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Brewed by:
High & Mighty Beer Co.
Massachusetts, United States | website

Style: American Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.50%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by Todd on 05-28-2006

BEER STATS
Reviews:
68
Ratings:
90
Avg:
3.62
pDev:
15.19%
 
 
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Reviews: 68 | Ratings: 90
Photo of ryanonline
3.03/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Looks very black has no head little lacing.

Smells very coffee like with some chocolate and a sort astringent scent as well.

Taste is flat and thin. Could have been better.

Mouthfeel is thin and watery with a little prickly carbonation.

Moderate to low drinkability.

This is like a stout.trying to be imperial but not being strong enough...boring.

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Photo of steve8robin
3.38/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Trying some local brew love tonight. Bottled on 02/27/10...

A: Inky black with a huge 2 inch off white head that fades at a decent pace. Very good.

S: Sheesh, smells like a chocolate brownie. Sweet creamy chocolate upfront with cocao blended in the middle and a hint of roastiness on the backend. Good.

T: Man, so much hope for this brew in the first two categories, but disappoints. REWORK THE RECIPE. So close to greatness. Overcarbonated watery chocolate brownie. Except, the chocolate brownie is hidden on the backend, so the seltzer water flavor consumes the brew. Cocao in the middle. Ok.

M: A little to light here. It does not leave much good flavor on your palate. Decent.

D: Goes down very easy, but for some of the wrong reasons. Ok.

Man, oh man. This brew had so much hope in the first two categories. As a matter of fact, this brew was opn it's way to an "A" status. However, from Taste on, it was all downhill. The brewery definitely need to rework this one. They were so close to being on to something awesome. Don't bother hunting. Many other worthwhile stouts that are easy to get. Some of my advice to the brewer, up the ABV, lower the carbonation. Add more chocolate and cocao flavors to the brew.

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Photo of DrJay
3.2/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Very dark with brown edges. A short, frothy cap of deep beige bubbles coated the top of the beer. Good head retention, lacing was on the sticky side. The aroma was heavy with milk chocolate and roast, plus cherries and malted milk. The flavour was lighter than expected, as was the body. Cherry and roast up front, then chocolate followed by mineral character that lingered in the finish. Carbonation was a little bit coarse, but not too bad. This beer was okay, but the flavour didn't live up to the promise of the aroma. I'd like it more if it was richer in flavour and fuller bodied.

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Photo of lackenhauser
2.73/5  rDev -24.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

decent looking black color. Not any real head to speak of. Low roasted aroma. Somewhat sharp and metallic. Sharp roasted flavor. Somewhat solvent and metallic like. Mild coffee-but burnt coffe! Mild sourness to it. Body is somewhat thin as far as a stout goes. Not impressed here. Label said a "luscious chocolate stout". Nothing here luscious or chocolate. Somewhat of a let down. Guess I need to drink before reading.

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Photo of gueuzeonhigh
3.66/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours as a nice looking dark beer.
The head is frothy but in my glass was short lived.
It also didn't lace the glass-- if that matters to you.

The nose had hints of hops and cocoa beans and some toasted malt. Nevertheless it was a small aroma

The flavor was somewhat one-dimensional. It has the flavor stance that I'd expect from a stout but there's something missing from the start.. I'd like to taste some toasted malt..

The start is a hops bitterness with some tiny hints of the cocoa beans as the label says. But as the flavor progresses it just ends bitter.

Mouthfeel is cordial with a soothing presence.

Drinkability is better than average-- the 4.5ABV is superior for extended enjoyment without becoming soused.

Worthy of more enjoyment-- I'll buy some more next trip to the packie.

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Photo of Seanibus
4/5  rDev +10.5%
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 far333
3.77/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Ruddy mahogany colored with a light brown frothy and firm head thta settles out slowly. Aroma of coffee beans and dark chocolate, some vinous winey notes.

Deep flavor intially of unsweetened dark chocolate, notes of espresso and leather, plus some port nuances. Seems like more coffee than chocolate, especially as the flavor lingers. Some root beer emerges as well. Moderate bittnerness, no hop flavor.

Thin mouthfeel. Decent beer but could use a bit more depth and body.

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Photo of mikesgroove
4.35/5  rDev +20.2%
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 John_M
3.74/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at the Moan and Dove last night.

The beer pours a blakish brown color with OK head retention and lacing. The nose is impressive and attractive in this beer, with considerable dark chocolate, vanilla and coffee. In fact, there's almost something of a coffee liquer aroma to this beer that is quite attractive. Given how good this beer smells, the flavor profile is a let down. Maybe it's the low abv., but the mouthfeel on this beer is thin and vey light. While the flavors generally replicate the nose, there just isn't enough flavor to make this beer a winner. Also, I get something of a licorise and tar flavor on the finish that's kind of odd. I assumed while drinking it that the alcohol must be fairly low in this beer, and usually it would at least win points for drinkability. However, there just isn't enough flavor to call this beer highly drinkable.

Nothing wrong with this beer, but there are just too many other great stouts out there for me to want to drink this.

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Photo of horshack7
4.03/5  rDev +11.3%
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 macmaster761
3.46/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Two headed beast served in pint glass (only vessel availible)

Appearance - Jet black, no light coming through, impressive for a 4.5% stout, not much head had to pour hard for it nice mocha color though

Smell - Swiss miss hot chocolate powder, marshmellow, little caramel

Taste - Swiss miss hot chocolate, can't get over that cheap cocoa taste. Burnt caramel, burnt malt, molasses, roasted nuts on the verge of burning, plums

Mouthfeel - nice mouthfeel for all the other problems with this beer, velvetty

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Photo of hreb
3.55/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Cold 22 oz bottle claims it was bottled one year ago today: Feb 6, 2009. Poured into standard US pint glass. Beer pours dark, dark black with a thin brown head. Aroma of chocolate and ethanol. Chocolate, like a candy bar.

First sip is fizzy from the coldness and nearly as chocolatey as it smells. A hint of bitterness rounds off the sweetness, along with a smooth, milky stout mouthfeel.

An acceptable chocolate stout but not great. Chocolate was merely dumped into this beer, there's no synergy with the malt to bring out roasty or nutty flavors. Hops and bitterness are nondescript.

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Photo of albern
4.3/5  rDev +18.8%
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 jwc215
3.55/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours black with a brown head that lasts well into the drink. Dotted lacing sticks.

The smell is of bittersweet, roasted chocolate.

The taste is of chocolate - bittersweet. More like cocoa powder after a short progression. Roast comes across almost burnt. There is a sweetish touch to the roasty (slightly burnt) bitter chocolate/cocoa. Finishes roasty and chocolatey (but not too sweet).

Medium-bodied - a slight metallic touch - almost like chocolate that was in the freezer too long (though this was tasted at cellar temp. - near room temp. as it progressed).

Bittersweet chocolate/cocoa powder. Not really rich chocolate - on the more pedestrian side of chocolates. Anyway - if you're in a chocolate mood - but want a beer - get this and split with someone who cares...

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Photo of Drew966
3.63/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Two Headed Beast pours an opaque black with a tan head from a brown twenty two ounce bottle. I'm not getting much from the aroma, perhaps a bit of coffee. The flavor is decent, coffee and chocolate notes are dominant. Overall, it's a decent beer, worth a try.

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Photo of caresville
2.89/5  rDev -20.2%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

poured from bottle into a slender pils glass. pours a deep dark brown to black with little carbonation and basically no head. hard to even capture a smell from this, youre biased to just say it smells like coffee, chocolate, roastyness, malts, etc. because of the way it looks but i barely smelled any of those as it sat in my glass. the taste wasnt half bad though, some coffee and caramel pull through and i notice some slight hoppiness on my palate towards the swallow. very very thin, which to my tastebuds makes it almost bland. it goes down easy, but no smells or tastes really throw themself at me so its hard to judge. by no means a drainpour but also it was certainly not an A+.

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Photo of Richardberg
3.4/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - poured into a 0.5L Erdinger glass. Decent amount of surprisingly dark-brown foam, dissipated quickly into the jet-black liquid. Not super heady or oily but looks very dark for a fairly light stout (going by ABV and reputation).

S - pleasant chocolate sweetness, burnt malt, little coffee

T/M - crisp and easygoing. if it weren't for the utterly burnt taste and dominance of mocha flavors I'd say it was more like a dark ale or porter. not a bad thing by any stretch, just not the smooth/creamy/oily texture you expect in a stout.

D - easy to drink. probably too sweet to have more than one back to back. possibly worth a revisit if I wanted something along the lines of Young's but a little lighter & off the beaten path.

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Photo of Clayrisen
1.54/5  rDev -57.5%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

Had this last night, on tap, at Novare Res in Portland, Me. The waitress recommended it as an alternative to Young's Double Chocolate (in hindsight, WTF?).

Two out of five people at the table had it; no one could finish. I am all for thin stouts, but this one had the girth of an anorexic. There was some carbonation, but no head to speak of.

The taste was thin, too, with a lot of burnt coffee and cheap toffee; finished with an unpleasant metallic aftertaste. Needless to say, there wasn't even a hint of a chocolate note. I couldn't help thinking of dirty, stale water.

I hate to slam beers, because I know what kind of work goes into them. But this one just left us in a bad funk, which is the last thing beer should do.

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Photo of JRed
3.48/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours opaque body with cinnamon head that doesn't linger for two long. A nice scent of sweetness, chocolate, cocoa, chocolate syrup. Chocolate syrup in the taste. Soda like in characteristics. Very spritzy and light in body. Carbonation tickles the tongue and masks flavor. The beast is quite tame, high and mighty is brought down to earth, mere mortal.

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Photo of mountdew1
3.98/5  rDev +9.9%
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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Photo of ATPete
4/5  rDev +10.5%
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 beerthulhu
3.5/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: From the bottle poured a dark chocolate with reddish plum highlights around the edges. In the glass it appeared a flat black with a thin ½ finger cinnamon colored head that was fizzy and dissipated within the first minute of pour leaving no lacing. So far this two headed beast appeared as ferocious as a two head chihuahau.

S: The nose emitted a smooth roasted malting with dark bitter chocolate. Dark fruit of ripe plums with a soft and smooth charred bitterness of medium strong proportions rounds things out. Again, so far, the beast appears rather tame and humble.

T: The initial flavor opens with a watery aspect upon the first sip before a smooth roasted barley and weak coffee flavor moves in. The second sip fairs much better bringing forth a smooth earthy bitterness along with a roasted chocolate malting. A light alcohol spiciness of tarragon and licorice along with ripe, juicy plums is experienced in the middle of the palate before the beer proceeds and closes out with a light fade of watered down coffee that lingered about on the tongue. Overall the flavor was fairly solid, but just didn't do enough to warrant much after that. The flavor seemed watery at times and lacked the heart and courage I would come to expect from a beer called two-headed beast.

M: The body was light with an oily texture and flat carbonation. The finish and fade is composed of watery coffee and roasted barley with just enough presence to make you aware, but perhaps not enough to fully appreciate or impress.

D: fair, failing to leave much of an impression or incentive for a repeat purchase. A fairly easy drinking stout for the sake of drinking a stout, but at the end of the day was a middle of the road drink by style that is worthy a try for the sake of tyring.

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Photo of tpd975
3.95/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a nice dark black with a very tall tan head. Good retention with some nice lace.

S: Lots of roast, bold chocolate, and bitter coffee.

T: Not too bad. Nice roasted malt up front. fresh brewed coffee, and bakers chocolate. Hints of caramel, and a blast of green hops in the finish.

M: My only complaint is it is a bit thin for the style.

D: Good, a nice stout, worth seeking out.

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Photo of cjgator3
3.59/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle

A- Pours a dark brownish black color with a fizzy tan head almost that looks almost like a soda. The head quickly disappears.

S- The aroma is dark roasted malts, a hint of chocolate and a metallic twang. Okay, maybe a little faint.

T- The taste is dark roasted malts and a lot more bittersweet chocolate flavors than were in the aroma.

M- The mouthfeel is light and fizzy.

D- Overall, Two-Headed Beast is a decent brew, but it is lacking in some departments. Not bad, but nothing I'd purchase again.

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Photo of ppoitras
3.77/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle purchased at Yankee Spirits, Sturbridge, MA.

Poured into an imperial pint glass, formed a 1/2" dark brown head over the opaque dark brown/black brew. Head fades slowly, with very slow-falling lace. Aroma is dominated by coffee, with sweetness underneath. Taste is tart to start, sweetness in the middle, and coffee comes on, with the aftertaste finding the tart again. Mouthfeel is pretty smooth, maybe a touch prickly on the close, and drinkability is okay as well. Overall, I'd enjoy it more without the tartness, but not a bad stout.

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