Allagash Black | Allagash Brewing Company

2,646 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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3.25/5  rDev -19%

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4.21/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Straight pour from a 12oz pry-off bottle to an oversized wineglass (large HF stemware); bottling date of November 1, 2012 printed in white ink on the side of the label, just above the barcode, assuming it’s a Julian variant (“3062 10:19”). Or, March 3, 2013. So, either four and a half months old, or just under three weeks old. Merg?

Appearance (3.75): One and a half to two fingers of light tan head rises off of the pour, capping a dark, slightly chocolate-y brown, slightly hazy head (when held up to the light). Brown in so far that dark chocolate is brown—very, very dark brown. Decent retention, but really nice lacing—a few wide, broad splotches of thin foam arc all around the glass along with scattered, fat suds and a few legs.

Smell (4.0): Interesting mix of lightly spicy notes (clove-y), sweet, dark fruits (plums, raisins, some red grapes), some mild cocoa, light cinnamon, and brown sugar—but it all meshes together in a way that evokes cola, which is interesting. Very light, earthy coffee tones underneath, not the dark, rich scents of French roast coffee, but something lighter and fruitier.

Taste (4.25): Now this, I really like: starts off with a nice mix of tingly spice and floral-grassy hops character, followed by some subtle, dark, sweet fruits (like stewed dates with brown sugar), and then a wave of nice coffee bitterness—again, not super dark roast coffee, but on the lighter side. And, some earthy cocoa and cola hanging around underneath it all. The yeast used here mainly contributes the dark fruit character, which actually works well with the wheat malt, which offers a brighter, slightly tart counter, but it does have some clove, coriander, and white pepper notes that mesh with everything else really, really surprisingly well. The coffee roast, some floral-citrusy bittering hops, and a bit of spice hang around for a while in the finish.

Mouthfeel (4.75): Excellent, like really, really f’ing good. Soft carbonation at first, easily filling the spaces and tingling actively all over but never prickling—and the body is medium-weight but full-feeling, but also soft and smooth. Finishes neatly on the dry side, making this go down way too fast. Nearly perfect feel.

Overall (4.25): Overall, I really dig this little bastard. It really pulls off a mix of American-ish stout characters we all know and love, blended with interesting and somehow not-clashing Belgian characteristics: fruity yeast, fruity malt, moderately bitter coffee and hops, wonderful feel and carbonation, just and excellent blend. Seriously impressed, Allagash.

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4/5  rDev -0.2%

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4.32/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

This bottle is from Batch #14.

The bear is a style I am less familiar with, so I will get more so. It has a mice dark. she with n tm head like I might expect. It has moderate head retention.

The best quality is the aroma. an aromatic and floral mix. It has a grape/ ester that carries into the taste. It tastes a hit spicier mixed with the dark malt. It has a very full body compared to the alcohol content overall a nice offering.

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3.85/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This unique brew - a "Belgian-style stout" has a pronounced charred character to it alongside that classic Belgian yeast flavor. It's got a complex nose and palate to be sure, but it is a rather odd taste that some might not be able to get behind. Me, personally, I can't drink a full 12oz. glass of this. Just not to my taste, though I also don't think this style lends itself to general drinkability. Still, I can appreciate what's going on here.

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4.25/5  rDev +6%

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3.98/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

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4.3/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Deep deep brown with a sticky off white head. Sweet fruity belgian yeast notes on the nose along with sweet dark malts. Asphalt, chocolate covered raisins, and dark fruits.

This beer melts in your mouth. Sweet chocolate malts with a creamy mouthfeel. Sweet dark Belgian candy sugars upfront followed by an intense roasted character. Finishes with decadent sweet chocolate covered dark fruits, a fine earthy bitterness, and a touch a smoke. The rich body holds up perfectly to the carbonation creating a truly layered flavor experience. So many flavors hide itself in this dark brew including bananas, hazelnuts, plums, and leather. Allagash Black has the drinkability of it's fine Belgian counterparts, with the depth of a classic Russian imperial stout! This is an intense beer!

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4.5/5  rDev +12.2%

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4.18/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at DaCapo's Restaurant in Avon, CT.

Full pint served in proper stemmed Allagash glass. Nearly pitch black, with thin beige head.

Aroma is subtle for me, but has hints of cocoa, candied sugar, caramel in the nose.

Taste is phenomenal. Cocoa again, caramel, Belgian yeastiness. Some pleasant wintery spice I can't quite place. Very soft & silky with maybe a hint of oats. But the oats role here is really in the mouthfeel. Outstanding beer.

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3.83/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

About 7 oz poured into a Duvel tulip.

A: Pours a dark brown color that betrays a hint of transparency even in this dark environment. The head is a one finger light khaki color that fades to a thin collar relatively quickly. There's a hint of spotty lacing on the glass.

S: Rather estery, especially with pear and apple. I have to dig around to notice the chocolate and roast, but its there. Another taste noticed a touch of sourness.

T: At first, it's a bit roasty and chocolaty, but the finish betrays its Belgian roots with fruity apple esters. The faint touch of sourness on the aroma comes through on the general flavor, which I really appreciate. It really takes a few sips to appreciate everything going on in the profile, but once that happens, one can really appreciate the complexity and nuance within this.

M: A little bit on the heavy side, but with a great finishing dryness and moderate carbonation.

O: The first sip doesn't wow me, but it rewards a patient palate with solid complexity. I'd definitely have this one again.

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3.83/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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3.75/5  rDev -6.5%

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3.75/5  rDev -6.5%

Allagash Black from Allagash Brewing Company
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