ajnepple (6625) - Denver, Colorado, USA - JUL 3, 2017 ClarkVV (6710) - Boston, 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!
12 oz single bottle from Total Wine & More - Laguna Hills. Deep reddish brown colored and clear in appearance with a tan head. Aroma of flavor of black licorice, fruity esters, molasses, light chocolate and hints of candy sugar, coffee and Belgian yeast. A little intense at first, but much better as it warms. An interesting stout overall. ZodiacM (1190) - NETHERLANDS - JUN 11, 2017
LCI. Uit de fles geschonken. Heerlijke Belgium-style stout: gerookte mout, koffie en hop, licht rokerig. Prima stout/dark ale Bacchus66 (391) - South Carolina, USA - JUN 10, 2017
12oz bottle. Very dark brown, beige head reduces to a thin collar. Enticing aroma of fresh roasted coffee, hints of cocoa. Flavors start with coffe then become more chocolate toward the medium, warming finish. mike67 (1198) - , New Jersey, USA - JUN 1, 2017
12 oz bottle. Pours brown with tall, creamy, beige head, nice lacing and lovely carbonation. Aroma is of herbal hops, toasted malt and coffee. Body is medium and slightly crisp. Taste is of toasted malt, coffee, chocolate, dark fruit and herbal hops. Finish is long and bittersweet. Overall good brew. gripweed57 (2463) - Hamilton Square, New Jersey, USA - MAY 6, 2017
Growler from Monroe Super Buy Rite in Englishtown, NJ. Translucent cola brown color is topped by a large frothy tan head. Faint roasted malt nose hints at ash and charcoal. First sip yields sweet roasted malt flavor that touches on coffee and chocolate. Picking up notes of dark candi sugar, cocoa, tobacco, raisins, burnt wood and magnolia leaves. Yeasty, smoky, Belgian funky yeasty notes in finish. Sweet, dark and intriguing. Delicious and soulful.
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. 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. geologyguy (1604) - 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 GarrettB (1601) - San Diego, California, USA - MAR 3, 2017
November 25th, 2014 - Allagash Black is black, front to back, though the the foam wasn’t 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. rand (1700) - 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.