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RATINGS: 958   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.7   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 (4429) - 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 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Beerblogger100 (50) - Oceanside, California, USA - OCT 3, 2015
Big bottle bomber, nice un assuming label. Poured black with tan head. Aromas of chocolate and coffee. Taste of coffee and roasted malts. Very silky smooth mouthfeel. Wonderful toffee finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
tfontana (211) - Fremont, New Hampshire, USA - OCT 1, 2015
Bottle. Aroma is cocoa, roasted malt, with some fruity esters. Appearance is dark (couldn’t tell any more since it stayed in bottle). Taste was much like aroma--medium sweet cocoa and roastiness with mix sweet/sour fruity esters. Palate is medium bodied with creamy/silky texture and lively carbonation. Nice long finish like aroma and taste. Overall, this was yummy. Not an officianado of the style but, if this is representative, then I need to try more.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Scopey (9768) - Croydon, Greater London, ENGLAND - SEP 24, 2015
Tap at Allagash. It pours darkest brown with a thick light tan head. The nose is toasty, earthy roast, light spice, charred wood, plain chocolate and rivita. The taste is bitter, earthy roast, toast, molasses, candy sugar, dark fruit, spice, cardboard, rivita and chard stuff with quite a dry, earthy finish. Medium body and moderate, foamy carbonation. Too much rivita going on. Fair at best for my personal tastes.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
Lukaduke (2737) - Gray, Maine, USA - SEP 10, 2015
Taster at the brewery but have drank this a million times since 2001 ish. Pours a deep burnt umber color with a touch van dyke brown on the edges and a finger of slightly khaki foam. Lots of roast, some underlying yeast complexity. Soft coffee undertones, plum, roasted grain, slight touch of anise and gentian root linger in the finish. Carbonation keeps it on the lighter side.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
manuelMTL (240) - Montréal, Quebec, CANADA - SEP 6, 2015
Pour is black with a frothy white head. Nose is fresh bread, some roastiness and a hint of fruity Belgian yeast. Taste is estery with distinct roasted notes and a long dark chocolate finish. Medium to low bitterness. Silky mouthfeel. Very smooth for such a high ABV. Great interpretation of a stout!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
pivo (2646) - GERMANY - SEP 4, 2015
Chocolate nose with some yeast. Coffee flavor with a roasted grain finish. Heavy body, Chewy mouth folk.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
yumyum (218) - barrie, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 30, 2015
Really good brew for a 7.5% brew. Very smooth in spite of the healthy carbonation on pour and moderate retention. Roasty chocolate a hint of dark fruit perhaps. Seas the sure whether to age this or not so split the difference and sat on it for 9months or so. Did I mention it was smooth.....soooooo smooth. Rebut for sur

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
cpetrone84 (1732) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 30, 2015
Pour is dark brown with a light tan head. Nose is moderate roast, a bit of oily hop resin, notes of citrus, candied sugar and a touch of belgian yeast. Flavor is overly roasted, slightly bitter, citrus hop, lightly creamy with a hint of milk chocolate, light grainy yeast. Soft feel, high carb, creamy texture.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
hman43 (693) - Pinehurst, North Carolina, USA - AUG 28, 2015
Appearance is black with light lacing. Aromas of roasted malts, brown sugar. Sweet initial taste, smokey, roasted malts like dark chocolate.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
ryanscourt (1016) - Latrobe, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 28, 2015
Reminds me more of a porter than stout in its body. Roasty nose, porter mouth feel. Fair amount of hops and bitterness.

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