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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 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
Schroppfy (2360) - Łódż, Warsaw, Poland; Michigan, Ohio, USA - APR 27, 2008
Nicely bittered, with just an acidic touch reminiscent of coffee. Underlying soft, sugary sweetness. Aroma of wood, baked bread and a little burned oatmeal. Alcohol apparent in the nose, but not the flavor. Goes down very easy, but at the moment the beer (in Expedition snifter) is still too cold; about 53-54 deg, but not warm enough yet. A little thin. Nice lookin’; a little lighter brown than expected.

Someone mentioned milk stout, and there is definitely a lingering lactic component to the flavor...

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
JFURYCAT (1079) - East Stroudsburg, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 26, 2008
On tap at River Street Ale House in Pittston and listed on menu as Allagash Brun (retired beer). Nice initial sweetness somewhat supported by its yeasty character and bitter quotient but quite flavorful in the end. I wasn’t screaming for a repeat but it was pleasant to drink nevertheless. I didn’t really detect too many chocolate or coffee tones but am biased by what I drank before this one.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
HopheadHans (804) - Bay Area, California, USA - APR 26, 2008
UPDATED: MAY 19, 2008 Tap. Pours black with a smallish head. Aromas of some bread, coffee and some cloves. Flavors of dough, yeast and coffee and dark fruit, in additopn there is some smokiness. Reminds me a bit of a milk stout. I think the body is too thin though, this flaw makes an otherwise outstanding beer only good.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
kenb (1102) - Oregon, USA - APR 22, 2008
750ml bottle via Mys Wap 3.0 (thanks to whoever sent!). Nose is sweet with belgian yeast. Taste starts with the sweet candy, cloves, bananas, then some roastiness. Body is light, carbonation is light/medium. The candy and burnt grains do not blend real well, leaving this a nice attempt but in the end a beer that seems confused and unsure of itself.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
georgekappus (296) - Brookfield, Connecticut, USA - APR 21, 2008
Bottle. Pours black with a thick chocolate colored head. Aroma was thick, roasted malt, and tobacco. Taste was sweet, roasted malt, tobacco flavored smokiness with a tinge of a copperiness. Thick and hardy on the palate. An excellent brew.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
MrRain (472) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - APR 21, 2008
750ml bottle poured into a Sam Adams specialty glass. AB pours dark brown... just shy of black actually. The tan head is large and fluffy. The initial aroma is very metallic but the beer is colder than it should be. I’ll let it warm up first. Even after warming there is a very large metallic aroma that drowns everything else out. This stout is carbonated a tad higher than I expected but it doesn’t detriment to taste or palate. Allagash has created a stout that reminds me a great deal of Lion Stout (Sri Lanka) but a tad sweeter. As they claim there is a hint of roasted coffee and malt. The oats smooth the body out nicely. It’s a tad sweet for my taste but I’m willing to overlook that in light of the exceptional balance, complexity and uniqueness. The finish is oily and lingers long after the beer is finished to ensure you don’t experience post-stout-depression.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
rmussman (1702) - California, USA - APR 20, 2008
A very very well crafted stout. Pours dark back with a pretty thick head that slowly bubbles away. Taste is very smooth with a very earthy taste. Well balanced and worth the price. Another classic from Allagash.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
biz82 (1328) - austin, Texas, USA - APR 19, 2008
Mild woody cocoa aroma , lightly tart. Very smooth and soft on the palate. Mellow roasted flavor with sharp Belgian yeast character in the background. Lingering sweet dark candi flavor. Little hop character and low bitterness. Very well balanced and a pleasure to drink.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Strykzone (4912) - Wood River, Illinois, USA - APR 18, 2008
Dark brown with a big tan head. Good retention. Nice aroma of chocolate and toffee. Anise, chocolate, coffee, roastiness, and yeast. Aftertaste of dark chocolate that is somewhat sour. Some dark fruit shows up late. Feels thin at times and rich and creamy at others. A unique stout and a delight to sample.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
vyvvy (3951) - Florissant, Missouri, USA - APR 18, 2008
Pours very dark brown with a caramel hue and a dense dark tan head. The aroma has milk chocolate, roasted malt, anise, other spices and lots of rich creaminess - smells delicious. Medium / full body that has crispness to it due to the sharp carbonatioin. The flavor starts off with char and chocolate, some spiciness and is much drier than expected for something that has candi sugar as an ingredient. There is light chalkiness to the chase. The finish has lots of burnt charred malt with a hint of dark chocolate. This is a real treat. It struck me more as a well crafted stout than a Belgium style stout. Either way it is a great beer.

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