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Allagash Bourbon Barrel Black - Allagash Brewing Company

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Allagash Bourbon Barrel Black
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BA SCORE
92
outstanding

380 Ratings
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Ratings: 380
Reviews: 84
rAvg: 4.14
pDev: 9.9%
Wants: 50
Gots: 35 | FT: 3
Brewed by:
Allagash Brewing Company visit their website
Maine, United States

Style | ABV
Belgian Strong Dark Ale |  9.20% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
Our Belgian Style Stout, Black, aged for one year in bourbon barrels. The toffee,chocolate and coconut nose is followed by a smooth bitter chocolate and bourbon flavor. The finish is dry, roasted and warming.

(Beer added by: rye726 on 03-04-2009)
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3.75/5  rDev -9.4%

icehawk, Aug 03, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

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4/5  rDev -3.4%

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4/5  rDev -3.4%

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4/5  rDev -3.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

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4.75/5  rDev +14.7%

WOLFGANG, Jul 05, 2013
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4.11/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

On tap @ The Reservoir

A - Black with a thin layer of dirty cream coloured head.

S - Oak, bourbon, chcolate, dark fruit.

T - Roast, chocolate, Belgian yeast, clove, spice. Oak and bourbon present but not dominant. Smooth and well integrated barrel and base beer flavours.

M - Medium body. Creamy. Dry. Light carbonation.

TheSevenDuffs, Jul 02, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

RichD, Jul 01, 2013
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4/5  rDev -3.4%

McAndrew, Jun 30, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

woodchip, Jun 30, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

stephenjmoore, Jun 29, 2013
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4/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

on tap at sams in Durham. into a flute glass.

pitch black, light head. basically this beer is bourbon in a beer. huge bourbon aroma with a huge bourbon taste. hard to rate. not complex, but if you like bourbon you'll like this. medium bodied, not heavy.

overall its good, not great.

Axnjxn, Jun 29, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

petermethot, Jun 27, 2013
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4/5  rDev -3.4%

Wowcoolman, Jun 27, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

Eazy28, Jun 27, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

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3.81/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

I thoroughly enjoyed the regular Black so a little let down after this, thinking that the bourbon barrel aging could smooth it out even more as well as add an extra dimension in taste and mouthfeel. Perhaps it will in a bottle that's aged but this review is of a glass I had on tap from a not at all aged keg. Poured a brownish, almost black body, with one finger tan head that died slow and left some lace down glass. Strong malty aroma of roasted malts, some dark chocolate and there is a alcohol, bourbon like aroma with some wood in there. This is where I find this version slightly below the standard from regular black, as the strong roasted and wood type malts and flavors overpower, even while smoothing out this fuller bodied beer, the minor sweet malts (caramel, chocolate) and the hopiness and dark fruit flavors. It is more of a coffee or javalike sweetness and bitter chocolate all while going down easy than a balanced Belgian ale with sweetness and touches of yeast, hops and fruit flavors. Still would recommend this anyone who enjoyed the Black but just thought this effort was just off the mark.

clayrock81, Jun 24, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

greg4579, Jun 22, 2013
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4/5  rDev -3.4%

corysmith01, Jun 22, 2013
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BKBassist, Jun 12, 2013
Allagash Bourbon Barrel Black from Allagash Brewing Company
92 out of 100 based on 380 ratings.