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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:
#2,919
Reviews:
730
Ratings:
2,682
pDev:
10.64%
Bros Score:
4.2
 
 
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Photo of Gotti311
2.75/5  rDev -31.9%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

The front of this beer was really fantastic. The yeast strain they use, plays very nicely with the roasty notes and mouth feel is great. Then something goes completely wrong. The far back end/lingering flavor I can only think of one word to describe: sewer. There is a dirty/rank flavor that wasn't completely overpowering, but definitely present enough to ruin the beer. The other people that I shared the bottle with didnt seem to detect it so I am guessing it is something specific to my palate that just didnt sit right.

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Photo of bf7
2.75/5  rDev -31.9%

Photo of fscottkey
2.78/5  rDev -31.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

A: Dark but with some light penetration. Light shows hints of reddish hue. Pour produces a thin cap that disappears almost immediately.

S: Roasted malts and a slight metallic smell.

T: Strong roasted flavors with a slight coffee finish.

M: Carbonated and tingly.

O: There are definitely better examples of this variety. Nothing noteworthy or worth getting another one if other choices are available.

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Photo of Smurf2055
2.79/5  rDev -30.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Pours in between black and deep dark red with a khaki head.

Smell is a bit fruity, belgium yeast, and a bit of roast.

Taste is very roasty, almost like an imperial porter, bit of a burning on the tail end. Red fruit present, but ash and bitter coffee dominates, the Belgium sweetness doesn’t come through in the flavor.

Slightly disappointing.

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Photo of johncampbell
2.81/5  rDev -30.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

I've had this 750 ml bottle in a temperature controlled wine cellar for over a year.

The cork was still fresh and holding pressure (it was stored on it's side at an angle). It poured black with a hint of red-brown around the edges when held to the light. It had a nice 3/4" tan head that slowly dissipated to an 1/8" cap that covered the surface for the duration. It left a thick, creamy lace in the glass.

The aromas were of dark chocolate, roasted malt and sweet Belgian yeast, but with a worrisome old ale smell.

The beer tasted oxidized. I'm not sure how long it had been on the shelf before I bought it, but it tasted old and not as vibrant as I'd hoped. There was still a distinct dark-roasted malt flavor with hints of espresso and bitter chocolate, but the age left an unpleasant taste in my mouth.

The mouthfeel was good - a medium-bodied beer with lively carbonation.

I have to say that the drinkability wasn't there. I love Allagash beers and think this one was simply stored too long. There was no date or batch number.

Aging is not recommended.

I look forward to trying this beer again and changing my review.

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Photo of Sixpoint
2.83/5  rDev -30%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

In my humble opinion, this is the weakest offering from a great artisinal craft brewer.

I've made/tasted/sampled many "Belgian Stouts" over the past 10 years, and the only conclusion I've arrived at with general consistency is DON'T DO IT.

Why? Well, something about the yeast that brings out the soy sauce and licorice character of these beers. In extreme cases it tastes exactly like Kodiak chewing tobacco.

Good try with undoubtedly good intentions, but off the mark IMHO.

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Photo of NHJimD
2.87/5  rDev -29%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

Very thin and carbonated for a stout. Poured with almost no head. Had a burnt coffee taste.

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Photo of JStampler
2.92/5  rDev -27.7%

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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Photo of alysmith4
2.97/5  rDev -26.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Not as impressed with this beer as I thought I'd be. I'm not sure if I didn't give it a good pour, but their was almost no head to it. The smell was of maple, coffee, and bitter chocolate. The taste was similar, with a more syrupy, burnt toffee flavor. It was a lot like Dogfish Head's Chicory Stout. I was hoping for a sweeter flavor, but it wasn't coming through - even when the beer warmed. On a more positive note, I think the bottle (label) is sexy as hell!

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Photo of schwaeh
2.98/5  rDev -26.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

750ml shared by inebriated joker.

A: Monstrous cascading head on top of this thinner-looking black beer. Brown and ruby hues around the edges of my glass.

S: Roasted malts and tons of Belgian yeast are easy to pick out here. Some candy sugar, light faded hops, and some slight metallic scents are in there as well.

T: The stout shows up a bit more in the flavor, otherwise I may have thought this was some crappy dubbel. The malts are lightly roasted with a fair amount of char. Candy sugar and Belgo yeast stand out quite a bit, adding some odd banana and clove to this beer. Light chocolate and grassy, metallic hops come out as it warms. This is sweet for sure.

M: This has a thin mouthfeel and high carbonation. Its a sticky beer.

O: I don't really know about this identity crisis that this beer has. They are going too many directions with this and ruining two styles that are good on their own. I heard this was quite an investment at around $14-15 to boot, no way.

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Photo of vfgccp
2.98/5  rDev -26.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

A - Tall, foamy, light khaki head with ok retention and poor lace. Dark cherry wood body with bright cranberry highlights.

S - Dusty roast grains and dry cocoa powder.

T - Dry roast coffee. Milk chocolate. Tart grape skins. Copper penny aftertaste.

M - Relatively light frame.

O - The label says belgian stout, but BA has it down as a belgian strong dark ale. I'd tend to agree with the latter.

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Photo of seavercm
3/5  rDev -25.7%

Photo of ohiobeer29
3/5  rDev -25.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Had out of bottle pours black with decent tan head mouth feel is thin but light taste of chocolate and malt not bad not great but good really solid brew would drink again as it goes down easy

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Photo of ConradKenney
3/5  rDev -25.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Typically I'm a fan of the belgian yeasts but this beer had a pretty bad after taste.

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Photo of Sailracer
3/5  rDev -25.7%

Photo of dvanhandel
3/5  rDev -25.7%

Photo of Beejay
3/5  rDev -25.7%

Photo of IdrinkGas
3/5  rDev -25.7%

Photo of mpalestino
3/5  rDev -25.7%

Photo of DC_HOP_HEAD
3/5  rDev -25.7%

Photo of spoonhawk
3/5  rDev -25.7%

Photo of chrispoint
3/5  rDev -25.7%

Photo of 11millsown113
3/5  rDev -25.7%

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3/5  rDev -25.7%

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