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Allagash Black - Allagash Brewing Company

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2,264 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,264
Reviews: 676
rAvg: 4.04
pDev: 10.89%
Wants: 126
Gots: 333 | FT: 7
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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 zac16125
3.91/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle into a tulip
Bottling numbers: 2563 09:33; not sure if that means anything

A: Pours a somewhat thin appearing very dark brown, almost black as it sits in the glass. 1.5 fingers width of light tan head builds then has good retention. Leaves lots of lacing.

S: Aromas of roasted malt, a somewhat astringent plastic, more subtle dark fruits, faint cocoa, belgian fruity-esters.

T: Roasted malt, heavy cream, semi-sweet chocolate, blond roast coffee.

M/D: Medium body, on the lighter side for the style (whether it be a stout or a BSDA), carbonation heavier than I prefer, fairly smooth, drinkability is average.

O: It was kind of meh at first but really grew on me as it warmed. Nothing spectacular but certainly worth a try.

Photo of leilei143
3.91/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of scottfrie
3.91/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml bottle poured into a sniffer.

A: Black black black liquid with a large, fluffy dense light brown head that took its time receding into a thick film.
S: Hints of licorice, yeast, bread with some roasted notes. Not particularly smelly. Some faint boozy notes come out as it warms.
T: Toasted oats, coffee, dark chocolate, raisins, sour notes, caramel malt, bread dough and some underlying sweet sugary tones. Some almost porter like ambiguous fruit flavors come through as well.
M: Medium body with a more tingly carbonation than other stouts. Has a decent amount of syrupy thickness to it. Slight alcohol warmth in the finish.
D: Not half bad. My first Belgium style stout. Similar to other stouts but a bit more porter like. This wasn't my favorite stout but there was certainly nothing wrong with it. I'd recommend giving it try.

Photo of lifeboyq
3.91/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a rich brown translucent on the edges with a tan head that lasts with solid lacing. Smells a phenolic peculiar yeast offering without much malt aroma coming through. Taste is quite malty, slightly biter, dark black patent malts a hint of dark caramel malts. Well balanced slightly bitter very well done stout with just enough hops to kill the chance of the beer being cloying. Well done and a nice twist to the typical stout with a flair of Belgian (or allagashian) yeast peculiarity.

Photo of Shroud0fdoom
3.91/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

*12 oz. bottle* On to the appearance of this ale. It pours dense dark brown with velvet hues, A half of finger off white head. Chocolate hits the nose with passion. Roasted malts seems to breath just fine. A slight molasses sweetness shrouds a charred undertone. There is a slight touch of spice with hints of coffee beans. The taste on this is roasted malts, and a subtle smooth chocolate feel. Coffee beans with a soft hint of vanilla. Charred wood with a red apple skin that make way for a dry bitter finish. The feel of this ale is a little off. For a stout I would expect a fuller feel. The carbonation is a bit active and slightly harsh.

Overall: This stout is a little safe. For a Belgian style stout I would expect some sort of funkiness or spiciness from the yeast. This is delicate and can leave you wanting something more out of it. The feel on this beer is where it really lets me down. The body could be more fuller and smoother for being a stout. Maybe it is, but the carbonation makes sure your attention is more on the poppy sensation on your palate. This is very polished and well crafted. Just some of my pet peeves at work. This one just isn't all that entertaining in my opinion. This ale was still worthy of my time.

Photo of bobsy
3.91/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a very dark brown with a finger of creamy tan head that leaves lacing in sheets. Another Belgian style stout, and another great looking beer, this time from an American brewer! Light roast malts on the nose don't cream stout, but combine with esters and spice to create a smooth and subdued aroma. In an ideal world I'd amp it up a little at this point.

In the flavour, coffee notes lead off before being hauled down by some wonderfully smooth chocolate, a dash of dark fruit and a spicy finish with cloves and aniseed. Sweet up front with a dry and bitter finish that betrays none of the 7.5% alcohol listed on the label. Moderate mouthfeel with a medium-low carbonation that seemed appropriate and blended nicely with the smoothness of the flavours.

In the battle of North American takes on the Belgian Stout style, I'd still pick Ommegang for its refined dusty cocoa flavour, but this is a damn close race, and Allagash have made another excellent beer. My only complaint is that the nose could do with a bit more zip, as it lest down an otherwise impeccable brew.

Photo of silentjay
3.91/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

as with many Allagash 750ml bottles, the cork comes out with a loud pop. it pours the color of dark chocolate with a chocolate milk colored head that fills more than half of my Duvel tulip, slowly settles and laces well.

differs from your normal stout in the aroma, as the yeasty spice and phenols come through first, on top of the char, cocoa, tobacco, and coffee flavors that are more typical of a stout. its not the best smelling beer, but it does smell nice.

roast, charcoal, and tobacco come first with some coffee, then dark fruits and spice thats typical of Belgian yeast. finishes with some drying charred flavors.

almost full-bodied and fluffy with a nice charred finish which works very well for the flavors presented.

Its kinda like if you mixed a belgian dubbel with a roasty stout. it works pretty well, but I've never been blown away by this beer. I would like to try the bourbon barrel version of this.

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

Poured from a 750 mL bottle into a snifter. No bottle date, but labeled "Batch 29".

A: Pours a very dark brown with mahogany highlights. Even with an aggressive pour, only yields a thin off-white fizzy looking head.

S: Definitely some Bretty yeasty funk noticeable. There is roast and smoke in there too, maybe even some vanilla. Some of those dry irish stout qualities noticeable...tobacco, leather...

T: More stout than funk in the taste...some char and tobacco notes, cherry, vanilla and smoke. A little roastiness. Heavier on the smoke and roast than any sort of sweetness. There's a really thick "wet hay" coating over everything - like a stout that's been strained through a wet horse blanket. I get some spicy, earthy hop notes but not a lot.

M: Straight up medium bodied beer. A little thinner than a typical stout, but considering the Belgian qualities of this beer, it wouldn't taste quite right as a full bodied beer. Still get a bit of chewiness in the middle due to the Belgian yeast. Carbonation is solid for a corked bottle. Relatively easy drinking beer.

O: This is the first of this style that I've ever tried and I have to say that I don't know if the Belgian yeast qualities blend all that well with those of a stout. It's interesting...but that's where I'd stop. I can easily name about 20 other stouts that I've had that are better than this beer. And can name about 20 Belgian style beers that I've had that I like better. Glad I tried it...wouldn't mind trying again after I've had a few more examples of the style...then revisit this review.

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


Appearance - Dark brown colour with an average size creamy light brown/beige coloured head. I can't see much carbonation due the darkness of the beer and there isn't whole lot of lacing going on. The head lasted for around 5 minutes before it began to dissipate.

Smell - chocolate, malts, coffee, smoky/roasted notes, vanilla

Taste & Mouth - The beer has a very low amount of carbonation and most of the taste consists of chocolate, coffee and malts. There are also smokey/burnt notes mixed with a booziness.

Overall - I could pick up on the alcohol and the beer gave me a nice warming feeling in my chest. I was a little disappointed with the appearance, but the beer had a nice taste and would work very well as a winter warmer. It's worth seeking out.

Photo of justintcoons
3.92/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a tulip pint.

Dark chestnut brown with 3 fingers of off-white head. Some definite light penetration.

Dark fruit, dark candy sugar, brown sugar and cocoa.

Prune, fig and cocoa powder. Red grape, semisweet chocolate and cocoa nib. Earthy finish with hints of dried hay.

Medium-full bodied, smooth and oily.

Dark fruits and chocolate. A really nice Belgian Dark.

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 justincourts
3.93/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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

Allagash Black from Allagash Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 2,264 ratings.