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Allagash Black | Allagash Brewing Company

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Brewed by:
Allagash Brewing Company
Maine, United States | website

Style: Belgian Strong Dark Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.50%

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.

Added by Bassetdawg on 12-14-2007

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Photo of EgadBananas
4.39/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

THANKS to papollo for this wonderful brew!

A - Dark muddy brown, much more transparent in light. Thick creamy off white head.

S/T - Both the smell and the taste are very much the same. Very roasted and toasty. Hints of rich chocolate and some bitter coffee. No alcohol in the nose, but there is a very tiny bit of warmth that hits the back of your throat.

M - On the high end of medium bodied, with a bit of creaminess. Definitely smooth.

D - I am looking forward to the rest of this big bottle!

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Photo of puboflyons
4.4/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

From the 750 ml. corked bottle marked 1050-19:49. Sampled on August 14, 2010. It pours a handsome mahogany brown with ruby red hues glimmering around the glass. The head is a delicate, silky tannish color. Yeast, malts, cocoa, and spices highlight the well-balanced and inviting aroma. The body is rather bold but the fluffy head tickles the lips. The taste is a well-balanced combination of malts, wheat, and yeast with a little hoppiness around the edges to give it a little zing. A wonderfully well-rounded beer.

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Photo of Flyer
4.4/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Another very good entry from a brewer that's rapidly climbing my list. Pours a dense purplish black with a dense, surging head. Lots of roast on the nose. The initial flavor notes are actually kind of sweet (candi sugar?) but that gives way to a really nice mix of roastiness, Belgian floral, unsweetened chocolate, and some woodiness. Moutheel is amazingly smooth and lush. Aftertaste is pleasantly sharp, mild roasty bitterness layered over some sweetness and floral. Definitely recommended.

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Photo of DousedInStout
4.4/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

I've always wished the 'gash would release a stout, and the black was all that I could dream for and more. The taste is rich in roasted barley and dark chocolate. And the belgian yeast strain gives a nice fruity twist at the end. The mouthfeel is phenomenally silky and smooth - which makes the drinkability amazing. I could drink these all night long - and WILL.

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Photo of JohnQVegas
4.4/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Cask, into Imperial Pint.

Pours black with a healthy, creamy light tan head.

Nose is cocoa and roasty coffee, with a hint of floral hops mixed in.

Taste is so smooth - cocoa and roasty espresso meld with a mellow dark fruit & cherry note, and floral hops asserting themselves just enough to balance, with almost no acidity.

Silky smooth, with full but fairly light body. Really fantastic beer when cask conditioned. I literally did not want to stop drinking it.

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Photo of adamette
4.4/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Live review. The second of four Allagash 750 ML corked and caged bottles that I picked up at Rozi's Wine House in Lakewood. This one was $10.99. Poured into my gold rimmed Gulden Draak tulip glass. Batch # 8 and the phrase "Belgian Style Stout" stamped on the label.

A Four inch light brown head that leaves a sparse lacing on the inside of the tulip glass. Body is extremely dark, indeed may be black. I held it up to direct light from a light bulb and no light came through. 4.5

S An interesting, grainy type of smell as if one is smelling the husks of the barley. It resembled rolled oats as in cheerios. There is also a whiff of dark roast malt and maybe a measure of chocolate but that could be the dark roast smell just the same. A unique, intriguing smell. 4.5

T Very interesting taste of just what the label suggests...a Belgian Style Stout. There is medium to dark roast malt but also the distinct taste of Belgian yeast and some sweet malt that I simply do not find in American Stouts. This is not a deep, dark roast malt stout but a medium to dark roast malt with a much "softer" taste of the barley husks and maybe even a nutty aspect as well. The ABV is well hidden at 7.5% but it presents like maybe 5%. 4.5

M Carbonation is high as evidenced from first pouring this into the glass, the head just rises up tremendously from the body and it also stayed with the beer well after pouring it, creating a dancing sensation across the tongue, not common in stouts but more common in the stated style listed here on BA. The feel is as unique and enjoyable to me as the taste. 4.5

D A delicious, interesting, intriguing, challenging beer with a great, mature kind of taste with a manageable ABV means that it is very drinkable for the style which is Belgian Style Stout. 4.0

Notes: Allagash continues to impress with this really nice beer.

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Photo of lostandwandering
4.41/5  rDev +10%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Pours black with a solid two finger head that lasts. Persistent lacing remains on the glass with each sip.

S- Roasty and earthy. Not all together unpleasent.

T- Some slight fruitiness with plenty of roasted malt. Smokey flavor towards the end.

M- well carbonated. Medium body. Not thick like an Oatmeal or mild stout, but not thin either.

O- Very good beer. Got this for my birthday and didn't get around to it until now. This is my first offering from Allagash and I am rather impressed. Would higly recommend this one.

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Photo of Vylo
4.41/5  rDev +10%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours....do I have to say it? black.

Smell is light. Malty, not what I usually expect even from a belgian style.

Taste is amazingly good. Light for a stout like the smell would suggest, yet pleasant and almost as sweet as it is bitter.

Mouthfeel is high. A little more carbonation in a stout then I'm used to but works well.

Overall, I hate allagash, and yet I like this... a lot. They finally got something right, very right. It won't remind you have a lot of other stouts, but it is actually pretty pleasant. If you have been turned off to this brand like I have, break the cycle with his beer, it is worthwhile.

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Photo of BLove
4.41/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thoroughly enjoyed this brew in downtown Bar Harbor, ME at Rupununi.

A - Deep brown, almost black with ruby red around the edges when held up to light. Nice cocoa-colored, thick head which tapers to fine lacing.
S - dark chocolate, earthy
T - faint vanilla, dark chocolate/cocoa, & expresso flavors...very complex. Medium hop, and some warming from the higher alcohol content
M - Medium-full body, coats palate, easy drinkability
D - D-licious!! Very smooth! One of my favorites while visiting Maine. If this beer is any indication, I will be seeking out more beer from this brewer.

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Photo of Pahn
4.41/5  rDev +10%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served from a cask at Bukowski's, Cambridge, MA.

Appearance: Huge, thick 1.5 inch head that sticks around forever and leaves lacing everywhere. Beer is mostly solid black with auburn highlights at the edges. Lacing up and down the glass.

Smell: Some orange, clove, and Belgian yeast. Pretty subdued.

Taste: Really smooth and creamy. Perfectly balanced. Belgian yeast blends with the subdued esters, spice, mild smokiness and chocolate notes, and occasional tickle of carbonation.

Mouthfeel: Very creamy, and medium bodied.

Drinkability: Excellent. The balance is amazing, the ABV nowhere to be detected, and the feel smooth and never overwhelmingly rich or heavy.

For me, this beer was meant for a cask. The flavor is bright and spicy enough not to be dulled into too-rich thickness. The balance you end up getting from the taste is sublime.

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Photo of rhoadsrage
4.42/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

(Served in a chalice)

A- This beer pours a jet black body with a trace of strands of microbubbles lingering up the edge of the glass. There is a thick light tan head that leaves a bit of slippery lace with each sip.

S- The soft musty funk hint leads to a dark roasted malt note with a creamy nose to it. There is a light cherry tartness that comes from the musty hint has it warms. The dark roasted malt is still the main player.

T- The soft smooth black roasted malt has an almost smoky quality to it with a flavor of cream and a lighter chalk note. The black roasted bitterness lingers for just a moment to finish the taste.

M- This beer has a medium-full mouthfeel with a very soft tartness to it and no alcohol heat noted.

D- I do enjoy a good Belgian influenced stout and this is a great example of this style. The flavors are dark but very smooth and well blended to create a mysterious quality. The funk hints really to compliment the black roasted malt and creamy flavors.

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Photo of JoeMayo
4.42/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Pours a very dark brown, which looks black in the glass, except for the dark amber around the edges. The head recedes quickly, but leaves a couple spots of lacing down the glass.

S- So much comes through, but not all at once. The spicy smell of Belgian yeast is prevalent throughout the glass. Chocolate is very noticeable, but fades into a toffee aroma as the beer warms. Slight herbal tones are also noted.

T- So delicious! Belgian yeast and sweet Belgian chocolate flavors meld together with a fairly strong coffee presence and a hefty dose of malt. The hops assert their presence as well, but not through bitterness. The hops impart a spicy and slightly floral flavor. A truly unique flavor combining the delicious flavors of an Imperial Stout with the spiciness of a Belgian Strong Dark Ale.

M- Thick, creamy, rich and still very effervescent.

D- Goes down easier than most stouts.

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Photo of Viciousknishs
4.42/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- pours a deep, almost black, chestnut brown with lighter shades of brown interlaced. It looks like a liquid Tootsie Roll. One finger of tan head sits on top. Head retention is low and recedes into some sticky bubbly remnants.

S- The aroma is beautiful and complex. Initially a roasted hazelnut and toasted malt characteristic shines through. A delicate French pressed iced coffee mixes in with a great creamy note. Finishes with earthy Belgian yeast with a dried fruity ester that makes currants come to mind.

T- Complex semi-sweet chocolate flavors like a gourmet milk chocolate bar to a homemade glass of chocolate milk induce euphoria. Assertive creamy mocha blends with toasted semi-dry malt in the middle and reminds you that this is a beer. A hint of charred fruit with a herbal hop character dance on the palate with ghost like seduction. Finishes dry, roasted and semi-sweet with a tobacco note.

MF- Allagash Black is light to medium in body. It's silky smooth and velvety on the palate. The light feathery carbonation works incredibly well and fits the beer with precision.

D- High drinkability. Allagash Black is one helluva a beer and will change your perception as to what a dark beer can be like. Dark beers generally inspire masculinity and typical robust roasted flavor. Allagash Black has all the characteristics of a stout but is somehow delicate, feminine and graceful.

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Photo of aepb1
4.43/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A- Big off-white/tannish head, very dark body

S- Vanilla/caramel sweet malts

T- Smoked dark flavor and I get some rich sweet raisins too. There's a lot going on here. I do get the vanilla caramel in here too as it warms up a bit. I really enjoy the complexity

M- Smooth with a heavy body

D- I could sip on this all night long!

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Photo of OCBrewin
4.43/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Great mix of a Belgian Triple and a Smokey stout. So light that it almost feels like a schwartzbier. Fruity and phenolic, but smoke and chocolate prevail. Great overall experience.

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Photo of DawnL
4.43/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

What Allagash had to say: Our Belgian-style stout. Roasted malts give this stout its classic chocolate, toast and malty taste. A hint of coffee in the aroma. 7.5% abv

What I have to say:
Deep black color with tan head. Bitter on the backend - burnt coffee taste really comes through. It is a very deep, dark, full-flavored stout. It's what stout should be. Very drinkable. I totally agree with the Allagash notes.

I had this at an Allagash tasting on 7/23/2009. It was a rooftop bar - hard to get anything off the nose when the wind was whipping the aroma of the beer across the isle of manhattan!

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Photo of Haybeerman
4.44/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Deep brown, almost black; no light. Poured a wispy dark tan head that dissipated to the edge. Lace washed down the glass.

S: Burnt toast, coffee and dark fruit. Anise and faint alcohol aroma.

T: Toasted malt; dark fruits, chocolate and coffee. Smooth and rich; pretty well balanced. Bitter coffee lingers through the bitter finish. Very flavorful.

M: Medium body. Moderate carbonation. Smooth yet not real thick. Flavorful and balanced.

D: Very flavorful and balanced. Rich, but not thick or filling. Disguises the alcohol well.

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Photo of brureview
4.45/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Excellent beer if served in a tulip and at about 48F.

No head. Beautiful molasses color. I noticed black chunks from the underside of the glass- chocolate?

Excellent light molasses-caramel aroma.

The mouth feel is a bit carbonated, but contributes to the overall balance of the beer.

The finish is slightly alcoholic- this adds to the flavor and mellows with warming.

Overall, a solid enjoyable beer. Perhaps my current favorite from the brewery.

Serving preparation: I put the bottle in my freezer for about 50 minutes. It was stored at room temp.

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Photo of Cakanator
4.45/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Draft at Sierra. Great color and nose. Pours a jet black color with tan head. Looks like a big stout, but I keep reminding myself its not. Aromas are big coffee roasted almost heavier than what I know the palate feel to be. Mouthfeel leads it to be higher than 7.5 but overall a great smooth flavorful beer. I'd kill to try the BA version as I think the bourbon would blend into this one very well and to see the alcohol increase.

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Photo of bluejacket74
4.47/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750 ml caged and corked bottle, Batch #4. Served in a chalice, the beer pours dark brown with about a half inch tan head. Head retention is good, not much lacing at all. The aroma is very nice, it smells like bittersweet chocolate, dark fruit (raisins, plums), coffee, and a bit of licorice. It tastes like roasted and burnt/smoked malt, coffee, plums and bittersweet chocolate, along with a bit of licorice and caramel. Mouthfeel/body is medium, it's creamy and has medium/high, but soft carbonation. Drinkability is pretty good, it's very smooth and easy to drink. Overall I think this is a pretty good brew, it's tasty and very enjoyable. I'd definitely buy this again.

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Photo of BeerSox
4.47/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle into 8oz snifter.

Deep black with a thick light tan head. It's completely opaque without any ruby edges. Spotty lacing along the glass.

The aroma is sharp bitter malts, unusual for any Belgian style ale. Hints of coffee are around, and a bit of alcohol.

The taste starts off more like any stout, with roasty malts and light bitterness. Toward the end, the flavor shifts to more of an estery Belgian mix that is more typical for the style. Full bodied with good carbonation. The finish is a slight amount of the bitter malts, with more of the estery fruit flavors that linger.

This is a great blend of an American/English style with a Belgian brewing technique. It doesn't taste forced at all. It's like this has been the main tradition for centuries. It's a Belgian Strong Dark Ale by name only, it's more of a Belgian Strong Stout. I think this is one of the better ultra-dark Belgian ales. Recommended.

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Photo of angrybabboon
4.47/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Note: this review is from a bottle that was aged for approximately 20 months - I've had this fresh, and I know that cellaring matters (it makes it better!)

Review adapted from notes taken 4/3/2010

Appearance: Arguably more of a dark brown than an actual black, but who cares? Nice beige head and nice lacing

Smell: Roasty/burnt malts, chocolate, some sweetness, some dark fruits in the background, something that smells woody

Taste: Complex and delicious - the malts impart a combination of roasted, burnt, and mellow pale flavors - I realize this doesn't make much sense, but this is what is going on - chocolate, coffee, caramel - some Belgian yeast under the layers of malt flavor - definitely tastes like an Allagash beer (not a bad thing) - some subtle dark fruits - kind of tastes like a stout that is decidedly not a stout

Mouthfeel: Remarkably light despite how flavorful the beer is - it seems thin, but it seems to fit the style - well-carbonated

Overall: Tastes like a sipper but the ABV really isn't high - very drinkable

This is one of my favorites from Allagash. The balance is very interesting. It's like a hybrid between a Belgian dark ale and an American stout. The beer is tasty to begin with, and it gets better with age.

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Photo of sulldaddy
4.47/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Split a 750 corked and caged with Stopper. poured at cellar temp into an SA "pint" glass. the beer pours a cola brown with creamy tan head of .5 cm foaming up and sticking around.
Aroma is cocoa powder and molasses with some bready yeast and brown sugar with hints of roasted grain to boot. First sip reveals a velvety smooth texture with soft mild spacious carbonation. Flavor is sweet and malty with no hops or hints of ABV. The beer finishes with a little roastiness and sweet brown sugar. Very easy drinking smooth brew. I recommend to all the "maltys" out there!

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Photo of NiceTaps
4.47/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle in a pint glass.

Poured a very dark midnight blue, near black color with a 1F head, dark tan color, creamy look, modest lacing. Some dark brown and ruby color highlights as the glass emptied.

There are roasted and chocolate malts but the kicker is the aroma of just roasted and brewed coffee grinds.

The coffee reigns supreme again. Chocolate, some dark fruit, caramel semi-sweetness; they all take a turn, but it's the coffee flavor that really made this beer for me.

Silky smooth near full body, very enjoyable drinkability. There was a slight ashen mineral finish that likely came from "smokiness". It wasn't bad, I deducted for it.

This beer hit all the right notes for me. Style, taste, etc. I'll get it again, soon.

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Photo of nanertak
4.47/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured 22 oz to tulip.

Apperance: Poured 2 fingers light tan head. Thick and dark. Hints of dark amber and brown around the edges.

Nose: Belgian yeast and malts. Coffee, caramel, raisins, very mild hint of alcohol. Slight "funk" of the yeast gives a delicate mossy or subtle mushroom smell hidden in there somewhere.

Taste: Dark malts, bitter chocolate, coffee, dried fruit. Small amount of alcohol heat near the end. Almost a mildly bitter and woody flavor (oak-ish) that lingers.

Mouthfeel: Well balanced. Round, but not syrupy. Mild carbonation, but enough to put a slight peppery spice on the tongue which quickly and pleasantly fades.

Drinkability: The usual for Allagash --- excellent. Slow sipper. Would be excellent with gamey meats, beef roasts, or an after dinner drink in lieu of dessert. I'd find it again.

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