ClarkVV (3892) - Allston, Massachusetts, USA - JAN 7, 2009
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
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!
MrFecesious (1091) - British Columbia, CANADA - DEC 13, 2014
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle share. Hazy dark brown. Aroma of Belgian yeast, chocolate, coffee, prunes. Taste is bittersweet. Creamy smooth dry finish.
jottis140 (10) - - DEC 13, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
A belgian black ale that pours, black... go figure. Rich malt aroma and flavor, with a touch of spice notes from yeast.
VT (1666) - Quebec City, Quebec, CANADA - DEC 9, 2014
3.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
750 ml bottle. Pours a slightly orange black with a resilient, pale beige to white head. Aroma is chocolate, coffee, wood, herbs and pine tree. Flavor is sweet chocolate, candy, black licorice and cocoa. Finish is a tad bit tart and lemony. Unexpected!. Rather dry. Light to medium body, average carbonation.
John25 (677) - Middletown, New Jersey, USA - DEC 2, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Dark cola brown, soapy tan head. Roasted barley aroma with dark fruit/raisin. The taste adds Belgian yeast notes and licorice. Smooth drinkable palate with low carb. Very tasty.
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radarsock (1000) - Vermont, USA - NOV 18, 2014
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: NOV 22, 2014 I hate my tablet. How can my rating not have been saved? *Updated (slightly inebriated) Rating*. Purchased in town earlier today. $7.99 for the 750 mL bottle. (As a sidenote, astonishment exists to such a degree that I haven’t Ratebeer-classified this specific Foreign Stout before entering it in the database now. How couldn’t I? Get buzzed fast, I guess...for the majority of 1.3 years? Fuck.) To oversized snifter, it pours a samey mahogany/rust brown-tinted charcoal (black, dipshit), with which a watered-down khaki head 1 finger in length stood. Aromas of pipe tobacco, candied sugar, dried lavender, blue agave syrup, roasted bartlett pears, Belgian yeast (no shit, dumbass), topsoil, cognac heat, and the faintest hint of fresh chopped mint. Tastes the same with the addition of black tea, graham crackers, noble hops, white chocolate, and avocados. A tinge, I guess you could say, of "hospitable earthiness", unripe blueberries, and cooking mushrooms (shiitake, silan, etc.), too, experienced at swallow. Undeniably fruitier than I was expecting.
AndyW68 (1155) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - NOV 16, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 12/20
Enjoyable. Black red with tan head. Aroma is sweet candied cherry. Taste adds a smokey bitterness. Not great, but good.
tillmac62 (255) - Gaffney, South Carolina, USA - NOV 14, 2014
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
BOD 156/14. Pours almost black with a quite a bit of dark ruby. Normal head with above normal lacing and retention. Light nose of chocolate, Belgian yeast, candi sugar and hints of dark fruit and roast. Medium bodied with a nice slick texture that hints at creaminess. Above normal carbonation with effervescence in the middle and finish. The excellent flavor profile is of reasonable intensity, quite complex and exceptionally balanced. It begins with semisweet dark chocolate over a very mild roast character. As the effervescent middle begins, the chocolate fades to candi sugar sweetness and more of the roast character is noted. As this sweetness fades, dark fruit notes come to the forefront. The finish is smooth, but has dry characteristics, and a bit of hop flavor and bitterness in addition to hints of coffee. A slight dark chocolate note lingers. The alcohol (7.5%) is totally hidden.
bigda83 (281) - Jamestown, New York, USA - NOV 11, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a dark brown to almost black with a small foamy tan head. Aroma is roasted coffee, chocolate, and belgian yeast strands. Taste of espresso, dark chocolate, yeast, and a hint of black licorice. Kind of an oily texture and pretty good beer. Allagash makes some great ones, can’t wait to try more.
ARH (557) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - NOV 6, 2014
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
On tap poured into a snifter. Aromas of cacao come through with noted of roastedness and smoke. Secondary aromas include some caramel, and vanilla, and lactose. The beer is dark and nearly opaque with a brown black color and a creamy tan head. A thick, dense ring is retained with a wispy surface. Ample dense lace is left on the glass. The beer is a medium high level of sweet with a mild bitter. A creamy texture accompanies a soft carbonation in this medium-full bodied beet. The beer is primarily chocolate, but has smokey flavor notes, roasted grains, and raisins in the background. The finish is dry cacao, and is relatively clean. There’s a light chocolate bar and caramel aftertaste.
slowrunner77 (6081) - Reno, Nevada, USA - OCT 19, 2014
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
"It would be a better beer at half the price. $10 for a B is a little much. Looks great out of the bottle, with a nice fluffy brown head and black body. Smells of dry chocolate and roasted malt and a hint of smoke, great smell, just a little weak. Thin body, i was hoping for a little more complexity. It pretty much tasted like 2/3 dry stout, 1/3 belgian. very dry on the finish. 2013 a little more cola colored than I remember, but the feel is better, so it evens out."