Map 40 | Allagash Brewing Company

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Allagash Brewing Company
Maine, United States
allagash.com

Style: Belgian Strong Dark Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.70%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
Map40 is a Belgian-style stout blended with cold brew coffee. Black in body with a tan, reddish-tinged head, this beer’s aroma is strong in coffee and light in roasted grain. Brewed with dark chocolate malt, chocolate malt, roasted barley, and brown malt. A light nuttiness accompanies tastes of chocolate, raisin, and a resounding coffee note that weaves its way throughout. This is a rich, creamy, stout with a warming hint of alcohol in its clean finish.

BEER STATS
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#2,412
Reviews:
34
Ratings:
130
pDev:
4.98%
 
 
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5
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Ratings: 130 |  Reviews: 34
Photo of Unclevince
4.38/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of erzynda22
4.85/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of LeRose
4.29/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Pours like black coffee with a bit of beige crema on top. This foam does not persist.

The smell is of very high quality coffee, light/medium roast, with a just opened box of milk chocolates smell, and raisins/dates and some nuttiness like almond or hazelnut.

The flavor follows through. Very nice coffee with no bitterness, astringency, or char. The chocolate lays in nicely, and reinforces the impression of milk chocolate. So far this is an excellent coffee stout, very smooth, almost decadent.

But then it adds a layer of very noticeable dark fruit, more than the raisin note in the aroma would suggest. Along with that, some peppery phenolic notes come to play and there is a little sweetness. A little toasted breadiness. Ok, so here's the BSDA part...

A lot going on in this little package. The body is medium, with a bit of a creamy feeling. A little lingering sweetness and pepper.

For all the multiple layers, it is fun to drink, easy to just enjoy, and it all buttons up nice and tidy. Even Allagash says there is no such thing as a Belgian stout, but it seems that this is not a stout nor is it a BSDA - it has elements of both. They have combined the best of both, in my opinion, bringing elements of each into one harmonious blend. The coffee element is a great addition to this beer - obvious yet unobtrusive. Give this one a try - it's different.

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Photo of mltobin
4.06/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of wisrarebeer
4.31/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of bigpoppa67
4.27/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of AMCimpi
4.25/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of HattedClassic
4.1/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a brown foamy head that dissipates quickly while the beer itself is a good looking dark chocolate black color.

The smell is good. It has a nice and soft medium roast coffee note with a bit of chocolate in it and a slight nuttiness.

The taste is very good. It has a good blend of dark chocolate; nuttiness; and coffee. The coffee's acidic bitterness adds a nice contrast to the sweeter notes.

The feel is good. It has a heavy body but is very smooth and creamy like melted chocolate.

Overall, this is a pretty decent Belgian coffee stout that is very well balanced. One worth getting when available.

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Photo of keithmurray
4.1/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - dark brown body with tan head

Smell - coffee grinds, dark chocolate

Taste - dark chocolate, coffee, raisin, bakers chocolate

Mouthfeel - medium bodied, medium carbonation, chocolate upfront, coffee in the back

Overall - good stout, good chocolate and coffee flavors. Although I’m not quite sure why this is listed as a Belgian Strong Dark Ale.

Price Point - $12.99/4 pack 12 oz bottles

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Photo of Dougwillhike
4.19/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of evanwoertz
4.65/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of peterpunk15
4.25/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of doremite
4.26/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of YeastEnthusiast
4/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Guinnsslvr
4.25/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of smcolw
4.13/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Deep, dark brown color. Minimal light does pass along the edge. Beige, lasting head starts with two fingers but never dissipates entirely. Good streaks for lace.

Dark treacle and chocolate aroma. Sweet, almost smells like a powdered cocoa. Rich.

The flavor, while slightly sweet, is far drier than the smell would lead one to believe. The chocolate is dominant, but there's a bitter burnt flavor as well. Rich with notable alcohol; good carbonation. The swallow features a touch of berry but no caramel. Long, dry, ashen aftertaste.

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Photo of gobuccos
4.29/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Patches826
4.25/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of mothmanscott
4.21/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of metter98
4.15/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: The beer is dark brown in color. It poured with a short tan head that quickly faded away, leaving a thin film of bubbles covering the surface and a narrow collar around the edge of the glass.
S: Light to moderate aromas of chocolate malts and coffee beans are present in the nose along with some hints of dark fruits.
T: The taste has flavors of dark malts along with notes of dark fruits and chocolate malts plus hints of coffee beans towards the finish.
M: It feels medium-bodied and somewhat smooth on the palate on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer tastes like a hybrid between a stout and a Belgian Strong Dark Ale.

Serving type: bottle

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Photo of Gajo74
4.35/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a dark mahogany/nearly black color with a moderate tan foam head. The head dissipates but leaves a thin ring lacing.
First impressions of the aroma are that it is coffee dominant. Yet, other aromas develop throughout. These include grape must, spicy herbal phenols, including allspice, dark bread and dark fruit.
As with the aroma, the taste offers a complex development that reflects the evolution of two styles, from stout to Belgian Dark Ale. Starts of like a stout, rife with roasty coffee flavors; enjoyable in and of itself. However, midway there is a transformation, as other flavors unlock. Dark fruit is redolent of raisin, plum and red grape. Moderate peppery phenols add a touch of spice and balance. Rich and chewy toasted dark bread adds fullness and roundness of flavor. A smooth, silky and dry finish caps things off quite nicely.
Full bodied with a tight carbonation, during the coffee phase, that eventually smooths out quite nicely. Alcohol is well masked.
A delightful, delicious and dynamic brew from an awesome brewery. I will be looking out for it again.

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Photo of dvmin98
4.31/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of mvanaskie13
4.06/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a chalice: color is black, head is tan with fine bubbles, some lacing and a solid top lingers.

Smell is pleasant lightly roasted coffee, a sweeter roast, hints of nutty like flavors, light roasted malt present as well.

Taste is similar with pleasant and nutty roasted coffee, light chocolate, then some bitter malt and mild herbal and earthy notes. There is a belgian yeast quality to the flavor but hard to describe.

Mouthfeel is moderately carbonated, a lingering sweetness, then a dry finish with lingering bitter qualities throughout.

Overall a unique coffee stout with the Belgian yeast flavor twisting your perception of the coffee, chocolate, and roasted malts.

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Photo of byronic
4.22/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of jlindros
3.93/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bottle 1/11/18

An aggressive pour yields a small fizzy off-white head that fades at a med pace, a touch of lacing and small legs, very dark molasses brown coffee colored beer

Nose mild soft coffee, some chocolate fudge, cocoa with marshmallow, little caramel, some roasty malts and freshly roasted coffee beans, a soft pillowy slight nutty coffee, some toasted beans and roasted notes

Taste nice coffee flavor, soft coffee with a little bright acidity, mild nutty and pillowy coffee again but also some some freshly roasted beans, and generic roasty flavors, into a mild nougaty marshmallow pillowy soft malt, with some roasted cocoa beans and burnt chocolate fudge, bit nutty with the coffee and malt characters, bit of caramel, hint of burnt raisin prune like Belgian esters, some bitterness kicking in late mostly from the roast I think, finishes a bit drier with a touch of tingly alcohol, fair bitterness from some acrid burnt roast as well as spicy hop notes, unpleasant bitter acrid finish

Mouth is fuller bod, a big soft pillowy, a bit light on the carbonation too, and touch of tingly alcohol late

Overall started quite nice, nice coffee and chocolate, nice malts, nice nutty and dark fruit esters sneaking in, then the finish was just too bitter and a bit acrid, as well as tingly alcohol, which kinda killed the beer, but otherwise it was nice.

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Map 40 from Allagash Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.22 out of 5 with 130 ratings