Allagash Black | Allagash Brewing Company

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

750ml bottle poured into a chalice; batch #4

Pours almost a pitch black in color, and shows off some light ruby red highlights when held up to the sun. Thick, frothy mocha head rose a solid finger and left spotty, spider web lacing.

Smell is of roasted chocolate malts, dark fruits, mild anise, coffee, and clove. Smells like a typical stout only with a yeast strain indicative of the Belgian style.

Taste mimics the smell, only with the chocolate and coffee dominating. Fruity and sweet up front and finishes dry. There is a decent amount of warming left behind in its wake.

Smooth and light, adequately carbonated, but definitely not outstanding.

Relatively easy to drink, a definite sipper. A solid offering, but there is room for improvement. Definitely not a BSDA.

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Photo of mrasskicktastic
3.56/5  rDev -11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

A - A huge frothy eternal mocha brown head. Thick, billowy rings of lacing. Black brew with a ruby tint.

S - Moss, coffee, charcoal, pungent grasses and molasses.

T - Charcoal, moss, licorice, alcohol. Aftertaste has general dark flavors - charcoal, coffee and chocolate.

M - A little harsh, thin and a little refreshing.

D - Pretty good. A potent brew with a lot of flavor. Worth a try. I'll have again if found on tap. A nice stout. I wouldn't say it is a Belgian strong dark ale though.

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Photo of jeonseh
3.83/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a chimay goblet and thanks to whoever sent this to me

A - dark chocolate brown and rather opaque. I see nothing in it at all except the reflective sheen of the glass. There is a nice mocha colored head that sits on top. It looks rather thick, frothy and creamy as it sits on top. Really nice looking beer.

S - Rather smokey with a hint of a dark plum flavor as well coming through. Hints of caramel waft up as well

T - First thing that I noticed is that the main taste is roasted cocoa and a bit of smokiness as well. There is a slight hint of caramel but nothing too much. Just enough sweetness on the front to prevent the roasted coffee flavor from being too strong. The same could be said for the hint of dark fruit ethers I noted as well. I actually expected there to be more dark fruit flavors given the beer's claim of a belgian stout. it does happen to be smokey and I like it which I usually don't.

MF - Oh now this is where the beer really shines. The mouthfeel is full and creamy. Velvety smooth as the beer just rolls out over the tongue and feels so nice while doing it

D - Overall this is an okay beer rolled out by Allagash. The flavors are good but nothing too complex. This is my first offering from them and it was above decent but nothing that blew me away. The MF was great but not enough to make me want to go out and find this beer.

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Photo of Hojaminbag
3.95/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had this sucker on cask at the Sunset grill and tap in Allston, MA.

Dark black body with almost not head.

Smells like roasted malts with a hint of hops.

Taste is mostly roasted malt. Roasted chocolate and caramel. A little bit of dark fruits and hops in the background. I think I would guess this was an oatmeal stout in a blind taste test.

Slighty creamy mouthfeel, on cask so no carbonation.

A really drinkable beer. Smooth and tasty.

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Photo of Biggness
4.05/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I got a growler of this beer @ Bellport Beer. This beer pours a very dark brown with a 1 fingered tan head with hardly any lacing. The smell is of roasted malts. The taste is nice, tbh if I was doing a blind taste test I would say this was Bluepoint Oatmeal stout (MUCH CHEAPER). There is a slight hops flavor and a wonderful toasted malt base. The mouthfeel is very pleasant and the carbonation is nice. A rather drinkable brew, but I think I would go with BPBC OS, its nearly the same beer @ 1/3 of the price.

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Photo of tonistruth
3.42/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

on tap @ Pizza Port in Carlsbad, CA

A- deep brown to black with a milky head that doesnt stick around very long, patchy lacing

S- malty, roasted and burnt malts, some alcohol

T- malty sweet overall with flavors that include toasted caramel and roasted chocolate malts, though nicely balanced. chocolate and roasted aftertaste

M- full, wel carbonated body

D- some complexing but nothing i find outstanding, an easy dark beer for people who are afraid of trying a stout. i do like this better than Ommegangs' because the alcohol is better hidden

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Photo of NoHipTee
4.31/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

What a nice surprise. Very drinkable dark smooth beer. I expected a much heavier beer but was pleasantly surprised to find this to be a very drinkable beer. Not too heavy for a stout.

Very frothy head that lasts and is very lacey in the glass. Not much of a bouquet even after sitting out and breathing for 15 minutes. Its light odor of sweet leather and a hint of smokeyness should have given away the drinkability but the color in a glass is very very dark. Pours very smooth. Drinks even smoother. No lingering alcohol after taste or bitterness on the back of your tongue. A hint of cofffee in the finish that is a pleasant surprise. The stout name belies the drinkable nature of this beer.

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Photo of thekevlarkid
4.2/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Out of the bottle this brew is an opaque black with a thick foamy head of tan bubbles. Stubborn retention. Great nose of sweet malts, ripe fruits and rich soil. The taste is milk chocolate, roasted malt and some syrupy hints like fruit compote. Not as heavy as I was expecting, nor quite as deep. Still a great stout. 7 of 10 on the mouthfeel and 'weight' scale. Finishes a little sweet but not unpleasantly so. I like the White better personally, but this is still a fine beer.

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Photo of IBUnit63
3.97/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served in tulip - Starbucks espresso-dark. Head is tight, rye/whole wheat in color but dissipates quickly.

Scent is loaded with coffee and hearty roasted chocolate malt. Good stuff - piney hops way is background - not a lot of alcohol here. All working well together.

This is hefty hefty hefty...loads of malt with slight vegetal hop presence and a hint of alcohol burn that keeps it from being too chewy.

Mouthfeel is a little disjointed - this one rolls a little heavy with an alcohol spike on the finish.

Definitely a sipper - maybe time will even this out. Good stuff - a little heavy with an independent alcohol burn though.

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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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