Allagash Black - Allagash Brewing Company
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3.03/5 rDev -25%
A - A good bit of orange around the edges. Tall creamy off-white head.
S - Smells like a bock. The belgian influence is up front and a majority of the scent. A touch of fruit and cocoa (just a hint).
T - Mild. A bit of the yeast, some malt. A little cocoa in the mix.
M - Thick but light on the coating. Just a hint of timgle on sides of tongue and back of throat.
O - Too bland and boring to drink over most other choices. Not "bad" at all, but not worth picking ove many others.
Review from 2/6/10:
A - 4.5 - very dark, nice froth.
S - 3.5 - mild but nice.
T - 3.5 - taste of a solid stout, but mild. No one flavor over riding the others.
M - 3.5 - mild tingle, not too bitter.
D - 4.0 - the mildness makes this quite drinkable. The problem is the mildness, which could be described as weakness, combined with the price. It is too expensive to really drink often.
12-03-2011 23:36:39 | More by biglite351
3.05/5 rDev -24.5%
Consumed 05/21/08 and 05/23/08.
Clear dark brown pour with excellent carbonation (no doubt due to the bottle conditioning). A tan three finger head formed right away, fading to half a finger that stuck around quite a while, continually replenished by persistent carbonation.
Aroma is charcoal, ashes and mild chocolate. A touch of banana as well. Ashes kinda ruined it for me, though.
Mouthfeel is creamy, though the first bottle was a bit thinner than the second. The first bottle I tasted was quite tart, almost sour and strongly redolent of ashes. The second favored the smooth chocolate character that was mostly missing from the first, though the ashes were present in the background as well. Both bottles exhibited a bit of hot pepper on the finish.
Not a beer I particularly liked, though it was interesting and well-made.
05-24-2008 01:55:34 | More by charlzm
3.05/5 rDev -24.5%
At Manderes' Allagash tasting
A - Black, but slightly see-through, with a nice sized head, which dissipates moderately.
S - Light notes of chocolate and malt.
T - Dark chocolate and deep roasted malts.
M - Lightly carbonated and smooth.
D - Missing all qualities of a belgian and did not live up to its description. It was decent, but replaceable with most other stouts.
05-17-2008 00:49:47 | More by MisterClean
3.14/5 rDev -22.3%
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.
08-27-2013 00:07:36 | More by gr0g
3.15/5 rDev -22%
Pours dark brown, almost black. Foamy, cascading brown head. Pleasant aroma of vanilla, anise, chocolate malt, oak, and a kind of yeasty funkiness. Watery mouthfeel in terms of a stout. Some roasted malt and chocolate, but no coffee, bittersweet chocolate, or smokiness. Instead, there is the fruity-yeasty tastes one would expect from a dubbel. Anise, molasses, and some prune flavors come out when it warms. I hate saying this, but an overall disappointment.
12-04-2008 19:44:45 | More by magictrokini
3.15/5 rDev -22%
A-Poured in a chalice this brew is indeed black as night with a finger of dense light tan foam, a little retention and lacing.
S-Aromas of those Belgian yeasts slap you in the face. Beneath this, notes of dark chocolate and coffee accentuated barley malt.
T-Taste is predominantly dark malts with flavors of rich coffee with a lingering bitter aftertaste, the estery flavor of Belgian yeast is also noticeable, especially upon warming.
M-Rather medium in body with a little bitterness and astringency in the finish, moderate level of carbonation.
O-Nothing really stands out about this beer, pretty average. Maybe I’m just getting spoiled with the great selection of super beers to choose from nowadays.
03-08-2013 03:59:39 | More by deebo
District of Columbia
3.2/5 rDev -20.8%
Pours opaque black with faint coffee. Not as aromatic as I would think it would be, but maybe I'm a little stuffy. Tan head that clears quickly, but leaves lots of lacing on the glass. Watery taste up front, almost like a tap water taste. It gets better as it gets to the middle and back palette. Coffee with roasted malt. Kind of disappointing, for something in the 95th percentile I expected good flavor and mouthfeel across the whole palette. This didn't deliver, but I will probably revisit it to be sure.
11-16-2009 02:13:11 | More by cynicgiraffe
3.23/5 rDev -20%
I am continually disappointed w/ allagash brews. I don't like the allagash white and I feel the same about the black. For an $11 bomber, it is really boring. There are so many cheaper stouts that I enjoy far more than this one. It lacked flavor and was over-carbonated. After I let it sit for a little while it improved a little, but I would not recommend this to anyone.
04-05-2010 19:49:36 | More by witness
Allagash Black from Allagash Brewing Company
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