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RATINGS: 926   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.7   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 (3929) - 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!


3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
rumproasts (3553) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - MAR 25, 2015
bottle. Near black with one finger head. Surprisingly thin pour for a stout, but has plenty of chocolate malt flavor and light belgian yeast. Decently complex. Would have this again.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
mfhennig (76) - - MAR 22, 2015
Pours black, nice tan head. Aroma of coffee and licorice. Tastes of roast coffee and spice. Smooth creamy texture, nicely carbonated. A very pleasant surprise as I am not a big fan of Belgian style beers.

3.1
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
AdamJackson (3262) - Enfield, New Hampshire, USA - MAR 15, 2015
Dark brown to black with a 1 finger head. Very roasty aroma, sweet, coffee, creamy milk like aroma. Much too sweet for me. Coffee, cream, milk, roasted taste, some burnt sugars.

3.1
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
theMuscle76 (4) - Apex, North Carolina, USA - FEB 27, 2015 does not count
Poured from a bottle black with a sandy colored head. Aroma is of alcohol and slight coffee. Light and somewhat bubbly on the tongue, first hint is of coffee finishing with chocolate and malt.

3.2
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
Chalumeaux (182) - Methuen, Massachusetts, USA - FEB 24, 2015
Poured from bottle black with brown foamy head. Aromas of belgian yeast coffee and chocolate. Taste is sweet chocolate and cocoa with a smooth grain feel slightly bitter at the end. A drinkable but not memorable beer.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
bennetporter (184) - East Falmouth, Massachusetts, USA - FEB 5, 2015
Pours black from a bottle with a small khaki head with large bubbles, quickly dissipating. Aroma is of licorice or anise. Flavor is a very slightly smoky coffee and cola. Good beer.

2.9
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
pacv27 (53) - - FEB 2, 2015
Off white head that is 2 1/2 fingers in depth and dissapates quickly. Mahogany Brown in color with that amber hues. Not getting much in the aroma, just some funky earth notes. The taste is better. The taste has a definite roasty character with dark chocolate present throughout. Also getting a nutty character in this beer. The mouthfeel is a little thinner then I would like. Not a bad beer, but I was expecting more.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
bwa5879 (772) - Portage, Michigan, USA - FEB 1, 2015
Really dark brown pour with no notable head. Aroma of belgian waffles, sweet chocolate, a bit of sweeter fruit. Average carbonation, really clean effervescent finish. Taste of chalky grain, a bit of ashy/mesquite smoke, melon, malty chocolate, belgian yeast, deeply roasted coffee.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
berkshirejohn (4916) - Bracknell, Berkshire, ENGLAND - JAN 28, 2015
12oz bottle from Wegmans, West Seneca, NY. A hazy dark chestnut pour with a ring of beige head; oaty aroma with a touch of chocolate; silky milk chocolate taste, with a sweet grainy body, and a pleasant bitterness; the finish is dry with obvious alcohol and some coffee grounds.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
woodychevy (562) - - JAN 14, 2015
On tap at Thirsty Monk Downtown downstairs. Pours dark and imposing- decent head. Typical dark beer notes- roast, chocolate, coffee with the Belgian notes subtle but effective. Medium to big mouthfeel and really smooth. Perfect for a cold winter’s night.


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