North Sky
Allagash Brewing Company

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From:
Allagash Brewing Company
 
Maine, United States
Style:
English Stout
Ranked #19
ABV:
7.5%
Score:
89
Ranked #13,182
Avg:
3.96 | pDev: 7.83%
Reviews:
58
Ratings:
84
Status:
Active
Rated:
Yesterday at 05:39 AM
Added:
Sep 19, 2020
Wants:
  2
Gots:
  15
SCORE
89
Very Good
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Notes: Like a clear night lit by stars, this silky Belgian-inspired stout balances light notes of fruit and sweetness with roasty malt
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Rated: 4.46 by Beecham from California

Yesterday at 05:39 AM
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Rated by azak99

2.54/5  rDev -35.9%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2 | overall: 2
Best way to describe it is as just another stout, not particularly distinguishable from most other stouts I’ve tried
Aug 05, 2022
 
Rated: 4.14 by Shantzak from Pennsylvania

Aug 02, 2022
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Reviewed by Viaduck from California

3.91/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4
Not as dark as expected, tan head was a nice size. Nice, sweet aroma of fermented malt. Salty-sweet with plenty of roasted malt flavor, a hint of caramel, hay, hops & a very smoky finish. Very thin for a stout with plenty of carbonation to tickle the tongue. Not my favorite but very good.
Jul 23, 2022
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Reviewed by StephenisDunks

3.67/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75
Very malty tasting. Slight malt on the nose as well. Sweet chocolate taste that is slightly overwheled by the bitter hop flavor.

Head retention is strong and it has a good amount of fizz.

The after taste has notes of malt,
nuttiness, and, molasses. Not the best Allagash makes but a soild dark beer all the same.
May 09, 2022
 
Rated: 3.78 by Silke_Neryn from Sweden

Mar 20, 2022
 
Rated: 3.82 by FrancisM12 from New Jersey

Mar 12, 2022
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Reviewed by milkshakebeersucks from Maryland

4.23/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
Deep brown appearance with a large, long lasting tan head and good lacing. Earthy aromas of roasted malts, chicory, molasses and dark fruit. Bittersweet taste covers the same bases with chocolate playing a larger role. Tack on some nuttiness before basking in the aftertaste. Smooth, fairly dry, full bodied, moderately carbonated mouthfeel.
Feb 26, 2022
 
Rated: 3.89 by JMScowcroft from Vermont

Feb 26, 2022
 
Rated: 4.83 by georx from New York

Feb 19, 2022
 
Rated: 4 by Zekenyce from New Jersey

Feb 18, 2022
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Reviewed by JayQue from Virginia

4.18/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
A wonderful choice to go with Super Bowl snacks!!! Poured from a 16 oz can into a pint glass, North Sky features a dense dark brown color, a big frothy tan head with great retention and plenty of lacing. Aroma and flavor don't disappoint either!!!! Rich malty backbone, elements of coffee up front and chocolate as the beer warms and a little lactose for smoothness. Very tasty and aromatic. Mouthfeel is rich and smooth, not much noticeable alcohol. This is a really good stout!!!
Feb 14, 2022
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Rated by izraelc from New York

4/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Pours dark. Tan foam. Smokey aroma. Big smokey roasted malt body. Not much sweetness. Finishes a little bitter. Pretty good.
Feb 13, 2022
 
Rated: 4.27 by mrovelli from Massachusetts

Feb 11, 2022
 
Rated: 4.03 by TheManiacalOne from Rhode Island

Feb 06, 2022
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Reviewed by papposilenus from New Hampshire

3.42/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5
From a 16oz can, dated 01/06/22. Served in a cervoise.

Pours a thin-appearing chestnut brown, chestnut highlights, with a two-plus finger head of mocha fluff. Retention is pretty much forever, with fat gobs of lacing.

Nose is watery with a metallic tang. Aromas of acorns, paper, copper.

Tastes something like what I’d imagine nut-and-twig tea would taste like. Thin roasted nutshell bitterness and a faint saccharine sweetness.

Feel is silky-smooth, creamy, light-bodied relative to the style with fine, buoyant carbonation.

Overall, it’s OK. It’s thin and super-easy to drink and I’d never have guessed that they’d hidden 7.5% abv in there. Label text references evenings around a crackling campfire and that sounds about right.
Feb 02, 2022
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Reviewed by 1009 from Massachusetts

3.99/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Everyone is familiar with the classic Allagash. A great light and refreshing beer. However they turned out the lights with this one and I love it. I’m the stout/Porter guy and I know a well done stout. This was wonderfully roasty with a great sweet balance to it. Chocolate notes tickle the tongue and leave you feeling warm and satisfied.
Jan 28, 2022
 
Rated: 4.18 by TWStandley from Massachusetts

Jan 23, 2022
 
Rated: 3.52 by TMoney2591 from Illinois

Jan 21, 2022
 
Rated: 3 by wildman69 from New York

Jan 17, 2022
 
Rated: 3.73 by nyrblue2 from New York

Jan 16, 2022
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Reviewed by KenjiN from Massachusetts

3.4/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
Dark brown in color, with a thin tan head. Mild, sweet, milk chocolatey aroma. Low carbonation. Extremely soft and creamy on the palate. Ever so-slight tart yeasty characteristics. ABV is completely hidden.

This is pleasant enough, but it doesn't have the richness I expect in a stout of this strength. It's a very soft brew. Sort of a strong (ABV-wise) dark mild ale.
Jan 13, 2022
 
Rated: 4 by Velivolus1 from Vermont

Jan 09, 2022
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Reviewed by Alieniloquium from Florida

4.1/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5
16 oz. can. Deep brown, almost black. Smells of lightly fruity yeast notes, toasty brown malts, and a little bit of roasted malt. Tastes of sweet chocolate and toasted malt, hints of yeasty fruitiness, finishes roasty and a little bit bitter. Medium body and remarkably drinkable. Excellent.
Jan 04, 2022
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Reviewed by DaveMaciolek21 from New Jersey

3.77/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
Dark as night pour with a tan head that dissolves quickly, leaving a thin foam layer. Fruity aspects in the flavor lets you know quickly this is a Belgian-style stout. What's most prominent and appealing about this beer is the deep roasty malt qualities that sustain well after swallow. It stays with you, and that's nice on a cold winter night.
Dec 30, 2021
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Reviewed by MaltsOfGlory from Oregon

4.12/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
16oz can, canned about 4 months ago, shouldn’t be a huge issue with a stout

Pours two massive fingers of pillowy brown head into my Willi glass. Retention is average-good, the head fades at a steady rate, but settles into half a finger for quite some time. Initial lacing looks pretty good. Body is pitch black, with minimal hues when held to the light. Looks pretty nice so far.

Nose has an English feel to it at first, dry, slightly roasty. After a few minutes I get a significant Belgian character, nice fruity esters, spicy as well, cinnamon even. A nice malty sweetness and chocolate comes out as well. Smells great.

Small spice on the flavor, cinnamon comes out as it warms, faint fruity esters. Roasty malt, touch of chocolate. Slightly underwhelming potency, but it’s got decent complexity and it tastes pretty nice.

Carbonation is medium-light, pretty soft, which seems appropriate. Body definitely has a little bit of weight to it, a little over medium. A delicate sweetness. Bitterness is very subtle, but provides a nice balance. Mouthfeel works well.

Drinks very nice, it’s pretty well balanced, with a touch of sweetness that isn’t cloying, and a tasty undertone.

Appearance turned out pretty decent. A clever edge of foam hung around the top of the body for most of the beer. Lacing was very patchy, but not bad.

Overall a solid beer that got deeper the longer it had to breathe and warm up. Still mostly subtle flavor additions, but those made for a good complexity and overall yummy beer.
Dec 30, 2021
 
Rated: 3.79 by AWA from California

Dec 27, 2021
 
Rated: 4.24 by mattreitz49 from Florida

Dec 22, 2021
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Reviewed by kp7 from Massachusetts

4.38/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25
I wish more breweries would go this route. So much flavor without all the adjuncts; just great brewing. Beautiful balance of roasted bitterness, dark fruit esters, and a mild chocolate sweetness. Medium bodied with low carb, finishing dry, this is just a great daily drinker.
Dec 21, 2021
 
Rated: 3.91 by Bogdawg from Massachusetts

Dec 19, 2021
 
Rated: 3.81 by Tcsox from Massachusetts

Dec 19, 2021
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Reviewed by Shiredave from New York

4.23/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5
Canning date 5-13-21.
Text book appearance - clear but opaque, deep brown under a doeskin tan head of fine bubbles. Smears of sticky lace and a tenacious film of foam persists, dense like a nitro Guinness.
Aroma is also classic export stout - sweet and scorched notes of molasses and roasted barley, fruity esters of plums and berries. Very little hop spice in the nose - it's all about the malt blend.
The flavor is subtle and luxurious - sweet, roasty and toasty. Lots of cocoa and toffee notes, coffee and brown sugar on granola.
Excellent grain character and complexity. Hop bitterness comes in late and blends beautifully with the black grain dryness though I could use a bit more hop bite in this, it works fine the way it is - unique and old school.
Mouthfeel is medium bodied with the 7.5% almost completely hidden in the rich mix of charred malt and restrained hop rate.
A truly excellent robust stout from one of Americas finest brewers.
Dec 04, 2021
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Reviewed by JohnniEMc from Pennsylvania

4.14/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25
It's close, but it's just not quite as black coffee brown as most stouts. It's more like a dark cola beverage. The fringes certainly show hints of mahogany. The color is bright and the body is opaque. A light tan, somewhat foamy head rose to the top of the clear glass Imperial pint mug. Now no longer within a pint can, the aroma can be determined. It's malty, without the roasted aspect of most stouts. With it can be found hints of the type of yeast used in Belgian styled ales. There is a creaminess to the mouthfeel from onset through the finish. There's good balance to the taste, with just enough pleasant roasted malt character to prove it is a stout. The yeast is barely noticed by the palate. This could be considered a semi-dry, rather than dry stout. Despite the creamy mouthfeel, this is politely light on the tongue. The glass lacing was unspectacular, but not really considered as a demerit.
Nov 30, 2021
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Reviewed by MrOH from Malta

4.36/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.25
Black with some reddish-brown highlights, dense khaki head, great retention, rings of lace
Earthy roast with some cocoa and spice
Smooth roast with a bit of fruit and spice
Medium-heavy bodied with appropriate carbonation
A tasty stout that has a unique flavor without added flavors
Nov 28, 2021
 
Rated: 4.1 by BeerBeast from Florida

Nov 26, 2021
 
Rated: 3.96 by irishevans from California

Nov 21, 2021
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Reviewed by woodchipper from Connecticut

3.79/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
Poured from a 16oz can dated 09/01/21 to a diagonally cut tumbler at approximately 45F.
The body is near black, but reddish at the edges of the glass when held to the light. This beer has an impressive head that is puffy, rocky and deep-tan with multisized bubbles. The head clings to the glass well all the way through the session.
The aroma is not as impressive, nothing but must really; maybe some sense of the Belgian yeast.
The taste is better- Dry start with a hint of chocolate with the Allagash yeast coming through. The finish has plum notes.
The body is a little thin but somehow works with the flavor profile. Despite the large head (or maybe because of it) the carbonation is about right.
Overall this is a departure from stouts I normally favor. Its not special to me, but pretty good for what it is.
Nov 20, 2021
 
Rated: 4.18 by mike22ne from Massachusetts

Nov 18, 2021
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Reviewed by evanwoertz from California

4.41/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
very refreshing to enjoy a straight up stout - properly dark and malty but not really syrupy, smokey, milky, aged or otherwise. it’s rich and complex though only in nature and substance. you get a stout and that’s it. a really enjoyable one at that.
Nov 09, 2021
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Reviewed by snaotheus from Washington

4.18/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
2021-11-04
16oz can served in a Mayflower pint glass. Packaged 09-01-21. Received as retaliation from @WunderLlama in NBS BIF #14.

Pours black in the glass but a translucent dark brown in the stream. Head is fairly small, creamy looking. Moderate amount of visible carbonation. Very thin skin of head floating in broad island on top of this beer. Smell is super roasty, definite coffee notes. Maybe a little anise and chocolate.

Taste is clearly roasty but not a slap in the face; coffee and chocolate are also there. I would say it's a very nice, restrained profile. Dark roasted malt sweetness comes through.

Mouthfeel is tending toward thick and chewy. This is a really nice stout.
Nov 04, 2021
North Sky from Allagash Brewing Company
Beer rating: 89 out of 100 with 142 ratings