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Allagash Fluxus 2010

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RATINGS: 100   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.


4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Lyncham (251) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - SEP 22, 2010
Draft, 1 oz sample at the GABF in Denver. Very dark black color, white lacing. Tastes of chocolate and roasted malts with grass. Aroma of flowers and grass. Balanced. Sticky body with low carbonation.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
badlizard (5538) - Berkeley, California, USA - SEP 21, 2010
Black with a creamy tan head. Sweet chocolate and mild coffee aroma. Sweet milk chocolate followed by bitter dark chocolate tastes with a cocoa nib finish.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
zdk (1809) - New York, New York, USA - SEP 21, 2010
tap at Barcade Allagash event - unique is right intense cocoa, roasty chocolate and belgian yeastiness. finishes with a smack of vanilla bean and other spices. tasty.

3.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
GT2 (8510) - San Diego County, California, USA - SEP 17, 2010
Tap at Paradiso Dupont. Deep brown to black pour with a fizzy, reddish brown tan head. Little retention and little to no lace. Nose is massive smoke, peat bog, wet tobacco, licorice, char. Very intense. Taste is a bit astringent: charred wood, smoke, peat whiskey, moving to burning plastic and phenols. Pretty much a slap in the face and lacking in mouthfeel.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
michael-pollack (4960) - King of Prussia, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 16, 2010
750ml Bottle: Aroma of roasted malt, cocoa, and canned creamed-corn. Poured pitch black in color with a small, creamy, dense, brown head that lasted throughout. Opaque. Sparkling. Very good lacing. Flavor is lightly sweet and heavily bitter. Tastes of roasted malt, cocoa, hops, resin, light creamed-corn, and slight wood. Medium to full body. Tingly, then dry texture. Average to lively carbonation. Roasted malt, cocoa, resin, and hop finish is dry and lightly chalky. 10.3%ABV is completely hidden throughout.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 13/20
tastybeer (1739) - Bloomington, Indiana, USA - SEP 16, 2010
Draft. Pours pitch black with a tan head. Big flavor of tobacco with milk chocolate, sugar, booze, and something else I can’t quite place. Very good though.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Dickinsonbeer (5077) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - SEP 12, 2010
Tap at Barcade. Wow- totally not what I expected- this is a very unique stout that is incredibly easy to drink. Pours a nice deep dark oily black with a nice creamy tan head with a moderate carbonation. Aroma is spicy, grassy, pepper, chocolate, cocoa nibs, roasted spicy hot peppers, moderate chocolate malt, light sweetness, mineral, earth, dirt, and almost a solventy character that kinds smelled good? Flavor is light grass, spices, peppers, cocoa nibs, light oily chocolate, roast, nuts, tobacco leaf earthiness, almost minty with a slight hint of that weird bean that Tom Baker used to use in his Perkunos Hammer. Finish is dry earthy with more tobacco leaf and spice. Very unique beer that works!

4.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
basewars (169) - Sun Prairie, Wisconsin, USA - SEP 10, 2010
Bottle from Global Liquors in Ellsworth, Maine. Super rich chocolate in all respects. Pours black with brown head. Light hoppy notes of flowers and pine. The palatte is very rich. The flavor of chocolate lingers on the tongue. Slight heat from alcohol but overall well hidden. Really a nice job here.

4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
bhensonb (11260) - 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 (12350) - 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.


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