RobertDale (6470) - Lansing, Kansas, USA - MAR 27, 2016 ThisWangsChung (836) - Leonardtown, Maryland, USA - MAR 2, 2014
2.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 7/20
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 there’s some nice lacing left on the glass.
S: There’s some chocolate along with a hint of coffee. Buried beneath that is some cream, oats, and some distant blood orange. There isn’t a whole lot of Belgian yeast
T: While it starts pleasantly with some roasted and coffee notes, with a palpable midtaste of blood oranges, it’s finish kills it - there’s 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: it’s dry to the point of parchment, light enough, and fairly well carbonated. If it weren’t 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 I’ve had from Allagash.
At a bottle share. Pours almost black with a small tan head. Aroma of malt, chocolate, and coffee. Taste is roasted malt, coffee, chocolate, and fruit. Interesting. Was an older bottle. fluffy (2472) - St Petersburg, Florida, USA - JUN 15, 2015
Eh, in 2015 this one really isn't that interesting. Orange comes through mostly as just bitterness.
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone yngwie (17049) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - JUN 12, 2015
Bottle, 75cl, at Novare Res, Portland, Maine. A more or less black one, topped by a finger thick dark beige head. It’s lightly roasted on the nose, with a faint malty-sour touch. Dark dried fruits, raisins mostly, some dark chocolate and coffee, but not much. It’s full bodied, quite dry and soft on the palate. The flavor is pretty much the same, but with more focus on the chocolate. Lasting chocolate finish with a funky touch, prunes and coffee notes. Lovely this one too. 150609 Meilby (11495) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - JUN 10, 2015
Bottle 750ml @ Novare Res Bier Café, Portland, MEROGUE (2215) - Lewes, Delaware, USA - JAN 27, 2015
Pours black with a tan head. Aroma has notes of roasted malt, chocolate, cocoa and caramel, Taste is medium sweet and light bitter with a long chocolate and cocoa finish. Body is medium, texture is oily, carbonation is soft.
750ml bottle and on tap. Pours a deep dark brown color, with a large light brown head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace. The aroma contains strong coffee along with roasted malts, maple, fruit and a faint touch of hops. The taste starts out with a rich black coffee flavor followed by a very hearty roasted malt character. There are dark fruit and blood orange flavors in the background. Good carbonation, medium body. Fruity, dry, and roasty in the finish.
closey22 (1945) - Mt. Laurel, New Jersey, USA - JAN 15, 2015
Dark brown some
Ruby hilites little rimming
Tan head; aroma is slightly funky and chocolatey; Flava is rich roasty
Chocolate; feels medium silky; finishes roasty dry slightly tangy
ChadPolenz (1816) - Lakeland, Florida, USA - NOV 14, 2014
I’ve never been a fan of using Belgian yeast to ferment porters and stouts. But if there’s any brewery than can do it right, it’s 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 it’s not especially amazing.
DuffMan (10421) - the land of bitumen, beef & beer, Alberta, CANADA - OCT 3, 2014
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 doesn’t 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 doesn’t appear until the second half and creates for a slightly smoky and astringent flavor (maybe even a little phenolic). It’s not fruity like you often get in most Belgian beers, so it’s 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 it’s not fair to review an older bottle (not that this bottle was seriously harmed by a year’s 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 “interesting.” Take that for what it’s worth.
Drinkability: It’s 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. It’s smooth once it calms down, and it leaves a fairly clean aftertaste with no cloying sweetness.
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 I’m missing the orange character sadly. Ferris (15240) - 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. 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 weren’t there.