Haunted House
Allagash Brewing Company

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Brown Ale - Belgian Dark
Ranked #3
Ranked #6,125
4.07 | pDev: 7.86%
Allagash Brewing Company
Maine, United States
Notes: Formerly Allagash House Beer (Haunted)

Inspired by a love for Porters and our House beer, Sean, our plant engineer, came up with a recipe for Haunted House. Brewed with roasted barley and Black Prinz malts and hopped with Tettnang, Chinook, and Saaz, this beer has a rich chocolate brown color, a roasty, coffee aroma and flavor, and a nice astringent, mildly bitter finish. 6.66% ABV. Spooky!
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Franziskaner from Missouri

3.84/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Black in color with only the faintest amount of light seeping through. There’s an inch of densely packed, creamy brown on top. Heavy lacing. The aroma is of cocoa powder, caramel, and dark wheat. I’m tasting cocoa powder, dark malt, and piney hops. The mouth is very dry, lightly chalky, and somewhat creamy.

May 09, 2020
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Shiredave from New York

4.19/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A little bit cascadian dark ale , a little bit sweet stout and a lot robust porter and you have a near perfect "Hoppy Dark Ale". 6.66% alc/vol is what makes it spooky but the dense, tan head says it's more than just a porter. Good coffee and stone fruit in the nose - fresh clean malt under some espresso notes. Wonderful medium mouth feel - great combo of roasted malt sweet dispersed by the foamy carbonation. Sharp hop flavors stay in balance with the complex dark grain richness - and balance is the key here. So rare these days this beer offers balance of roasted choco-coffee malt sugars and complex herbal and citrus flavors that seem lightly coated in semi sweet chocolate and coffee dust. Finishes hoppy and roasty and ice coffee-y. I could drinks a lots of this. Thanx Rob T and Allagash.

Mar 22, 2020
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Lone_Freighter from Vermont

4.24/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Can to tulip.
The appearance was a fairly thick dark brown close to black color with a superb looking super foamy yet lush and quaint level-ed out eggshell white head. Messy speckled lace ran all around.
The aroma had some black IPA qualities running into some Belgian dark ale qualities - it has a fabulous roasty coffee note to it running into some Belgian dark malts (mellow spice, coriander? Perhaps). Earthy bitter while presenting some dark chocolate/cocoa powder dry sweetness.
The flavor seemed to blend quite nicely between the earthy bitterness, roasty coffee bean tones, dark chocolate, cocoa powder, Belgian malts, some nuts, light raisins and a touch of grassy hops rounding it all out. Mild aftertaste of roasted nuts, some dark coffee beans, Belgian malts and raisins.
The mouthfeel was about medium bodied with a kind sipping quality about it. Good carbonation about it. Finishes dryly with a lot of roasted malts and toasty dark coffee tones.
Overall, seems like it wants to be some sort of cross between a CDA and a Belgian dark ale, however, I'd say it leans more towards the Belgian dark ale side. I'd come back to.

Feb 19, 2020
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HoppingMadMonk from New Jersey

4/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

At least average carbonation with a slight thick feel
Taste was an odd but pleasing mix of roasted malt, earthy bitter hops,spice, and yeast
Not sure this will be everyone's cup of tea but it is interesting, well made and very enjoyable

Jan 04, 2020
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LeRose from Massachusetts

4.04/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured fairly aggressively. Dark coffee brown that you can't see through, but it is clear. Huge head that was rocky on top, but like meringue underneath. It lasted ten minutes, fell to a quarter inch ring and rafts, covering the glass with lacy residue.

Aromas of coffee, a touch of smoke, dark chocolate, a light kiss of hop earthiness and a bit of citrus and resin. Mainly this features the roasted malts top dressed with a bit of hop character. Extremely clean.

The taste more or less follows. The malts are driving this bus. Pleasant level of coffee-like flavor and a nice bit of chocolate. Roasted and toasted. The malts are kinda grounded, in a way, by the hop earthtones and that tiny bit of hop brightness. There is a definite phenolic sting and a nice level of resin bitter on the finish. It goes down smooth and super-clean. Maybe imagining it, but there seems to be a very, very mild black licorice in the aftertaste as the flavors meld. This tastes good, goes down too easy.

The feel seems thin at first, and that impression holds but it has a creamy, rich feel without being heavy. Well-defined, almost too much. Overall it feels soft somehow. Dry finish. It a different feel and hard to describe, but absolutely enjoyable.

Overall, I think it is more than the sum of its parts. I guess it loosely fits within the vast array of Belgian Dark Ale characteristic, but it has qualities akin to a black IPA as well. The drinkable nature of the beer was a surprise. Another good effort from the OG Portland.

Dec 10, 2019
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cbutova from Massachusetts

4.44/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- 500ml can pours into a tulip glass with a black body that has some dark brown hues at the edges when in light. A formidable crown rises to two fingers high with a thick and creamy-foamy texture and great retention. One massive sheet coats the top of the glass and webs creep further down below it.

S- Heavily roast grains and hops run the show as expected. There also seems to be some Belgian yeast in the backdrop with spiciness akin to Allagash Black. Similar to a black IPA but with that Belgian yeast influence. Big toasted nut notes, roast barley and dark chocolate blend with piney and citrus hops and the yeast rounds it all out.

T- The aroma suggested it and this makes it feel even more like an Allagash Black that isn't as hefty and roasty with a very obvious hop profile added; and its a great combo. Dark chocolate, coffee, nuts, toast, bread, licorice, milk chocolate and burnt barley balanced by citrus peel, floral and bitter resinous pine hops as well as a touch of spicy and phenolic yeast.

MF- Medium-thick bodied with a creamy and puffy texture. The carbonation is rather high but that texture keeps it soft and it is soft on the palate as well as crisp. Ends with a roasty hoppy bitterness.

This beer rules. Take a great Black IPA and give it some Allagash twist and you are all set. Bitter roast grains, chocolate, nuts, citrus, pine and spicy yeast.
4.5 4.25 4.5 4.5 4.5

Nov 26, 2019
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GreesyFizeek from New York

4.29/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

On tap at Colter Bay in Buffalo, NY.

This one pours a fairly dark black color, with a small white head, and tons of lacing.

This smells like diner coffee, smoke, roasted malt, rye bread, dark chocolate, and light hoppiness.

This has a great dry roasty coffee flavor, along with dark cocoa, light smoke, a touch of hop character, etc. It’s all well integrated - a solid take on a darker table beer/porter.

This is light bodied, but creamy and rich, and definitely not thin. It’s very drinkable.

I think I like the regular House Beer better, but this is still really excellent.

Nov 20, 2019
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officerbill from New York

4.12/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Inky black with a cocoa head. Coffee & dark chocolate dominate the flavors with the hops at the end to give a clean finish. An excellent, easy drinking beer worth an ideal balance of stout toast & hops.

Nov 06, 2019
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Kendo from New York

4.12/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured from the can into a tulip glass. Body is black with a thin greyish head on top.

S: Some roast, some chocolate malt and cocoa powder. Pleasant, just not too strong on the nose.

T: Roasted barley malt, chocolate malt, cocoa powder and a nice bit of char.

M: Light to medium in heft. Finishes a bit chalky at times.

O: Solid.

Nov 02, 2019
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Lucular from Maryland

4/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

5 oz pour on tap at Lures Bar & Grille. This reminds me a LOT of Allagash Black - tastes like a Belgian stout with undertones of coffee and bitter chocolate. This beer does have more of a black IPA element to it with some citrusy/piney hops. Either way, it's tasty and well-made and perfect for fall.

Oct 31, 2019
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Bluecrow from New York

4.25/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Haunted House pours a deep ebony with a thin , beige foam cap. The aroma is of toasted malt a bit of burnt sugar. The flavor is rich with the same. There is a slight note of espresso. The hop bitterness is moderate and welcome.
The mouthfeel is super smooth. This is a really enjoyable brew.

Oct 20, 2019
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Eamonn-Cummings3 from New York

4.08/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 16oz can into a Trillium pub glass.

Look is a pitch black with an off white head.

Aroma is roasted malt.

Taste is a nice malted note, with a thin body.

Oct 20, 2019
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BEERMILER12 from Maine

4.08/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: Pours a dark brown/black color with 2 fingers of head that fades down to a thin cap

S: Roasted malt, some nuttiness, caramel, dark fruit, and some light dark chocolate. Some light bitterness in there as well. Finishes with lingering roast and nuttiness

T: Follows the nose. Starts off with the toasted malt and caramel and then picks up the dark fruit, nuttiness, and dark chocolate

M: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Smooth

O: A very nice dark ale that is quite easy to drink. MF adds to the drinkability. Check it out

Oct 08, 2019
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Claude-Irishman from New Jersey

4.41/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a Teku glass, resulting in a deep black opaque spooky brew. Long lasting mocha colored 3 finger head. Smell coffee,hops,mild vanilla some char. Taste is deceiving, this is not your standard Porter, Nice hops and mellow malty finish. Looks Spooky but actually tastes like a good hybrid of regular ale and porter.Feels creamy and smooth,not oily or viscous at all. FEELS like a German Pilsner.Nice fun beer. I like the fact they rounded out the the ABV to 6.66. This beer is delicious not a novelty beer.

Sep 26, 2019
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LarryV from Massachusetts

4.28/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Aroma of roasted grain, a little bit of char. Pour black with an edge of deep red when held to a light. Malty with hints of dark chocolate and coffee, fairly complex in flavor - tastes very much like a porter. This is an excellent beer and I would definitely buy it again if I see it.

Sep 26, 2019
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Nuttin_but_the_best_Clark from Massachusetts

2.17/5  rDev -46.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

This is one of the worst tasting beers I've had all year, which really says something because I am a huge fan of the original Allagash whit beer. I do like Guinness stout and this tastes like an extremely bitter and stronger version ... to me I don't get a single note of raisin or fig like some mention. To the contrary, I get a taste like the way rubber smells. It has a rubbery, plastic type of taste on a rye/flat wheat base.

In that scene from Caddyshack where Spaulding mixes all the drinks together (minus the cigarette) and then heaves in the Porsche window, this tastes as though someone went to a bar and emptied all the partially drunk beers together (stouts, IPA and lager) in a glass. Not pleasant.

Halloween and fall seasonable beers have become quite a selling point during autumn and I have to admit the Haunted House name and purple cans, along with the Allagash name, suckered me into this disaster of a beer.

If you like a rubbery bitter tasting version of Guinness, this one if for you. I literally couldn't get through a glass without gagging. I don't know what to do with the 3 other cans from the 4 pack. No way am I drinking them but I won't subject others to this swill either.

Sep 24, 2019
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ichorNet from Massachusetts

4.18/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

FINALLY this is seeing some distribution outside of the Maine area! I've been wanting to try this beer for years, and I randomly found a four pack of it in a cooler at a liquor store I almost never go to earlier today. How fortuitous! Haunted House is apparently Allagash's version of a hoppy porter/black IPA but with the Belgian inflection they're known to bring to the table. It uses some more traditional "Belgian saison" type hops (Tettnang and Saaz) along with Chinook, which is known for its intense sprucey spice notes, so I'm really interested in what this actually is.

HH pours an extremely dark but not completely opaque deep brown color that definitely comes pretty dang close to being "black." At the very bottom of my glass, however, I can note the mahogany hue coming through just a slight bit. The head is a light khaki color with incredible retention and superior lace that utterly coats the glass in layers of dense foam. Great legs too. Allagash always has very good looking beers, and this is no exception whatsoever!

The nose here is definitely influenced by funkier Belgian styles and clearly uses their house yeast (the name of the beer itself is a take on the fact that they actually have a beer called House Beer, mind you), but there's a charred malt presence and some almost-smoky roastiness that combines well with seemingly earthy and herbal hops. I get a distinct "dark saison" character from this beer. I am someone (maybe one of the only people in the world) who mourns the death of the dark saison trend that was kinda happening like 5-7 years back, and so it's cool to see it revive a little bit with this. I had an Oxbow dark saison recently that was also quite good (and also from Maine!), so maybe there's a slight revivalist undercurrent happening.

On the tongue, this definitely drinks more like an earthy, rye-based porter, honestly. Nothing "black IPA" about it at all, and not really sure why they market it as a "hoppy black ale," but it's really robust and extremely drinkable. It's somewhat like their Black Belgian stout, but definitely a bit livelier, and I suppose it has a bit more hoppiness than that beer does, so... sure. Combination of herbal and woody hops melding with deep baker's cocoa, coffee grounds, and spice. Some Belgian yeastiness is present but honestly not as much as I expected. Full body with good carbonation that opens up toward the finish. This is a little bit underwhelming compared to my expectations, but I'm still glad I got a four pack. Good stuff. Allagash has been doing extremely good work lately.

Sep 21, 2019
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clayrock81 from Florida

3.77/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured a black body with great head and lace ring down the glass. Aroma is mostly mild malts but nothing really stands out. A little rough, the malts are a bitter, roasted chocolate that gives off a minimal sweetness and that seems to overpower rest of beer and doesn't really match style.

Nov 13, 2018
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ONUMello from Ohio

4/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

16oz can poured into a plastic cup in a hotel room so take this with a grain of salt
A: Fairly dark brown, 1/2 finger head
S: Dark malts, spice/rye, hops, hints of coffee/yeast
T: Matches the nose. Malty first and foremost, then some hops/spice on the midpalate with a hint of coffee & everything at once on the finish
M: Medium-bodied, a bit spicy
O: Tasty just not quite coherent, tries to do a bit of everything without one aspect standing out

Sep 27, 2018
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Hopheadjeffery from Illinois

4.19/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Tasted in a 12 oz snifter from draft at The Vine on January 27, 2017. Look is dark brown with a thin head and lingering lacing. Smell and taste is roasted malts. Feel is medium in body.

Jan 27, 2017
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Smakawhat from Maryland

4.32/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured from the bottle into a Spiegelau IPA glass. Bottled September 21st 2016.

Really gorgeous body color. A deep dark mahogany and sort of purple deep red body color that shines bright, like a very dark eggplant or plum. Creamy topped looking head, just under three fingers with good retention and island puck merringue. Sheets of lacing and crowned streams down the glass, with microfine slow motion carbonation from top to bottom. Calling it one amazing looking beer.

Dark roasted notes, and a bit of husky almost burnt grains. Thick cocoa and mild sensing hop angle, a bit of thickness and almost smokey wood and earth hop character.

A real wonderful creamy palate and flavor. Earthy and sweet roasted coffee in the mid palate. Hop oiled and earthy tones make a real play as well, with a nice lingering coating on the swallow. Earthy and herbal finish, mixing almost a black tea and char like aftertaste. Very silky as well. Cream and vanilla round out as well.

Real nice take on a hopped up dark brew.

Jan 12, 2017
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deltatauhobbit from Maine

4.56/5  rDev +12%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark brown, almost black color with a large light tan fluffy head, fades at a slow rate and leaves a ton of lacing on the glass.

Smell is strong in roasted malt, almost approaching coffee-like bitterness to the nose without actual coffee being added, decent hop presence on the nose in the pine variety.

Taste is strong and bitter, honestly tastes stronger than the Devilish ABV would indicate, roasty toasty malt leads the charge with an almost burnt bitterness to it, the hops are not entirely lost either and add a different type of bittering, nice sticky mouthfeel with soft and smooth carbonation complementing.

Ended up being better than I anticipated since I'm kind of over the dark hoppy black ales but this one just clicked.

Dec 17, 2016
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fmccormi from California

4.52/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Straight pour from a 12oz pry-off bottle to an oversized wineglass (Tired Hands stemware, to be precise). According to a packaging date printed in white at the right of the label, above the barcode and below the brewery info, this was bottled on September 21, 2016 at 8:14 PM, if I’m not mistaken (“09/21/16 20:14”). That would make this beer just under five weeks old at the time of consumption.

Appearance (4.0): Two fingers of soft, pillowy foam rise off of the pour, capping and ebony-colored body. The body is just thin enough to show dark, cola-brown highlights at the edges when held up to light, whereas the head is a beautiful dark tan color, like coffee ice cream or mocha cappuccino froth. The head dies down fairly slowly, and leaves lazy, sudsy legs here and there where the beer’s most recently been.

Smell (4.5): What a gorgeous mixture of coffee roast, lightly smoky, charred, and a teeny bit acrid, with dark stone fruit aromas of dates and prunes, macerated with raisins and coffee liqueur. Cold brew, Latin America-sourced coffee seems about right here. There’s a floral, grassy, and herbal aroma in there, too, giving the impression of Noble hops, but it oddly works. It really bridges the gap between the fruity/coffee side and the earthy, bitter aroma of raw cacao that hangs out underneath everything else. Mocha chip gelato, too—less sweet and creamy, more coffee and icy. I loooooooove this beer’s nose.

Taste (4.5): So, so smooth and creamy, while still being somehow light. What the nuts is going on here? The sweetness of the beer’s fruity esters (Hiya, Allagash house strain!) provide a rich but not-too-sweet body for the beer’s dark, roasty flavors to play out. Following the nose, raw cacao chocolate brings in a mixture of earthy, florally bitter, kind of dirty (like actual dirt), and somewhat roasty chocolate flavors; the light roast and slightly fruity flavors of cold brewed, Latin American coffee beans mixes well with that cacao, as well. The fruit involved is less rich or noticeable than in the nose, but its profile still resembles the array of dark, pitted fruits and raisins noted above. And finally, the hops do show their face, with bitter floral and grassy notes that very happily marry the coffee, cacao, and ester profiles previously mentioned.

Mouthfeel (5.0): Unreal how smooth and creamy this is, without being heavy. Allagash, once again, shows their unbelievable degree of technical brewing skill, allowing their house yeast to turn this beer into an incredibly tight ship of a drink. The body is smooth and very creamy, thanks more to the pillowy but never aggressive, finer-than-needle-point carbonation than to its weight or heft. It somehow borders on lighter than medium-weight, without being unsatisfying. Meanwhile, the acidity of the roasted malts, in concert with the soft, perfectly distributed carbonation, allows the beer to finish modestly dry. It’s like they’re pulling some sort of magic trick with this beer.

Overall (4.5): “Belgian stout” has always sounded like an unwelcome gimmick to me, and it still does—but to be fair, I don’t think Allagash would necessarily call this beer a stout. It’s a dark, tastefully roasty version of a dry, drinkable table beer (albeit amped up a bit in terms of ABV and somewhat lower attenuation, I’d guess), without sacrificing the Noble hop character of the original style. I say this because it’s not really that much like a stout in its malt character, but rather it’s more like a table beer. The genius of using the Belgian yeast’s ester production to form the rich, fruity, somewhat sweet latticework of flavor that the beer’s roasty and hoppy components drape themselves over is that it doesn’t require the use of really big, sweet, or creamy malt. That way, it drinks lighter and more smoothly, but without sacrificing the smoothness of rich, creamy malt—that part is taken care of by Allagash’s wonderful house strain. Frankly, I was extremely, and happily, surprised by this beer. Now I’m going to look forward to its release around this time every year!

Oct 24, 2016
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lordofthewiens from New Mexico

4.15/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle poured into a snifter.
Dark black, minimal head, no lace.
Roasted malt aroma, some sweetness.
Dark coffee taste. A hint of sweet chocolate.
Dry mouthfeel.

Oct 22, 2016
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Bowdoinbeerboy from Maine

4.06/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours with a nice head, subsides reasonably quickly. Beer is very balck, totally opaque. The nose is very porter like, not too much coffee, just a nice malty, slightly chocolaty hint. Taste is very smooth, again, more porter than stout, not much burned flavor. Flavor is mostly a smoothly rounded mild coffee/chocolate combination without any harsh or astringent notes.

Jan 23, 2016
Haunted House from Allagash Brewing Company
Beer rating: 90 out of 100 with 113 ratings