Black - Bourbon Barrel-Aged
Allagash Brewing Company

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Style:
Strong Ale - Belgian Dark
ABV:
9.2%
Score:
92
Avg:
4.15 | pDev: 9.64%
Reviews:
85
Ratings:
441
From:
Allagash Brewing Company
 
Maine, United States
Avail:
Retired (no longer brewed)
Wants
  72
Gots
  46
SCORE
92
Outstanding
Notes: Our Belgian Style Stout, Black, aged for one year in bourbon barrels. The toffee,chocolate and coconut nose is followed by a smooth bitter chocolate and bourbon flavor. The finish is dry, roasted and warming.
Reviews: 85 | Ratings: 441 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
Reviews by Rifugium:
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Rifugium from North Dakota

4/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

First had: on tap at Prohibition Pig, Waterbury, VT

Solid black pour (at least it seemed so in the dim light) with a small tannish head; minimal retention and lacing. Aroma of dark malts, chocolate, distant hints of vanilla and bourbony wood. The bourbon element is more mellow in this beer, which is nice, otherwise flavors of dark malts, cocoa, some dark fruit and vanilla, and a bit of bready yeast and ash. On the heavier side of medium bodied, flavorful and nicely crafted.

Oct 09, 2012
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Alieniloquium from Florida

3.16/5  rDev -23.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

750 mL bottle poured into a snifter.

Appearance - Big off-white head. Thick collar. Wispy surface.

Smell - Whoa, funky. Oak. Funky yeastiness. Really oaky. Some bourbon and a strange red wine aroma. Roasty and a little grassy.

Taste - Very oaky. Very roasty. A bit of dark fruit. Kinda sweet. Bitter roasty finish.

Mouthfeel - Medium heavy body. Medium carbonation.

Overall - The oak is funky and weird. My kneejerk reaction to the first sniff was that something was off, but it never panned out and it's just odd.

Jan 27, 2015
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DoubleSimcoe from Pennsylvania

3.6/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

**Had on tap at anotheroom tribeca and enjoyed it much more- the bourbon flavor was very much present. I'm bumping up my rating thusly**

Allagash Bourbon Black, on tap at Pony Bar in NYC, 8-oz glass.

Appearance: 2 fingers of foamy, chestnut-colored head, thick soapy bubbles. Serious retention, lacing. Auburn-amber-ebony color.

Smell: Quality booze, roastiness, camp fire. Toffee, brown butter and a touch of hops.

Taste: Disappointing, weak. Vinous qualities, demi glace-beef jus, raisins. No bourbon or booze, more like a mellow brown ale. Tad of chocolate at the end.

Mouthfeel: Full bodied, great carbonation, hop profile all around the mouth. Dry sticky finish.

Overall: Not too different from regular Black. Where's the Jim Beam? Aged for a whole year, seriously? Sad. But drinks great for sure.

Jun 13, 2012
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Darker shade of blackness in the small tulip glass. Nice foam and plenty of carbonation on the tongue. Medium body.

Warm malt with many shades of roasted malt. Some toasted nuts along with hints of charred grain. Mellow malt flavors dominate but it dries out in the aftertaste into a more austere brew. You wouldn't mistake this for a Barley Wine. The modest sweetness provides a pleasant base for some high notes of hops. Raisiny and figgy, but pleasantly balanced. A little booziness but the barrel flavors don't really dominate.

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Black - Bourbon Barrel-Aged from Allagash Brewing Company
Beer rating: 92 out of 100 with 441 ratings