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Descendant Dark Ale - Mystic Brewery

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Descendant Dark AleDescendant Dark Ale

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BA SCORE
84
good

119 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 119
Reviews: 40
rAvg: 3.72
pDev: 11.29%
Wants: 8
Gots: 20 | FT: 2
Brewed by:
Mystic Brewery visit their website
Massachusetts, United States

Style | ABV
English Stout |  7.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
Mystic Descendant is a strong dry stout made with molasses and Saison yeast for rustic, tavern ale character.

It is meant to be served at warmer/ cellar temperatures as were similar tavern ales in the era before refrigeration.

(Beer added by: BostonBrewins on 10-22-2011)
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Reviews by AndyAvalanche:
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3.78/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Approx 16 oz. Poured from the cask (@ the Union Brewhouse) into a srandard pint glass. Sort of cola brown in color, you can see light brown highlights on the edges. Looks like a little setiment floating around, but eventually falls to the bottom. Off white colored head about 1/2 finger thick doesn't last every long, slightest of slight lacing.

Smell is pretty good. Pretty earthy, slight roasty to a weak, almost charred smell. Very bready, the yeast is a very dominant feature in the smell, almost Belgian-like.

Tast has a lot of similarities as the smell. A certain bitterness throughout but isn't too overwhelming. Roasty with some slight bitter (cooking) chocolate tones. Much like the smell, its very bready and grainy. Slight herbal and earthy hop flavor with a hint of alcohol. Funny the combination almost gives it a slight soy sauce flavor; very interesting.

Mouthfeel is perfect. Full flavor but very soft, gentle feel. Not too carbonated, but it gets a mulligan since its cask. Unbelievably smooth the whole way through with a. Perfect butter bute at the end. Overall a real quality beer. I'm very happy to have tried it on cask.

AndyAvalanche, Mar 09, 2012
More User Reviews:
Photo of Jason
3.6/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

750ml brown corked and caged bottle. Batch #1

LOOK: Not short of head, towering over the top of the glass. Shade or two from opaque ... full on black.

SMELL: Carob, chicory, nougat, faint yeast, toasted dark bread, ripe plums, green peppercorn, herbal, charcoal.

TASTE: Medium body, smooth, over-toasted bread, unsweetened chocolate, muted blueberries, burnt raisins, kiss of fig sugar, mild char, yeast, mellow herbal hop, estery, dry finish.

This beer is starting to grow on my, love the tri-hybrid style going on here. Stout & porter with a Belgian flare. A lot of flavor to take in here, a clear sipper as it ends up being super complex. I definitely will be revisiting this beer / future batches.

Jason, Nov 22, 2011
Photo of tigg924
4/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: black in color, 1 inch head, low carbonation, opaque

Smell: dark fruit, pumpernickel bread, chocolate and light char

Taste: dark fruit, pumpernickel bread, chocolate and light char

Mouthfeel: medium-high carbonation, medium body, sweet with slight char bitterness

Overall: Tastes like a dubbel mixed with an Irish stout. Very interesting and complex combination of flavors. A nice and complex brew that I will pick up again.

tigg924, May 28, 2013
Photo of standardcherry
4/5  rDev +7.5%

standardcherry, Jun 02, 2012
Photo of marchnlv
4.5/5  rDev +21%

marchnlv, Dec 22, 2013
Photo of jondeelee
3.63/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Descendant Dark Ale opens with a spicy, peppery, malty nose. The aromas here bear witness to the “dark” part of the beer’s name, focusing heavily on chocolate, whole wheat toast crust, molasses and brown sugar, fig, anise, and dark caramels. Smatterings of peppery spice punctuate the nose, joined by kola nut. There’s also a lighter layer here, though, with candi sugar-like notes and touches of vanilla, lending the beer a sweet-shop like undertone, which provides strange, but lovely interplay with the darker tones. Hops are present in just enough quantity to add a grapefruit and light pine edge to the aromas. As a whole, the nose is quite interesting, being varied and nuanced, and is very inviting. My only qualm is that the nose is lighter than expected, likely a side effect of the lower 7% ABV, and I wanted a greater sugary malt presence.

On the tongue, the beer opens with dark ashy notes, bringing coffee and tobacco, but these are quickly joined by an excellent series of fruity esters, bringing fig, orange, apricot, berry, and touches of banana. Hops add a smidgen of citrusy grapefruit and lemon. The sugars die off after a little while, and the ashy notes rise again, with black malt and tobacco present in good quantity. The aftertaste is almost entirely ashy notes, and fades with moderate quickness. Mouthfeel is medium-light to medium, and carbonation is very high, almost champagne-like, and burns the tongue and soft palate.

Overall, there are excellent flavors in this brew, and the combination of ash and lovely fruit esters was delightful. However, the flavors ultimately come across as quite light and airy in presence, fading quickly and never quite reaching a decent strength even at their zenith, giving the brew a watery feel. And the high levels of carbonation add a strange mouthfeel, and quickly fill the stomach with air. Tone down the bubbly and boost the amount of ingredients by a few notches—say, make it 10% ABV—and this will be great beer.

jondeelee, May 03, 2012
Photo of Janeinma
3.75/5  rDev +0.8%

Janeinma, Nov 17, 2013
Photo of doremite
3.5/5  rDev -5.9%

doremite, Jun 13, 2013
Photo of b2hogan
3.75/5  rDev +0.8%

b2hogan, Jan 28, 2013
Photo of 05Harley
3.6/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottled on 10/4/11
Batch# 001

Purchased @ Julio's Liquors, Westborough Ma

Price -$9.99/bomber

A dry Irish stout meets an English porter and is then fermented with a saison yeast with a touch of the ubiquitous ingredient from the area's past: molasses.

ok, based on my experience this example should be labeled more as a saison than a stout or porter, but I'll play..

Pour this one to the side like a saison because it foams quickly (through out the whole experience) revealing a long lasting soapy light tan head and a deep brown color. Thick heavy lacing adorns the glassware, Wow the Belgian yeast is more than evident.

The aroma is unmistakeable with spicey saison yeast, brown sugar, clove, pepper and molasses. Somewhat soft like a summer breeze.

The flavor is light and a little misleading. The nearly complete absence of funk, noticeable malt sweetness, molasses and nutty finish leads one down the path of something other than a saison.

The mouthfeel is not surprisingly light for a saison style. Thin and somewhat dry with a ton of carbonation this beer is refreshing.

Overall I really dig this as a unique style and look forward to more throughout the New England seasons. I'm not sure it's listed correctly, so therefore I need to experience this in all three seasons. Me thinks it will work well in spring and fall.

05Harley, Jan 16, 2012
Photo of Guess2814
4.01/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I think this beer is certainly a good beer. Every time I go to the Mystic Brewery this beer is always brewed the best. It has a nice dark look to it with a bit of a chocolate taste to it. A stout that is just right as far as alcohol percentage. Must try if you like Stout beer. CHEERS!!!

Guess2814, Dec 22, 2013
Photo of dmachado
3.5/5  rDev -5.9%

dmachado, Jun 14, 2014
Photo of leschkie
3.5/5  rDev -5.9%

leschkie, Dec 01, 2011
Photo of snowmaggedon
4.25/5  rDev +14.2%

snowmaggedon, Nov 09, 2012
Photo of Hopdaemon39
4/5  rDev +7.5%

Hopdaemon39, Jan 08, 2012
Photo of Flaherbear
4/5  rDev +7.5%

Flaherbear, Jul 30, 2014
Photo of OldIronLungs
3.9/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Popped the cork and poured into my Portsmouth tulip exactly like Coke - dark mahogany with fluffy sticky tan head that slowly settles to a lumpy film.

The nose is lightly grainy, some Belgian yeast notes with a little roast/dark chocolate.

A sip is thinner and lightly carbonated. I get the dry stout vibe from the subtle roast and a nice molasses sweetness and spiciness that blends with the Belgian yeast.

This is a unique brew. It's a bit like a Belgian strong dark ale without the strong...and less of the Belgian. It's certainly got easy drinking porter qualities. I get what they were going for and I respect the endeavor.

OldIronLungs, Oct 25, 2011
Photo of timbre
4/5  rDev +7.5%

timbre, Jan 13, 2012
Photo of Shaymus
3.58/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A. Pours very dark with strong pillowy head that fades to a thin covering while consuming!!

S. A sweet almost tart molasses aroma. The belgian yeast comes in with a bit of an alcohol finish.

T. The flavor is roasty with molasses and again that tartnes/tang. kind of stoutish with the exception of the yeast.

M. Actually felt this was a big plus. It is light but, the carbonation is strong and sticks around.

O. I liked it, not as nice as the Saison but, the yeasty tartness & roasty flavor coupled with the mouthfeel "carbonation" make it nicely enjoyable!

Shaymus, Oct 28, 2011
Photo of trevorpost
3.75/5  rDev +0.8%

trevorpost, Aug 10, 2013
Photo of puboflyons
4.14/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

From the caged, corked 750 ml. bottle marked Batch #006. Sampled on May 23, 2013.

It pours a very dark chocolate brown but looks darker once it is in the glass. Very heady with a puffy, fluffy tan colored head that lingers.

The aroma is full of coffee and dark fruit like cherry. Playing second fiddle are the chocolate and yeast esters.

The body was the weakest part of this one coming in at about medium with an astringency the made my tongue slick.

The taste also brought out the dark coffee notes and dark malts withe dark fruit more in the background. There is a mild hop bitterness that leads to a dry finish. I found it to be quite good.

puboflyons, May 23, 2013
Photo of Peter1977
3/5  rDev -19.4%

Peter1977, Jan 11, 2014
Photo of Rutager
3.63/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Thank you, Franklinn!!

Appearance. Pours a very deep dark brown with only a little reddish light coming through at the edges, topped with a massive, 3+ fingers of tan head.

Smell. Molasses, dark grainy malts and some dark fruits with just a little bit of herby spices.

Taste. Dark grainy malts again, some fruity yeast, some dark chocolate, maybe a little dark fruit. Fairly dry and a little bit of booze.

Mouthfeel. Medium+ body with strong, but smooth and soft carbonation.

Overall. Interesting beer that seems to border on a belgian strong ale. Glad to have tried it, thanks again Franklinn!

Rutager, Feb 01, 2013
Photo of Devi0us
3/5  rDev -19.4%

Devi0us, Jan 12, 2013
Photo of danmcg62
3.75/5  rDev +0.8%

danmcg62, Jan 14, 2013
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Descendant Dark Ale from Mystic Brewery
84 out of 100 based on 119 ratings.