Two-Headed Beast | High & Mighty Beer Co.

Two-Headed BeastTwo-Headed Beast
BA SCORE
3.59/5
90 Ratings
Two-Headed BeastTwo-Headed Beast
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
High & Mighty Beer Co.
Massachusetts, United States
highandmightybeer.com

Style: American Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.50%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by Todd on 05-28-2006

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

BEER STATS
Ranking:
-
Reviews:
68
Ratings:
90
pDev:
15.32%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
3
Gots:
5
Trade:
0
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Ratings: 90 |  Reviews: 68
Photo of PatriotsRule
4.77/5  rDev +32.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This is a really tasty chocolate stout. At 4.5%abv, it is extremely drinkable. Poured a 22oz bomber into a nice big goblet and very much enjoyed this beer, my first from High and Mighty.
A: Pours a super midnight black with a beautiful (and ample) cream head, which lingers. Appetizing lacing stays all throughout the glass.
S: This is one of those beers that will "have you at hello." The nose is a bold chocolatey roasted malt with fresh coffee beans sneaking up soon afterward, and nothing unnecessary.
T: Very espresso-influenced flavor. It is not nearly as heavy as it appears, and the extra roasted malts and hops balance well with a chocolate theme laid deep into the drink's spine.
M: Crisp, smooth and perfect for any cool winter day or night. Really easy to drink, and while the combination of strong coffee and chocolate flavors is absolutely powerful, it is also delicate and not overwhelming. All of the elements in this brew complement each other nicely.
O: Very pleasant drinking experience right here. Tastefully brewed, no pun intended. Compare with Harpoon's Chocolate Stout perhaps, and/or another coffee beer like BBC's Coffeehouse Porter. With the colder season coming on, the sneakily smooth Two-Headed Beast is worth picking up and sipping down!

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Photo of erosier
4.57/5  rDev +27.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

L: Pours a jet black color with a short and thin white colored head that fades to a film over the beer. It has some lacing down the glass.
S: Smells of deep roasted malts and then a big coffee/espresso aroma that overtakes the beer.
T: Very smooth malty base and then a bigger and even smoother coffee/espresso flavor. The two flavors mix very well together, with a hint of chocolate from the malts.
M: Very smooth, fresh, and has the right amount of carbonation.
D: This beer feels and drinks alot lighter than it looks which makes it really really drinkable. I would definately recommend this beer to anyone looking for a really good stout that they can have more than one of in a sitting.

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Photo of rshwayder
4.5/5  rDev +25.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

In short, this beer is has a creamy, velvet-smooth dark chocolate taste with no upfront or lingering bitterness (only a mild coffee flavor) and a wonderful cacao aftertaste. It's almost completely opaque and smells like a dark chocolate-coffee milkshake.

Two-Headed Beast is absolutely incredible. I've been looking for a beer like this out in New England for two and a half years, and finally found something out here I can put in my top 3 beers list.

Prior to now, to get a beer of this quality and taste in Massachusetts, I've had to bring back New Belgium's 1554 each time I visit Colorado, because they don't ship past the Mississippi for quality control. No longer.

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Photo of auxiliary
4.42/5  rDev +23.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

appearance - Dark black, thing dark brown head.

smell- Coffee and chocolate.

taste - Like Hershey Dark Chocolate Cocco. Right off the back.

mouthfeel - Medium body.

drinkability - Pretty dam good, best of the night. Lots of trur chocolate. I will have to get this in a bottle.

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Photo of dborginis
4.42/5  rDev +23.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours thick and black from a 22oz bottle. Thick milky head which suggests high viscosity. Smells of very roasty smoky malts...taste is the same, very intense smoke and chocolate. Carbonation is moderate and makes the concoction more drinkable. If it hadn't had a bit of carbonation here, it might have been too thick. Surprisingly thick and with a heavy taste for so low abv.

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Photo of mikesgroove
4.35/5  rDev +21.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I really liked this one. I was not really expecting to like it really as much as I did, but we will leave it at that. Served chilled and into a pint glass, this was enjoyed after dinner on 03/08/2010.

The pour was wonderful, deep, dark black in color with a huge, towering head of tan that sat perfectly on the top for a few moments, but then faded into oblivion leaving a bare top and some light side lacing in its wake. Aroma is pure chocolate. Sweet, decadent milk chocolate fills the air. Even warming leaves it totally one dimensional as it becomes so sweet that nothing else can even be detected by the time you get to try it. But that first sip is a doozy, nearly perfect body and flavor as it moves in. Silky and creamy with the taste of Hershey syrup and a rich, sugary taste. This is one of those that really do not need the depth and complexity as it is what it is, a rich, chocolate beast. Light touches of roasted malts and a lightly dry kick in the finish do nothing to diminish the richness of the flavor that was coming off of this one. No idea the ABV, but it was a non factor as each sip seemed more complex then the one before.

Overall just a tremendously good example of this hybrid style. This was a true dessert as no other description comes close. Very well done.

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Photo of Hautacam
4.35/5  rDev +21.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Black as night with a rusty espresso crema head that laces nicely down the glass.
The smell is mostly chocolate...quite a bit too, and some flour.
Dark semi sweet chocolate dominates the taste with roasty grain and a balanced dose of sweet malt. Finishes pretty clean with a slight bitter hint of coffee with the aftertaste. More chocolate flavor than I remember from a cask earlier this year....very good.
Mouthfeel is smooth and well carbonated.
A very drinkable chocolate stout.

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Photo of EgadBananas
4.34/5  rDev +20.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Dark. Ruby on the edge of the edges. Nice 2 finger of head, dissipates quickly to a slight film. Lacing is not ample, but there.

Aroma...amazing. Monster chocolate and coffee. Roasted malts and bitter cocoa/coffee is just....wow. This smells fantastic.

Taste is very nice, Lots of chocolate. Roasted, toasted malts. Slightly bittersweet.

Feel is medium in body; perfectly adequate for an American Stout. Slightly creamy. Little to no carbonation.

Excellent drinkability. Very tasty, not too filling. Easy to put away.

This is a great stout. Aromatic, alluring, tasty, and drinkable.

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Photo of albern
4.3/5  rDev +19.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I really like this beer. I tried it at Menotomy beer tasting in Arlington, MA and bought a bottle to take home. The beer is dark mahogany with a nice dark head that retains for a bit, some lacing. The nose is roasted, maybe slightly charred, dark malts and chocolates. The taste is a little better than the nose.

The taste is loaded up dark, bittering chocolates, dark malts, roasted grainy flavors. What makes this beer interesting is the cocoa powder. It has a lactic acid type character that just sucks the moisture from the mouth, but in a very good way. The chocolates are complex and very good. This is a dry beer, hardly sweet at all, although there are some other malts that balance the bittering chocolate out a bit. This is a really nice dessert type beer, but certainly could be enjoyed at anytime. I liked this beer, it is low ABV but really hits the mark. The brewery aims for relatively low ABV beers and this one is appreciated on that score. The aftertaste is a bit dry, chocolatey, and roasted. This beer is worth seeking out. L'Chaim.

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Photo of DaveFL1976
4.2/5  rDev +17%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bomber into a Piraat tulip glass. The smell hits your nose almost as quickly as your eyes register its dark black body and foamy tan head. The smell is huge. Loads of cocoa going on here, as well as roasty malts. The taste is big on the cocoa also, but nicely balanced. A little sweet, a little dry. A little bitter, but not hops bitter, more like what you get from a high percentage dark chocolate. A fairly heavy mouthfeel going on here. This beer is a winner in my book. A nice treat, and not so high in the ABV that you have to put off being productive until tomorrow.

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Photo of Brad007
4.18/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a pitch-black color with a brown one-finger head into my glass. Looks good so far.

Aroma is creamy with a nice hint of roasted coffee and chocolate in the nose. Very nice.

Taste is full of cream, roasted coffee and mild hints of chocolate. Velvety and goes down well.

Mouthfeel is full of lingering cream, roasted coffee and chocolate. Chocolate is stronger here than expected. Beer goes down quite well and with low astringency. It's dare I say, smooth.

I like this. It's very nice and drinkable for the style. I'm not sure if they used chocolate malt or actual chocolate but regardless, this is quite drinkable.

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Photo of deltatauhobbit
4.13/5  rDev +15%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at Novare Res a couple weeks ago, taken from my limited notes at the time.

Pours a dark brown/black color with a large tan head (although it's dark in Novare Res, so it might have looked darker than it is).

Smell is strong in roasted malt and some chocolate aromas, heavy coffee presence.

Taste is smooth and creamy, malt and burnt/dry chocolate linger in the mouth and is the largest presence, slight chalkiness from the cocoa as well as some bitterness that doesn't last or distract, coffee is very evident and makes me think it should be advertised as more of a coffee stout than a chocolate stout.

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Photo of damienblack
4.08/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a thick, syrupy black. Looks like chocolate syrup, my stout benchmark. Nice billowey chocolate colored head, decent if not great retention. Kind of slides right off the side of the glass, though. Smells like cocoa pebbles - chocolate milk, and hints of cocoa nubs from a time now past. Not overwhelming, but still pleasant. Taste is a smooth-as-butter chocolatey experience. Doesn't taste like much at first, just slightly burnt malt with some chocolate influence. But on the way down, the chocolate picks up, lingering and leaving a very pleasant taste. Not much hop bite at all. Mouthfeel suffers some because I think it's undercarbonated, started strong from the appearance, but didn't follow through. More carbonation and this would be awesome. As it is, a very easy, pleasant drink. Great chocolate and cocoa notes without overpowering the user. A nice little session stout, if you are looking for something chocolate rather than roasty (it's not too roasty at all). Definitely exceeded expectations.

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Photo of horshack7
4.03/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Poured into a mug is a opaque black brew with about one finger worth of a caramel colored head that thins out a little quick.

Aroma: Lots of cocoa powder, marshmellow,carob. Dark roasted hops in the nose. Malts let off a caramelized sugary aroma. Dark coffee plays a nice part.

Taste: A silky smooth mouthfeel. Dark coffee, carob, roasted hopiness. A good level of maltiness which is good.

Notes: A decent American stout nicely drinkable. Cheers.

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Photo of dental
4/5  rDev +11.4%

Photo of ATPete
4/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle

Pours a solid black color with some ruby brown highlights around the edged and a medium sized brown head that leaves some soapy sticking on the glass. Rich cocoa powder in the nose, chocolate cake and tootsie rolls, roasty enough with a bit of a mocha cappuccino and hazelnut creaminess about its aroma. Light in body, low on overall sweetness, nothing artificial or offensive in taste but with very pronounced flavor, a mild acrid bitterness on the finish keeps this stout from being great. Highly drinkable but not quite sessionable, highly recommended.

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Photo of Lawnboy33
4/5  rDev +11.4%

Photo of RummyRedbeard
4/5  rDev +11.4%

Photo of jongullotti
4/5  rDev +11.4%

Photo of Seanibus
4/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I have been less than fond of the other examples I have tried from this brewery, but this one is worthy.

Pours deep black with a vast deep tan head that lasts and lasts. The aroma is deeply chocolate - bittersweet chocolate and mild coffee. The flavor is roasted, malty, bitter and chocolaty, with wood and tannic bitterness. The finish is extremely dry and chalky, though not unpleasant.

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Photo of Ray7233
4/5  rDev +11.4%

Photo of mnbearsfan
4/5  rDev +11.4%

Photo of PorterLambic
3.99/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

The bottle says it is "A luscious chocolate stout". Lets find out.
Pours black with a rich-looking dark cocoa-colored head. A bit fizzy sounding, the head drops pretty quickly to a film.
Smell is fruitcake soaked in whiskey. (Coincidentally, I have one of these in the fridge.) Smoke and soy are present, too.
Taste is toasted malt, soy, vinegar. Some bittersweet chocolate shows up as it warms. I would wait 15-30 minutes before drinking next time for that reason alone.
Medium, at best, in body and much lighter than desired. Lightish effervescence and with a somewhat ashy aftertaste. A little yeast left in the bottle but not in the glass because it is so damnably dark I didn't know it was there. An otherwise good beer sadly lacking body. Would give 4.5 or 5 for mouthfeel if it did.

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Photo of mountdew1
3.98/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into an imperial pint glass. Color was a very dark brown, almost black opaque with a 1 inch foamy mocha brown head. Aroma was a burnt dark chocolate that got sweeter as it warmed up. Taste was a bit bitter, seemed to finish with a cherry undertone, and a touch of chocolate flavor. Chocolate became more pronounced as it warmed up. Carbonated nicely in the mouth, but a slight bit thin. Much more pleasant to drink as it warmed up.

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Two-Headed Beast from High & Mighty Beer Co.
Beer rating: 3.59 out of 5 with 90 ratings
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