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Allagash Black | Allagash Brewing Company

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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
Ranking:
#2,917
Reviews:
730
Ratings:
2,682
pDev:
10.64%
Bros Score:
4.2
 
 
Wants:
174
Gots:
589
Trade:
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Photo of diamondlie
4.09/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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3.91/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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3.78/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of recerex
4.32/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of fredmugs
3.03/5  rDev -25%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This was very unimpressive. Little to no aroma with a taste and mouthfeel that was all over the place. Great example of trying to combine several things (belgian style, stout, roasted, chocolate) and having it fail to mesh.

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Photo of alexsergio
3.75/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Nightwish1094
4.27/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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

Photo of JustinBrousseau
4.03/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of adhokk7
2.94/5  rDev -27.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Kind of thin. Not what I typically want from a stout.

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3.77/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Shade1951
4.58/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Whoa!! If leather could be liquefied, fermented, and turned into a beer, THIS is what it would likely taste like. Well, leather mixed with unsweetened cocoa. If that is a combination that does not appeal to you, then steer clear of this beer!!

Me? This is just the kind of beer I love! Motor oil in a glass. Musky, dusky scent of the aforementioned ingredients. And the smooth, smooth taste that follows the nose.

Bitter - in a good way. The leathery, cocoa-ish taste lingers on the palate even minutes after your previous sip. This is good stuff. And you know, the smell alone is almost rich and flavorful enough to be satisfying without even taking a sip. But drinking adds a whole lot to the experience.

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3.81/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle served in a wide mouth Belgian beer glass at fridge temps. No freshness date to be found.

Appearance: lighter black and fairly see through around the edges with no head to speak of at all. Disappointing really. The pour was pretty thin as well.

Nose: Heavy on the roasted malts, burnt coffee at the bottom of the pot, sweet creme brûlée in the end.

Taste and Mouthfeel: The mouthfeel is much more substantial that the pour and appearance would have suggested, like the nose it is heavy on the roasted malts (black and maybe a little chocolate), decent bitterness that would put it in line with a classic American west coast stout, slight coffee character with some chocolate but the burnt carries through, there is a creaminess in the middle that lingers to a nice creamy finish that is full of roasted flavors and a slight sweetness.

This is an interesting beer. BA has it down as a Belgian Strong Dark Ale but Allagash markets it as a Belgian Style Stout. I have to agree with the brewer on this one; it is far more consistent with a stout than a BSDA. I've reviewed 7 beers in the BSDA category (and many more unlogged) and 25 stouts. I'd like to try this again but it doesn't scream Belgian to me. Much more of an American double stout. Nice beer though.

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Photo of KrajDoesBeer
4.02/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

had this in bottle and on draft. Very solid stout

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3.87/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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4.15/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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4.09/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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4/5  rDev -1%

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4.33/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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3.75/5  rDev -7.2%

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4/5  rDev -1%

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3.81/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Bosoxfan20
3.5/5  rDev -13.4%

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4/5  rDev -1%

Photo of Dirk_Chappelle
3.92/5  rDev -3%

Allagash Black from Allagash Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.04 out of 5 with 2,682 ratings
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