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Allagash Black - Allagash Brewing Company

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2,268 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,268
Reviews: 677
rAvg: 4.04
pDev: 10.89%
Wants: 127
Gots: 334 | FT: 7
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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:
Beer added by: Bassetdawg on 12-14-2007

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 vandemonian
4.28/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Allagash Black has a black (duh) colour with a good head and excellent lacing. The smell is quite yeasty with some notes of bitter chocolate. The taste is malty with some raisins and coffee notes. It ends with a delicious roasty Belgian-yeasty finish. The texture is frothy and excellent. This is a very nice strong dark ale.

Photo of ColdPoncho
4.27/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

From notes, 9-12-2010

A - dark blackish reddish brown body, largely opaque with a small tan head

S - malty chocolate nose with hints of dark fruits.

T - See above. Great balance with nose, chocolate and stone fruits.

M - medium body, decent, not great

O (D) - Drinkable for sure, a pretty good and interesting beer.

Photo of harrymel
4.17/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Batch 15

A: pours a dark, dark coffee crown with murky clarity. Thin, fine foam cap forms on the surface and stick around for the duration.

S: lots of candy, raw sugar smell. Sweet roated malts are light on the nasal passage and offer up some backgrounds of nuts, earthy noble hops. Pretty good.

T: Less sweet than anticipated. Anise, cloves, coffee, dry roasted malts. Really nice. Finish is short lived, but strong like I were drinking an americano. Yum!

M: Medium bodied with near high carbonation. Spritely and alive on the tongue up front, but nearly creams while falling over the oropharyngeal aspect. Good.

O: This is a very well crafted beer. Happy to see Allagash making more and more delicious beers. Just wish my pocket book could handle them.

Photo of maximum12
3.56/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Funny thing happens after multiple beer 'trips' & 170 plus trades/BIFs: for the first time, I have no earthly idea how this beer ended up in my cellar. It may have been part of the self-sent box from Seattle eighteen months ago...but who knows? Early onset memory loss, setting in. Batch #4 bomber set to split with my tired, nervous wife. Considering the current reviews are batch #25, my guess is this is going on two years in my basement.

Pours like a cloudy night in the BWCA, white above, black below. Smell is understated, mellow roasted malts, mildest tang of sour, bare Belgian yeasties.

Allagash Black is a seriously chilled out beer; unsure if it's the age or its innate nature, but this is laid back & relaxed. Mild roasts come through clean, black grapes give up a vineyard characteristic, low-rolling sweetness holds it together & finishes it up with a White-smooth lick of cocoa. Just the barest tang of dog iron mars the taste.

Good beer with higher marks for being easy to sip & velvety than anything else. Solid Belgian stout in a distinctly Allagash style.

Photo of ebby82
4.35/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark brown or light black into a tulip glass.

A- Dark chocolate, coffee, and perhaps a nutty aroma. Very sweet with just a hint of the Belgian yeast.

T- Roasted malts and coffee, beneath a dubbel like taste, perhaps a bit of dark fruit. Dry, with a bit of the alcohol showing through.

M- Very dry and light, medium carbonation.

D- Very quaffable because of the lighter viscosity than normal dark stouts.

A very interesting, very tasty brew.


Photo of krazyboi
3.67/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 750 ml bottle into a stemmed narrow mouth glass.

A: Black. Foamy head that takes a while to dissipate. Does not leave much lacing behind.
S: Chocolate, alcohol, malt.
T: Roasted black coffee, slight citrus hops, malty, slight alcohol kick at the end.
M: Medium bodied, medium to high carbonation, a tad bit sticky,
D: Seems easy to drink since none of the flavors are too overbearing. The alcohol is fairly well hidden. In general, this is a good beer that I might purchase again if I come across it.

Photo of Bendurgin
3.5/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle shared with courtisy of McWhirk. Thanks pal. Pours black with a rocky light tan head that has lost of big bubbles. Settles down pretty quick to sticky lace. Lots of sticky lacing.

Roasty fruity aroma to this. Dark fruits like figs and dates come through. More fruit than anything to this, but a roasty profile is noticable. Dry dark fruity flavor. It has a really malty profile and dry flavor. I'd say it has a lot of grape flavor to it.

Feels alright; kind of dry to finish, coarse carbonation with a medium body. Not my favorite of the style. I guess I'd just rather have a Belgian.

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

Lots of roast in the nose, maybe a little dark black fruit as well. Smells pretty well like your average stout.

Big roast character in the flavor, mild malt sweet. Seems like your average good stout until the aftertaste- definitely a Belgian in that regard.

MF is, relatively speaking, light and creamy.

All told a nice beer. Belgian flavor is a little less pronounced than I would like, but it is nice to see how the yeast can effect this type of beer.

Photo of spicyvelveetas
4.83/5  rDev +19.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Enjoyed this beer thoroughly. From the very first sip to the last. Served on tap from British Beer Co. in Westford MA

Definitely one of my favorite Allagash brews. Possibly top ten overall.

Belgian styles are always a favorite and to have the dark dark strength of this black makes it something special.

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

295th review on BA
bottle to Oversize Wine Glass
C/C, Batch 25

App- A huge 2 1/2 finger head that just stayed put in the glass. Would not go away. A nice dark brown. Very well done for the style.

Smell- Malty, sugary, espresso with a roasty note.

Taste- At only 7.5% this was not what I expected. Very smooth, a little bitter coffee and some malt. Could have had a bit more ummph behind it but good.

Mouth- A nice medium body with a matching carb level. No real aftertaste but was good.

Drink- It's good and tasty. The malts are well balanced and smooth. Glad I saw this being raved about in a thread so of course my interest was piqued.

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

Note: this review is from a bottle that was aged for approximately 20 months - I've had this fresh, and I know that cellaring matters (it makes it better!)

Review adapted from notes taken 4/3/2010

Appearance: Arguably more of a dark brown than an actual black, but who cares? Nice beige head and nice lacing

Smell: Roasty/burnt malts, chocolate, some sweetness, some dark fruits in the background, something that smells woody

Taste: Complex and delicious - the malts impart a combination of roasted, burnt, and mellow pale flavors - I realize this doesn't make much sense, but this is what is going on - chocolate, coffee, caramel - some Belgian yeast under the layers of malt flavor - definitely tastes like an Allagash beer (not a bad thing) - some subtle dark fruits - kind of tastes like a stout that is decidedly not a stout

Mouthfeel: Remarkably light despite how flavorful the beer is - it seems thin, but it seems to fit the style - well-carbonated

Overall: Tastes like a sipper but the ABV really isn't high - very drinkable

This is one of my favorites from Allagash. The balance is very interesting. It's like a hybrid between a Belgian dark ale and an American stout. The beer is tasty to begin with, and it gets better with age.

Photo of gatornation
4.35/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

had on tap at matchbox

A- pours a dark black with brown/garnet highlights..its has a 1 finger dark khaki head that recedes to a smooth looking fresh collar

S- is some roasted malts ,some chocolate,belgian funk,and a little citrus

T- is superb with chocolate and roasted malts mixing with the belgian yeast..i get a hint of citrus peel and coriander a touch of cocoa.coffee this is so smooth... wow.. a belgian stout that glides over the palate with so much flavor

M- is smooth silky and creamy with nice carbonation has many levels of taste

D- is superb and very easy to drink for a stout..but huge flavor profile in this one

Photo of greenmonstah
4.15/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

750 mL bottle, batch 25, poured into DFH snifter

A - Nice 1 finger tan head. Dark brown with ruby hues on the edges. Clear, not cloudy. Some surprising alcohol lacing.

S - Belgian stout is right! Yeast and roasted malts play off each other brilliantly. Chocolate is a big player, too. Almost a burnt grain character.

T - A unique burnt flavor, like a burnt Black Patent. Some dark chocolate and coffee bitterness, as well a a fruit (pear?) sweetness. Some Belgian yeast characteristics. Finish has loads of the burnt character.

M - Somewhat light body for what I was expecting. A bit too much carbonation.

D - Goes down easy and is very pleasant. A joy to drink. Savor it! A great combination of styles that exhibits some brilliant flavors.

Photo of yankiac
4.23/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Jet Black with a surprisingly thin head that fades fast.

S - Roasty malts and a hint of chocolate.

T - Semi-sweet with Dark Chocolate overtones and a subtle bitter maltiness. The hops are subdued but compliment the overall character of the beer.

M - Shockingly light, though not watery. A bit on the dry side.

D - It's pretty drinkable. The alcohol is not ridiculously high and its not very heavy so you can throw a few of these back.

Notes: The beer is marketed as a "Belgian Style Stout." It's definitely a hybrid type of beer, but IMO it falls more on the Stout side of the line than the Belgian side.

Photo of nickthegun12
4.55/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

hmmmm...damn this beer is mighty fine!!!

pitch black color....with a beautiful 3 finger head that slowly fades out...and splotchy lacing...

smells of roasted malt...and chocolate....and that nice Belgian yeast finding its way through the thickness to delight your nose!...

the taste ah the taste....bitter dark chocolate....such a clean clean taste....i almost want to say the tasting and aroma hops make it to the forefront...

great feel....a bit on the dryer side....great carbonation that doesn't over power the beer...

finally a beer that i can drink with no problem by myself....this beer is not so high in alcohol...its almost a session beer but its more valuable than that!

i can't say i've ever had a finer beer!

Photo of atsprings
4.23/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On cask (with cocoa nibs added) during Flying Saucer Raleigh's 11th anniversary served in a standard pint glass a deep not quite opaque black with a barely there head that diminishes to a ring. Aroma is slight cocoa and spice. The taste is a nice amount of smooth cocoa in front of dark malts and mild dried fruits. The beer is medium bodied and is very smooth and easy drinking. This is a very enjoyable Belgian beer, one I would love to have on cask again.

Photo of SolomonGrundy
4.09/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Just finished making a sweet dinner of marsala chicken with wild mushrooms and fresh marjoram accompanied by herb and garlic roasted potatoes and lemon-pepper asparagus...YUMMY...I had THIS brew with it:

I heard today about the MPAA rating "controversy" surrounding the move "Blue Valentine". I don't see any controversy with hottie Michelle Williams getting a little something on set!!! Get over yourselves, ratings dudes!!! Didn't Matt Stone and Trey Parker teach all y'all a lesson already!!!

Oh, beer, right...

A very light stout colorwise - not nearly opaque but very dense. Head that pours is excellent...huge and persistent, leaving great lacing. No idea how carbonated...

7.5% ABV and $8.99/750ml bottle, so not too cheap, neither...

What ever happened to the Dawson's Creek folks? I mean, what's his name had a small part in "Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back"....And that cute brunette girl decided that aliens created Earth and put forth some hellspawn for the world to "cherish"...I guess the only serious actor/actress has been Michelle, right?

Aromas are stoutish...too be honest, I can only smell shallots and mushrooms right now...

Flavor is outrageously good, however...Remember the movie "American History X"? Well, I do...It was also outrageously good...Lots of big, chocolately malty flavors right away. A nice stout TANG!! Then the middle has an almost smokey characteristic to it. It's wonderful...The finish is long and super well-balanced between malt bite and hop bitterness. A really good beer. I've almost polished off the bottle, it's that good and easy drinking. This is one of the best, most unique and sessionable stouts I've run across. Only drawback is the price...Worth tracking down. Eat with hearty French food and it's a knockout, like Michelle Williams...

What I like most: The awesome, complex flavor profile.

What I like least: The price and lack of nuance in the aroma profile.

Verdict: Although lacking in one area, it is delicious and worth tracking down.

Photo of GarrettMD
4.25/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Dark black color with half a finger off white head that fades to a thin layer of bubbles relatively quickly.

S - Definitely get a stout base to this and some very nice belgian undertones. Roasted malts, slight coffee aromas, lots of belgian yeasts.

T - Roasty, burnt flavor is the dominant thing in this beer. The stout comes through more than the belgian qualities, but the balance very nicely. Bitter dark malts with some earthy hops and slight bready undertones.

M - Very light for what you would expect. Fairly thin with little carbonation. Finish is slightly roasty with mostly that burnt flavor staying around. There's a slightly fruity character to the finish.

D - Very drinkable. Silky smooth and asks for another sip. As I was tasting this I kept thinking I had already tasted a similar beer, and finally remembered the taste from Basha by Stone/BrewDog. The style of this beer is a Belgian Stout but the body being as thin as it is, and the hops being fairly prevalent, make it almost a Black IPA. Belgian Black IPA is what Basha is. Both are very good and I would definitely buy this again.

Photo of YouSkeete
4.89/5  rDev +21%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A: Very dark brown, practically black. Nice tan colored head with weak retention. Lots of lacing.

S: Fresh roasted coffee malts, both bittersweet dark and milk chocolate, with some hints of dark candied fruit, wood, and Belgian yeast.

T: First of all, huge malt profile. Amazing roasted coffee and semisweet chocolate flavors. Astounding. There is just enough earthy Belgian yeast to balance the body from a stout to a Belgian style. Fresh oats, barley and the Belgian yeast enhance the malt flavor in the body even more. Smoked wood is present, along with the dark fruits such as grapes and pomegranates. Beautiful coffee flavored aftertaste.

M: Malty, sweet and bitter. A fantastic balance of flavor. Medium body with high carbonation.

D: If this were just a teensy bit less carbonated, i would call this a perfect brew. Still an A in my book though, for sure.

Photo of tigg924
4.06/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had on tap at BBC Cedarville--served in a pint glass.

Appearance: 1/2 inch head, black in color, opaque

Smell: roasted malt ans light citrus hops

Taste: deep chocolate roasted malts with citrus hops blended in. There is some distinct Belgian spicing at the end.

Mouthfeel: medium carbonation, medium-light body,sweet start with a bitter middle and a spicy, less bitter end

Drinkability: My favorite Allagash to date. Nice and complex. Love the roasted malt taste with the Belgian spicyness. The combo works really well. A sipper, but one I would come back to.

Photo of arktos
3.45/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

02/21/11 - Had on tap at British Beer Co. in Hyannis, MA.

10oz Chalice

A: Pours almost black with dark brown highlights, 1 finger creamy khaki colored head, lacing was minimal.

S: Smells of dark roasted malts, some dark fruits, hint of smoke, licorice, and a bit of alcohol.

T: Dark fruits, roasted malt, a decent bit of hops, anise, licorice; I pictured slightly spiced up black jelly beans? Wish I had picked up some of the chocolate or coffee others had mentioned.

M: Medium with decent amount of carbonation brightening things up, finishes semi-dry with a touch of alcohol

I'm fairly new to the craft brew scene and this is my first Belgian Stout so I probably don't know what the hell I'm talking about... wasn't bad, reminded me of a Black Ale, I'd give it another shot.

Photo of jwinship83
3.95/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4.5

750ml corked and caged bottle drank from my ommegang chalice. this bottle is from batch 25.

A- this one pours a very dark (almost black) colored body with a small khaki colored head on top. the head lasts for a few minutes before becoming a skin on the top of my glass. small spots of lacing are left behind.

S- the first thing im able to pick out of the nose are roasted malts. very dark and almost burnt smelling. this beer is also heavy on the coffee. a little bit of belgian yeast and milk chocolate.

T- as with the nose, the taste opens with some darkly roasted and nearly burnt malts. after that it moves quickly into some semisweet chocolate. plenty of belgian yeast (would it be allagash without it?). theres a bit of smoke in here also. lots of dark roasted coffee at the end, along with a little bit of earthiness.

M- very much on the thin side. almost watery. extremely highly carbonated.

D- other than the thin mouthfeel that isnt right on a stout, this was a very enjoyable beer. something id like to sample again. maybe an older bottle next time. another success from allagash. lots of flavor packed into a beer without too much alcohol.

Photo of Durge
4.28/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Another happy discovery at The Grille Room in Portland, Maine, this one's a dark black color, as one might expect, with mahogany edges and a big tan head not to mention fair lacing. The aroma brings light charcoal chocolate hints and maybe a touch of grassy hops. The flavor brings herbal hop and subtle juniper malt and charcoal. Very nice blend and a very pleasant, near velvetty feel with subtle carbonation. This has a beautiful grain hop mix that is pretty drinkable and just pleasantly tasty. Almost a bit of a Christmas beer. Very nice stuff and highly recommended.

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

Nice take on the Belgian stout range, pleasing roasted stout sense with a distinct Allasgash Belgium yeast conduit.

Presentation: 750 ml corked and caged bottle. Simple black Allagash label with name in simple white. Label offers on- line description, and serving instructions. Notes batch 24 and Alc. by Vol. (7.5%) Served in a tulip glass.

A - Black pour with minimal dark brown edges, good 1" frothy head, fair retention, good surface memory and lacing.

S - Roasty yeast... Malt, dash of cocoa, hint of coffee, fruity touch... In sync with the mainstream interpretation of the style and Allagash identity. Pleasing, solid, and not that remarkable.

T - Taste follows and expands a good roasted range, Belgium yeast back, fruity in the current with some caramel prunes woven back to the roasted yeast, and a distinct Allagash sense.

M - Medium-full body, medium carbonation and a fair creamy touch.

D - Nice flow and quite pleasing.

Notes: While nothing memorable this is a good brew, and I would not mind to pick it up again. Some of the special release Allagash brews feel far more remarkable and not that far away in pricing but quite a level up in quality.

Photo of Janderson91
4.25/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Batch #25 poured into a DFH signature glass.

A - Looks like an American stout. Black only letting a very small amount of light through. Cream colored two finger head. Leaves good lacing.

S - Belgian yeast, licorice, roasted malts, coffee. Smells fantastic.

T - Taste is similar to the nose. Initially pretty spicy as you would expect from a Belgian. Giving way to some roasted malts, coffee and finishes with a huge licorice taste.

M/D - Mouthfeel is nice and creamy and the drinkability is quite high as the alcohol is very well hidden.

My second offering from Allagash, had the Witte a while back. I really enjoyed this and will have to seek out more of their beers.

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