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Allagash Black - Allagash Brewing Company

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Ratings: 2,229
Reviews: 673
rAvg: 4.04
pDev: 10.89%
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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 BeerDazed
3.92/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle poured into Pint glass.

Deep, dark brown color with a dense, lightly tanned head. A fair amount of lacing.

Roasted aroma with caramel, coffee, and chocolates notes - but not real strong.

Medium to full bodied, with a creamy texture and on the medium side of carbonation.

It finished dry, with some roasted bitterness - and I got a bit of coffee and licorice too. Sweet and spice at the end.

Looking forward to trying some more offerings from Allagash. All of there Belgian-style offerings look really good.

Photo of Mesa512
3.92/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Risenhower
3.92/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of neorunner
3.92/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Poured into a tulip, 2.5 inches of sandy brown head that dissipated slowly. Left some light lacing and a small coating of head remained. Beer is a dark black that doesn't let any light through.

S- Espresso and coffee flavors, dark roasty malt with a hint of yeast.

T- Chocolate, biscuit, dried fruit, Belgian yeast and spice. Slightly hot but nothing to complain about.

M- Medium to full body, light creamyness and carbonation. Malty residue finish.

D- Borders the line between Belgian Dark and Imp. Stout. Not on my short list, but worth another bottle.

Photo of pmlondrigan
3.92/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had this beer many times, never reviewed it, tonight is the night. Very deep dark brown, not yet black, light can make it through. Tan head, fades down to a ring. Not much in the way of lacing. Some aromas of ester-y belgian quality make it through the chocolate and roasted scents. Although faint these two divergent aromas do marry nicely. Strong roasted cacao flavor, roasted barley, some yeast driven fruity notes, more stout like (clearly) then BSDA like. Not overly complex. Full bodied, thick but not syrupy a tad flat. A well presented ale I have enjoyed time and again.

Photo of peensteen
3.92/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had at beerbistro was Tuesday's "Beer Of The Day" for Toronto Beer Week.

Pours brown with caramel hued notes, moderate off white head that dissipates to a ring around the glass, not much lace. Smell is fairly roasty, coffee and chocolate, some dark fruits, jam like scents and good amount of belgian yeast. Taste is also fairly roasty, good malt bill, light sweetness, caramel and toffee, dark fruit, raisin and good portion of belgian yeastiness in the finish and aftertaste. Mouthfeel is a little thin, light understated carbonation helps this along, med body. Nice easy drinking stout, alcohol is well hidden and overall its not too heavy feeling.

Photo of jawas
3.92/5  rDev -3%

Photo of Dirk_Chappelle
3.92/5  rDev -3%

Photo of claspada
3.93/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Aromas of coffee and chocolate. Subtley sweet and slightly earthy. A bit of char and as it warms you get some nice dark fruits (from either the yeast or complex dark caramel malts), mainly figs and prunes. Not too complex but nothing wrong here either.
The tastes begin with rich coffee, dark chocolate and the figs I detected in the aroma. The warmer it got the more it seemed to pick up on that burnt/char maltiness
The mouthfeel is luscious and creamy, dominating by an active carbonation profile that really never let this one become dull or boring in anyway. (This is one of my favorite aspects of this hybrid style.)
Overall this is an extremely drinkable stout, almost dangerously so, especially as it warmed as you started to take hold of all the notes of prune and dark fruits. Probably the best example of the hybrid style beer and well recommened and will definitely be revisted in the future.

Photo of beachbum1975
3.93/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Shared this one with DrewOSU tonight. I've had it before, but never reviewed it.This is a bottle purchased in late '08.

Pours black with mahogany highlights. A nice creamy, white head sits on top with a good 1/8 inch retention.

Moderately complex mix of sweet malts, cocoa, light coffee grounds and a bit of alcohol.

Taste reflects the nose... Sweet malts amidst light coffee and chocolate. I really like the light body and high carbonation on this one, it really adds to the summertime drinkability.

Photo of i4ourgot
3.93/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

I really liked this beer it is the perfect winter complement to their Allagash White. I got some light clove notes from the yeast that blended really well with the flavors from dark roasted malts. The Belgium yeast was very dominant in the aroma with light notes of coffee.

Photo of BlurryVisi0n
3.93/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Served in a wellington glass. (my favorite glass).
Bottled November 2011.

Appearance: very dark brown, almost opaque a tan head little lighter than normal rising to maybe half an inch.

Smell: Light yeast with light chocolate; good but light I personally prefer a deeper smell (FYI).

Taste: Robust bitter dark chocolate but light not overwhelming with the right blend of yeast.

Mouth: Medium to heavy carbonation, sharp texture, you might not be able to see the bubbles but you can sure feel them.

Overall: Pretty good beer, little different considering the what it is representing...dark, robust, and overall tasty. Salud!

Photo of JerzDevl2000
3.93/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked this up in Totowa, not having had an Allagash beer in years. This was available in 4-packs, even though I only bought one bottle of this, and wanted to see if this was as enjoyable as the popular White was. While the mouthfeel was a bit thin and the alcohol was light, I enjoyed this and there was enough of a Belgian feel to the flavors to make this worthy of the name on the label.

The pour to this was dark - not quite black but dark enough not to let much of any light through except around the edges. There was some crystalline sugar in the nose, backed up by some burnt sugar, sarsaparilla, and raisin in the mouthfeel. Not a lot of head or lacing to be seen, which was indicative of the lack of body in this beer. It almost reminded me of a Schwarzbier but the presence of the sugar was enough to tip this in favor of a Belgian Strong Dark Ale. The mouthfeel was smoother than other Belgian-style beers that I've had, leading this to go down easy for something so dark.

The relative lightness of the alcohol wasn't a deterrent either. While certainly present, it wasn't high for this style and couldn't be detected until I was close to finishing this off. Since the carbonation was somewhat high, it helped to take the bite off of the stickiness from the sugar and made this relatively easy to down. Someone new to this style would be well-versed to begin with this, since it's a solid take on what a Belgian Dark Strong Ale should be.

Photo of cvfish
3.93/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A - This beer poured a black color that produced a foamy tan head that had good retention and did a deceent job of lacing the glass

S - The only scent that I could detect was the Belgian yeast

T - The taste of this beer was very interesting, and the Stout characteristics were present, bitter chocolate, smoke on the finish, but also an added yeast funk that wasn't exactly my favorite, but it worked nice and was something different

M - The mouthfeel of this beer was a bit a downer, thin to medium body, but way to thin for a stout, and a moderate amount of carbonation

D - This was a very unique beer, not everything that I imagined in a Stout, but something new that was quite refreshing

Photo of TheSixthRing
3.94/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle on date of 04/04/14

Appearance - Pours opaque black with cola brown edging where light can penetrate. Light tan, two-finger width head with fair retention, resulting in a broken layer of surface suds and a fair ring around the edge of the glass. Very little in the way of lacing.

Smell - Iced coffee, light smokey char and plenty of chocolate. Faint sour cherry notes.

Taste - Follows the nose. A good amount of roasted malt that hits on coffee roast and chocolate sweetness, along with a fair bit of smoke and sourness. Hints of black cherry and currants. Finishes with nice balance of sweet, roast and sour notes with a slightly earthy aftertaste.

Mouthfeel - Full in body with fair, tingly carbonation. Really nice drinkability. Not as silky or creamy as most stouts, but it's a fine mouthfeel none the less. Somewhat dry finish.

Overall - Hmm. Pretty, pretty good. Actually reminds me a bit of Grand Teton's Black Cauldron, though I slightly prefer the latter; when price point comes into play, it's a no brainer. Not as much Belgian influence as I expected, but just enough so as to not discredit the claim of "Belgian Style Stout".

Photo of Damian74Shensky
3.94/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of NCSUdo
3.94/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 mL bottle

A: Pours a deep black under a very small slightly off white head. No lace, a small ring of retention.

S: Sweet, roasted malt, mild chocolate and a pinch of coffee, slightly nutty.

T: Much of the same, roasted malt, sweet and some chocolate. Bit of coffee and nutty hint. Mild bitterness and grassy hop in the finish.

M/D: Full bodied, a bit thin, light carbonation, good mouthfeel and good drinkability. A pretty decent brew. I wouldn't really call it a stout or strong dark ale, more like souped up brown ale (that isn't a stout or a porter). Pretty good beer.

Photo of glid02
3.95/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had this on-tap at the Brick Store.

Pours a color one shade away from being black. The head is one-finger of off-white foam that recedes into a thin pancake on top with decent lacing.

Smells of roasted malts with hints of coffee and licorice. As the beer warms the licorice becomes more apparent.

Tastes good. Mild roasted malt flavors up front that segue into hints of licorice. Depending on the sip the initial flavor switches between roasted malt and roasted coffee. Ending is mildly bitter.

Mouthfeel is good. It's a bit more carbonated than I was expecting, but the thickness is good and it goes down pretty smoothly.

Drinkability is good. I finished one glass with no problem and could have a few more.

Overall this isn't my favorite from Allagash, but it's still a solid offering. Worth a shot.

Photo of Stigs
3.95/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz pour at Sunset Grill, served in a tulip

A - served with a solid finger of frothy and creamy khaki colored foam. the beer is well, black! creamy sticky lacing left behind most of the drink.

S - deep roasted almost charred malts, fresh dark coffee, oaky sweetness, and dark chocolate.

T - begins a bit sweeter than expected with a heavy amount of vanilla and oak, dark roasted malts cut through rather quickly bringing some bittering earth hops along, some dark fruits, and brewers licorice. rounded out at the end with (creamed) coffee, rum, and toasted nuts. very minor alcohol heat.

M - medium bodied and VERY chewy, leaves the mouth coated with a layer of wool...despite that the body has a nice pleasant creaminess to it.

D - solid all around, excellent example of a Belgian-influenced stout. nice and robust but not too extreme.

Photo of Sammy
3.95/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Enjoyed on tap at Ashley's. Satisfying, its black yes with off-white head and its very lacey. A roasted stout aroma, medium mouthfeel. Coffee and roast, nutty, caramel, some candi. Aggressive carbonation. a good balance overall, and so good drinkability.

Photo of twiggamortis420
3.95/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

750 mL bottle from Batch 14. Pours a dark brown color with an airy tan head. Retention is decent and leaves some spotty lacing.

Nose is chocolate, roast, bready yeast and some anise. Pretty nice, the Belgian yeast definitely makes is presence felt.

Taste is along the same lines as the nose along with some licorice, sassafras and herbal hop flavors. Has a relaxing feel to it and goes down easy. Mouthfeel is not as creamy and viscous as I would like, but not too big of a deal. Carbonation is higher like a Belgian Strong Pale as opposed to a stout. I am pleased the yeast esters add something unique to the beer. And it is not really a fruity aspect, more of a bready, zesty spice character. It's a good beer, I'd probably buy another one. Might be a good candidate for the cellar too.

Photo of donkeyrunner
3.95/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

"If it's black, send it back! If it's brown, drink it down!" - Homer Simpson

Contrary to the name Black is actually dark brown. Light tan head that looks so pillowy soft I want to rest my weary head on it. Thick sheet of retention rides down the glass and leaves thick swatches of foam. Shame about the color though...and the name.

Smells of earthy roots and dirt like a rich brown ale. Subtle hints of dark fruit and some char sprinkled in are the only real stout qualities. Taste is light charcoal and earthen chocolate. Richer as it warms.

Not much stout to this stout. It's good but doesn't live up to the Allagash name. Speaking of which, Allagash hasn't been living up to their price tag as of late.

Photo of cbutova
3.95/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- Pitch black body poured into a tall tulip. Massive foamy off white head forms with good retention. Not much lace to speak of.

S- Basically as advertised. Stout qualities like cocoa powder, roast cereal grains from malt. The Belgian yeast brings spice, raisins and dark fruit. Slight Euro hops.

T- A bit spicier than the nose and overall the yeast makes itself more present here. It almost has a Dubbel yeast profile (spice, raisin) balanced out with the dark cocoa, roast grains and sweets. Spicy grassy Euro hops.

MF- Foamy yet creamy with a smooth Belgian overall feel. Carbonation is on the lower side but it helps support the spicy stout flavor. Slight alcohol warming. Perhaps more dried out than I wouldlwould like but it makes sense with Belgian yeast.

It delivers what they say it will. Good Belgian spicy yeast profile with a dark cocoa roast stout balancing.

Photo of woodychandler
3.95/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I am now committed to reducing, if not eradicating, my backlog of bottles. This one was part of a local, in-person trade with tone77.

From the bottle: "Dark and roasted with chocolate expressed throughout[.]Belgian-style[,]bottle conditioned"; "[B]elgian style stout".

Given The Old Lady's shock & outrage at how I pour beers when I visited her last summer, I promised her that I would be gentle with bottle-conditioned beers or ones that were explicit about how they should be poured. Despite my very slow, gentle pour, I still garnered a finger of foamy, light-tan head with decent retention. Color was a deep, dark reddish-brown (SRM= > 27, < 34) with good clarity and mahogany highlights. Nose was reminiscent of Belgian chocolate - sweet, but not cloying, plus the yeast gave it a slightly vinous quality. Interesting. Mouthfeel was creamy. I have to say, there was an initial fusel alcohol heat with this one. It mellowed out to create a semi-sweet chocolatiness, but when coupled with the yeasty flavors, I am glad that it is not classified as a "Stout" on here. It was Stout-like, but at the same time, it was not a Stout. Finish was semi-dry with it being a battle between the chocolate malt and the yeast plus alcohol for supremacy. I was glad to have been able to drink and review one, but it is not the sort of thing that I would normally buy for myself.

Photo of HeyItsChili
3.95/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Pours black with brown highlights and an ecru head that slowly recedes to a viscous white film.

S - Roasted malts, coffee beans, bitter dark chocolate.

T - I wouldn't exactly say it makes my tastebuds pop n lock uncontrollably, but they're nodding their heads a little bit. Dark malty upfront with a bitterness creeping in and a little licorice essence. Little bit o' coffee as well.

M - I wasn't enamored with the mouthfeel because I felt it should've been thicker, but I don't discount that too much as it wasn't really my decision to make, but the brewers'. Good carbonation.

Notes - Good drinkability, the ABV isn't evident in the lack of strong alcohol taste.

Allagash Black from Allagash Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 2,229 ratings.