Allagash Fluxus 2013 - Allagash Brewing Company
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Reviews by LambicPentameter:
3.79/5 rDev 0%
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.
01-08-2014 18:10:48 | More by LambicPentameter
More User Reviews:
3.54/5 rDev -6.6%
I don't go to Allagash very often for a rew different reasons but I wanted to try this years version of this beer.Poures a deep cola color with a nice big rocky light beige head that becomes creamy as it settles into a frothy mass.Aromas of dark roast and mineral-like yeastiness wich was different,although it might be an American porter it is heavy handed in the yeast department.A little sharp in the mouth but mouthfeel is about right.Espresso roast coffee flavors along big earthiness and yeast,faint citric notes in the finish.Hmm it's not bad but I was expecting a little more I guess .
08-20-2013 20:37:43 | More by oberon
3.34/5 rDev -11.9%
Appearance: dark brown in color, 1/4 inch head, medium carbonation, clear
Smell: roasted coffee
Taste: coffee and roasted malt,
Mouthfeel: moderate carbonation, medium-heavy body, roasty bitterness
Overall: I am usually wowed by Allagash, however this beer did not do this for me. It is a solid roasty porter and a nice slow drinker. Above average, but nothing I would seek out again.
08-25-2013 13:16:39 | More by tigg924
3.15/5 rDev -16.9%
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.
10-15-2013 01:33:15 | More by Alieniloquium
3.76/5 rDev -0.8%
Pours dark as a porter should be. Although I didn't realize it was a porter until I poured and saw and smelled it. It has a burnt nose with a little citrus that comes through. Or maybe it's more because I expect there to be citrus. But it really doesn't have much of a citrus smell, or when it comes to taste it's pretty absent too. It's a very burnt porter which can go either way. The burnt malty taste pretty much takes up all the taste but does make an interesting porter. I guess I really can't commit to how much I like this or not so it must be somewhere in the middle. The price is the biggest downfall. For this price I expect a bit more.
08-25-2013 17:34:38 | More by sjones5045
2.35/5 rDev -38%
Had this on tap in Arlington, VA. Pours a tan color with a small amount of foam. Smell of malts, chocolate and orange. Taste is....well terrible. I had about 3-4 sips but could not manage to get this down. Not sure if there was something wrong with the keg, but it was pretty brutal. It tasted extremely boozy and the blood orange is barely noticeable. I tasted less alcohol in BCBS than this. When I saw the 6.40% I was like wtf how is that possible.
08-08-2013 20:05:55 | More by MWolverines66
3.79/5 rDev 0%
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
08-28-2013 23:01:53 | More by EBeckett3
Allagash Fluxus 2013 from Allagash Brewing Company
85 out of 100 based on 282 ratings.