Allagash Black | Allagash Brewing Company

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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:
2,662
Reviews:
728
Avg:
4.01
pDev:
10.72%
 
 
Wants:
175
Gots:
580
For Trade:
7
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4.75/5  rDev +18.5%

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3.5/5  rDev -12.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +6%

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3.75/5  rDev -6.5%

Photo of BethanyB
3.9/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4

This review is based on style, with a bit of subjectivity. ;)

Appearance: Dark brown and coppery color, with good clarity. Persistent, bright, off-white head is a bit less creamy than one would expect from the strong dark ale style.

Smell: The typical coffee, dark chocolate, and caramel scents were easily detected, as was a particularly unique aroma that reminded me of the aftermath of a summer monsoon. A small part of me wondered if this was due to oxidation, but if it was, it was not unpleasant! There's something romantic about a steamy warm rainstorm!

Taste: Dark mocha and cream were prevalent, and more roasty than sweet. I did expect a more complex taste from a strong dark ale (more plum and spice perhaps?), but this simpler version was rather refreshing!

Mouthfeel: Medium body and carbonation with a light, yet noticeable alcohol warmth. Felt both true to style, and totally complementary for this particular interpretation!

Overall: I've adored more complicated strong dark ales, but this could be a real go-to! I think it has an interesting, yet rather universal appeal (if the universe were made up of people who at least appreciated and understood good beer, that is). Color me solidly impressed.

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4/5  rDev -0.2%

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3.95/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours nearly black with only the faintest umber highlights and one finger of variegated khaki foam. Foam soon settles into patchy frogspawn while reticulated swaths of lacing cling to the glass. Aroma smells of coriander and yeast--much lighter than the appearance would suggest. Flavor is spicy up front with a peppery bite and a pronounced yeast presence, along with some coriander. This is augmented by a bitterness that tastes one part roast and one part resinous hops. The hops assert themselves more in the finish as the initial spices subside. There's not much sweetness to speak of, at least not while it's still fairly cool. The bottle touts "chocolate throughout", but I'm not tasting it here. Perhaps some traces of milk chocolate manage to sneak through on the back end after the beer has warmed substantially. The mouthfeel is zesty and lively, as is to be expected with a Belgian style ale, and it serves to exacerbate the spiciness almost to the point of being too aggressive.

Overall, this is a tasty and vivacious brew that's nearly too perky for its own good. A little more sweet and mellow, and this could be really exceptional. As it stands, it tastes more like a less sophisticated version of Pepe Nero, which is hardly a bad thing.

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4.1/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into tulip glass.

A: Lovely almost-black color with a big, frothy head. Starts out rather large, but eventually diminished to a respectable 1/2 inch or so head that retained throughout. A wonderful shade of dark red shines through when held up to the light. Average lacing remains as you drink.

S: Roasted malt, slightly yeasty with spice character throughout. Fairly complex. Very interesting.

T: Definitely on the sweeter side, considering the type of brew; however, it's very complex and very inviting. Chocolate is apparently immediately, closer to dark chocolate, but not as bitter as you'd expect. A light hint of coffeehouse flavors mixed in with the chocolate notes. Very, very slight hints of licorice (possibly anise, but it seems too sweet) materialize and disappear as the beer moves towards the back of your mouth. Slightly bitter finish.

M: Not as creamy as the appearance anticipates... But, it's definitely smooth with a mild-carbonation. Makes for a very drinkable brew.

O: I wouldn't call this Allagash's best, but it's a very drinkable brew with exceptionally complex flavor notes. I could definitely see myself drinking this one a lot while kicking back later in the day.

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look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

6/16/13
Allagash Black
12oz (can't decipher date code)

Pours very dark, near black, with brown highlights. Tight off-white head, spotty lacing, average retention. (3.5)

Aroma is vaguely yeasty. Light sulfur, spice, ester, dark fruit , alcohol and roasted malt. (3.5)

Flavor is on the sweet side, but very complex. Notes of licorice, date, clove, pepper, chocolate, molasses and coffee. Roasted malt flavor builds up on palate, but does not dominate at all, letting the Belgian yeast character shine through. I really like the phenol and spice. Mouthfeel is velvety, but could use more carbonation. (4, 3.5)

Much tastier and more complex than I remember. Sweetness and alcohol make it more of a dessert beer. Aroma and head could use improvement. (4)

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Allagash Black from Allagash Brewing Company
4.01 out of 5 based on 2,662 ratings.
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