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

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#3,204
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2,706
pDev:
10.64%
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4.2
 
 
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Photo of mwilbur
4.25/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Enjoyed and reviewed on 1/29/10.
Poured from 750 mL bottle into pint glass (yeah, not ideal, but I had no other glassware on vacation).
A: Pours a nice black (no light comes through with backlighting) with 1/2 to 1 inch creamy tan frothy head. Very nice for style.
S: Can smell this several feet away. A wonderful mix of dark dried fruit and belgium spices. Hint of yeast. Definitely a belgian here. With warming, more of the stout comes through with a toasted and roasted malt note.
T: Here there is more balance of belgian and stout. Dry toasted malt with caramel malt, belgian spice, yeast, and dark dried fruit. Although I love the two styles by themselves, when they come together here there is a bit of a clash (note: I love both stouts and belgians, so perhaps my expectations were set too high). Good complexity though and nice experimentation. With warming, dry dark chocolate comes through.
M: Starts more belgian--medium body, smooth--with a finish more stout-like--light and dry.
D: Very drinkable and good complexity. What I would imagine if a good dry irish stout was mixed with a darker belgian brew. Seek it out if you are a fan of either--or especially both--styles. Good sessionability.

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Black from Allagash Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.04 out of 5 with 2,706 ratings