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RATINGS: 1017   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.7/5   EST. CALORIES: 225   ABV: 7.5%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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: 55F Recommended Cellaring Temperature: 55F

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4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
ClarkVV (6409) - Boston, 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 Id 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 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
kevinator63 (36) - California, USA - APR 11, 2017
UPDATED: APR 11, 2017 Lovely ebony black stout. Silky on the tongue, notes of smoke, coffee, sweet chocolate and caramel. One of the sweeter stouts I?ve had. Overall, it?s good, with everything I enjoy about a good, black stout. From a bottle gifted by a friend. I?ll pick it up when I see it again.

3.1
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
ludhaber (126) - Massachusetts, USA - MAR 24, 2017
The beer has weak aroma. The yeast taste is buried behind dark chocolate malt which is pretty harsh.The flavor is quite complex and it is interesting. I am just not sold on it.

3.6
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
geologyguy (1534) - Columbia, South Carolina, USA - MAR 5, 2017
Light roasted smell...Almost no smell...Taste is much more bold....And good sweetness...Warming smooth malt...Light roastiness...Medium complexity...Good mouthfeel

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
GarrettB (1562) - San Diego, California, USA - MAR 3, 2017
November 25th, 2014 - Allagash Black is black, front to back, though the the foam wasnt really stacked. With a sniff, the beer I attacked, rich with charcoal and wet stone, backed with a little chicory too. The flavor was packed with alcohol and light raisins, though lacked a heavier palate. Instead the carbonation was jacked, almost rough on the aftertaste.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
rand (1660) - SWITZERLAND - JAN 29, 2017
A Stout which makes in the sweetness, share round by roasted, with notes of licorice, dark chocolate and toast. Bitter is on the roasted coated by earthy and grassy hop. Silky texture and long and roasted finale with grape and a touch of sweetness.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Jow (3821) - New York, USA - JAN 27, 2017
Guess I never had this so grabbed a bottle probably a tad old. Browner pour. Nose is burnt coffee. Taste of roasted malt, chocolate, cofffee ground, earthy, prunes, licorice. Creamy mouthfeel little burnt toast on finish.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
tapefuzz (372) - Massachusetts, USA - JAN 15, 2017
12oz bottle. Pours dark brown with a tiny beige head. Aroma is somewhat metallic, yeasty, and with a little coffee coming through as it warms. Taste is toffee malt, chocolate, some coffee, a little dark fruit, and a good amount of yeast. A touch of pepper. Lightly roasty with a bitter hop finish. Medium body. Moderate carbonation. A little watery but a pleasingly oil mouthfeel overall.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
17Beer (308) - Connecticut, USA - JAN 11, 2017
Room-filling aromas of yeast malt and licorice. Pours a deep black brown with a thin tan head. Big flavors of sweet coffee and chalk well balanced. Mild carbonation with an oily mouthfeel. Complex with a nice distinctive style. Very good.

3.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
thepatrickman (1221) - Durham, New Hampshire, USA - DEC 23, 2016
Bottle from the brewery. This is a very complex beer -- its got some similarities to a Dubbel, with a raisin bread sweetness that reminds me of some of the best Belgian dubbels, but it also has a roasted malt character that reminds me of Guinness. Fruit esters from the yeast, before it finishes quick and clean. Its almost like someone brewed a stout with berries...

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Larry_Duffman (498) - - DEC 14, 2016
I poured it from the bottle into a glass. It pours dark brown with a fluffy, beige head and lacing. The aroma is roasted coffee and dark fruit. The taste is coffee, raisin, some chocolate, and spice. Theres less chocolate than advertised. I dont mean that as a bad thing though. Its really smooth and nicely balanced. I like the Belgian twist to this. It sets it apart.


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