Allagash Black | Allagash Brewing Company

2,650 Ratings
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 Gambrinus1184
3.88/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a tulip-shaped Allagash glass at Delaney's in New Haven, Conn.

A: Poured a deep brown-amber color, near black, with a very generous two-finger head of off-white foam which left some nice lacing on this bulbous glass.

S: Smells fairly roasty with bits of cocoa nib and floral, bitter coffee bean aromatics. A little fake, dessert candle aroma as well.

T: Flavor is the real deal; deep roasted, bittersweet caramel malts, weak coffee and cocoa powder with light, red berry and plum flavors. the hopping is light and just enough to balance the thorough malt sweetness of the brew. A slightly spicy, gummy, yeasty black ale with charred, sweetened malts added to the mix.

M: Mouthfeel is medium-full bodied and I'd hazard that it's best enjoyed on its own. A bit too viscous and savory for food outside of a carefully selected cheese pairing.

D: A nice, strong sweet bracer for a night out, or a good dessert accompaniment to a roast or BBQ fowl dinner. At 7.5% ABV, it's not like you'd pick up a bomber for yourself all that often. Good for what it is, but I'm unlikely to get it again.

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Photo of WoostaBia
4.85/5  rDev +20.9%

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 mntlover
4.17/5  rDev +4%
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 HopStoopid120
4/5  rDev -0.2%

Photo of smutty33
3.5/5  rDev -12.7%

Photo of polopaul20
4.37/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of CraftFan5
3.92/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Photo of deltatauhobbit
4.22/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours very black, no light shining through, with fizzy head that all but goes away and no lacing (almost similar to a cola).

The smell has a strong controlling coffee aroma, anything else that might be are hidden.

The taste is of roasted malt and a lingering coffee aftertaste. The carbonation dances around the mouth with a crisp feel, not quite like a typical stout and I agree it's more of a dark Belgian ale, but it could certainly be a class of it's own.

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Photo of mpalestino
3/5  rDev -25.2%

Photo of xdtfx
3.5/5  rDev -12.7%

Photo of orbitalr0x
4.22/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle pours into my glass black with deep brown edges and a half inch of bubbly light tan head. Good retention. Aromas of roasted grains with cocoa powder. Slightly smoky with a big yeast profile. Undercurrent of clove and a light banana even. Quite nice aroma.

First sip brings a smooth lightly toasted grain malt upfront along with cocoa powder accents. Dark candi sugar notes meet with a tasty, somewhat earthly yeast flavor. Light clove and banana flavors mix in. It flows down with some nice bitterness. The oats in here really bring in a silkiness to the brew.

Mouthfeel is smooth and lighter with good bubbly carbonation. Goes down easy as it is not too heavy. This 750 is a treat and another good brew from Allagash. Check this one out while you can as it is a tasty example of a Belgian style stout.

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Photo of utopiajane
4/5  rDev -0.2%

Pours the darkest brown with cola hues and a mocha head of foam. Nose is malty nutty, rich fruity with orange zest, orange blossom honey. Just lovely malt with a touch of honey and spice. Fruit and perfume like fruits and nuts, wheat. Light subtle sweet cocoa, earthy complex malts, dry yeast. Twigs and fruit. Biscuity malt, faint char, a bit of burnt wood. Some kind of bright herbal hop spice. Cheerful hop bitter in a dry pleasant finish. Creamy oats. Lustrous mouthfeel with a malty depth. Bubbly light with a light crisp middle. Dry bitter finish with some sweet caramel to lie underneath.

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Photo of CPAles
3.75/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of jbertsch
4.02/5  rDev +0.2%
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 Celtics76
4/5  rDev -0.2%

Photo of Bouleboubier
4.5/5  rDev +12.2%
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 meehandennis
4.5/5  rDev +12.2%

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

750ml bottle into 8oz snifter.

Deep black with a thick light tan head. It's completely opaque without any ruby edges. Spotty lacing along the glass.

The aroma is sharp bitter malts, unusual for any Belgian style ale. Hints of coffee are around, and a bit of alcohol.

The taste starts off more like any stout, with roasty malts and light bitterness. Toward the end, the flavor shifts to more of an estery Belgian mix that is more typical for the style. Full bodied with good carbonation. The finish is a slight amount of the bitter malts, with more of the estery fruit flavors that linger.

This is a great blend of an American/English style with a Belgian brewing technique. It doesn't taste forced at all. It's like this has been the main tradition for centuries. It's a Belgian Strong Dark Ale by name only, it's more of a Belgian Strong Stout. I think this is one of the better ultra-dark Belgian ales. Recommended.

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Photo of tedho21
4.5/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Maillard
4.25/5  rDev +6%

Photo of garuda
3.88/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Batch 21 - a date of some kind would be a lot more useful.

A - Black, with an off-white head that retains well, but somehow doesn't lace all that much.

S/T - Candied dark fruits mostly, with a smooth roast malt underneath, and touches of milk chocolate. Finishes sweet, only a touch bitter.

M - Medium body, carb level is a little higher than I would have liked.

O - A little underwhelming from what I was hoping for. I would try it again if I could determine if it was fresh or not. Maybe this bottle was a little stale.

Edit 3/16/21 - Bumped the scores up a little bit after having another bottle with the same batch number with a bit of a better experience. Smell had much more spice and yeast in it, with the cocoa aspect remaining in the taste. Medium body, high carbonation, but stays fluffy and smooth across the palate.

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Photo of mikeg67
3.51/5  rDev -12.5%
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 RoryOMoore
5/5  rDev +24.7%

Photo of Rekrule
4.25/5  rDev +6%

Allagash Black from Allagash Brewing Company
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