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RATINGS: 966   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.7/5   EST. CALORIES: 225   ABV: 7.5%
Allagash Black, our new Belgian style stout, is brewed with German 2 row barley, Torrified wheat and oats, balanced by a large addition of Belgian dark candi to give the Black a full and silky mouthfeel. Roasted malts give this stout its classic chocolate, toast and malty taste, and contribute to chocolate notes and a hint of roasted coffee in the aroma. The Black is fermented with a Belgian yeast strain and refermented in the bottle with the methode champenoise to make this beer truly unique. Availability: 750 ml bottles, 5.17 gal kegs ABV: 7.5% Original Gravity: 1.072 Recommended Serving Temperature: 55°F Recommended Cellaring Temperature: 55°F

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jimhilt (2490) - Bow, New Hampshire, USA - DEC 27, 2008
Pours with a three-finger light tan head that fades slowly leaving some lace. Totally black color. Light carbonation and heavy bodied. Roasted coffee nose. Flavor is roasted coffee with a slight sweet background, burnt coffee finish. Nice Belgian stout. Pricey at $13.00 for a 750ml bottle from a Tully’s Beer & Wine Wells, ME.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
nramsburg (259) - New York, New York, USA - DEC 26, 2008
Bottle. Pours to, well..black. Fairly small sized head. Aroma of deep chocolate, coffee and a hint of yeast as well. Definite undertones of toasted malty flavor. The body is fairly thin with a good deal of effervescence. I had expected a bit more syrupy feel for a stout but this is a real treat. Unexpectedly light without sacrificing flavor at all. Notes on the aroma come through, with a bit more toasted flavor. Fairly sweet finish. Impressive beer.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
ElDuderino (184) - Hyde Park, Massachusetts, USA - DEC 24, 2008
On tap at the Publick House in Brookline. The body is a semi transparent black with dark caramel colors at the edges. A big tall light brown head has good resiliency and leaves a nice thick lacing on the glass. The smell is mostly sweet malts with some dry hay or dusty wood notes. The flavor starts out sweet and woody but finishes with a lot of yeasty bread and bitterness. In addition the mouthfeel was really airy and light which confused my pallate. I felt like this beer wanted to have a sour profile but never really got there, and the sweet stout aspects were not coheshive with the belgian yeast and malt profiles.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
KimJohansen (10404) - Frederiksberg C, DENMARK - DEC 24, 2008
Black with medium beige head. Sweet aroma with plenty of roasted malt, coffee and dark bitter chocolate. Flavour likewise hints of lemon from the hops. Powerfull roasted finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
nickd717 (3782) - San Francisco, California, USA - DEC 19, 2008
On tap at City Beer Store in SF. Aroma of roasted chocolate malt and Belgian yeast. Taste of coffee, yeast, and dark fruits. Average on the mouthfeel for a stout. Dangerously drinkable.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Quevillon (2728) - Boisbriand, Quebec, CANADA - DEC 15, 2008
Bouteille de 750ml, acheté au City Market à Burlington, Vermont le 25 septembre 2008. Noir comme la nuit, petit collet. Arome de malte roti et sucré, quelques notes de fruits sûrette. Goût très bien malté, des notes de cacao avec une légère touche amère et une finission sucré. Une jolie stout cochonne bien savoureuse!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
HonkeyBra (3849) - Lemont, Illinois, USA - DEC 13, 2008
Pours black with a fluffy, off white head. Chocolate candy nose with a belgian yeast influence. Flavor is smooth. Chocolate, tobacco, slight coffee, and candy sugar. Some yeast too. Absolutely great.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
popery (1741) - San Francisco, California, USA - DEC 11, 2008
On tap at Toronado. Big disappointment for me after a lengthy period of coveting this beer. Overly sweet but very complex flavor with notes of sweet chocolate and vanilla coming through the strongest. Licorice-roasted-malt-oak-earthiness-coffee were all present as well. The candi comes through strongly. Very mild feel. Clearly a lot of effort is put into this beer and it is appreciated. Unfortunately the end result was underwhelming for a fairly price Allagash brew. Too sweet and too mild.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
frankenkitty (1984) - Oak Lawn, Illinois, USA - DEC 4, 2008
A soft yet sudsy mocha head fades rather quickly over a deep brown body bronzed with garnet highlights. Sweet grape/taffy aroma with chocolate malt and light roastiness beneath. Full and fluffy in the mouth. Flavor is chocolaty with moderately cloying sugars. Mild coffee roasts make attempts at bittering, but the sweetness is quite dominating. Some vinous notes in the finish. Drinking this was comparable to craving some high quality chocolate and biting into some cheapo off-brand. Drinkable, but I winced a lot. ~~~~~750 ml of unknown origin, consumed December 2008.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
JB175 (1665) - Bucks County, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 30, 2008
Darker brown pour with a medium head. Aroma is a bit grainy with some light chocolate and dark bread. Flavor is mostly a brown ale thats light on the nuttiness and a tad heavier on the chocolate. Not bad, but pretty weak for Allagash.

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