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

Up front there's a real strong smell of anise. There's a little dark chocolate and some oaky kind of scents in there. Tastes really heavily of dark chocolate and anise with a little coffee suggested in there. Surprisingly sweet for such a burly stout. It has a real rich, creamy mouthfeel and almost no alcohol burn. Afterward your mouth tastes like you just ate some strong dark chocolate, like 80% cocoa.

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Photo of Janderson91
4.25/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Batch #25 poured into a DFH signature glass.

A - Looks like an American stout. Black only letting a very small amount of light through. Cream colored two finger head. Leaves good lacing.

S - Belgian yeast, licorice, roasted malts, coffee. Smells fantastic.

T - Taste is similar to the nose. Initially pretty spicy as you would expect from a Belgian. Giving way to some roasted malts, coffee and finishes with a huge licorice taste.

M/D - Mouthfeel is nice and creamy and the drinkability is quite high as the alcohol is very well hidden.

My second offering from Allagash, had the Witte a while back. I really enjoyed this and will have to seek out more of their beers.

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Photo of schlimenhaumer
3.53/5  rDev -12%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the bottle into a Delirium tulip at low altitude.

A: Pitch black with a big off-white head that leaves some spotty lacing.

S: Significant alcohol smell for 7.5% ABV. Roasty malts, dark chocolate, and a significant amount of yeast at play here.

T: Roasty malts up front mingle with chocolate notes, followed by the kind of complex yeast flavors you would expect from a BSDA. The finish is much more boozy than I would have liked. I think it's very appropriate to think of this one as a "Belgian Stout."

M: Medium- to full-bodied with tingling carbonation and a dry finish.

D: Although it's an interesting idea to combine a stout and a BSDA in one beer, I find that the mouthfeel doesn't complement the flavors very well. It also tastes much more boozy than it should at 7.5%.

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Photo of SammyDavisJrJrJr
3.27/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A - Basic dark body with little head.

S - Mild lactic aroma with bitter chocolate and sweet biscuit and cherry notes.

T - Creamy, tart in enrty, with building bitter chocolate flavors that builds into the finish and mixes with cherry. Not crazy about this one.

M - This beer stuck me as too crisp for the style.

D - This beer really didn't work for me. Body was too weak, flavors were jumbled and didn't seem to compliment each other. Might need another taste, but seemed bad to me today.

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Photo of nickthegun12
4.55/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

hmmmm...damn this beer is mighty fine!!!

pitch black color....with a beautiful 3 finger head that slowly fades out...and splotchy lacing...

smells of roasted malt...and chocolate....and that nice Belgian yeast finding its way through the thickness to delight your nose!...

the taste ah the taste....bitter dark chocolate....such a clean clean taste....i almost want to say the tasting and aroma hops make it to the forefront...

great feel....a bit on the dryer side....great carbonation that doesn't over power the beer...

finally a beer that i can drink with no problem by myself....this beer is not so high in alcohol...its almost a session beer but its more valuable than that!

i can't say i've ever had a finer beer!

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Photo of mpedara429
3.63/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Poured out black with two fingers of tan head with moderate lacing.

S: Spicy Belgian yeast and sweet caramel.

T: Very Belgian with raisin, clove, and banana flavors. A hint of roasted malt.

M: Medium body with medium-high carbonation.

O: Unique, yes, but the Belgian yeast is overpowering for me in this one. I like a good stout and a good dark Belgian ale, but this does not seem proportionate in my mind. The stouty aspects are very subtle and I would've liked to have seen more of them present.

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Photo of Douglas88
4.38/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750 ml bottle thanks to hopscotch. Pours a mostly black color with some red edges. A thick light brown head. The aroma is very nice; a sweet and rich fruity malt. Also some yeast, coffee and light milk chocolates. The flavor was excellent; toasted malts, rich chocolates, some sweet dark fruits, a bit of yeast, and a slight bitter coffee bean and hops. A excellent mouthfeel; rich and creamy. Just a great beer. I drank the 750 with ease, and wanted more.

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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 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 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 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 Kubishark
4.3/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Had on tap in a dimly lit restaurant, but I could still tell this was a good looking blackish brown. Smells like dark chocolate, roasted malts, and coffee. Tastes of these as well, but with more of a complexity than a standard stout or porter. Definitely more bitter than sweet. Had a creamy mouthfeel that made it incredibly nice to sip and appreciate. One of my new favorite beers.

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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 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 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.


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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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