Two-Headed Beast - High & Mighty Beer Co.

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90 Ratings
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Ratings: 90
Reviews: 68
rAvg: 3.59
pDev: 15.32%
Wants: 3
Gots: 5 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
High & Mighty Beer Co. visit their website
Massachusetts, United States

Style | ABV
American Stout |  4.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: Todd on 05-28-2006

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Ratings: 90 | Reviews: 68
Photo of bmwats
3.43/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 650 ml bottle into a standard pint.

A: Very dark brown or black. Pours a slight, foamy, white head. Disintegrates very quickly, leaving very little trace. No lacing.

S: Roasted espresso, dark chocolate, caramel, and a little licorice.

T: Washed-out coffee, cola, orange, and tea leaves.

M: Full-flavored, synthetically sweet, with a lightly fruity aftertaste that lingers on the palette.

D: Not much resistance. A bit off-putting though.

Atmosphere is lacking. Dark hue, but not much of a head and no lacing. Nose is a pleasant combination of coffee, chocolate, and bitter and sweet notes. Flavor is a synthetic and washed out combination of roasted components with citrus, tea, and cola. Aftertaste and feel is a little off. Overall, this is an okay quaff.

Photo of PatriotsRule
4.77/5  rDev +32.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This is a really tasty chocolate stout. At 4.5%abv, it is extremely drinkable. Poured a 22oz bomber into a nice big goblet and very much enjoyed this beer, my first from High and Mighty.
A: Pours a super midnight black with a beautiful (and ample) cream head, which lingers. Appetizing lacing stays all throughout the glass.
S: This is one of those beers that will "have you at hello." The nose is a bold chocolatey roasted malt with fresh coffee beans sneaking up soon afterward, and nothing unnecessary.
T: Very espresso-influenced flavor. It is not nearly as heavy as it appears, and the extra roasted malts and hops balance well with a chocolate theme laid deep into the drink's spine.
M: Crisp, smooth and perfect for any cool winter day or night. Really easy to drink, and while the combination of strong coffee and chocolate flavors is absolutely powerful, it is also delicate and not overwhelming. All of the elements in this brew complement each other nicely.
O: Very pleasant drinking experience right here. Tastefully brewed, no pun intended. Compare with Harpoon's Chocolate Stout perhaps, and/or another coffee beer like BBC's Coffeehouse Porter. With the colder season coming on, the sneakily smooth Two-Headed Beast is worth picking up and sipping down!

Photo of macrosmatic
3.43/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to ActonBrewer for this one. Reviewed from notes. Poured from bomber into a CCB pint glass.

A: Opaque and somewhere between black and crazy-dark-brown with a large medium tan foamy head. Badass looking beer.

S: Chocolate, cacao, burnt coffee, nutty or hazelnut.

T: Burnt coffee, just a hint of chocolate roasted malt, and a bit of a flat metallic/tinny flavor near the end. Really not a great flavor.

M: Much thinner body than expected for style. Moderate carbonation sensation, and a light alcohol presence.

O: Frankly, this isn't particularly good. It seems more like a (decent) coffee porter than a chocolate stout. Not a winner for me.

Photo of acevenom
3.23/5  rDev -10%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured into a large brandy snifter. Pours really dark brown, almost black, with a moderately quickly dissipating tan head. Some bubbles can be seen along the side of the glass, indicating adequate carbonation. The beer smells tart up front with some chocolate. I pick up a little bit of the dark roasted malt. The taste follows the nose. It's tart. I pick up those roasted malts with some chocolate in the aftertaste. I don't notice much hops. It's definitely different. The body is light, which is expected for a stout. The beer is smooth. This is above average and I would not recommend this.

Photo of ediaz
3.45/5  rDev -3.9%
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.

Photo of LtCracker20
3.45/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Pours a deep and ark brown body with a slight reddish hue around the edges. A 3-finger khaki head doesn't last too long before falling to a cap.A little lacing, though.

S- Breadiness, both milk and dark chocolate, an espresso aroma, a bitter smell, all wrapped up in a sharpness I can't explain.

T- Sharp up front, a little bitter bite. Actually, the flavors are very mellowed. The only thing that really stands out is jst a slight hint of bittersweet chocolate. Slightly metallic, also.

MF- Thinner than I would've liked, and also maybe a touch too much carbonation. Very sharp with each sip.

Photo of mikereaser
3.18/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - Pours a pitch black with 1/4 inch of tan foam that seems to be sticking around for quite a while.
S - some roasted malts with some chocolate malts showing through. Its good, just not very strong.
T - slightly bitter flavor, a bit off, some bitter chocolate with a powdery type feel, some roasted malts and lactose sweetness
M - slightly over carbed, light to medium bodied
D - ok flavor, but not one i'd want to seek out again

Photo of Knapp85
3.85/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This stout poured out as a nice thick looking black color with a tan colored head. The lacing wasn't too bad here. The smell of the beer was roasted with some chocolate aromas coming off of this beer. The taste had a nice chocolatey base to it with a burnt bitterness in the finish. The mouthfeel was about medium bodied and remained pretty drinkable. Overall it's a good stout, wouldn't have to run out and get more anytime soon, but it was nice to try.

Photo of MoreThanWine
3.4/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Gee, this looked and smelled so good but the taste wasn't quite there. Poured a massive 3" head with a deep mocha color. Dark burnt umber brown body. Instant smell of coffee, malt, and cocoa. Taste though was mainly coffee. After about a pint the aftertaste had built enough to detect the cocoa. Long finish but mainly a char taste to it. Frankly I think this was over-roasted if that's possible.

Photo of cbutova
3.41/5  rDev -5%
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 smcolw
3.61/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

Traditional thick beige head. Beautiful coating of lace. Near black color.

Chalky, hot cocoa aroma. Despite the low alcohol, I can still smell it...in a good way.

Great starting dark chocolate taste, nice touch of hop in the swallow. My sole complaint would be the thin body, which is quite distracting.

Photo of GarthDanielson
3.25/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Poured from a bomber into a pint glass, this stout is jet black with a dense bubbled, foamy, tan head. Dark, sweet molasses, dark chocolate nibs, coffee, and alcohol fill the nose. On first sip, your mouth is filled with very robust flavors of coffee and tart, sweet dark fruit. Also, some heavy vanilla notes that are reminiscent of a bourbon barrel aged beer. With all the heavy flavors, the beer is uncommonly light bodied and highly carbonated. Bitter, burnt coffee aftertaste with a light, sharp, somewhat unpleasant finish. Not a favorite.

Photo of biglite351
2.53/5  rDev -29.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

A - some red around the edges with a tall creamy tan head.

S - multiple chocolates, dark, milk and cocoa. Mild malts and a touch of bitter.

T - Something mildly sour, but not off. Chocolate and prune. How about a chocolate covered sour prune. Not really my bag.

M - medium coating but no real tingle.

D - I would have this over a Bud, but not over most other stouts.

Photo of bigoten13
3.65/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured from 22oz to a pewter cast tankard. Dark black color with a thick, voluptuous toasted brown head that fizzles down to a thick lace layer.

Smells of chocolate, a bit of sourness (not sure where that comes from), and a rich smokiness.

Tastes similar to the smell, but with a strong back of bittersweet cocao which is my favorite part.

Mouthfeel is good as well, thick carbonation throughout, and the bittersweetness plays well.

Drinkability is okay, with the flavors perhaps too powerful for a session.

Overall, great chocolate stout, but its no Young's.

Photo of PorterLambic
3.99/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

The bottle says it is "A luscious chocolate stout". Lets find out.
Pours black with a rich-looking dark cocoa-colored head. A bit fizzy sounding, the head drops pretty quickly to a film.
Smell is fruitcake soaked in whiskey. (Coincidentally, I have one of these in the fridge.) Smoke and soy are present, too.
Taste is toasted malt, soy, vinegar. Some bittersweet chocolate shows up as it warms. I would wait 15-30 minutes before drinking next time for that reason alone.
Medium, at best, in body and much lighter than desired. Lightish effervescence and with a somewhat ashy aftertaste. A little yeast left in the bottle but not in the glass because it is so damnably dark I didn't know it was there. An otherwise good beer sadly lacking body. Would give 4.5 or 5 for mouthfeel if it did.

Photo of EgadBananas
4.34/5  rDev +20.9%
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 pwoody11
2.73/5  rDev -24%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Bottle is different than the one pictured. ABV is listed as 4.5

Poured into my DFH snifter a pitch black with a thin, quickly dissipating tan head. When the glass is tilted a nice sheet of lacing is left behind, but it quickly slides back down to the beer.

I read another review that compared the aroma to chocolate liqueur. I happen to have a bottle of Godiva, so i checked, and it is indeed identical. Huge whiff of booze and burnt chocolate.

The taste isn't very pleasant to be blunt. Burnt coffee and cocoa. Very, very, thin. Heat is kind of in your face. Which is strange for a low abv beer. Just not balanced well.

I was excited to try this beer. I saw it in the store, name caught my eye. Labeling was nice, complete with easy to read bottled on date, with instructions on storing, serving temp and pouring. Too bad it wasn't what I expected.

Photo of jgasparine
3.11/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A- Poured from the bottle with a relatively thin tan-colored head, which slowly receded to a collar- not even a haze layer- over a seemingly non-carbonated dark brown body- almost black in appearance.

S- Interesting- smells like chocolate liqueur minus the booze. Sweet cocoa and vanilla aromas throughout. Nothing on the nose that strikes me as an ester or hops... I'll give it a generous '4' here due to it's uniqueness without being cloyingly sweet in aroma.

T- Right up front you get those sweet chocolate notes, and impressions of cocoa and vanilla bean. Nothing overtly roasty. The flavor is pretty persistent and one dimensional throughout the flavor profile. The finish falls short... almost no finish at all. Boring.

M- Medium body with soft carbonation. No astringency. Nice mouthfeel for a lower alcohol beer.

D- Drinks reasonably well despite the fact that it's overall uninteresting.

Photo of jpmclaug
3.24/5  rDev -9.7%
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 TMoney2591
3.45/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Served in a Dogfish Head shaped pint glass.

Big thanks to jdiddy and the Heavy Metal BIF for this "Beast"!

Bottled on 05/12/10, and this bottle claims the ABV to be down at 4.5%. It pours a straight onyx topped by a pretty finger of light tan foam. Lovely. The nose comprises dark chocolate, dark coffee, darkly roasted malts, a tiny bit of both leather and smoke, and burnt rice cakes. This is a pretty damn dark smell, I tell you what. The taste ... well, the taste is a bit of a let-down after all this. The roast is watered-down, along with a lot of the chocolate and nearly all of the coffee. Everything is dulled like an overused knife. I'm not sure how this happened, and am thoroughly saddened by it. The body is a solid medium with a rather lightly moderate carbonation. There isn't any real trace of thickness or chewiness, and the smoothness is very liquid-y. Wow, this is quite the disappointment. What seemed like a powerful stout comes across instead as a weak, then, wussy brew.

Photo of ryanonline
3.03/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Looks very black has no head little lacing.

Smells very coffee like with some chocolate and a sort astringent scent as well.

Taste is flat and thin. Could have been better.

Mouthfeel is thin and watery with a little prickly carbonation.

Moderate to low drinkability.

This is like a stout.trying to be imperial but not being strong enough...boring.

Photo of steve8robin
3.38/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Trying some local brew love tonight. Bottled on 02/27/10...

A: Inky black with a huge 2 inch off white head that fades at a decent pace. Very good.

S: Sheesh, smells like a chocolate brownie. Sweet creamy chocolate upfront with cocao blended in the middle and a hint of roastiness on the backend. Good.

T: Man, so much hope for this brew in the first two categories, but disappoints. REWORK THE RECIPE. So close to greatness. Overcarbonated watery chocolate brownie. Except, the chocolate brownie is hidden on the backend, so the seltzer water flavor consumes the brew. Cocao in the middle. Ok.

M: A little to light here. It does not leave much good flavor on your palate. Decent.

D: Goes down very easy, but for some of the wrong reasons. Ok.

Man, oh man. This brew had so much hope in the first two categories. As a matter of fact, this brew was opn it's way to an "A" status. However, from Taste on, it was all downhill. The brewery definitely need to rework this one. They were so close to being on to something awesome. Don't bother hunting. Many other worthwhile stouts that are easy to get. Some of my advice to the brewer, up the ABV, lower the carbonation. Add more chocolate and cocao flavors to the brew.

Photo of DrJay
3.2/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Very dark with brown edges. A short, frothy cap of deep beige bubbles coated the top of the beer. Good head retention, lacing was on the sticky side. The aroma was heavy with milk chocolate and roast, plus cherries and malted milk. The flavour was lighter than expected, as was the body. Cherry and roast up front, then chocolate followed by mineral character that lingered in the finish. Carbonation was a little bit coarse, but not too bad. This beer was okay, but the flavour didn't live up to the promise of the aroma. I'd like it more if it was richer in flavour and fuller bodied.

Photo of lackenhauser
2.73/5  rDev -24%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

decent looking black color. Not any real head to speak of. Low roasted aroma. Somewhat sharp and metallic. Sharp roasted flavor. Somewhat solvent and metallic like. Mild coffee-but burnt coffe! Mild sourness to it. Body is somewhat thin as far as a stout goes. Not impressed here. Label said a "luscious chocolate stout". Nothing here luscious or chocolate. Somewhat of a let down. Guess I need to drink before reading.

Photo of gueuzeonhigh
3.66/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours as a nice looking dark beer.
The head is frothy but in my glass was short lived.
It also didn't lace the glass-- if that matters to you.

The nose had hints of hops and cocoa beans and some toasted malt. Nevertheless it was a small aroma

The flavor was somewhat one-dimensional. It has the flavor stance that I'd expect from a stout but there's something missing from the start.. I'd like to taste some toasted malt..

The start is a hops bitterness with some tiny hints of the cocoa beans as the label says. But as the flavor progresses it just ends bitter.

Mouthfeel is cordial with a soothing presence.

Drinkability is better than average-- the 4.5ABV is superior for extended enjoyment without becoming soused.

Worthy of more enjoyment-- I'll buy some more next trip to the packie.

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Two-Headed Beast from High & Mighty Beer Co.
82 out of 100 based on 90 ratings.