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RATINGS: 112   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.52   SEASONAL: Series   EST. CALORIES: 192   ABV: 6.4%
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Allagash Fluxus is a beer of continuous change. Brewed differently every year to commemorate our anniversary, this yearís Fluxus is a porter brewed with a blend of 2-row, coffee and chocolate malts with blood orange pulp and zest. It was hopped using Perle, Tettnang and Glacier varieties. It was then fermented with a Belgian Abbey yeast. The resulting beer is dark brown in color with chocolate and roasted notes throughout the flavor and aroma. The blood orange has a subtle presence in the aroma and the zest expresses itself in the mouth-drying finish by leaving a lingering bitterness. This full bodied ale was the creation of Allagash brewer Patrick Saville, lover of heavy metal, beer and all things dark.


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2.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 7/20
ThisWangsChung (747) - Leonardtown, Maryland, USA - MAR 2, 2014
650ml bottle into a tulip. From notes. A: Pours a very dark brown color with a good two-finger mocha shaded head. The texture is great, the retention is solid, and thereís some nice lacing left on the glass. S: Thereís some chocolate along with a hint of coffee. Buried beneath that is some cream, oats, and some distant blood orange. There isnít a whole lot of Belgian yeast T: While it starts pleasantly with some roasted and coffee notes, with a palpable midtaste of blood oranges, itís finish kills it - thereís way too much metallic, vegetal action going on here. Which is a shame, since the blood orange character is actually very well blended within the base porter. M: Hits all of the criteria I like in the style: itís dry to the point of parchment, light enough, and fairly well carbonated. If it werenít so metallic tasting, this would go down very easily. O: Damn near $20 for this? OUCH. It would have been good without the metallic bitterness, but still not $20 good. By far the worst beer Iíve had from Allagash.


3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Chad9976 (1246) - Albany, New York, USA - NOV 14, 2014
Iíve never been a fan of using Belgian yeast to ferment porters and stouts. But if thereís any brewery than can do it right, itís probably Allagash. The 2013 edition of Fluxus was a robust porter brewed with blood oranges and then fermented with their classic Belgian yeast strain. I do enjoy the solid porter base and the unique flavors here, but itís not especially amazing.

I poured a 750ml bottle into the official Allagash tulip glass. It was a 2013 vintage (no specific bottling date) and cost $18.99 ($0.75 per ounce).

Appearance: Seemingly black, but actually a deep shade of ruby red which is visible at the edge. Pours to a dark tan, foamy head which retains well but doesnít leave much lacing.

Smell: Fairly strong aroma of coffee and chocolate and a general Belgian yeast ester.

Taste: Right away, the palate is quite familiar of a classic robust porter. A rich sweetness of chocolate emerges immediately, followed by roasted malt and light coffee notes. The Belgian yeast character doesnít appear until the second half and creates for a slightly smoky and astringent flavor (maybe even a little phenolic). Itís not fruity like you often get in most Belgian beers, so itís a little awkward. The orange flavor is subtle and shows up right as the beer finishes and lingers momentarily in the aftertaste. Perhaps a fresh bottle would be much more robust, so perhaps itís not fair to review an older bottle (not that this bottle was seriously harmed by a yearís worth of aging). As it warms, all the flavors grow stronger creating for an interesting palette of chocolate and Belgian yeast esters. In fact, this 2013 Fluxus is probably best describe not as good or bad, but ďinteresting.Ē Take that for what itís worth.

Drinkability: Itís weird drinking the 2013 Allagash Fluxus, since the yeast gives the body a slightly spastic level of carbonation and thus makes it much less smooth than it would normally be. The mouthfeel is thin, with a slight carbonation bite to it. Itís smooth once it calms down, and it leaves a fairly clean aftertaste with no cloying sweetness.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
DuffMan (7028) - the land of bitumen, beef & beer, Alberta, CANADA - OCT 3, 2014
Bottle, shared with Ferris and Parksy. Dark walnut brown pour with a very lively bubbly brown head. Hard roast, a bit of bitter chocolate and maybe some fruit acids. A solid porter, but Iím missing the orange character sadly.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Ferris (4992) - Burnaby, British Columbia, CANADA - SEP 28, 2014
Bottle - Dark malts and toast with some spice. Deep brown with a rich beige head. Dark malts, spices, orange peel, chocolate and a long roasty finish.

2.2
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
NeoHippie2 (1074) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - SEP 26, 2014
Dark brown/black pour with a light tan head. Aroma of roasted malts all the way. No citrus to speak of. Flavor is thin and watery with no orange character. I was pretty disappointed with this brew. Just not a lot going on and all the flavors I was expecting werenít there.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
two7offsuit (240) - Massachusetts, USA - SEP 18, 2014
Pours black with a tan head. Aromas of roasted malt and coffee. Flavor is similar with hints of dark chocolate.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Goodgrief (1811) - Middletown, Delaware, USA - AUG 12, 2014
On tap at 33 West in Dover. Dark pour, smallish head with minimal lacing. This was a pretty much straight up porter. I couldnít really distinguish much orange. Roasted flavors with mild cocoa. Otherwise, not especially noteworthy.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Bule (865) - California, USA - AUG 3, 2014
On tap at Beercraft. Pours a thick black color with a bit of beige head. Very viscous. Lots of chocolate and mild sweetness. Can't really taste the blood orange. A little bland.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
TURDFERGUSON (3969) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - JUL 22, 2014
tap at samís. dark brown with a steady, solid, off white head. Nose is roasted malts, light orange zest, coffee, light cocoa. Flavor is similar. Very nicely brewed porter from a brewer which almost always only brewed Belgian-style brews. Really enjoyed this beer.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
arminjewell (6419) - Lansing, Michigan, USA - JUL 21, 2014
Pour out of 750 ml bottle, dark brownish black pour with tan head, big thanks to Aaron for the pour! Aroma brought dark chocolate, roast, hints of coffee, some mild fruity notes, hints of Belgian yeast, touch of grass. Taste is a mix of dark cocoa, roast, hints of slight fruit, hints of Belgian yeast, anise, some dark fruit, slight grain, finishing fairly bitter, hints of roasted notes.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
adnielsen (9464) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - JUL 21, 2014
Bottle @ home. Thanks to Lukaduke for sending ! Pours a pretty clear brown appearance with a lasting brown head. The aroma is actually pretty roasty, a touch smoky, and has some coffee. Kind of nutty and chalky and husky. The orange citrus comes through in the flavor. Some influence from the Belgian yeast. Fairly dry and chalky. Fairly dry. Ehhh, ok.


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