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Descendant Dark Ale - Mystic Brewery

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Descendant Dark AleDescendant Dark Ale

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84
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117 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 117
Reviews: 40
rAvg: 3.72
pDev: 11.56%
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 jamie2dope:
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jamie2dope

Massachusetts

4.05/5  rDev +8.9%

I picked up a bottle of this today at Bermans in Lexington. Not really sure that this beer fits in to any specific style category, but lets give it a go, and see what happens. The color is quite dark, but just a shade or two away from being black. A nice pillow like white heading perks up right away. Some roast comes through in the beginning of the smell, along with some yeasty tones, chocolate, cola and brown bread. Lots of stone fruit comes through in the flavor initially, with the molasses ending things on a sweet, yet somewhat spiced note. There are some robust notes to it that are found in some dubbels that I am not crazy about, but the yeast they are using here is really alive and in your face. Mouthfeel is medium to heavy, with a good level of carbonation, and certainly plenty going on complexity wise. I must say that I was not as taken as some others were with their Saison, but this one really delivered for me. It is very reminiscent of Brooklyn Local 2 if you ask me. Either way, this one gets two big thumbs up from me. Cheers

10-23-2011 22:51:40 | More by jamie2dope
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Jason

Massachusetts

3.6/5  rDev -3.2%

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.

11-22-2011 03:01:13 | More by Jason
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tigg924

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev +7.5%

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.

05-28-2013 13:31:13 | More by tigg924
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standardcherry

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev +7.5%

06-02-2012 08:48:07 | More by standardcherry
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marchnlv

Massachusetts

4.5/5  rDev +21%

12-22-2013 17:10:26 | More by marchnlv
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jondeelee

Massachusetts

3.63/5  rDev -2.4%

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.

05-03-2012 18:08:39 | More by jondeelee
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Janeinma

Massachusetts

3.75/5  rDev +0.8%

11-17-2013 19:53:47 | More by Janeinma
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doremite

Massachusetts

3.5/5  rDev -5.9%

06-13-2013 20:43:11 | More by doremite
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b2hogan

Massachusetts

3.75/5  rDev +0.8%

01-28-2013 14:02:14 | More by b2hogan
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05Harley

New Hampshire

3.6/5  rDev -3.2%

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.

01-16-2012 22:32:05 | More by 05Harley
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Guess2814

Massachusetts

4.01/5  rDev +7.8%

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!!!

12-22-2013 21:59:53 | More by Guess2814
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dmachado

Massachusetts

3.5/5  rDev -5.9%

06-14-2014 13:23:46 | More by dmachado
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leschkie

California

3.5/5  rDev -5.9%

12-01-2011 04:46:21 | More by leschkie
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snowmaggedon

Massachusetts

4.25/5  rDev +14.2%

11-09-2012 23:20:12 | More by snowmaggedon
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Hopdaemon39

New York

4/5  rDev +7.5%

01-08-2012 03:30:15 | More by Hopdaemon39
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Flaherbear

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev +7.5%

07-30-2014 01:53:39 | More by Flaherbear
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OldIronLungs

Massachusetts

3.9/5  rDev +4.8%

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.

10-24-2011 23:47:12 | More by OldIronLungs
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timbre

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev +7.5%

01-13-2012 20:54:02 | More by timbre
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Shaymus

Massachusetts

3.58/5  rDev -3.8%

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!

10-28-2011 22:07:45 | More by Shaymus
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trevorpost

Massachusetts

3.75/5  rDev +0.8%

08-10-2013 11:42:34 | More by trevorpost
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puboflyons

New Hampshire

4.14/5  rDev +11.3%

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.

05-23-2013 22:22:55 | More by puboflyons
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Peter1977

Massachusetts

3/5  rDev -19.4%

01-11-2014 19:32:24 | More by Peter1977
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Rutager

British Columbia (Canada)

3.63/5  rDev -2.4%

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!

02-01-2013 03:27:11 | More by Rutager
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Devi0us

California

3/5  rDev -19.4%

01-12-2013 13:27:30 | More by Devi0us
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danmcg62

Massachusetts

3.75/5  rDev +0.8%

01-14-2013 02:07:04 | More by danmcg62
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Descendant Dark Ale from Mystic Brewery
84 out of 100 based on 117 ratings.