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Descendant Dark Ale - Mystic Brewery

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BA SCORE
84
good

127 Ratings
THE BROS
82
good

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Ratings: 127
Reviews: 40
rAvg: 3.71
pDev: 11.32%
Wants: 8
Gots: 23 | FT: 4
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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4.5/5  rDev +21.3%

marchnlv, Dec 22, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

DrunkinYogi, Dec 21, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -5.7%

MRsojourner, Dec 08, 2013
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3/5  rDev -19.1%

UncleJimbo, Dec 03, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

SpasmWaiter, Nov 24, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

Janeinma, Nov 17, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

nineworldseries, Nov 06, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -5.7%

Chris00710, Oct 26, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

kwjd, Oct 04, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

trevorpost, Aug 10, 2013
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4/5  rDev +7.8%

bruindre, Jul 27, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

HattedClassic, Jul 07, 2013
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4/5  rDev +7.8%

klawburke, Jun 21, 2013
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4/5  rDev +7.8%

AnitaBrewski, Jun 21, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -5.7%

TobiasG, Jun 18, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +14.6%

BenjieK, Jun 16, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

dphillips, Jun 15, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -5.7%

doremite, Jun 13, 2013
Photo of tigg924
4/5  rDev +7.8%
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
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3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

Dank26, May 27, 2013
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3/5  rDev -19.1%

bostonryan, May 26, 2013
Photo of puboflyons
4.14/5  rDev +11.6%
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
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4.01/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

The beer pours a molasses color and sits in the glass as mahogany brown with a massive head of light khaki-colored bubbles of all shapes and sizes, which takes its time in dissipating. The head leaves a ringed lacing of fat soapy bubbles on the glass. In body, the beer appears too dark for light to penetrate it, though it did seem clean as the beer was being poured. That being said, the folks at Mystic are the wizards of yeast, and they don’t filter their beers, so I’m willing to bet there are a few floaties hanging out in this beer. On the nose, the beer smells initially like a metallic pear, but not in a bad way. As you shove your nose in this beer it opens up into soft cocoa scents with touches of earthy espresso and dark fruity notes. The smell is soft and subtle on the nose, much like an Irish dry stout is, but this smell is also deeply complex and interesting with yeast esters. On the tongue, the beer tastes sweet and then tart, and then slightly bitter with roast. In flavor it begins like a classic stout with dry roasty chocolate and coffee flavors and even a touch of coffee, but this is then blanketed as the taste moves forward and yeast esters plunge onto the tongue to suggest funky dark fruit flavors with a slightly metallic twinge. Pear and even slight peach flavors can also be tasted in the esters. The beer finishes closer to a dry stout with bitter roast, but with a nice tart dark fruit kick that adds complexity to the finish. The aftertaste is fairly soft and sweet with light fruit flavors and a faint reminder of dried roast malt with a touch of smoke. In the mouth the beer feels fluffy with medium carbonation and a slight pucker from the acid. In body the beer feels just about medium, and after the beer leaves the mouth is left slightly dry but puckering. Overall, this is a fantastically bizarre beer. It’s not an Irish dry stout at all, though it does show some qualities of a dry stout. It has amazing funky esters, and could quite well be the start of a new style. A New England Dark Ale! Or a Suffolk Dark Ale if we must call it that… Whatever it is, it is super drinkable and tasty, with amazing and flavorful yeast character. Try this beer! It is bizarre and tasty!

Maxwell, May 23, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

Mike, May 16, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -5.7%

Kelp, May 15, 2013
Descendant Dark Ale from Mystic Brewery
84 out of 100 based on 127 ratings.