Allagash Fluxus 2013 - Allagash Brewing Company
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Reviews by LambicPentameter:
3.79/5 rDev 0%
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.
Serving type: bottle
01-08-2014 18:10:48 | More by LambicPentameter
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3.83/5 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.
Serving type: bottle
06-07-2014 12:18:50 | More by Stevedore
4.35/5 rDev +14.8%
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.
Serving type: bottle
06-02-2014 23:52:24 | More by deg
Allagash Fluxus 2013 from Allagash Brewing Company
85 out of 100 based on 263 ratings.