Allagash Fluxus 2010 | Allagash Brewing Company

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Allagash Fluxus 2010Allagash Fluxus 2010

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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
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5/5  rDev +31.6%

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5/5  rDev +31.6%

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5/5  rDev +31.6%

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5/5  rDev +31.6%

Photo of gtn80
4.57/5  rDev +20.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Had this beer for the first time as a warm fermenter sample at Allagash's American Homebrewer's rally. It was nice to try it chilled and carbonated this time. Also got two 750ml bottles at the brewery.

A: Beautiful coffee-like head, didn't last long.

S: Aroma was great, chocolate and coffee dominated.

T: Roast hits first, followed by nice chocolate notes, finishes with a dry chocolate flavor.

M: Tons of body, almost like a milkshake.

D: Big ABV beer, definitely a sipper. Took the entire meal to finish the pour, but it was delicious the entire time. Will be saving those 750ml bottles for a cold night.

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Photo of silentjay
4.53/5  rDev +19.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

looking forward to this one. found a random box on the floor at my local store. Being nosy, I decided to peak inside to see what was in it. The cashier was pissed, it wasn't in the system yet. Oh well.

A loud pop and the cork flies into the ceiling fan and across the room. I don't know where it ended up. pours a dark brown, almost black with a decent sized tan head with some coppery red tints to it. head sticks around forever and leaves tons of lacing.

aroma is of chocolate, vanilla, coffee. some caramel, roast, brown sugar round out an aroma that has me drooling in anticipation.

a touch of smoke is added to the chocolate, coffee, and vanilla flavors that were expected from the aroma. caramel and molasses also make it sweet, but not too sweet. charred malts, plenty of booze, some yeasty fruitiness (banana, raisin, dark berries) is there, but only comes out as it warms. some licorice, anisette, and cracked black pepper flavors add a bit of harshness and flavor. so complex, yet many of the flavors are subtle, so I imagine many people will notice different things from this beer, and some may miss the flavors all together. It's kind of like a book that leaves an open-ending allowing you to make your own conclusions, this beer hints at many different flavors, but none come to the forefront, allowing the imbiber to focus on whatever they discover. Wonderful.

Mouthfeel is almost perfect. its not quite full-bodied yet its creamy and oily going down with a bit of prickly carbonation. a bit of warming from the booziness reminds you how big this beer is, but never takes over.

It drinks well for a 10+% beer. booziness is there in this young brew (though there is no bottle date), and I imagine that will age out. A different subtle nuance is brought out each sip as the beer slowly warms, leaving me looking forward to the next sip to see what is coming next. Even as my head starts to swim half way through this bottle, I am wanting this experience not to finish anytime soon.
almost one year later, the chocolate and roasted flavors are being drowned out by a fruity and almost sour flavor. Not as enjoyable as my first experience with this beer.

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4.5/5  rDev +18.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +18.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +18.4%

Photo of sogrady
4.47/5  rDev +17.6%
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 weeare138
4.4/5  rDev +15.8%
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 Casey10
4.4/5  rDev +15.8%
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 Brez07
4.4/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

This years Fluxus has finally arrived. An imperial chocolate stout brewed with cocoa nibs. Had a 10oz pour in my chalice at Novare but I am anxiously awaiting bottles

A: Dark brown pour with a 1+ finger coffee head. Recedes to a thin layer over the beer. Some thick sticky lacing

S: Smells of roasted malt, dark chocolate, some smoke and a touch of the standard house yeast

T: Starts off with a big roasty flavor. Not overly chocolate but you can definitely tell it's there. More sweet then bitter. Finishes with a bit of smokiness and sweetness

M: Full bodied. Smooth and creamy with a bit of bitterness that lingers. Good amount of carbonation for the style

D: First impression, this is a wonderful beer. Polished off my glass with ease. Alcohol is extremely well hidden. As mentioned above, can't wait for bottles to hit the shelves

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Photo of Metalmonk
4.35/5  rDev +14.5%
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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4.35/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750 to a snifter

A: black, deep brown head.

S: cocca, belgian yeasts,

T: smokey, cocca, wonderful balance, wow this is a tasty beer.

M: carbonation is good, flavors linger around nicely.

D: this one is amazing, smooth and highly drinkable. but at over 22 bucks this is a special occasion beer.

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4.32/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bought at the brewery Portland, Maine. 08-08-2010

Poured form the 750ml bottle into an Allagash flute.

The color is completely black with no highlights and three fingers or so of foamy brownish head and thick lacing left on the glass.

The smell is funky with some chocolate malt aroma. Some serious dark malts in the nose with a Belgian like aroma that is quite interesting, not sure where this is leading.

The taste is black licorice with a sweet malt flavor. Some cocoa powder is there that is a bit dry with some creamy flavor that leads into a bitter, dark chocolate flavor.

This beer is pretty big with the body feeling a bit expansive. It feels like it is heavy but has handles ie.. there is a smooth, drinkable feel that makes this so down easy and is not more than anyone can handle.

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4.25/5  rDev +11.8%

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4.25/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On draft at the Brick Store pub in ATL.

A: Gorgeous pour with frothy, dark tan head. Strong lacing on the glass as it swishes around, but poor retention on the lace. Visually perfect otherwise.

S: smells like a stout should: roasted malts, chocolate, roasted malts, caramel.

T&M: creamy and delicious start to finish. Chocolatey on both ends with some carbonation bubbly-ness stinging the tongue. Bittersweet start to finish with a more bitter ending.

D: quite sessionable for a 10% and strongly recommended for all you stout-heads.

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Photo of bishopdc0
4.23/5  rDev +11.3%
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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Photo of soupyman10
4.22/5  rDev +11.1%
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 barleywinefiend
4.22/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

2010 vintage

A:Poured a nice black color with good carbonation and a nice tan cap

S: Nose has lots character. I immediately noticed grapes, big grapes, plums, a hint at a fig or two some cocoa, booze

T: Very good. Grape juice infused? Just kidding. I found the a mix of white grape and dark grape to be very upfront. Plums, figs, cocoa, booze, hints at some tobacco and vanilla

M: Big body with a wine like texture

O: Good drink

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Photo of sprucetip
4.21/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

From notes. Gorgeous, prodigious dark mocha head is foamy on the inside, with big bubbles on the outside. A couple of inches fades gradually to a finger, leaving only spotty lacing. Pitch black.

Without a swirl I get chocolate, boozy heat, and a little roast. It's all richer and stronger with a swirl. But the booze is strongest and dominates to some extent.

Malty sweetness forms the background for mild roast, a touch of booze, a little licorice, some dark fruit, and is accented by roasty/hoppy bitterness. It gains depth and complexity as I sip.

Strong bottle conditioned carbonation, fairly rich full body, medium high viscosity, noticeable warming, and a bit of bitterness on the back end.

Excellent beer. Very unique and well executed. It's complex, balanced, and nuanced. The booze is strong in the nose, but not the taste or feel. I was really lucky to score a bottle of this in Portland long after it was gone from the brewery.

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Photo of BeerNemesis
4.21/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Allagash Fluxus | 750 ml. | 10.3% ABV | 2010 vintage

Brewer: Allagash Brewing Company
Style: American Double / Imperial Stout
Glass: crystal mug

Matte black with a gloriously fluffy cocoa head.

Chocolate, leather, coffee, scotch.

This is a complex beer! Bitter cacao dominates the opening, followed by waves of coffee, oily hops, allspice, pepper, and hints of scotch here and there. The alcohol is remarkably well hidden. And while rich dark chocolate is the first flavor I identified, and one that endures well into the aftertaste, it is not cloying or even particularly sweet.

Thick, rich, and velvety. A joy to swish!

I am very impressed by how balanced this is. Bitter and sweet, oily and parched each take their turn, but not one steals the show. I do wish, however, that it had just a bit more kick.

Would I get it again?:

Bottled: 2010
Served: August 17, 2011

Price = $17.95 at The New Beer Distributors (NYC)

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Photo of nickd717
4.2/5  rDev +10.5%
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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Allagash Fluxus 2010 from Allagash Brewing Company
3.8 out of 5 based on 112 ratings.
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