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RATINGS: 917   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.71   EST. CALORIES: 225   ABV: 7.5%
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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


3.8
   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.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
MartinT (8135) - 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...)

Bottles.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
cmillward (497) - San Francisco, California, USA - MAY 30, 2008
Bottle @ GOBF 08. Pours black with a smallish off-white head. Smells of chocolate, some coffee, some fruit hints, yeast. Rich malts, bitter chocolate, coffee, some fruity phenols, a touch acidic, a little bready yeast flavor. Quite smooth and dries nicely. Very nice.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
TeamTrappist (830) - jericho, New York, USA - MAY 29, 2008
On tap. Poured nice and black, with a thin yellow head. There is no doubt that this beer is what the brewer says it is, a belgian stout. Nicely carbonated, with a medium bodied mouthful that goes down real easy. Some burnt notes, and hints of chocolate and coffee. I often dislike combination beers, but I really like this beer. Very similar to De Dolle Extra. Nice strong bitter finish too. Good solid beer.

3.9
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
jthg (84) - Austin, Texas, USA - MAY 28, 2008
4 beers in. It is straight up black goodness. First, it smacks you in the nose with a whopping dose of coffee and dark chocolate. When you stick it in your mouth, you quickly realize that it is packing: a strong roasty, toasty astringency. This is a smooth operator of a beer. Don’t mess with this one! In the end, the black version of the Allagash white is just bigger.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
FirmButtstone (48) - Cedar Rapids, Iowa, USA - MAY 26, 2008
Very nice toasted malt with a distinct Belgian character. I really like this beer and could drink it all night. Not too rich to mask the Belgian qualitys, but rich enough to get the stout notes in there. Very tasty.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
VTHopHead (1511) - Barre, Vermont, USA - MAY 26, 2008
Draft at the Great Lost Bear in Portland - Poured a very dark brown/black in color with a small tan head. Aroma was strong of darkly roasted malts, coffee yeast and brown sugar. Flavor was strong of roasted malts, coffee, chocolate and bready yeast. Medium bitter. This is a good one...

3.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
KingpinIPA (841) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - MAY 26, 2008
Thanks to brewblackhole for the share. Dark color. Smell of coffee, candy, spice, prunes and hops. Taste of chocolate, hops, malt, spice, caramel and berries.

3.5
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
marcus (6785) - Sacramento, California, USA - MAY 25, 2008
This black ale poured with a fluffy brown head. There is a heavy carbonated malt flavor with notes of chocolate, treacle and coffee, and a dry bitter finish.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
MadIndian (2435) - Levittown, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 25, 2008
Bottle from Canals, sampled with Stegosaurus..Black pour with thin tan head. Nice spicey, cocoas aroma. Flavor is a bready, spicey chocolate with a hint of smoke and coffee back bite. I enjoyed this.


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