Tuesday, October 27, 2015

Allagash Black Belgian Style Stout (review)

Beer Review #54

Just a couple days shy of Halloween it feels like summer has gotten a brief reprieve here in North Eastern Pennsylvania. Its sunny and warm, but as the saying goes 'once you go black, you never go back,' (am I allowed to say that?) and so I'm continuing with my recent theme of reviewing strong, dark, malty beers such as this one - Allagash Black Belgian Style Stout from Portland Maine based Allagash Brewing Company

With a name like "Black," I was expecting to see something downright 'Stygian' sitting beneath the creamy cap of off white foam. Don't get me wrong, its quite dark, however even sitting in a glass at my desk in low-light conditions, ample red highlights are visible around the edges.

At 7.5%ABV, its a slightly weaker beer than some of my recent reviews, while still boasting big flavors courtesy of roasted oats and chocolate malts, which give the beer a naturally bitter, chalky, dark roasted coffee and chocolate flavor profile that works nicely with the thick, creamy mouth feel.

Something about this particular brew feels both old fashioned and comforting, like a beer one might have found in a rural European tavern in the late 1800's.

Musical Pairing: Songs of Moors and Misty Fields by Empyrium

Twin Tiers Beer Trail:
-Twin Tiers Craft Beer Club
The Jolly Farmer, Waverly
Bluestone Brewing Company (Sayre)
- Diversion Brewing Co. (Chemung)
River Barge Brewing (Wyalusing)

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