Allagash Black | Allagash Brewing Company

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Allagash BlackAllagash Black
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
Ratings:
2,655
Reviews:
728
Avg:
4.01
pDev:
10.72%
 
 
Wants:
174
Gots:
578
For Trade:
7
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Photo of justme
4.31/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of DaveCash
4/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of HorseheadsHopHead
3.88/5  rDev -3.2%
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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4/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Nunya
3.73/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of PittBeerGirl
3.87/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of blisscent
3.8/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Lone_Freighter
4/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

It pours a very dark brown, almost black and yields the same color body in my chalice. A small soft filmy one centimeter tan head appears and dies within fifteen seconds. The body is too dark for any carbonation to be seen. No lacing is seen. The smell is very complex and inviting with some dark chocolate coming in very lightly along with some banana and raisins. The taste brings back the dark chocolate, banana and raisins yet also has a bit of roasted coffee. The alcohol comes out a bit as the beer warms. The palate is about a medium to heavy with nothing bad on the tongue. It gets pretty creamy and the carbonation is light all around. Overall, I’m glad I tried it and am pretty sure I would have this again.

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3.51/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12 oz bottle. Pours brown with tall, creamy, beige head, nice lacing and lovely carbonation. Aroma is of herbal hops, toasted malt and coffee. Body is medium and slightly crisp. Taste is of toasted malt, coffee, chocolate, dark fruit and herbal hops. Finish is long and bittersweet. Overall good brew.

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4.91/5  rDev +22.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of Raziel313
4/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of GlennWB
4.04/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of JMills52
4.52/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Magerbrew
3.83/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had high hopes, but nothing was "standout". Great Belgian yeast flavor as expected, but the malt profile gives me slight "iron" & "metal" flavors. Overall an ok beer, but I hoped for way more.

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Photo of ajm5108
3.51/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Traditional optics. Overall a good beer but nothing really stands out. The yeast adds a surprising earthiness to the darker malt flavors, which is nice, but some of those malt notes are a tad too bitter or phenolic.

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Photo of NastyNorseman
4.14/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Looks were a bit deceiving for this delicious brew. The tannish head was minimal and the blackish-brown body expected. There is a decent amount of beige lacing. Aromas include dark roasted malt, coffee, caramel, and cocoa. Thick, richly complex strong ale is delicious. Caramel meets coffee and dark, bitter chocolate wrapped is deeply roast malt. Velvetly and smooth. A nice warmer.

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3.72/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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

Photo of HoppingMadMonk
4.1/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Almost jet black color.aroma is strong like an imperial stout but not so heavy on the alcohol. Taste follows the aroma,roasted malt,coffee,but not overwhelming alcohol yet a bit warming. Allagash can do no wrong to me and although this isn't my favorite beer from them I will definitely get this again

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4.24/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Jlang2012
4/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Ben1313
3.77/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of GentlemanJohn87
3.99/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of DrewSnyc667
4.11/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Aisha
3.5/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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Allagash Black from Allagash Brewing Company
4.01 out of 5 based on 2,655 ratings.
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