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Two-Headed Beast - High & Mighty Beer Co.

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81
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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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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 Knapp85
3.88/5  rDev +8.4%
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 TMoney2591
3.38/5  rDev -5.6%
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 RblWthACoz
3.43/5  rDev -4.2%
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.

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 smcolw
3.63/5  rDev +1.4%
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 John_M
3.7/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at the Moan and Dove last night.

The beer pours a blakish brown color with OK head retention and lacing. The nose is impressive and attractive in this beer, with considerable dark chocolate, vanilla and coffee. In fact, there's almost something of a coffee liquer aroma to this beer that is quite attractive. Given how good this beer smells, the flavor profile is a let down. Maybe it's the low abv., but the mouthfeel on this beer is thin and vey light. While the flavors generally replicate the nose, there just isn't enough flavor to make this beer a winner. Also, I get something of a licorise and tar flavor on the finish that's kind of odd. I assumed while drinking it that the alcohol must be fairly low in this beer, and usually it would at least win points for drinkability. However, there just isn't enough flavor to call this beer highly drinkable.

Nothing wrong with this beer, but there are just too many other great stouts out there for me to want to drink this.

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.

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 GarthDanielson
3.23/5  rDev -9.8%
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 DrJay
3.13/5  rDev -12.6%
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 harpus
3.25/5  rDev -9.2%

Photo of Brad007
4.18/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a pitch-black color with a brown one-finger head into my glass. Looks good so far.

Aroma is creamy with a nice hint of roasted coffee and chocolate in the nose. Very nice.

Taste is full of cream, roasted coffee and mild hints of chocolate. Velvety and goes down well.

Mouthfeel is full of lingering cream, roasted coffee and chocolate. Chocolate is stronger here than expected. Beer goes down quite well and with low astringency. It's dare I say, smooth.

I like this. It's very nice and drinkable for the style. I'm not sure if they used chocolate malt or actual chocolate but regardless, this is quite drinkable.

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 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 tpd975
3.95/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a nice dark black with a very tall tan head. Good retention with some nice lace.

S: Lots of roast, bold chocolate, and bitter coffee.

T: Not too bad. Nice roasted malt up front. fresh brewed coffee, and bakers chocolate. Hints of caramel, and a blast of green hops in the finish.

M: My only complaint is it is a bit thin for the style.

D: Good, a nice stout, worth seeking out.

Photo of bpfrush
3.5/5  rDev -2.2%

Photo of hopdog
3.23/5  rDev -9.8%
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.

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 thegerm87
3.75/5  rDev +4.7%

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 lackenhauser
2.7/5  rDev -24.6%
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 JohnParadee
3.5/5  rDev -2.2%

Photo of macrosmatic
3.38/5  rDev -5.6%
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 waiting4lunch
3/5  rDev -16.2%

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