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Two-Headed Beast - High & Mighty Beer Co.

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BA SCORE
81
good

87 Ratings
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Ratings: 87
Reviews: 68
rAvg: 3.58
pDev: 15.92%
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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Photo of Clayrisen
1.45/5  rDev -59.5%

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.

Clayrisen, Nov 29, 2009
Photo of jaycar06
2/5  rDev -44.1%

jaycar06, Apr 12, 2014
Photo of biglite351
2.45/5  rDev -31.6%

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.

biglite351, Mar 03, 2011
Photo of dnichols
2.53/5  rDev -29.3%

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.

dnichols, Nov 01, 2008
Photo of Danny2321
2.63/5  rDev -26.5%

**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

Danny2321, Oct 10, 2008
Photo of lackenhauser
2.7/5  rDev -24.6%

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.

lackenhauser, Apr 19, 2010
Photo of pwoody11
2.7/5  rDev -24.6%

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.

pwoody11, Oct 04, 2010
Photo of ArmOnFire
2.75/5  rDev -23.2%

ArmOnFire, Feb 15, 2014
Photo of caresville
2.9/5  rDev -19%

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+.

caresville, Dec 08, 2009
Photo of ryanonline
2.95/5  rDev -17.6%

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.

ryanonline, Jul 18, 2010
Photo of OriolesFan1008
3/5  rDev -16.2%

OriolesFan1008, Jun 04, 2012
Photo of waiting4lunch
3/5  rDev -16.2%

waiting4lunch, Nov 18, 2011
Photo of Auror
3/5  rDev -16.2%

Auror, Feb 02, 2012
Photo of Kinger86
3/5  rDev -16.2%

Kinger86, Jun 29, 2014
Photo of jgasparine
3.05/5  rDev -14.8%

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.

jgasparine, Aug 23, 2010
Photo of DrJay
3.13/5  rDev -12.6%

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.

DrJay, Jun 27, 2010
Photo of mikereaser
3.15/5  rDev -12%

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

mikereaser, Oct 12, 2011
Photo of jpmclaug
3.18/5  rDev -11.2%

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.

jpmclaug, Aug 10, 2010
Photo of acevenom
3.2/5  rDev -10.6%

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.

acevenom, Sep 10, 2012
Photo of hopdog
3.23/5  rDev -9.8%

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.

hopdog, Apr 11, 2009
Photo of GarthDanielson
3.23/5  rDev -9.8%

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.

GarthDanielson, Mar 04, 2011
Photo of MRsojourner
3.25/5  rDev -9.2%

MRsojourner, Jun 29, 2013
Photo of harpus
3.25/5  rDev -9.2%

harpus, Sep 11, 2013
Photo of steve8robin
3.33/5  rDev -7%

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.

steve8robin, Jul 06, 2010
Photo of MoreThanWine
3.35/5  rDev -6.4%

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.

MoreThanWine, Jun 14, 2011
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Two-Headed Beast from High & Mighty Beer Co.
81 out of 100 based on 87 ratings.