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Allagash Fluxus 2010

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RATINGS: 102   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.65   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 309   ABV: 10.3%
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Allagash Fluxus is a beer of continuous change. Brewed differently every year to commemorate our anniversary, this year’s Fluxus is a huge Imperial Chocolate Stout. Weighing in at 10.3% ABV, it is one of the strongest beers that Allagash has ever brewed. The brain child of brewer Doug Klippenstein, 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.

As part of our Tribute Series, Allagash proudly donates $1 per bottle sold to the Allagash Pediatric Nurses Scholarship at the Maine Medical Center. This scholarship directly supports the training of nurses in the field of pediatrics.


4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
bhensonb (11533) - Woodland, California, USA - SEP 10, 2010
750 c&c from South Bay Drugs. Pours black with a 3 finger really dark tan foamy head. Aromas of darker chocolate and I think treacle. Somewhat sticky with foamy, but not strong, carbonation. Flavor is gritty dark chocolate. It’s not really very sweet, so the chocolate really comes through. There’s a lot of bitter around tongue sides. The chocolate is strong in the finish. Drinks way too easy. In the end I’d say it isn’t sweet.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Travlr (13458) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - SEP 9, 2010
Draft at Pizzeria Paradiso. Interesting and unique stout with a slightly fruity flavor. Very nice indeed, and even better than last year’s version.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Kinz (3365) - Glen Allen, Virginia, USA - SEP 7, 2010
Surprised that I’m the 10th on this one! Pours black, slight but lasting deep tan head. Aroma is slightly astringent chocolate, a touch of coffee, and some odd herbal and spearmint notes. Can honestly say I’ve never smelled a beer like this one before. Flavor is initially chocolate, and then it moves quickly into an herbal and spearmint finish. The mint is just flat out disconcerting. I’ve had hints of mint before in beers with a lot of Northern Brewer, but this is just strong with it. Also a bit astringent with the alcohol sitting out in a disjointed fashion. As it warms, there is a faint bit of funk that rises up and then disappears. I usually love Allagash. I want to like this, I really do. But I just can’t get into this one.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Pwn3d (1961) - Manhattan, New York, USA - SEP 6, 2010
Draft at St Stephens with James and Pat. Pours a pitch black body with thick creamy brown head, lacing lasts throughout. Aroma is sweet malts, roast, chocolate. Mouthfeel is smooth with notes of chocolate roast and very slight alcohol.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
jredmond (5671) - Manhattan, New York, USA - SEP 6, 2010
Draft at St Stephens with pat and andrew. Pours a pitch black body with thick creamy brown head, lacing lasts throughout. Aroma is sweet malts, roast, chocolate. Mouthfeel is smooth with notes of chocolate roast and very slight alcohol.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
brianjames1 (539) - Northridge, California, USA - SEP 4, 2010
On tap at father office in culver city. Pours deep dark brown with small tan head. Aroma is rich of dark malts, some peat and roastiness to it. Mouth feel is thick and full of carbonation. Taste is very rich and roasty with some hints of dark fruits on the palate. Great brew.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Chapel (468) - Levittown, New York, USA - AUG 29, 2010
Thanks to everyone who was at Barcade for the Allagash event. Pours a dark black with very little head. Aroma is thick and rich with dark chocolate. Flavor follows suit. Dark chocolate and espresso bitterness hit and hit hard. The espresso and coffee flavors are matched only by the alcohol with every sip. Even for an Imperial Stout, this is rather strong. If they had gone a little lighter, this would have been significantly better. I didn’t find it as offensive as others seemed to, but it still could have been a whole lot better.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
puzzl (3254) - New York, New York, USA - AUG 26, 2010
Tap at the Blind Tiger. Astringent aroma, notes of espresso and diapers, some rosemary, wintergreen. Harsh body, extremely rough, vodka, gin, a lot of booze. Very rough, intoxicating... Whew. This hits me hard. Some corn and grass.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Jblauvs (1346) - Chester, Vermont, USA - AUG 21, 2010
Black pour at the Brewery Aroma is chocolate roast, deep chocolate malt, a bit of licorice and some bitter bakers chocolate. Mouthfeel is nice, thick enough but not overbearing. Flavor is deep chocolate roast, a touch of dark fruitiness, and some light bitterness. Pretty Great actually

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
porterhouse (1581) - Boothbay, Maine, USA - AUG 19, 2010
(Draft @ Great Lost Bear) Served in a tulip. Pours very, very dark brown with a thin biege head that retreats mostly to edges. Aroma of dark baker’s chocolate and light fruit. Smooth but lightly prickly mouthfeel. More dry than sticky, esp. for an imp. stout. Slightly thin. Light, weepy rings of lacing that stick around nicely. Dark, bitter chocolatey taste with undertones of sort of a cherry-like fruitiness that struck me as coming from the yeast. This may seem like an odd comment, but I was getting some phenolic burps although phenols weren’t apparent in the aroma or taste. As it warmed there was an emergence of some coffee roast flavor. ABV very well-integrated. This beer really grew on me more as I savored it/let it warm, and was good with food esp. for the style. This definitely has it over the Allagash Black as far as a stout. Not the most complex of imp. stouts but just a fine, pretty elegant beer.


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