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Allagash Black - Allagash Brewing Company

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Reviews: 693
Hads: 2,454
Avg: 4
pDev: 20.5%
Wants: 146
Gots: 455 | FT: 7
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:
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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Reviews: 693 | Hads: 2,454
Photo of Gotti311
2.75/5  rDev -31.3%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

The front of this beer was really fantastic. The yeast strain they use, plays very nicely with the roasty notes and mouth feel is great. Then something goes completely wrong. The far back end/lingering flavor I can only think of one word to describe: sewer. There is a dirty/rank flavor that wasn't completely overpowering, but definitely present enough to ruin the beer. The other people that I shared the bottle with didnt seem to detect it so I am guessing it is something specific to my palate that just didnt sit right.

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Photo of polloenfuego
4.08/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Beer bottled in May 2014, enjoyed on January 23, 2015.

This beer poured a lovely black (go figure) with a frothy and thick three finger head that was sticky and persistent.

The smell was interesting...all the features of a stout; the roasts, some coffee and perhaps a touch of cocoa BUT there were also a lot of features of a Belgian dubbel present; yeast, dark fruits, some candi.

Taste carried through this mysterious mix; up front was the coffee and roast and as the beer warmed it was joined by cocoa. But the back end was pure Belgian. Candi, yeast and dark fruits sneak in.

The feel was medium bodied and good carbonation. This is an easy drinking sipper.

Overall, color me impressed. Getting the characteristics of two of my favorite styles together in one beer made me quite happy. This is an easy beer to enjoy on a cool evening.

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Photo of Jeffreysan
3.5/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle, poured into a pint glass

Appearance: Pours a pretty, pitch-black color with an eighth of a finger of white head that quickly dissolved into a thin halo of foam that gripped the sides of the glass.

Aroma: Roasted malt and freshly baked dark bread. Some notes of dark molasses and coffee.

Taste: Malty up front, followed by some smoky, roasted malt and/or coffee. There are some subtle notes of dark chocolate as the beer warms up, as well as some caramel-like sweetness. The beer finishes with some subtle hoppy bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Slightly chewy, with hardly any carbonation what-so-ever. With an ABV of 7.5%, there is just a touch of alcohol on the palate.

Overall: This is a very tasty stout. Not world class or excellent, but a very solid, very tasty stout. Definitely worth getting.

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Photo of uvachief
4.02/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Draft from Taco Mac into a snifter. Dark black color with 1 finger of tan head by the time I got it. Traditional notes of espresso, dark roasted malts and dark chocolate. Tastes much the same but smooth. Typical espresso aftertaste but not overpowering. Like it.

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Photo of scootny
4.1/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle that pours a not quite black brown. Nice light khaki head that coats the glass well. Some murk keeps it from being clear.

Nose is roasty, rich with coffee, and molasses sweetened. Belgian yeast and light chocolate.

Taste is char and coffee. Some soap and Belgian funk. Dark chocolate as it flows to a sharp earthy hop bitterness. Dry and quencing while giving a satisfying heartiness.

Feel is lively and smooth. Lovely carbonation and a weight that is lighter than the body's chewiness would lead you to believe.

Easy drinking, complex and satisfying. A great brew.

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Photo of Jacobob10
4.15/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

750 mL bottled on 9/18/2014.

Dark brown almost black color, translucent around the edges, with a small beige head. Coffee and roasted malts make up all of the aroma. Soft but not too subtle. dry roasty. The flavor leans heavily on the roasted malts with very small hints of chocolate and sweetness from the candi sugar, creating a dry and bitter finish. Medium bodied and smooth despite the lively carbonation. Definitely on the thin side for a stout.

I have had this a couple of times now and find it to be really enjoyable. While it lacks complexity, it's a more refined, easy-drinking stout where all the aromas and flavors blend nicely.

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Photo of fredmugs
3.03/5  rDev -24.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This was very unimpressive. Little to no aroma with a taste and mouthfeel that was all over the place. Great example of trying to combine several things (belgian style, stout, roasted, chocolate) and having it fail to mesh.

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Photo of Shade1951
4.58/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Whoa!! If leather could be liquefied, fermented, and turned into a beer, THIS is what it would likely taste like. Well, leather mixed with unsweetened cocoa. If that is a combination that does not appeal to you, then steer clear of this beer!!

Me? This is just the kind of beer I love! Motor oil in a glass. Musky, dusky scent of the aforementioned ingredients. And the smooth, smooth taste that follows the nose.

Bitter - in a good way. The leathery, cocoa-ish taste lingers on the palate even minutes after your previous sip. This is good stuff. And you know, the smell alone is almost rich and flavorful enough to be satisfying without even taking a sip. But drinking adds a whole lot to the experience.

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Photo of ClavisAurea
3.81/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle served in a wide mouth Belgian beer glass at fridge temps. No freshness date to be found.

Appearance: lighter black and fairly see through around the edges with no head to speak of at all. Disappointing really. The pour was pretty thin as well.

Nose: Heavy on the roasted malts, burnt coffee at the bottom of the pot, sweet creme brûlée in the end.

Taste and Mouthfeel: The mouthfeel is much more substantial that the pour and appearance would have suggested, like the nose it is heavy on the roasted malts (black and maybe a little chocolate), decent bitterness that would put it in line with a classic American west coast stout, slight coffee character with some chocolate but the burnt carries through, there is a creaminess in the middle that lingers to a nice creamy finish that is full of roasted flavors and a slight sweetness.

This is an interesting beer. BA has it down as a Belgian Strong Dark Ale but Allagash markets it as a Belgian Style Stout. I have to agree with the brewer on this one; it is far more consistent with a stout than a BSDA. I've reviewed 7 beers in the BSDA category (and many more unlogged) and 25 stouts. I'd like to try this again but it doesn't scream Belgian to me. Much more of an American double stout. Nice beer though.

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Photo of cosmicevan
4.5/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz acquired locally, enjoyed from a allagash 49cl glass.

a - none more black, frothy foamy off white head that hung out for the full adventure and left milkshake like lace.

s - nose is fairly nutty with a nice roast chocolate.

t/m/o - opens up with deliciousness...I mean this beer kills it. Great roasted chocolate with a fairly forward nuttiness. Almost tastes like a peanut butter beer...must be the Belgian sufpgars and the hopping (this is a fairly fresh bottle as I understand it). Super easy drinking while having the body of an oatmeal stout. Really good. Belgian stout indeed!

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Photo of FLima
3.9/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Deep black color with a one finger thick beige-caramel head with short retention.
Aroma with notes of licorice, chocolate, dark fruits, herbs and lots of Belgian yeast.
Unique taste mix with notes of chocolate, flowers, oatmeal, licorice, caramels, tobacco, nuts and Brazilian Jabuticaba. Dry aftertaste with a medium bitterness and a long lasting roasted note.
Medium silky body with appropriate carbonation. Alcohol of 7.5% is absent.
Original beer, it felt to me like a mix between a Belgian IPA and an Oatmeal stout. A bit sweet, though within style.

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Photo of tillmac62
4.13/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

BOD 156/14. Pours almost black with a quite a bit of dark ruby. Normal head with above normal lacing and retention. Light nose of chocolate, Belgian yeast, candi sugar and hints of dark fruit and roast. Medium bodied with a nice slick texture that hints at creaminess. Above normal carbonation with effervescence in the middle and finish. The excellent flavor profile is of reasonable intensity, quite complex and exceptionally balanced. It begins with semisweet dark chocolate over a very mild roast character. As the effervescent middle begins, the chocolate fades to candi sugar sweetness and more of the roast character is noted. As this sweetness fades, dark fruit notes come to the forefront. The finish is smooth, but has dry characteristics, and a bit of hop flavor and bitterness in addition to hints of coffee. A slight dark chocolate note lingers. The alcohol (7.5%) is totally hidden.

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Photo of EHopkinsi
4.18/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a tulip pint and consumed 13 November 2014.

Look- Pours a deep chocolate brown, no head, no lacing, not especially thick but has a syrupy look to it. Nice.

Smell- Earthy malts, and hops. Anise?

Taste- Good stuff; rich malt, chocolate notes, a hint of spices, and that hint of anise from the nose shows up now and then. Hops in adequate quantity to keep malts in check but not a hop-heavy beer.

Feel- A little thin, but not bad at all. Not a ton of carbonation, but that works well for this beer. It has kind of a paradoxical "thin syrup" thing going on.

Overall- a distinctive beer with neat tastes and feel working for it.

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Photo of ONUMello
4/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass
A: Dark brown with a one-finger head that quickly settles
S: A nice mix of roasted malt, cocoa and hops
T: Matches the nose; balanced
M: Medium-bodied, smooth
O: Clean, tasty and balanced as I find most Allagash beers to be

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Photo of ONovoMexicano
4.05/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured into a snifter from a 12 ounce bottle.

The pour produces a finger and a half of frothy, chewy-looking, oatmeal-colored head. This sits over a pitch-black body with trickles of carbonation. There's light lacing. 4.25

Floral notes blend with chocolatey and dark roasted malt aromas. Sweet, creamy caramel and yeast also add to the medley. 4.25

Floral, slightly fruity, like dark fruit, flavors begin, before leading to sweet vanilla and caramel, which leads to a dark, almost tobacco-like flavor. 4

This brew is highly effervescent, highly bitter at the finish, and quite dry. There are creamy elements and moments of smoothness, which help balance the strong bitterness. 3.75

This is a tasty brew somewhat undermined by the aggressive bitterness. 4

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Photo of Jeffo
3.22/5  rDev -19.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Mom & dad grabbed this for me while in the US a while back. Cheers guys!

From a bottle into a snifter

APPEARANCE: Very clear brown and transparent pour yields a 2 ½ finger, foamy, creamy white head with good retention. Head fades to a foamy cap. Dark brown body with no real carbonation evident. Rather light in color for a stout called “black.” Clear with ruby hues around the edges. A splotchy wisp remains leaving dots of lacing down the glass.

SMELL: Lightly roasted notes, spicy yeast, cloves, some dark fruit and aromas of brown sugar.

TASTE: Very much a strong dark ale with some roasted malts thrown in for fun. Roasted malts, dark, sweet fruits and brown sugar up front, with finish of spicy yeast and cloves. Medium and lingering aftertaste of spicy yeast, sweet dark fruits and brown sugar, as well as some lightly roasted notes. Flavorful, sweet and spicy as well. Enjoyable, though not really a Belgian stout.

PALATE: Medium body and medium carbonation. Creamy smooth on the palate, goes down smooth and finishes dry. Some spiciness lingers. Good feel.

OVERALL: This is labeled a Belgian style stout and is called Black, but this is certainly more of a Belgian strong dark ale and is more ruby and brown in color. Not all that great of a stout, even for a Belgian stout, but a decent strong dark ale. Glad to have tried it, but wouldn’t need to drink it again per se. Thanks again for the beers guys!

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Photo of garymuchow
4.06/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A sweet and spicy phenolic aroma masked a bit by the huge tan head over a dark red body.
Clear coffee flavor in a belgian drink is unique and takes a bit to get used to. Nice dryness on the tongue with more hints of the roast lingering. The "stout" flavors intermingle with laid back beglian flavors of phenols, spice and yeast. Interesting mix. Good feel, soft and heavy.
Not great, but interesting.

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Photo of 4DAloveofSTOUT
4.35/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

poured into HF wine Stem.

Appearance: light black bodied beer with mahogany brown hue when held up to light. Thick and foamy khaki head that is easily 2 fingers tall. Lots of lacing on the side of the glass. The head has great staying power as well.

Smell: light to medium roast and bittersweet chocolates. Fairly yeasty in a good way. You can tell it has that signature "Allagash" smell about it.

Taste: light roast and also slightly toasty. Semi-sweet chocolate mixes with cocoa flavors delivering a lot of chocolate flavor. Hint of dark fruits and a hint of anise. Hint of meaty smoke. A slight hint of Allagash yeast(spicy and fruity notes) show up in the finish and its in just the right proportions to make this stout interesting without having too much Belgian influence.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied beer with moderate carbonation. This stout has a really creamy mouthfeel. Slight booze kick too that is welcomed.

Overall: Allagash labels this beer as a Belgian stout on the label and I reviewed it as such(I didnt review this as a Belgian strong dark ale). I am not a huge fan of Belgian stouts, but this Belgian stout by Allagash is among the best that I have drank. This is a complex and layered beer with a fantastic mouthfeel.

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Photo of mattbk
4/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A: Beautiful looking. Black as night with just a touch of brown at the bottom of the glass, nice thick white head.
S: Hmm. I don't always love the combo of belgian yeast and roasted malts. This is featuring both, but in a nice way, both present but in balance.
T: More roast then belgian, but the estery funk of the yeast is hanging out. What I like about this is that it isn't too dry or overcarbed. The roast is very present, on the border of but not quite acrid. No sweetness and fairly bitter from roast character. This make the beer a bit less than very drinkable. However - I like it, interesting in a way many of these types of beers are not.
M: Not much to complain about here, not overcarbed, not too dry.
O: Solid beer, not my style very much but well done. A little less bitter roast would improve drinkability. Allagash has climbed my upper eschelon of breweries.

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Photo of pat61
4.7/5  rDev +17.5%

Nose: prunes, raisins, spice, chocolate
Pours pitch black under a dense 2" tan tinted off-white foam cap, good lacing.
Palate: caramel and toffee flavors meld into chocolate over some spiciness - not much apparent hop bitterness and no big roast bitterness. Not as big of fruit presence on the palate as on the nose.
The texture really makes this beer - the creamy, very fine soft carbonation enhances the malt flavors and have you wanting more. The body is lighter than the flavor and alcohol might suggest but the creaminess makes it feel like more. Carbonation is a little above average.

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Photo of minterro
3.78/5  rDev -5.5%

Got as a gift from NYC. Poured in a snifter.

A&S: Jet black coloration, lively looking beer with a big creamy light brown head. Fantastic looking beer. Dark fruits in the aroma along with mild chocolate tones, and some higher phenols.

T&M: Spices come through in this one as it warms. I would like to see more chocolate. Alcohol is well hidden. Very creamy and smooth texture. If anything a little thick on the palate.

Overall: Initially I was going to give this beer a lower rating, but as I drank it, it grew on me. Very drinkable for the style. For sure on the low end ABV for this style, but still pulled off well. At almost 4 bucks a bottle I wouldn't recommend it, because there are other options that are, I believe, better.

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Photo of Motleydrunk56
3.7/5  rDev -7.5%

Pours jet black,hence the name.I have to say that thisjust didn`t hit me as being that great.Maybe the price of 10.99 is the reason i expected more.Nothing really jumps out at you when you taste this .So many of the better beers really have a flavor that just says i`m a badass.This doesn`t have it.Try if you must but i think you might be disapointed.

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Photo of leffebrown84th
4/5  rDev 0%

Very smooth, drank it fairly quickly. Taste like almost nothing except belgian hops. I tasted no fruits nor sugars or anything really. Rather bland but very smooth. I sure felt it after drinking it

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Photo of utopiajane
4/5  rDev 0%

Pours the darkest brown with cola hues and a mocha head of foam. Nose is malty nutty, rich fruity with orange zest, orange blossom honey. Just lovely malt with a touch of honey and spice. Fruit and perfume like fruits and nuts, wheat. Light subtle sweet cocoa, earthy complex malts, dry yeast. Twigs and fruit. Biscuity malt, faint char, a bit of burnt wood. Some kind of bright herbal hop spice. Cheerful hop bitter in a dry pleasant finish. Creamy oats. Lustrous mouthfeel with a malty depth. Bubbly light with a light crisp middle. Dry bitter finish with some sweet caramel to lie underneath.

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Photo of illpass78
4.65/5  rDev +16.3%

12 oz. bottle poured into a Libby stout glass.

Appearance: Pours a dark brown with heavy carbonation. Head is short. Held to the light, it has a kind of very dark amber appearance. Not much in the way of lacing.

Aroma: This beer has an inviting, complex nose of dark fruit, licorice, herbal notes, chocolate, and coffee beans. It definitely has aromas that entice the drinker.

Taste: The taste fulfills the promise of the nose, and then some. Chocolate and mocha are right up front, with those dark fruit notes very present. There's a lingering dark chocolate flavor that gets more pronounced as it warms. Some pleasant herbaceous flavor in there, too. Complex and enjoyable.

Mouthfeel: The balance is just right. It's velvet smooth, but imminently drinkable - not sludgy at all. The body isn't all that stout-like - more akin to a dark ale or maybe a porter.

Overall: A terrific beer - one to savor and enjoy. Inviting, complex, and delicious. A personal favorite that I'd recommend to anyone.

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Allagash Black from Allagash Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 693 ratings.