Haunted House
Allagash Brewing Company

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IPA - Black / Cascadian Dark Ale
Ranked #41
Ranked #6,214
4.07 | pDev: 7.86%
Allagash Brewing Company
Maine, United States
Haunted HouseHaunted House
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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SaisonMaker from Massachusetts

4.5/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Excellent dark ale. I try to get as much as I can every year around halloween. I only got one 4 pack this year. We had some on Halloween of course and saved the others for a friday night after a long day of work. I don't find this to be excessively hoppy like some other reviewers have said. I love Saaz hops though so that might be why. I like that this doesn't have excessive ABV. A lot of Allagash beers have really high abv and I avoid a bunch because of that. I know Belgian style beers will have higher ABV but I don't like super heavy beer all the time.

Jan 25, 2021
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elNopalero from California

4.18/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

I haven’t had a Cascadian Dark Ale in ages. This is advertised as a hoppy dark beer, so maybe it fits?

First thing I notice is the poor, a rich, velvety cocoa colored foam cap sitting atop the cola black liquid. Touch of blood red mixed in there, as a not to the Halloween theme here.
I like the aroma. There’s a mix of grapefruit citrus sap with some heavy dark roast. I get more of the same on the sip, with a lingering bitterness and a long finish. I liked it, and hope to see it again.

Dec 15, 2020
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HattedClassic from Virginia

4.1/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a nice and fluffy dark brown head that dissipates at a moderate pace. The beer itself is a very dark brown color that is opaque.

The smell is good. It has a moderate chocolate note followed by a light roasted malt and bitter earthy hop notes in the finish.

The taste is pretty good. It has a much more roasted coffee note than in the smell while the chocolate appears in the middle and follows through to the bitter and earthy hop finish. It's a very good balance between the bitter roasted and earthy hops and the sweeter chocolate. There is also Allagash's yeast bread notes that mixes very well with the other notes.

The feel is good. It has a medium and creamy body with a nice fluffy texture from the carbonation.

Overall, a very good beer worth getting, especially for porter lovers.

Dec 10, 2020
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Vetbidder from Pennsylvania

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

Nice very dark almost black color with a thin chocolate colored head. Fairly decent notes of roasted malts and a touch of chocolate. Taste is similar to a brown ale or porter with roasted malts lingering and slight bitterness on the palate. Thicker feel with less carbonation round out this brew. Nothing to complain about as all of the Allagash I’ve tried have been decent.

Dec 08, 2020
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andypeters1971 from Georgia

2.8/5  rDev -31.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.75

I love Allagash but way too hoppy for my tastes. Black, thick, heavy, almost syrupy or like blackstrap molasses in terms of mouthfeel. Not really anything to recommend it, even if you were to minus out the hops

Nov 27, 2020
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57md from Pennsylvania

3.86/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a deep dark brown to black color with a finger of beige head. The nose has roast with a touch of funkiness. The mash-up of roast, Belgian funk and hops make for a unique, if not completely interesting, flavor combo.

Nov 20, 2020
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johnnnniee from New Hampshire

3.83/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Can from the Packie.
Dark brown in color with faint ruby at the edges and a creamy off white head that persists. Roasty earthy clove and spice on the nose. Light fruit and pepper added to the flavor. Pretty tasty hoppy Belgian dark.

Oct 18, 2020
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jlindros from Massachusetts

3.87/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Reading the description, the words "nice" and "astringent" do not go together, and hence why this style shouldn't exist, but yet here we are. Canned 8/20/20

Pours a brown frothy creamy 1/2 finger head with good retention and soapy lacing, very dark brown almost black color

Nose is more what I was hoping for, a porter like dark roasty malt, dark chocolate, cocoa, a bit of roasted coffee, a little caramel and sweet malt, a bit of coffee and cream, and some spicy hops

Taste again starts like a rich creamy porter, creamy base malt, almost lactose like, roasted coffee and more of that coffee and cream, a bit of dark chocolate and cocoa, a touch fudgey even, and a hint of caramel and smokey roast, some hops, earthy spicy with med bitterness, drier finish with a little alcohol and spicy hop bitterness lingering, and a touch of that astringency

Mouth is med to fuller bod, med-higher carb, touch of warming alcohol and astringency as well

Overall thankfully a lot more porter like and the hops don't get to the level of typical CDA, but there are some components that get a little meh

Oct 04, 2020
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JerzDevl2000 from New Jersey

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

Picked this up at Gary's in Wayne recently, as I hadn't had a beer from Allagash in quite a while. With Halloween coming up, this seemed appropriate for the season and for the most part, would be a good beer to have as the days grow colder and darker. This almost seemed like a Robust Porter, rather than a Black IPA, but that's not to say that this beer was categorized incorrectly. It was just that roasted and chewy and fans of either style would enjoy a beer like this that was easily accessible!

To no one's surprise, this poured like coffee both in looks and in consistency. Tons of creamy tan foam topped this off as it settled slowly and a bit unevenly, with loads of spotty lacing nearly all the way down the side of my pint glass. Roasted malt, dark and spicy bread, plum, and raisin in the nose as the taste tilted more towards coffee, bitter chocolate, and burnt barley underneath all of that. As this warmed up, a foreboding sense of dank and earthy hops emerged as they complemented the dark fruit and roasted aspects of this beer quite nicely. Low bitterness and a nice slickness served as reminders that as varied as this was, that this was a Black IPA in the end.

Not a shock to see what the level of alcohol was in this but it was certainly understated throughout my time with this. Nicely chewy, subtly spicy, and plenty roasted, this would have made for a nice breakfast beer if it was more of a session ale. The aftertaste was mostly clean with some hints of cream, stickiness, and barley that were heavier than the flavor profile itself. Allagash did a nice job with this - down to the hauntingly beautiful label, as I'd easily reach for this again during the autumn months. Canned on 8/19, this was a welcome change from all the Octoberfests and Marzens that are normally associated with October!

Oct 04, 2020
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JRed from New Jersey

4.24/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Black in body with khaki head that lingers. Aroma of coffee roast, dark fruit, earth, and pine. Tastes of roasted pine, earth and grass, dark fruit, raisin cookies, and dry bitterness. Medium bodied with active carbonation.

Sep 28, 2020
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scotorum from Massachusetts

4.02/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4


Canned 8/20/20. Poured from the 16 oz. can into a Samuel Smith English tulip.

a: Opaque black with clear ruby at the bottom. Inch thick tan head receded to thick surface foam and veiny lacing.

s: Mild chocolate.

t: Mild black coffee and chocolate, sweetish finish.

m: Lighter side of medium, good body and carbonation tingle.

o: A pleasant, easy drinking, well done porter. Don't get as much of the hops promised in the "hoppy dark ale" can description, but not overly roasty malted either, and no Belgian yeast element, which as far as I'm concerned in this case is a bonus for Allagash. Good balance.

Sep 24, 2020
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Bouleboubier from New Jersey

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

(16 oz can, packaged 08-19-20; purchased single off shelf... poured into a fat tulip)

L: impenetrably-dark (reddish) brown liquid; tan, almost coffee-w-cream colored foam, glossy sheen... head didn't wish to hold; steady collar retains though

S: dark raisin, pine, dried/drying spicy grapefruit peel - throwback to the black IPAs of old - man, I haven't smelled a profile like this in ages!... bit of mocha, brown sugar cookie... excellent vibrant potency

T: dark-roast java, dark-kilned crystal malt, xmas wreath... aftertaste shows burnt (patent-like) grain husk, charred (meaty) sugars, hint of menthol... almost halfway through, and the raisin aroma expresses through the center of the palate, vaguely taking a purple plum wine tone... between the earthy hops and deep-roasted grain their balanced bitterness soon dominates the aftertaste; alcohol presence seems fortunately tuned... beyond halfway through, the malt milk suddenly takes over; subtly peppery-herbal bite migrates back and to the sides of the palate

F: hop resins add a mild, nectar-y slickness to its medium malt body... biting at the onset, it eventually settles into a silky-smooth, seductively-slow sluice... sedate warm glow

O: yup, a throwback Cascadian Dark, no question; not reminiscent of any other Allagash brand I've tried... is this worth the 4.99 I spent on one can? - probably not; I've had similar quality for less - but it's still a fine swill (1686)

Sep 15, 2020
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EMV from Pennsylvania

4.02/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 16 oz can into a Dogfish Head tulip

L: Dark pour... nearly black with massive mocha colored head. Fluffy and proud... lasts awhile and leaves great lacing.

S: Rich and roasty... coffee and grains.

T.F: Just like it smells. Rich toasted/roasted grains... dark chocolate, sweet malts, and a bit of earthy hops. Mild espresso and brown sugar. Gentle hop bitterness for balance. Medium bodied... smooth.

O: An outstanding dark beer/porter. Great flavor... complex enough to be interesting while overall gentle on the flavor. Allagash nailed it.

Sep 02, 2020
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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

4.1/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | 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
Haunted House from Allagash Brewing Company
Beer rating: 90 out of 100 with 151 ratings