Allagash Brewing Company

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Belgian Strong Dark Ale
Ranked #32
Ranked #4,270
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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Photo of faraday326
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.

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Photo of mushroomcloud
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.

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Photo of Viaduck
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.

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Photo of EMV
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.

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Photo of Mugman8
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.

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Photo of dele
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.

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Photo of PathofChaos
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.

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Photo of MikeWard
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.

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Photo of kookiedoktor
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.

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Photo of Thomas_Wikman
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

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Photo of Darkmagus82
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!!

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Photo of Claude-Irishman
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.

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Photo of Foyle
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.

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Photo of Buck89
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.

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Photo of Stooven
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.

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Photo of Harrison8
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.

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Photo of MacMalt
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.

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Photo of Gajo74
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.

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Photo of Amendm
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.

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Photo of BigJimmy02919
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.

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Photo of spectru
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.

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Photo of patre_tim
4.38/5  rDev +7.9%
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 SmashAdams
4/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I think this is my frost Belgian Strong Dark Ale and I really enjoyed it. A nice marriage of dark roasty stout flavors and dark fruit and yeasty Belgian flavors. It got better and better as it warmed. yb

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

Good color and foam. I had it slightly chilled to start and it improved with warming. Good deep Flavor with expected notes of chocolate and coffee with a slight tartness in the aftertaste.

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Photo of HorseheadsHophead
3.88/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

L: Mostly black, with some cola brown at the edges. The head is foamy and creamy, tan, with with moderate retention and rings of lacing.

S: Roasted malts, dark grains, milk chocolate, oat or wheat musty graininess, licorice, some milkiness. Smells like a porter, or oatmeal stout.

T: Burnt and roasted grains, milk chocolate with some watery, acrid black coffee. Oat or wheat-like flavors. Some cola-like soda sweetness and fizz. Earth and herbal hop character. Faint licorice and star anise notes. Dry and roasty finish. Eventually, ester character is almost banana-like.

F: Medium-bodied, but well-carbonated for a smooth and rolling sensation.

O: Not quite as deep with Belgian spice character as I had hoped, but still tasty and flavorful. An enjoyable ale.

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