Allagash Black is a Belgian Strong Dark Ale that is called a Belgian Stout on the label, 7.5% ABV.
The beer pours with a dark color, but it is not exactly black. Some serious light penetrates the lower part of my Allagash flute, and when this is held to the light it is more of an extreme caramel color with some red highlights. The light tan head retains like a champ on top of the beer. The aroma brings in some nice roasted malt that has a hint of smokiness. Light vanilla and mild licorice add a little complexity to the nose. The taste compliments the aroma with some mildly smokey roasted malt, a little vanilla, and some sweet dark fruits. The yeast adds some fairly distinct Belgian style fruitiness. Allagash Black does not have the full bodied mouth-feel you get from an American Imperial or Russian Imperial Stout style stout, but the somewhat dry feel to this beer goes perfectly with some bright carbonation.
I’d almost forgotten just how good this is; it’s a fantastic beer that is worth a try, or re-visit if you haven’t had it in a while.