Allagash Black - Allagash Brewing Company

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2,355 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,355
Reviews: 699
rAvg: 4.04
pDev: 10.89%
Wants: 133
Gots: 390 | FT: 8
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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 dbexpert
4.65/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Let's just say WHOA!

A. Black, dark with a huge luscious head, that starts off 2" thick in a 25cl tulip glass. The head reduces to a solid 1/4-1/2" thick and holds leaving solid lacing. Appearence=WOW!

S. Aromas of smoke come first with sweet notes of chocolate followed by fresh brewed dark roast.

T. Flavors explode following first sip. Mirroring the nose, subtle coffee notes followed by milk chocolate hints. Creamier than expected, but definitly not a milk stout creamy, almost a more sweet finish.

M. Tight, small carbonation allows for a balanced dleivery of the flavor profile with out interference. At 7.5% ABV. I expected more obtrusion but it is quite subtle.

D. Definitly could drink pint after pint of this brew, responsibly though! I now have a new task, to find Allagash Black on draft.

PS. Guiness has alot to learn!

Photo of illpass78
4.65/5  rDev +15.1%

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.

Photo of ajhod
4.61/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This was an unusual and EXCELLENT beer.

Consumed from wine glasses, poured out of a 750ml corked bottle.

Pours, thick and creamy, nice caramel coloured head-which lingers nicely.

Colour is the label suggests...when held to the light, very dark garnet shows around the edges.

Aroma is good, a bit Belgian in characteristic, roasty notes pronounced.

The taste is exceptional. Everything I love about Belgian yeast strains, fruity and wild, with everything i crave in a dark beer-roasted coffee and chocolate notes.

Mouthfeel is heavy, but appropriate considering the high ABV.

Exceptionally drinkable, but high ABV makes it a special occasion beer for me. Excellent with dark chocolate and white chocolate with dried cherries.

Drink this beer after dinner on a cold night with a friend. I can't wait to get back to the US to get more of this!

Photo of Shade1951
4.58/5  rDev +13.4%
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.

Photo of beyah
4.58/5  rDev +13.4%
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.

Photo of LiquidAmber
4.57/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Review from 6/2011 notes. Poured into a Black Raven pint glass. Pours a very dark red brown amber with a two finger light tan head and light lacing. Nice aroma of cocoa, coffee, dark malt and dark fruit. Flavorful dark and roasted malt, dark fruits, cocoa; almost like a spiked malted milk. Belgian yeast and spicing is present and well integrated. Slight hop kick at the finish. A complex, great tasting ale or stout with a very nice flavor progression. Medium to creamy body. Impressive.

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

Poured jet black into a pint glass with a very thin brown head. Aroma was smoky and sweet; roasted nuts also present. Batch #27.

This beer had all the makings of an Imperial Stout with just a subtle hint of Belgian spices. Big smoky, chocolate flavor up front, with roasted nuts and spices following. Very minimal hop presence, but it didn't detract from the experience. SLight dark fruit flavor as well. Mouthfeel was a touch on the thin side. Overall I really enjoyed this one. Not quite Belgian, not quite RIS, but very enjoyable.

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

Poured from 750ml bottle into Chimay chalice.

Appearance: Unsurprisingly, pours black in color with a medium brown head that dissipates fairly quickly and leaves behind a few tiny spots of lace.

Smell: Roasted malt and bittersweet chocolate dominate, with some grape and orange peel aromas as well.

Taste: Chocolatey throughout with some slightly bitter hop and roasted notes toward the end, leaving a bit of a white rice with soy sauce on it aftertaste in the throat. A dash of licorice and sweet bread round off the beer's complexity.

Mouthfeel: Full in body with balanced, full carbonation and a dryish finish.

Overall: An excellent beer. A lot like a stout, but it clearly isn't- I don't know exactly what category it fits into. Still, this is very good.

Photo of ppoitras
4.53/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

750ml bottle bought somewhere localish in MA recently. Corked and caged.

Poured into a Rapscallion glass, formed a 1" tan head over the almost opaque dark brown brew. Frothy head lasts well, with ample amounts of delicate lacing. Aroma is delicate dark grains, with a touch of fruitiness. Taste is lightly of dark malt, roasty and sweet, goes a bit spicy in the middle, and then closes so smoothly you wonder where it went. Mouthfeel is amazing, and drinkability is superb. This makes me wonder if this is what a bier de garde made in the stout vein would end up like. Don't know where the alcohol is, but I'm sure it'll find me later. Great stuff.

Photo of abecall98
4.53/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

At pangaea, having a glass of this on tap.

A - pours a very pretty black, with and offshore head. Laces great with a nice head.

S - smells great. Hints of roast, slight hop in the nose. Very nice, and strong

T - this beer is very roasty, but not as much as a stout. It's got some yeasty esters in the aftertaste as well.

M - creamy, and not heavily carbonated. Complimens the taste well as it coats the mouth

D - this beer is very approachable. The drinkability is great due to the 7.5 being hidden and the fact that the beer doesn't have any off favors.

Photo of rwrk42
4.53/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pour: A dark brown almost black with a nice tan head.
Smell: A sweet malty smell with faint chocolate and coffee aromas.
Taste: Extremely smooth. Roasted Malt flavors with some caramel, coffee, chocolate and faint spice.
One of my favorites from Allagash and I highly recommend

Photo of chodinheaven
4.52/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Maybe not black, but very close to it with brown highlights. Great head retention with a thickish sheet on top after dissapating from a nice 1.5 finger tan head. Spotty lacing. The aroma is vinous with a hint of Belgian yeasty funk and a touch of alcohol that tingles the nose hairs. Just a hint of the dark roasted malts and chocolate malt in the end of the smell, but if I didn't know what it looked like, I would probably guess that it was a Belgian tripel. Very interesting.

Very balanced and full flavor profile. The body is full and creamy, nearly chewy even. It does have vinous qualities as well in a dry feel and finish, despite the creamy body. There is a big and balancing alcohol feel in the middle of the palate that is almost juicy of all things, blending perfectly with the swirl of roasty, dark cocoa malts and Belgian yeast funk. Those malts are never overbearing or sweet, but do have a nice presence to them, letting the drinker know that this is a stout. The Belgian influence swoops in and gives some spicy, clove kind of characteristics, spicing up the stout flavors. This flavor never becomes overbearing either; it just acts as a substantial bit of character. To its advantage, the profile never gets sweet. The texture of this beer sets the whole experience off so well, somehow being smooth and creamy up front, but then drying up and finishing bone-dry, almost puckeringly so, in the back.

Fanatastic beer here. The Belgian style in this stout works particularly well, making for a drinkable, higher ABV beer with plenty of complexity. Definitely one to pick up if you see it.

Photo of alexhammond
4.52/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

pours very dark brown, nearly black, just as the label says...
thick foamy head, leaves a lot of lacing on the way down.

smells of big dark roasted scents, a bit of coffee and chocolate, with some sweeter hints of fruit, corn, and malts.
tastes a little bitter initially, but boy do those toasty flavors come through. sweetness blends perfectly with the coffee and roasted malt flavors. just a hint of alcohol is present, but since this one is much lighter bodied than I expected for its style, I really don't mind.

can't wait to start grilling and try this with some steaks or burgers, I can tell the darker flavors would be great with any grilled beef with BBQ sauce. absolutely worth seeking out.

Photo of rapidsequence
4.52/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured from that pretty corked and caged bottle at the top of the page. The bottle clearly says "Belgian Style Stout," whatever that means. You have to buy that don't you? Before its poured, I already love it.

Appearance: Pours thin for a stout, super dark for a belgian dark. White-tan head with a little lacing.

Smell: Well, roasty stout goodness and bready belgian yeastiness.

Taste:Holy shit, its a belgian stout. Exactly how I wanted it to be.

Mouthfeel: Like the pour, its thin in the mouth for a stout. Well, not really. Its thin for an imperial stout which I want it to be. Otherwise, nice.

Drinkability: At 7.5% I have no intention of ever sharing this, other than to convert some anti-belgian stout/hopheads to the joy of more complex belgian flavors. This stuff is great. I'd love for some more breweries to try this idea-- make it 10%, thick, and syrupy.

Photo of StaveHooks
4.52/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A - A dense off- white heads sets on top of a jet blacked body.

S - Fresh woody malt. Spicy Belgain yeast esters. Fresh green coffee beans. Sweetened dark chocolate.

T - Sweet dark chocolate malt, sour agave, over ripened apples, roasted grain, sweetened coffee, golden raisins. Has a roasted oat finish. Velvety smooth.

Very complex. You could drink this 10 times and not figure out everything. Just a well crafted brew. The elegant body matches the complex flavors. This is a world class beer.

Photo of Fatehunter
4.51/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a goblet. No head, only a faint covering, dark amber to brown colored. Bubbles visible.

Smells spicy, molasses, black licorice, yeasty and roasted malt.

Bold and rich flavor. Roasted malt, some sweetness at the beginning, bready, lots of burnt malt at the end. Complex profile and perfectly put together.

Light and "fluffy" texture. Low carbonation.

Incredible! Just a bit more on the appearance and this is near perfect.

Photo of MirImage
4.51/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Bomber Poured into a "Chimay" wide mouth goblet

A: Dark, slightly red to the light hues. An off white head that sits comfortably above the black liquid hugging the glass. Great Lacing.

S: Very musty at 1st. When it warms you get notes of alcohol, dark candies and chocolate.

T: Dark grains, chocolate and alcohol notes. You get some hop bitterness on the back of the pallet.

M: Feels almost as smooth as silk but there is a little burn to it. Burn actually goes away when beer warms up.

D: Its not a beer you drink all night by any means but it goes down very smooth. Heavier body, but goes down very, very smooth.

Photo of JohnL9013
4.5/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I've had bad experiences with Allagash in the past, but definitely not this time. This stuff is seriously amazing. For such a low abv beer (only 7.5%), it packs an unbelievable flavorful punch, up there with many great Imperial Stouts that I've had before.

It's really more of a stout than a BSA, but I don't care. They can call it whatever they want, I'm buying this stuff again.

Taste: A little on the bitter side, prominent dark malts, slightly sweet, slight coffee flavor with some yeast esters and light hopping.

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

First time I tried this - a small sample - I didn't think much of it. But, oh, later in the week, when I decided to give it another go - oh boy! - was I astounded how very good this is.

In the glass, it looks like a Belgian ale with its silky-smooth, tight-spongy tan cream head and the gem glow of it's warm, deep, reddish-brown hue.

A little bit of alcohol first hits the nose, then a soft, sweet caramel-topped coffee aroma swirls up, gradually joined by a subtle, clean fruitiness of indiscriminate likeness.

What a rich, delectable taste! Smooth, medium-intense caramel and a lightly cake-y malt assault the palate up front and hold firm and lasting through the end, with just the right amount of delicate and soothing friction. The roasted flavor stays mostly in the background and, I believe, is a slightly muted by the Belgian yeast character.

This can come across as a dessert beer, if you wish - accompanying some vanilla ice cream, for example. It's great by itself, too. Doesn't drink heavy nor is it boozy. Very well balanced and not too much going on. Draws from the best qualities of the Belgian dark and Belgian stout styles. Looking forward to having this (over and over) again.

Photo of cosmicevan
4.5/5  rDev +11.4%
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!

Photo of Paul68
4.5/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured a nice black color, thick head of tan colored foam that faded slowly with little lacing on the glass.
Smelled malts, chocolate, and also a little fruity. Tastes of coffee and chocolates with a hint of alcohol in it. Great carbonation in this beer and the flavors stay with you long after you take a sip. I think Allagash makes a great beer that i will absolutely have again.

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

Batch #29 in my Duvel tulip.

A: 1/2" mocha coloured head that left a nice lacing over extremely dark brown/almost black liquid.

S: Yeast, chocolate, coffee, caramel.

T: Bitter dark chocolate and coffee up front which transitions to a caramel and toasted malt finish with a partially nutty taste.

M: Thick viscosity and a high level of fine carbonation.

O: A definite thick sipper that is best for sharing, I enjoyed the malts used in this beer.

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 magine
4.5/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a Duvel glass.

Pours a near black color, with a tiny bit of red shining in the edges of the glass. Head is light tan. Has a massive pillow chunk head that sits on top. Head settles to a chunk lace head, nice lacing.

Brew smells of yeast, dark fruits, chocolate, roasted malts, slight coffee. Very complex, very tasty smelling brew.

Brew is very smooth; a bit of spicy yeast initially; dark fruits, wheat, roasted malts. A very complex tasty brew. This is a great tasting brew. Leaves a coating on the tongue and is slightly dry.

This is an absolute must try for any craft beer fan. If you are really into Belgian style brews and are a fan of dark brews, this will turn your head after the first sip. I want to pound this, but I have to sip and savor. Yet another top shelf brew from Allagash. Excellent stuff from an excellent brewery.

Allagash Black from Allagash Brewing Company
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