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RATINGS: 975   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

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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
ClarkVV (4855) - Allston, Massachusetts, USA - JAN 7, 2009
In the last half of 2007, the biere du jour seemed to be the Belgian stout (with most versions pushing the imperial status as far as gravity was concerned). Allagash cashed in towards the end of this trend and really capped things off with what I’d consider to be the best commercial example of the "style". So patience really paid off here. Having had samples of the bottle, cask and draught from batch 1 onwards, the beer began great and has remained functionally unchanged in its present incarnation. I found the bottle, with its penchant for evolving more quickly thanks to the more rapid bottle refermentation when compared to a keg, and its more spritzy carbonation (though this is hardly a "spritzily" carbonated beer), to be a bit more dry, and more focused in its dual display of sweet chocolate and dry, moderately bitter roast; though detracting little from the draught version, which is simply more of a hearty, chewier, slightly more sweet "foreign" stout, in the real sense of the style (which it only somewhat approximates). No, the bottle is certainly more a roasty American stout-meets-Belgian yeast. Light notes of vanilla, cocoa and chocolate syrup are found in all versions, with a medium-dry finish in all cases, as well. What I really applaud here is the restraint on the gravity/abv which allows for more focus on the malt and yeast and avoids any obtrusive alcohol sharpness/dryness/heat. The cask was delicious as well, achieving a chocolate fudge iced cream-like flavor and consistency, with fresh Belgian yeast softness on the finish and a creamy mouthfeel that turned it more towards the decadent. Bravo Allagash!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Shag (2738) - Chattanooga, Tennessee, USA - FEB 6, 2016
Dark brown with a minimal beige head. Aroma is chocolate, brown sugar, and toffee. Taste is sweet with some molasses, toffee, and caramel. Like a liquid Heath Bar. Hellz yeah. Overall very tasty.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
migwell (211) - Northampton, Massachusetts, USA - FEB 4, 2016
Bottle into a Belgian ale glass. Roasty, yeasty aroma. Very dark brown appearance. This stout has quite a bit of complexity, with nothing in the mix being too overwhelming. The balance of yeast, coffee, chocolate, dark fruit and sugar flavor is subtle and well done. Medium body with a creamy mouth feel and a bit of a bitter coffee finish. A decent brew.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
sdg (142) - SWITZERLAND - FEB 4, 2016
Very dark brown to black color, light brown head - Aroma of dark chocolate, coffee, maybde some hints of ash, rather earthy hops - Taste is medium to heavily bitter - medium to full body, rather creamy mouthfeel, average carbonation - long and bitter finish. Nice.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
eRock_2013 (374) - South Carolina, USA - FEB 1, 2016
A true crossover brew, this offering from Allagash features both stout and Belgian aspects, with a strong roasted coffee appearance and flavor, along with a sweet Belgian yeast contrast. Some chocolate cocoa flavors as well. Mouthfeel is only an average smoothness with a slightly bitter roasty finish. I found the flavor profile exceptional but everything else is just par for the course.!Decent and different, seems like it has weaker points but a distinguished beer overall.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Cimbasso (558) - - JAN 30, 2016
This is a dark, almost black beer, with a foamy tan head. Aromas of roasted malts, chocolate and dark berries. Rich taste of chocolate, coffee dark raisins. Not too bitter with a creamy, full mouthfeel. A very good stout with enticing aromas and a rich, complex taste. Excellent.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
eduardovl (1192) - SWITZERLAND - JAN 20, 2016
330ml bottle served in a tulip glass. Pours a deep black color forming a creamy and solid tan head with good retention but only few lacings left in the glass. Nose is roasted and sweet with strong notes of dark chocolate, licorice, candi sugar and roasted malts, of course. Grassy hops profile. Flowery. Taste follows the nose, sweet and roasted upfront taste. Notes of dark chocolate, licorice, candi sugar and roasted malts. Grassy hops. Medium bitterness. Heavy body. Medium carbonation. Roasted malts and dark chocolate in the aftertaste. Good drinkability. Strong Belgian character.

   AROMA 2/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Itzjerm (1901) - Taft, Tennessee, USA - JAN 17, 2016
I don't know why this has good reviews? No aroma light bottle and sweetness. Mouthfeel thin. Peppery taste bitterness alight astringent flavor. Not my thing. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
RafeAU (629) - Los Angeles, California, USA - DEC 28, 2015
Bottle in LA. Pours deep black with ruby tinge, off white head. Roasted malt and some hop sourness on the aroma. Chocolate first, coffee and distinct astringency on the finish. Not sweet at all, moderately dry and bitter finish with a little hop aroma. Medium carbonation, very creamy, medium body. Not sure if the Belgian yeast is contributing any character, but it’s a nice stout.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
phillybass (81) - Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 16, 2015
No aroma. Dark. Malty and roasty and slightly sweet. Better than expected. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Hiledd (41) - Massachusetts, USA - DEC 9, 2015
Dark brown, stout body, but fruit of Belgium comes through, grapefruit and orange ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

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