Black | Allagash Brewing Company

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BlackBlack
BEER INFO

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

Style: Belgian Strong Dark Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.50%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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.

Added by Bassetdawg on 12-14-2007

BEER STATS
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#6,141
Reviews:
739
Ratings:
2,723
pDev:
10.4%
 
 
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Photo of Harrison8
4.08/5  rDev +1%
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.

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Photo of gbiello
3.83/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of LukeGude
4.03/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Had a bottle of this a year ago, realized I never logged it after going to Allagash last weekend. Solid stout, true black, hint of Belgian twist.

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Photo of MacMalt
4.02/5  rDev -0.5%
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.

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Photo of plaid75
4.25/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Jsalz21
4.21/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Atg1095
4.63/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Gajo74
3.78/5  rDev -6.4%
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.

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Photo of CMA
4.19/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of McCoid
4.6/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Phoodcritic
3.7/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of hophugger
3.95/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Amendm
4.1/5  rDev +1.5%
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.

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Photo of Taphouse_Traveler
3.88/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of dafla67
4/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of arrowsmith_
3.9/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Danaschamberger
4.01/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Drink again

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Photo of BigJimmy02919
4.13/5  rDev +2.2%
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.

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Photo of ADKbeerguy
4.43/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of spectru
3.55/5  rDev -12.1%
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.

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Photo of patre_tim
4.38/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Black with a ruby tinge a few cm in when held to the light, and a little hard to see carbonation. Topped with 3 fingers of beige head.

Smells of Belgian yeasts, dark fruits, prunes, plums and coffee. A slightly charred note as well.

The taste follows the nose and is very easy on the palate, not harsh but only smooth textures and flavours. I also get red grape juice and even some wine like qualities.

Again, smooth body with moderate carbonation. Covers the ABV dangerously well.

Got this in the States, drinking it on Lake Rousseau, May 6th, 2018. Excellent brew, extremely smooth and well textured, as well as very interesting flavours.

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Photo of Tairy1Greene
4.16/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Photo of sdzoe14
3.71/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of MaineBeerDrinker
4.07/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of M3rk22
3.87/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 2.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.5

I dont believe this is an unfiltered beer, but I am seeing a ton of sediment floating around in mine, so I am knocking a few points on the look.

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