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Allagash Black - Allagash Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
90
outstanding

1,970 Ratings
THE BROS
92
outstanding

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Ratings: 1,970
Reviews: 644
rAvg: 4.04
pDev: 10.89%
Wants: 101
Gots: 218 | FT: 5
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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Spider889

Ohio

2.93/5  rDev -27.5%

Bottle purchased while I was in DE. Shared with beace.

Poured into a snifter. Nice black color with a very tall dark sandy head. Lacing was alright. The foam was pretty fine though, and the beer was a bit thin, evidence of the Belgian yeast strain.

The smell was pretty damn estery. The yeast doesn't mess around with this one. Lots of banana and clove spiciness, along with a light roast and muddled char.

I have not found many a Belgian RIS I have liked much. The yeast, in this case at least, overpowers everything that a good stout normally aims to be. The beer is all spice and blindingly strong carbonation. Quite a strong mineral presence as well. Perhaps it's just the overabundant C02 from all this carbonation.

Very light hints of chocolate and black malt trickle through, but this beer is a Belgian yeast bomb.

Again, the mouthfeel is both thin and over-carbonated. Both qualities I usually loathe in a RIS. Prickly and thus seemingly bozzier than it should have felt.

Overall I wasn't very impressed, and the price tag was high for what it was (I want to say $14-15 for this 750ml).

09-14-2011 01:04:51 | More by Spider889
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vfgccp

New York

2.96/5  rDev -26.7%

A - Tall, foamy, light khaki head with ok retention and poor lace. Dark cherry wood body with bright cranberry highlights.

S - Dusty roast grains and dry cocoa powder.

T - Dry roast coffee. Milk chocolate. Tart grape sins. Copper penny aftertaste.

M - Relatively light frame.

O - The label says belgian stout, but BA has it down as a belgian strong dark ale. I'd tend to agree with the latter.

05-09-2013 02:44:36 | More by vfgccp
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schwaeh

Ohio

2.98/5  rDev -26.2%

750ml shared by inebriated joker.

A: Monstrous cascading head on top of this thinner-looking black beer. Brown and ruby hues around the edges of my glass.

S: Roasted malts and tons of Belgian yeast are easy to pick out here. Some candy sugar, light faded hops, and some slight metallic scents are in there as well.

T: The stout shows up a bit more in the flavor, otherwise I may have thought this was some crappy dubbel. The malts are lightly roasted with a fair amount of char. Candy sugar and Belgo yeast stand out quite a bit, adding some odd banana and clove to this beer. Light chocolate and grassy, metallic hops come out as it warms. This is sweet for sure.

M: This has a thin mouthfeel and high carbonation. Its a sticky beer.

O: I don't really know about this identity crisis that this beer has. They are going too many directions with this and ruining two styles that are good on their own. I heard this was quite an investment at around $14-15 to boot, no way.

09-18-2011 20:10:33 | More by schwaeh
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dedrinker

Kansas

2.98/5  rDev -26.2%

It's black with a thin and rapidly dissipating chocolate milk colored head. - you can find a variety of lighter hues depending upon how you struggle to hold it up to various lights at various angles in various glasses. Pardon me for being cynical on that score. There is an aroma of roasted malts - some cocoa and black coffee with hints of phenols appropriate to Belgian ale yeasts interacting with "a large addition of Belgian dark candi." The flavor is roasty, acidic and bitter - the qualities that cause most people to insist on cream and sugar with their coffee. The mouth feel is thin with prickly carbonation that lifts the acidic coffee flavor to the roof of the mouth and up the nose through the back door in your throat. This may very well benefit from some aging, though not for too long. Maybe up to a year? As it warms up, the aroma becomes more stout-like, and the flavor more Belgian. Objectively speaking, this is an interesting study for my palette. Subjectively speaking, I'm not very fond of it, but don't worry, timtim is on his way here within 48 hours with a disorienting rave review.

01-05-2008 05:35:05 | More by dedrinker
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alysmith4

District of Columbia

2.98/5  rDev -26.2%

Not as impressed with this beer as I thought I'd be. I'm not sure if I didn't give it a good pour, but their was almost no head to it. The smell was of maple, coffee, and bitter chocolate. The taste was similar, with a more syrupy, burnt toffee flavor. It was a lot like Dogfish Head's Chicory Stout. I was hoping for a sweeter flavor, but it wasn't coming through - even when the beer warmed. On a more positive note, I think the bottle (label) is sexy as hell!

08-30-2010 21:38:03 | More by alysmith4
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seavercm

Georgia

3/5  rDev -25.7%

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Sailracer


3/5  rDev -25.7%

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dvanhandel

New Jersey

3/5  rDev -25.7%

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Beejay

Virginia

3/5  rDev -25.7%

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IdrinkGas

Pennsylvania

3/5  rDev -25.7%

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mpalestino

Pennsylvania

3/5  rDev -25.7%

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DC_HOP_HEAD

District of Columbia

3/5  rDev -25.7%

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spoonhawk

Iowa

3/5  rDev -25.7%

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chrispoint

Connecticut

3/5  rDev -25.7%

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11millsown113

New Hampshire

3/5  rDev -25.7%

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chippo33

Vermont

3/5  rDev -25.7%

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mquinn919

Pennsylvania

3/5  rDev -25.7%

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KWMiles

Minnesota

3/5  rDev -25.7%

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twenty5

Pennsylvania

3/5  rDev -25.7%

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pelletiermh7


3/5  rDev -25.7%

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mhaugo

California

3/5  rDev -25.7%

11-15-2012 05:50:06 | More by mhaugo
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IAMTEAMPONY

Pennsylvania

3/5  rDev -25.7%

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TBuikus

Connecticut

3/5  rDev -25.7%

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Kaveman

Illinois

3/5  rDev -25.7%

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Justin

Pennsylvania

3/5  rDev -25.7%

04-07-2012 00:35:25 | More by Justin
Allagash Black from Allagash Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 1,970 ratings.