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
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Photo of oberon
3.55/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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 .

Photo of tigg924
3.35/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

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.

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 sjones5045
3.77/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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.

Photo of MWolverines66
2.42/5  rDev -36.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

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.

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

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 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 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 DrinkSlurm
4.22/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

poured from tap into snifter at flying saucer in charlotte, NC.
Cant believe I have to go from CT to NC for this!..well im sure its local, but here I am...
Deep rich black pour with tan thin head. Roasted chocolate and some coffee aromas with something sweet and fruity?
Flavor of roasted malts, lots of chocolate an da definite sweetness...citrus or dried candi sugar? cant place it but its perfectly balanced with the roasted malts.
It is so smooth its scary...
overall, a fantastic porter...and I guess a style somewhat out of the box for allagash; but they nailed it with a twist (of course). awesome.

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 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 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 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 dar482
4.27/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Somehow this was still on tap in April of 2013 in Brooklyn.

It comes in a black color with a beautiful mocha color head.

The aroma has huge black chocolate and roasted malt. It's sweet and inviting.

The taste has a bit less chocolate, but still good flavor. There is coffee, chocolate, brown sugar, and a slight alcohol aftertaste along with some bitterness. I did not pick up orange, but the website says blood orange goes into that beer, so that must be where the bitterness comes in.

The finish has some molasses, but the finish isn't exactly quite there.

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 kojevergas
3.73/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Picked this one up at a local bottle shop for $19.99 - ouch. I love a lot of Allagash's beers, so expectations are somewhat high. That said, I don't recall being impressed by last year's Fluxus. "Ale brewed with blood oranges." 6.40% ABV. 750ml brown glass bottle with tasteful label art and a hood-and-wire cap (aka cage) over a cork served into a flared stem-snifter/tulip hybrid glass in me gaff in low altitude Los Feliz, Los Angeles, California. Reviewed live.

Served cold - straight from the fridge - and allowed to warm over the course of consumption. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

Cork pops easily by hand and no liquid surges up. Carbonation seems great.

A: Pours a two finger wide head of healthy khaki colour. Nice creaminess and thickness. Even consistent lacing clings to the sides of the glass as the head slowly recedes. Head retention is superb - about 7-8 minutes. Supple soft complexion.

Body colour is a solid dark black; not quite a jet black. Opaque. No yeast particles are visible. No bubble show.

Looks par for the style. I'm looking forward to trying it.

Sm: Dark malts, caramel, black pepper, and zesty citrusy wisps - orange peel, tangerine peel. Extremely evocative; this screams citrus. I'm shocked at how well the citrusy character is integrated into the larger porter-like build. I really hope this carries through in the flavour profile; that's fantastic. It's got some subtle spicing but I can't discern quite which spices they are (I'm rubbish at that); maybe allspice and bit of tamarind? Cocoa powder/dust. Digestive-like chocolate biscuit character. Brown malts. No yeast or hop character is detectable, nor is any alcohol. A unique, intriguing aroma of mild strength. Quite remarkable.

T: Cocoa powder hits on the open but you don't really catch up to it until the aftertaste - where it lingers, coaxing out the next sip. Body is seamless, with dark malts, caramel, and chocolate malt. Gestalt; this beer is as cohesive and balanced as they come. The citrusy notes are brilliantly executed, with a very impressive subtlety. Notes of misty orange peel and tangerine start small from the early second act and build in intensity until the climax. I look for blood orange specifically, but it's hard to discern; I'd probably get the orange peel drinking this blind, but I'd never guess blood orange. I love that they don't overdo the caramel like so many porters, and there's none of that nasty cola flavour that plagues the worst beers in the style. I guess I get a bit of buried coffee. A highlight of this beer - and the heart of it - is the clearly Belgian yeast; it's redolent of an abbey dubbel but applied to a porter - if that makes any fucking sense. The Belgian approach and choice of yeast is wonderful. Bravo to Allagash.

Depth of flavour is above average. Good diversity of flavour (especially for the style). Average intensity. High flavour duration. Excellent amplitude.

Notable complexity and subtlety here. Artfully executed. I'm really enjoying this.

Mf: Smooth, soft, creamy, silky, welcoming. Slight overcarbonation. Not biting, gushed, hot, oily, or harsh. Complements the flavour profile quite well and the smoothness isn't overdone; the flavours are fully delivered here. Good body. Good thickness.

Dr: Extremely drinkable for the style. A unique porter - if we're considering it one. I'd never have guessed that citrusy notes would work well in a porter, but Allagash has proved that they can. Daring concept and remarkable execution. If not for the high price tag, I'd definitely get this again. A damn solid offering from Allagash, and one that pushes the boundaries of the style. Love the innovation and risk-taking. I'll have no trouble killing this bottle by meself, and I'll be recommending this one to friends.

High B

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 UCLABrewN84
3.87/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Yard House in Northridge, CA.

Pours an almost opaque super dark brown with a foamy dark khaki head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Foamy rings of lace line the glass on the drink down. Smell is of dark roasted malt, cocoa, and slight citrus aromas. Taste is much the same with cocoa and citrus flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of roasty and hop bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good beer with a citrus presence that is better in the flavor in my opinion.

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 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 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 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 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 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.

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Allagash Fluxus 2013 from Allagash Brewing Company
86 out of 100 based on 313 ratings.