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Allagash Bourbon Barrel Black - Allagash Brewing Company

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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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4/5  rDev -3.4%

jfmamj, Aug 07, 2012
Photo of womencantsail
3.58/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The pour is a very dark brown color with a creamy off-white head. Nose is heavy on the roast with light bourbon aroma (more oak than anything). Lightly peppery with a hint of fruit, mostly banana. There is just a touch of coffee. The flavor has an interesting smokiness to it, perhaps from the char of the barrel? Mild bourbon and vanilla notes, some dark fruit, pepper, and lots of roasted malts. A hint of bitter chocolate, some banana, and a bit of booze.

womencantsail, Aug 07, 2012
Photo of MasterSki
3.88/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On-tap at Southport Lanes of all places. Served in a goblet of some sort.

A - A nice finger of tan foam settles to a solid cap as well as splotches of lace. Black body with some brown at the edges of the glass.

S - Lots of bourbon and barrel, but with fruity Belgian yeast, chocolate, molasses and caramel in the cracks.

T - The taste is quite similar, with lots of bourbon flavor followed by tangy Belgian yeast, dark bread, Belgian chocolate, candi sugar, and a touch of anise. Finish is whiskey-laden and a tad hot.

M - Slightly watery and thin, but with moderate carbonation. More 'Belgian' than American. Sticky finish, with a touch of alcohol warmth.

D - Not bad, but a bit too much bourbon and anise for my tastes. It's nice for a small pour, but gets a bit fatiguing after a while.

MasterSki, Aug 06, 2012
Photo of Jamesthebrit
4.83/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A: Very dark brown with a good golden brown head.

S: Some oak, vanilla, a sweetness is also there.

T: As with the smell some oak, vanilla, a sweetness, drinks like a very bold porter. A great balance between earthy and sweet with some great hits at both.

M: Sits great with perfect carbonation and good flavor development. Alcohol cuts through over time but that takes a while.

Overall an amazing beer. With a great mouthfeel and a taste that is (to steal Armin Van Buuren's adjective) massive! No harsh notes whatsoever and the alcohol is so well hidden it's amazing. I think this is a limited release.... or maybe only on tap. Anyway that's sad because this beer is one of the best I've ever had.

Jamesthebrit, Aug 05, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -9.4%

stevefinny, Aug 05, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +14.7%

rabiddawg, Aug 03, 2012
Photo of Chugs13
4.5/5  rDev +8.7%

Chugs13, Jul 31, 2012
Photo of frank12
4.75/5  rDev +14.7%

frank12, Jul 28, 2012
Photo of hoppymcgee
5/5  rDev +20.8%

hoppymcgee, Jul 22, 2012
Photo of Georgiabeer
4.23/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this on tap at the Brick Store Pub. Just a lovely beer, and the thing that really makes this beer is just how well integrated all of the flavors are. Beautifully silky in the mouth, the glass keeps releasing all of these wonderful notes, one after the other- chocolate, vanilla, roasted grains, fruity esters, smooth and mellow Bourbon, a touch of cream. This beer isn't about being slapped upside the head and dragged into a back alley, it's about being seduced. Each flavor seamlessly progresses to the next, and nothing is overdone. Through the artistry of the brewer, and a deft hand with barrel aging, this beer has been crafted into a unified whole that emits a siren song that keeps you coming back for another quaff. Entirely too drinkable for the abv, and altogether very pleasant.

Georgiabeer, Jul 20, 2012
Photo of jwat
4/5  rDev -3.4%

jwat, Jul 10, 2012
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4/5  rDev -3.4%

beef13, Jul 10, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +8.7%

nmann08, Jul 08, 2012
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4/5  rDev -3.4%

JohnnyChicago, Jul 05, 2012
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4/5  rDev -3.4%

avaldivia, Jul 01, 2012
Photo of CliffBrake
4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

CliffBrake, Jun 26, 2012
Photo of DoubleSimcoe
3.55/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

**Had on tap at anotheroom tribeca and enjoyed it much more- the bourbon flavor was very much present. I'm bumping up my rating thusly**

Allagash Bourbon Black, on tap at Pony Bar in NYC, 8-oz glass.

Appearance: 2 fingers of foamy, chestnut-colored head, thick soapy bubbles. Serious retention, lacing. Auburn-amber-ebony color.

Smell: Quality booze, roastiness, camp fire. Toffee, brown butter and a touch of hops.

Taste: Disappointing, weak. Vinous qualities, demi glace-beef jus, raisins. No bourbon or booze, more like a mellow brown ale. Tad of chocolate at the end.

Mouthfeel: Full bodied, great carbonation, hop profile all around the mouth. Dry sticky finish.

Overall: Not too different from regular Black. Where's the Jim Beam? Aged for a whole year, seriously? Sad. But drinks great for sure.

DoubleSimcoe, Jun 13, 2012
Photo of haazer
4.65/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Resurrection Ale House for PBW.

A - Biege, tan head on top of a black brew(surprise). Bits and pieces of head left on glass but not much.

S - Suprising notes of coffee up front. But a great, great barrel presence here(like HW jr I have loved Jim Beam). Amazing vanilla and wood character from the barrel tie in with the base beers dark fruits. Great nose.

T - The dark fruit and bourbon flavor go together greatly. Dark plums and figs go into a vanilla bean bourbon flavor. The transition is flawless and seem less. The wood from the barrel is on the backend of the flavor that pushes this over the top.

M - Full bodied mouth with low to mid carbonation. Very smooth and creamy mouth. A sipper for sure.

O - Glad I had this. Allagash is on to something with bbl'ing Belgians. It definitely works, I'm sure the base beer is great but the bourbon makes this beer amazing.

haazer, Jun 08, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -9.4%

sidetracked, May 26, 2012
Photo of tigg924
4.6/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Had on tap at the New World Tavern--Plymouth

Appearance: 1/4 inch head, dark brown in color, cloudy

Smell: bourbon and dark chocolate

Taste: chewy fine chocolate with slight nuttiness and light caramel--the bourbon and oak come through on the end.

Mouthfeel: medium-high carbonation, heavy body,sweet with an alcohol rush on the end

Overall: This and Odyssey are now my two favorite Allagash beers. I love this one because the bourbon adds to the beer and does not take over until the end. The base is chewy complex chocolate--almost like fine candy..Not overly sweet but fine candy. The bourbon at the end melts in my mouth. If I can find this again, I will get it in a heartbeat. Superior beer.

tigg924, May 16, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -9.4%

polishkaz, Mar 28, 2012
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5/5  rDev +20.8%

csustar001, Mar 22, 2012
Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.23/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap for Allagash night at Boneyard Bistro in Sherman Oaks, CA.

Pours an almost opaque super dark brown with a tan head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Foamy rings of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of dark roasted malt, cocoa, wood, and subtle bourbon. Taste is of dark roasted malt, cocoa powder, wood, and some mild bourbon flavors. There is a slight alcohol warmth in the back of the throat with each sip. This beer has a light level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good barrel aged beer but it tastes better than it smells.

UCLABrewN84, Mar 22, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -9.4%

GRG1313, Mar 17, 2012
Photo of ColForbinBC
4/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap, served in a tulip

A black body with no just a touch of light penetrating the edges of the glass. The head was a little over a finger and fell quickly, leaving nothing but a thin collar behind.

The aroma is of fresh oak, bourbon, vanilla, dark roasted malt, and tobacco. The bourbon/oak influence is prominent, but never overpowering. I felt the same way about the non barrel aged version. A rather tame aroma, but definitely complex.

The bourbon flavor adds a great element to the flavor. Roasted malt, caramel and toffee with a hearty dose of bourbon and oak with a touch of sweet vanilla in the finish to help balance the booze and bitter roast.

Medium feel, light and fluffy with mild carbonation. Smooth. The bourbon element is really well incorporated and adds good flavor.

This is a well crafted BA version of Black. A smooth, easy drinker with complex flavors, but they aren't overly robust. The only thing that really pops is the bourbon/oak.

ColForbinBC, Mar 14, 2012
Allagash Bourbon Barrel Black from Allagash Brewing Company
92 out of 100 based on 380 ratings.