Allagash Black, a Belgian-Style Stout Not brewed in Allagash.

Tasting: October 7, 2012
Style: Stout (Belgian style)
ABV: 7.5%

Allagash Black (c)2012 popsonhops

Allagash is a sparsely populated town of 239 people located in the northern most county in Maine – Aroostook. In land area, Aroostook County is larger than the states of Connecticut and Rhode Island combined. The town of Allagash is large as well, occupying 131.3 square miles making it the largest (by land area) town in Maine. A town that small and that remote has a brewery? Well, no. The brewery isn’t located in Allagash, but rather 243 miles down east in Portland. So why is the brewery called Allagash if it isn’t located in Allagash? While he was busy with brewery business, owner Rob Tod gave his buddies the task of coming up with a name and one came back with Allagash. The friend cited that Tod had spent a lot of time in Allagash. Apparently, he liked the name and/or was too busy to care. If you didn’t know it – Portland is the brewing hub of Maine and is home to Shipyard, Geary, Gritty McDuff’s and Allagash.

Allagash Black is now available in 12 ounce bottles. It’s described as a bottle-conditioned beer, meaning additional yeast and fermentable sugars (in this case candy sugars) are added at bottling time. It gives Allagash Black a second fresh fermentation. This one pours a bit lighter than I expected – a cola brown, not black. I was expecting a nice balance between roasted grain flavors and Belgian yeast spice — but it really is spice dominant. Pepper/clove over subtle coffee and faint sweetness. Actually, it’s all too subtle. My expectations were high – they came back to earth pretty quick. An okay – 84 points.

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