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Two-Headed Beast - High & Mighty Beer Co.

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BA SCORE
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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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mikereaser

Pennsylvania

3.15/5  rDev -12%
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

Serving type: bottle

10-12-2011 05:22:51 | More by mikereaser
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Knapp85

Pennsylvania

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.

Serving type: bottle

07-02-2011 18:33:37 | More by Knapp85
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MoreThanWine

Massachusetts

3.35/5  rDev -6.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-14-2011 00:54:58 | More by MoreThanWine
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cbutova

Massachusetts

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.

Serving type: bottle

06-11-2011 03:40:30 | More by cbutova
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smcolw

Massachusetts

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.

Serving type: bottle

04-10-2011 23:58:51 | More by smcolw
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GarthDanielson

North Carolina

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.

Serving type: bottle

03-04-2011 02:02:23 | More by GarthDanielson
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biglite351

Pennsylvania

2.45/5  rDev -31.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-03-2011 23:51:36 | More by biglite351
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bigoten13

Massachusetts

3.68/5  rDev +2.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-02-2011 06:51:27 | More by bigoten13
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PorterLambic

Florida

3.98/5  rDev +11.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-05-2011 02:11:46 | More by PorterLambic
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EgadBananas

Louisiana

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.

Serving type: bottle

11-07-2010 05:08:52 | More by EgadBananas
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pwoody11

Delaware

2.7/5  rDev -24.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-04-2010 17:37:48 | More by pwoody11
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jgasparine

Maryland

3.05/5  rDev -14.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-23-2010 23:13:00 | More by jgasparine
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jpmclaug

South Carolina

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.

Serving type: bottle

08-10-2010 01:07:48 | More by jpmclaug
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TMoney2591

Illinois

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.

Serving type: bottle

07-24-2010 06:08:58 | More by TMoney2591
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ryanonline

Florida

2.95/5  rDev -17.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-18-2010 05:00:30 | More by ryanonline
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steve8robin

Massachusetts

3.33/5  rDev -7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-06-2010 03:47:06 | More by steve8robin
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DrJay

Massachusetts

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.

Serving type: bottle

06-27-2010 00:45:31 | More by DrJay
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lackenhauser

Maryland

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.

Serving type: bottle

04-19-2010 00:06:00 | More by lackenhauser
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gueuzeonhigh

Maine

3.68/5  rDev +2.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-29-2010 23:08:01 | More by gueuzeonhigh
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Seanibus

California

4/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I have been less than fond of the other examples I have tried from this brewery, but this one is worthy.

Pours deep black with a vast deep tan head that lasts and lasts. The aroma is deeply chocolate - bittersweet chocolate and mild coffee. The flavor is roasted, malty, bitter and chocolaty, with wood and tannic bitterness. The finish is extremely dry and chalky, though not unpleasant.

Serving type: bottle

03-25-2010 21:37:49 | More by Seanibus
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far333

Connecticut

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.

Serving type: bottle

03-15-2010 12:53:32 | More by far333
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mikesgroove

South Carolina

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.

Serving type: bottle

03-10-2010 01:55:13 | More by mikesgroove
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John_M

Oregon

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.

Serving type: on-tap

02-28-2010 14:15:12 | More by John_M
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horshack7

Massachusetts

4.03/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Poured into a mug is a opaque black brew with about one finger worth of a caramel colored head that thins out a little quick.

Aroma: Lots of cocoa powder, marshmellow,carob. Dark roasted hops in the nose. Malts let off a caramelized sugary aroma. Dark coffee plays a nice part.

Taste: A silky smooth mouthfeel. Dark coffee, carob, roasted hopiness. A good level of maltiness which is good.

Notes: A decent American stout nicely drinkable. Cheers.

Serving type: bottle

02-28-2010 03:19:36 | More by horshack7
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macmaster761

Massachusetts

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

Serving type: bottle

02-07-2010 23:58:03 | More by macmaster761
Two-Headed Beast from High & Mighty Beer Co.
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