Two-Headed Beast | High & Mighty Beer Co.

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Two-Headed BeastTwo-Headed Beast

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High & Mighty Beer Co.
Massachusetts, United States

Style: American Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.50%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by Todd on 05-28-2006

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 90 |  Reviews: 68
Photo of John_M
3.74/5  rDev +4.2%
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 +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 macmaster761
3.46/5  rDev -3.6%
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 -1.1%
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 +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 jwc215
3.55/5  rDev -1.1%
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 +1.1%
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 -19.5%
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 -5.3%
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 -57.1%
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 -3.1%
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 +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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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 beerthulhu
3.5/5  rDev -2.5%
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 +10%
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%
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 +5%
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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Photo of NJpadreFan
3.97/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

High & Mighty- Two-Headed Beast

A- Dark black with a small thick tan head. Small amount of lacing.
S- Big dark chocolate with heavy cream and slight touch of caramel malt.
T- Thick semi-sweet dark chocolate malt with a light touch of caramel malt. Thick milky cream helps smooth out he slightly bitter chocolate.
M- Thick and chocolately sweet. Slight chocolate bitterness pokes through a creamy body.

Overall- Thick and sweet. Big semi-sweet chocolate dominates. Tasty beer.

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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 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 CavePainter
3.79/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: An opaque mahogany with a beer-brown head that fades with minimal lacing.

S: Reminiscent of slightly biter baking chocolate of very dark chocolate.

T: Sweet smooth chocolate and coffee notes with a touch of bitter hops to finish.

M: A nice bit of carbonation keeps this full-bodied beer from weighing down the tongue. A bit of sticky bitterness holds you over to the next quaff.

D: Delicious. Definitely a desert beer - this beer is all about taste. This beer would lose its appeal if you consumed too many. A perfect night cap, winter warmer, holiday treat, or Thanksgiving desert.

Advertised as a chocolate stout - this is definitely chocolate and stout. Perhaps it was just my beer, but I am used to the head sticking around on a stout a bit longer or at least being slightly more pronounced.

Great stuff overall - my fiancée even enjoyed it and she is not a stout drinker.

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Photo of natasharai
3.97/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Poured with a nice creamy frothy tan head that dissipated to nothing leaving no lacing. The beer is very dark brown letting a very small amount of light through around the edges.

Smell: Really sweet chocolate, some roasted malt, some sweet berry.

Taste: Chocolate, berry flavor, roasted malt, some coffee, and a slight burnt flavor.

Mouthfeel: Medium body, nicely carbonated, small tingle from carbonation, leaves mouth pretty dry.

Overall: Really good drinkability, sweet chocolate and berry flavor balanced by roasted malt. Nice mouthfeel and flavors that go together well.

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Photo of BeerSox
3.9/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

22oz bomber into pint glass.

Pitch black, with a thin brown head that slowly settles to a ring along the glass.

All I can really smell in the aroma is some very sweet and smooth chocolate. The malts maybe add a bit of a roasty aroma in the background, but that's it. No hops.

The malts show up in the flavor, adding a burnt flavor under a little bit of slightly sweet cocoa powder. There is almost a smokey quality to the beer, maybe just from the mix of burnt and sweet flavors. Full bodied, lower carbonation.

This is a very very sweet stout, with most of the roastiness being hidden behind the chocolate flavors. However, I feel it's extremely drinkable, and a very nice dessert beer. Recommended.

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