Allagash Fluxus 2010 - Allagash Brewing Company
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3.48/5 rDev -9.6%
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.
12-31-2011 01:38:55 | More by billab914
4.25/5 rDev +10.4%
From notes. Gorgeous, prodigious dark mocha head is foamy on the inside, with big bubbles on the outside. A couple of inches fades gradually to a finger, leaving only spotty lacing. Pitch black.
Without a swirl I get chocolate, boozy heat, and a little roast. It's all richer and stronger with a swirl. But the booze is strongest and dominates to some extent.
Malty sweetness forms the background for mild roast, a touch of booze, a little licorice, some dark fruit, and is accented by roasty/hoppy bitterness. It gains depth and complexity as I sip.
Strong bottle conditioned carbonation, fairly rich full body, medium high viscosity, noticeable warming, and a bit of bitterness on the back end.
Excellent beer. Very unique and well executed. It's complex, balanced, and nuanced. The booze is strong in the nose, but not the taste or feel. I was really lucky to score a bottle of this in Portland long after it was gone from the brewery.
10-31-2011 04:51:52 | More by sprucetip
4.18/5 rDev +8.6%
Draft review from Sept. 2010.
Pours darkest brown in color with a substantial tan head sitting on top, and good lacing.
The aroma is really excellent, rather intense yet balanced, with chocolate, roast, tobacco, sweet toffee, and floral hops.
The flavor has sweet toffee as well as chocolate malts, earthiness, roast, coffee, chocolate, a little rubberiness, and more hops than average for the style.
Smooth and full-bodied with soft carbonation. Not too syrupy as some imperial stouts can be.
A very solid beer overall. Hopefully I’ll get to try this one again.
08-26-2011 15:36:55 | More by nickd717
2.78/5 rDev -27.8%
750mL, Summer 2010.
Dark and ominous with a huge tan head. Nice retention.
The nose is surprisingly fruity for a stout, lots of roast.
Very tangy, borders on sour. Actually, this might be slightly infected. I remember tasting this stuff fresh, and it was magnificently roasty, chocolatey and rich. Now it's kind of a mess. Oddly fruity and pruney. The roastiness still comes through big time, but the sweet, chocolate character is muffled, and the alcohol presence is a bit on the hot side. Carbonation is nice, but for an Imperial Stout this stuff seems thin.
Least impressive beer I've had from Allagash. Oh well.
08-21-2011 04:21:51 | More by dasenebler
4.25/5 rDev +10.4%
Allagash Fluxus | 750 ml. | 10.3% ABV | 2010 vintage
Brewer: Allagash Brewing Company
Style: American Double / Imperial Stout
Glass: crystal mug
Matte black with a gloriously fluffy cocoa head.
Chocolate, leather, coffee, scotch.
This is a complex beer! Bitter cacao dominates the opening, followed by waves of coffee, oily hops, allspice, pepper, and hints of scotch here and there. The alcohol is remarkably well hidden. And while rich dark chocolate is the first flavor I identified, and one that endures well into the aftertaste, it is not cloying or even particularly sweet.
Thick, rich, and velvety. A joy to swish!
I am very impressed by how balanced this is. Bitter and sweet, oily and parched each take their turn, but not one steals the show. I do wish, however, that it had just a bit more kick.
Would I get it again?:
Served: August 17, 2011
Price = $17.95 at The New Beer Distributors (NYC)
08-18-2011 00:41:53 | More by BeerNemesis
3.53/5 rDev -8.3%
A - Very inviting pitch black with a moderately tan cap and some lacing. Indicative of an Imperial burnt chocolate stout. Very sexy.
S - Great smell, definitely get a heavy does of burnt chocolate, some roasted coffee and other malts. I could've smelled this one all day. Great example of roasted scents. I would gauge that there was a spectacular effort put into tempering this brew to get these scents from the malts.
T - A little bit of a let down. I like sours but certainly not mixed with this style. Very bitter as you will note from almost every review but this one had an almost sour milk character that turned me off during my dinner which was centered around beef.
M - Fine. Medium light carbonation, not a lot of body. Not a traditional imperial by any means.
O - Very different, Allagash makes great stuff, but this one was just puzzling. Very well made but kind of an awkward mix of flavors. I would recommend for the people that like the bitter cooking cocoa taste.
08-12-2011 15:17:51 | More by YumYumGumGum
Allagash Fluxus 2010 from Allagash Brewing Company
86 out of 100 based on 107 ratings.