Allagash Brewing Company

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Strong Ale - Belgian Dark
Ranked #33
Ranked #5,098
4.06 | pDev: 10.34%
Allagash Brewing Company
Maine, United States
Notes: Allagash Black is a Belgian style stout brewed with 2 Row barley, torrified wheat, oats, both roasted and chocolate malt and a generous portion of dark caramelized candi sugar. The silky mouth feel is a great balance to the roasted character, coffee and dark chocolate notes expressed throughout this beer.
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Rug from Massachusetts

3.91/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Bottled 12/11/19

"Belgian-style stout" huh? I can't say I've ever really had anything like that, and it seems to not fit into its' own style category. I'm sure this will be good nonetheless

Pours a very dark brown with a finger of brown head that quickly fades to a ring and leaves minimal lacing

The nose instantly veers towards a heavily roasted stout, maybe even a RIS, but there's some subtleties. I get roasted barley, drip coffee, and milk chocolate, but there's also hints of plum, cinnamon, and earthy hops

Despite the heavy roast, the flavor starts off with smooth malt and a slight general fruitiness. Post swallow, this gets a little weird trying to straddle the line between styles. Roasty coffee is offset by caramel sweetness and herbal hops. Strange, but certainly not bad

This has a full body and very subtle carbonation, leading to a smooth slick drink. It's always nice when a beer can be drying and super smooth simultaneously

So I wasn't floored by this. But I didn't really expect to be. It was not super fresh, but in a style like this I don't think it makes too much of a difference. Good stuff, but more just like a weird stout than a Belgian dark

Sep 27, 2020
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artiefufkin from New Jersey

4.26/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Visual: dark brown, almost rootbeerish red tinge. no lingering head.
Aroma: roasted malts, bitter chocolate, burnt sugar, vsl vanilla
Taste: best part of the beer - nice burnt caramel, toasted marshmallow, roasted coffee, somehow the IAA still comes through.
Overall: if tasted blind i would've thought belgian strong, definitely not typical stout mouthfeel or aroma, especially with the lightness of the body and strong IAA. Another great beer from Allagash.

Aug 31, 2020
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Yaroslav from New York

4.13/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Another happy Allagash mix up. Last week I noticed two Allagash White's in my usual four pack of their Tripel. This week I swear the same situation happened but two Allagash black's found their way into my presumptive 4 pack of Tripel. To be fair this time I noticed it at the register but went through with the purchase based on my discovery of their "white" as something I would never choose but happy to have had. Same goes for the Black. Even more so. Is this a marketing strategy? is a "mix up" really a mix up? Anyway when it comes to Allagash Brewery, it's all good! (except the bean and barrel, which is a total miss.)

Jul 29, 2020
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KTCamm from New Jersey

4.2/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

6/17/20...pours deep brown with a touch of brown foam sitting on top. Borders on black. Roasted malt nose, hints of coffee. Earthy. Chocolate/coffee malt flavor. Light sweetness spills into a bitter background. Both chewy and bitter. Solid.

Jul 25, 2020
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faraday326 from California

4.09/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

"Belgian-style stout" which I categorized, in my brain, as a stout. The pour is dark and the head is exactly what I'd hope and expect. The nose, to be honest, wasn't as good as I hoped. I usually _love_ this style of beer on the nose but this was just OK. The taste is very distinctive.. it's a classic malty, chocolate stout flavor that quickly transitions into a very distinctive finish. The finish tastes almost like roasted nuts, perhaps, with a hint of sweetness. For me, the distinctive finish is really what makes this flavor quite good.

Apr 07, 2020
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mushroomcloud from Texas

4.03/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottled 12-11-19, opened 4-5-20.
2 finger soft, fluffy and sand colored head. Dark brown "Belgian-style stout". Fantastic retention and early lacing. Almost a solid sheet of lacing left on the back side of the glass.
Light roasted malts, mild chocolate and dark fruit. Very subtle nose.
Richer notes of coffee, chocolate and roasted malt. There seems to be a substantial hop presence that adds a late bitterness and dries out the finish. Some dark fruit flavor but very subtle. This is very well balanced and just works. Seems more like a dark lager / Schwarz bier than a stout or Belgian Dark of any kind but regardless very tasty.
Light bodied versus what you would expect from the label (Stout) or the category here (BDA). Soft and creamy mouthfeel. Subtle, roasty medium length and off dry finish.
Very good.

Apr 06, 2020
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Viaduck from California

4.16/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Black as a well charred steak with a minimal head. Aromas of espresso, caramel, wheat & barley. Bittersweet taste, plenty of roasted & toasted grain flavors, almost Smokey. Interesting flavor. Silky smooth, medium viscosity. Very good.

Mar 21, 2020
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EMV from Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a Dogfish Head tulip

L: Dark, dark brown pour... nearly black with 2 fingers of foamy off-white head. Great lacing.

S: Roasted grains and dark chocolate. Sweets and espesso.

T.F: Not as sweet as the nose... more semi-sweet, with roasted grains, cocoa, brown sugar, and a bit of coffee. Smooth and creamy mouthfeel... medium bodied. Better as it warms. Lingering coffee and roast at the finish.

O: As expected from Allagash... well executed and flavorful. Very solid beer.

Mar 20, 2020
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Mugman8 from New York

4.24/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Very dark brown on the pour that leaves a creamy short head and minimal lacing. Aroma of coffee and chocolate is wonderful, and the mouthfeel is creamy. Taste is combination of the coffee and chocolate with a nice hop backbone to balance it out. This is another wonderful beer from a brewery that I like very much.

Mar 07, 2020
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dele from Massachusetts

4.23/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A very dark brown beer that leaves a creamy half-inch, tan head. Coffee and chocolate in the nose, notes that become more pronounced as the beer warms. The mouthfeel is superb; creamy and soft, with a touch of a texture that I can only call "chewy." Flavors are chocolate and coffee with just a little yeastiness too, and a nice hop backbone to balance it out. This is a wonderful beer.

Feb 23, 2020
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PathofChaos from Maryland

4.5/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours an intensely deep, truffle brown. Its sandy beige head provides pleasing contrast to the darkness, like a soft stretch of beach leading down to a black ocean. Retains and laces beautifully.

A bounty of wheat, oat, and barley, followed by a gentle breeze of caramelized plantains.

Buttery malts, dark wheat, and most surprisingly: chocolate-covered banana. It's a sugarless chocolate; the kind of bitter darkness exclusive to whole cocoa beans. Banana sweetness balances the harsh chocolate, while its enveloping counterpart subdues excessive fruitiness in an elegant dusting of raw cocoa. Quiet notes of caramel coffee drift in the aftertaste.

A medium body that boasts fullness. Smooth as velvet, never watery, and finishes with a lingering roast.

Feb 01, 2020
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MikeWard from Pennsylvania

3.78/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle into a globular pint glass. Bottled 10/30/19, so 2 months old.

Looks great in the glass. Black body turns deep cherry red when held up to the light. Decent creamy tan head maintains in some form throughout, leaving some lacing.

Aroma of roasted malt and a little musty.

Upon tasting, a slightly bitter roastiness is the only flavor. Try as I might, I can't get any coffee or chocolate, even after letting it warm up. The roast is a little heavy for my taste.

Mouth closer to full than medium, finish a bitter roast.

Overall, the color is the only evidence of it being a Belgian strong dark ale. It's a stout, and the lack of flavors other than roasty left me a bit disappointed.

Jan 01, 2020
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kookiedoktor from Connecticut

4.04/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Sturdy dark latte (color) head. Opaque black. Chocolate malt aroma, a bit floral. Sweet, with a hint of espresso bitterness. Silky smooth drink. The sweetness cloys mid tongue. The sweetness holds me back from a second pour. Actually, a good alternative to dessert.

Nov 05, 2019
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Thomas_Wikman from Texas

4.18/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

What ever you call it, Belgian Stout or Belgian Strong Dark Ale, I thought it was quite good

Look: black with a finger thick mocca colored head

Aroma: roasted malts, chocolate, dark fruits

Taste: roasted malts, chocolate, as well as dark fruit and some yeast. It is like a Stout with fruity/yeasty undertones.

Body/Overall: medium to full body, silky

Jul 31, 2019
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Darkmagus82 from Texas

4.06/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from bottle into a pint glass
Appearance-. The beer pours a deep brown color with a tiny tan colored head. The head fades super fast leaving a trace of lace on the sides of the glass .
Smell- The aroma is massive of a roasted malt smell mixed with a whole lot of coffee and a bit of cocoa. Along with these smells comes a little bit of molasses and dark fruit aromas of plum and raisin.
Taste - The taste begins with a sweet roasted malt flavor with the sweet being of a caramel, molasses, and chocolate nature. There is some coffee upfront which fades as the taste advances. All the while some dark fruit tastes of plum and raisin as well as some yeast tastes develop as the taste moves forward. At the same time some very light char hits the tongue and leaves one with a sweet and toasty taste.
Mouthfeel- The body of the brew is medium in thickness and creaminess with a carbonation level that is light. For the style the feel is great and makes for a slow but easy sipper.
Overall- Sweeter toasty and easy drinking. A nice Belgium stout!!

Jul 26, 2019
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Claude-Irishman from New Jersey

4/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours black with a ruby red reflecting off the stout glass. Very nice creamy/foamy mocha colored head. Nice lacing. Smell is muted with hints a faint cacao, fresh earth, slight dankness. Tastes like very light hot chocolate,(obviously not hot) Mild marshmallow, mild nutmeg?. Feels well carbonated and finishes semi dry to juicy. Overall this is delicious. I have not had many Belgian strong dark ales. If I were to compare to a Stout or Porter I would say it is too thin, but this is in a class all of it's own. Highly recommend.

Jun 05, 2019
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Foyle from North Carolina

4.75/5  rDev +17%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Poured from 12 oz bottle into tulip glass. A 2" tan pillowy head falls slowly with mild lacing. Color is dark reddish-brown. Strong aroma of rich roasted barley, chocolate, coffee, spice and hops. Mouthfeel is heavy with dry, powdery finish. Flavors of dark roasted malt, chocolate, coffee, orange peel, raisin, earthy hops. Overall: extremely good.

May 25, 2019
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Buck89 from Tennessee

4.15/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured into a hotel glass. A clear dark brown color with a medium sized tan head. Nice retention. Interesting aroma with tobacco, plum, floral hops, roasted grain, and caramel. The roasted grains were more up front on the taste with coffee, faint char, and faint chocolate. Nice fruity esters crept in after the initial rush, with some citrus notes. A clean, dry finish. Overall a fun stout with a really interesting nose.

Apr 16, 2019
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Stooven from Illinois

4/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I normally don't stress over categories, but this one is tough to pin. Two beers it immediately reminded me of were Wookie Jack and Blacktop, though, to my recollection, none of those uses a Belgian yeast. 'Belgian Strong Dark Ale' doesn't cut it for me, however. Pours a solid black/brown, with a decent, sustained head. Looks almost like a Guiness, but the head is darker. Feel is surprisingly light, almost nitro, but instead of creaminess it's more like bread in that you can feel the air gaps. And yet! And yet. It drinks smoothy, no belching. Unique without being a novelty, well crafted.

Feb 08, 2019
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Harrison8 from Missouri

4.08/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours black with a finger of khaki foam. Head retention is good. Aroma is caramel, toffee, nutty, biscuity, toasty malts. Flavor profile is toffee, caramel, and notes of biscuity, toasty, nutty malts. There is a heavy yeast ester that comes on later and remains long after the malts and hops fade. Light clove note to add to the complexity. Mouth feel is lightly fuzzy and velvety, with a firm medium thickness. Overall, great yeast esters combined with dark, nutty malts create a dynamic, Belgian stout.

Served in a 12oz snifter from a 12oz bottle.

Nov 06, 2018
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MacMalt from New Jersey

4.02/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Bottled 9/20/2017 so 13 months old when reviewed. Poured from 12 oz. bottle into pint glass. It pours nearly black with dark cola hues at the bottom of the bottom of the glass and a half finger of creamy, light khaki-colored head and a thin sheen of like-colored lacing inside the glass. The nose really improved as the glass warmed: roasted malt, burnt coffee, chocolate, char, nuts, clove, coriander, and just a slight whiff of raisin. The taste is really unique: at first, there is some sour banana, coriander, and clove like a Belgian ale. Then it becomes much more stout-like with chocolate, burnt coffee, burnt nuts, and char. It's like drinking two distinct beers. The taste improved as it warmed. The feel is a little lite for a stout but it's nonetheless creamy. The carbonation is lite and it drinks easily at 7.5% ABV. Overall, this Stout grew on me as I sipped it. I don't know whether the Belgian spicing would taste different if it were fresher but it's still enjoyable. It would pair well with a burger or a french dip, or for casual drinking.

Oct 28, 2018
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Gajo74 from New York

3.78/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Pours a very dark brown/ nearly black color. A thumbnail length tan head displays average retention.
Roasty aromas are reminiscent of coffee and dark chocolate. Furthermore, there seems to be a minty, peppermint like aroma going on.
Elements of dark Belgian style ales are there; dark fruit, plum, raisin and cherry. However, there are many stout like aspects such as nutty malt flavors, espresso roast and dark chocolate. There is a strong bitterness going on that evokes lightly charred malt, grassy hops and earthy bitterness.
Smooth, creamy, and medium to full bodied. The finish is roasty, bitter and astringent.
I love Allagash, however, this one was a bit odd. Somewhere in between stout and BSDA, however, the bitterness was a bit unbalanced.

Aug 30, 2018
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Amendm from Rhode Island

4.1/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12-oz bottle dated 02/09/18 poured into a 16-oz. mug. Opaque black/brown with a short lived finger sized tan head, a cap and some lacing persist throughout the drink.
Smell features roasted malt, dark chocolate and espresso.
Taste is semi sweet at first noting malt and chocolate with a bitter roasted malt middle followed by bitter espresso and hops.
Light to medium body with medium carbonation and a dry finish. Alcohol is well hidden.
Reminds me of American Black Ale in a good way. Stout like flavors yet thiner on the body. I can see why its classified as a Belgian Strong Dark Ale.

Jul 15, 2018
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BigJimmy02919 from Massachusetts

4.13/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Smooth pour with a small creamy tan head. Looks reddish brown when held to the light. Smell is pleasant with hints of coffee and chocolate. Surprising amount of carbonation but the taste is very pleasant with hints of coffee chocolate and caramel. Despite the sweet taste it finishes with a delicious sour note and coffee bean. Overall a well done offering and very nice by a campfire on a cool spring evening.

May 19, 2018
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spectru from Florida

3.55/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

almost opaque, almost black, light cream colored head; the aroma is very mild, unremarkable; mouthfeel is smooth, moderately carbonated; the taste is rich and smooth. a good stout.

May 16, 2018
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