Allagash Black | Allagash Brewing Company

BA SCORE
90
outstanding
2,655 Ratings
Allagash BlackAllagash Black
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Allagash Brewing Company
Maine, United States
allagash.com

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
Ratings:
2,655
Reviews:
728
Avg:
4.01
pDev:
10.72%
 
 
Wants:
174
Gots:
578
For Trade:
7
User Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Recent | High | Low | Top Raters | Alström Bros
Ratings: 2,655 |  Reviews: 728
Photo of CaptDavyJones
4/5  rDev -0.2%

Photo of gr0g
3.15/5  rDev -21.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A not quite opaque black. A khaki-colored head, about two fingers tall, caps it off. Head retention is quite good, and the head never totally fades away. Lacing is sparse and fleeting. The aroma is tame with a prevailing cocoa note that lives up to Black's billing as a stout. A faint chalky note of Belgian yeast and some candi sugar are the only other smells that come through.

The flavor is similarly tame and somewhat underwhelming. A mix of dark Belgian ale and stout characteristics, as expected. Surprisingly dry flavor profile, which is a trait that doesn't work well in a dark Belgian-style ale. Some smoke from the roasted malt. Off-putting aftertaste. Muted dark fruit notes. One aspect that deserves praise is the mouthfeel, with a nearly silky texture despite vigorous bottle-conditioned carbonation.

Despite being exactly what the bottle says it is -- a Belgian-style stout, Allagash Black is quite disappointing. Boring and demure despite a reasonably stout 7.5% ABV, it's not a bad beer but also not worth the price.

 1,034 characters

Photo of Kaveman
3/5  rDev -25.2%

Photo of prototypic
4/5  rDev -0.2%

Photo of EHackbeer
3.75/5  rDev -6.5%

Photo of geuze_gone_wild
3.75/5  rDev -6.5%

Photo of JSkone09
4.5/5  rDev +12.2%

Photo of Cheech145
3.5/5  rDev -12.7%

Photo of csfcmitchell
4/5  rDev -0.2%

Photo of diverite
3.75/5  rDev -6.5%

Photo of C_S
4/5  rDev -0.2%

Photo of Salud24
4.25/5  rDev +6%

Photo of seavercm
3/5  rDev -25.2%

Photo of marcngin
3.75/5  rDev -6.5%

Photo of ComRock12
3.75/5  rDev -6.5%

Photo of drunkheathen
3.36/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

I have heard Allagash makes some outstanding beers, so I saw this and decided to give it a try. It had a small creamy looking head, about one finger, that disappeared pretty quickly. I picked up on a chocolate and toffee smell, and a chocolate taste and a very present sweetness that lingered for awhile afterwards. I thought this beer was pretty decent, but the sweetness was a bit much for my taste, but it was worth it.

 422 characters

Photo of drgonzo2k2
4/5  rDev -0.2%

Photo of Skarod
4.5/5  rDev +12.2%

Photo of bf7
2.75/5  rDev -31.4%

Photo of HerrWahr
3.67/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Color deep brown, suggesting amber. Nose with a bit of bitterness, no noticeable hops. Taste has chocolate and coffee, some faint spiciness and stronger sweetness with the bitter. Round and filling in the mouth. Good lingering finish of bitterness.

Very nicely done variation on Stout theme...

 295 characters

Photo of stella77artois
4/5  rDev -0.2%

Photo of Cyhops
4.5/5  rDev +12.2%

Photo of mtpHokie
4.5/5  rDev +12.2%

Photo of danthehopslamman
4/5  rDev -0.2%

Allagash Black from Allagash Brewing Company
4.01 out of 5 based on 2,655 ratings.
  • About Us

    Founded in Boston in 1996, BeerAdvocate (BA) is your go-to resource for beer powered by an independent community of enthusiasts and professionals dedicated to supporting and promoting better beer.

    Learn More
  • Our Community

    Comprised of consumers and industry professionals, many of whom started as members of this site, our community is one of the oldest, largest, and most respected beer communities online.
  • Our Events

    Since 2003 we've hosted over 60 world-class beer festivals to bring awareness to independent brewers and educate attendees.
  • Our Magazine

    Support uncompromising beer advocacy and award-winning, independent journalism with a print subscription to BeerAdvocate magazine.