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Allagash Black - Allagash Brewing Company

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1,753 Ratings

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Ratings: 1753
Reviews: 628
rAvg: 4.04
pDev: 11.14%

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 ikantspel


4.3/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

12oz bottle into a hanger 24 barrel roll tulip

Pours a dark cola color with a carbonated light khaki fizzy head

Great combination of strong Belgian ale smell of dark fruit and spices kicked around with dark chocolate and cocoa

Great balance in taste as the stout is strong and heavy without trying to be and the Belgian ale floors finesse in beautifully. The caramel and roasted malt finish seem to work well in unison with a classic abbey ale spice.

Remarkably a great beer

Serving type: bottle

09-10-2013 04:22:25 | More by ikantspel
Photo of superspak


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

750 ml bottle into tulip glass, bottled on 3/15/2013. Pours nearly pitch black color with a 2 finger fairly dense tan head with good retention, that reduces to a thin cap that lingers. Light spotty lacing clings on the glass. Aromas of dark chocolate, roasted malt, cocoa, pear, apple, raisin, clove, pepper, toast, floral, herbal, and yeast earthiness. Very nice aromas with good balance and complexity of malt and fruity/spicy yeast notes; with good strength. Taste of dark chocolate, cocoa, roasted malt, pear, apple, clove, pepper, raisin, toast, light char, herbal, floral, and yeast earthiness. Lingering notes of dark chocolate, cocoa, roasted malt, pear, apple, clove, pepper, raisin, toast, light char, herbal, floral, and yeast earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Very nice balance and complexity of roasted malt and fruity/spicy yeast flavors; with a nice malt/spiciness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium-high carbonation and medium bodied; with a crisp, moderately prickly, and lightly chalky mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with minimal warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is a damn nice Belgian stout style. All around nice balance and complexity of roasted malt and fruity/spicy yeast flavors; and very smooth and crisp to drink. A very enjoyable offering.

Serving type: bottle

09-07-2013 05:23:44 | More by superspak
Photo of gr0g

New Jersey

3.14/5  rDev -22.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A not quite opaque black. A khaki-colored head, about two fingers tall, caps it off. Head retention is quite good, and the head never totally fades away. Lacing is sparse and fleeting. The aroma is tame with a prevailing cocoa note that lives up to Black's billing as a stout. A faint chalky note of Belgian yeast and some candi sugar are the only other smells that come through.

The flavor is similarly tame and somewhat underwhelming. A mix of dark Belgian ale and stout characteristics, as expected. Surprisingly dry flavor profile, which is a trait that doesn't work well in a dark Belgian-style ale. Some smoke from the roasted malt. Off-putting aftertaste. Muted dark fruit notes. One aspect that deserves praise is the mouthfeel, with a nearly silky texture despite vigorous bottle-conditioned carbonation.

Despite being exactly what the bottle says it is -- a Belgian-style stout, Allagash Black is quite disappointing. Boring and demure despite a reasonably stout 7.5% ABV, it's not a bad beer but also not worth the price.

Serving type: bottle

08-27-2013 00:07:36 | More by gr0g
Photo of drunkheathen


3.33/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

I have heard Allagash makes some outstanding beers, so I saw this and decided to give it a try. It had a small creamy looking head, about one finger, that disappeared pretty quickly. I picked up on a chocolate and toffee smell, and a chocolate taste and a very present sweetness that lingered for awhile afterwards. I thought this beer was pretty decent, but the sweetness was a bit much for my taste, but it was worth it.

Serving type: bottle

08-22-2013 06:57:48 | More by drunkheathen
Photo of HerrWahr

New York

3.66/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Color deep brown, suggesting amber. Nose with a bit of bitterness, no noticeable hops. Taste has chocolate and coffee, some faint spiciness and stronger sweetness with the bitter. Round and filling in the mouth. Good lingering finish of bitterness.

Very nicely done variation on Stout theme...

Serving type: bottle

08-18-2013 19:32:46 | More by HerrWahr
Photo of lancecenter


3.6/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Purchased at the Winooski Bev in Vermont in July. Poured in to an Allagash goblet.

A - Damn near pitch black with a couple fingers of tan head. Very nice lacing.

S - The coffee dominates, followed by chocolate and charcoal. The faintest smell of dark fruits. The Belgian yeast spiciness starts to appear once the beer is warm.

T/M - Bitter chocolate, some dark fruits and coffee. Warming alcohol towards the end. Moderately dry finish.

O - Not as good as I remember from tap, but not bad either.

Serving type: bottle

08-12-2013 16:42:07 | More by lancecenter
Photo of RaulMondesi


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

Sometimes Raul is put in a place where "it is this, or it." His baby mama once gave him said ultimatum, and lets just say this: old ma is currently knitting in the next room. So, like this Allagash Black that Raul just ingested, it was pretty much "that, or it" - and Raul quite enjoyed it.

Not Coca Cola fizzy, not thin, not insipid... Raul was pleased. Order it again, maybe not. But it was solid for what it is.


Serving type: bottle

08-11-2013 02:23:57 | More by RaulMondesi
Photo of NODAK


3.8/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Aroma here is rather muted...both out of the bottle and when in the glass. There's a roasted, coffee or dark chocolate aroma here....like a light stout more than anything. I don't really get the sweetness from the candied sugar on the nose. It really smells a lot like a light stout. I'm sure it won't TASTE that way....that's just my deviated septum nose here.

Pours jet black in the glass, as expected...head is rather thin. Nothing to write home about. Is what it is.

The taste is pretty interesting. It's actually what I wish most "sweet stouts" would taste like. The roasted note is there, though reserved (as it was on the nose). Light chocolate malts as well...a note of coffee perhaps. But there's also a definite candied sugar presence there that's side by side with the malts and is every bit as pronounced.

This isn't a bad beer at all...it's certainly different. Basically a light stout with the infusion of candied sugar. Goes down pretty easily.

Serving type: bottle

08-11-2013 00:53:08 | More by NODAK
Photo of Act25

New Jersey

4.35/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

I love this brewery: 2 for 2.

Poured into a stemless wine glass after dinner, want to nurse this beer like sherry.

Appearance: Pours a blackish dark brown with a tan head that falls quickly for a Belgian, laces dots and arcs all the way down. Reforms films with a swirl, good looking.

Smell: I get modest chocolate, dark fruit, and peat. A bit of hay, barnyard. Laid back for a Belgian.

Taste: While starting sweet, finished nice and dry. Begins with classic stout, w serious chocolate dark fruit as well, then becomes smokey and Licorice by mid, and adds caramel, malt, and peat toward the end. a coffee lovers brew!

Mouthfeel: Medium to full body, definitely weighty creamy, with medium, pin point carbonation. Great tingle, great finish. Doesnt end sweet. (How do they do that?)

Drinkability: highly recommended and enjoyable, original, one of the best stouts. Must try. Meditation beer. 7.5% sipper.

Serving type: bottle

08-09-2013 23:50:04 | More by Act25
Photo of Samp01

New Jersey

3.88/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a deep black with a large rocky cream colored head. Very good head retention and lacing. Aroma is dark roasted caramel and chocolate malt, yeast and slight fruity esters. Taste is dark mildly roasted caramel and chocolate malt, some notes of Belgian flavored yeast and fruitiness, mild bitterness from the roasted chocolate malt and mild tartness. Palate is a medium body, slight creamy mouth feel with mild carbonation. Finish is a mild roasted caramel and chocolate malt with some bitterness, some Belgian yeast, tartness and fruity. My take on this, it is a good, tasty and enjoyable brew.

Serving type: bottle

08-01-2013 18:08:41 | More by Samp01
Photo of mttaylor1066


3.73/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A middle-of-the-road Belgian strong dark ale. A little bitter-ish and a little light-bodied, but worth tasting.

Bought a four pack in Maine while here on vacation. 12 oz. bottles.

Pours more lively than most Belgian strong dark ales, but the head settles pretty quickly. Fresh-brewed coffee appearance.

I can pick up the malt and the yeast, not as strong as most European examples of this style. The nose is not going to scare away the lager drinker.

I can detect that that candi sugar was used in the boil, this beer has a light mouthfeel for a BSDA. Perhaps I can also sense that the torrified wheat is also lightening the load. There is dark chocolate ending in a "baking chocolate" aftertaste. If you're in the mood for it, I'm sure you will enjoy it.

Overall, it seems an America version of BSDA. Not bad and I consider this a palate stretcher. If you're tired of malty ales, this one starts the swing back to the "less malty" portion of the spectrum.

Serving type: bottle

07-26-2013 22:22:13 | More by mttaylor1066
Photo of Abilow33

New York

4.34/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Dark color and great taste. A sweet smell that translates into a smooth drink. I know this is one of the best stouts I have had. Very smooth and flavorable. Just a great taste. One of the beers I would say everyone who ha had one should try again. I am going to bring some home to share.

Serving type: bottle

07-24-2013 00:54:13 | More by Abilow33
Photo of Smurf2055


2.73/5  rDev -32.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Pours in between black and deep dark red with a khaki head.

Smell is a bit fruity, belgium yeast, and a bit of roast.

Taste is very roasty, almost like an imperial porter, bit of a burning on the tail end. Red fruit present, but ash and bitter coffee dominates, the Belgium sweetness doesn’t come through in the flavor.

Slightly disappointing.

Serving type: bottle

07-20-2013 17:28:01 | More by Smurf2055
Photo of BeerAficionadoMCMXC


3.78/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Finally got around to tasting some good brews. Let's give this one a shot.

A-Head retention is decent. The bubbles are slightly too large which may be attributed to the yeast strain and the hop additions. The color is a pitch black. Looks devilishly appetizing.

S-Estery. Grainy, but more estery. Thank you Belgian Yeast.

T- Tastes of a balanced coffee and plum-like flavor. Some hops are certainly present and offer an earthy/piney taste. Certainly a pleasant combination of ingredients.

M-Medium heavy to heavy. A nice stout.

O- If you love Belgian beer and black stouts, this beer is for you. I could sip it or swig it. I'll swig to get to the next one.

Serving type: bottle

07-17-2013 23:55:19 | More by BeerAficionadoMCMXC
Photo of Roguer


4.16/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A - Super dark, opaque, black ale. Thin but lively dark cream-colored head with reasonable retention, and a solid field of lacing once it warms.

S - Chocolate with a hint of grape and alcohol. Burnt coffee.

T - The Belgian sweetness is noticeable and pleasant, but the dominant flavor is chocolate. Slight metallic taste, a bit of grape. As it warms, the chocolate fades a little bit, and some dark, fruity sweetness lingers more.

M - Full and creamy, but with a light tingle. The chocolate flavor is so dominant that it hides the alcohol.

O - I enjoyed this more than other stouts, if only because the chocolate is slightly less strong, and the sweetness is a welcome addition. I didn't enjoy the metallic taste, and I'm hoping that was an aberration in this bottle.

Serving type: bottle

07-03-2013 22:25:07 | More by Roguer
Photo of JMScowcroft


4/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Allagash Brewing Company - Allagash Black, poured into a Lawson's tulip.

Look - Pours a jet black but not oil thick, it becomes more see through the less liquid is in the glass. Sports a small soapy head that dissipates at a medium pace. Minimal lacing.

Smell - Roasted malts, some chocolate and coffee, almost meaty barley. Sourdough is there faint in the back. Some cola aroma.

Taste - Full, rich, carbonated, and roasted coffee and chocolate. Slight sour Belgian yeast takes up the rear, bready oats and grains rest at the end, think Cheerios.

Mouthfeel - Moderate carbonation and medium to full-bodied. Booze level is where it should be. Good drinkability. Slightly sticky. Slight spiciness.

Overall - Interesting blend, while it didn't "wow" me it definitely is Allagash caliber. I personally would not revisit this one but fans of "Belgian Stouts" may find it has what they are looking for and should give it a shot.

Serving type: bottle

07-01-2013 12:41:15 | More by JMScowcroft
Photo of DrDemento456


3.74/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A - Well it's not a very deep stout but a fairly deep shade of brown. Head is a full inch of opaque colored sticky with some great sticky lacing.
S - Well I can smell the Belgium yeast its very fruity but not very much else maybe some plum or raisin or chocolate malt. Hope it taste balanced.
T - Well it's a pretty smooth Belgium strong ale, mild chocolate malts and dry yeast aside it has some fruity plum, raisin, and figs.
M - Well it drinks with a medium body as expected for the style not much ABV flavor which is great.

Overall a very drinkable Belgium ale but not the stout I expected. Still they do make great ales but I am not sure this is worth 4 dollars a pop.

Serving type: bottle

07-01-2013 03:03:24 | More by DrDemento456
Photo of SebD

Ontario (Canada)

4.06/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: It has a nice jet black color to it. It has a nice beige head that dies down moderately and leaves nice lacing.

Smell: The aromas definitely give out hints of Belgian yeast, roasted malts, caramel, chocolate/coffee and dark fruit.

Taste: Like the aromas, it has alot of roasted malts, sweet caramel, some chocolate/coffee, some dark fruit and bready yeast.

Mouthfeel: It has a med/high carbonation with a nice overall balance and feel.

Drinkability: It's a very smooth drinkable beer accompanied with good flavors and aromas.

Serving type: bottle

06-29-2013 19:40:05 | More by SebD
Photo of BethanyB

New Jersey

3.8/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4

This review is based on style, with a bit of subjectivity. ;)

Appearance: Dark brown and coppery color, with good clarity. Persistent, bright, off-white head is a bit less creamy than one would expect from the strong dark ale style.

Smell: The typical coffee, dark chocolate, and caramel scents were easily detected, as was a particularly unique aroma that reminded me of the aftermath of a summer monsoon. A small part of me wondered if this was due to oxidation, but if it was, it was not unpleasant! There's something romantic about a steamy warm rainstorm!

Taste: Dark mocha and cream were prevalent, and more roasty than sweet. I did expect a more complex taste from a strong dark ale (more plum and spice perhaps?), but this simpler version was rather refreshing!

Mouthfeel: Medium body and carbonation with a light, yet noticeable alcohol warmth. Felt both true to style, and totally complementary for this particular interpretation!

Overall: I've adored more complicated strong dark ales, but this could be a real go-to! I think it has an interesting, yet rather universal appeal (if the universe were made up of people who at least appreciated and understood good beer, that is). Color me solidly impressed.

Serving type: bottle

06-22-2013 01:50:42 | More by BethanyB
Photo of MaximalC


3.95/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours nearly black with only the faintest umber highlights and one finger of variegated khaki foam. Foam soon settles into patchy frogspawn while reticulated swaths of lacing cling to the glass. Aroma smells of coriander and yeast--much lighter than the appearance would suggest. Flavor is spicy up front with a peppery bite and a pronounced yeast presence, along with some coriander. This is augmented by a bitterness that tastes one part roast and one part resinous hops. The hops assert themselves more in the finish as the initial spices subside. There's not much sweetness to speak of, at least not while it's still fairly cool. The bottle touts "chocolate throughout", but I'm not tasting it here. Perhaps some traces of milk chocolate manage to sneak through on the back end after the beer has warmed substantially. The mouthfeel is zesty and lively, as is to be expected with a Belgian style ale, and it serves to exacerbate the spiciness almost to the point of being too aggressive.

Overall, this is a tasty and vivacious brew that's nearly too perky for its own good. A little more sweet and mellow, and this could be really exceptional. As it stands, it tastes more like a less sophisticated version of Pepe Nero, which is hardly a bad thing.

Serving type: bottle

06-21-2013 01:46:26 | More by MaximalC
Photo of ThePaintedGrey


4.11/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into tulip glass.

A: Lovely almost-black color with a big, frothy head. Starts out rather large, but eventually diminished to a respectable 1/2 inch or so head that retained throughout. A wonderful shade of dark red shines through when held up to the light. Average lacing remains as you drink.

S: Roasted malt, slightly yeasty with spice character throughout. Fairly complex. Very interesting.

T: Definitely on the sweeter side, considering the type of brew; however, it's very complex and very inviting. Chocolate is apparently immediately, closer to dark chocolate, but not as bitter as you'd expect. A light hint of coffeehouse flavors mixed in with the chocolate notes. Very, very slight hints of licorice (possibly anise, but it seems too sweet) materialize and disappear as the beer moves towards the back of your mouth. Slightly bitter finish.

M: Not as creamy as the appearance anticipates... But, it's definitely smooth with a mild-carbonation. Makes for a very drinkable brew.

O: I wouldn't call this Allagash's best, but it's a very drinkable brew with exceptionally complex flavor notes. I could definitely see myself drinking this one a lot while kicking back later in the day.

Serving type: bottle

06-17-2013 03:17:58 | More by ThePaintedGrey
Photo of dasenebler


3.83/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Allagash Black
12oz (can't decipher date code)

Pours very dark, near black, with brown highlights. Tight off-white head, spotty lacing, average retention. (3.5)

Aroma is vaguely yeasty. Light sulfur, spice, ester, dark fruit , alcohol and roasted malt. (3.5)

Flavor is on the sweet side, but very complex. Notes of licorice, date, clove, pepper, chocolate, molasses and coffee. Roasted malt flavor builds up on palate, but does not dominate at all, letting the Belgian yeast character shine through. I really like the phenol and spice. Mouthfeel is velvety, but could use more carbonation. (4, 3.5)

Much tastier and more complex than I remember. Sweetness and alcohol make it more of a dessert beer. Aroma and head could use improvement. (4)

Serving type: bottle

06-16-2013 22:41:06 | More by dasenebler
Photo of beyah


4.63/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours black body with a finger of greyish foam and nice lacing .

S - Aroma is very roast centered.

T - Chocolate and roasted malt is overpowering at 1st, but this beer gets dramatically better each sip. This is like Guinness on Steroids, more alcohol and stronger roast flavor. The Belgian yeast is way in the background.

M - Mouthfeel is smooth without being slick, carbonation is perfect.

O - 1 is good 2 is better, this is an imperial stout in hiding, really good choice for a cool Fall day or during the cold Maine Winters.

I'll get this one again.

Serving type: bottle

06-15-2013 01:53:14 | More by beyah
Photo of Doogermeister


3.48/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance is typical for a stout, black. The head is very tall and light, similar to other Belgian style beers.

Smell is very light. Nothing much to speak of. Has a light general Belgian style beer smell to it. It does not distinguish the fact that it is a stout.

The taste is a very smooth, light Belgian style stout flavor. Not major notes to speak of except for a light hint of dark chocolate bitterness. The ale says coffee-chocolate but the coffee is nowhere to be found in my opinion. Compared to a coffee stout, this has none of that.

Mouthfeel is very thin for a stout, has small bubbles reminiscent of the bubbles from the red chimay. Smooth drinking, with a mouthfeel that isn't too thick to enjoy more than one.

Overall this beer is pretty decent, but I have a hard time finding anything about this beer that I would dub as special. It's surprisingly light for a stout which makes it easier to drink than most American stouts but comes up short in the flavor category. Overall a great beer for those looking to make a stout a session beer.

Serving type: bottle

06-07-2013 05:28:01 | More by Doogermeister
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South Carolina

4.33/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

P: Super dark brown almost black body with a finger of cappuccino head that dissipates to a think silky layer.

S: Fruit forward, cherries, apples, raisins, and fig pudding. Loads of roasted chocolate, dark and milk with a dank grainy background. Roasted barley and charred molasses with herbal bubblegum, clove, cinnamon, cardamom and banana esters.

T/M: Sticky roasted/smokey grains and sweet fruit background. Super balanced. Charred molasses with cinnamon, cayenne and dark chocolate covered raspberries around earthy almost dirty base followed by chalky yeasty. Mouthfeel is silky but becomes almost foamy on the swallow. Finishes dry and full of spice and smokey residue. A touch of coffee cones through at the end.

O: Complex with several layers of flavors developing as the session progressed. It was almost like having a different beer with every sip. Multitudes of fruit, chocolate, and roasted malts develop a terrific brew. Will have this again soon. Cheers!

Serving type: bottle

06-05-2013 00:30:18 | More by Hopswagger
Allagash Black from Allagash Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 1,753 ratings.