruit and roasted malts

The beer leads with raisins, slightly smoky deep roasted malts and some coffee. There is a bit of bakers chocolate like bitterness in the finish. There was lots of liquorish mid glass, which was a bit distracting.

The mouth has sharp carbonation. Not sure why, but I was looking for a smoother feel.

I liked the complexity and would have again on an occasional basis.

Redrover, Jan 07, 2011
Photo of inlimbo77
3.78/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from bomber bottle into tulip glass.

A: Pours a deep, dark black color. Good carbonation and head that sticks around. Lacing is nice.

S: The nose isn't has pronounced as I would have thought from the appearance. There are hints of coffee/chocolate, but it is not overpowering at any point.

T: I got the dark malts, mild coffee, and extremely mild chocolate notes. Not as major as in other stouts that fall into this same price point.

M: Doesn't coat the mouth as much as others do. Actually felt like a watered down stout to me after trying others recently. Wasn't a bad thing, but different.

D: Really easy drinking and the 7.2 ABV wasn't killer for your evening. I wouldn't slam 3 of these bombers but I could definitely enjoy more than one glass.

Overall a good stout. Another solid product from Allagash...seems to be a trend.

inlimbo77, Jan 03, 2011
Photo of smakawhat
2.58/5  rDev -36.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

From on tap poured into a tulip glass an interesting walnut red color with big brown opaque appearance. Faint chestnut colored head that leaves a ring throughout the glass.

A very closed bouqeut. Faint and does contain weak coffee notes but not fruit components whatsoever.

Taste is way too carbonated with a soda finish but has a neat bitter coffee and yeast like tinge.

This would have been great if it had some sort of fruit or estery component on the nose or taste but it doesn't. Very dissapointing I don't care for it at all.

smakawhat, Jan 03, 2011
Photo of CountJustinian
4.4/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours real dark, close to actual black. Substantial creamy foaming of a about 2-3 inches. Mild nose for a stout with hints of yeast and sugar. Very smooth mouthfeel with moderate carbonation. Tastes of malts, cocoa, fudge and sugar with no one dominant flavor. Not overwhelmingly chocolaty like others; just an exceptional blend of tastes.

CountJustinian, Jan 03, 2011
Photo of brendanbeer
3.88/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

at barcade in brooklyn.

a. nice rich dark color, almost looks like a stout. little head appears.

s. nice belgian smells, bready, sweet n woody.

t. lovely citrus notes balance with dark malty notes.

m. good. silky.

d. good, nough said i think. its a nice beer, easy to drink and exhibits pleasant belgian properties.

brendanbeer, Jan 03, 2011
Photo of rdilauro
4.46/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

For starters, I love almost all Stouts and I love Belgian Ales.
Over the Christmas holiday, I had about my 10th Allagash Black in the past month or so.
I served it to a number of guests after dinner. Everyone enjoyed the smoothness and drink ability.
There were some hints of coffee with just a whisper of chocolate.
Even at its medium price range, it was something definitely worth while drinking

rdilauro, Dec 30, 2010
Photo of LacquerHead
3.83/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I have looked through many reviews and have concluded that I am definitely in the minority. I was very excited to try this beer as I love stouts and Belgians.

I maybe the only one who thought the aroma was reminiscent of a raw fillet mignon. This had a Belgian yeast smell mixed with a charcoal stout aroma...along with raw meat. While I didn't really like the aroma, I thought it was very distinctive and interesting. But hey, at least it had a top notch raw meat smell!

For me the taste had a conflict of interest. It was as if someone cut a Belgian ale with a smoked stout. There was a yeast taste. It also had a moderately robust malt flavor. Some coco flavors, a hint of aromatic spice like cloves, and a smoked flowery underlay. It was like mixing the floral nature of tea with the robustness of coffee.

Conclusion: I liked where this beer was trying to go. I thought it was very interesting. I wouldn't discourage anyone from trying this, but for me it was not entirely my pint of beer. More than likely I will give this another chance - it did have a flavor that was worth exploring again.

LacquerHead, Dec 29, 2010
Photo of Haybeerman
4.45/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Deep brown, almost black; no light. Poured a wispy dark tan head that dissipated to the edge. Lace washed down the glass.

S: Burnt toast, coffee and dark fruit. Anise and faint alcohol aroma.

T: Toasted malt; dark fruits, chocolate and coffee. Smooth and rich; pretty well balanced. Bitter coffee lingers through the bitter finish. Very flavorful.

M: Medium body. Moderate carbonation. Smooth yet not real thick. Flavorful and balanced.

D: Very flavorful and balanced. Rich, but not thick or filling. Disguises the alcohol well.

Haybeerman, Dec 18, 2010
Photo of clayrock81
4.05/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a blackish body with soapy tan head that died quick but left a lace ring. A very malty/hearty aroma of chocolate, oak/wood, roasted malts, a little alcohol in the nose. A solid yeast aroma as well and a little bit of orange/citric feel (hints of bread, figs, black cherry and maple are all scents one might pick up). Typical meal in a bottle as a medium-bodied beer passes that is smooth and creamy and yet also has a stickiness on the back end. Has a large sweet malt base of cocoa, vanilla, caramel, candy sugar. Also a roasted, touch of coffee, malt base for balance so it not only has sweetness but a dry edge around the beer. A nice citric sharp twang along with some fruit falvors like black cherry and a noticeable orange taste (possible grapeskin taste as well). The moderate ABV hides itself well and this is like a mixture of a sweet stout and a Belgian ale and it is done very nicely; must-try for anyone.

clayrock81, Dec 13, 2010
Photo of TheBrewo
4.1/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Our pour gives us an impenetrable black colored beer with a one finger tan head. As the bubbles slowly recede they leave flecks of lacing around the glass. Light carbonation is noted at the edges of the glass, but no other details of clarity are discernible. The aroma is thick with roasted malts and espresso beans. Phenols are strong, but they mix with some of the other, more subtle aromatics, to give off a minty, clovey odor. There is also the faintest hint of bright hops towards the back of the nose. As we begin to sip, the mouth is bombarded with dark, bitter spice (black pepper and, maybe, fresh cinnamon) and heavy roasted malts. The latter remain to highlight the middle, whereas the spice is kicked aside by medicinal phenols. The finish and aftertaste contain the alcoholic bite that goes otherwise, to this point, unnoticed. Even so, this is almost disguised itself as dark black pepper, with a breath of black coffee. Upon completion of the sip, the mouth is moderately dry. The carbonation prickles a bit up front, but contributes little else to the experience. The mouthfeel is slick, leaving a slight coating, whereas the overall beer warms the drinker nicely. With a well masked abv and uniquely bitter, but inviting taste, this beer drinks quite well.

Overall, what was best about this brew was how well it keeps to its name. The look fit, the aroma was spicy and robust, and the flavors were perfectly attuned to a beer with the name of "Black".

TheBrewo, Dec 10, 2010
Photo of comfortablynumb1
3.98/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Batch #13

Poured from a 750ml bottle into an Old Raspy pint glass...

A - Poures a cherrywood brown with a two finger tan head. Head dissipates at a good pace, and there is not to much lacing to be had, but besides that; this one looks beautiful...

S - Smells of anise, coffee and fruits. I don't detect any alcohol through the smell...

T - Chocolate, dark fruits, and dark roasted malts followed by a smooth anise flavoring. Ends on a coffee note, that is just enough to let you know that it is there. This one is very well balanced. I am not usaully a big fan of the dark licorice/black jelly bean flavor, but the anise comes across perfectly. Also get a smokey flavor that makes its presence known. Very tasty...

M - Medium bodied with a decent amount of carbonation. Was hoping the mouthfeel would be a little more thick...

D - Allagash brewed a winner here. Don't know why I passed on this one for so long. Definitely something that is going to make an appereance in my rotation...


comfortablynumb1, Dec 09, 2010
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