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Allagash Black - Allagash Brewing Company

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Reviews: 698
Hads: 2,506
Avg: 4
pDev: 20.5%
Wants: 150
Gots: 486 | FT: 8
Brewed by:
Allagash Brewing Company
Maine, United States | website

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 illidurit
4.08/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

750 mL bottle poured into a snifter. Pours, well, black with a tan one-finger head. The bubbles are extremely fine and leave filmy lacing.

Aroma is cocoa powder, Whoppers chocolate malt balls, tobacco, and a distinct ferrous note.

Flavor is pretty simple: intense roasted malts with a bone dry bitter finish. There's a light smoked/peaty character to it as well. Alcohol is nearly invisible.

The fine carbonation washes over the tongue and ends with a great clean finish. The beer really vanishes from the palate. Body is just about medium, just enough thickness to satisfy but not too heavy that it loses its delicateness.

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Photo of JoeMayo
4.42/5  rDev +10.5%
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 jwc215
4.23/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 ml cork caged bottle, poured into wide-mouth glass, as per instructions on label:

Pours black with a thick, rich light brown/dark tan head that descends a bit and stays. Patchy lacing sticks.

The smell is of earthy/herbal spicing and rich coffee notes.

The taste is of bitterish, roasted coffee and sweet chocolate with earhthy/herbal spicing and a hint of anise. Nice complexities that interact well. Alcohol mildly noticeable in a peppery way, but otherwise non-interfering. There's a woody dryness in a long finish.

While not quite exceptional, I found the body to be more than adequate - very good, even. Medium-bodied with medium carbonation. Pretty creamy with some effervescence.

An interesting, enjoyable brew that combines a well-done roasty stout with a Belgian Dark (though a bit soft on the fruitiness). A well-balanced sipper.

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Photo of avalon07
4/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: When poured from a bottle to a goblet, this beer had a black color, but surprisingly little head. Solid lacing, though.

S: Very malty and spicy aroma, along with a small amount of hops.

T: A blend of malt, spices and bitter fruit. Nicely done, though I didn't really pick up on the coffee as other reviewers did.

M: Highly carbonated, with a smooth finish. Full-bodied.

D: This is a drinkable beer. I'm not a huge fan of this style, but I'll admit it was well made.

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Photo of dbONE
4.75/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A nice dark coffee color spills out of the corked belgian bottle producing a wonderfull deep tan head that resiansates to whipped cream and the reseeds to droplets atop the the oil slick in the glass.
Black malt attacks the nose with burnt toast, herbs and dried fruit.
The palette is next in line for the assault for the burnt toast with a fade into vanilla, sweet coco and a malty caramel moca blast.
Some bitter chocolate is present through the palette.
The mouth feel is like an espresso with carbonation and a beer flavor.
Comes out dry and sweet with an after taste that makes you wish you were drinking from a bottomless glass.

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Photo of CHADMC3
4.25/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This sample of batch number 4 pours a nearly opaque black with a soft, faint tan head full of tight carbonation, which seems to last for only a short time after pour with little to no lacing.

You do not have to get very close to this beer to experience its aromatic qualities. Roasted malt, chocolate, coffee and perhaps some bread qualities waft from this masterpiece.

More roasted palate pleasure in the flavor with chocolate and coffee notes mirroring the aroma. In addition, there is just a slight smoky quality, which is more pronounced in the aftertaste, especially as this friend warms.

Extremely smooth and well balanced. No particular flavor dominates this beer, yet it is still very rich. This is a particularly crisp and refreshing Belgian stout.

This is an instant favorite. It does not sit heavy and could be enjoyed with a variety of foods. A slow drinker to imbibe in anytime.

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Photo of cjgator3
4.18/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Corked and caged 750ml bottle poured into a large tulip glass. There is a lot of carbonation in the bottle, the cap flew off without much prying.

A- Pours a dark black color with a large light tan head that possesses excellent retention and lacing qualities.

S- The aroma is dark roasted malts with some coffee and chocolate. Not quite as roasty as an American Style Stout.

T- The taste is similar to the aroma with slightly roasted malts and some light coffee flavors as well. Incredibly smooth and tasty.

M- The mouthfeel is very smooth on the palate with a good amount of carbonation.

D- Very drinkable for a 7.5% beer, the 750ml bottle went down very easy, almost too easy.

Overall, Allagash Black is another great beer from Allagash. It is definitely the best Belgian Style Stout that I have tried. Highly recommended.

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Photo of corey0212
4.48/5  rDev +12%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a deep brown, borderline-black with dark ruby highlights, big foamy tan head hanging around for a loooong time, lots of lacing on the glass. Some dark fruit aroma, yeasty, some burnt coffee and smokiness. Lots of initial spice in the taste, mild coffee, some bittersweet chocolate. Medium-bodied, really creamy, light carbonation, some gentle lingering spice and bitterness. This is tasty, I'm sure it would pair well with lots of dishes, and I'd definitely seek this one out again.

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Photo of Wetpaperbag
3.68/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Nice dark brown almost black beer with a finger width of tan head.

S- Spice and anise smells with a slight coffee smell.

T- This is a very different tasting strong dark ale. I've never had one that had such a strong coffee taste. I wasn't expecting this.

M- Feels good in the mouth.

D- Easy to drink, would be a great breakfast Belgian.

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Photo of cvstrickland
4.03/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Ebony draft arrives in a goblet, crowned with a finger of cappucino-colored foam that retains well and leaves solid, banded sheets of lacing on the glass.

Smell is chocolatey with a note of dark-roasted coffee.

Taste is dark and malty with roasted barley and dark chocolate in a medium of cafe au lait. Neither dry nor sweet, with the coffee note becoming more pronounced as the drink warms.

Soft and mellow. Plenty drinkable.

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Photo of bashiba
4.11/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This Black Belgian Style Stout pours midnight black with the thickest and fullest head I have seen in quite some time, incredible retention and tons of lacing. Superb look!

Has a nice big chocolate and coffee smell with a touch of smokey burnt black malts and just a hint of anise.

The flavor follows the smell to a T. Big bold black and burnt malty flavor with a touch of chocolate and coffee and some nice smokey flavors.

The mouthfeel is very creamy and smooth with a decent bit of carbonation zip and a touch of ABV warmth.

A solid easy drinking stout, very smooth and balanced.

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Photo of Jwale73
3.95/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to thirstybird for this one. 750 ml corked & caged bottle; batch #4 indicated on the label. Served in my Delirium Tremens tulip. Poured an opaque black with a one inch loose white head; tiny ringlets embedded in the cap. Head dissipated into a thin skim that coalesced around the perimeter of the glass; lacing was spotty and sparse. Nose presented with dark fruity esters and cocoa with a trace of alcohol. Taste consistent with nose; however, a light roasted coffee character is revealed in the mouth with a bit of char at the finish. Mouthfeel was light- to medium-bodied, but with a little too much carbonation, followed by a bit of alcohol astringency that lingers slightly between quaffs. Very enjoyable brew falling somewhere between a belgian strong dark and a foreign export stout. Nice blending of the styles.

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Photo of Proteus93
4.22/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a large snifter to provide a 'wide bowl.' Printed with "Batch #4" on the side of the bottle:

A: Completely opaque black... fitting for the name. Considering the deep colouring of this beer, the head is surprisingly pale - a sandy colour. Comes up fairly creamy, and retention is about mediocre. The sheer blackness of the brew itself is the ticket with this one.

S: Unsweetened chocolate, some heavily roasted malts, very slight notes of licorice, and a yeast ester aroma.

T + M: The flavour is a surprise... I expected a little thicker and perhaps stickier with a more intense flavour. Instead, flavours manage to have some restraint without giving up the "big" profile. It then finishes incredibly clean with no stickiness. Quite a nice and dry touch. Roasted malt / chocolate flavours, an intriguing fruitiness... closer to dark berry than it would be to 'dark fruits' like date, fig, or raisin. Something like blackberry or serviceberry. Finishes with a very modest bittering and a touch of smokiness to boot. Quite nice.

D: A pleasant surprise. Not too sure what I was really expecting, but this went beyond that. I look forward to another date with this one. A good choice.

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Photo of SIRIUS2
4.23/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served in a glass that resembled a heavy weighted pilsner glass.

The color was near black with a clear ruby tint when held to the light. There was just about a finger's width of light brown foam head that hung around for most of the glass and left some light brown lacing down the side of the glass.

I had a hard time getting much aroma off from this. What I did get was some very mild chocolate and touch of alcohol - both incredibly faint.

Incredibly rich and complex malts engulf the tongue in a display of more balance than expected. There isn't much in the way of hops but there are some bittering elements from some of the malts that seem to balance the sweetness of some of the other malts. This reminded me of a great stout with strong chocolate and coffee flavors with the addition of one noticeable difference - that flavor of Belgian candy sugar and dark fruit. It's subtle, but it's there and it works great! The finish is slow and chocolaty with some more of that dark fruit flavor but has an extended linger of coffee.

Rich. Bold. Chewy. Refined. This is a great brew and I very much enjoyed it. Highly recommended.

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Photo of gte893m
4.3/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I've been looking forward to this one. Allagash produces some of the bast belgian-syle beer in the US. The beer poured a dark black. Holding my glass up to the light you can see some reddish-brown peaking through. Head is a nice mocha color with good retention and nice lacing. Note I've poured this into a glass with a nucleation point at the bottom. Flavor is complex with deep roasted malts, coffee and faint hints of chocolate. Finish is wonderful and is really the only chance to notice the alcohol. A beautiful stout.

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Photo of oberon
4.08/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had on tap Friday at night at Tyler's Taproom in Carrboro.Poured into a small goblet a deep but not entirely opaque black, a bit of ruby did show thru with a thinner light mocha colored head.Aromas were not as bold as expected,I picked up some roasted malt and brown sugar,the chocolate was very faint.Flavors were great with some good complexity,starting out with some brown sugar and bitter chocolate melding into a roasted and smoky finish,I really liked the smoke element it went well with the light sweetness of the beer.To me very stout-like on the palate,a very nice brew.

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Photo of drumrboy22
3.88/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750mL bottle received from Mudpuppet in trade. Poured into a snifter. Beer was a deep, dark brown almost black color with a two finger, creamy, tan head. Moderate lacing.

Aroma was roasted grains, toffee, chocolate and malt.

Taste was chocolate, malt and coffee. German chocolate cake comes to mind.

Very tasty and high drinkability. Would recommend drinking at cellar temperature. Some of the flavors are subtle and open up as the beer warms.

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Photo of GratefulBeerGuy
4.94/5  rDev +23.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

750 ML corked & caged bottle > Chimay Goblet/Duvel Goblet

This is a very dark brown color, not opaque with only a bit of ruby red light popping through the top. The crown is a swirly, creamy mocha color rising 2" with a classic fluffy cap. dissipates slow with a nice peak in the middle. The center of the crown is very bubbly and remains so.

The aroma is simply wonderful. Sweet malt complexity with chocolate cocoa mix, chai tea, Hershey's chocolate, honey, brown suagr, peanutbutter and then comes the extreme fruitiness! blackberries and boysenberries up-front that's gentle and very inticing. There's tangy, wild hop like earthiness to round it out.

This Belgian-style stout has a very lively and crisp feel that is classiclly Belgian but with the massive malt complexity it really is very smooth going down. I'm loving the bold flavor's of a stout with the luxurious feel of a Strong-Dark Belgian ale. Flavor's range from big, ripe dark fruits and berries to mild and sweet milk chocolate, brown sugar, and malted milk balls. The wonderful balance between the chocolate and sweet fruity flavor's is only enhanced when the spicy, earthy hops kick in right at the end with the well-hidden 7.5% abv heat. No trace of bitterness in this stout. Think Belgian Strong Dark ale meets Obsidian Stout. amazingly complex, yet easy to drink. A smooth yet lively feel, full but approachable makes this complex yet easy.

We have a winner! unique with a perfect balance, complexity is off the charts...I just don't want to see it end!!

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Photo of Crosling
3.8/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark brown/black color with a fully foaming and long lasting head of foam. Intricate nose showcases notes of cocoa and roast, as well as dark fruit notes of syrah grapes and blackberries. Flavor has nice balance, but is perhaps a bit sweet. Similar notes as in the aroma, lots of sweet dark red fruit notes. Could have more dark malt notes to improve it. Overall, it's a well made ale.

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Photo of gonzo46and2
3.88/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours like a stout but a bit thinner a livelier. Dark, black and opaque. Smells a bit mild. Coffee and chocolate. Didn't smell like belgian yeast/malt as much as I'd hoped but the belgian attributes were almost there. It definitely had the irish stout/belgian quadruppel hybrid-type aroma and taste. It was just a bit too mild for me. Still a good beer. Very drinkable.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
3.63/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle: Poured a clear black color ale with a large off-white foamy head with great retention and good lacing. Aroma of light roasted malt with some medium sweet malt notes. Taste is also dominated by some light chocolate roasted malt notes with a nice Belgian-style malt backbone. Average body with good carbonation and no apparent alcohol. Not bad but I was expecting more complexity and maybe more chocolate, vanilla or maybe some ester. A bit like the Troubadour Obscura but with a heftier price tag.

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Photo of errantnight
3.98/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A really tasty and drinkable Belgian... stout? Sure.... ok.

And it shares a helluva lot more in common with a stout than a strong Belgian dark/Quad.

Pours a deep, deep, deep, mahogany brown that's mostly black until you get up close and personal. Reasonably frothy, pillowy head that dissipates and falls away rather quickly.

Aroma is.... well, 3.5 might be low.... but it's disappointing. Nice roasted malt notes, with maybe a hint of esters, but no strong Belgian yeast character or truly complex malt aromas.

Taste is a slightly better balance. It's an eminently smooth chocolate and roasted malt forward malt with some mid-bodied sweetness that has a drying finish that reminds of both spicy hop and dark malt. It's very... good, and I'd happily have more, but I'm not going nuts.

That said... the mouthfeel is creamy and smooth, and not so highly carbonated as to be too spritzy, but not silky either.

It's more drinkable than it deserves to be, I feel. Maybe it's the bottle, maybe it's the relative simplicity of it all... but I want more, even as I wasn't blown away by any particular aspect.

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Photo of iceball585
4.17/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Pitch black color, non-transparent, fluffy head that disolved quickly to a thin layer

S- Milk chocolate, coffee beans, earthy, dark malts, roasted auroma

T- Roasted coffee beans, dark, chocolate malts, smokey, yeast, slight bitterness

M- Medium/heavy body, low/medium carbonation, smooth, creamy

D- Worth buying again

Another brew by Allagash that I was fairly impressed with. Nothing too crazy but was still very good over all.

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Photo of cdog3
4.1/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Beer poured black almost opaque but not cloudy at all with a tan head. The aroma was a beautiful roasty and chocolate with slight hints of coffee. The flavor has the same roast as in the flavor with out a lot of complexity. It was chocolaty but the mouthfeel was a little thin and spritzy. Maybe a little more oats in the malt bill would have improved the beers creaminess and helped to round out the flavor profile. Overall very drinkable, but the top Belgian stout that I have ever had.

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Photo of WesWes
4.3/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The beer pours a black color with a thick frothy tan head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is good. It has a dry, earthy, black, chocolate, and roasted malt scent along with a light Belgian yeast fruitiness. The taste is great! I'm not sure I'm a huge fan of this concept, but this seems to be the benchmark for Belgian stouts; dry, earthy, thinner mouthfeel, fruity yeast esters. This is a damn good stout. The mouthfeel is fine. It's full bodied with adequate carbonation, but it's thinner than a regular imperial stout. This beer drinks well. It's complex and flavorful, but it doesn't sell out the stout style.

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Allagash Black from Allagash Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 698 ratings.