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Allagash Fluxus 2013 - Allagash Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
85
very good

228 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 228
Reviews: 30
rAvg: 3.77
pDev: 9.81%


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:
Ale brewed with blood oranges.

(Beer added by: dar482 on 07-05-2013)
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MWolverines66

New York

2.35/5  rDev -37.7%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

08-08-2013 20:05:55 | More by MWolverines66
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ThisWangsChung

Maryland

2.74/5  rDev -27.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-01-2013 05:19:39 | More by ThisWangsChung
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jwchestnut

Massachusetts

3.1/5  rDev -17.8%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

02-08-2014 19:37:14 | More by jwchestnut
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Alieniloquium

Florida

3.15/5  rDev -16.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-15-2013 01:33:15 | More by Alieniloquium
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tigg924

Massachusetts

3.34/5  rDev -11.4%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

08-25-2013 13:16:39 | More by tigg924
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Slatetank

Pennsylvania

3.48/5  rDev -7.7%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

12-28-2013 20:04:44 | More by Slatetank
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kevanb

Illinois

3.53/5  rDev -6.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-02-2014 03:39:56 | More by kevanb
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oberon

North Carolina

3.54/5  rDev -6.1%
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 .

Serving type: bottle

08-20-2013 20:37:43 | More by oberon
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tbeckett

Ontario (Canada)

3.58/5  rDev -5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-27-2013 00:10:27 | More by tbeckett
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argock

Virginia

3.66/5  rDev -2.9%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

11-18-2013 02:29:29 | More by argock
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Gmann

New York

3.7/5  rDev -1.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-29-2013 01:32:52 | More by Gmann
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kojevergas

Texas

3.73/5  rDev -1.1%
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

Serving type: bottle

08-04-2013 20:01:06 | More by kojevergas
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Jonada

New Jersey

3.75/5  rDev -0.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-07-2013 21:53:36 | More by Jonada
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Kirk_Grant

Maine

3.75/5  rDev -0.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-31-2013 23:16:09 | More by Kirk_Grant
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EBeckett3

New Jersey

3.79/5  rDev +0.5%
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

Serving type: on-tap

08-28-2013 23:01:53 | More by EBeckett3
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LambicPentameter

Kansas

3.79/5  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.

Serving type: bottle

01-08-2014 18:10:48 | More by LambicPentameter
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VelvetExtract

Massachusetts

3.84/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-Had no idea this was a Porter. Pours dark brown. Mild light invasion. Tan head is small. Mild lacing.

S-Porter aromatics. Chocolate and ground coffee. I got some mild fruitiness I'm guessing is attributed the blood oranges but it isn't very distinct.

T-The blood orange comes out a bit more here. Still, I would like more. Chalk, chocolate and roasted maltiness. I get some Belgian yeast too.

M-Not too heavy. Somewhat bitter with enough carbonation to lift the flavor.

O/D-Would like more orange here, hoping for a chocolate orange flavor. I did enjoy it when all was said and done. An interesting idea that didn't quite reach its potential.

Serving type: bottle

08-18-2013 22:27:44 | More by VelvetExtract
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sjones5045

New Jersey

3.84/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | 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.

Serving type: bottle

08-25-2013 17:34:38 | More by sjones5045
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spoony

Colorado

3.88/5  rDev +2.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-04-2013 01:04:51 | More by spoony
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UCLABrewN84

California

3.89/5  rDev +3.2%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

08-02-2013 03:21:46 | More by UCLABrewN84
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dbrauneis

North Carolina

3.89/5  rDev +3.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-16-2013 00:03:16 | More by dbrauneis
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metter98

New York

3.9/5  rDev +3.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-26-2014 22:09:44 | More by metter98
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alaimoa

Connecticut

4/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours black with a coffee brown bubbly head that has lingering lacing
Smell: strong coffee notes and burnt chocolate but slight orange notes in the back
Taste upfront on the carbonated coffee, brown sugar, tart orange.. bitter cocoa finish
Mouthfeel a bit watery, not as creamy as I would have enjoyed but fairly high carbonation and very dry finish

Overall I like this beer and have been more intrigued sip after sip and wondering how the taste could develop with a bit of age on it. In its current state its a bit rough but tasty

Serving type: bottle

08-03-2013 02:58:43 | More by alaimoa
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BEERMILER12

Maine

4/5  rDev +6.1%
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

Serving type: bottle

09-13-2013 04:54:46 | More by BEERMILER12
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VincentFrey

Maryland

4.15/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 750ml corked and cage bottle. No notes on bottling dates, but first sold out of the case. Using a DFH "signature" glass.

Appearance: Nothing special, a dark black with ruby red edges when held in the light. No real lacing, but not particularly expected. Head is somehow multicolored (?), bone white on top and a tan below. It's a neat note I haven't seen before, but not giving or detracting points since it could just as easily be a result of the acidic nature of the blood oranges.

Smell: Heavy blood orange with a back of darker malts. Haven't tasted it yet, but little hints of oak, smoke, and particularly roasted barley. I can really dig this, and love it for what it is, but not standard for a porter (hence "outstanding" rather than "perfect")

Taste: Exact opposite of the smell! And not in a bad way, definite blood orange but more importantly a delightful combination of smoke, coffee, and dark crystal. Wow. I haven't been this impressed by an American Porter since first trying Dead Reckoning by Troegs. Just terrific.

Mouthfeel: The 6.4% keeps alcohol heat to a minimum, and the malt combination leaves a longing to drink some more. Somewhat thin, however, and could be fuller.

Overall: A very good beer that I wish I could acquire for a lower price. Worth trying if you see it, and I'd like to pick up another bottle to see what age does to the competing malt vs orange.

Serving type: bottle

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Allagash Fluxus 2013 from Allagash Brewing Company
85 out of 100 based on 228 ratings.