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 MadScientist
4.26/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A: A very dark brown with a garnet hue and good clarity. The persistent head is made of creamy dark-tan bubbles that leave a light lacing on the glass.

S: The aroma is dark fruit and moderately-light notes of the fruit and spice of Belgian yeast. It has a moderate dark fruit aromas of prunes and some plums. There are some moderately-light dark malt aromas of chocolate and coffee. The light alcohol aroma is soft and floral. There is a slight earthiness that might be the hops.

T: Smooth with the chocolate, coffee and malt sweetness dominating. A moderate dark dried fruit flavor with the yeast lending a bit of orange and light pepper notes. There is a light hops bitterness and little hops flavor. The balance is moderately towards the sweet with a medium-sweet finish. The aftertaste has flavors of dark roasted grains like chocolate, dark fruit and a light alcohol sweetness. There are slight molasses flavor that I catch here and there.

M: medium-full bodied with a moderate amount of carbonation. There is a light alcohol warmth.

O: A rich and somewhat sweet Belgian with enough dark roasted grains to be a bit more stout than dark strong. There is a ton of flavor going on here. I really enjoyed this years ago and haven't found any for a while, since that time I've grown more partial to drier beers but still a great beer in it's own right. I'd still try this if I find it on tap but I won't be going out of my way for a bottle.

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Photo of Blanco
3.75/5  rDev -7.2%

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4/5  rDev -1%

Photo of SolipsismalCat
4.1/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a snifter.

A: Almost black, red-brown with one-finger, tan, creamy head that lasted several minutes. Great lacing.

S: Barnyard, coffee, Belgian spice.

T: Light to moderate sweetness and light to moderate bitterness. Chocolate and coffee - roasted malt. Subtle Belgian spice and yeast.

M: Medium bodied with fizzy carbonation. Creamy but crisp.

O: Stouts and Belgian beers are two of my favorite categories, so I was excited about this. I wasn't disappointed. The beer is great as a stout, and the Belgian qualities to shine through.

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Photo of MikeF11
3.75/5  rDev -7.2%

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3.5/5  rDev -13.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

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3.5/5  rDev -13.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

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2.75/5  rDev -31.9%

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4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

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2.75/5  rDev -31.9%

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3.75/5  rDev -7.2%

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3/5  rDev -25.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

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3.75/5  rDev -7.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +11.4%

Photo of GotWad629
4/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours an opaque black with a thick tan head. It fizzes away fairly quick leaving a little bit of lacing.

Smells of spicy yeast, light roast, and some slight coffee.

The taste is very similar to the smell, spicy yeast, roasted malts and coffee flavors. It leaves a little bit of bitterness on the back of the tongue..just to let you know its still there. Nothing is too overpowering though. Its an extremely well balanced beer.

It's pretty carbonated, filling your mouth quickly. It leaves your mouth on the oily side then finishes dry.

Another phenomenal Belgian from Allagash. Easy drinking, well balanced, and great with a chocolate dessert.

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3.74/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a very dark brown, almost black in color. Creamy, but somewhat thin tan head. Smells of cocoa powder. Taste begins with some sweet caramel, followed by some tart, herbal flavor, then some coffee, and finishing with a smokey, resiny finish. Mouthfeel is rich. Overall a good beer, though a bit pricey for my liking considering how much i liked it.

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4/5  rDev -1%

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4.2/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Batch 35 poured into Konings hoeven snifter. Deep black with subtle ruby appearing around the edges. Dark candi sugar on the nose, that distictive belgian note mixed with figgy, carmalized notes and some dark rum. The taste follows soft and nondescript allowing the flavors from the nose to flow over the tongue. If you really rough it up there's a sour note from the burnt candi sugar. What really stands out about this beer is the soft mouthfeel rolling smoothly to an easy finish with no harsh carbination or alcohol burn despite the lingering head.

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4.5/5  rDev +11.4%

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4/5  rDev -1%

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4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

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4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

Allagash Black from Allagash Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.04 out of 5 with 2,675 ratings
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