Black | Allagash Brewing Company

Your Rating: None
Want it   Got it 
2,701 Ratings

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

Bros Score:
User Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Recent | High | Low | Top Raters | Alström Bros
Ratings: 2,701 |  Reviews: 732
Photo of ferrari29
4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

Photo of Dougwillhike
3.75/5  rDev -7.2%

Photo of rrski198
4.75/5  rDev +17.6%

Photo of themegamancave
3.5/5  rDev -13.4%

Photo of Immortale25
4.32/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a Saint Somewhere wine-style glass. No readable freshness date.

A- Pours a mostly opaque black color with a 1/4 light tan head that retains a bit before becoming a thick bubbly ring around the edge of the glass and a wispy pattern of surface foam. Sudsy non-resilient lacing slides quickly down the glass.

S- Phenols from the Belgian yeast emanate from the glass along with some dark roast. Slightly soapy and a bit spicy.

T- More richness from the yeast creates a sweet fruitiness that pairs well with the mild dark roast. Very smooth and drinkable. Notes of dark fruit, cocoa and a hint of astringency.

M- Somewhat thick and slick. Medium carbonation and a fullish body.

O- I swear, I have yet to have an Allagash beer that's anything less than excellent.

 775 characters

Photo of bschinelli
4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

Photo of DIPAFAN
4/5  rDev -1%

Photo of anzb
4/5  rDev -1%

Photo of BMMillsy
3.71/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Bottle at Ava’s in Easton. Poured into a pint glass. Pours dark brown with some ruby showing through the light, not particularly dark for a stout. Aroma of yeast, candi sugar, some chocolate, spice. Flavor follows with a similar profile: candi sugar and yeast, some light chocolate, sweet and spice finish. This tastes closer to a Belgian Strong Dark ale than any stout, but good in that vein. Medium mouthfeel with medium carbonation, rather light for a stout. Overall this was a pretty good beer but not one to go for if you’re looking for a creamy stout. Definitely Belgian inspired.

 590 characters

Photo of tard24
4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

Photo of RobDB
4/5  rDev -1%

Photo of Wukk
4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

Photo of porterman66
4.5/5  rDev +11.4%

Photo of Mersh
4/5  rDev -1%

Photo of bshiban
4.5/5  rDev +11.4%

Photo of reitzbrewing
4.75/5  rDev +17.6%

Photo of BeerTick
4/5  rDev -1%

Photo of Darrell2777
4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

Photo of JWU
4.3/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

750ml bottle poured into a chalice.

A- Very dark brown, not quite black. A nice light tan head sits on top and laces fantastically.

S- some light char, black currants, and a slight Belgian sugar note.

T- Very soft, but quite complex in what's there. Light char, with hints on anise, vanilla, currants, oats, up front, melds into a bitter espresso, and cocoa powder finish. One of those beers that as you sip on it, you can pull out different things on each sip.

M- Solid medium body, but very creamy and slick. An active carbonation is there as well. You can tell there are oats in this one. Dries pleasantly on the finish.

O- I will certainly seek this out again, an excellent offering from Allagash.

 707 characters

Photo of GMUPatriot_inKansas
4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

Photo of keithmurray
3.73/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Appearance - dark brown body with tan head

Smell - roasted coffee beans, roasted nuts, bakers chocolate

Taste - dark chocolate, cocoa, roasted coffee, expresso

Mouthfeel - medium bodied, medium carbonation, slight sweetness upfront, slight roastiness on the end

Overall - I failed to see the Belgian influence on this one, but that aside, it is still a beer worth checking for and trying. Mild easy drinking stout.

Price Point - ~$3/12 oz bottle

 450 characters

Photo of JamieDuncan
3.67/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of fitz284
4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

Photo of TechBrew
3/5  rDev -25.7%

Photo of woodchipper
3.25/5  rDev -19.6%

Black from Allagash Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.04 out of 5 with 2,701 ratings