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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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Reviews: 68 | Ratings: 112
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 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 kinopio
3.77/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The first thing I notice about the Fluxus is its smell. Very boozey and absent is the strong aroma of chocolate that I appreciate and expected.
Luckily the taste of alcohol is not nearly as strong as its smell. Coffee, chocolate, molasses comes to mind. Its not as creamy as some other beers of its style.

Highly drinkable and very smooth for a beer with a 10+ alcohol percentage, which is appropriate for this beer based on the definition of it's name.
A solid and slightly different take on the imperial stout that is worth seeking out.

Consumed from a bottle purchased at the Allagash Brewery and served in an oversized wine glass.

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Photo of Naugros
3.66/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pouring this from the bottle it seemed as if it was another well-done Imperial Stout: black, viscous body and a mocha-colored four-finger thick head that is difficult to contain in the glass.

But the first smell told me that this was not your typical Imperial Stout brewed in the US. This smells Belgian and it's all in the yeast. You'd expect the usual roast, toast, coffee, earth, chocolate, dark fruit that one would associate with an Imperial Stout, but instead you get the Belgian yeast funk so strong that none of the aforementioned stout aromas come through. This is why I rated this kind of low on smell. If I were reviewing a trippel, sure it smells great. But even stouts I've had from Belgian will exhibit the usual aromas and have the yeast funk as well. The surprise in the smell made it difficult to get up for the first swig.

But I'm glad I did take that first swig. This is what I wanted from the nose, roasty bitterness, earthy grit and a hint of grainy cocoa to go along with barnyard scents of the yeast playing around on the inside of your mouth. In fact they're almost overwhelming here as well. The flavors, taken one at a time are great, but they're out of balance, which usually never happens with Allagash. If the stout components of this beer had been stronger, then this would have been wonderful. Since it was a special brew from Allagash, I expected more and set myself up for this disappointment.

Having read through the rest of the reviews of this beer, I have to wonder why more people didn't point out the Belgian yeast aroma and how they were able to detect much of anything around it. I understand getting dark fruit from it, that's typical from Belgian yeast, but other markers seemed totally masked for me.

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

750 mL corked and caged bottle from Wine Warehouse, Charlottesville, VA. Poured in to a snifter.

Appearance: Pours a dark, chocolatey brown - are you surprised? - opaque and solid, even around the edges. The hue and general consistency of the head are very nice - a good two fingers of consistent but nonetheless seething and lively head sits atop the obsidian body, showcasing great retention and a creamy, meringue-like consistency. Plenty of lively carbonation is visible around the edges of the glasses, rising upwards quickly and contributing to the staying power of the crown. The lacing on the sides of the glass has good retention, too - glassy and glittery, like lightly tanned jewels strewn along the glassy and glittery edges of the snifter.

Aroma: Roasty, and slightly smoky. Earth, dirt, peat, coffee, and hints of molasses interact with the lighter elements of bittersweet cocoa and a slew of Belgian notes, mostly citrus and tropical fruit. A few spicy phenolic notes really bring home the fact that this one is using Allagash's house yeast.

Taste: American/Double Imperial Stout? Or Belgian Stout? That decidedly Belgian yeast strain that permeates every Allagash beer is here in spades, contributing a nice fruity, slightly spicy undertone, bananas and clove and tropical fruits (pineapple, mainly, but also orange, peach, and apricot) and lots of medicinal phenols, the spice of which covers a sight amount of alcohol heat well. This ethereal lightness mingles interestingly with tons of roast - dark toffee, toast, earthy coffee, and, of course, tons of bitter chocolate. The cocoa is bold but not overpowering, earthy but not dirty, sweet but not saccharine. Essentially, it's well balanced both as against itself, and also as against the base beer and other notes here.

Mouthfeel: Well-carbonated, perhaps a little too carbonated, for an assertive but still creamy, soft, and smooth mouth. Let this one sit for just a little while and it gets much better.

Drinkability: An interesting brew, and probably one of the first if not the first Belgian stouts I've had the chance to try. I can't say I was blown away - the combination of tropical fruits and bitter, roasty elements is reminiscent of those chocolate oranges I so loathe - but it was interesting and quite an experience to try. Maybe it's the kind of thing that will grow on me in time. The 10.3% is noticeable around the edges and overall, but on the whole isn't terribly detracting. All in all, a well crafted beer - which is not surprising considering its origin - but it's not my absolute favorite from this generally spectacular brewery.

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Photo of ShadesOfGray
4.18/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 750ml cork and caged bottle into my Portsmouth tulip/snifter glass. Cork popped! with great pressure! Good sign for sure! Pours a mostly black...with just a hint of light shining through in the pour. Glass fills completely black though. A massive 3 finger head first appearance of the head is fizzy, but after a few seconds it becomes incredibly creamy and slightly frothy. Leaves thick and sticky lacing; a great looking stout!

Aroma is decent, no over the top sweet notes. Mostly coffee, slight distant chocolates, and a mild hoppy sharpness. Booze isn't noticable in the nose.

Tasty! A very good coffee-like stout, obviously with the Cacao nibs adding a very nice characteristic and chocolate after-taste. Lot's of roasted coffee beans, some vanilla, and overall...a great malty undertone. A thick, full body...very nice carbonation for the style(not low at all, but not way too high to ruin the mouthfeel and body). Booze is very distant, but semi-noticable. As the beer warms up, the chocolate notes really become strong. Another tasty and successful beer from Allagash!

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

A - Pours black with a nice, fluffy coca cola brown head. Maybe two fingers of foam.

S - Roasted coffee beans, cocoa, roasted malts. Roasty mcroastroast.

T - Semisweet chocolate mixes with a slightly chalkier, sweeter cocoa flavor. Roasted malt and some coffee. Little bit o vanilla.

M - Nice consistency. Viscous but not sludgy. Really matches the flavor profile nicely. Velvety.

Really, really good stout.

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Photo of brystmar
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 MA08
3.92/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served in a Allagash chalice at 55 degrees.

Pours a deep black with a two-finger brown head, that dicipates to a thin layer. Smells of roasted malts and sweet chocolate with a slight hint of Belgian yeast. Tastes of roasted malt flavors with dominant chocolate and slight flavors of vanilla and sweet banana.
Mouthfeel is good. Alcohol is quite hidden making this offering dangerously drinkable
Overall, an intesting twist to Allagash Black that is worth trying. Although I am an Allagash fan and would like to see how this ages, its price would likely keep me from making further purchases.

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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 jamie2dope
3.06/5  rDev -19.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I went out in pursuit of this brew today, and was able to find it, so good news for me. Anyway, this year's version of Fluxus comes out as pitch black as it gets, with one finger of white/tan heading that lasts after several sips. Alcohol can be detected right away in the nose, along with some metallic notes, and just a hint of cocoa nib. Chocolate is more apparent in the flavor (they must have been using some very bitter Taza product) along with small hints of dark fruit, but still metal and a mild alcohol burn in the background. Mouthfeel is not as large on the palate as I had expected, though it is still pretty hefty. The booze subsides a bit as it warms, but not by much. Still, this makes for a decent sipper. I am not sure where I heard this, but it was said that this should be tried new. I could not disagree more. As Nate from Marty's said, with six months of age, this brew could transition from pretty good to great. Overall, not my favorite from the Fluxus series, (2009 takes that trophy) though once the Fall comes I will definitely be revisiting it to see what has changed. Cheers

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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 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 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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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 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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Allagash Fluxus 2010 from Allagash Brewing Company
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