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Two-Headed Beast - High & Mighty Beer Co.

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91 Ratings
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Ratings: 91
Reviews: 68
rAvg: 3.58
pDev: 15.64%
Wants: 3
Gots: 4 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
High & Mighty Beer Co. visit their website
Massachusetts, United States

Style | ABV
American Stout |  4.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Todd on 05-28-2006)
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Reviews by ediaz:
Photo of ediaz
3.4/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle into sniffer during the PGA championship. Pours deep brown almost black with a one-finger mocha head that leaves a thin ring of lacing around the glass's edge. Smells richly of milk and dark chocolates with hints of some dark tart fruit. The taste is opposite: a tart sour fruit taste and a chocolate aftertaste. Tastes more sour (think a poor attempt at bruerys tart of darkness) rather than the advertised "luscious chocolate stout". Mouthfeel is light and carbonation is high for the style, but appropriate for the 4.5% abv. Overall, it's not an unenjoyable beer but it's not what i expected. I don't think I'd have this one again.

More User Reviews:
Photo of bpfrush
3.5/5  rDev -2.2%

Photo of far333
3.78/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Ruddy mahogany colored with a light brown frothy and firm head thta settles out slowly. Aroma of coffee beans and dark chocolate, some vinous winey notes.

Deep flavor intially of unsweetened dark chocolate, notes of espresso and leather, plus some port nuances. Seems like more coffee than chocolate, especially as the flavor lingers. Some root beer emerges as well. Moderate bittnerness, no hop flavor.

Thin mouthfeel. Decent beer but could use a bit more depth and body.

Photo of NJpadreFan
3.98/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

High & Mighty- Two-Headed Beast

A- Dark black with a small thick tan head. Small amount of lacing.
S- Big dark chocolate with heavy cream and slight touch of caramel malt.
T- Thick semi-sweet dark chocolate malt with a light touch of caramel malt. Thick milky cream helps smooth out he slightly bitter chocolate.
M- Thick and chocolately sweet. Slight chocolate bitterness pokes through a creamy body.

Overall- Thick and sweet. Big semi-sweet chocolate dominates. Tasty beer.

Photo of hreb
3.55/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Cold 22 oz bottle claims it was bottled one year ago today: Feb 6, 2009. Poured into standard US pint glass. Beer pours dark, dark black with a thin brown head. Aroma of chocolate and ethanol. Chocolate, like a candy bar.

First sip is fizzy from the coldness and nearly as chocolatey as it smells. A hint of bitterness rounds off the sweetness, along with a smooth, milky stout mouthfeel.

An acceptable chocolate stout but not great. Chocolate was merely dumped into this beer, there's no synergy with the malt to bring out roasty or nutty flavors. Hops and bitterness are nondescript.

Photo of cjgator3
3.63/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle

A- Pours a dark brownish black color with a fizzy tan head almost that looks almost like a soda. The head quickly disappears.

S- The aroma is dark roasted malts, a hint of chocolate and a metallic twang. Okay, maybe a little faint.

T- The taste is dark roasted malts and a lot more bittersweet chocolate flavors than were in the aroma.

M- The mouthfeel is light and fizzy.

D- Overall, Two-Headed Beast is a decent brew, but it is lacking in some departments. Not bad, but nothing I'd purchase again.

Photo of Chinon01
3.9/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - Deep near black brown with spotty head.

Nose - Tar, nuts like hazel or walnut, light chocolate covered cherry, chocolate bar and roasted flavor.

Taste - Similar to nose with the addition of pronounced bitterness and a touch of minerality and a hair of ocean salinity. A lean, restrained beauty.

Mouthfeel - Good, full.

Drinkability - Decent but suffers from leaness, starkness and bitterness.

Photo of Clayrisen
1.45/5  rDev -59.5%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

Had this last night, on tap, at Novare Res in Portland, Me. The waitress recommended it as an alternative to Young's Double Chocolate (in hindsight, WTF?).

Two out of five people at the table had it; no one could finish. I am all for thin stouts, but this one had the girth of an anorexic. There was some carbonation, but no head to speak of.

The taste was thin, too, with a lot of burnt coffee and cheap toffee; finished with an unpleasant metallic aftertaste. Needless to say, there wasn't even a hint of a chocolate note. I couldn't help thinking of dirty, stale water.

I hate to slam beers, because I know what kind of work goes into them. But this one just left us in a bad funk, which is the last thing beer should do.

Photo of beerthulhu
3.5/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: From the bottle poured a dark chocolate with reddish plum highlights around the edges. In the glass it appeared a flat black with a thin ½ finger cinnamon colored head that was fizzy and dissipated within the first minute of pour leaving no lacing. So far this two headed beast appeared as ferocious as a two head chihuahau.

S: The nose emitted a smooth roasted malting with dark bitter chocolate. Dark fruit of ripe plums with a soft and smooth charred bitterness of medium strong proportions rounds things out. Again, so far, the beast appears rather tame and humble.

T: The initial flavor opens with a watery aspect upon the first sip before a smooth roasted barley and weak coffee flavor moves in. The second sip fairs much better bringing forth a smooth earthy bitterness along with a roasted chocolate malting. A light alcohol spiciness of tarragon and licorice along with ripe, juicy plums is experienced in the middle of the palate before the beer proceeds and closes out with a light fade of watered down coffee that lingered about on the tongue. Overall the flavor was fairly solid, but just didn't do enough to warrant much after that. The flavor seemed watery at times and lacked the heart and courage I would come to expect from a beer called two-headed beast.

M: The body was light with an oily texture and flat carbonation. The finish and fade is composed of watery coffee and roasted barley with just enough presence to make you aware, but perhaps not enough to fully appreciate or impress.

D: fair, failing to leave much of an impression or incentive for a repeat purchase. A fairly easy drinking stout for the sake of drinking a stout, but at the end of the day was a middle of the road drink by style that is worthy a try for the sake of tyring.

Photo of dental
4/5  rDev +11.7%

Photo of BeerSox
3.93/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

22oz bomber into pint glass.

Pitch black, with a thin brown head that slowly settles to a ring along the glass.

All I can really smell in the aroma is some very sweet and smooth chocolate. The malts maybe add a bit of a roasty aroma in the background, but that's it. No hops.

The malts show up in the flavor, adding a burnt flavor under a little bit of slightly sweet cocoa powder. There is almost a smokey quality to the beer, maybe just from the mix of burnt and sweet flavors. Full bodied, lower carbonation.

This is a very very sweet stout, with most of the roastiness being hidden behind the chocolate flavors. However, I feel it's extremely drinkable, and a very nice dessert beer. Recommended.

Photo of EgadBananas
4.3/5  rDev +20.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Dark. Ruby on the edge of the edges. Nice 2 finger of head, dissipates quickly to a slight film. Lacing is not ample, but there.

Aroma...amazing. Monster chocolate and coffee. Roasted malts and bitter cocoa/coffee is just....wow. This smells fantastic.

Taste is very nice, Lots of chocolate. Roasted, toasted malts. Slightly bittersweet.

Feel is medium in body; perfectly adequate for an American Stout. Slightly creamy. Little to no carbonation.

Excellent drinkability. Very tasty, not too filling. Easy to put away.

This is a great stout. Aromatic, alluring, tasty, and drinkable.

Photo of mikesgroove
4.38/5  rDev +22.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I really liked this one. I was not really expecting to like it really as much as I did, but we will leave it at that. Served chilled and into a pint glass, this was enjoyed after dinner on 03/08/2010.

The pour was wonderful, deep, dark black in color with a huge, towering head of tan that sat perfectly on the top for a few moments, but then faded into oblivion leaving a bare top and some light side lacing in its wake. Aroma is pure chocolate. Sweet, decadent milk chocolate fills the air. Even warming leaves it totally one dimensional as it becomes so sweet that nothing else can even be detected by the time you get to try it. But that first sip is a doozy, nearly perfect body and flavor as it moves in. Silky and creamy with the taste of Hershey syrup and a rich, sugary taste. This is one of those that really do not need the depth and complexity as it is what it is, a rich, chocolate beast. Light touches of roasted malts and a lightly dry kick in the finish do nothing to diminish the richness of the flavor that was coming off of this one. No idea the ABV, but it was a non factor as each sip seemed more complex then the one before.

Overall just a tremendously good example of this hybrid style. This was a true dessert as no other description comes close. Very well done.

Photo of deltatauhobbit
4.13/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at Novare Res a couple weeks ago, taken from my limited notes at the time.

Pours a dark brown/black color with a large tan head (although it's dark in Novare Res, so it might have looked darker than it is).

Smell is strong in roasted malt and some chocolate aromas, heavy coffee presence.

Taste is smooth and creamy, malt and burnt/dry chocolate linger in the mouth and is the largest presence, slight chalkiness from the cocoa as well as some bitterness that doesn't last or distract, coffee is very evident and makes me think it should be advertised as more of a coffee stout than a chocolate stout.

Photo of mountdew1
3.98/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into an imperial pint glass. Color was a very dark brown, almost black opaque with a 1 inch foamy mocha brown head. Aroma was a burnt dark chocolate that got sweeter as it warmed up. Taste was a bit bitter, seemed to finish with a cherry undertone, and a touch of chocolate flavor. Chocolate became more pronounced as it warmed up. Carbonated nicely in the mouth, but a slight bit thin. Much more pleasant to drink as it warmed up.

Photo of kevgod
3.5/5  rDev -2.2%

Photo of auxiliary
4.43/5  rDev +23.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

appearance - Dark black, thing dark brown head.

smell- Coffee and chocolate.

taste - Like Hershey Dark Chocolate Cocco. Right off the back.

mouthfeel - Medium body.

drinkability - Pretty dam good, best of the night. Lots of trur chocolate. I will have to get this in a bottle.

Photo of erosier
4.58/5  rDev +27.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

L: Pours a jet black color with a short and thin white colored head that fades to a film over the beer. It has some lacing down the glass.
S: Smells of deep roasted malts and then a big coffee/espresso aroma that overtakes the beer.
T: Very smooth malty base and then a bigger and even smoother coffee/espresso flavor. The two flavors mix very well together, with a hint of chocolate from the malts.
M: Very smooth, fresh, and has the right amount of carbonation.
D: This beer feels and drinks alot lighter than it looks which makes it really really drinkable. I would definately recommend this beer to anyone looking for a really good stout that they can have more than one of in a sitting.

Photo of MRsojourner
3.25/5  rDev -9.2%

Photo of jpmclaug
3.18/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured into my Coast pint glass

A - Black body with a nice brown/tan head with a good amount of bubbles in it

S - Sweet milk chocolate aroma. Not picking up much more than that in this however. Very sweet smelling

T - Milk chocolate flavor is semi present along with a stronger medium roast coffee flavor. The coffee flavor gives it a strange astringent bitter taste. Also tastes a bit metallic.

M - medium to heavy body with a fair amount of carbonation. Carbonation seems to be a ton of little bubbles that makes this one hard to get a big mouthful of.

D - Meh. This beer is ok. The nose smelt pretty good but the taste really isn't that great. It's not a drain pour but I'm not impressed at all. I wouldn't buy this again.

Photo of macmaster761
3.48/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Two headed beast served in pint glass (only vessel availible)

Appearance - Jet black, no light coming through, impressive for a 4.5% stout, not much head had to pour hard for it nice mocha color though

Smell - Swiss miss hot chocolate powder, marshmellow, little caramel

Taste - Swiss miss hot chocolate, can't get over that cheap cocoa taste. Burnt caramel, burnt malt, molasses, roasted nuts on the verge of burning, plums

Mouthfeel - nice mouthfeel for all the other problems with this beer, velvetty

Photo of DaveFL1976
4.22/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bomber into a Piraat tulip glass. The smell hits your nose almost as quickly as your eyes register its dark black body and foamy tan head. The smell is huge. Loads of cocoa going on here, as well as roasty malts. The taste is big on the cocoa also, but nicely balanced. A little sweet, a little dry. A little bitter, but not hops bitter, more like what you get from a high percentage dark chocolate. A fairly heavy mouthfeel going on here. This beer is a winner in my book. A nice treat, and not so high in the ABV that you have to put off being productive until tomorrow.

Photo of cbutova
3.43/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Black body with a big mocha-tan head. Good retention and a somewhat fizzy looking cap. Big patches of lace on the glass.

S- Milk chocolate/cocoa powder and dark roast malt for the most part. Some dark fruit in there as well as oxidation. Fades out.

T- Dark roast malt and milk chocolate, just like in the aroma. Dark fruit is more noticeable as well as some general grainy and cereal notes.

MF- Silky moderate carbonation in a fairly thin body for a Stout. Some acidic and bitterness.

A bit dimensional but still a solid chocolate stout. More substance to the body would certainly help support the rich flavors.

Photo of jwc215
3.53/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours black with a brown head that lasts well into the drink. Dotted lacing sticks.

The smell is of bittersweet, roasted chocolate.

The taste is of chocolate - bittersweet. More like cocoa powder after a short progression. Roast comes across almost burnt. There is a sweetish touch to the roasty (slightly burnt) bitter chocolate/cocoa. Finishes roasty and chocolatey (but not too sweet).

Medium-bodied - a slight metallic touch - almost like chocolate that was in the freezer too long (though this was tasted at cellar temp. - near room temp. as it progressed).

Bittersweet chocolate/cocoa powder. Not really rich chocolate - on the more pedestrian side of chocolates. Anyway - if you're in a chocolate mood - but want a beer - get this and split with someone who cares...

Photo of ppoitras
3.73/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle purchased at Yankee Spirits, Sturbridge, MA.

Poured into an imperial pint glass, formed a 1/2" dark brown head over the opaque dark brown/black brew. Head fades slowly, with very slow-falling lace. Aroma is dominated by coffee, with sweetness underneath. Taste is tart to start, sweetness in the middle, and coffee comes on, with the aftertaste finding the tart again. Mouthfeel is pretty smooth, maybe a touch prickly on the close, and drinkability is okay as well. Overall, I'd enjoy it more without the tartness, but not a bad stout.

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Two-Headed Beast from High & Mighty Beer Co.
82 out of 100 based on 91 ratings.