Allagash Fluxus 2013 - Allagash Brewing Company
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3.89/5 rDev +2.6%
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.
08-02-2013 03:21:46 | More by UCLABrewN84
3.9/5 rDev +2.9%
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.
01-26-2014 22:09:44 | More by metter98
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
3.48/5 rDev -8.2%
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.
12-28-2013 20:04:44 | More by Slatetank
4.19/5 rDev +10.6%
freaking awesome brew right here. this is apparently an annual happening, in some different form each year. my first year partaking. a porter brewed with blood oranges, fun! dark brown, hazy, and well carbonated with a nice soft tan head, looks like a normal porter. the nose gives hints of citric acidity and fresh fruit, I couldn't tell you blood oranges directly, but it is a lot like one of those chocolate oranges, plenty of cocoa here. the taste agrees, hoppy for a porter too, with zesty orange and fruity sugars counteracting the bitter, almost burnt malt base. chocolate bitter and sweet carries through the finish. this is just a little thin on the body, not sturdy enough for fall, but the lower abv for a special release and the lively carbonation make it a fun beer to session. fairly priced and completely unconventional. why hasn't anyone done this before. id like to bust a bottle out pre thanksgiving feast, its got that vibe.
08-22-2013 03:43:57 | More by StonedTrippin
3.73/5 rDev -1.6%
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.
08-04-2013 20:01:06 | More by kojevergas
3.89/5 rDev +2.6%
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.
10-16-2013 00:03:16 | More by dbrauneis
Allagash Fluxus 2013 from Allagash Brewing Company
85 out of 100 based on 281 ratings.