Haunted House
Allagash Brewing Company

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Style:
IPA - Black / Cascadian Dark Ale
Ranked #41
ABV:
6.66%
Score:
90
Ranked #6,210
Avg:
4.07 | pDev: 7.86%
Reviews:
40
Ratings:
151
From:
Allagash Brewing Company
 
Maine, United States
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Rotating/Seasonal
Wants
  8
Gots
  11
SCORE
90
Outstanding
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!
Reviews: 40 | Ratings: 151 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
Reviews by Bouleboubier:
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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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Casterbridge from Connecticut

4.26/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Nov 24, 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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Patches826 from Massachusetts

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

Nov 01, 2019
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Kurzman from Rhode Island

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

Nov 13, 2019
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InfernoBoss from California

4.13/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Oct 11, 2020
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Giantspace from Pennsylvania

3.39/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Sep 24, 2020
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Sulty from Massachusetts

3.79/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Sep 27, 2020
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Chuckdiesel24 from Illinois

4.03/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Mar 08, 2021
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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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smb71481 from Vermont

4.17/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Dec 09, 2019
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WCKDVBZ from South Carolina

3.68/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

Feb 19, 2021
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alexsergio from New York

4.07/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Oct 01, 2020
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Gkruszewski from New York

4.23/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Oct 04, 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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zotzot from Vermont

3.96/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Sep 22, 2020
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M4CDO from Massachusetts

4.13/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Nov 01, 2019
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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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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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paulish from New York

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

Oct 24, 2020
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Massbmx from Massachusetts

3.94/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sep 08, 2019
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PaulSlazinger from Pennsylvania

4.23/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Mar 01, 2021
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Shan-man from New Jersey

4.83/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Oct 16, 2020
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baklo from North Carolina

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

Oct 03, 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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Beer rating: 90 out of 100 with 151 ratings