Allagash Black | Allagash Brewing Company

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Allagash BlackAllagash Black

Brewed by:
Allagash Brewing Company
Maine, United States

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

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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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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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Photo of Holderness
3.94/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

L -- Very dark brown with a three-finger tan head produced by moderate pour. Decent retention and lacing.
S -- Doughy yeast, roasted malts, dark chocolate, pepper, and a hint of coffee.
T -- Less exciting than I was anticipating: pretty much your standard stout, focusing on well-roasted barley malts, coffee, and dark chocolate flavors. A little bready sweetness comes through, which is really the only "Belgian" aspect that I can taste. Slight vegetal/sour aftertaste.
F -- Silky and smooth
O -- Nothing much to complain about in this brew, but unlike some of Allagash's other offerings, I can't say it's worth the ~$10/4-pack pricing.

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Photo of Red5StandingBy
3.58/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 12oz short bottle into chalice. Bottled on June 29th 2016.

L: Deep dark brown (almost black). Finger width frothy beige head. Slowly recedes.

S: Rich cocoa, chocolate, charcoal, sherry, currants.

T: Follows the nose closely, cocoa and chocolate, currants and almost a char hint. Solid flavors and decent complexity but something is off for me. Have to retry this another time.

F: Medium body, crisp, oily.

O: I don't know what it is but something is off with this beer.

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Photo of HamdenHector
4.06/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A: opaque; cola brown - doesn't lighten up much at the edges; less than 1 finger light brown head that receded quickly to a thin collar; very little lacing;

S: bittersweet chocolate first, then strong black coffee with dark fruit; a hint of pepper and vanilla;

T: deeply roasted grains and dark fruit up front; yeast comes forward in the middle and stays through the finish; mild bitterness at the end;

M: medium bodied; highly carbonated; dry finish; hides the ABV well;

O: nice complexity, especially in the aroma;

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Photo of GuyFawkes
4.55/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Unknown vintage; drank 3/15/15 @ the Yarchives.

Poured from the bottle into a glass.

Black/brown appearance.

A rough pour yielded a nice tan head; strong lace.

Tart cherry, tobacco & dirt notes in the nose.

Medium thick mouthfeel.

Caramel, toffee, oak & dirt flavors up front; mild clove notes on the finish. Very unique but quite enjoyable. I'd live to have another.

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Photo of Franziskaner
3.97/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Black in color with no penetration to light. There's a fingernail of beige covering the vast majority of the top. The aroma is loads of dark malt,black licorice, and sweet dark Belgian candy sugar. I'm tasting a plethora of dark malt, black licorice, and sweet dark Belgian candy sugar. The mouth is very dry and smooth.

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Photo of UPMD_Bill
4.37/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

looks like dark cola without much head. intense chocolate and coffee aroma and flavor throughout with some spice up front. Has the intensity of an imperial stout but with less alcohol.

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Photo of Guppy314
4.03/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

From a bottle, pours very dark brown with a tan head that dissipates fairly quickly. Rich malty aromas. Malt-forward in taste but no overwhelmingly so. Decently substantive body with some carbonation and good sustain (flavors don't immediately fade). Some interesting complexities of chocolate and coffee and a bit of caramel.

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Photo of FriedSlug
4.41/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Nice dark beer that smells like an American stout with a Belgian kiss. The nose is full of chocolate and roasted malts with the faintest scent of Belgian yeast and the traditional banana clove smell. The taste the same with the big chocolate and roasted malts giving way to the peppery, banana and the clove. Really solid and tasty beer.

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Photo of boilermakerbrew
4.39/5  rDev +9.5%
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 GimmeASchlitz
4.12/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Great color. Deep black with dark tan head. Nice lacing on the glass.

Dark fruit and chocolate on the nose. A bit of Malts comes through.

Sips slightly sweet and bitter, Bakers chocolate, coffee, and malts. For 7.5% the alcohol is not very present. Very well balanced.

Very little carbonation and light bodied for a stout. Doesn't leave a coating on the palate like some stouts. Finishes clean.

Definitely one of my favorite stouts. The Belgian style gives it more depth and it shows. The flavors are more balanced and gives it new life.

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Photo of Bierliebhaber3
4.13/5  rDev +3%
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 q33jeff
3.76/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

AROMA: Toast. Char.
LOOK: Black Pour. A bit of cloudy dark brown at the bottom. Bottle fermentation left some sediment.
TASTE: Toast, Oatmeal. A hint of belgian yeast, but not too much Wang. Foamy Head, lasts.
FEEL: Smooth. Full.
Similar, but smoother than Fin Du Monde. A good beer.

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Photo of Antg8989
4.02/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Hmmmm...I'm not sure if it's how this stuff is getting transported, but it has tasted a little different every time I've had it. Pour isn't as dark as Allagash "Black" would suggest. It tastes good - the chocolatey notes are certainly all around. A little bit thin on the mouthfeel. Overall a decent selection though.

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Photo of Grogsky
4.08/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Fruity aroma typical to many Belgian style ales. Rich dark colour with a nice dark roasted malt flavour paired by cascading Belgian sweet notes. Sweet, yet bitter, an overall winner.

Edit: After 3 months aging, this beer takes on a more creamy consistency and the bitter malt is further accentuated nicely.

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Photo of imanidiot777
4.33/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a deep, opaque black color with a brownish tan head. Head stays for most of the drink and leaves a nice brown lacing. Literally cannot see light through this beer. Smells strongly of coffee and slightly of malt. Strong coffee and malt taste and has just the right amount of carbonation. I wouldn't want to have too many of these given how heavy it is and the alcohol content, but it goes perfectly with a solid Winter time meal.

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Photo of garyloveman
4.08/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours jet black with a minimal head.
Smells of roasty chocolate and coffee.
Taste follows the aroma, sweet, smoky chocolatey with a twist of a bitter dark chocolate finish.
The lacking part of this beer is the feel. It's seems too loose. I'd like some more substance.

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Photo of gustavmahler-09
4.01/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours very dark brown, almost black, with one-finger of head. Smells of malt, coffee. Prune flavor dominates the taste, which is a little edgy and not very rich. Feels foamy but a bit thin. Maybe I expected something that a "Belgian" stout doesn't try to deliver.

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Photo of Hyptochrons
3.96/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

looks great in glass. smell is weak, faint notes of yeast and malts. taste is pretty nice but not very pronounced, a slightly bitter chocolate and roasty malts that are complimented by the yeast. mouthfeel is excellent. overall a smooth and refreshing stout that fails to stand out in my opinion.

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Photo of dee4maine
4.33/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

was the beer that lead me to explore darker beers. loads of coffee, chocolate, roasted nuts aroma and flavors follow through. lots of hop balance on this one. no typical belgian yeast flavors you would expect from Allagash.

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Photo of NiceTaps
4.47/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle in a pint glass.

Poured a very dark midnight blue, near black color with a 1F head, dark tan color, creamy look, modest lacing. Some dark brown and ruby color highlights as the glass emptied.

There are roasted and chocolate malts but the kicker is the aroma of just roasted and brewed coffee grinds.

The coffee reigns supreme again. Chocolate, some dark fruit, caramel semi-sweetness; they all take a turn, but it's the coffee flavor that really made this beer for me.

Silky smooth near full body, very enjoyable drinkability. There was a slight ashen mineral finish that likely came from "smokiness". It wasn't bad, I deducted for it.

This beer hit all the right notes for me. Style, taste, etc. I'll get it again, soon.

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Photo of Boto
3.96/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Draught @ Black Eyed Sally’s: This one pours a fairly opaque black color. There was just a bit of a tan head that left a little lacing. Good nose. Some chocolate, roasted malts, breadiness. The taste is very good. Belgian ale meets stout. Chocolate, some roast, breadines, faint dark fruits, maybe a hint of raisin.

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

From a 12oz. bottle, dated 10/14/15... at least, I think that's what it says.

Pours opaque black with caramel or plum highlights. A loose finger-and-a-half of suds fades back quickly but leaves a heavy ring of foam and thick sheets of lacing.

The nose is faint but smells of vanilla caramel and roasted oats, with a sharp booziness.

Tastes of caramel, bakers chocolate and dates with a long, sticky bitter coffee finish.

Medium bodied, thin but creamy and mouthcoating. A bit over-carbonated.

Overall, a tasty beverage although I think that, maybe, the excessive carbonation masks a lot of interesting flavors.

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Photo of Bassbrew
4.54/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Wow, really great beer. Exactly what it sounds like, a Belgian stout. Great complexity in flavors as well as aromas. Lighter mouthfeel compared to your average stout, but that's where the Belgian influence comes in. Great smokey finish.

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