Allagash Black | Allagash Brewing Company

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Allagash BlackAllagash Black
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Allagash Brewing Company
Maine, United States | website

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
Reviews:
713
Ratings:
2,576
Avg:
4.01
pDev:
20.45%
 
 
Wants:
159
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539
For Trade:
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Photo of Ghenna
4.03/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Lots of roast in the nose, maybe a little dark black fruit as well. Smells pretty well like your average stout.

Big roast character in the flavor, mild malt sweet. Seems like your average good stout until the aftertaste- definitely a Belgian in that regard.

MF is, relatively speaking, light and creamy.

All told a nice beer. Belgian flavor is a little less pronounced than I would like, but it is nice to see how the yeast can effect this type of beer.

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Photo of ahalloin
4.1/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

This was my second trip to the cask in the "Casks of March" Event at Rustico in Northern VA.

Well, what I can I say, the appearance lives up to its name. Certainly black in color with virtually no light passing through. A creamy lush light tan head formed atop the beer after the pour. Swirling the beer caused this head to cling fairly far up the glass and stick, much like milk would.

The smell is roasty chocolate, toasted grains, and cocoa dusted ripe banana. Quick anecdote: Once I got this idea of ripe banana in my head it was almost impossible to shake with this beer! Ripe banana became the focal point of the smell and taste with everyone at the table. Difficult to shake an idea once it is stuck in your head!

Taste....well.... ripe banana? Some toasty grains, clove, coffee soaked ripe bananas! :)

Silkly smooth mouthfeel! Awesome.

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Photo of radshoesbro
3.95/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Somehow before I drank this I thought it was a stout. It's definitely not one!
Pours a nice dark with a creamy look head. Medium malts and hops with a twinge of alcohol sweetness to it. This isn't really something I'd go out of my way to get ahold of, but if offered it I'd be a little happier.

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

Poured into an oversized tulip glass. Batch #27.

A- Pours a nice rich brown hue with a big khaki head. Lots of carb present.

S- Interesting, unlike anything i've smelled before. The belgian side really comes through, banana, cloves, spice. Additionally a tanginess with some choc comes through. A slight herbal/ mint character also is detectable.

T- Rather like a typical BSD but with some stout notes. A some chocolate gives it a some sweetness, flavor and a slight tang. Also light coffee kicks in.

M- Med-Big bodied. Hits all of palate, wet. Sticks to all of tongue but doesn't over power.

O- A very good BSDA hybrid. Enjoyable and nice to drink. Worth trying if your a fan of Belgians and/ or stouts.

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

batch 29

A: Black with a loose, off-white head.

S: Lots of fruit with some chocolate and a little smoke and lots of other things. The nose is quite complex.

T: Again, predominantly a sweet fruitiness. There's milk chocolate and a very faint touch of wet charcoal. The yeast by products poke through at the end, along with faint, earthy hops. The beer is somewhat sweet, but not cloyingly so. I would have liked some more pronounced char, though.

M: Fairly thin and heavily carbonated. More Belgian than stout.

O: One (big) bottle is enough. To drink more, I would need more roast and char to cut the fruity sweetness.

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Photo of JoeMayo
4.42/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Pours a very dark brown, which looks black in the glass, except for the dark amber around the edges. The head recedes quickly, but leaves a couple spots of lacing down the glass.

S- So much comes through, but not all at once. The spicy smell of Belgian yeast is prevalent throughout the glass. Chocolate is very noticeable, but fades into a toffee aroma as the beer warms. Slight herbal tones are also noted.

T- So delicious! Belgian yeast and sweet Belgian chocolate flavors meld together with a fairly strong coffee presence and a hefty dose of malt. The hops assert their presence as well, but not through bitterness. The hops impart a spicy and slightly floral flavor. A truly unique flavor combining the delicious flavors of an Imperial Stout with the spiciness of a Belgian Strong Dark Ale.

M- Thick, creamy, rich and still very effervescent.

D- Goes down easier than most stouts.

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Photo of mattbk
4/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A: Beautiful looking. Black as night with just a touch of brown at the bottom of the glass, nice thick white head.
S: Hmm. I don't always love the combo of belgian yeast and roasted malts. This is featuring both, but in a nice way, both present but in balance.
T: More roast then belgian, but the estery funk of the yeast is hanging out. What I like about this is that it isn't too dry or overcarbed. The roast is very present, on the border of but not quite acrid. No sweetness and fairly bitter from roast character. This make the beer a bit less than very drinkable. However - I like it, interesting in a way many of these types of beers are not.
M: Not much to complain about here, not overcarbed, not too dry.
O: Solid beer, not my style very much but well done. A little less bitter roast would improve drinkability. Allagash has climbed my upper eschelon of breweries.

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Photo of codsmith
4.08/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottled 02/15/2012 - Poured into tulip glass

A: Pours jet black with two finger high creamy tan head that sticks around and slowly dissipates to a nice thin layer over the top

S: A clean moderately fruity Belgian yeast aroma is coming through nice and not overly done.

T: Good Belgian yeast flavor. There is an pale chocolate earthy and roasted grain character coming through on the back end to finish things off.

M: Medium mouthfeel. Carbonation is high, but that is right along with the style and no noticeable acid bite from the high carbonation levels.

O: Very clean aroma, interesting malt character coming though in the end, and high carbonation.

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Photo of brian44556
3.24/5  rDev -19.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured this into a wine glass. Batch #9.

Pours a pitch black with little to no head forming. Almost no lacing present. The beer smelled of chocolate, roasted malt, molasses, and coffee. Taste was about the same as the smell, strong chocolate and coffee notes. Almost no carbonation was present and the mouthful was extremely thin. Overall an average beer.

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Photo of lancecenter
3.61/5  rDev -10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Purchased at the Winooski Bev in Vermont in July. Poured in to an Allagash goblet.

A - Damn near pitch black with a couple fingers of tan head. Very nice lacing.

S - The coffee dominates, followed by chocolate and charcoal. The faintest smell of dark fruits. The Belgian yeast spiciness starts to appear once the beer is warm.

T/M - Bitter chocolate, some dark fruits and coffee. Warming alcohol towards the end. Moderately dry finish.

O - Not as good as I remember from tap, but not bad either.

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

Service Temperature, 40 degrees. Service Glassware, 12 ounce Tulip

Appearance, black and dense with a mild salt & pepper foamy head, that quickly recedes away with no lace what so ever.
Aroma, floral with some raisin & cocoa, slight roastedness.
Taste; medium espresso, some raisin, some chocolate, mild compared to some other belgian dark's though in regards to taste.
Carbonation, medium to mild mouthfeel.

Cheers

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Photo of RussBecker1
3.65/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Served on tap during an allagash event at Kudu coffee house, Charleston, SC

A-Pours almost pitch black with some deep mahogany and ruby when held up to the light. Nice dirty foamed head sits high atop the brew, but appearance wise the beer seems a bit thin.

S- Pretty rich smell. The roasted malts overwhelm the nostrils which bounce between a strong hint of coffee and a slight nudge of hop bitterness.

T- A nice balance between an imperial stout and a black ale with highlights from both styles. The juxtaposition confuses the taste buds at first but is wrapped together with a beautiful coffee aftertaste that leaves you wanting more.

M-Fairly bland, neither viscousy nor crisp enough to leave much of an impression.

O-Nothing extraordinary but a nice beer that I would recommend over a variety of other allagash products

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Photo of Csikic93
4.23/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Corked and caged. Pours a pitch black with almost no head. Smells smokey, with hints of black licorice and chocolate. Tastes like chocolate and very malty. Overall a fantastic beer.

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Photo of Pittsburgh
3.58/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Strong offering from Allagash, in both flavor and ABV. Poured at the bar into a tulip, black color, not much foam.

Taste is strong, can slightly taste the ABV, coffee flavor is delayed in the release, after you swallow it get a heavy dose of it.

Not an overly drinkable beer, I was hoping for a little more in the flavor and complexity of the beer, still a solid offering, not something I would look for again though.

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Photo of Motleydrunk56
3.7/5  rDev -7.7%

Pours jet black,hence the name.I have to say that thisjust didn`t hit me as being that great.Maybe the price of 10.99 is the reason i expected more.Nothing really jumps out at you when you taste this .So many of the better beers really have a flavor that just says i`m a badass.This doesn`t have it.Try if you must but i think you might be disapointed.

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Photo of rdickey
4.2/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Source: 750 ml corked and caged bottle; no discernable freshness date.

Appearance: I wanted to say, "how much more black could it be? The answer is none. None more black." But I've actually seen more black, like the Gonzo Imperial Porter, so I'll say simply that this was an incredibly dark brown pour into a tulip, with a rocky two-finger off white head that lingered and left nice sheet lacing.

Smell: Roasted malt is the main course, with a little chocolate and coffee on the side. I could not detect any of the spice I generally associate with a Belgian strong dark ale, so I have some quibble with the BA classification.

Taste: My quibbles with the classification continue. This is a very nice ale, but I don't think it's a Belgian strong dark ale; rather, it's a dry American stout by way of Belgium. I can't figure out precisely what the Belgian element is, but there's a certain depth to it - perhaps from the yeast - that provides just a hint. The slightly burnt roasted malt continues to be the main feature, but there is also a little piney American hops that serves as a nice counterpoint. I love the finish, which reminds me, of all things, of an American macro lager (but in a good way).

Mouthfeel: Very nice... a little more zippy than expected, but it works with the strong malt flavor. Much more depth than a typical stout, but not at all overpowering or off-putting.

Drinkability: I'm not sure how this lines up with my expectations, because I'm not sure what my expectations were. This is probably a bit much for a session beer, given the ABV, but I'd love to try the classic pairing (at least for my classification) with several dozen oysters.

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Photo of ThePaintedGrey
4.1/5  rDev +2.2%
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 dannydetox
4.24/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

thick looking, dark brown ale with a minimal tan head; light does not penetrate through this brew and i can't see the carbonation in the glass. belgian yeasts, dark cacao, maybe a touch of cola on the nose. palate brings bitter, dark chocolate, a little raisinette, roasted malt, and more chocolate on the finish. doesn't have any sticky or syrupy sweetness to it. definitely in the stout style, though done with ingredients that could be used for a belgian strong dark.

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Photo of templar316
4.2/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Batch 35 poured into Konings hoeven snifter. Deep black with subtle ruby appearing around the edges. Dark candi sugar on the nose, that distictive belgian note mixed with figgy, carmalized notes and some dark rum. The taste follows soft and nondescript allowing the flavors from the nose to flow over the tongue. If you really rough it up there's a sour note from the burnt candi sugar. What really stands out about this beer is the soft mouthfeel rolling smoothly to an easy finish with no harsh carbination or alcohol burn despite the lingering head.

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Photo of ikantspel
4.27/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

12oz bottle into a hanger 24 barrel roll tulip

Pours a dark cola color with a carbonated light khaki fizzy head

Great combination of strong Belgian ale smell of dark fruit and spices kicked around with dark chocolate and cocoa

Great balance in taste as the stout is strong and heavy without trying to be and the Belgian ale floors finesse in beautifully. The caramel and roasted malt finish seem to work well in unison with a classic abbey ale spice.

Remarkably a great beer

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Photo of ImusBeer
4.05/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Small pour, 11oz very dark, and is black as the name suggests. It had a thin head, tan in color.

The aromas of cocoa, chocolate, caramel and roasted grains. The first impression is of malt and molassas than a bit of tangy finish with a smokey aftertaste.

It is silky and warm feeling on the tongue you can also feel the alcohol along with the carbonation. At 7.5 it's a bit too much for a session beer but the flavours are mellow and complex.

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Photo of ebby82
4.35/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark brown or light black into a tulip glass.

A- Dark chocolate, coffee, and perhaps a nutty aroma. Very sweet with just a hint of the Belgian yeast.

T- Roasted malts and coffee, beneath a dubbel like taste, perhaps a bit of dark fruit. Dry, with a bit of the alcohol showing through.

M- Very dry and light, medium carbonation.

D- Very quaffable because of the lighter viscosity than normal dark stouts.

A very interesting, very tasty brew.

T-

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

A: Pours a dark chocolate with a foamy tan head, lilly pad lacing sticks on the glass.

S: Aromas of chewing gum sweetness (from the belgian yeast), sweet milk chocolate, tad of spiciness.

T: Flavors are much of the same, dominated by belgian candy sugars, milky chocolate, tad of dried dark fruit.

M: Well carbonated, bit velvety but not all the way there. Medium bodied.

D: I've been warming up to this (especially after the last flood of casks into Manhattan). I find it pretty drinkable. I could have more than one.

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Photo of capeannbass36
3.71/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml bottle...Batch 33....only $7.99....

A- Poured into a tulip....3 finger khaki head over a dark, dark, brown...not quite black glass of darkness. Ruby grape, almost black cherry tones when held to a very bright light. Decent lacing throughout. Beautiful. Somebody take a picture of this!

S- A little bit of malt. Perhaps a faint scent of very weak coffee. Burying my face into glass....still not getting very much. Almost bland.

T- A little better than the nose. Nothing great. Nothing bad. Weak coffee. Hint of baking chocolate.

M- Considering the huge head, surprisingly mild carbonation. A little oily. Thin. Slightly dry finish.

O- On looks alone, expected much more. Cannot bash it though. May need to try another, based on all of the high ratings.

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Photo of RidiculedDisplay
4.2/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours with a very large, almost four-finger head - extremely lively stuff, the color of egg whites or off-white. This settles slowly into a one-finger head. Lacing is there, but not particularly prominent and also pretty fleeting, but it does leave a variety of patterns on the glass rim. Body is a jet stout black. Looks like a stout.

Smell: Cork wood, belgian yeast, grape flavored cough syrup on the front end. Grape cough syrup aroma seems to be a result of the lower end's coffee notes hitting the belgian yeast and cork wood aromas. Burnt sugar, almost a similar aroma to when you're actually making home-made caramel, really prominent about halfway through the inhale. A general sweet char quality, like tira misu crust, accompanied by vanilla (again, tira misu crust). Chocolate notes are buried, in my opinion, and only really hinted at. It's intriguing.

Taste: Much more stout in the flavor than in the nose. A sort of sweet See's candy chocolate lollipop flavor followed by some dark fruit esters, such as grape and fig. Grapes there, as well. Coffee upon swallowing along with some peanut brittle. Really, pretty delicious, and a lot better in the bottle, I think, than the one time I had it on draft.

Mouthfeel: Syrup-y, well carbonated. Pretty damn dry, though, although not quite enough to be detrimental.

Drinkability: It's a sipper, but not too bad of one. The alcohol others seem to be talking about in their reviews I can't really find too well - which is a good thing, given that it's "only" 7.5%.

This beer really is one-of-a-kind, to my knowledge, and I really enjoyed its flavors. On-tap this beer just seemed confused, a misguided experiment in mashing two disparate styles, but I really enjoyed this in the bottle a lot more, so maybe age/secondary ferm. had something to do with it.

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