Allagash Black | Allagash Brewing Company

Allagash BlackAllagash Black
BA SCORE
4.04/5
2,675 Ratings
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
Ranking:
#2,822
Reviews:
730
Ratings:
2,675
pDev:
10.64%
Bros Score:
4.2
 
 
Wants:
174
Gots:
587
Trade:
7
HISTOGRAM
 
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Photo of Sammy
3.95/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Enjoyed on tap at Ashley's. Satisfying, its black yes with off-white head and its very lacey. A roasted stout aroma, medium mouthfeel. Coffee and roast, nutty, caramel, some candi. Aggressive carbonation. a good balance overall, and so good drinkability.

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Photo of kylehay2004
4.03/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: 2.5 finger off white head on a slightly hazy black/dark brown body.

S: fruity belgian yeast actually comes through on this one which is stronger once the head fades. Coffee and roasted malts as well.

T: blunted tropical fruit and belgian yeast up front fading to chocolate, espresso and roasted malts.

M: medium body and moderate carbonation.

Overall: very well made, fairly complex. The belgian yeast meshes well and better than I expected with the usual harsher notes of a mildly coffee heavy stout.

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4/5  rDev -1%

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4/5  rDev -1%

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3.75/5  rDev -7.2%

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.85/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Ransackingpete for sharing this one!

Batch # 34.

Pours an almost opaque murky dark brown with a 1 inch puffy khaki head that settles to a thin cap. Small dots of lace form on the glass on the drink down. Smell is of dark malt and Belgian yeast. Taste is of dark roasted malt, burnt coffee beans, and slight yeast flavors. This beer has a higher level of carbonation with a nice crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good Belgian style take on a stout.

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3.75/5  rDev -7.2%

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4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +11.4%

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4/5  rDev -1%

Photo of Knapp85
3.37/5  rDev -16.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3

This beer poured out just like it's name, Black. The head was fluffy and tan in color. The lacing that was left behind was light and a bit scattered. The smell of the beer was roasted and had some Belgian Yeast peaking through. The taste had a light burnt flavor with a slight sweetness in there too. The other flavors of some soft Belgian Yeast and a little spice come in after the metallic flavor fades by mid glass. The mouthfeel was pretty creamy and smooth. Overall I feel the nose and feel of the beer are it's best attributes. I tried letting the beer warm up so some of the off flavors i was getting would hopefully subside but they didn't and I ended up pouring the last 1/3 down the drain. Just wasn't a big fan of this one.

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4/5  rDev -1%

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4/5  rDev -1%

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3.75/5  rDev -7.2%

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3.5/5  rDev -13.4%

Photo of metter98
4.05/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: The beer is very dark brown in color (near black) and poured with a finger high tan head that quickly died down yet left wispy patterns of bubbles on the surface and a ring of bubbles around the edge of the glass.
S: There are aromas of dark fruits in the nose along with notes of candi sugar and hints of coffee and roasted malts.
T: The taste is very similar to the smell, except that the finish has flavors of bittersweet chocolate.
M: It feels medium-bodied and very smooth on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer is relatively easy to drink because the alcohol is well hidden. The taste is very balanced and the flavors intensify as the beer warms up.

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Photo of BEERchitect
3.48/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

As the combination of Belgian beers and stout-like roast are gaining momentum in America's artisan brewing world, the question has to be asked- how much complexity can a beer have on display before the beer becomes muddled and complicated?

The dark concoction flows into the snifter and unleashes an expanding tan head that consists of loosely-knit froath that had great retention and lace.

Aromas of nuttiness, Coffee roasty, heavy toast all combine with a smoky, tart, toasty belgian character. The peppery spice and fruity esters compliment the harsh bitterness of roast and hops with more challenge than softness. A powdery, cocoa flavor followed a sharp berry-like astringency makes for the delivery of complexity and reservation.

Although arguments can be made for all of these varying flavors having too much contrast and confilict. The texture is lighter on the toung that expected, because of high carbonation levels and high attenuation rates. The beer finishes ashy, smoky and astringent and with a roasted grain bitterness that thankfully closes the beer with little after taste or texture.

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3.73/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served on draught into a goblet in low altitude Los Angeles, California. Reviewed from notes.

A: Pours a 2.5 finger head of slight tan colour, wonderful cream, great thickness, and excellent retention. Colour is a solid black.

Sm: Chocolate, toffee, caramel, and cream. A moderate strength aroma.

T: Chocolate, light coffee, light caramel, toffee, and light cream - but not as much as I'd like. Nicely complex, well built, and balanced.

Mf: Just coarse enough, and nicely wet. Pretty complementary of the flavours of the body.

Dr: Very drinkable, and of good quality, but at a high price in California. I'd have it again.

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Photo of brentk56
4.23/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours a pretty darn dark brown color with a tan head that pancakes down rather quickly for a Belgian style but leaves a bunch of dots of lacing

Smell: Roasty and rather peaty, with hints of charcoal, chicory, black currants and milk chocolate

Taste: Starts out with milk Stout flavors of chocolate, lactose and a developing anise and charcoal character; by mid-palate, the flavor profile adds caramel and peat to the mix; after the swallow, the yeasty phenols build as does a smokey character with coffee undertones; the finish is surprisingly dry for a stout which starts out somewhat sweet

Mouthfeel: Medium body, almost creamy, with effervescent carbonation

Drinkability: Extremely interesting, with characteristics from a number of styles; highly recommended and enjoyable

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3.75/5  rDev -7.2%

Photo of zeff80
4.17/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured out an opaque, jet-black color with a one-finger, cream colored head of bubbly foam. It left sudsy trails of lace on the glass.

S - It smelled very roasty with some coffee-like notes. There were some mild dried fruit notes.

T - It tasted of figs and dried plums with a strong coffee flavor. There were chocolate and toffee flavors, too.

M - It was crisp, sharp and smooth. A medium bodied ale with a dry clean finish.

O - This is a very tasty Belgian Stout. Allagash always does really good beers.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
3.63/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle: Poured a clear black color ale with a large off-white foamy head with great retention and good lacing. Aroma of light roasted malt with some medium sweet malt notes. Taste is also dominated by some light chocolate roasted malt notes with a nice Belgian-style malt backbone. Average body with good carbonation and no apparent alcohol. Not bad but I was expecting more complexity and maybe more chocolate, vanilla or maybe some ester. A bit like the Troubadour Obscura but with a heftier price tag.

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3.5/5  rDev -13.4%

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4/5  rDev -1%

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