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Allagash Black - Allagash Brewing Company

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2,080 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,080
Reviews: 655
rAvg: 4.04
pDev: 11.14%
Wants: 108
Gots: 250 | 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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Ratings: 2,080 | Reviews: 655 | Display Reviews Only:
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3.75/5  rDev -7.2%

gelasin, Oct 14, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -7.2%

TWStandley, Oct 13, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +11.4%

Urik, Oct 11, 2014
Photo of vetteaz89
4.36/5  rDev +7.9%

vetteaz89, Oct 10, 2014
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4/5  rDev -1%

JKV96, Oct 09, 2014
Photo of vonnerbeer
4.5/5  rDev +11.4%

vonnerbeer, Oct 07, 2014
Photo of Yodo
4.75/5  rDev +17.6%

Yodo, Oct 07, 2014
Photo of garymuchow
4.08/5  rDev +1%
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.

garymuchow, Oct 04, 2014
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4/5  rDev -1%

Dayman766, Oct 02, 2014
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4/5  rDev -1%

fossage78, Oct 01, 2014
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4/5  rDev -1%

jrschaef, Sep 29, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +11.4%

ChrisForman, Sep 29, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

TheDudeAbides14, Sep 28, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -7.2%

rjp217, Sep 27, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -7.2%

StephRai, Sep 27, 2014
Photo of 4DAloveofSTOUT
4.36/5  rDev +7.9%
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.

4DAloveofSTOUT, Sep 27, 2014
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1.75/5  rDev -56.7%

Lucular, Sep 27, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -7.2%

nodder, Sep 26, 2014
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4/5  rDev -1%

oldmankoch, Sep 23, 2014
Photo of mattbk
4/5  rDev -1%
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.

mattbk, Sep 23, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

Nick_Bousquet, Sep 22, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +11.4%

Ozzie5365, Sep 21, 2014
Allagash Black from Allagash Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 2,080 ratings.