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Bourbon-Barrel Aged Descendant Suffolk Dark Ale - Mystic Brewery

Bourbon-Barrel Aged Descendant Suffolk Dark AleBourbon-Barrel Aged Descendant Suffolk Dark Ale

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BA SCORE
86
very good

50 Ratings
THE BROS
86
very good

(view ratings)
Ratings: 50
Reviews: 18
rAvg: 3.83
pDev: 8.88%


Brewed by:
Mystic Brewery visit their website
Massachusetts, United States

Style | ABV
English Stout |  7.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
For this special release, Gordon's Fine Wine and Liquors shared a single premium bourbon barrel with Mystic Brewery in which to age our Suffolk Dark Ale, Descendant. Descendant is a unique strong version of an Irish dry stout that is made with molasses and then fermented in a rustic tavern ale style. The bourbon characteristic from the barrel aging perfectly complements the beer's dark malts and molasses. We hope you enjoy this preview of good things to come.

Kappy's Liquors has supplied us with a Bourbon barrel for release #2 of this beer, and it is only available at Kappy's. (as of 2/25/12).

(Beer added by: jedwards on 12-11-2011)
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Reviews by the Alström Bros:
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Jason

Massachusetts

3.8/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml brown bottle with a batch # on it.

LOOK: Dark brown with burnt amber highlights, thick sudsy mess on top that puts on a great display.

SMELL: Barrel juice, char, wood, yeast, toastet bread, fallen apples, mild carob, currants, chicory

TASTE: Creamy, smooth, slightly slick, boozy, brown bread, pulling wood, barrel char, vanilla, burnt sugar, toasted bread, coffee grounds, unsweetened chocolate, dry woody boozy finish

Bourbon steals the show, yeah the Descendant is the foundation and all but the barrel aging seems to be more of a replacement rather than an addition. So some flavors are a bit muted bit new ones are introduced. Not a bad thing.

Serving type: bottle

03-21-2012 03:40:55 | More by Jason
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Massbmx

Massachusetts

3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

11-19-2013 23:48:05 | More by Massbmx
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Massachusetts

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UCLABrewN84

California

3.49/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to AndrewK for sharing this one at Wowcoolman's tasting.

Batch 003.

Pours an almost opaque super dark crimson-brown with a foamy khaki head that settles to a partial film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace slowly drip into the remaining beer on the drink down. Smell is of malt, dark fruit, earth, char, and bourbon aromas. Taste is much the same with fruit and wood flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of woody bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer with some solid aromas and flavors but nothing really stands out about this beer.

Serving type: bottle

08-19-2013 21:27:04 | More by UCLABrewN84
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inlimbo77

Delaware

3.64/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

750ml, 2012 Batch 003
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A: Pours a dark reddish hued brown color. Almost cola like appearance in glass. Lots of carbonation. Huge pop on bottle. Two full fingers tight bubbled fluffy light tan head. Active carbonation streaming up.

S: Light toffee light notes. Almost nuttiness. Some side vanilla. More brown ale over a stout.

T: There are some good flavors here but it's almost over carbonated. Prickly. Up front you get almost brown ale like malt sweetness meshing with the vanilla from the barrel. Finish is fairly dry with some tannic notes towards the end.

M: It's on the fuller side of medium. Or full with high carbonation.

Serving type: bottle

07-22-2013 13:54:06 | More by inlimbo77
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Hawaii

4/5  rDev +4.4%

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Massachusetts

3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

06-13-2013 20:42:58 | More by doremite
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Massachusetts

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New Hampshire

3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

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Massachusetts

4/5  rDev +4.4%

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Massachusetts

4.5/5  rDev +17.5%

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Massachusetts

3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

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3.25/5  rDev -15.1%

01-12-2013 13:28:12 | More by Devi0us
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4/5  rDev +4.4%

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Massachusetts

3.25/5  rDev -15.1%

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4/5  rDev +4.4%

10-15-2012 03:32:08 | More by bluesplit63
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rab53

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3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

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spinrsx

Ontario (Canada)

3.7/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

750ml Bottle - thanks to lubiere for this

Appearance - Reddish/brown colour with with an average size fizzy beige head. I can't make out the amount of carbonation showing and there is some fair lacing. The head lasted for 3-4 minutes before it was gone.

Smell - Malts, chocolate, grains, vanilla, bourbon

Taste & Mouth - There is a below average amount of carbonation and I can taste malts, chocolate, and some roasted/toasted nuts. There is also a bit of a smokiness and some bourbon and vanilla. It ends with a malty slightly dry finish.

Overall - I didn't enjoy this one as much as the Cabernet version. It was missing the dark fruit notes. I also couldn't pick up on the wood/bourbon as much I thought I would have.

Serving type: bottle

09-24-2012 17:42:19 | More by spinrsx
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Phyl21ca

Quebec (Canada)

3.5/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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Bourbon-Barrel Aged Descendant Suffolk Dark Ale from Mystic Brewery
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