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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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Photo of DefenCorps
4.09/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Thanks, Praveen and Sigita.

Pouring black with a dense, dark brown head with good retention and nice lacing, this looks solid. The nose is wonderful. Tart, fruity, roasty, chocolate-y, mildly lactic, moderately funky, this is deep and complex. Earthy, mild mushroom, cherry pits, cacao nibs, a subtle creaminess are all present. The palate opens tart with a blend of lactic sourness, sour cherries and unsweetened dark chocolate. Very quickly, a creamy, coffee-like sweetness also appears, along with a moderate funk - earth, mushrooms, some Brett funk. The cocoa flavors are quite excellent, even though this beer is as old as it is - rich, layered and flavorful with a nice blend of roast, chocolate and fruitiness. Sour on the finish with the lactic bite pairing nicely with the cocoa and the cherry fruitiness. Very nice, even though I'm not sure this was supposed to be a wild beer.

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Photo of ryan1788a5
1.93/5  rDev -49.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 1 | feel: 4 | overall: 1

750ml bottle poured into a New Belgium globe.

A; Pours jet black with a two finger tan head. The head settles a bit, but retains at a quarter of an inch. Small clumps of lacing remain.

S: Wet grain, an intense chocolate aroma, some roast and char. Subtle fruity scents of plum and tart cherry. Not a very complex nose; the chocolate seems to weigh it down.

T: Wet grain, lots of roast and char. Smoke. Milk chocolate builds a little. Huge wash of tart cherry crushes everything. There is something very wrong here. Finishes with chocolate and char.

M: Creamy and very smooth, medium body with a nice roundness. Very little in the way of carbonation.

O: This is a beer that I forgot about in my cellar for a long time. It was kept under proper cellar conditions for about two years. At 10.3%, it probably should have fared much better. Something is very wrong with this beer. Infection?

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Photo of TMoney2591
3.03/5  rDev -20.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Served in a Duvel tulip glass.

Once again, the only way I'm really able to try this stuff is because of a discounted bottle. Allagash truly needs to rethink their pricing structure... That bit of economics ranting aside, this stuff pours a straight obsidian topped by a finger of tan foam. The nose comprises deep cocoa, roasted malts, and a touch of black smoke way in the back. The cocoa is a bit much, but not enough to tank the experience. The taste brings in more of the same, with the same strength of cocoa, but now it's aged in a bad way, coming across more fruity, more malted-milk-ball-sitting-at-the-bottom-of-the-Halloween-pillow-case. It just doesn't work here. The body is a hefty medium, with a very light moderate carbonation and a slick feel. Overall, I feel the past couple of years hasn't been kind to this stuff, regardless of how the brewers may feel it ages. The cocoa is still strong, but it's like the musclebound geriatric who thinks he can still take you, when the reality is that he's just gonna have a heart attack and die on you. Either way, you're not having a fun day at the nursing home.

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Photo of russwbeck
3.51/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Amazingly found on-tap at Mount Snow in Vermont in 2012. I thought they served me the wrong beer at first. I was pretty happy about it when I found out what it was.

A: Black pour with more than a few fingers of mocha had. Retention is great, lasting well through the duration of the drink. Tons of lacing. 4.5

S: The aroma has a surprising amount of wheat. Dark fruits and chocolate provide the base, and roast lends a nice balance. The wheat is a bit strange. 3.5

T: The taste focuses more on the dark fruits, I'm assuming because of age. Like chocolate and roasted malt, the wheat is present again. Sort of a confusing brew. 3.5

MF: Medium body with a bit too much carbonation. Can't say this has a great drinkability. 3

O: Glad I tried it, but it wasn't great. If you have any of this left...drink it before it gets worse, or wait and see what happens. 3.5

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Photo of LiquidAmber
3.65/5  rDev -3.9%
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 billab914
3.46/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

750ml bottle into my Stone IRS glass. It poured black in color with a thin tan head covering the top of the beer.

The aroma shows some of the chocolate coming out and mixing with some sweeter, malty flavors. I get some dark fruit flavors adding a little more crisp sweetness along with just a hint of a roasty flavor to it as well.

The taste shows a lot of chocolate to it throughout. I get more of a dark, bitter-sweet chocolate at first, while the finish shows more milk chocolate and sweeter dark fruits. A little bit of a roasty, bitter flavor is there lingering in the finish as well.

The mouthfeel is on the heavier side with carbonation being average for the style. Overall it was a pretty decent beer, but not an outstanding one in the style. The chocolate was nice, but it just didn't seem to have the depth or balance that the great ones of the style achieve. Enjoyable beer to sip on this evening though.

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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 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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Photo of dasenebler
2.88/5  rDev -24.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

750mL, Summer 2010.

Dark and ominous with a huge tan head. Nice retention.

The nose is surprisingly fruity for a stout, lots of roast.

Very tangy, borders on sour. Actually, this might be slightly infected. I remember tasting this stuff fresh, and it was magnificently roasty, chocolatey and rich. Now it's kind of a mess. Oddly fruity and pruney. The roastiness still comes through big time, but the sweet, chocolate character is muffled, and the alcohol presence is a bit on the hot side. Carbonation is nice, but for an Imperial Stout this stuff seems thin.

Least impressive beer I've had from Allagash. Oh well.

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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 YumYumGumGum
3.6/5  rDev -5.3%
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 Gavage
3.55/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: black in color with a 1/4" head that breaks apart quickly. No lace develops.

Smell: roasted malts, alcohol, coffee, and chocolate are all detectable by the nose.

Taste: big roasted malt flavor,dark bitter chocolate, coffee, prunes, alcohol, and a moderate bitterness are most prevelent.

Mouthfeel: heavy in body. Light prickliness to start and smooth at the finish. Long alcohol laced aftertaste.

Overall: very slow sipping beer. Alcohol was a bit overwhleming after a while, so the small glass was appreciated. Big flavored beer.

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Photo of maximum12
3/5  rDev -21.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Thanks to stormking47 for this bottle, which I believe is the last from a fantastic Secret Santa box (or is it? who knows what surfaces when the cellar is stirred...).

Pours black & fizzy for a big, bass-add stout, & a couple ounces are left in the bottom to keep the brew clear of any accumulated yeast. Smells like Belgian yeast, chocolate, foreign-born malts.

Fluxus 2010 is a beer with a lot of gender confusion going on. First impressions are everything, & this beer shook my hand with a raisin, then belched prune in my general direction. What the hell? Underneath this nose-wrinkling quasi-fruit assault, there's a spritz of bitter chocolate & malts flitting in & out of the mess, too. The influence of Belgium is noted as well. Halved this big 750ML bottle with my wife, & half of a bomber is going to be more than enough.

Just a strange beer, & not high on the Appeal Scale. I'm unsure if the prune puree parade is intentional or a byproduct of a failed experiement, but this one just didn't do anything for me. Mediocre.

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Photo of nhindian
3.64/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

750ml bottle poured into an Allagash cervoise. Bottle generously provided by thagr81us as an extra in the 'Nice Piece of Glass CIF', thanks a ton Calton!

A - I really don't know how Allagash does it, but every single beer of those has the most insane head on it that is like whipped cream and lasts forever. You would never tell by the look of this that this is an imperial stout that's pushing 10%, as it builds a magnificent tan-colored head, 3-fingers in height with just absurd retention. It is densely packed, creamy smooth, and is composed of thousands of minuscule bubbles. The color of the beer itself is midnight black, and the only light and semblance of color to arise from is at the very bottom of the cervoise where it's at its thinnest. The lacing is fantastic as well with a generous amount of foam covering nearly every single inch of this glass. Another amazing looking Allagash beer.

S - The smell is good on this as well, but perhaps not as awe-inspiring as the appearance. There is a decent amount of roastiness in here, but not all of it is attributable to coffee, as I'm not getting a whole lot of espresso here besides a bit of bitterness. I was also expecting a lot more chocolate than what I received as this is marketed as being aged on 50lbs of nibs, but I'm not getting an extra-ordinary amount. It does give off a nice amount of sweetness, though. The thing that surprised me the most about this nose was that it's slightly tart and funky at the back-end. I'm not sure if that's the yeast that Allagash used, but it's not completely off-putting.

T - The roast does come through much more strongly in the taste than in the nose, that's for sure. The mix between this, the oats, and coffee gives it a slight tobacco feeling, or perhaps a little bit of leather. It's interesting, but it seems to overshadow the chocolate again, which again is underwhelming. The thing that compelled me to this beer was the chocolate and I'm just not getting a lot here. As it warms and in the finish it does come across bitterly, but I don't think I'm too far off-base to be expecting more here. Again, it has some fruit, like tart cherries, which is an interesting contrast to the roast and malts. Speaking of the malts, they carry the load here, with the overall roast and a good amount of oats.

M - Mouthfeel is moderately heavy-bodied with good carbonation. The head and body are very creamy and smooth, probably due in part to the oats, which makes it pleasant to drink. The lingering feel is bitterness, slight tartness, and tobacco, as if I just took a drag from a cigarette.

D/O - Drinkability is moderate. It's good, don't get me wrong, but it was just a little off from what I was expecting. The roastiness becomes a little much, and the chocolate needs to be in the limelight more. I am not getting any alcohol though, so that's a plus!

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Photo of scruffwhor
3.63/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Color is a black, to fudge brown hue with a medium tan head. The head is about two fingers after the pour and recedes to a thin ring, then nothing.

Teh aroma is powderey ad slightly tart cocoa, not cacao. Roasted malts enhnace the cacao's tart cocoa aroma with coffee and roasted bread crust.

The taste starts with the great roasted malt bill. Notes of coffee and light dark chocolate. The cacao jumps up in the middle to the finish. Powdered cocoa with some tartness is the main flavor I get from the cacao.

The palate is powdery, chalky, with a well carbonted finish. Very interesting stout.

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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 HopHead84
4.17/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4


2010 batch shared by Patrick at Church on Sunday, thanks!

A: Black with a big creamy light brown head. Nice retention and scattered lacing.

S: The aroma is pretty unique. Light smoke and leather notes accompany dark chocolate, cocoa, and vanilla. The chocolate profile is pretty unique, almost Belgian in character. There's a subtle plum element in the background. Faintly nutty (macadamia?), with a restrained roast. There's a decided and insistent coconut presence that makes this quite interesting.

T: Rich dark chocolate and cocoa with coconut, nuts, a little tobacco, and evident vanilla. Very rich and complex. Roasted malt is mellow. Alcohol is very well hidden.

M: Lower full body with moderate carbonation. Mouthfeel is silky, chewy, and creamy.

Overall: A unique and enjoyable Imperial Stout. Recommended.

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Photo of sidetracked
2.27/5  rDev -40.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

Pours black with a substantial medium brown head that lingers well.

Smell is light roasted malts, fruity esters, and cherry mixed with an off putting medicinal aroma.

Upfront taste is sweet chocolate and roasted malts which follow through to the finish. The finish is an odd combination of fruity esters and chocolate mixed with some medicinal notes and cherry--bittersweet. Quite chocolaty overall.

Medium body with medium carbonation.

Overall not very impressive due to the off smell and flavors. The body could be beefed up a bit too. Not sure what they were going for here.


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Photo of Satchboogie
3.53/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed from notes:
On tap at Armsby Abbey

A: Black with about a 1/2 inch of tight mocha brown head that doesn't want to evaporate.

S: Belgian yeast, chocolate, hint of coffee.

T: Lots of yeast, chocolate, a little fruit (somewhere between ripe and dark), roasted malts, a little coffee, and a touch of licorice. A little alcohol on the finish. The roasted malt base seems a bit on the light side, it's not exactly robust nor do any of the flavors really jump out at you. It's reserved.

M: About a medium body, high carbonation. Fairly smooth albeit with a bit of an alcohol bite on the end.

O: Not a bad stout, but not that memorable either. It's a lighter-sided RIS with belgian yeast (and more light fruit than dark).

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Photo of Bendurgin
2.83/5  rDev -25.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured into a tulip. This one was a gusher! Lots of tan head on this with a dark brown body.

This smells kind of smokey with a little bit of cocoa to finish off the aroma. Really big dark raosty aroma to this one. Kind of a bitter cocoa flavor; seems to be souring a little bit though. Maybe my bottles a bit off.

The feel is full but the carbonation is a bit explosive. Overall this isn't bad, I'd say I have an off bottle. Wish I had a good one but oh well, this still isn't too bad.

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Photo of NorCalYeti
3.96/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

taste- chocolate, toast, malt, new oak, belgian-style yeast

color- dark brown

clarity- pours clear but dark and dense in the glass

smell- cocoa, roasted coffee, powdery notes. aromas not overly present

body- a lot of exciting hop bite at the front of the mouth, long warming bitter finish, soft on the palate, almost a cooling feel on the edges of the tongue. body is pretty lean, not thick and weighty like other stouts/imperial stouts

appearance- dirty-brown head with good lace retention, active carbonation when agitated. head is the consistency of egg whites when first poured, really something to behold. active carbonation that makes the beer look like it's breathing after it's poured

overall impression- lean stout style with a good balance that hints at its belgian stylings but not overly so, which i like. would have liked a little more body and thickness in the mouthfeel

notes and comments- website recommends colder serving temperatures...i think you lose a lot of the character of the beer if it's served cold. this strikes me as a belgian style stout based on its flavor profile. this is part of their limited series of beers with a different recipe every year. beer leaves a sticky film on your teeth. easy drinker with high alcohol, beware

beer spy- the trappist, oakland ca, fall 2010, 750mL bottle

glassware: tulip

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Photo of Rhettroactive
3.32/5  rDev -12.6%
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 pmlondrigan
3.46/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Reviewed from notes...Nice pour, jet black big puffy mocha head with grabby lacing. Aroma is confused between coffee, deep cacao, and licorice/vanilla, but these aroma all fight and aren't in harmony. The flavor is much the same. Component flavors cocoa, vanilla, big coffee, and tobacco are there but fight one another and end up being an acrid mess. Super dry with a day long finish that tastes of cigar tobacco and ash. I'm glad my drinking buddy ordered a beer he didn't like and I did cause we traded. Won't be revisiting this one, and Allagash is one of my favorit breweries.

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Photo of Duhast500
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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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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Allagash Fluxus 2010 from Allagash Brewing Company
3.8 out of 5 based on 112 ratings.
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