Allagash Brewing Company

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Belgian Strong Dark Ale
Ranked #34
Ranked #4,229
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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Reviews by MattyIce21:
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4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

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Photo of StoutElk_92
4.19/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours dark brown-black with a cream head. Smells of belgian yeast and roasted malts. Tastes dark and roasty, yet sweet and lively. The belgian style uplifts the stout flavor and manages the deep roasted malts well. It goes down easy with light carbonation and medium body. Overall a nice refreshing take on a dark beer/stout style. Well balanced.

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

A pretty typical easy drinking stout. Pleasant aromas and flavors of roasted malts, chocolate and coffee all brought together by the Belgian yeasts to make an extremely enjoyable Belgian stout.

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Photo of Bierliebhaber3
4.13/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

This “Belgian style” stout pours a black color like all stouts, but maybe not quite as pitch black as most. There is a slight ruby tint in the right light. It has a fairly small white foamy head. The smell is a little sweet, chocolatey, with some alcohol flavor that suggests more than 7.5%. The taste is definitely not totally standard for a stout, so I guess there may be something to the “Belgian style” label, although I have never heard of a Belgian stout before. There are some standard flavors with some nice roasted grain, espresso, and dark chocolate tones, but it also has some traditional Belgian flavors like an obviously Belgian yeast and some light spicy notes that come through in the aftertaste and mingle with a mild alcohol flavor. The finish is semi-dry. The body is heavy like any stout, but it is maybe slightly lighter than most, which I would normally resent, but it somehow works with this. I am a big fan of the Belgian IPA style and in that same vein I also find this to be an intriguing combination. It’s maybe not quite a top stout in my book, but it’s very interesting and quite good like most beers from this brewery. Definitely worth trying.

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Photo of corey0212
4.48/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a deep brown, borderline-black with dark ruby highlights, big foamy tan head hanging around for a loooong time, lots of lacing on the glass. Some dark fruit aroma, yeasty, some burnt coffee and smokiness. Lots of initial spice in the taste, mild coffee, some bittersweet chocolate. Medium-bodied, really creamy, light carbonation, some gentle lingering spice and bitterness. This is tasty, I'm sure it would pair well with lots of dishes, and I'd definitely seek this one out again.

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Photo of boilermakerbrew
4.39/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A- Pours a very deep brown in color with just a bit of red tinge to it. A small and dense, frothy head forms and hangs around a bit in the form of thin layer. Body of the beer is just a bit lighter than most big stouts.

S- Dark, dry malts up front are quickly overtaken by chocolate. The chocolate is prominent and dominant, making this one smell mostly like an unsweetened, iced hot chocolate.

T- The taste follows the smell of the beer very closely. Dry and almost burnt tasting roasted malts start the drink and then the chocolate comes in. The chocolate is dry and only semi-sweet, very close to a baker's chocolate flavor. Towards the very end of the drink, the chocolate turns from a baker's chocolate more towards a dry cocoa powder flavor. A slight bitterness ramps up at the end of the drink and lingers on the tongue afterwards.

M- Not quite as thick and smooth as most stouts, and a little more carbonated, this one drinks a little oddly for the style. It is much easy to drink that most stouts and doesn't sit too heavy in the stomach.

Overall, this is a great, dry stout, especially if you are a fan of chocolate. Brewing this one is the Belgian style really gives it a uniqueness and depth that other, drier stouts usually don't have.

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

Poured from bomber into a pint glass.

A: This is a very dark brown beer, and forms a moderate amount of off-white head. Only minimal visible carbonation. Very nice looking beer.

S: Roasted malts, coffee notes, and some dark fruitiness.

T: Coffee malt flavors predominate. Some chocolate notes. Pretty tasty.

M: Lighter mouthfeel than looks. Well-carbonated but not overly so.

O: I'm a bit fuzzy on whether this is a Stout (per the label) or a Strong Dark, and it seems to straddle both styles. Either way, it's a very pleasant beer and easy to drink.

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Photo of Smakawhat
2.59/5  rDev -36.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

From on tap poured into a tulip glass an interesting walnut red color with big brown opaque appearance. Faint chestnut colored head that leaves a ring throughout the glass.

A very closed bouqeut. Faint and does contain weak coffee notes but not fruit components whatsoever.

Taste is way too carbonated with a soda finish but has a neat bitter coffee and yeast like tinge.

This would have been great if it had some sort of fruit or estery component on the nose or taste but it doesn't. Very dissapointing I don't care for it at all.

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Photo of gleemonger
5/5  rDev +23.2%

Photo of Digimaika2
4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

A: Caramel brown with a finger of white head that recedes promptly to a ring.

S: Caramel-toffee, dried dark fruits, plum, dark chocolate, coffee, and oak. This has a toffee-caramel aroma – you can almost smell that stickyness – with a bit of an oaky-boozy aroma too.

T: Dried dark fruits (mostly dates), plums, cherries, toffee-caramel, spices, and an oaky finish. This definitely comes across as well roasted with a very robust and near burnt (pleasantly so) quality.

M: Medium bodied with lower carbonation. Perfectly slick and oily.

D: The best part for me is the plums and cherries – which really standout here, and isn’t usually the case in this style – coupled with the heavily roasted malt.

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

A-dark brown opaque color with a frothy tan head and good lacing

S-fruity and roasted malt aromas predominate with hints of sweetness

T-plums and dates with roasted malts

F-medium body with moderate carbonation, slight astringency

O-a nice Belgian ale, easy drinking

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3.5/5  rDev -13.8%

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4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

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

12oz bottle poured into tulip glass.

A: Lovely almost-black color with a big, frothy head. Starts out rather large, but eventually diminished to a respectable 1/2 inch or so head that retained throughout. A wonderful shade of dark red shines through when held up to the light. Average lacing remains as you drink.

S: Roasted malt, slightly yeasty with spice character throughout. Fairly complex. Very interesting.

T: Definitely on the sweeter side, considering the type of brew; however, it's very complex and very inviting. Chocolate is apparently immediately, closer to dark chocolate, but not as bitter as you'd expect. A light hint of coffeehouse flavors mixed in with the chocolate notes. Very, very slight hints of licorice (possibly anise, but it seems too sweet) materialize and disappear as the beer moves towards the back of your mouth. Slightly bitter finish.

M: Not as creamy as the appearance anticipates... But, it's definitely smooth with a mild-carbonation. Makes for a very drinkable brew.

O: I wouldn't call this Allagash's best, but it's a very drinkable brew with exceptionally complex flavor notes. I could definitely see myself drinking this one a lot while kicking back later in the day.

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Photo of Masters
3.75/5  rDev -7.6%

Photo of okono
4.03/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of sinstaineddemon
4.08/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

on tap at Eli's

A - this beer is quite dark, looks like a stout has arrived at my table, with no discernible head and no noticeable carbonation

S - smell is rather innocuous and slight, but it is there and has elements of slight spiciness and strong roasted malt characteristics

T - wow, rather wheaty and malty, strong roasted malts, and darn good ones, the most noticeable characteristic is the lasting and powerful, but not offensice alcohol burn at then end as if it were part whiskey-shot

M&D - smooth and fill bodied at first, then followed up by that aforementioned alcohol burn, this is pretty good, at least off tap, i would like to try a bottle of this

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Photo of LilBeerDoctor
4.03/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Reviewed on 7/11/08. Bottle. Pours black with a small ring of tan head. Aroma of roast, coffee, and sweet roasted malt. Flavor of lots of coffee and roasted malt, some peanut brittle and roasted nuts. A nice body- very rich, silky, smooth, and creamy. So drinkable for a stout. Quite enjoyable. I would like to see more Belgian characteristics in this one however.
7/4/8/5/14 (3.8/5)

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4.22/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

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3.83/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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