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Allagash Fluxus 2013 - Allagash Brewing Company

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85
very good

35 Reviews
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Reviews: 35
Hads: 314
rAvg: 3.76
pDev: 3.72%
Wants: 8
Gots: 27 | FT: 3
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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Photo of StonedTrippin
4.19/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

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. (943 characters)

Photo of oberon
3.55/5  rDev -5.6%
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 . (593 characters)

Photo of VelvetExtract
3.84/5  rDev +2.1%
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. (648 characters)

Photo of MWolverines66
2.42/5  rDev -35.6%
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. (451 characters)

Photo of kojevergas
3.73/5  rDev -0.8%
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 (3,849 characters)

Photo of VincentFrey
4.12/5  rDev +9.6%
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. (1,403 characters)

Photo of alaimoa
4.01/5  rDev +6.6%
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 (532 characters)

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.87/5  rDev +2.9%
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. (581 characters)

Photo of DrinkSlurm
4.22/5  rDev +12.2%
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. (605 characters)

Photo of dar482
4.27/5  rDev +13.6%
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. (570 characters)

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Allagash Fluxus 2013 from Allagash Brewing Company
85 out of 100 based on 35 ratings.