Allagash Black | Allagash Brewing Company

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Allagash BlackAllagash Black
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
Ratings:
2,656
Reviews:
728
Avg:
4.01
pDev:
10.72%
 
 
Wants:
174
Gots:
578
For Trade:
7
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look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

It's black with a thin and rapidly dissipating chocolate milk colored head. - you can find a variety of lighter hues depending upon how you struggle to hold it up to various lights at various angles in various glasses. Pardon me for being cynical on that score. There is an aroma of roasted malts - some cocoa and black coffee with hints of phenols appropriate to Belgian ale yeasts interacting with "a large addition of Belgian dark candi." The flavor is roasty, acidic and bitter - the qualities that cause most people to insist on cream and sugar with their coffee. The mouth feel is thin with prickly carbonation that lifts the acidic coffee flavor to the roof of the mouth and up the nose through the back door in your throat. This may very well benefit from some aging, though not for too long. Maybe up to a year? As it warms up, the aroma becomes more stout-like, and the flavor more Belgian. Objectively speaking, this is an interesting study for my palette. Subjectively speaking, I'm not very fond of it, but don't worry, timtim is on his way here within 48 hours with a disorienting rave review.

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look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

At Manderes' Allagash tasting

A - Black, but slightly see-through, with a nice sized head, which dissipates moderately.

S - Light notes of chocolate and malt.

T - Dark chocolate and deep roasted malts.

M - Lightly carbonated and smooth.

D - Missing all qualities of a belgian and did not live up to its description. It was decent, but replaceable with most other stouts.

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look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - A good bit of orange around the edges. Tall creamy off-white head.

S - Smells like a bock. The belgian influence is up front and a majority of the scent. A touch of fruit and cocoa (just a hint).

T - Mild. A bit of the yeast, some malt. A little cocoa in the mix.

M - Thick but light on the coating. Just a hint of timgle on sides of tongue and back of throat.

O - Too bland and boring to drink over most other choices. Not "bad" at all, but not worth picking ove many others.

Review from 2/6/10:

A - 4.5 - very dark, nice froth.

S - 3.5 - mild but nice.

T - 3.5 - taste of a solid stout, but mild. No one flavor over riding the others.

M - 3.5 - mild tingle, not too bitter.

D - 4.0 - the mildness makes this quite drinkable. The problem is the mildness, which could be described as weakness, combined with the price. It is too expensive to really drink often.

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3.03/5  rDev -24.4%
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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3.04/5  rDev -24.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Consumed 05/21/08 and 05/23/08.

Clear dark brown pour with excellent carbonation (no doubt due to the bottle conditioning). A tan three finger head formed right away, fading to half a finger that stuck around quite a while, continually replenished by persistent carbonation.

Aroma is charcoal, ashes and mild chocolate. A touch of banana as well. Ashes kinda ruined it for me, though.

Mouthfeel is creamy, though the first bottle was a bit thinner than the second. The first bottle I tasted was quite tart, almost sour and strongly redolent of ashes. The second favored the smooth chocolate character that was mostly missing from the first, though the ashes were present in the background as well. Both bottles exhibited a bit of hot pepper on the finish.

Not a beer I particularly liked, though it was interesting and well-made.

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Allagash Black from Allagash Brewing Company
4.01 out of 5 based on 2,656 ratings.
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