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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: 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

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Beer added by: Todd on 05-28-2006

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Photo of JRed
3.48/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours opaque body with cinnamon head that doesn't linger for two long. A nice scent of sweetness, chocolate, cocoa, chocolate syrup. Chocolate syrup in the taste. Soda like in characteristics. Very spritzy and light in body. Carbonation tickles the tongue and masks flavor. The beast is quite tame, high and mighty is brought down to earth, mere mortal.

Photo of mountdew1
3.98/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into an imperial pint glass. Color was a very dark brown, almost black opaque with a 1 inch foamy mocha brown head. Aroma was a burnt dark chocolate that got sweeter as it warmed up. Taste was a bit bitter, seemed to finish with a cherry undertone, and a touch of chocolate flavor. Chocolate became more pronounced as it warmed up. Carbonated nicely in the mouth, but a slight bit thin. Much more pleasant to drink as it warmed up.

Photo of ATPete
4/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle

Pours a solid black color with some ruby brown highlights around the edged and a medium sized brown head that leaves some soapy sticking on the glass. Rich cocoa powder in the nose, chocolate cake and tootsie rolls, roasty enough with a bit of a mocha cappuccino and hazelnut creaminess about its aroma. Light in body, low on overall sweetness, nothing artificial or offensive in taste but with very pronounced flavor, a mild acrid bitterness on the finish keeps this stout from being great. Highly drinkable but not quite sessionable, highly recommended.

Photo of beerthulhu
3.5/5  rDev -2.5%
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 tpd975
3.95/5  rDev +10%
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 cjgator3
3.59/5  rDev 0%
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 ppoitras
3.77/5  rDev +5%
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 NJpadreFan
3.97/5  rDev +10.6%
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 DaveFL1976
4.2/5  rDev +17%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bomber into a Piraat tulip glass. The smell hits your nose almost as quickly as your eyes register its dark black body and foamy tan head. The smell is huge. Loads of cocoa going on here, as well as roasty malts. The taste is big on the cocoa also, but nicely balanced. A little sweet, a little dry. A little bitter, but not hops bitter, more like what you get from a high percentage dark chocolate. A fairly heavy mouthfeel going on here. This beer is a winner in my book. A nice treat, and not so high in the ABV that you have to put off being productive until tomorrow.

Photo of dborginis
4.42/5  rDev +23.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours thick and black from a 22oz bottle. Thick milky head which suggests high viscosity. Smells of very roasty smoky malts...taste is the same, very intense smoke and chocolate. Carbonation is moderate and makes the concoction more drinkable. If it hadn't had a bit of carbonation here, it might have been too thick. Surprisingly thick and with a heavy taste for so low abv.

Photo of CavePainter
3.79/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: An opaque mahogany with a beer-brown head that fades with minimal lacing.

S: Reminiscent of slightly biter baking chocolate of very dark chocolate.

T: Sweet smooth chocolate and coffee notes with a touch of bitter hops to finish.

M: A nice bit of carbonation keeps this full-bodied beer from weighing down the tongue. A bit of sticky bitterness holds you over to the next quaff.

D: Delicious. Definitely a desert beer - this beer is all about taste. This beer would lose its appeal if you consumed too many. A perfect night cap, winter warmer, holiday treat, or Thanksgiving desert.

Advertised as a chocolate stout - this is definitely chocolate and stout. Perhaps it was just my beer, but I am used to the head sticking around on a stout a bit longer or at least being slightly more pronounced.

Great stuff overall - my fiancée even enjoyed it and she is not a stout drinker.

Photo of natasharai
3.97/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Poured with a nice creamy frothy tan head that dissipated to nothing leaving no lacing. The beer is very dark brown letting a very small amount of light through around the edges.

Smell: Really sweet chocolate, some roasted malt, some sweet berry.

Taste: Chocolate, berry flavor, roasted malt, some coffee, and a slight burnt flavor.

Mouthfeel: Medium body, nicely carbonated, small tingle from carbonation, leaves mouth pretty dry.

Overall: Really good drinkability, sweet chocolate and berry flavor balanced by roasted malt. Nice mouthfeel and flavors that go together well.

Photo of BeerSox
3.9/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

22oz bomber into pint glass.

Pitch black, with a thin brown head that slowly settles to a ring along the glass.

All I can really smell in the aroma is some very sweet and smooth chocolate. The malts maybe add a bit of a roasty aroma in the background, but that's it. No hops.

The malts show up in the flavor, adding a burnt flavor under a little bit of slightly sweet cocoa powder. There is almost a smokey quality to the beer, maybe just from the mix of burnt and sweet flavors. Full bodied, lower carbonation.

This is a very very sweet stout, with most of the roastiness being hidden behind the chocolate flavors. However, I feel it's extremely drinkable, and a very nice dessert beer. Recommended.

Photo of rshwayder
4.5/5  rDev +25.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

In short, this beer is has a creamy, velvet-smooth dark chocolate taste with no upfront or lingering bitterness (only a mild coffee flavor) and a wonderful cacao aftertaste. It's almost completely opaque and smells like a dark chocolate-coffee milkshake.

Two-Headed Beast is absolutely incredible. I've been looking for a beer like this out in New England for two and a half years, and finally found something out here I can put in my top 3 beers list.

Prior to now, to get a beer of this quality and taste in Massachusetts, I've had to bring back New Belgium's 1554 each time I visit Colorado, because they don't ship past the Mississippi for quality control. No longer.

Photo of Brad007
4.18/5  rDev +16.4%
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 damienblack
4.08/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a thick, syrupy black. Looks like chocolate syrup, my stout benchmark. Nice billowey chocolate colored head, decent if not great retention. Kind of slides right off the side of the glass, though. Smells like cocoa pebbles - chocolate milk, and hints of cocoa nubs from a time now past. Not overwhelming, but still pleasant. Taste is a smooth-as-butter chocolatey experience. Doesn't taste like much at first, just slightly burnt malt with some chocolate influence. But on the way down, the chocolate picks up, lingering and leaving a very pleasant taste. Not much hop bite at all. Mouthfeel suffers some because I think it's undercarbonated, started strong from the appearance, but didn't follow through. More carbonation and this would be awesome. As it is, a very easy, pleasant drink. Great chocolate and cocoa notes without overpowering the user. A nice little session stout, if you are looking for something chocolate rather than roasty (it's not too roasty at all). Definitely exceeded expectations.

Photo of hopdog
3.27/5  rDev -8.9%
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.

Photo of auxiliary
4.42/5  rDev +23.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

appearance - Dark black, thing dark brown head.

smell- Coffee and chocolate.

taste - Like Hershey Dark Chocolate Cocco. Right off the back.

mouthfeel - Medium body.

drinkability - Pretty dam good, best of the night. Lots of trur chocolate. I will have to get this in a bottle.

Photo of Hautacam
4.35/5  rDev +21.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Black as night with a rusty espresso crema head that laces nicely down the glass.
The smell is mostly chocolate...quite a bit too, and some flour.
Dark semi sweet chocolate dominates the taste with roasty grain and a balanced dose of sweet malt. Finishes pretty clean with a slight bitter hint of coffee with the aftertaste. More chocolate flavor than I remember from a cask earlier this year....very good.
Mouthfeel is smooth and well carbonated.
A very drinkable chocolate stout.

Photo of CHADMC3
3.95/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Jet black brew with aggressive carbonation bubbles and a foamy tan head, leaving generous lacing through the beer.

Burnt malt and chocolate hints as well as hearty grain in this brew.

Coffeee, burnt malt, dark licroice, and hints of tobacco highlight the smokey flavor of this beer.

Medium body, medium carbonation just as expected.

Good brew, not overwhelming, and quite smokey, this is a winner.

Photo of Chinon01
3.9/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - Deep near black brown with spotty head.

Nose - Tar, nuts like hazel or walnut, light chocolate covered cherry, chocolate bar and roasted flavor.

Taste - Similar to nose with the addition of pronounced bitterness and a touch of minerality and a hair of ocean salinity. A lean, restrained beauty.

Mouthfeel - Good, full.

Drinkability - Decent but suffers from leaness, starkness and bitterness.

Photo of dnichols
2.53/5  rDev -29.5%
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.

Photo of MrHurmateeowish
3.95/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz. bottle from The Lighthouse in Manchester, Maine. Pours a completely opaque black with nearly an inch of tan head. Roasty toasty caramel sweetness dominates the aroma, as well it should. Tastes roasty with caramel overtones, fairly sweet but understated and very well-balanced, again as expected. Just a tinge of sourness as well. On the heavier side of medium bodied with very moderate carbonation. An easier drinker than many in the style. Overall not a bad beer, though I could do without that slightly sour tinge in the flavor. Otherwise a solid beer.

Photo of erosier
4.57/5  rDev +27.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

L: Pours a jet black color with a short and thin white colored head that fades to a film over the beer. It has some lacing down the glass.
S: Smells of deep roasted malts and then a big coffee/espresso aroma that overtakes the beer.
T: Very smooth malty base and then a bigger and even smoother coffee/espresso flavor. The two flavors mix very well together, with a hint of chocolate from the malts.
M: Very smooth, fresh, and has the right amount of carbonation.
D: This beer feels and drinks alot lighter than it looks which makes it really really drinkable. I would definately recommend this beer to anyone looking for a really good stout that they can have more than one of in a sitting.

Photo of RblWthACoz
3.41/5  rDev -5%
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.

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