Two-Headed Beast - High & Mighty Beer Co.

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Reviews: 68
Hads: 90
rAvg: 3.63
pDev: 13.22%
Wants: 3
Gots: 5 | FT: 0
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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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Photo of Clayrisen
1.54/5  rDev -57.6%
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. (728 characters)

Photo of biglite351
2.53/5  rDev -30.3%
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. (370 characters)

Photo of dnichols
2.53/5  rDev -30.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A: It poured a deep black body with a thin tan head that fell fast and left sparse lacing.

S: It emitted thin aromas of chocolate malts and coffee. It was hard to extract a distinct and characteristic aroma. Seemed diluted and flat.

T: It had a diluted malt flavor that was moderately sweet, had hints of chocolate, and failed to make an impression. The defining flavor came from the bite of the hops which were less coffee and more bitter.

M: It was smooth and thin. It was unbalanced and finished chalky and flat.

D: It was a flat and unbalanced. I suspect I was served from a bad barrel, so I need to resample. For now I'd turn to most other stouts for a session. (674 characters)

Photo of Danny2321
2.73/5  rDev -24.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

**NOTE - my bomber bottle is different than the one pictured (gold-ish coloring as opposed to green) and mentions it as a "luscious chocolate stout" and is listed at 5.5%... so not sure if they changed the recipe

A - dark and black with barely any light coming through. Thin head, dark brown, but enough froth to make me hope some ends up on my nose

S - mainly smells of coffee and chocolate; definitely something roasted

T - Wow this fell flat. looked good, smelt good, and the taste hits your palette and just isn't what you expect. actually goes down like burnt popcorn

M - smooth, and not too thick, but really, i didn't want this in my mouth for too long

D - I'm struggling a bit to finish this glass, but i have certainly have much worse stouts

I've come to expect good things from this brewery, and when you describe something as a "luscious chocolate stout" i expect some chocolate taste to accompany it. the look and the smell are just fine, but overall, the taste just didn't cut it for me (1,005 characters)

Photo of lackenhauser
2.73/5  rDev -24.8%
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. (419 characters)

Photo of pwoody11
2.73/5  rDev -24.8%
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. (853 characters)

Photo of caresville
2.89/5  rDev -20.4%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

poured from bottle into a slender pils glass. pours a deep dark brown to black with little carbonation and basically no head. hard to even capture a smell from this, youre biased to just say it smells like coffee, chocolate, roastyness, malts, etc. because of the way it looks but i barely smelled any of those as it sat in my glass. the taste wasnt half bad though, some coffee and caramel pull through and i notice some slight hoppiness on my palate towards the swallow. very very thin, which to my tastebuds makes it almost bland. it goes down easy, but no smells or tastes really throw themself at me so its hard to judge. by no means a drainpour but also it was certainly not an A+. (687 characters)

Photo of ryanonline
3.03/5  rDev -16.5%
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. (352 characters)

Photo of jgasparine
3.11/5  rDev -14.3%
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. (900 characters)

Photo of mikereaser
3.18/5  rDev -12.4%
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 (430 characters)

Photo of DrJay
3.2/5  rDev -11.8%
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. (586 characters)

Photo of acevenom
3.23/5  rDev -11%
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. (594 characters)

Photo of jpmclaug
3.24/5  rDev -10.7%
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. (730 characters)

Photo of GarthDanielson
3.25/5  rDev -10.5%
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. (545 characters)

Photo of hopdog
3.27/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

22oz bottle.

Poured a dark brown color (nearly black) with a larger sized off white head. Aromas of chocolate, roasty, and some coffee. Tastes of roastiness, chocolate, lighter coffee, and lighter vanilla. I was into the roasty chocolate aroma and was let down a bit by the thinner tastes. Oily body. (302 characters)

Photo of HexJester
3.31/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

just tapped this 10 minutes ago at The Publick House, and seeing as I'm pretty much just a stalker on this wonderful website and now have the chance to review something first,, why not:

very little nose for an export stout,, had to really stick it in there and only picked up faint notes of dark chocolate.

choco reveals itself in the taste,, with a burnt cocoa personality reminiscent of when my grandma would burn brownies (not necessarily a bad thing). the chocolately malticity doesn't stick around though,, and drops off pretty fast. i find myself looking for more depth in the flavor but coming up short. Guinness Export comes to mind, but with an even subtler quality.

not a bad beer. very drinkable, but with little to write home about. guess my preference for stouts reflects my taste in women: full-bodied and rich (828 characters)

Photo of steve8robin
3.38/5  rDev -6.9%
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. (1,221 characters)

Photo of MoreThanWine
3.4/5  rDev -6.3%
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. (396 characters)

Photo of Richardberg
3.4/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - poured into a 0.5L Erdinger glass. Decent amount of surprisingly dark-brown foam, dissipated quickly into the jet-black liquid. Not super heady or oily but looks very dark for a fairly light stout (going by ABV and reputation).

S - pleasant chocolate sweetness, burnt malt, little coffee

T/M - crisp and easygoing. if it weren't for the utterly burnt taste and dominance of mocha flavors I'd say it was more like a dark ale or porter. not a bad thing by any stretch, just not the smooth/creamy/oily texture you expect in a stout.

D - easy to drink. probably too sweet to have more than one back to back. possibly worth a revisit if I wanted something along the lines of Young's but a little lighter & off the beaten path. (728 characters)

Photo of cbutova
3.41/5  rDev -6.1%
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. (618 characters)

Photo of RblWthACoz
3.41/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours black with a creme head. Nose is tainted with booze. Flavor carries the same but gives a coffee aftertaste as well. Sweet tone is there as well. A poor unbalanced mix of character IMO. Slick liquid feel. Carbonation is a bit low, but appropriate. Overall an okay beer at best. Unbalanced and uninspiring. (310 characters)

Photo of bmwats
3.43/5  rDev -5.5%
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. (777 characters)

Photo of macrosmatic
3.43/5  rDev -5.5%
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. (651 characters)

Photo of TMoney2591
3.45/5  rDev -5%
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. (995 characters)

Photo of LtCracker20
3.45/5  rDev -5%
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. (599 characters)

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Two-Headed Beast from High & Mighty Beer Co.
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