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Allagash Black - Allagash Brewing Company

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2,178 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,178
Reviews: 666
rAvg: 4.04
pDev: 11.14%
Wants: 114
Gots: 273 | 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 treehugger02010
4.08/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

My buddy brought a bottle of this over and I poured it into a pint glass.
Appearance: The body is a dark brown color. The head is many fingers tall, mother of pearl in color, stupendous retention and very nice lacing.
Smell: The aromas are coffee, roast notes and more coffee.
Taste: The flavors are sweet sugar, earthy hops and toffee.
Mouthfeel: The body is pretty thin and smooth.
Drinkability: This beer is very drinkability.
Don't drink and review.

Photo of Kadonny
3.98/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from tap into a tulip sampler glass.

A: A dark brownish color with a one finger light brown head. Glass lacing was minimal but it left vertical laces. Interesting.

S: Dark roasted malts with coffee, chocolate and a belgian yeasty smell. Subtle hops and some sweetness.

T: Ok, this is a Belgian Stout, tried and true. Tastes of dark roasted malts with coffee, chocolate and molasses mixed with the nice estery yeasty spice of clove. Dark fruits mix in with raisin, plum and cherry with a dry and slightly hoppy finish. Minimal sweetness, nice beer.

M: Medium, coating but dry on the finish. Nice.

D: Very drinkable. I enjoyed my pour and wish I had a full pint.

Overall this was an enjoyable beer. The BSDA category covers a lot of different type beers, but this one is squarely a Belgian Stout. A very enjoyable beer, I recommend to all.

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

Allagash Black....

Appearance-thick black brown with crispy bubbles laced with black and gray, carbonation brushes and curves, nice looking beer.

Smell-spicy smell laced with sugar, cocoa, dark fruit, alcohol fumes as well.

Taste/Mouthfeel-flavorful, full taste, balances sugary fruit well with dark cocoa, alcohol more pronounced than I thought it would be, warm breadiness as well.

Drinkability-slow sipper to be sure, but nice tasting and full bodied.

Overall-a fine beer, and a success. Nice job here.

Photo of BretSikkink
4.3/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Dark brown, served with a great frothy head. Sticky as hell. Coffee-like, heavily roasted malts lead the nose, and as it turns out, on the tongue as well.

Full-bodied, but somewhat subtle. Nicely malted, with lots of roasted notes coexisting with the spicing and dark sweetness. Dry finish.

Super beer. Carbonation could be a little smoother, given the style comparison to Rochefort 8 for example. But that's an awfully high standard, and this one tastes terrific.

Photo of Patrick999
3.88/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I picked this up on a whim, I'd never tried it before.

Poured it into a DFH snifter. It is a very dark brown, not quite black, with a creamy looking stout-like head that sticks around well. In fact, it hangs around really well.

Smells similar to an American stout, with some roastiness and chocolate, yet with the addition of dark fruit...plums and raisins.

Medium roasty, plum and raisin, little hop twang, some clove. This is tasty, but it really isn't breaking any new ground for a Belgian Strong Dark. That said, it is not a very sweet BSDA, which I do appreciate. It dries out with a fair quickness in the end.

Feel is mostly par per style. Medium-thick mouthfeel.

While this is well-crafted, I can't honestly say I'm finding it all that interesting. Not much wow factor. Given that Allagash 750s aren't cheap by any means, you do tend to expect some wow factor. That said, I'll gladly enjoy the rest of the bottle. A huge positive is its very reasonable 7.5% ABV as opposed to the typical 9-11% beast you get with this style.

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

A - Completely ink black in a snifter with a thick frothy cream colored head that goes down fairly quickly. Some lacing.

S - Interesting. Heavy chocolate and coffee with the standard belgian fruitiness. Hard to pick out the individual fruit flavors.

T/M - Very chocolate and coffee heavy up front. The dark fruits come through nicely on the back. Not sticky or slick. Very nice feel. No alcohol present in the taste. Currant and blueberry come through on the back.

D - Very very drinkable for a heavy stout. Alcohol isn't present and mouthfeel is great.

Photo of TLove
4.08/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

750 ml bottle to collins glass.

Pour is of thin black/brown and moderate viscosity with a rounded carbonation and a tempered, 1 1/2 finger off-brown head. There is a definitive sweet, kahlua smell with dark fruits of plum and lightly smoked tobacco. The taste is thin, but remarkably complex with a TON of roasted barley, a touch of coffee and dark fruits (figs). Sugars (predominantly caramel and molasses) and a little bit of roasted fall vegetables such as butternut squash and pumpkin, mixed in with a light, fickle yeast.

The best part about this beer is how consistent and smooth it is from front to back. There is a slight conflict between creamy and dry, as the beer possesses both characterisitics, though the finish remains primarily contingent on the sheer smoothness of structure of the roasted barley, light-bodied yeast, and sweet caramel. Very light, refreshing, and very smooth.

Photo of srandycarter
3.9/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Black with red tinge, off white head leaves to ring. Some sudsy, cling lace.

S - Deep malt, slight coffee and chocolate and citrus. Mostly malt.

T - Mocha heavy on the bitter chocolate with slight orange and big malt.

M - Creamy, fairly balanced, maybe overly bitter at finish.

D - One is enough at a time.

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

Had this at Rattle-n-Hum during craft beer week with capra12. Served from a pint glass.

A: Thick, 1 finger creamy head on top of a deep, full mahogany brew. Although not layered, there was ample lacing reminicent of a magnificent beer.

S: Belgian yeast, sugar, honey, citrus, and milk chocolate/cocoa.

T: Opens with roasted malts and that signature Belgian yeast flavor that fades into a dark fruit, maybe raisins, and finishes surprising light and crisp with a distinct milk chocolate flavor.

M: Light to medium bodied. This one really surprised me based purely on the look and lacing. However, although there is ample carbonation, the brew is very silky.

D: Glad I had a chance to try this and its truly a unique and worthy interpretation of an English or American stout in a Belgian style.

Photo of capra12
4.33/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Reviewed @ Rattle N Hum courtesy of speedwayjim.

Appearance: dark amber with little head, weblike lacing.

Smell:roasted coffee beans

Taste: Opens malty with milk chocolate. From the middle there is a sweet coffee and licorice which leaves a coffee aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: light bodied, and smooth with moderate carbonation.

Drinkability: I would definitely have this again and if difinitely worth the try.

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

Had this at lunch at Ron's in Exton, served in a tulip glass

Pours a deep, opaque black color, with a medium white head.

Roastedness dominates the nose, a sweet anise backnote follows

A licorice and roasted malt combination, a hint of coffee in the roast, but not dominating at all.

Creamy clean feeling, not oily. Fairly lightly carbonated, pleasant.

Photo of TheViolator666
3.8/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

750 ml. caged and corked bottle poured into pint glass.

A: Nearly opaque, dark brown with a nice 2 finger head. Left some slight lacing on the way down.

S: Pretty good, some chocolate notes as well as a ton of malt. Earthy hops as well as a bit of yeast.

T: Chocolate was the most up front, roasted malt and a certain earthy character made this one pretty complex. A hint of dark fruit was trying to fight its way into the taste as well. The Belgian yeast left a very dry aftertaste paired with some roasted malt.

M/D: The bottle conditioning gave this one a ton of carbonation. Medium-full body and hid the alcohol well.

Overall, not a bad experience.

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

Very dark brown in color, but not quite opaque. The head is a decent size, off white and left a bit of lacing on the way down. Looks very carbonated with tons of bubbles collecting on the glass.

The smell is very nice and complex with a mixture of chocolate, fruits and a toasted malty sweetness in the background. There is also a hint of dry, earthy yeast.

The taste is pretty interesting with a nice malt sweetness up front; fruits, chocolate and some earthy notes come to mind. The finish is different than what you would expect from the smell. Dry yeasty and earthy aftertaste coupled with a touch of roasted bitterness.

Overall, the taste exhibits a complex range of flavors from sweet and malty up front to a bitter and drier aftertaste. The mouth feel is a bit heavy on the carbonation but still pleasant and full.

Photo of Gosox8787
3.73/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle into a glass in two parts. Review taken from notes at time of tasting.

Appearance is opaque black. One finger tan head with great retention. Nose is chocolate and coffee notes, pretty straightforward. Taste has these coffee and chocolate notes balanced with some nice yeast sweetness and a smoke note. Rather bland. Smoke note feels too strong. Mouthfeel is smooth and creamy. Brew is medium to full bodied and slighty chewy at the end of each sip. Drinkability is good due to the light flavor and the fact that the ABV is hidden well.

Overall, a reasonably good brew, although slighty bland. Nice mouthfeel and highly drinkable.

Photo of bluejacket74
4.47/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750 ml caged and corked bottle, Batch #4. Served in a chalice, the beer pours dark brown with about a half inch tan head. Head retention is good, not much lacing at all. The aroma is very nice, it smells like bittersweet chocolate, dark fruit (raisins, plums), coffee, and a bit of licorice. It tastes like roasted and burnt/smoked malt, coffee, plums and bittersweet chocolate, along with a bit of licorice and caramel. Mouthfeel/body is medium, it's creamy and has medium/high, but soft carbonation. Drinkability is pretty good, it's very smooth and easy to drink. Overall I think this is a pretty good brew, it's tasty and very enjoyable. I'd definitely buy this again.

Photo of donniecuffs
5/5  rDev +23.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This is one of if not the best example of an American-made Belgian dark ale I have ever tried..

A: The name says it all. Very dark brown/black, with a tan head.

S: Malty, chocolatey, spicy, etc, etc, etc..this bouquet is amazing.

T: All of the aromas you pick up initially, certainly come to fruition when you take your first sip. Full-flavored, and nicely balanced between start and finish. Warm yet not overpowering aftertaste.

M/D: Velvet on the tongue. Full-bodied, yet easy to drink. Tiptoes the line between one-off and session beer. Surprising for such a high-alcohol beer.

This review was written based on my cask tasting, but since then I have had a regular tapping as well as many 750ml bottle pours. All were/are fantastic. One of my personal favorite beers, of which I have several now aging in my basement.

Photo of alexgash
4.5/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750 ml bottle. Batch #8.

Cola caramel brown body. Big, rocky, creamy, khaki mud head. Great lacing. Nose of prunes, plums, raisins, tobacco, molasses, faint dark chocolate, and lightly roasted coffee. Very nice and complex.

Roasted barley and tinny bitterness up front. Peaty-smoked-charred roastedness surrounds dark fruits (figs, plums, raisins). Dark chocolate and roasted coffee mix with tobacco before a flash of sugary sweet molasses into the finish. Lingering roasted bitterness along with some leafy hops and some funky yeast. Delicious and complex, with a medium-full body, and creamy feel.

Photo of Sammy
3.95/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Enjoyed on tap at Ashley's. Satisfying, its black yes with off-white head and its very lacey. A roasted stout aroma, medium mouthfeel. Coffee and roast, nutty, caramel, some candi. Aggressive carbonation. a good balance overall, and so good drinkability.

Photo of DawnL
4.45/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

What Allagash had to say: Our Belgian-style stout. Roasted malts give this stout its classic chocolate, toast and malty taste. A hint of coffee in the aroma. 7.5% abv

What I have to say:
Deep black color with tan head. Bitter on the backend - burnt coffee taste really comes through. It is a very deep, dark, full-flavored stout. It's what stout should be. Very drinkable. I totally agree with the Allagash notes.

I had this at an Allagash tasting on 7/23/2009. It was a rooftop bar - hard to get anything off the nose when the wind was whipping the aroma of the beer across the isle of manhattan!

Photo of beachbum1975
3.95/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Shared this one with DrewOSU tonight. I've had it before, but never reviewed it.This is a bottle purchased in late '08.

Pours black with mahogany highlights. A nice creamy, white head sits on top with a good 1/8 inch retention.

Moderately complex mix of sweet malts, cocoa, light coffee grounds and a bit of alcohol.

Taste reflects the nose... Sweet malts amidst light coffee and chocolate. I really like the light body and high carbonation on this one, it really adds to the summertime drinkability.

Photo of DrewOSU
3.48/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

2008 bottle, shared by beachbum1975, thanks man

A: Huge pop on the cork. Thought it was going to hit the ceiling. Pours dark brown to black with a ½ inch, thick, frothy head.

S: Licorice, light cocoa and a small amount of coffee and roasted malts. Belgium sugars in the background.

M/T: A heavier light to light medium body. I get a lot more roasted malts on the pallet then on the nose. I get roasted malts, followed by a slightly hot alcohol base. Again finishes with a rich roasted malt and cocoa flavor. Aftertaste is a little thick. With the slightly hot alcohol base, tongue feels dry and chocolaty. It backs up after half a glass, but nothing obnoxious.

D: Aftertaste is big with this one. Not a bad beer, rich at times, but doesn't fill you up. A nice alternative to an American Stout.

Photo of TubaManJack
4.22/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance- A thin head of foam and an opaque black body. There was a fair amount of lace and little carbonation.
Smell- A bit of licorice and drip coffee. There was a bit of sweetness but little roasted notes.
Taste- A bit of sweetness and mild roasted blend of flavors. Coffee and toasted grain blend together. There was a bit of yeast flavor but mostly filtered out and concealed.
Mouthfeel - A meduim body with a lit carbonation and a mild finish. It appears to be a part stout/porter/dark beer.
Drinkability- Its quite a confusing beer because it a unique interpretation of a style. However on a hot summer day it has all the characteristics of a satisfaction. Its lighter on flavor intensity and body, but not complexity.

Photo of coldmeat23
3.98/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

GLASS: Snifter
TEMP: Cellared @ approx 45 degrees

It's color lives up to it's namesake. About one-fingers worth of caramel colored foam makes the head. This recedes to a thin filmy covering. The lacing is quite good, but also quite slippery.

A wonderfully thick smell of malts dominates this one. Smells nicely sweet with a load of toastiness. Big notes of caramel and brown sugars. Nice hints of dark fruits. Light notes of vanilla and a smooth nutty scent. Hints of coffee notes.
There are a decent amount of scents going on in here, but you have to look for them. On the surface it seems quite subdued.

Now the roasted malts and the coffee notes are out in front. Hints of smoke and chocolates, both dark and milk. Nice vanilla notes. Toast flavor is all over this one. Great level of lactose sweetness. Mild caramel notes. Nutty hazelnut flavor. Mild hints of smoke and anise. Light spiciness in the dry finish.

A fairly full-bodied brew. Nicely creamy. A bit of roughness around the edges keeps it from being overly smooth.

The 7.5%abv is very well hidden within this one. Throw in that the flavor is very good, well-balanced, and not overpowering, at all, and this is a tasty, drinkable, brew.

Photo of nickfl
4.13/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - One and a half fingers of light brown head on an opaque black body. The head settles quickly and leaves little lace.

S - Smoky coffee aromas with a hint of chocolate. Some nutty caramel and sweet brown sugar as well.

T - Lots of chocolate and coffee up front. The mocha character is partially replaced in the middle by caramel and brown sugar with some fruity belgian yeast notes. The finish darkens with more coffee notes and moderate european hop flavor balanced by moderate malt bitterness. Lingering flavors of tobacco and smoke.

M - Medium-thick body, moderately high carbonation, and a dry finish.

D - A nice belgian stout, leaning more towards stout and less towards belgian, which is probably a good mix. The malt character is dark and complex while the yeast lends a mild fruity character that lifts the whole experience in a way that compliments the stout character without becoming cloying. One of those beers that is more than the sum of its parts.

Photo of koopa
4.28/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Sampled on tap at the Copper Mine Pub

Appearance: Nice black body with a light brown 1 finger crown that bares some retention and lacing.

Smell: Beautiful toasty malt notes with some hints of coffee and Belgian yeast.

Taste: Very nice flavor profile going here...roasted malt, coffee, chocolate, and a touch of toffee sweetness.

Mouthfeel: A touch too thin for my preference.

Drinkability: Fairly good.

I liked this much more on tap than my previous bottle samplings.

Allagash Black from Allagash Brewing Company
91 out of 100 based on 2,178 ratings.