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RATINGS: 1004   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.7/5   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


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4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
ClarkVV (5698) - 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!


3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
bigben873 (205) - Virginia, USA - JUL 29, 2016
Joint oUT of my comfort zone with a Belgian, but pretty good without the sweet Belgian flavor.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
stef73 (544) - Trois-Rivieres, Quebec, CANADA - JUL 21, 2016
Achète lors d un voyage aux usa, Biere de couleur noir avec un peu everfesssance et le col est couleur moka . On n’a des notes de chocolat et de ttorrification. C est où on goûte le chocolat un peu Lait avec un côté de Israël le est quand même lèger . Bonne Biere

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
PanMarek (223) - Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 17, 2016
Proper stout nose, rich, roasted malts, dark coffee and a little yeast. Dark brown, opaque with tan foam. The taste is roasted malt and some coffee and chocolate come through with some moderate flavors of bread and yeast. Finishes with malty darkness. Overall very smooth and drinkable. Medium - heavy body with low - moderate fizz. Sampled at Wurst Party Ever 7 November 2015.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
rentonj7 (207) - Havertown, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 8, 2016
Deep reddish black pour that lets some light through. Big coffee, some chocolate, licorice, roasted malts on nose. Flavor carries same as aroma with flavors trading prominence through finish - has a pleasant boozy backbone. Some nuttiness and a nice bitter finish. Medium and slick mouthfeel.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
GenDV138 (5732) - Falls Church, Virginia, USA - JUL 7, 2016
4 oz pour on draft at Spacebar. Dark brownish black with light tan head. Aromas of dark chocolate, roasty notes. Tastes of dark chocolate, roasty notes, light licorice. Medium-full body with a dry finish.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
BenL8 (60) - SWITZERLAND - JUN 30, 2016
UPDATED: JUN 30, 2016 Bottle. Pours black with little head. Aroma is mild but nice, very roasty, caramel, dark malts. Flavour is quite complex, lots of dark malts, with a sweetish, bitter finish. Nice! Can’t really sense the Belgian flavours....

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
iquito (12) - - JUN 30, 2016
Very roasty/stouty aroma, and nice white foam. it is like a really good dry stout with a bit of a sweet touch.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Alpha10 (600) - Ontario, CANADA - JUN 25, 2016
2016/06/25 - Pours a black colour with a foamy, khaki head that lingers and leaves moderate lacing. Aroma is yeast, toasted bread, roasted malt, coffee, light smoke and dark bitter chocolate. Taste follows nose; toasted bread, yeast, roasted coffee, nutty tones, earthy hops, bitter cocoa and just a hint of alcohol. Mouthfeel is medium and silky with sharp carbonation and a toasty, bitter finish. Lots of coffee and cocoa with minimal sweetness. Nice. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Slubgob (304) - West Hartford, USA - JUN 23, 2016
12 oz bottle into pint glass. Looks like weaker coffee, off-white lingering head. Slightly sweat nose, suggestion of raisins, some roasted malts deep in the background. In the mouth, mostly light malt. Not really getting the chocolate. A bit of bitter in the back. A decent, but oddly sort of dull stout.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
koleminer20 (2413) - Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA - JUN 16, 2016
Sample poured at Allagash. The pour is a reddish brown with a huge light tan head that falls to a film leaving all kinds of lace. The aroma is full of metallic malts. There is a light cocoa to it, but it is a little messy. There isn’t a lot happening. The flavor is a little better, but not much. The malts are lighter and slightly roasted with a string metallic bit lingering on. The mouth feel is thin and watery with a light carbonation and slightly sweet aftertaste. This one is pretty weird, and quite disappointing.


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