Allagash Fluxus 2013 - Allagash Brewing Company

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313 Ratings
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Ratings: 313
Reviews: 37
rAvg: 3.8
pDev: 9.47%
Wants: 8
Gots: 28 | FT: 5
Brewed by:
Allagash Brewing Company visit their website
Maine, United States

Style | ABV
American Porter |  6.40% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: dar482 on 07-05-2013

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

Ale brewed with blood oranges.
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Ratings: 313 | Reviews: 37
Photo of Jadjunk
3.81/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

"Allagash Fluxus is a beer that changes every year. It is also one of our Tribute Series beers. These are beers that benefit some of our favorite local causes." Brewed in the style of an American Porter. Available in 25.4 oz. bottles and in limited release draft. Annual release with rotating styles and ingredients. 2013 is a Porter brewed with blood oranges.

Poured from a 25.4 oz. bottle to a snifter glass. Served above 55 degrees Fahrenheit.

(Appearance) Pours a crisp foamy head of a pale brown color over a very dark brown, near black body. Retention is above average and lacing is moderate and patchy. 3.75

(Smell) Profound orange aroma with ample tartness and citrus acid forward, merged with notes of chocolate malt, lightly toasted caramel grain and delicately roasted barley. Moderate sweetness. Potency is moderate. 4

(Taste) The orange aroma doesn't generate much in the flavor, unfortunately. Soft orange tartness up front, merged with toasted chocolate and barley, where the malt profile dominates the flavor and the orange is just accent. Finishes on a note of moderately roasted grains, chocolate and caramel grain for a robust porter flavor. 3.75

(Mouthfeel) The texture is silky, slick, lightly chewy and moderately dry. Carbonation is full, generating a medium frothiness and a fully crisp finish. Body is medium+ for the style and medium/heavy overall. Balance is lightly earthy bitter over sweet. Alcohol presence is light and there are no off characters. 3.75

(Overall) This is quite an interesting porter but I greatly enjoy it. The oranges do not do as much for the flavor as they suggest in the tart aroma, although a little bit of citrus flavor is notable in the flavor, and the feel of this beer is bright and crisp, bringing to mind a beer that is conflicted between two distinct styles but manages to find common ground with both. Finally, as I found this porter to drink a bit heavier than the average sample, I was pleasantly surprised to find it at under 7% ABV, making for a very enjoyable and true-to-style porter. 3.75

Allagash Brewing Company's
2013 Fluxus Ale Brewed with Blood Oranges
3.81/5.00

Photo of therubicon
3.81/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Look: Black with fizzy, long-lasting, off-white head. Not much lacing.

Smell: Roasty with citrus/orange.

Taste: Roasty, a bit of cocoa, as well as the blood orange. Definitely tastes like a porter. Slight bitter aftertaste.

Feel: Fizzy. A bit abrasive, medium body,

Overall: An interesting brew. I'm not sure I would seek it out again, but not bad.

Photo of JGam115
3.88/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Rich brown with Ruby hues. Biscuit straightaway, some chalky cocoa. Interesting. Sweet malt upfront but finishes like a fleeting porter. Mmm

Photo of SFC21
3.75/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Black-IPA ish, Belgian finish. Solid not spectacular

Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.98/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

On-tap 8/14/2014 at Doherty’s Ale House in Warwick, RI, served in a snifter glass.

A: The beer is a deep dark brown color, with a large light brown head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains strong coffee along with roasted malts, maple, fruit and a faint touch of hops.

T: The taste starts out with a rich black coffee flavor followed by a very hearty roasted malt character. There are dark fruit and blood orange flavors in the background. The hops presence is very mild and provides a good balance. The after-taste is bitter-sweet.

M: Crisp and smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is dry and slightly sticky.

O: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, decent kick, good representation of style, it’s a bit interesting but overall just a decent beer.

Photo of Stevedore
3.84/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

750ml bottle poured into an unlabeled sherry glass 6/6/2014.

A- Dark cola brown body. Pours into a very thick and effervescent, smooth off-white head with great retention. Very reactive to agitation. Nice looking porter.

S- Hint of oranges lurk behind a chocolate malt backbone with some yeast spices. Roast malt, milk chocolate, a little bit of orange peel.

F- Milk chocolate, a hint of roast espresso, orange peel. Some yeast spice. Not particularly complex but certainly not offensive. The oranges don't show up in any real appreciable way.

M- Medium body, a bit thinner than I'd like as there is a dry, thin finish that is presumably characteristic of the yeast strains. Clean and dry. No appreciable bitterness on the aftertaste.

O- Solid porter base but missing any strong orange presence. Well-crafted and not difficult to drink whatsoever. Enjoyed this one, but at $20 a bottle, I'd expect more of this beer.

Photo of deg
4.33/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

The beer poured a dark amber color. It was dark enough that in the glass it appeared opaque. Coffee and cream head. I smelled a little citrus. The taste was mainly roasty notes, but with an aftertaste which reminded me of the aftertaste of orange juice. Blending blood oranges with a porter worked nicely.

Photo of jwchestnut
3.12/5  rDev -17.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

not a big fan of porters in general, but a huge allagash fan so gave it a shot. smell and flavor were dominated by smoke and peat, small traces of chocolate in the flavor as it warmed but no real or discernible taste of the blood orange - though it was a little oaty, or creamy in the mouthfeel. rather disappointed by this one.

Photo of kevanb
3.52/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

750ml bottle poured into a 25cl Allagash Cervoise.

The beer pours a nice jet black color, only the faintest touches of cola brown when struck by the light. A soft, but taut and fizzy, caramel colored head rises from the beer, about 2 fingers high, quite lively and has good retention and leaves a good amount of soapy lace behind. The aroma is of bitterly roasted grain, bittersweet chocolate, a bit of creamy milkiness with some soft coffee bean that brings out a bit of fruitiness, undoubtedly the blood orange, but for it being the main adjunct it's quite subdued and easy to miss. The flavors are in line, strong roasted quality, almost chalky and ashy, soft grain, a bit of the same milkiness is apparent as well, a touch of coffee that mingles with the milkiness as if it were creamer. The finish is more rewarding, soft chocolate and delicate citrus, very much like a chocolate covered orange lingers very well, but is a bit understated with the harsher roasted flavors that dominate this beer. The mouthfeel is nice, very soft, creamy yet lively, coats the mouth quite well and finishes with ease.

Verdict: A pretty solid robust porter, although the blood orange component is a bit of a tricky one. The chocolate covered orange flavor is certainly the intended target, but it's just not the front runner like in a beer such as Night Stalker or Daybreak. I enjoyed drinking this beer and had no issues finishing the 750ml bottle over the course of an afternoon/evening, but for the price, this was a big miss. I'll likely just stick to Belgian and Wild Ales from Allagash from now on.

Photo of metter98
3.89/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A: The beer is jet black in color and has a moderate amount of carbonation visible near the edge of the glass. It poured with a quarter finger high dense tan colored head that died down, leaving a thin layer of bubbles on the surface and a collar around the edge of the glass.
S: Light aromas of chocolate and coffee mixed with heavy cream are present in the nose.
T: The taste has flavors of chocolate and coffee beans along with notes of cream and hints of roasted malts. As the beer warms up, the roasted malts become a bit stronger and hints of the blood oranges also become perceptible.
M: It feels medium-bodied and a somewhat smooth on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: I found this porter to be very enjoyable as it seemed to have a nice combination of chocolate, coffee and roasted malts. The blood oranges weren't that noticeable, but this was a good beer nonetheless.

Photo of LambicPentameter
3.78/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to BA SammyJaxxxx for sending this in a trade. I asked him to surprise me with some good Allagash stuff, and was not disappointed. Enjoyed out of a 750 mL brown cork & cage bottle with no dating that I can see other than the 2013 vintage. It would seem that this bottle is about six months old, based on when it was added to BA. Served in a 50 cL glass stein with a textured exterior.

Appearance - A lush, velvety looking beer as it pours into the glass, and when finished, there is a big two-finger head that looks pillowy and dense, the color of cocoa powder. There is a pronounced period of retention, with the foam never completely dissipating, and instead settling as a half-finger (in some places) foam across the top of the body, which is a dark, dark brown, but seems to show some cola-like translucency right around the very edges of the brew. Leaves pronounced rings as I drink it. Pouring it into such a large glass makes it hard to really gauge the color of the body much better than that.

Smell - Roasted malt is the predominant characteristic, along with some fainter baker's chocolate and a hint of citrus acidity. If I didn't know it was in there, I'm not sure I could have identified it--it's one of those things where it changes the aroma of the beer so that you can tell it's a little different than what you'd expect, but it's hard to distinguish the specific difference. It seems to provide an undertone of brighter fruit in a beverage that you'd ordinarily expect notes of roast and dark fruits.

Taste - Here, the orange is a little more prevalent. Blood orange isn't as acidic as its standard cousin, and is also a little sweeter, and I think that makes for an excellent blend with the charred malt and chocolate flavor profiles. There is a faint, hard-to-place sweetness that reminds me of those orange-infused chocolates that are so popular around the holidays. You can tell it's orange, but it's a far cry from the acidity you get from eating/drinking the fruit directly. It's much softer.

Mouthfeel - Velvety and on the high side of medium-bodied, with amply moderate carbonation. It's not prickly by any means, but it provides enough kick to counteract the sweeter, denser elements.

Overall, an interesting beer unlike anything I've had before. I especially like the use of blood orange, because I don't think your standard navel (too sour) orange would play as well with the roasty flavors of the porter. This is only the second beer I've sampled from Allagash and so far they are two for two.

Photo of Slatetank
3.48/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

I had this on tap at Federal taphouse enjoyed chilled in a snifter.

The color is black as midnight with opaque clarity and thin beige cream with ultra fine bead and thick lace collecting in a film. The smell is dark coffee with a light orange zest ester with slight hint of burnt malt in the aroma and mild alcohol odor. The feel is medium high carbonation with chalky dry over roasted texture with low alcohol influence on the palate.

The taste starts out decently with bitter dark cocoa and charred coffee bean flavors with slight yeast spiciness but becomes medicinal and only has a mild flavor of orange zest. The overall takeaway is that I would not order this or buy a bottle since it is too far toward burnt in the malt flavor to be pleasurable -just above average.

Photo of ThisWangsChung
2.79/5  rDev -26.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2

650ml bottle into a tulip. From notes.

A: Pours a very dark brown color with a good two-finger mocha shaded head. The texture is great, the retention is solid, and there's some nice lacing left on the glass.

S: There's some chocolate along with a hint of coffee. Buried beneath that is some cream, oats, and some distant blood orange. There isn't a whole lot of Belgian yeast

T: While it starts pleasantly with some roasted and coffee notes, with a palpable midtaste of blood oranges, it's finish kills it - there's way too much metallic, vegetal action going on here. Which is a shame, since the blood orange character is actually very well blended within the base porter.

M: Hits all of the criteria I like in the style: it's dry to the point of parchment, light enough, and fairly well carbonated. If it weren't so metallic tasting, this would go down very easily.

O: Damn near $20 for this? OUCH. It would have been good without the metallic bitterness, but still not $20 good. By far the worst beer I've had from Allagash.

Photo of tbeckett
3.56/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Bottle form Winooski Beverage Warehouse. High expectations for $20.

A - Black pour with one finger of beige head. Good carbonation. Minimal retention with a bit more than a film and some spotty lace.

S - Dark fruit, roast, chocolate. Obvious porter qualities with some fruitiness. No specific blood orange characteristics. Minimal retention and some spotty lace.

T - Nice and fruity. Dark fruits, chocolate, roast, cola. Parts of it remind me of the white parts of the inside of the orange. The orange is definitely present. The porter element here is quite strong as well. The two meld nicely.

M - Good carbonation, medium body. Fruity, dry, and roasty in the finish.

O/D - This was good. Certainly not $20 good, but good. Very interesting with the oranges added. Can't say I'm too interested in it about 3/4 through, but it tastes alright and was enjoyable enough. Wouldn't get it again and would suggest others avoid it unless it was cheaper.

Photo of argock
3.66/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served on-tap in an Allagash goblet at Brasserie Beck (Washington, DC). Reviewed from notes.

A: Blood red edges with a mahogany body and short cap of beige head with decent retention but minimal lacing.

S: A very unique aroma profile with strong orange citrus and a bit overbearing roasted malt note. Some herbal hopping.

T: The flavor is also very unique, dominated by the strong roasted malt component which is effectively accented by the citrus and herbal character, presumably from the blood oranges and hopping respectively. THere is a pretty strong oak-wood note too that helps to emphasize the woody, earthy character of this beer. Alcohol presence is nil. Bitterness is low-moderate.

M: Pretty dry and highly tannic with moderate carbonation and body.

O: An interesting beer but drinking more than 10 oz of this would have been a chore with all of the tannic, dry, woody earthy character dominating the aroma and flavor. A very unique beer nonetheless and glad I got to try it.

Photo of Kirk_Grant
3.77/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Color: Dark char with a thin tan head
Smell: Clean, almost chemical clean...with faint hints of dark chocolate, char, and beef jerky
Taste: Dark Chocolate, char, and hints of alcohol
Overall: This is my last bottle of 6 and it's my least favorite. This is a wine I'm guessing either needs more time or I held too young. It'll be interesting to see how the notes of others show this with more age.

If I had more...I'd forget it for a year or more in hopes that the time will heal this. I loved my earlier bottles.

Photo of dbrauneis
3.88/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4

A: Pours a clear but opaque very dark brown in color with light to moderate amounts of gentle carbonation along the edges of the glass and some dark garnet red highlights. The beer has a four finger tall foamy light tan head that slowly reduces to a thick film covering the entire surface of the beer with a medium sized finger tall cap and a thick ring at the edges of the glass. Significant amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate aromas of roasted malts with some light hints of chocolate and a light presence of citrus/orange.

T: Upfront there is a light to moderate flavor of roasted malts with a light amount of mineral notes (similar to that in mineral water). There are some light notes of dark chocolate and citrus/orange. Light hints of bitterness in the finish which fades rather quickly.

M: Medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Slightly crisp and slightly thin.

O: This is a nice porter with a pleasant addition of blood oranges - the citrus combines nicely with the chocolate and roasted malts. Definitely a good beer and one worth getting again.

Photo of Alieniloquium
3.18/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

750 mL bottle poured into a snifter.

Appearance - Not quite black. Transparent at the edges. Big off white head. Thick collar.

Smell - Smells like it's hoppy, but I guess that's the blood orange. Citrusy. Grapefruit. Roasty.

Taste - Orangey citrus. Slightly roasty, but more of a caramel flavor. Slightly bitter.

Mouthfeel - Rather thin. Seems overcarbonated. Maybe it isn't.

Overall - Very blah. No body. Not a good blend of orange and chocolate.

Photo of Axnjxn
4.18/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

on draft at milltown in carrboro. tulip

pours an opaque black with a slight head. smell is very malt focused with a good amount of chocolate notes. taste starts off with charred malts then moves on to chocolate notes and finishes with a good amount of coffee flavor. quite complex porter. medium bodied, light carbonation.

overall this is a very enjoyable porter that I thoroughly recommend.

Photo of BEERMILER12
4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a dark brown, nearing black with ruby edges with 3+ fingers of tan head that bubbles down to a very thin cap

S: Lots of roasted malt up front along with some toffee and caramel sweetness, coffee, dark chocolate, and a very light hint of the blood oranges

T: Follows the nose. Starts off quite roasty with toffee, dark chocolate, coffee, and a light sweetness. Gets some bitter notes along with the blood oranges mid-way towards the end. Not huge notes, but it's there. Finishes with some char and a light lingering tingle from the oranges

M: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Nearing on thick

O: A nice porter with a twist from the blood oranges. They definitely come out more towards the end of the taste and leave a light bitterness and taste. Definitely not sweet orange-like, but more of the citrus bitterness. Easy to drink and certainly keeps you coming back to try to figure everything out. Solid choice for this years fluxus

Photo of Jonada
3.76/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Pours dark brown with 2 fingers of a khaki colored head. Body is opaque.

Smell: Roasted malt, cocoa, smoke, coffee, hint of caramel.

Taste: Noticeable acidic citrus upfront, before yielding to more flavors of roasted malt, earth, slight smoke, dark chocolate.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, carbonation borders on high. Drinkability is pretty high.

Overall: Really good porter. The blood oranges are subtle, but do add some additional complexity to the overall finished product. It's priced a bit high for what it is, but putting that aside, I'd have this again.

Photo of spoony
3.89/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From a 750 ml bottle into a wine glass. Reviewed from notes dated September 1, 2013.

A-The brew pours dark, nearly black and opaque. The head is mocha-colored. The head starts at about one and one-half fingers tall. Retention is decent, upwards of two minutes, but no lacing is left behind.

S-The orange flavors are obvious, which combine with a cocoa flavor, to give me the impression of orange-chocolate candy. There is also a lightly nutty character in there. The roast levels are pretty moderate and there is a bit of zesty pepper. Interesting.

T-The taste also provides heavy hits of zesty orange, and light and dark chocolates. The nuttiness is mostly gone, but there is a definite, malty, light-roasted character here. Hops are mostly in the background, but provide a bit of bitterness to accompany the orange. Unique, for sure.

M-The feel is lighter for the style with some carbonation. Drinkable.

O-This is a decent tasting "summertime" porter. The blood orange provides an interesting twist to the chocolate flavors and seems to contribute the drinkability. I don't know that I would drink this every day, but it provides a nice spin to the typical porter.

Photo of lsummers
4.39/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours pitch black with a nice one finger tan head. Looks moderately carbonated. Head recedes to a slight skim. Still looks attractive.

Smells of roasted dark malts with hints of coffee/cocoa notes. slight smoke and a caramel sweetness. There is a nice orange zest that I can kind of pick up on. Lends itself well even if I think it's just my mind playing tricks.

Taste is really outstanding. It's nicely balanced and the flavors don't overpower one another. I definitely get the roasted character and slightly burnt brown sugar midway through. And at the front of the tongue I get a slight citric note that melds with some roasted baked beans, oats, and dark malts. Hint of brown sugar sweetness.

Mouthfeel is fairly full yet crisp enough to not let this feel sticky or viscous. A nice drinkable, somewhat reasonable abv porter. Very appreciative of that.

Overall, if this were a year round offering It might be my go to porter. I would have to try a couple more times to see if the subtle citric notes would get old but as of right now, I'm digging it.

Photo of Gmann
3.69/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a dark brown color almost black. There is a moderate sized dense light brown head that settles into a solid ring.

The aroma is earthy. Roasted malt notes mixed in with a woody or smoke scent. The wood notes are quite light. I don't really pick up too much blood orange. Overall the aroma is not all that strong.

The flavor is of roasted malt, burnt bread and anise. Some citrus notes but they get lost in the malt. Scorched caramel sweetness. The blood orange brings some rind bitterness as well. A dry charcoal note in the finish. A solid porter flavor but the additions don't really pop through.

The feel is light with airy carbonation. Mostly bitter on the palate with some sweetness coming through. Dry in the finish. Drinks well.

A good porter but I was expecting a little bit more. Worth a purchase.

Photo of EBeckett3
3.79/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A- the way it oughta be. Dark, a finger of almost tawny foam, good laces, classic porter.
S - slight burn, some citrusy trace.
T - nice, smooth, balanced, choc/dark roast coffee/yeast & slight blood orange
M- smooth, smooth, smooth - slight bitter/dry finish.
O- ordered a second with oysters, quite good

Served in pint glass at The Pour House, Westmont, NJ

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Allagash Fluxus 2013 from Allagash Brewing Company
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