Bourbon Barrel Black | Allagash Brewing Company

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4.14/5
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441 Ratings
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Allagash Brewing Company
Maine, United States
allagash.com

Style: Belgian Strong Dark Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.20%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
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.

Added by rye726 on 03-04-2009

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#2,059
Reviews:
85
Ratings:
441
pDev:
9.66%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
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73
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47
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4
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Ratings: 441 |  Reviews: 85
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4.75/5  rDev +14.7%

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4/5  rDev -3.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +8.7%

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4.75/5  rDev +14.7%

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3.5/5  rDev -15.5%

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4/5  rDev -3.4%

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4.75/5  rDev +14.7%

Photo of Davepoolesque
4.18/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bottled in 2013. Probably way past it's prime but it's not terrible. Lots of oxidized malt character with wisps of chocolate and dark fruits. Flavors have dulled for sure. No bourbon, no roast. Not too sweet. Eh. 3.61 as it is today.

Rating based on what I remembering it tasting like fresh.

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4/5  rDev -3.4%

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4.05/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

8oz. pour into a Stang. Not sure why they chose to serve it this way. Reviewed from memory the same night.

Served with a 1 finger light mocha head with decent retention. Beer is opaque black but thin. Lacing is stringy with nice stick. Decent.

Nose is plum, prunes, and other fresh, dark fruit. Bourbon overtones with honey and molasses mixed in also. Some light chocolate as well. Sweet and fresh. Moderately aromatic. Nice.

Fresh dark fruit. Prunes, plum, grape, bourbon, molasses, and honey. Good fruit sweetness balanced by some chocolate notes. Booziness is apparent but not overpowering. Honey sweetness in the aftertaste. Real solid.

Miedium bodied with moderate carbonation. Perfect for the flavor. Smooth in the mouth with a slight alcohol kick going down. Clean finish with a slightly lingering aftertaste. Couldn't ask for more here.

Aging in bourbon barrels really adds a whole new dimension to this beer that puts it a decent cut above the original. Booziness is present but not overpowering... instead bringing out the robust dark fruit and chocolate flavors. Definitely worth a try.

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4/5  rDev -3.4%

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3.58/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The pour is a very dark brown color with a creamy off-white head. Nose is heavy on the roast with light bourbon aroma (more oak than anything). Lightly peppery with a hint of fruit, mostly banana. There is just a touch of coffee. The flavor has an interesting smokiness to it, perhaps from the char of the barrel? Mild bourbon and vanilla notes, some dark fruit, pepper, and lots of roasted malts. A hint of bitter chocolate, some banana, and a bit of booze.

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3.88/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On-tap at Southport Lanes of all places. Served in a goblet of some sort.

A - A nice finger of tan foam settles to a solid cap as well as splotches of lace. Black body with some brown at the edges of the glass.

S - Lots of bourbon and barrel, but with fruity Belgian yeast, chocolate, molasses and caramel in the cracks.

T - The taste is quite similar, with lots of bourbon flavor followed by tangy Belgian yeast, dark bread, Belgian chocolate, candi sugar, and a touch of anise. Finish is whiskey-laden and a tad hot.

M - Slightly watery and thin, but with moderate carbonation. More 'Belgian' than American. Sticky finish, with a touch of alcohol warmth.

D - Not bad, but a bit too much bourbon and anise for my tastes. It's nice for a small pour, but gets a bit fatiguing after a while.

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4.8/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A: Very dark brown with a good golden brown head.

S: Some oak, vanilla, a sweetness is also there.

T: As with the smell some oak, vanilla, a sweetness, drinks like a very bold porter. A great balance between earthy and sweet with some great hits at both.

M: Sits great with perfect carbonation and good flavor development. Alcohol cuts through over time but that takes a while.

Overall an amazing beer. With a great mouthfeel and a taste that is (to steal Armin Van Buuren's adjective) massive! No harsh notes whatsoever and the alcohol is so well hidden it's amazing. I think this is a limited release.... or maybe only on tap. Anyway that's sad because this beer is one of the best I've ever had.

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4.2/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this on tap at the Brick Store Pub. Just a lovely beer, and the thing that really makes this beer is just how well integrated all of the flavors are. Beautifully silky in the mouth, the glass keeps releasing all of these wonderful notes, one after the other- chocolate, vanilla, roasted grains, fruity esters, smooth and mellow Bourbon, a touch of cream. This beer isn't about being slapped upside the head and dragged into a back alley, it's about being seduced. Each flavor seamlessly progresses to the next, and nothing is overdone. Through the artistry of the brewer, and a deft hand with barrel aging, this beer has been crafted into a unified whole that emits a siren song that keeps you coming back for another quaff. Entirely too drinkable for the abv, and altogether very pleasant.

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Bourbon Barrel Black from Allagash Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.14 out of 5 with 441 ratings