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Allagash Black - Allagash Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
91
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2,133 Ratings
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Ratings: 2,133
Reviews: 661
rAvg: 4.04
pDev: 11.14%
Wants: 112
Gots: 260 | 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: 2,133 | Reviews: 661 | Display Reviews Only:
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5/5  rDev +23.8%

NCbeerpirate, Nov 15, 2011
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5/5  rDev +23.8%

TicoCali, Nov 16, 2011
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5/5  rDev +23.8%

CP20, Nov 21, 2011
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5/5  rDev +23.8%

daryk77, Dec 05, 2011
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5/5  rDev +23.8%

mfrigon, Dec 12, 2011
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5/5  rDev +23.8%

RoryOMoore, Dec 04, 2011
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5/5  rDev +23.8%

Rocketman8911, May 07, 2012
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5/5  rDev +23.8%

wtmcadams, Nov 21, 2011
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5/5  rDev +23.8%

brinnavirginia, Jul 19, 2014
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5/5  rDev +23.8%

peter53, Dec 16, 2011
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5/5  rDev +23.8%

horrorspecialty, Nov 16, 2011
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5/5  rDev +23.8%

PhillyFA, Mar 05, 2012
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5/5  rDev +23.8%

TerrenceOBrien, Dec 28, 2011
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5/5  rDev +23.8%

lnanthony, Apr 11, 2012
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5/5  rDev +23.8%

mjaggers, Nov 22, 2011
Photo of Edsbee
4.99/5  rDev +23.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Had this very tasty beer with a Plate of BBQ at Tennessee Jed’s- Seaford NY. Label is plain, beer pours nicely, strange little bubbles for such a dark beer. Quite surprising was the taste, I expected more Guinness, but there was a crisp sweetness, and soon realized I will need a second.
Highly recommended

Edsbee, Oct 18, 2013
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4.95/5  rDev +22.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I wanted a beer one night while in San Francisco and I saw this beer in a 4 pack and it caught my attention. I decided to give it a shot. The first thing I noticed was the very mild smell, I don't know how to describe the smell but it makes you want to taste it. The taste is one of if not the best stout I have ever tasted. It has an amazing flavor while still being very light and mild (allot of dark beers make you feel like you just ate a meal). I would recommend this stout/beer for anyone who enjoys a flavorful beer. If you aren't a fan of darker beers trust me when I say give this one a chance it combines the best aspects of beers, Dark: Great Flavor without being bitter like allot of darker beers, Lighter: Very light with a mild taste that makes you want to keep drinking it.

I have for sure found my new favorite beer.

Politicalnut, Oct 07, 2013
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4.94/5  rDev +22.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

750 ML corked & caged bottle > Chimay Goblet/Duvel Goblet

This is a very dark brown color, not opaque with only a bit of ruby red light popping through the top. The crown is a swirly, creamy mocha color rising 2" with a classic fluffy cap. dissipates slow with a nice peak in the middle. The center of the crown is very bubbly and remains so.

The aroma is simply wonderful. Sweet malt complexity with chocolate cocoa mix, chai tea, Hershey's chocolate, honey, brown suagr, peanutbutter and then comes the extreme fruitiness! blackberries and boysenberries up-front that's gentle and very inticing. There's tangy, wild hop like earthiness to round it out.

This Belgian-style stout has a very lively and crisp feel that is classiclly Belgian but with the massive malt complexity it really is very smooth going down. I'm loving the bold flavor's of a stout with the luxurious feel of a Strong-Dark Belgian ale. Flavor's range from big, ripe dark fruits and berries to mild and sweet milk chocolate, brown sugar, and malted milk balls. The wonderful balance between the chocolate and sweet fruity flavor's is only enhanced when the spicy, earthy hops kick in right at the end with the well-hidden 7.5% abv heat. No trace of bitterness in this stout. Think Belgian Strong Dark ale meets Obsidian Stout. amazingly complex, yet easy to drink. A smooth yet lively feel, full but approachable makes this complex yet easy.

We have a winner! unique with a perfect balance, complexity is off the charts...I just don't want to see it end!!

GratefulBeerGuy, Jul 11, 2008
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4.92/5  rDev +21.8%

MelandPete, Sep 06, 2014
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4.9/5  rDev +21.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A: Very dark brown, practically black. Nice tan colored head with weak retention. Lots of lacing.

S: Fresh roasted coffee malts, both bittersweet dark and milk chocolate, with some hints of dark candied fruit, wood, and Belgian yeast.

T: First of all, huge malt profile. Amazing roasted coffee and semisweet chocolate flavors. Astounding. There is just enough earthy Belgian yeast to balance the body from a stout to a Belgian style. Fresh oats, barley and the Belgian yeast enhance the malt flavor in the body even more. Smoked wood is present, along with the dark fruits such as grapes and pomegranates. Beautiful coffee flavored aftertaste.

M: Malty, sweet and bitter. A fantastic balance of flavor. Medium body with high carbonation.

D: If this were just a teensy bit less carbonated, i would call this a perfect brew. Still an A in my book though, for sure.

YouSkeete, Feb 24, 2011
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4.85/5  rDev +20%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

750 ml corked and caged. popped loudly when de-corked.

Poured into my Kuhnhenn tulip glass. Poured an almost opaque dark brown with a 1 inch tan head that settled to a thick rink with some floating foam and tons of nice lacing. Very nice looking!

Smells of belgian yeast, bready, and roasted malt. smells sweet.

This one has all of my favorite things. The funky bready belgian yeast flavor, the roasted (but not burnt) malty flavor of a good porter or medium bodied stout, and enough earthy, peppery hops to make it finish dry and clean. Not sure what else i could ask for.

This one is medium bodied, plenty of carbonation, and dry-ish finish.. nearly perfect here too.

I am not sure where the 7.5% is, i cant taste it or smell it. I think it will find me at the bottom of the 750 since i will have no problems finishing this by myself. This is one i could session easily, and really enjoy doing it, if i was not driving. I dont know what the hype factor was, but this is A+ for me. I wish i had a case of this.

tayner, Mar 04, 2008
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4.85/5  rDev +20%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Enjoyed this beer thoroughly. From the very first sip to the last. Served on tap from British Beer Co. in Westford MA

Definitely one of my favorite Allagash brews. Possibly top ten overall.

Belgian styles are always a favorite and to have the dark dark strength of this black makes it something special.

spicyvelveetas, Mar 08, 2011
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4.82/5  rDev +19.3%

WoostaBia, Sep 21, 2014
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4.8/5  rDev +18.8%

dgeebs07, Aug 29, 2014
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4.78/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A nice dark coffee color spills out of the corked belgian bottle producing a wonderfull deep tan head that resiansates to whipped cream and the reseeds to droplets atop the the oil slick in the glass.
Black malt attacks the nose with burnt toast, herbs and dried fruit.
The palette is next in line for the assault for the burnt toast with a fade into vanilla, sweet coco and a malty caramel moca blast.
Some bitter chocolate is present through the palette.
The mouth feel is like an espresso with carbonation and a beer flavor.
Comes out dry and sweet with an after taste that makes you wish you were drinking from a bottomless glass.
THE HAS EASILY MOVED INTO THE BEST 5 BEERS I HAVE EVER HADE! A MUST TO TRY!

dbONE, Aug 05, 2008
Allagash Black from Allagash Brewing Company
91 out of 100 based on 2,133 ratings.