Allagash Fluxus 2010 - Allagash Brewing Company
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3.55/5 rDev -7.8%
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.
06-29-2011 16:49:47 | More by Gavage
3/5 rDev -22.1%
Thanks to stormking47 for this bottle, which I believe is the last from a fantastic Secret Santa box (or is it? who knows what surfaces when the cellar is stirred...).
Pours black & fizzy for a big, bass-add stout, & a couple ounces are left in the bottom to keep the brew clear of any accumulated yeast. Smells like Belgian yeast, chocolate, foreign-born malts.
Fluxus 2010 is a beer with a lot of gender confusion going on. First impressions are everything, & this beer shook my hand with a raisin, then belched prune in my general direction. What the hell? Underneath this nose-wrinkling quasi-fruit assault, there's a spritz of bitter chocolate & malts flitting in & out of the mess, too. The influence of Belgium is noted as well. Halved this big 750ML bottle with my wife, & half of a bomber is going to be more than enough.
Just a strange beer, & not high on the Appeal Scale. I'm unsure if the prune puree parade is intentional or a byproduct of a failed experiement, but this one just didn't do anything for me. Mediocre.
06-16-2011 01:48:46 | More by maximum12
3.63/5 rDev -5.7%
750ml bottle poured into an Allagash cervoise. Bottle generously provided by thagr81us as an extra in the 'Nice Piece of Glass CIF', thanks a ton Calton!
A - I really don't know how Allagash does it, but every single beer of those has the most insane head on it that is like whipped cream and lasts forever. You would never tell by the look of this that this is an imperial stout that's pushing 10%, as it builds a magnificent tan-colored head, 3-fingers in height with just absurd retention. It is densely packed, creamy smooth, and is composed of thousands of minuscule bubbles. The color of the beer itself is midnight black, and the only light and semblance of color to arise from is at the very bottom of the cervoise where it's at its thinnest. The lacing is fantastic as well with a generous amount of foam covering nearly every single inch of this glass. Another amazing looking Allagash beer.
S - The smell is good on this as well, but perhaps not as awe-inspiring as the appearance. There is a decent amount of roastiness in here, but not all of it is attributable to coffee, as I'm not getting a whole lot of espresso here besides a bit of bitterness. I was also expecting a lot more chocolate than what I received as this is marketed as being aged on 50lbs of nibs, but I'm not getting an extra-ordinary amount. It does give off a nice amount of sweetness, though. The thing that surprised me the most about this nose was that it's slightly tart and funky at the back-end. I'm not sure if that's the yeast that Allagash used, but it's not completely off-putting.
T - The roast does come through much more strongly in the taste than in the nose, that's for sure. The mix between this, the oats, and coffee gives it a slight tobacco feeling, or perhaps a little bit of leather. It's interesting, but it seems to overshadow the chocolate again, which again is underwhelming. The thing that compelled me to this beer was the chocolate and I'm just not getting a lot here. As it warms and in the finish it does come across bitterly, but I don't think I'm too far off-base to be expecting more here. Again, it has some fruit, like tart cherries, which is an interesting contrast to the roast and malts. Speaking of the malts, they carry the load here, with the overall roast and a good amount of oats.
M - Mouthfeel is moderately heavy-bodied with good carbonation. The head and body are very creamy and smooth, probably due in part to the oats, which makes it pleasant to drink. The lingering feel is bitterness, slight tartness, and tobacco, as if I just took a drag from a cigarette.
D/O - Drinkability is moderate. It's good, don't get me wrong, but it was just a little off from what I was expecting. The roastiness becomes a little much, and the chocolate needs to be in the limelight more. I am not getting any alcohol though, so that's a plus!
06-05-2011 01:00:49 | More by nhindian
3.63/5 rDev -5.7%
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.
05-24-2011 13:54:57 | More by scruffwhor
4.25/5 rDev +10.4%
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
05-22-2011 14:18:35 | More by barleywinefiend
4.15/5 rDev +7.8%
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.
05-05-2011 04:40:50 | More by HopHead84
2.25/5 rDev -41.6%
Pours black with a substantial medium brown head that lingers well.
Smell is light roasted malts, fruity esters, and cherry mixed with an off putting medicinal aroma.
Upfront taste is sweet chocolate and roasted malts which follow through to the finish. The finish is an odd combination of fruity esters and chocolate mixed with some medicinal notes and cherry--bittersweet. Quite chocolaty overall.
Medium body with medium carbonation.
Overall not very impressive due to the off smell and flavors. The body could be beefed up a bit too. Not sure what they were going for here.
05-04-2011 00:21:52 | More by sidetracked
3.53/5 rDev -8.3%
Reviewed from notes:
On tap at Armsby Abbey
A: Black with about a 1/2 inch of tight mocha brown head that doesn't want to evaporate.
S: Belgian yeast, chocolate, hint of coffee.
T: Lots of yeast, chocolate, a little fruit (somewhere between ripe and dark), roasted malts, a little coffee, and a touch of licorice. A little alcohol on the finish. The roasted malt base seems a bit on the light side, it's not exactly robust nor do any of the flavors really jump out at you. It's reserved.
M: About a medium body, high carbonation. Fairly smooth albeit with a bit of an alcohol bite on the end.
O: Not a bad stout, but not that memorable either. It's a lighter-sided RIS with belgian yeast (and more light fruit than dark).
05-01-2011 23:20:46 | More by Satchboogie
2.8/5 rDev -27.3%
Poured into a tulip. This one was a gusher! Lots of tan head on this with a dark brown body.
This smells kind of smokey with a little bit of cocoa to finish off the aroma. Really big dark raosty aroma to this one. Kind of a bitter cocoa flavor; seems to be souring a little bit though. Maybe my bottles a bit off.
The feel is full but the carbonation is a bit explosive. Overall this isn't bad, I'd say I have an off bottle. Wish I had a good one but oh well, this still isn't too bad.
03-30-2011 14:59:55 | More by Bendurgin
3.98/5 rDev +3.4%
taste- chocolate, toast, malt, new oak, belgian-style yeast
color- dark brown
clarity- pours clear but dark and dense in the glass
smell- cocoa, roasted coffee, powdery notes. aromas not overly present
body- a lot of exciting hop bite at the front of the mouth, long warming bitter finish, soft on the palate, almost a cooling feel on the edges of the tongue. body is pretty lean, not thick and weighty like other stouts/imperial stouts
appearance- dirty-brown head with good lace retention, active carbonation when agitated. head is the consistency of egg whites when first poured, really something to behold. active carbonation that makes the beer look like it's breathing after it's poured
overall impression- lean stout style with a good balance that hints at its belgian stylings but not overly so, which i like. would have liked a little more body and thickness in the mouthfeel
notes and comments- website recommends colder serving temperatures...i think you lose a lot of the character of the beer if it's served cold. this strikes me as a belgian style stout based on its flavor profile. this is part of their limited series of beers with a different recipe every year. beer leaves a sticky film on your teeth. easy drinker with high alcohol, beware
beer spy- the trappist, oakland ca, fall 2010, 750mL bottle
02-25-2011 04:51:19 | More by NorCalYeti
District of Columbia
3.4/5 rDev -11.7%
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.
02-08-2011 19:15:16 | More by Rhettroactive
3.45/5 rDev -10.4%
Reviewed from notes...Nice pour, jet black big puffy mocha head with grabby lacing. Aroma is confused between coffee, deep cacao, and licorice/vanilla, but these aroma all fight and aren't in harmony. The flavor is much the same. Component flavors cocoa, vanilla, big coffee, and tobacco are there but fight one another and end up being an acrid mess. Super dry with a day long finish that tastes of cigar tobacco and ash. I'm glad my drinking buddy ordered a beer he didn't like and I did cause we traded. Won't be revisiting this one, and Allagash is one of my favorit breweries.
02-05-2011 02:21:10 | More by pmlondrigan
4.33/5 rDev +12.5%
Bought at the brewery Portland, Maine. 08-08-2010
Poured form the 750ml bottle into an Allagash flute.
The color is completely black with no highlights and three fingers or so of foamy brownish head and thick lacing left on the glass.
The smell is funky with some chocolate malt aroma. Some serious dark malts in the nose with a Belgian like aroma that is quite interesting, not sure where this is leading.
The taste is black licorice with a sweet malt flavor. Some cocoa powder is there that is a bit dry with some creamy flavor that leads into a bitter, dark chocolate flavor.
This beer is pretty big with the body feeling a bit expansive. It feels like it is heavy but has handles ie.. there is a smooth, drinkable feel that makes this so down easy and is not more than anyone can handle.
01-20-2011 06:35:48 | More by Duhast500
4.2/5 rDev +9.1%
Poured into a Allagash flute glass. The beer is dark with a generous head formation. The head is very dark one of the darkest heads i've seen. It laces well and provides a consistant cover lasting to the end.
The aroma is interesting roasted malts mixed with a subtle licorice. The german hops and yeast present a spiced flavor which mixes with chocolate malts.
The taste is very interesting, It has a similar mouth to their Black, Big chocolate and roasted flavors present as a smooth carbonation builds but not harsh. There are also flavors of vanilla and yeast. Very unique i've never found a beer with the taste.
The mouth is very pleasant smooth, velvet and full bodied
Overall, I love this beer it was also only $5 on draft at Novare Res hard to compare to any other beer but it was great
01-20-2011 01:32:51 | More by bishopdc0
3.53/5 rDev -8.3%
Allagash is a pretty neat brewery. I have come to know their other beers and especially love the Curieux (so good). I've never had the chance to drink one of the Fluxus beers before so this is my first.
After finding something cool to shoot with the cork I poured myself a glass. A decent head formed and hung around for a bit. While I was waiting I noticed that the beer was not all that fragrant. I had to put my nose to the glass to get a whiff. The beer smelled lighter than the darkness that poured out and it kind of had a little bite of a sour note. Never knowing what to expect flavor wise with Allagash I proceeded with caution. Taking my first sip I was relieved that it was not a sour beer. I like sour beers I just was not in to mood for one. The beer tasted like grapes to me. I don't know maybe my taste buds were messed up but grapes. The taste was also bucking my expectations for a dark beer. The mouth feel was nice and light. While this beer formed a decent head there was not very much carbonation. I said that the first sip tasted like grapes. The end of the beer still tasted a bit fruity mixed with a decent brown.
In conclusion I enjoyed this beer. The flavor was interesting and by interesting I mean enjoyable. I wouldn't put this at the top of my list yet but its pretty darn good so pick one up and try it. My local beer stores in San Diego are selling a big bottle for $18.99.
01-19-2011 07:28:59 | More by broken22
3.68/5 rDev -4.4%
Big thanks go out to boralyl for providing this bottle. Wanting to figure out the genesis of this brew: I found this: Fluxus 2010 is the result of a unique brewing process that used wort from a smaller brew as the "water" for mashing the grain for this brew. The grain bill boasts a blend of three roasted malts and oats; it's hopped with both Saaz and Glacier hops; and just before knockout, 50 pounds of roasted cacao nibs were added to the whirlpool. Let's see how it worked out...
Pours from the bottle all thick and viscous-like, glugging without hurry and softly yet swiftly crafting a huge, three-finger-tall head of mocha foam that looks like it would hang out all night if I left it. The liquid below is an inky black, providing nice contrast to the foam gripping the sides in sheets, stripes and webs. Stouts don't get much prettier than this.
In the nose: prunes, milk chocolate, vanilla and a very light hint of coffee along with a fruitiness that reminds of Belgian yeast, with pears and clove.
The flavor is similar -- prunes, raisins, oodles of cocoa powder and that odd Belgian yeastiness. It's weird, like a cross between a dry stout and a tripel. Dry, slightly tangy finish. I have to admit, it wasn't working for me at first, but the flavor has grown on me as I've made my way through the bottle.
The carbonation is a fizzy medium, massaging the tongue a bit before filling the mouth with soft bubbles. The body's plush and medium-light - a little less full than I'd like, but not bad. Alcohol is fairly noticeable, but what the hell -- this thing is 22 proof.
Like I said, I wasn't digging Fluxus 2010 upon first sip, but it grew on me. If nothing else, it's an interesting take on an imperial stout.
01-02-2011 06:08:50 | More by Phelps
2.78/5 rDev -27.8%
Poured into my Goose Island stout glass from a 750.
A: poured a nice dark brown, but a huge frothy head overtakes half of the glass. Meh. 3.0
S: Nothing spectacular. Cocoa and a roasty / smokey hint. There's a fruity undertone that is also prevalent. This could be really interesting or a train wreck. 3.5
T: oops. That didn't work. There's a fruit sweetness at the back of my tongue followed by a chocolate flavor, but finishes brutally bitter on the tip. My tongue responded by imploding. There's a lot in this, but unfortunately it does not work well together. 2.5
M/D: Mouthfeel is good, smooth for the style with not nearly the amount of carbonation as expected from the initial pour. Drinkability is tough. I had a 12 oz pour with roughly the same still left in front of me that I'm not sure I can finish. 3.0/2.5
Skip it. For the price, there's a ton of better options.
01-01-2011 22:26:17 | More by TJBurgess
3.35/5 rDev -13%
Bottle. Poured into a NB tulip glass a dark brown color with a slight tan head. Roasty, chocolate, and slight molasses with some smokiness. Medium mouthfeel with good carbonation. The taste is pretty interesting, starts off with a slight sweetness followed by a roasty chocoloate flavor with leather and a bitterness that isn't that great at the end. Both the taste and the aroma has an odd flavor and taste that throws me off and I'm not sure if I like it or not.
12-29-2010 21:21:11 | More by kbutler1
United Kingdom (Wales)
3.05/5 rDev -20.8%
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.
12-29-2010 01:18:11 | More by mothman
3/5 rDev -22.1%
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.
12-26-2010 09:04:03 | More by xnicknj
3.45/5 rDev -10.4%
2010 Fresh. 750ml Bottle
A: Came in a 750 with "Allagash Fluxus. Stout brewed with cacao nibs." label. Poured a pretty viscous black into a Beatles pint glass. Produced a toffee-tan thick head from an aggressive pour. The head then reduced to about half a finger. Decent amount of lacing. Not much light shines through this beer.
S: Not particular volatile--subtle nose of figs/currants, warm burnt toast, and deep mocha.
T: More aggressive than expected. Bitter chocolate with some alcohol warmth and a hint of coffee. Some hops come through, but barely detectable. Dark cereals with dark chocolate and bitter chocolate aftertaste.
M: Thick mouthfeel with a light carbonation. Not too smooth.
D: Not very drinkable. I got an occasional bourbon-like burn. Sipping is okay, but definitely not a session beer.
Notes: Beer was alright, but I really think it could do with a little aging to mellow out the flavors. Kicked me in the mouth a little more then I wanted. I actually ended up tossing a scoop of vanilla ice cream into my glass about halfway through (blasphemy!) which GREATLY improved the taste, mouthful, and drinkability.
12-24-2010 16:43:17 | More by uberkane
3.83/5 rDev -0.5%
A- Opaque dark coffee color, with a brown head. Very appealing appearance.
S- Initial off-smells of wet cardboard, saddle blanket, and medicinals blew off in about ten minutes. Then the cleaner aroma of chocolate was more prominant.
T- Big flavors of roasted malt, coffee, dark cocoa, chocolate covered raisins. Thankfully not bitter or too charred.
M- I was very impressed by the feel of this stout. It's texture was like velvet. It was viscous and leggy, concentrated, and well balanced. The ABV well concealed.
D- Moderate drinkability due to its substantial structure.
12-17-2010 01:19:02 | More by WhiteOak
4/5 rDev +3.9%
750 ml corked and caged bottle into a tulip.
A: Quite an enormous head for a slow pour. Huge, creamy tan head is taking forever to settle down to a good level. The beer underneath is dark as night and even lends some of its color to the head, which fades into the tan at the top. Quite an interesting looking pour. Head has finally receded to a decent level to get a whiff of this thing.
S: Smelling the cork revealed a deep aroma of the cacao nibs used in this beer. Smelling the beer itself doesn't have such a big aroma of the cacao. Very dark roasty malts with some deep, dark fruits and a good twang of alcohol. This one needs to sit for a bit longer. Smokey, woody aromas are here, with some sweet caramel and toffee. Almost want to say there is a bit of sour here, but it might be the alcohol heat playing along with the dark fruit aromas. A great deal of aromas that work well at this point, and I could see them becoming more harmonious with a bit of age.
T: Extraordinarily chocolate-y with very little sense of the alcohol I was picking up on the nose. Allowing the beer to remain on the tongue for a bit opens up some of the alcohol that makes its way to the sinus cavity. It also allows some dark cherries and plums to be picked up. Big and roasty, with a fairly low bitterness. The cacao nibs can be picked up for sure and with this low bitterness, they only shine more. Fantastic dessert beer, as it seems Allagash aimed to highlight the chocolate in this beer and tone down the bitterness.
M: Very creamy mouthfeel with low carbonation bite. Finishes with the feeling of having cocoa powder on your teeth as it dries.
D: Alcohol is hidden very well, on the palate at least. I can see this one aging like Brooklyn BCS with the chocolate to come forward and the heat on the aroma to mellow. Drinks very well fresh, has a milk stout type of drinkability.
12-11-2010 03:39:32 | More by kiddynamite920
District of Columbia
4/5 rDev +3.9%
Nice chocolate stout, not overwhelmingly memorable but with a nice range and a distinct Allagash sense.
Presentation: 750 ml corked and caged bottle. Simple light cream Allagash label touches of brown in the lettering and a piece of machinery in the background. Label offers a dictionary description nod to the name, one line description, and serving instructions. Notes 2010 vintage, and Alc. by Vol. (10.3%) Served in a snifter glass.
A - Black pour with minimal dark brown edges, nice 1" frothy head, with fair retention, good surface memory and lacing.
S - Nice roasted range, not too assertive but consistent with a dash of chocolate.
T - Taste follows nicely with a nice roasted range and a light and nicely integrated chocolate sense punctuating it, and progressing as it warms up. Touch of coffee in the background under a sweet sense.
M - Medium-full body, maybe a touch too thin for the expectations but works rather well, light carbonation and a nice smooth sense.
D - Works well, nice brew and enjoyable in and on its own.
Notes: A distinct Allagash sense emerges as one goes through it, and while not one of their most memorable big bottles this is rather nice, and sure good quality.
11-18-2010 20:15:49 | More by Daniellobo
2.3/5 rDev -40.3%
12 oz pour in a tulip. A creamy dense tan head sits atop the dark body. Good retention and plentiful, if drippy, lacing.
Nose and flavor profile are fairly overwhelmed by a combo of bubblegum and buttery diacetyl. Old/oxidized keg or intentional qualities, I'm not sure, but they certainly drown out any "stout" characteristics like roasted/chocolately malts or "Belgian" cloves, fruitiness, etc. On the positive side, a very smooth feel, almost nitro-ish, but this is not something I'd recommend at all.
11-06-2010 19:43:00 | More by PDXHops
Allagash Fluxus 2010 from Allagash Brewing Company
86 out of 100 based on 107 ratings.