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Allagash Bourbon Barrel Black - Allagash Brewing Company

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422 Ratings
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Ratings: 422
Reviews: 85
rAvg: 4.13
pDev: 9.69%
Wants: 60
Gots: 43 | FT: 4
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:
Beer added by: rye726 on 03-04-2009

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.
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Ratings: 422 | Reviews: 85
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5/5  rDev +21.1%

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4.2/5  rDev +1.7%
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.

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4/5  rDev -3.1%

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4/5  rDev -3.1%

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4.5/5  rDev +9%

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4/5  rDev -3.1%

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4/5  rDev -3.1%

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4.25/5  rDev +2.9%

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3.6/5  rDev -12.8%
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.

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4.62/5  rDev +11.9%
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.

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3.75/5  rDev -9.2%

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4.6/5  rDev +11.4%
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.

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3.75/5  rDev -9.2%

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5/5  rDev +21.1%

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4.2/5  rDev +1.7%
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.

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3.75/5  rDev -9.2%

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4/5  rDev -3.1%
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.

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4.17/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

small keg at Milltown. Glad I got it before it blew.

Very small pour with a black body. Caramel head that looks like other BA beers.

Nice bourbon presence, but nothing ridiculous. Vanilla is absent (which would normall be a negative, but im not complaining).

Taste is spot on. Its got the nice roasted characteristic of black ales, but the bourbon accents it nicely. Smooth and drinkable, I would say well done Allagash.

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4.5/5  rDev +9%

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4.5/5  rDev +9%
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.

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4.1/5  rDev -0.7%
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.

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4/5  rDev -3.1%

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4/5  rDev -3.1%

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Allagash Bourbon Barrel Black from Allagash Brewing Company
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