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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.

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#6,875
Reviews:
743
Ratings:
2,741
pDev:
10.4%
 
 
Wants:
179
Gots:
613
Trade:
7
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Photo of Buck89
4.15/5  rDev +2.7%
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 robebo44
4/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of abebout22
4.3/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

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

Photo of Stooven
4/5  rDev -1%
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 brandonld23
4/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Unclevince
3.84/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Anders-Gustav
4.69/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

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

Photo of jgiordano88
4/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of bigschoolrecords
3.75/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of kw_pip
4.13/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

draught. dark semi sweet malty and surprisingly satisfying malty flavor.

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Photo of cambabeer
3.87/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of mothmanscott
4.12/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Zonian1
3.81/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of KMcGrath
4.04/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of crobinso
3.34/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Tcsox
4.08/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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

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Black from Allagash Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.04 out of 5 with 2,741 ratings