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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

123 Ratings
THE BROS
82
good

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Ratings: 123
Reviews: 40
rAvg: 3.72
pDev: 11.29%
Wants: 8
Gots: 21 | FT: 3
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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2/5  rDev -46.2%

mfgreene, Jun 08, 2012
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2.5/5  rDev -32.8%

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2.5/5  rDev -32.8%

rderedin, Mar 03, 2012
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2.75/5  rDev -26.1%

ygtbsm94, Jun 03, 2012
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3/5  rDev -19.4%

Peter1977, Jan 11, 2014
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3/5  rDev -19.4%

Devi0us, Jan 12, 2013
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3/5  rDev -19.4%

bostonryan, May 26, 2013
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3/5  rDev -19.4%

markeyri, Jun 18, 2012
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3/5  rDev -19.4%

jpd7374, Oct 19, 2014
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3/5  rDev -19.4%

UncleJimbo, Dec 03, 2013
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3/5  rDev -19.4%

shehateme, Jan 18, 2014
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3/5  rDev -19.4%

halfshell, Nov 15, 2011
Photo of mdfb79
3.03/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

From 12/29/12 notes. Bottle shared by jslot38; thanks Justin.

a - Pours a dark mahogany brown color with a reddish tint, one inch of light tan head and moderate carbonation evident.

s - Smells of dark fruits, spice, yeast, roasted malts, toasted malts, earthy notes, raisins, and plums. Nice nose full of malts and dark fruits.

t - Tastes of dark fruits, raisins, plums, figs, Belgian style yeast, spices, roasted malts, earthy notes, burnt malts, and sugar. Something seems a little off or weird; reminds me slight of the smell of wet dog. Not the biggest fan of the taste.

m - Medium body and moderate carbonation. Smooth and pretty easy to drink; no heat.

o - Overall an interesting beer and hybrid of styles, though I wasn't a huge fan of it. The nose was nice, but I didn't like the taste. Considering I like some of their other saisons, I'd rather grab those off the shelf than revisit this one.

mdfb79, Jan 04, 2013
Photo of VelvetExtract
3.15/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A-Is the cork kidding me? One moderate push via my thumb easily sends the cork flying to the ceiling with a frightening pop explosion. Blew the cork-guard clean off. Anyways… Pours like cola. Color is brown but with transparent edges. Big tan head. Head is bubbly but dies away quickly and leaves a slight bubbly layer atop the liquid.

S-The nose is strange. This beer smells like an intense combination of chocolate and ashy bonfire. Very burnt nose. The alcohol is far too intense. It actually stings the nostrils. I am beginning to wonder if something is wrong here. I have heard that some of Mystic’s first batch of Saison had a super-boozy nose and flavor. I had two of the first batch of Saison and had no problem; but I have heard others who have.

T-The flavor does not display the super-boozy quality like the nose. This beer tastes like a Rauchbier almost. Smoky and a bit salty. Chocolate and a tiny hint of coffee too. Slight hop bitterness on the back end. Molasses is there too. Definitely different. Doesn't really appeal to me.

M-Much lighter than the look would lead me to believe. Moderate to high carbonation. Feels almost watery at some points.

O/D-I love their Saison. I think it may be my favorite Saison. But this one does not impress me at all. The nose is off putting. The flavor is strange. The feel doesn’t match the style well. Just not very good. At $8.50 a bottle, I will finish it. However, I wish I had waited for someone to tell me about this before I tossed out nearly $10 for this one.

VelvetExtract, Oct 23, 2011
Photo of Anker13
3.16/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

1/26/13- Mystic Brewery| Descendant | Suffolk Dark Ale 750mL 7%ABV

Appearance- in a chalice glass, off white cream colored lacy head that persists for about 1-2 minutes, deep deep mahogany brown, very opaque, little light getting through, slight haze

Aroma- malty upfront, roasted and toasty, bittersweet chocolate with a hint of coffee, yeasty and earthy, mocha, slight dark fruitiness… raisin? Plum? Molasses. Reminds me of a dunkel.

Mouthfeel- Interesting mouthfeel. Not really astringent, but not coating. Juicy is a good way to put it. Very light CO2, really lets the flavor take the lead. Slight puckering?

Taste- Almost like Raisinets (candy), the chocholate and mocha smells really take a backseat to the fruity profile of the beer. The alcohol is definitely a component- any more and this beer would be ruined. Definite molasses, slight cherry, also has winey characteristics

Residual- Weird aftertaste, lingers like a wine. Semi-sweet aftertaste

Overall- An acceptable beer. It’s not bad, probably wouldn’t get it again, but I’m not disappointed at all. Still a tasty beer, different from a lot of beers out there. There’s a lot going on and the flavors continue to get stronger as it warms

Anker13, Jan 28, 2013
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3.18/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

A: A dark brown pour with a ridiculously huge fluffy light brown head. Retention and lacing both seem to be nice.

S: Roasted malt and chocolate mainly. Spicy too and with a little bit of alcohol burn. Smells pretty similar to a lighter stout or a porter really. Not your typical belgian dark.

T: Pretty watery right off the bat, surprisingly. Roasted malt and chocolate here but fairly subdued due to the thinness. Tastes not too far off from a guinness, though perhaps even more thin, despite the much higher ABV. Little bit of spice.

M: Super thin and watery, really detracts from the beer unfortunately.

O: A very interesting idea but the execution fell flat unfortunately. It tastes like a really thin porter basically. Some mild belgian influence but nothing really stands out. The watery aspect really lowered the scores too. Unfortunately the taste and mouthfeel just do not match up with the looks and aroma.

Dope, Oct 30, 2011
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3.25/5  rDev -12.6%

ssoulf, Jan 17, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -12.6%

jayhunter357, Jan 11, 2014
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3.4/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer pours a dark black body with an off-white head.

Taste is surprisingly thick and full bodied with a very slick, almost oily mouthfeel. Taste is interesting. Ripe dark fruits, raisins, dates but with an old coffee and oddly fruity funk espresso flavor. On top of that there's a rather large coffee bean type bitterness and a very earthy fungal sort of taste. Not in a bad way at all, more like a very natural earth flavor. Very dirt and grass sort of flavor. Actually you know what it is, it's more of a licorice flavor. Definitely a beer that gets much better as it warms

Interesting beer, it's sort of middle ground between english stout and belgian dubbel. A nice and different beer from a MA brewery.

taez555, Jan 06, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -5.9%

doremite, Jun 13, 2013
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dmachado, Jun 14, 2014
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leschkie, Dec 01, 2011
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Descendant Dark Ale from Mystic Brewery
84 out of 100 based on 123 ratings.