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Allagash Fluxus 2010 - Allagash Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
86
very good

108 Ratings
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Ratings: 108
Reviews: 67
rAvg: 3.84
pDev: 14.84%
Wants: 9
Gots: 23 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Allagash Brewing Company visit their website
Maine, United States

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial Stout |  10.30% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

Weighing in at 10.3% ABV, it is one of the strongest beers that Allagash has ever brewed. This beer utilized a unique brewing process that used wort from a smaller brew, as the "water" for mashing the grain for this brew. Maine grown barley was used as the base for this grain bill that also included a blend of three roasted malts and oats. Fluxus was appropriately hopped with both US Saaz and Glacier hops. Just before knock out, fifty pounds of Taza roasted Cacao nibs were added to the whirlpool. The result is a thick, sticky stout with tons of both roasted and chocolate flavors, aromas of tobacco and cocoa, and a surprisingly sweet, creamy finish.

(Beer added by: Brez07 on 08-10-2010)
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3/5  rDev -21.9%

djrn2, Jan 13, 2012
Photo of zestar
3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

zestar, May 16, 2014
Photo of JAHMUR
4/5  rDev +4.2%

JAHMUR, Nov 15, 2011
Photo of TMoney2591
2.99/5  rDev -22.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Served in a Duvel tulip glass.

Once again, the only way I'm really able to try this stuff is because of a discounted bottle. Allagash truly needs to rethink their pricing structure... That bit of economics ranting aside, this stuff pours a straight obsidian topped by a finger of tan foam. The nose comprises deep cocoa, roasted malts, and a touch of black smoke way in the back. The cocoa is a bit much, but not enough to tank the experience. The taste brings in more of the same, with the same strength of cocoa, but now it's aged in a bad way, coming across more fruity, more malted-milk-ball-sitting-at-the-bottom-of-the-Halloween-pillow-case. It just doesn't work here. The body is a hefty medium, with a very light moderate carbonation and a slick feel. Overall, I feel the past couple of years hasn't been kind to this stuff, regardless of how the brewers may feel it ages. The cocoa is still strong, but it's like the musclebound geriatric who thinks he can still take you, when the reality is that he's just gonna have a heart attack and die on you. Either way, you're not having a fun day at the nursing home.

TMoney2591, Jul 13, 2012
Photo of oline73
4/5  rDev +4.2%

oline73, Nov 16, 2011
Photo of Rochefort10nh
4/5  rDev +4.2%

Rochefort10nh, Nov 21, 2011
Photo of Halcyondays
3.93/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On-tap at Beachwood BBQ,

A: Pours a dark brown/black with a multi-tan coloured head, nice lace.

S: Heavy dark chocolate (cacao) with some sweet brown sugar, no roast.

T: Mirrors the nose quite well. The dark chocolate is heavy and dominates the brew, light brown sugar, almost a chocolate cake flavour. Tasty.

M: Very smooth, full-bodied, creamy, light carbonation.

D: A real nice Imperial Stout, any chocolate fan would love this.

Halcyondays, Aug 21, 2010
Photo of Gavage
3.55/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: black in color with a 1/4" head that breaks apart quickly. No lace develops.

Smell: roasted malts, alcohol, coffee, and chocolate are all detectable by the nose.

Taste: big roasted malt flavor,dark bitter chocolate, coffee, prunes, alcohol, and a moderate bitterness are most prevelent.

Mouthfeel: heavy in body. Light prickliness to start and smooth at the finish. Long alcohol laced aftertaste.

Overall: very slow sipping beer. Alcohol was a bit overwhleming after a while, so the small glass was appreciated. Big flavored beer.

Gavage, Jun 29, 2011
Photo of imperialking
4/5  rDev +4.2%

imperialking, Nov 15, 2011
Photo of weeare138
4.4/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On tap at Goodnight Irenes...
Appears a a dense dark black with a tan head of fluff that slowly fades into a gentle cap and hearty collar. Tons of lacing sticks around the glass.
Smell is of roasted grain, ripe fruit, cream, Toasted nuts, and sticky molasses.
Taste is of the aromas with sticky sweet flavors of dark malt and brown sugar with mild spices running along the tastebuds.
Mouthfeel is full bodied, fruity, sweet, with notes of molasses drizzles ripe melon lingering.

weeare138, Sep 03, 2010
Photo of barleywinefiend
4.25/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

2010 vintage

A:Poured a nice black color with good carbonation and a nice tan cap

S: Nose has lots character. I immediately noticed grapes, big grapes, plums, a hint at a fig or two some cocoa, booze

T: Very good. Grape juice infused? Just kidding. I found the a mix of white grape and dark grape to be very upfront. Plums, figs, cocoa, booze, hints at some tobacco and vanilla

M: Big body with a wine like texture

O: Good drink

barleywinefiend, May 22, 2011
Photo of mothman
3.05/5  rDev -20.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Thanks Andrew for sharing this one.

Poured into in NB Globe glass. Pours 1 finger of tan brown head. Color is near black. Good retention with some thick lace.

Aroma: I get an odd flavor from the nose. It is boarder-line smoked. It also has some leather to it. A bit of marshmallows with some vanilla. Chocolate bitterness.

Taste: Cocoa and chocolate powder. Pretty bitter chocolate. Vanilla again. It tastes very Belgian. Also has some fruit flavors to it. Some smoked flavors. Very odd.

Mouthfeel: Bitter, creamy, and a bit velvety. Full bodied with a good amount of carbonation. Ends dry with notes of a cigar.

Overall, this was an odd beer. It had some different flavors going on with it. Somewhat drinkable, but not something I'd seek out.

mothman, Dec 29, 2010
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4.5/5  rDev +17.2%

afsdan, Apr 08, 2014
Photo of John_M
3.85/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Max's the other day.

The beer pours the expected blackish brown color with good head retention and lacing. The nose is all IRS, showcasing considerable dark chocolate, coffee, and a hint of underlying spice. On the palate, the melange of different flavors is quite unusual. I don't know if it's the yeast strain they use at Allagash, but I definitely picked up soe flavors I don't normally encounter in a IRS. In any event, the flavor profile included considerable chocolate and coffee, but with a hint of licorse, and even some hazelnut and marshmellow. The stout is on the sweet side, but the sweetness isn't over the top or cloying. Surprisingly, mouthfeel was on the thin side, though otherwise this IRS delivers plenty of flavor and finishes pretty well. Drinkability wasn't too bad, though you can tell the alcohol is up there a bit in this beer, making this beer very much a sipper.

Another solid beer from Allagash, no doubt, but it's probably my least favorite of the different Fluxus beers they've made so far. Not sure I will be ordering any more of this one...

John_M, Sep 28, 2010
Photo of rab53
4/5  rDev +4.2%

rab53, Apr 06, 2012
Photo of billab914
3.48/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

750ml bottle into my Stone IRS glass. It poured black in color with a thin tan head covering the top of the beer.

The aroma shows some of the chocolate coming out and mixing with some sweeter, malty flavors. I get some dark fruit flavors adding a little more crisp sweetness along with just a hint of a roasty flavor to it as well.

The taste shows a lot of chocolate to it throughout. I get more of a dark, bitter-sweet chocolate at first, while the finish shows more milk chocolate and sweeter dark fruits. A little bit of a roasty, bitter flavor is there lingering in the finish as well.

The mouthfeel is on the heavier side with carbonation being average for the style. Overall it was a pretty decent beer, but not an outstanding one in the style. The chocolate was nice, but it just didn't seem to have the depth or balance that the great ones of the style achieve. Enjoyable beer to sip on this evening though.

billab914, Dec 31, 2011
Photo of Kelp
4/5  rDev +4.2%

Kelp, May 21, 2013
Photo of PEIhop
5/5  rDev +30.2%

PEIhop, Nov 20, 2011
Photo of HopHead84
4.15/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

3/27/2011

2010 batch shared by Patrick at Church on Sunday, thanks!

A: Black with a big creamy light brown head. Nice retention and scattered lacing.

S: The aroma is pretty unique. Light smoke and leather notes accompany dark chocolate, cocoa, and vanilla. The chocolate profile is pretty unique, almost Belgian in character. There's a subtle plum element in the background. Faintly nutty (macadamia?), with a restrained roast. There's a decided and insistent coconut presence that makes this quite interesting.

T: Rich dark chocolate and cocoa with coconut, nuts, a little tobacco, and evident vanilla. Very rich and complex. Roasted malt is mellow. Alcohol is very well hidden.

M: Lower full body with moderate carbonation. Mouthfeel is silky, chewy, and creamy.

Overall: A unique and enjoyable Imperial Stout. Recommended.

HopHead84, May 05, 2011
Photo of Rhettroactive
3.4/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

From 32oz growler to Bruges hybrid glass on 2/6/11

A: A reasonably forceful pour yields a one finger head that looks like chocolate mocha froth. As it dissipates, there is an abundance of gorgeous lacing that rims the glass. Rich mahogany in color.

S: Chocolate malts and alcohol esters hit the nose first, and quickly evaporate into an off-putting coppery, ironish and altogether metallic intrusion into my nostrils. I thought it may be my glass, but sadly it's not as I try another vessel with the same outcome.

T: Boozy sweet, malt and hard caramel toffee. As it moves further back on my palate, I get a lot of unsweetened dark baking chocolate. The finish keeps in line, as it's slighty burnt and smoky.

M: Slick like oil. Not quite what I'd expected. The carbonation level is reasonable, though this is not an overly viscous impy stout.

O: Not the badass beer I was hoping for, but it's certainly not a bad brew either. The biggest putoff was the nose - it really kept me from wanting more then a sip here or there. If the Allagash crew could get that worked out, they have the makings for a reasonable stout here.

Rhettroactive, Feb 08, 2011
Photo of glid02
4/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at the Brick Store.

Pours black with a two-finger brown head. The head recedes into a thin layer on top leaving solid lacing.

Smells of deeply roasted malts with solid amounts of semi-sweet chocolate. Also present are very light hints of dried bananas. As the beer warms solid amounts of char aromas waft out.

Tastes similar to how it smells. Strongly roasted malt flavors kick things off and are quickly joined by loads of moderately bitter semi-sweet chocolate flavors. Midway through the sip the flavors sweeten a bit with mild amounts of sweet, dried banana flavors and vanilla. Coming in before the end of the sip are solid amounts of char that carry through to a solidly bitter finish. The char and chocolate flavors linger on the palate after the sip.

Mouthfeel is good. It's got a nice thickness with smooth carbonation.

Drinkability is also good. I didn't have any problems finishing my glass and could have another.

Overall this was an interesting beer however it just wasn't quite big enough (despite its well-hidden ABV) to harness the large amounts of bitter chocolate and char flavors. Still, it's worth a shot.

glid02, Aug 24, 2010
Photo of LiquidAmber
3.63/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Review from 5/2011 notes. Poured into a Gulden Draak tulip. Pours a very dark red amber, appearing black. Thick, creamy two finger dark brown head with nice lacing. Aroma of dark malts, unusual estery component, coffee. Taste is dark malt with a strong sour component. Dry bitter chocolate, dark fruits, licorice and coffee. The nibs give a chocolate component to the finish that is nice. An uneven flavor that is complex, but too sour and not integrated. An interesting take on a stout, but not one I feel I need to revisit.

LiquidAmber, Mar 21, 2012
Photo of scruffwhor
3.63/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Color is a black, to fudge brown hue with a medium tan head. The head is about two fingers after the pour and recedes to a thin ring, then nothing.

Teh aroma is powderey ad slightly tart cocoa, not cacao. Roasted malts enhnace the cacao's tart cocoa aroma with coffee and roasted bread crust.

The taste starts with the great roasted malt bill. Notes of coffee and light dark chocolate. The cacao jumps up in the middle to the finish. Powdered cocoa with some tartness is the main flavor I get from the cacao.

The palate is powdery, chalky, with a well carbonted finish. Very interesting stout.

scruffwhor, May 24, 2011
Photo of xnicknj
3/5  rDev -21.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

750mL bottle poured into snifter glass - thanks to cjo for sharing

Pours a viscous black with a thin tanned head, fades quickly to cloudy film with a ring of lacing.

Somewhat unusual nose w cocoa and molasses, a hint of odd funk/bitter.

A little bitter and strong up front with unusually large alcohol immediately. Cocoa with some pine and citrus hops. Some molasses and syrupy sweetness. Finishes with weird citrus and dark sweetness uncomfortably complimented by some boozy warmth.

Full bodied, medium carbonation, smooth and slick. The flavor is weird and off, feels like multiple styles were combined in a bad marriage. Kinda tough to drink for sure.

xnicknj, Dec 26, 2010
Photo of avalon07
4.18/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured from a bottle to a pint glass. Had a jet black color and thick texture. There was an inch and a half of creamy, tan-colored, long-lasting head. Pretty good lacing.

S: An underplayed aroma of chocolate, coffee, roasted malt, and a possibly some fruit.

T: Tasted of coffee (less than some stouts), chocolate, roasted malt, yeast, an earthy quality and some dark fruit. Somewhat unusual for the style, but still very flavorful.

M: A fairly well-carbonated beer with a dry finish. Full-bodied.

D: A very drinkable beer.

avalon07, Aug 30, 2010
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Allagash Fluxus 2010 from Allagash Brewing Company
86 out of 100 based on 108 ratings.