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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 broken22
3.51/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Allagash is a pretty neat brewery. I have come to know their other beers and especially love the Curieux (so good). I've never had the chance to drink one of the Fluxus beers before so this is my first.

After finding something cool to shoot with the cork I poured myself a glass. A decent head formed and hung around for a bit. While I was waiting I noticed that the beer was not all that fragrant. I had to put my nose to the glass to get a whiff. The beer smelled lighter than the darkness that poured out and it kind of had a little bite of a sour note. Never knowing what to expect flavor wise with Allagash I proceeded with caution. Taking my first sip I was relieved that it was not a sour beer. I like sour beers I just was not in to mood for one. The beer tasted like grapes to me. I don't know maybe my taste buds were messed up but grapes. The taste was also bucking my expectations for a dark beer. The mouth feel was nice and light. While this beer formed a decent head there was not very much carbonation. I said that the first sip tasted like grapes. The end of the beer still tasted a bit fruity mixed with a decent brown.

In conclusion I enjoyed this beer. The flavor was interesting and by interesting I mean enjoyable. I wouldn't put this at the top of my list yet but its pretty darn good so pick one up and try it. My local beer stores in San Diego are selling a big bottle for $18.99.

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Photo of Phelps
3.71/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Big thanks go out to boralyl for providing this bottle. Wanting to figure out the genesis of this brew: I found this: Fluxus 2010 is the result of a unique brewing process that used wort from a smaller brew as the "water" for mashing the grain for this brew. The grain bill boasts a blend of three roasted malts and oats; it's hopped with both Saaz and Glacier hops; and just before knockout, 50 pounds of roasted cacao nibs were added to the whirlpool. Let's see how it worked out...

Pours from the bottle all thick and viscous-like, glugging without hurry and softly yet swiftly crafting a huge, three-finger-tall head of mocha foam that looks like it would hang out all night if I left it. The liquid below is an inky black, providing nice contrast to the foam gripping the sides in sheets, stripes and webs. Stouts don't get much prettier than this.

In the nose: prunes, milk chocolate, vanilla and a very light hint of coffee along with a fruitiness that reminds of Belgian yeast, with pears and clove.

The flavor is similar -- prunes, raisins, oodles of cocoa powder and that odd Belgian yeastiness. It's weird, like a cross between a dry stout and a tripel. Dry, slightly tangy finish. I have to admit, it wasn't working for me at first, but the flavor has grown on me as I've made my way through the bottle.

The carbonation is a fizzy medium, massaging the tongue a bit before filling the mouth with soft bubbles. The body's plush and medium-light - a little less full than I'd like, but not bad. Alcohol is fairly noticeable, but what the hell -- this thing is 22 proof.

Like I said, I wasn't digging Fluxus 2010 upon first sip, but it grew on me. If nothing else, it's an interesting take on an imperial stout.

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Photo of TJBurgess
2.82/5  rDev -25.8%
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 kbutler1
3.38/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle. Poured into a NB tulip glass a dark brown color with a slight tan head. Roasty, chocolate, and slight molasses with some smokiness. Medium mouthfeel with good carbonation. The taste is pretty interesting, starts off with a slight sweetness followed by a roasty chocoloate flavor with leather and a bitterness that isn't that great at the end. Both the taste and the aroma has an odd flavor and taste that throws me off and I'm not sure if I like it or not.

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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 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 uberkane
3.48/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

2010 Fresh. 750ml Bottle

A: Came in a 750 with "Allagash Fluxus. Stout brewed with cacao nibs." label. Poured a pretty viscous black into a Beatles pint glass. Produced a toffee-tan thick head from an aggressive pour. The head then reduced to about half a finger. Decent amount of lacing. Not much light shines through this beer.

S: Not particular volatile--subtle nose of figs/currants, warm burnt toast, and deep mocha.

T: More aggressive than expected. Bitter chocolate with some alcohol warmth and a hint of coffee. Some hops come through, but barely detectable. Dark cereals with dark chocolate and bitter chocolate aftertaste.

M: Thick mouthfeel with a light carbonation. Not too smooth.

D: Not very drinkable. I got an occasional bourbon-like burn. Sipping is okay, but definitely not a session beer.

Notes: Beer was alright, but I really think it could do with a little aging to mellow out the flavors. Kicked me in the mouth a little more then I wanted. I actually ended up tossing a scoop of vanilla ice cream into my glass about halfway through (blasphemy!) which GREATLY improved the taste, mouthful, and drinkability.

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Photo of WhiteOak
3.79/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.5

A- Opaque dark coffee color, with a brown head. Very appealing appearance.

S- Initial off-smells of wet cardboard, saddle blanket, and medicinals blew off in about ten minutes. Then the cleaner aroma of chocolate was more prominant.

T- Big flavors of roasted malt, coffee, dark cocoa, chocolate covered raisins. Thankfully not bitter or too charred.

M- I was very impressed by the feel of this stout. It's texture was like velvet. It was viscous and leggy, concentrated, and well balanced. The ABV well concealed.

D- Moderate drinkability due to its substantial structure.

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Photo of kiddynamite920
4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 ml corked and caged bottle into a tulip.

A: Quite an enormous head for a slow pour. Huge, creamy tan head is taking forever to settle down to a good level. The beer underneath is dark as night and even lends some of its color to the head, which fades into the tan at the top. Quite an interesting looking pour. Head has finally receded to a decent level to get a whiff of this thing.

S: Smelling the cork revealed a deep aroma of the cacao nibs used in this beer. Smelling the beer itself doesn't have such a big aroma of the cacao. Very dark roasty malts with some deep, dark fruits and a good twang of alcohol. This one needs to sit for a bit longer. Smokey, woody aromas are here, with some sweet caramel and toffee. Almost want to say there is a bit of sour here, but it might be the alcohol heat playing along with the dark fruit aromas. A great deal of aromas that work well at this point, and I could see them becoming more harmonious with a bit of age.

T: Extraordinarily chocolate-y with very little sense of the alcohol I was picking up on the nose. Allowing the beer to remain on the tongue for a bit opens up some of the alcohol that makes its way to the sinus cavity. It also allows some dark cherries and plums to be picked up. Big and roasty, with a fairly low bitterness. The cacao nibs can be picked up for sure and with this low bitterness, they only shine more. Fantastic dessert beer, as it seems Allagash aimed to highlight the chocolate in this beer and tone down the bitterness.

M: Very creamy mouthfeel with low carbonation bite. Finishes with the feeling of having cocoa powder on your teeth as it dries.

D: Alcohol is hidden very well, on the palate at least. I can see this one aging like Brooklyn BCS with the chocolate to come forward and the heat on the aroma to mellow. Drinks very well fresh, has a milk stout type of drinkability.

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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 PDXHops
2.32/5  rDev -38.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

12 oz pour in a tulip. A creamy dense tan head sits atop the dark body. Good retention and plentiful, if drippy, lacing.

Nose and flavor profile are fairly overwhelmed by a combo of bubblegum and buttery diacetyl. Old/oxidized keg or intentional qualities, I'm not sure, but they certainly drown out any "stout" characteristics like roasted/chocolately malts or "Belgian" cloves, fruitiness, etc. On the positive side, a very smooth feel, almost nitro-ish, but this is not something I'd recommend at all.

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Photo of EPICAC
4.02/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Fluxus pours an opaque black, and is topped by a thin, quick fading brown head. The aroma is very nice aroma with lots of chocolate, roasted malts, and a mild woodiness.

Sweet notes upfront combine with the dark chocolate bitterness in the backbone to give impressions of rich chocolate. There's a mild bite at the end, and a woody aftertaste. This beer is full-bodied, and moderately carbonated.

A little sweet overall, but it has a very nice chocolate flavor.

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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 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 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 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 ptykozoon
3.88/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Cork explodes out of the ballpark. Pours dark brown with a red hue. Average retention and lacing.

Smells of chocolate and roasty coffee. A tinge of fruit perhaps.

Tastes mainly of chocolate and coffee. I want to say dark fruit but I'm not really getting too much.

Nice mouthfeel, not too thick or thin. Decent alcohol heat, should age well.

A bit pricey in my opinion but a well-rounded beer.

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

Appearance: Enormous smokey grey head, slowly subsides, leaving behind some nice stickly lacing.

Smell: light roasted malts and semi-sweet chocolate, brown sugar, and molasses

Taste: lightly roasted malts, cream, sugar, brown sugar, molasses, vanilla, caramel

Mouthfeel: Smooth, great carbonation

Drinkability: Surprisingly good for such a "big" beer. Shocked to see the ABV is 10.3%. Not "hot" at all.

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Photo of fastsrt
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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Photo of BarrelO
3.78/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

750ml bottle poured into a goblet.

A: Black body. Head starts out big but ends up as a film with not much lacing.

S: Oddly grassy with strong alcohol notes.

T: Predominantly fruity, interestingly enough. Also reminiscent of tobacco. Roasty aftertaste. Not really detecting too much chocolate.

M: I thought it might be thin because of how it poured, but it turned out to be reasonably well-bodied. Not quite thick enough for an impy, though.

D: I don't really know what to make of this. It's not quite bad, but it doesn't really feel like an imperial stout. Or any other recognizable style, for that matter. I'd say it's worth a try, but not at its retail price.

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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 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 atsprings
4.12/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this one on tap at Landmark during Raleigh Beer Week served in an Allagash tulip a deep opaque black with a thin light tan head. Aroma was a nice amount of roasted malts and dark chocolate. The taste was a nice amount of cocoa and chocolate alongside roasted malts and coffee. The beer is a bit on the heavy side, especially inside a crowded bar on a hot late summer evening. I have to say, I did enjoy this beer, but I really want to pick up a bottle and enjoy it on a cool winter night.

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Photo of rpstevens
3.61/5  rDev -5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a Smuttynose tulip. The beer pours a promising pitch black with a thick, frothy mocha head. The head quickly fades to a tight ring, leaving some sticky foamy lacing.

The smell is roasted malts and chocolate with hints of dark fruits. Overall the smell is muted and faint, but when you really dig into it the nose is there.

The taste follows the smell, the beer hits the appropriate notes for an Imperial stout; chocolate, roasted malt, some coffee and dark fruits, but they are all a bit subdued. The beer has a mild tartness in the finish.

The beer is pretty thin for an imperial stout, not even approaching the viscosity I usually look for. The alcohol is well hidden and the beer is well carbonated.

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Photo of nas5755
3.8/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A- Dark creamy jet black beer with an awesome tan head that lingers; lacing remains on the glass.

S- Roasted malts, chocolate, molasses and a little dark fruit

T- Very similar to the nose , roasted malts, pronounced chocolate, molasses and a touch of dark fruit

M- Mouth-feel is decent, nothing great, nothing bad to mention here. Smooth but not creamy, on the thick side but not chewy. Carbonation levels are good for the style

D- An easy drinking 10% beer. Not sure I will go back to this beer as I cant imagine time enhancing this beer in any spectacular way. I wish this was barrel aged with bourbon barrels because something special could have been there.

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