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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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Photo of mothman
3.06/5  rDev -19.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Thanks Andrew for sharing this one.

Poured into in NB Globe glass. Pours 1 finger of tan brown head. Color is near black. Good retention with some thick lace.

Aroma: I get an odd flavor from the nose. It is boarder-line smoked. It also has some leather to it. A bit of marshmallows with some vanilla. Chocolate bitterness.

Taste: Cocoa and chocolate powder. Pretty bitter chocolate. Vanilla again. It tastes very Belgian. Also has some fruit flavors to it. Some smoked flavors. Very odd.

Mouthfeel: Bitter, creamy, and a bit velvety. Full bodied with a good amount of carbonation. Ends dry with notes of a cigar.

Overall, this was an odd beer. It had some different flavors going on with it. Somewhat drinkable, but not something I'd seek out.

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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 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 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 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 John_M
3.85/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Max's the other day.

The beer pours the expected blackish brown color with good head retention and lacing. The nose is all IRS, showcasing considerable dark chocolate, coffee, and a hint of underlying spice. On the palate, the melange of different flavors is quite unusual. I don't know if it's the yeast strain they use at Allagash, but I definitely picked up soe flavors I don't normally encounter in a IRS. In any event, the flavor profile included considerable chocolate and coffee, but with a hint of licorse, and even some hazelnut and marshmellow. The stout is on the sweet side, but the sweetness isn't over the top or cloying. Surprisingly, mouthfeel was on the thin side, though otherwise this IRS delivers plenty of flavor and finishes pretty well. Drinkability wasn't too bad, though you can tell the alcohol is up there a bit in this beer, making this beer very much a sipper.

Another solid beer from Allagash, no doubt, but it's probably my least favorite of the different Fluxus beers they've made so far. Not sure I will be ordering any more of this one...

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Photo of Halcyondays
3.93/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On-tap at Beachwood BBQ,

A: Pours a dark brown/black with a multi-tan coloured head, nice lace.

S: Heavy dark chocolate (cacao) with some sweet brown sugar, no roast.

T: Mirrors the nose quite well. The dark chocolate is heavy and dominates the brew, light brown sugar, almost a chocolate cake flavour. Tasty.

M: Very smooth, full-bodied, creamy, light carbonation.

D: A real nice Imperial Stout, any chocolate fan would love this.

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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 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 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 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 avalon07
4.18/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured from a bottle to a pint glass. Had a jet black color and thick texture. There was an inch and a half of creamy, tan-colored, long-lasting head. Pretty good lacing.

S: An underplayed aroma of chocolate, coffee, roasted malt, and a possibly some fruit.

T: Tasted of coffee (less than some stouts), chocolate, roasted malt, yeast, an earthy quality and some dark fruit. Somewhat unusual for the style, but still very flavorful.

M: A fairly well-carbonated beer with a dry finish. Full-bodied.

D: A very drinkable beer.

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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 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 Jwale73
4.03/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

10oz. pour served in a tulip. Pours two shades shy of black with a quarter inch, mocha-colored head that is refreshed with a swirl. The most exquisite feature in the appearance is the curtains of lacing formed. Excellent retention and quite visually appealing - lacing along the rim is tight and delicate and gradually opens up as it descends towards the bowl, exhibiting excellent retention. Nose reveals cocoa, coffee and lactose. Taste consistent with nose with the addition of some tart fruit that is difficult to identify - reminds me a bit of a Belgian Stout. Mouthfeel is medium-bodied with a light, easy carbonation. Quite surprising at how drinkable this beer is at 10.3% - alcohol was not even noticeable and the beer was more and more pleasant to drink as it warmed. I'll have to try this one from the bottle as well.

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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 jrallen34
4.2/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On tap into a tulip at the Publican...Dark black pour with a nice tan head that has good retention and lacing...Malty aroma of cocoa nibs, roasted malts, and a little cream...Taste is more sweet than bitter making this a super easy to drink cocoa stout. A wonderful full sticky feel for this easy drinker.

Finally a non-sour Allagash brew that is worth drinking although a bit pricey.

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Photo of glid02
4/5  rDev +5.3%
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 xnicknj
3.01/5  rDev -20.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

750mL bottle poured into snifter glass - thanks to cjo for sharing

Pours a viscous black with a thin tanned head, fades quickly to cloudy film with a ring of lacing.

Somewhat unusual nose w cocoa and molasses, a hint of odd funk/bitter.

A little bitter and strong up front with unusually large alcohol immediately. Cocoa with some pine and citrus hops. Some molasses and syrupy sweetness. Finishes with weird citrus and dark sweetness uncomfortably complimented by some boozy warmth.

Full bodied, medium carbonation, smooth and slick. The flavor is weird and off, feels like multiple styles were combined in a bad marriage. Kinda tough to drink for sure.

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Photo of Daniellobo
4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice chocolate stout, not overwhelmingly memorable but with a nice range and a distinct Allagash sense.

Presentation: 750 ml corked and caged bottle. Simple light cream Allagash label touches of brown in the lettering and a piece of machinery in the background. Label offers a dictionary description nod to the name, one line description, and serving instructions. Notes 2010 vintage, and Alc. by Vol. (10.3%) Served in a snifter glass.

A - Black pour with minimal dark brown edges, nice 1" frothy head, with fair retention, good surface memory and lacing.

S - Nice roasted range, not too assertive but consistent with a dash of chocolate.

T - Taste follows nicely with a nice roasted range and a light and nicely integrated chocolate sense punctuating it, and progressing as it warms up. Touch of coffee in the background under a sweet sense.

M - Medium-full body, maybe a touch too thin for the expectations but works rather well, light carbonation and a nice smooth sense.

D - Works well, nice brew and enjoyable in and on its own.

Notes: A distinct Allagash sense emerges as one goes through it, and while not one of their most memorable big bottles this is rather nice, and sure good quality.

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Photo of AgentZero
3.7/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A - Black and fairly viscous, huge head that blew up and had to back off on the pour.

S - Lots of cocoa nibs, and some coffee. A pretty deep smell. Molasses and a bit of roasty smelling malts.

T - A lot of chocolate nibs on this, they really dominate. Some coffee, and a bit milky. It's not bad, but the taste is kind of obliterated by a lot of fizz.

M - Full bodied, high carbonation, a little too much for this style, which detracts a little bit from how good this beer could be.

D - Pretty good for the alcohol as far as the drinkability goes, it doesn't taste all that great due to the fizz though. It's a solid beer, but not something I would seek out.

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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 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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Photo of Chaney
3.18/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I had this one on tap over at Pizza Paradiso in DC.

A: Pitch black, with about a one inch head. The brew was so dark that I honestly couldn't even see if there was any carbonation.

S: Dates, brown sugar, and molasses were very prominent.

T: Not sweet at all, but not bitter either. This one is definitely not a "coffee" IS. I would describe this one as a fairly smooth chocolate milkshake, as opposed to a bitter, dark chocolate dessert drink. I still a bit surprise by how thin this seems compared to most ISs I've tried, and it doesn't have that dark cinnamon afterburn that I've come to expect from the style.

M: Quite a bit of glass lacing, but I never really noticed anything too offensive palate-wise. However, the cigarette "ash" lingering is not pleasant.

D: Fairly smooth, even for the high ABV. I still would not seek this one out.

Overall: I've seen this one in the store, and the price is outrageous relative to the product.

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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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