Allagash Bourbon Barrel Black - Allagash Brewing Company

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92
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403 Ratings
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Ratings: 403
Reviews: 84
rAvg: 4.14
pDev: 9.9%
Wants: 54
Gots: 40 | 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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Photo of Jettanbass9
4.5/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Tria, 12 and Spruce.

A - A couple shades lighter than black, highlights of chestnut brown and dark mahogany. Tight knit head that could be mistaken for a nitro pour. The only reason this didn't get a 5, because the color misled me.

S - WOW! Toasted coconut, vanilla, light notes of bourbon, medium roasted coffee, again fresh coconut, resin, light notes of peppery phenols. Again, I feel like the roasted character could have been a bit more intense but nonetheless, it was present, incredible aroma.

T - Coconut, light notes of bourbon, resin, light and dark blended coffee, light peppery notes from either the alcohol or phenols. Sweetness that lingers but not cloying. Great balance, jam packed with flavor.

M - medium body, surprisingly. for a RIS this finishes fairly dry. light astringency but to be expected from the barrel aged process. great balance.

O - Highly recommended, such complexity. This has the complexity of any highly rated RIS that could be enjoyed next to a fire OR with those fantastic coconut notes, this would be excellent on a cool summer night. Allagash, it would be a favor to the beer community if you could bottle this up. Definitely on my must try again list.

Photo of AgentZero
4.1/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at SmallBar division.

A - An appropriately black beer with a bit of a foamy, off-white head. Left a lot of really nice sheets of stick on the sides.

S - Bourbon, coconut, vanilla, booze and some sweet malts. Smells a bit hot, but pretty inviting.

T - Tsate is quite smooth. The alcohol is a lot more subdued than the nose suggests. Chocolate, lots of coconut and vanilla, and a good dose of bourbon. Sweet without being cloying, and very smooth.

M - Moderate carbonation on a fairly full bodied beer.

O - The best thing about this beer was how easy it was to drink at 10% while still managing to have some big flavors. Very smooth, pretty nice beer.

Photo of THECPJ
4/5  rDev -3.4%

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4/5  rDev -3.4%

Photo of whartontallboy
3.5/5  rDev -15.5%

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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%

Photo of CuriousMonk
4/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Rusticos poured into a sampler glass. Pours black with a creamy, tan head. Dark, roasted malts make up the nose. Flavor is sweet, roasty, with notes of chocolate, brown sugar, caramel and coffee. Medium bodied with average carbonation. Finishes sweet with dark malts and mocha, but not much bourbon. Quite a quaffable beer.

Photo of GarthDanielson
4.43/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured on-tap and served in a chalice, the beer is a vibrant, dark, light looking brown coloring with a steady, low flow of carbonation bubbling and a ring of white foam on the surface. Aromas are rich, with molasses, booze, toffee, and nut, with an earthy undertone. Flavors are extremely smooth and balanced, with raisin, date, and fig sweetness, bourbon and earthy backbone, and a sharp, slightly bitter tone at the end of the palate. The aftertaste is slick and rich, with molasses sweetness and slightly peppery tones, with an extra boozey kick. The finish is dry and quick, leaving a clean palate. Good and strong, this is an impressive brew.

Photo of claspada
4.21/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

On tap @ Sunset Bar & Grill in Boston, MA, sampled with hoppymcgee weekend of EBF.

Pours a near black, extremely dark brown in color and with a thin beige head that slowly faded down and left a thin ring of bubbles around the edge of the glass.

Aromas begin with a moderate amount of bourbon, dark caramel malts and light toasted bready malts. As it warms up you get more darker cocoa and darker fruitiness from the Belgian yeast. I expected this to be a little more complex, it was pleasant but nothing worldly.

The tastes begin with a dry chocolate, light bitter dark chocolate, minimal licorice and oaky Bourbon. Just the the nose the flavors open up more as it warms and you get more of a balanced sweeter dark fruitiness and dark caramel flavors. Flavors trump the nose for sure and are quite complex, yet restrained. Bourbon is present throughout but merely in the background to help balance the flavor profile.

The mouthfeel is super medium bodied which is crazy for such a big barrel aged beer. Medium carbonation to help balance out the barrel aged flavors as well. Not overly carbonated like many Belgian ales and not undercarbed like many BA stouts, right in the middle. Finish is dryish from the oak and roasted malts.

Overall this is a super beer. I usually do not care for Spirit Barrel Aged Belgian beers because the flavor profiles just dont meld well usually, but this is quite nice and I am quite glad I was able to sample this. Not too intense that it overpowered your tastebud like many BA stouts can do and the BA really helps to balance the Belgian yeasty flavors which are also sometimes too dominant. Just really nice overall; hope I can sample again in the future.

Photo of acurtis
4/5  rDev -3.4%

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4/5  rDev -3.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +8.7%

Photo of jayhawk73
3.18/5  rDev -23.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

On draft at Churchkey:

Pours black w/ a thin head into my snifter glass. No light can get through this beer. Smell is bourbon, anise, and slight alcohol- fairly uncomplex and inspiring. Taste is disappointing- There's just not much there to taste. I'd hoped for big flavors from this beer, and it didn't deliver. Feel is thin, and a little on the dry side for what this should be. Overall, the regular Black is far better. Something is lost in translation to this brew. Cheers.

Photo of russwbeck
4.08/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Enjoyed on-tap at Rustico in Ballston next to the non-Bourbon Barrel Aged version.

A: Black pour with a small white head. Hardly any retention or lacing 3.5

S: Slight bourbon on the aroma for sure, but it isn't powering. The anise sweetness is replaced by vanilla from the Barrel, but the roast still shines through 4

T: The taste here is significantly different than regular Black. The roastiness is the focus, with vanilla and only very slight bourbon notes at the end. Slight booziness too from the jump in ABV. Some chocolate notes pop up sporadically as I sip. I wish the Barrel imparted more character to this beer, but I do preferring to its non barrel aged self. 4

MF: Same heavy body and low carbonation. Warming alcohol feeling at the end. 4

O: Another solid offering. I liked how it wasn't a Bourbon bomb, and I certainly thought the beer improved with barrel aging. The price on this one was $4.5 for a 4oz, which I'm thinking was worth it. I would give this one another go. A nice treat from Rustico! 4.5

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4.5/5  rDev +8.7%

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4/5  rDev -3.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +8.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +8.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +8.7%

Photo of MacQ32
3.85/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Pours a near black intoy allagash glass. Half finger of dense caramel head ok retention, ok lacing.

S - Strong burbon presence some sweet malts too, nutty/sweet, oak and dark fruits.

T - Some sweet and nutty malts semi overpowered by the bourbon, nice oak and prune/date flavors. Solid alcohol/burboun aftertaste

M - Suprisingly light, fair carbonation Quite drinkable

O - Lighter biodied, burboun in your face nice subtle flavors in mixed in.

Photo of jophish17
3/5  rDev -27.5%

Photo of avalon07
4/5  rDev -3.4%
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.

Photo of 02maxima
4.47/5  rDev +8%
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.

Allagash Bourbon Barrel Black from Allagash Brewing Company
92 out of 100 based on 403 ratings.