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Allagash Bourbon Barrel Black - Allagash Brewing Company

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92
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381 Ratings
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Ratings: 381
Reviews: 84
rAvg: 4.13
pDev: 9.93%
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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3/5  rDev -27.4%

jophish17, Dec 11, 2011
Photo of avalon07
4/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured from a growler to a goblet. Had a dark brown color and a thick, murky consistency. There was an inch of foamy, tan-colored, fairly long-lasting head. Below-average lacing.

S: A nice aroma of yeast, vanilla, bourbon, and malt.

T: Tasted of malt, vanilla, Belgian yeast, a hint of chocolate, a nutty quality, and a little bourbon. The bourbon wasn't as prominent as I would have thought, but this is still a well-rounded flavor.

M: A well-carbonated beer with a smooth, dry finish. Medium-bodied.

O: An interesting, surprisingly easy to drink Belgian Strong Dark Ale.

avalon07, Dec 05, 2011
Photo of 02maxima
4.47/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Growler from the GBX poured in to a stemless wine glass

Dark brown with reddish hues near the edges. Very slight collar of head with some spotty bubble cover on the surface.

I smell the bourbon with hints of caramel and molasses. The caramel sticks out the most on second smell.

The sweetness I smelled comes through in the taste as well. The bourbon flavor is not strong but very noticeable. This is a great beer. It finishes with a slight taste of hops and the aftertaste is the molasses and bourbon.

Lightly carbonated creamy mouth.

I really like this beer and could drink several more. The flavor profile is awesome, a truly tasty brew.

02maxima, Nov 30, 2011
Photo of doof116
4.5/5  rDev +9%

doof116, Nov 23, 2011
Photo of valdieuer
4/5  rDev -3.1%

valdieuer, Nov 20, 2011
Photo of nathanjohnson
3.75/5  rDev -9.2%

nathanjohnson, Nov 18, 2011
Photo of ithinkimasofa
4/5  rDev -3.1%

ithinkimasofa, Nov 15, 2011
Photo of JAHMUR
4/5  rDev -3.1%

JAHMUR, Nov 15, 2011
Photo of kirbsicles
5/5  rDev +21.1%

kirbsicles, Nov 14, 2011
Photo of sideshowe
5/5  rDev +21.1%

sideshowe, Nov 14, 2011
Photo of Pahn
5/5  rDev +21.1%

Pahn, Nov 14, 2011
Photo of Cadebro
4.2/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from tap into 4oz sample glass at 2011 Maine Brewers Festival.

A - Black with two fingers of malt-brown head.

S - Bourbon, chocolate and yeast.

T - A nice smooth bourbon flavor with a touch of chocolate, caught a little nuttiness as well.

M - Very smooth.

D - Some times barrel aging ruins a good beer. Allagash does this properly make a great beer that much better. If this were available outside of festivals and other events I would drink it all the time.

Cadebro, Nov 09, 2011
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4.05/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Big shoutout goes out to the individuals who supplied me with this one to share! Shared with caSSino and the crew at NoDa Brewing for a celebration of their grand opening! Served from growler into a Mikkeller taster flute. Poured a dark ruby red brown with a half finger light tan head that subsided to a minimal amount quickly. Maintained phenomenal lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, roasted malt, caramel, wood, sweet alcohol, and dark fruit. The flavor was of sweet malt, dark fruit, wood, subtle sweet alcohol, and caramel. It had a medium feel on the palate with medium-high carbonation. Overall this was a pretty good brew. I had this one awhile back while at Brewvival this year and I remembered it being pretty good, so I jumped on the opportunity to try it again. The growler version of this one had quite a nice nose and flavor profile going on in it. While being quite complex, everything was very nicely laid out as far as intensity so all of the components of the brew were detectable. A definite must try if you have the opportunity!

thagr81us, Nov 07, 2011
Photo of dvmin98
4.47/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had this on tap at the Liberty in Charlotte, NC.

A: very dark; almost black in color

S: hint of bourbon. Not overpowering like Barrel-Aged Blockhead

T: nice bourbon flavor, but not overly 'alcoholic'

M: a bit of a bite in the front, but smooth in the back where that bourbon flavor hits you

O: nice blend of favors and aromas. Impressed

dvmin98, Oct 22, 2011
Photo of metter98
4.22/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: The beer is near black (extremely dark amber) in color and poured with a thin beige head that slowly faded down and left a thin ring of bubbles around the edge of the glass.
S: Moderate to strong aromas of bourbon stand out in the nose – these essentially mask out any other aromas.
T: Similar to the smell, flavors of bourbon really stand out in the taste, although these are rather well incorporated and not overpowering in any way.
M: It feels medium- to full-bodied and very smooth on the palate with a light to moderate amount of carbonation. A slight amount of warmth from the bourbon is noticeable in the finish.
O: The beer is relatively easy to drink considering its strength because the alcohol is well masked from the taste (except for that from the bourbon) and the beer isn’t that full bodied.

metter98, Aug 14, 2011
Photo of codsmith
4.45/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Dark black with a thin off white head

Nice smooth bourbon head coming off the top. nothing is overpowering

has a really well rounded and complex flavor. Starts out with a dry chocolate and licorice flavor and ends with a bitterness of chocolate, coffee and spicy hops that all balance out to end it 4 or

Medium bodied, carbonation is a touch over, but not too bad

Very good and flavorful beer. the taste and smell collaborate nicely

codsmith, Jun 22, 2011
Photo of Knapp85
4.22/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hoping that this is the right beer that I'm reviewing. At the 2010 ACBF I tried the Allagash Bourbon Black which I'm not seeing on here. If this isn't the same hopefully someone will let me know and I'll add the beer and review that one. Anyway, This beer poured out as a really nice black color, not too much head or lacing. The smell of a nice roasted stout blended with a light vanilla aroma was very pleasing on the nose. The taste of the beer was really well balanced with the bourbon flavors and the roasted malts. The mouthfeel wasn't overly thick at all here. Overall I had to say it was one of the better beers I tried that day at the Festival. Highly enjoyable brew.

Knapp85, Jun 15, 2011
Photo of Jesstyr
4.33/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Enjoyed this great beer on tap at Rustico in Arlington, VA. Was incredibly pumped to see it...

Served in a tall thin shapeless glass - not ideal for this brew - they must have run out of snifters. The glassware likely affected the head, but it was a good looking beer. Deep dark and black - just like Allagash Black, no real discernable differences in look when held side by side. Head is thin, and has a tan appearance. Nose is where the differences begin - definitive burnt bourbon nose, adds smokiness to the beer.

Taste is deep and stout-like, with a bit of alcohol burn unique to this version of the beer. Full-bodied and thick, just the way I like a beer, but again, not typical Belgian-style. Overall a great beer I'd drink any time.

Jesstyr, Jun 08, 2011
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4.43/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at Leon’s Full Service in Atlanta.

Pours black with a 1.5-finger tan head. The head recedes into a wispy layer on top leaving decent lacing.

Smells of dark malts with good amounts of vanilla and oak. Also present are mild amounts of roast and tobacco backed by milder amounts of banana aromas.

Tastes very similar to how it smells. Smooth dark malts are joined quickly by hints of bananas and slight dark fruits. Joining in shortly thereafter are solid amounts of vanilla with light spicy bourbon in the background. Light tobacco comes into play near the end of the sip, fading out into a moderately bitter ending.

Mouthfeel is good. It’s got a nice thickness with smooth carbonation.

Drinkability is very good. I finished my glass quickly and could easily have a few more.

Overall I was impressed with this beer – the bourbon manages to integrate nicely with the existing flavor profile and doesn’t cross the threshold into overkill. Well worth a shot.

glid02, Jun 01, 2011
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4.15/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Growler poured into a snifter

Black body with a nice sized off white head.
The aroma is mostly smooth bourbon notes, sweet, vanilla, caramel, some dark malt. Not especially aromatic but a nice bourbony aroma.
Tastes similar to the aroma, nicely done barrel aging, picks up the characteristics of bourbon but isn't hot and doesn't give you any fusel alcohol notes. Some dark fruit like notes in the finish.
Mouthfeel is the only real negative to this one, medium bodied and a bit thinner than I'd like.

Overall a solid beer and it showcases barrel aged notes likely. I wish it was a bit thicker in the mouthfeel though and maybe some more background flavor to mingle with the barrel notes.

jpmclaug, May 29, 2011
Photo of oline73
3.53/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I had this on-tap at Victoria Gastropub. Poured into a 5oz. tasting glass.

Appearance: Pours a very dark brown with light coming through the whole pour. There is a layer of tan head that disappears.

Smell: This has a very mild smell. Some bourbon and roast with some herb/spice notes from the Belgian yeast.

Taste: Bourbon and dark chocolate roast flavors. Quite smooth and no burn from the alcohol. I can taste the spice quality from the yeast. The finish is quite bitter.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with hardly any carbonation. The finish is very dry.

Overall: This beer is quite different from anything I can remember trying. I thought it was a little too bitter given the other flavors, but definitely not a bad beer. Not sure if I want more or not.

oline73, May 20, 2011
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3.73/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed from notes
On tap at Armsby Abbey:

A: Pours a dark brown/black with brown around the edges. Not as dark as I was expecting. Maybe a half an inch of head that quickly disappeared and left just a ring of lacing.

S: Bourbon, but doesn't seem all that sweet and I'm not getting any vanilla. Honestly I don't pick up much else, maybe just a hint of chocolate.

T: As with the nose, it's mostly bourbon and unfortunately the chocolate just isn't coming through that strong. Alcohol is fairly well hidden, I don't really get that booze that generally follows bourbon. Almost seems too light of a flavor profile. The roasted malt base seems a little weak. It's there, but doesn't real cut through the bourbon, it's just a bit flat. There's just a hint of the belgian yeast with the smallest touch of dark fruits, maybe it's even a stretch saying it's there. It's not bad, there's some good flavors there, a touch of oak, but it doesn't really have much depth.

M: Surprisingly light and a high level of carbonation. Not untypical for the style, but being in a barrel for a year I expected it a little fuller and smoother.

O: Too much bourbon, not enough backbone or depth, mouthfeel doesn't live-up to a year in a barrel.

Satchboogie, May 01, 2011
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3.6/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours black with two fingers of dense, creamy, khaki-colored head that retains well and leaves good lacing.

S: Some candy sugar and Belgian yeasty notes up front followed by the barrel aromas--oak, vanilla, and bourbon.

T: Similar to the aroma with the candy sugar and yeast flavors peeking out from the heavy bourbon, oak, and vanilla shadow.

M: Medium-light body with medium carbonation, the beer's a bit thin without the crispness that usually accompanies the lighter bodies.

O: Overall, a pretty decent beer. The bourbon isn't extremely strong or sweet, but still manages to conceal most of the original flavors of the beer.

n2185, Apr 01, 2011
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4.5/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours dark brown to black with a biscuit colored head that lingers.

S: Roasted malts, bourbon, chocolate.

T: Bourbon flavor with a boozy taste that is close to overwhelming the beer.

M: Full bodied with slight carbonation.

O: This is a great barrel aged beer if you like bourbon.... which I do.

Prime16, Mar 31, 2011
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4.08/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap this past Saturday night at American Craft in Brookline. Served in a 10 oz goblet. Dark black color, as the name implies. Smallish head but some lacing. Smell just hits you with the bourbon - oh yeah, it's aged nicely. Taste was also spot on. Loved the balance between the nice roasted flavors of the stout and the sweet and tangy flavors from the bourbon. A perfect melding of the two flavors. Mouthfeel was very smooth but boozy at the same time. Alcohol was very noticeable. An awesome example of a barrel aged stout, but be warned: it's served in a small glass for a reason. This guy packs a punch.

morebeergood, Mar 20, 2011
Allagash Bourbon Barrel Black from Allagash Brewing Company
92 out of 100 based on 381 ratings.