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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 ucsbmullet
4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

Photo of Phigg1102
4.14/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours out pretty flat, I don't mind this in a huge BA Bomb, but I expected a bit more life in this. A touch of chocolate with some muted stone fruit and maybe a bit of caramel in the nose. The yeast gives this beer a smokey flavor that completely livens it. The smokiness plays off the raisiny fruit characteristics very well.

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Photo of WoostaBia
4.85/5  rDev +20%

Wow! Smooth, chocolaty, dry, bitter and creamy beer. It's one of my go to beers. It just gets better every time I try it. A well crafted gem.

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Photo of psoriasaurus
4.5/5  rDev +11.4%

Photo of Budlum
4.01/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Photo of aerozeppl
3.66/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

750 ml bottle

A: Jet black. No hints of light at all. 2 Fingers of slightly brown head. Good amount of lacing.

S: Chocolate mostly. Slight hints of roast. Only the faintest hints of yeast which is what I was really looking for in this beer.

T: Sweet chocolate. Hints of bitterness. Hints of roast. Has hints of something else behind that. Fairly good but I was expecting more.

M: Medium body. Thin for a stout but for a Belgian who knows.

D: Very drinkable. Drinks almost like a Guinness but with more flavor.

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Photo of bashiba
4.11/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This Black Belgian Style Stout pours midnight black with the thickest and fullest head I have seen in quite some time, incredible retention and tons of lacing. Superb look!

Has a nice big chocolate and coffee smell with a touch of smokey burnt black malts and just a hint of anise.

The flavor follows the smell to a T. Big bold black and burnt malty flavor with a touch of chocolate and coffee and some nice smokey flavors.

The mouthfeel is very creamy and smooth with a decent bit of carbonation zip and a touch of ABV warmth.

A solid easy drinking stout, very smooth and balanced.

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Photo of MinorThreat
3.75/5  rDev -7.2%

Photo of mikeg67
3.51/5  rDev -13.1%
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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Photo of ohiobeer29
3/5  rDev -25.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Had out of bottle pours black with decent tan head mouth feel is thin but light taste of chocolate and malt not bad not great but good really solid brew would drink again as it goes down easy

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4/5  rDev -1%

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

Pours a murky looking deep brown color, looks black in my St. Bernardus glass away from the light. Smaller tan head falls to ring and laces well.

Aroma is dark fruits mingled with coco very light roasted notes. Some liquorice hints mingle with fruity notes also some light herbal notes spice or hops. It is soft and subtle but very inviting smells of so good.

Taste is roasted malts t start lightly playing on the tongue some soft chocolate appears and transforms to dark fruits along with the liquorice notes. Fruity liquorice lingers into the finish along with some light herbal hop notes. Finish is lightly dry would say chalky but that sounds bad and this isn't bad at all. More of a stout but with definite Belgian notes.

Mouthfeel is solid medium is about it with excellent smooth carbonation, which is big plus for me as lots of Belgians tend to be to fizzy.

Drinkability is good an enjoyable experience maybe not best cost to enjoyment ratio but defiantly worth having if you haven't.

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Photo of CrellMoset
3.55/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Allagash Black, sampled on three different occasions, with composite notes from all three. The first set was written on a napkin, and the beer enjoyed on tap at Summits Wayside Tavern, Snellville, GA. The second was from a sample, enjoyed at the World Beer Festival in Durham, NC. The third and final was at Capital Ale House, Innsbrook location, Richmond, VA. Yep.

Appearance: A solid, black-bodied beer, with a relatively fast-fading tan head that leaves a solid sheen of lace, a little thin collar, and a few glittery sheets and streaks here and there. Retention leaves a bit to be desired, and that and the lacing is pretty much all you can review as far as appearance goes in a beer this dark, no?

Aroma: Banana dominates, though smoke, very heavily toasted malts, char, and a few bready notes that give a faint air of banana bread provide the balance. All in all its a little faint, and a little too heavily roasted, but that's ok.

Taste: Char is strong here, and it almost lends that bourbon barrel note, though it's obviously a result of all the woody earthiness. Plenty of cocoa and a dash of coffee lends a mocha-like edge with a few lactic notes. Relatively dry, on the whole. A few faint spices.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, relatively crisp and dry, with mild and even effervescence. This beer's best aspect.

Drinkability: Not my cup of tea, really. Hell Hath No Fury was better than this. This one's just a little too heavily roasted, a little too dry. It's worth at least one try, though I can't say I see myself going back to this one.

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Photo of inlimbo77
3.78/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from bomber bottle into tulip glass.

A: Pours a deep, dark black color. Good carbonation and head that sticks around. Lacing is nice.

S: The nose isn't has pronounced as I would have thought from the appearance. There are hints of coffee/chocolate, but it is not overpowering at any point.

T: I got the dark malts, mild coffee, and extremely mild chocolate notes. Not as major as in other stouts that fall into this same price point.

M: Doesn't coat the mouth as much as others do. Actually felt like a watered down stout to me after trying others recently. Wasn't a bad thing, but different.

D: Really easy drinking and the 7.2 ABV wasn't killer for your evening. I wouldn't slam 3 of these bombers but I could definitely enjoy more than one glass.

Overall a good stout. Another solid product from Allagash...seems to be a trend.

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Photo of woodchip
4/5  rDev -1%

Photo of NonicPanic
5/5  rDev +23.8%

Photo of Maillard
4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

Photo of zotzot
4.13/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of q33jeff
3.76/5  rDev -6.9%
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 Bouleboubier
4.5/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

First time I tried this - a small sample - I didn't think much of it. But, oh, later in the week, when I decided to give it another go - oh boy! - was I astounded how very good this is.

In the glass, it looks like a Belgian ale with its silky-smooth, tight-spongy tan cream head and the gem glow of it's warm, deep, reddish-brown hue.

A little bit of alcohol first hits the nose, then a soft, sweet caramel-topped coffee aroma swirls up, gradually joined by a subtle, clean fruitiness of indiscriminate likeness.

What a rich, delectable taste! Smooth, medium-intense caramel and a lightly cake-y malt assault the palate up front and hold firm and lasting through the end, with just the right amount of delicate and soothing friction. The roasted flavor stays mostly in the background and, I believe, is a slightly muted by the Belgian yeast character.

This can come across as a dessert beer, if you wish - accompanying some vanilla ice cream, for example. It's great by itself, too. Doesn't drink heavy nor is it boozy. Very well balanced and not too much going on. Draws from the best qualities of the Belgian dark and Belgian stout styles. Looking forward to having this (over and over) again.

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Photo of VonZipper
4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

Photo of polopaul20
4.37/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of jbertsch
4.02/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Poured into a wine glass, this is a super-dark brown. Not quite black. Minor lacing.

Aroma: Smokey, hint of fig, roasted coffee beans, faint hops.

Taste: Decent layering of dark fruit, smokey malts, bitter cocoa.

Mouthfeel: Creamy, surprisingly. Also very carbonated.

It drinks like a blend of porter and a brown. I'm not sure any characteristics stood out as stellar, but I love the Belgian yeast aspect blended with the American stout characteristics that I love. All-in-all it's enjoyable. I like it even better on tap.

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Photo of Kramerwtmf
4/5  rDev -1%

Allagash Black from Allagash Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.04 out of 5 with 2,678 ratings
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