Fluxus 2010 | Allagash Brewing Company

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Allagash Brewing Company
Maine, United States

Style: American Double / Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.30%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
Weighing in at 10.3% ABV, it is one of the strongest beers that Allagash has ever brewed. This beer utilized a unique brewing process that used wort from a smaller brew, as the "water" for mashing the grain for this brew. Maine grown barley was used as the base for this grain bill that also included a blend of three roasted malts and oats. Fluxus was appropriately hopped with both US Saaz and Glacier hops. Just before knock out, fifty pounds of Taza roasted Cacao nibs were added to the whirlpool. The result is a thick, sticky stout with tons of both roasted and chocolate flavors, aromas of tobacco and cocoa, and a surprisingly sweet, creamy finish.

Added by Brez07 on 08-10-2010

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 112 |  Reviews: 68
Reviews by nickd717:
Photo of nickd717
4.2/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Draft review from Sept. 2010.

Pours darkest brown in color with a substantial tan head sitting on top, and good lacing.

The aroma is really excellent, rather intense yet balanced, with chocolate, roast, tobacco, sweet toffee, and floral hops.

The flavor has sweet toffee as well as chocolate malts, earthiness, roast, coffee, chocolate, a little rubberiness, and more hops than average for the style.

Smooth and full-bodied with soft carbonation. Not too syrupy as some imperial stouts can be.

A very solid beer overall. Hopefully I’ll get to try this one again.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of bishopdc0
4.23/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a Allagash flute glass. The beer is dark with a generous head formation. The head is very dark one of the darkest heads i've seen. It laces well and provides a consistant cover lasting to the end.

The aroma is interesting roasted malts mixed with a subtle licorice. The german hops and yeast present a spiced flavor which mixes with chocolate malts.

The taste is very interesting, It has a similar mouth to their Black, Big chocolate and roasted flavors present as a smooth carbonation builds but not harsh. There are also flavors of vanilla and yeast. Very unique i've never found a beer with the taste.

The mouth is very pleasant smooth, velvet and full bodied

Overall, I love this beer it was also only $5 on draft at Novare Res hard to compare to any other beer but it was great

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2.25/5  rDev -41.4%

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4/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of glid02
4/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at the Brick Store.

Pours black with a two-finger brown head. The head recedes into a thin layer on top leaving solid lacing.

Smells of deeply roasted malts with solid amounts of semi-sweet chocolate. Also present are very light hints of dried bananas. As the beer warms solid amounts of char aromas waft out.

Tastes similar to how it smells. Strongly roasted malt flavors kick things off and are quickly joined by loads of moderately bitter semi-sweet chocolate flavors. Midway through the sip the flavors sweeten a bit with mild amounts of sweet, dried banana flavors and vanilla. Coming in before the end of the sip are solid amounts of char that carry through to a solidly bitter finish. The char and chocolate flavors linger on the palate after the sip.

Mouthfeel is good. It's got a nice thickness with smooth carbonation.

Drinkability is also good. I didn't have any problems finishing my glass and could have another.

Overall this was an interesting beer however it just wasn't quite big enough (despite its well-hidden ABV) to harness the large amounts of bitter chocolate and char flavors. Still, it's worth a shot.

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Photo of OBIrish24
4/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of Metalmonk
4.35/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a midnight black, pure and opaque as obsidian. Head has a toasty tan look and sticks around a long while. Firm, foamy and creamy, it leaves interesting patterns of tan lace on the glass, and wow, it really has remarkable staying power for such a big beer.

Aroma is a much more herbal thing than anticipated. Bright spices and herbs are like exotic vapors; the cacao nibs are here in a dusty, earthy sort of way; there's a mild, chalky kind of mineral aspect; and a subtle underpinning of alcohol makes it all sing. Really interesting.

The ebony exotica continues on the tongue, still bright and herbal with a healthy dose of premium chocolate coming in. The herbal element is so bright it almost starts to resemble peppermint, or some other kind of mint. Where's that coming from? But I like. Also a bit fruity, like tropical fruits (mango, banana, even a hint of coconut). A ha...Belgian yeast, perhaps? (It IS Allagash, after all). There's a grassy sort of bitterness in the background, and the alcohol, while present, remains well-incorporated, lifting the unique flavors up instead of squashing them. Rich but not overly sweet, this is like a double-chocolate cake, topped with a mint leaf, made with the highest quality ingredients. Bitterness of hops and cacao mingle in the finish, along with the herbal/mint flavor, giving an extra dimension or three to Fluxus.

Texturally this is smooth, silky and pretty easy to deal with for a 10%+ stout. There's ample carbonation lifting up the herbal and bitter elements of the taste, and the only thing I would've liked is something a bit thicker, a bit creamier. Still, no real complaints here, and there's a pleasing stickiness that keeps the flavors well in mind long after the sip.

I debated and debated in the store whether I wanted to drop $20 on this bottle. But then I figured 1) there's little risk since it's brewed by Allagash, 2) premium bottles of wine go for way more than $20, and 3) premium beer is way better than premium wine. I made the right choice. This is more greatness from the fantastic folks at Allagash.

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3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

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5/5  rDev +30.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +17.2%

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5/5  rDev +30.2%

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4/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of LiquidAmber
3.65/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Review from 5/2011 notes. Poured into a Gulden Draak tulip. Pours a very dark red amber, appearing black. Thick, creamy two finger dark brown head with nice lacing. Aroma of dark malts, unusual estery component, coffee. Taste is dark malt with a strong sour component. Dry bitter chocolate, dark fruits, licorice and coffee. The nibs give a chocolate component to the finish that is nice. An uneven flavor that is complex, but too sour and not integrated. An interesting take on a stout, but not one I feel I need to revisit.

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Photo of TJBurgess
2.82/5  rDev -26.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Poured into my Goose Island stout glass from a 750.

A: poured a nice dark brown, but a huge frothy head overtakes half of the glass. Meh. 3.0

S: Nothing spectacular. Cocoa and a roasty / smokey hint. There's a fruity undertone that is also prevalent. This could be really interesting or a train wreck. 3.5

T: oops. That didn't work. There's a fruit sweetness at the back of my tongue followed by a chocolate flavor, but finishes brutally bitter on the tip. My tongue responded by imploding. There's a lot in this, but unfortunately it does not work well together. 2.5

M/D: Mouthfeel is good, smooth for the style with not nearly the amount of carbonation as expected from the initial pour. Drinkability is tough. I had a 12 oz pour with roughly the same still left in front of me that I'm not sure I can finish. 3.0/2.5

Skip it. For the price, there's a ton of better options.


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Photo of YumYumGumGum
3.6/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Very inviting pitch black with a moderately tan cap and some lacing. Indicative of an Imperial burnt chocolate stout. Very sexy.

S - Great smell, definitely get a heavy does of burnt chocolate, some roasted coffee and other malts. I could've smelled this one all day. Great example of roasted scents. I would gauge that there was a spectacular effort put into tempering this brew to get these scents from the malts.

T - A little bit of a let down. I like sours but certainly not mixed with this style. Very bitter as you will note from almost every review but this one had an almost sour milk character that turned me off during my dinner which was centered around beef.

M - Fine. Medium light carbonation, not a lot of body. Not a traditional imperial by any means.

O - Very different, Allagash makes great stuff, but this one was just puzzling. Very well made but kind of an awkward mix of flavors. I would recommend for the people that like the bitter cooking cocoa taste.

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Photo of javincik
4/5  rDev +4.2%

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3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

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4/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of oline73
4/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of weeare138
4.4/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On tap at Goodnight Irenes...
Appears a a dense dark black with a tan head of fluff that slowly fades into a gentle cap and hearty collar. Tons of lacing sticks around the glass.
Smell is of roasted grain, ripe fruit, cream, Toasted nuts, and sticky molasses.
Taste is of the aromas with sticky sweet flavors of dark malt and brown sugar with mild spices running along the tastebuds.
Mouthfeel is full bodied, fruity, sweet, with notes of molasses drizzles ripe melon lingering.

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Photo of sogrady
4.47/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Drank from the first available keg of this at the Lion's Pride in Brunswick, ME and was smitten. It's probably the easiest drinking 10.3% beer you'll ever drink, for better and for worse.

It's lighter than some others in the style, dominated by notes of coffee and cocoa. Swirled in the creamy mix is, of course, the alcohol which is more than adequate.

From the other reviews, it would appear that the beer occasionally suffers from the expectations placed upon it. If you can appreciate it for what it is - a clean, balanced Imperial Stout with a lot of hop to it - you'll be just fine.

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Photo of Casey10
4.4/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Wow a must try it is expensive but still less than similar stouts of this nature.

A - Thick dark chocolate body with a rich warm head follows the pour truly nice.

S - Rich spicy chocolate.

T - Chocolate, foamy and rich.

M - mellow, melting rich chocolate.

D - I did not give it the high level to be fair.

This beer is rich smooth and must be tried. I would suspect it will be highly rated as more people try it but we will see.

Not to be missed well done by Alagash and perhaps they make this one a regular and not a one off.

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Photo of Rhettroactive
3.32/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

From 32oz growler to Bruges hybrid glass on 2/6/11

A: A reasonably forceful pour yields a one finger head that looks like chocolate mocha froth. As it dissipates, there is an abundance of gorgeous lacing that rims the glass. Rich mahogany in color.

S: Chocolate malts and alcohol esters hit the nose first, and quickly evaporate into an off-putting coppery, ironish and altogether metallic intrusion into my nostrils. I thought it may be my glass, but sadly it's not as I try another vessel with the same outcome.

T: Boozy sweet, malt and hard caramel toffee. As it moves further back on my palate, I get a lot of unsweetened dark baking chocolate. The finish keeps in line, as it's slighty burnt and smoky.

M: Slick like oil. Not quite what I'd expected. The carbonation level is reasonable, though this is not an overly viscous impy stout.

O: Not the badass beer I was hoping for, but it's certainly not a bad brew either. The biggest putoff was the nose - it really kept me from wanting more then a sip here or there. If the Allagash crew could get that worked out, they have the makings for a reasonable stout here.

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Photo of soupyman10
4.22/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Grabbed a glass of this at Meridian Pint in Columbia Heights in DC. A unique stout, that's for sure. This thing was huge - enormous body, up front, but also sort of a battering ram of a flavor. The best word I could use to describe it is "meaty," although I don't mean that to say that it had that smoky "meat" flavor that some do. Rather, this was just so huge it felt like I'd eaten a whole meal. Overall, the beer had a big roasted malt flavor with surprising yeast to it, then there were hints of some dried fruits and a touch of chocolate. Not a sweet stout in the least - much earthier (again going along with that "meaty" thing). Overall it was respectable and unique, but not up to some of Allagash's top brews.

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Photo of SadMachine
3.59/5  rDev -6.5%

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Fluxus 2010 from Allagash Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.84 out of 5 with 112 ratings