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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
Dorwart (2386) - Robbinsville, New Jersey, USA - JUN 9, 2008
Strong tan head of fine bubbles. Reducs to a thick sticky sheet of lacing and a rocky topped head. Roasdted grains, chocolate, crusty bread and some oatmeal. Color is a very dark brownish black. Good helping of roasted grains again, dark chocolate, a hint of raisin and some late smoke. Decent biterness with a light hops presence. Finishes creamy and a bit astringent. Very easy drinking. A damn good brew from Allagash.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
beerinmarch (2830) - Washington, USA - JUN 9, 2008
On tap at Belmont Station in Portland. Pours very dark brown with a soft khaki head. Earthy roasted malt nose, bakers chocolate and a soft oak and clove note. More of a stout then well anything Belgian style, although the palate was lighter, almost airy which i’ll admit doesn’t fit the stout characteristics well for me. It was a good brew, but when I get roastiness I like a little more body behind it, maybe it helps keep the flavor around for me or something. This felt like more of a quick roasty tease then the higher carbonated and dried out palate flushes that away.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
hotstuff (4269) - Indiana, USA - JUN 8, 2008
Bottle at stout tasting at bdigi66. Poured a small tan head that was mostly lasting, opaque, no visible carbonation, and very little lacing. The aroma consisted of roasted malts, some hops, sugary, some coffee, and a hint of chocolate. The flavor was malt, sugar, chocolate, some coffee, thin, and watery. Smooth, watery and thin mouthfeel and light-medium bodied. Quaffable, but somewhat on the thin side; however, tasty nonetheless. Worthy of a try if it comes your way.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
DKTN (110) - Mc Donald, Tennessee, USA - JUN 8, 2008
Bottle, 750ml. Poured in a goblet. Black with a small tan head. Malty aroma with notes of dark fruit and caramel. Very full bodied and extremely well-balanced. One of the best beers I’ve ever had.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
stegosaurus (1882) - Levittown, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 5, 2008
Bottle sampled with Mad_Indian, and PR Frank. Picked up @ canals in Burlington. Pours black with a small tan head. Aroma of roasted chocolate malts, belgian yeast and spices. The flavor is smooth, chocolate, and spices. Very nice blend of the stout style and belgian style. Good brew.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
tmoreau (2562) - Lombard, Illinois, USA - JUN 4, 2008
On tap at the Bavarian Lodge, Lisle, Il. Goblet served. Light head with a deep black/brown hue. Pleasant mid stout with light mocha/ coffee tones. Went very well with the Hunter schnitzel

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Rastacouere (6137) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JUN 3, 2008
Objectively speaking: A fun example of this pleasant and rare Belgian stout “style”.
I like: Very effective palate, authentic carbonation and malt structure. Appropriate roastiness level to avoid any astringency, yet cut through sweetness sufficiently. Sweet beginning, but relatively dry finish.
I dislike: Not as much character as some to its yeastiness. Some esters manage to peak through, but it never reaches too far, no attempt is being made at integrating a trace of sourness etc – it is mostly limited to plain breadiness, thus losing a lot of its Belgian potential.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
wickedpete (634) - Lexington Park, Maryland, USA - JUN 3, 2008
Black bodied. Weak coffee and chocolate aroma with a touch of sweetness. Very dry dark coffee flavor in a watery body.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
AgentSteve (1640) - SF Bay Area, California, USA - JUN 3, 2008
On tap @ Mission Pizza, pours almost black with a two finger creamy head. The nose and flavor are very close, with a subtle smokiness, malt sweetness, and a bit of spice and yeast. A bit lively, yet smooth on the palate.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
MartinT (8127) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JUN 1, 2008
UPDATED: OCT 26, 2008 My Bottom Line:
Fluffy roastiness delineates a yeasty fruitiness, as chocolatey opinions team up with minty spiciness to liven up this gentle and thoughtful Belgian-style Stout (whatever that means).

Further Personal Perceptions:
-A ring of foam circles the brownish black.
-The roasted malt provides some decent bitterness.
-The mouthfeel is authentically Belgian, classy and peacefully effervescent.
-The inherent spiciness is peppery at times as well.
-The fruit character developed by the yeast and the sugars recalls dates, at times.
-This seems to age quite well; more will have to be had (for scientific purposes, of course...)


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