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American Imperial Stout
4.14 | pDev: 8.21%
Mystic Brewery
Massachusetts, United States
Retired (no longer brewed)
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Notes: Formerly Ye Wicked Pilgrim
Reviews: 34 | Ratings: 91 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
Photo of Sammy
3.99/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

very good roasted coffee and chocolate. old school is. but something irritated my throat on every sip. oxidized from 2016? mold. blame it on the night.

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Sammy from Ontario (Canada), Jul 24, 2019
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4.24/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottle pour to tulip, very dark brown, slight tan head with some retention. Nose brings molasses, dried cherry. Taste of roasted coffee, chocolate, decent bitter to balance malt sweetness.

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4.17/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Mystic Brewery "Spectral Evidence"
375 ml brown glass bottle, corked & caged. "2016"
$10.99 @ Knightly Spirits O.B.T., Orlando, FL

Notes via stream of consciousness: It's poured a typical Imperial stout appearance and the head retention seems to be pretty good. I've been waiting for the head to drop, and it took some time, but now it's down to an eight of an inch of creamy tan foam. The aroma is softly chocolatey, nutty, brown sugar & molasses-like, and oddly a little bacon-like. I don't know if I'm imagining that or not, or if that's a little bit of smokiness from the roastiness, or if someone's cooking bacon nearby. OK, whatever, I'll come back to it, on to the flavor... no bacon there! It's rich with caramel, brown sugar, molasses, fruit (some orange, some apple), nuts, milk chocolate, and a soft roastiness. Ahh, there's a little bit of a leafy, woody note to it as well, and some alcoholic heat comes through but it's not brash. It's not too sweet, and it's got a solid bitterness running through it. It finishes dry with passing notes of caramel, nuts, leafy hops, and earthiness, and honey and alcohol. So, at this point I'm not smelling the bacon, or the smokiness and sugar that I originally thought was bacon. That's good I think, but I'm still not sure that I'm not going crazy. In the mouth it's medium bodied with a dextrinous side, and fairly crisp but with a fine-bubbled, natural carbonation. This is a pretty intense beer. I wonder what it would have been like 2 years ago. Looking back, the head retention was pretty good but the lacking was quite limited. I know that can be common with strong beers though so I don't think that hurts its score too much.
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NeroFiddled from Pennsylvania, Dec 22, 2018
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4.04/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours a very dark brown with a tight tan head that hangs in for a long time and stick nicely to the glass. My bottle was about a year old.

The smell seems very sweet - molasses/brown bread, dark fruit, milk chocolate, coffee, and a toast-like smell.

Yup - it's sweet, but not to the syrupy sweet stage. Molasses, dates/figs, brown bread. Chocolate and coffee combine to give it a milky coffee characteristic. It gets quite bold as it warms up, and the taste reminds me of Mystic's Day of Doom which is a quad.

The feel is on the heavier side, yet it isn't to the point of being "chewy". The sweetness is always in the background, but there is enough bitter to counterbalance the effect. No doubt - this is a big boy beer, but aside from a little warmth the alcohol is not intrusive. I think sitting for a year probably helped calm this beer down - I can see where it could be pretty "spikey" and unsmooth otherwise. A little chalky char on the end.

Overall - sneaks up on you and hits like a freight train. A very decent stout with ample flavor and texture, yet highly drinkable. I found I was reminding myself that this is a sipper.

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LeRose from Massachusetts, Jul 19, 2018
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4.45/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Decanted into a flute at Menton in Boston, Massachusetts.
A: Pours an opaque brown to black with one inch, tan to brown head, excellent retention, and modest lacing
S: Aromas of molasses (malt), milk chocolate, and cafe au lait.
T: Sweet. Palate follows nose closely. Bitterness in excellent balance without offsetting sweetness entirely.
M: Medium to full bodied with solid, persistent carbonation.
O: Delicious, but hits you like a ton of bricks. Really a treat. Had it as an aperitif.

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VoxRationis from New York, Oct 23, 2017
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4.25/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a snifter, the appearance was a nice looking dark black color with a finger's worth of white foamy head that slid off at a mild pace. Some lace ran here and there.
The aroma had some char/ash impounding some rugged roasty dark cocoa powder and coffee bean qualities with a little bit of toast and a mild dark fruity behavior underneath.
The flavor was somewhat roasty with a bold robust sweet stickiness strolling about. Aftertaste wants to show some ruggedness as it isn't as smooth as I would have hoped it could be. Some char seemed to dryly cling in this sub-department.
The mouthfeel was about medium bodied, somewhat of a sipper due to the dry clingy ruggedness to it. Carbonation felt on par. ABV felt appropriate. Nice amount of char in the finish, somewhat dry but with a nice sense of mobility over my tongue.
Overall, very nice imperial stout by Mystic, well worthy of having again.

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3.93/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4

Pours a dark cola brown color with a finger of khaki head. The head hangs around for a bit before settling into a creamy film. Leaves a nice crown of lace as it dissipates.

The aroma is very roasted and nutty, with plenty of dark fruit notes. The back end is a bit boozy with a slight hint of caramel.

The taste follows the nose to a T. Dark fruits up front; raisins, plums, and fig, followed by some roasted pecans and almonds. Then comes some subtle chocolate notes before a wave of caramel.

The feel is full-bodied with lower carbonation. The alcohol is very much present, and the finish is dry and sticky.

Overall, a very good imperial stout. It's a bit hot, and the mouthfeel is definitely lacking, but the flavors and aromas are on point. Definitely need to sit on this one for a while.

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ScaryEd from New Hampshire, Aug 15, 2017
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4.06/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

In my teku glass the beer is a very dark brown, almost black, color. There is a halo of light tan head.
A pronounced dark fruit aroma, along with roasted malt.
Raisins, plums, and chocolate in the taste. On the sweet side. Some alcohol warmth.
Bigger bodied.
This is a decent imperial stout. I would put it in the middle of stouts I have tried.

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lordofthewiens from New Mexico, May 21, 2017
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4.24/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pours a deep black with a finger of dense brown head that lingers a bit. Aroma is dark fruits, raisins, some cocoa, some sweetness, and a whiff of alcohol. Taste is moderately sweet throughout and has lots of Dark caramel malts and some cocoa in the finish. The alcohol is very well hidden. Full body with low-moderate carbonation and a slightly syrupy note. Overall I found this to be greater than the sum of its parts. It's been awhile since I enjoyed an Imperial stout and this one hit all the right notes.

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mnj21655 from Massachusetts, May 05, 2017
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4.29/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

The beer pours out a clear brown, not too dark for a stout. It sits in the glass a dark brown. It has a soapy, light khaki brown head. The nose is forward with dried dark fruit, with some chocolate and dark caramel-y malts sitting on the back end. The Belgian influence is clearly showcased in a beautiful manner. There's something else about the smell that I can't put my finger on, but it's certainly different. It's not earthy, but maybe leather and tobacco? The taste is heavier on the malts and chocolate, but the dried dark fruit is still very prominent - there's a ton of figs and dates in this one. Surprisingly smooth for the high ABV - theres a bit of alcoholic heat and sweetness on the finish, but no burn or harshness whatsoever. The feel is on point with this beer. It's creamy smooth and thick, but not too thick to the point that it's sludgy. At the same time, it's a very clean feel and avoids the stickiness that many other heavier stouts tend to have.
Overall, it's a well constructed stout. It's certainly different, but well worth trying at least once. I'd love to age a few bottles and try them at different points to see how it develops.

9/16/18 addendum: I was thinking about this beer the other day. It truly is amazing, and I wish I had more of it. It doesn't quite fit the current market trend, which falls in line with thicker stouts with heavy residual sugars and adjuncts. However, going into this brew after throwing away all preconceived notions of the style and what you want it to be is key. Mystic has pulled off incredible complexity and execution of this style while injecting their own brewery personality into it.

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yoshie from Massachusetts, Feb 05, 2017
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4.15/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bought a bottle at the Beer Shop in East Longmeadow, MA. The beer had a black appearance with a thick head and not much lacing. The aromas had thick chocolate flavors that were very enticing. The taste included mostly bitter dark chocolate flavors that were aided by a very creamy mouthfeel. Overall, fantastic aromas and taste.

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fitzy84 from Massachusetts, Jan 01, 2017
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3.92/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

I bought this a few months ago for my bottle share, then the bottle share ceased. So its been sitting in my cellar for months. I tried it tonight for the first time.

On a side note, I visited the Brewery in Boston for the first time the other day.

It's 12%/ It smells big and drinks big- at least in mouthfeel- but it somehow doesn't drink like a big beer. Its not boozy at all. Its very smooth. Its malty. I taste no hops. If Mystic worked on this brew to make it like Mexican Cake or Biscotti break, It could be a 5 star brew. As is, Its super smooth and unexpected to be so good. Its nice to drink. Ultimately, it lacks mojo. Its great, but isn't memorable.

ˆ'd suggest mystic keep this as a base brew and add to it. you might have a future winner on your hand sif you brew this with the right set of ingredients.

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TheRossness from Connecticut, Nov 23, 2016
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4.11/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

From the corked caged 375 ml bottle with no batch number listed. Sampled on October 30, 2016.

Dark brown to jet black pour with modest mocha or tan head. A little carbonation.

Big aroma of dark malts, raisins, tobacco, dark fruit, and alcohol.

Creamy, smooth body in the full range.

The taste has a warming effect around those roasted dark malts, dark fruits, and boozy character, Low to no hop profile. But just too much booze. I would like to age one of these for a few years.

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puboflyons from New Hampshire, Oct 30, 2016
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4.03/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Dark black with no head whatsoever (decanted as recommended).

Aroma: Strong smell of molasses (wow), roasted malt, smoke, campfire.

Taste: strong roasted flavors, sweetness and slight sour/fruitiness I can't put my finger on. Dark berries/chocolate. Slight sweet chocolate note in there. To me this is unique, or at least I've never had a stout like this before. The alcohol is noticeable but not overpowering. Not boozy. I like a lot of things about the beer, and although the taste is interesting.. its not something I could drink a lot of.

Feel: light carbonation, medium body, silky, slick, oily

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kalosjakar from Rhode Island, Oct 27, 2016
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4.47/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

poured from 500ml bottle into a speiglau stout glass.

Look is pitch black with a dark coffee tan head.

Aroma is roasted chocolate and coffee with an underlying malt sweetness. Little alcohol burning on the nose.

First taste is alcohol but then it opens up into a roast BOMB. Finishes so nice for a 12%.

This one really finishes on the taste, thats what it has going for it.

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Photo of kojevergas
3.14/5  rDev -24.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

BOTTLE: 375ml. Brown glass. Black unbranded hood-and-wire cage over a branded cork. Rustic old-timey label design.

12% ABV. 64 IBUs. O.G. 24 Plato. "Imperial stout." "Brewed with Massachusetts malted wheat and native Massachusetts yeast." Hopped with hercules hops.

HEAD: Gorgeous creamy tan colour head. Soft-looking with an even luscious consistency and a nice complexion. Lacks the shining rich dessert-like gleam of the best brews in the style, but it's thick, coating, and appealing. Retention is nice - ~10+ minutes (pretty impressive for a 12% ABV beer).

BODY: True to style, it's an opaque black. No yeast is visible within (though the label does note that this contains yeast since it's bottle refermented).

Appears well-carbonated. It's a lovely look for an imperial stout, though it isn't unique or special if we're nitpicking.

AROMA: A bit earthy in terms of yeast presence, which sets off the lively aroma. Notes of chocolate/chocolate malt, dark malt sweetness, cream, faint dark fruit (mainly plum), slightly burnt sugars, nougat, and baker's chocolate.

I don't pick up on any roasted barley presence or coffee, but the sweetness is nicely checked by the subtle burnt bitterness and imperceptible yet contributory hops.

Aromatic intensity is average. Suggests a pleasant imperial stout with a dangerously well-hidden ABV and a dark fruit bend.

TASTE & TEXTURE: Rich and dessert like with a creamy soft texture, medium to full body, smooth & wet presence on the palate, and chocolatey malt base. Dark malt sweetness runs throughout, but is joined by a moderately strong fruity note of plum (probably from the yeast?). A bit of caramel is in there as well as a blip of burnt sugar, but apart from that that's really all there is to the build. Lacks any roasted barley presence, coffee, actual chocolate/cacao nibs, et al.

Average depth, duration, and intensity of flavour. Well-carbonated - surprisingly so. It could go for more subtlety and intricacy of build especially given the style (which tends to push complexity and depth of flavour to the limit in its best expressions), but it's nice enough as-is and there's a nice harmony of texture and taste even if the former fails to really accentuate any notes from the latter.

Some may find it too sweet; for a 375ml format imperial stout I think it's fine (though I wouldn't want to drink a second). It doesn't suffer from the Hershey's taste or syrupy feel that many imperial stouts do, and the dark fruit presence is interesting; it's got a livelier earthier yeasty flavour than most American imperial stouts.

OVERALL: This off-the-beaten-path imperial stout succeeds in delivering in terms of dark fruit, but fails to really nail the complexity this style is known for. With superior imperial stouts sitting on shelves across the country, I can't see this putting up much of a fight market-wise, but the bottle refermentation really seems to have resulted in a great level of carbonation and some nice earthy notes. I wouldn't buy a second bottle, but I wouldn't steer others away from trying this once. I'll have to give the brewery more attention going forward; this is promising work.


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kojevergas from Colorado, Oct 23, 2016
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4.54/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Batch 2 bottle aged in my cellar.
Tons of flavor and complex aroma for a beer not barrel aged (at least I dont think it is). Some earth herb aromas mixed with a heavy dose of caramel coffee, cocoa, brown sugar. Taste follows suit but not as sweet as it smells. Full mouthfeel. Really a delight

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jbertsch from Massachusetts, Oct 08, 2016
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4.04/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle into a large snifter. Batch number 1.

Creamy forming head, very light tan and still blooming at an easy two fingers, almost ecru in color and a nice settling top. Body color is dark walnut brown with a nice bit of transparency from the top, and rich solid collar.

Very different and unexpected aroma. Heavily fruity, but with a unique ester and hinting leafy tobacco and dark grains. Slight pencil wood like character strangely, hard to put this into words but has me very intrigued.

Palate brings excellent stout richness. Sharp roast qualities, with a unique yeast profile in flavor. Slightly fruity but not distinct and bounces with a bit of acidic coffee and dark chocolate. Finishes with rich milky mouthfeel and coating. Slight hints of maybe tangy berried fruit, lots of tangy char in the aftertaste as well.

A very nice interesting take on a big stout, even without all the barrel aging bells and whistles.

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Smakawhat from Maryland, Aug 25, 2016
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3.84/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

375ml caged and corked bottle served in a tulip at 52 degrees. Batch number is not indicated, but it was purchased at the brewery on 1/9/16. Pours slightly darker than cola in color with a similar clarity and a dense, 1.5 inch mocha-colored head embedded with tiny pinpricks in the cap and honeycombs along the sides. Head eventually settles into a consistent 1/8th inch caps; swaths and spots of lacing are revealed during the tasting. Not too much happening in the nose for me. Fairly subdued but a hint of artificial sweetener, roast and vanilla are revealed. Taste is much more assertive then suggested by the nose - deep roast and char, vanilla, a faint vinous quality and just a suggestion of metallic notes. Mouthfeel is light-medium in body with a kiss of acidity, a light creaminess and a carbonation level just shy of lively that leaves a residual prickle at the back of the throat between quaffs. Overall, a solid example of the style; however, I'd like to see a little age on this to even things out a little; perhaps a year.

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Jwale73 from Rhode Island, Jan 20, 2016
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3.96/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

2014 release. Batch 2. Pour beautiful, opaque, dark black, with 1/3 inch head. Taste is creamy, dark roasted malt, coffee, molasses, and cocoa. Heavy bodied but very very smooth. Just about perfect mouthfeel for this style of beer. Tasty sipper. I prefer some stouts more, but this is well worth a try. Will have to pick up another bottle.

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tigg924 from Massachusetts, Dec 19, 2015
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4.3/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750 ml bottle into snifter; Batch #1, bottled in Fall 2014. Pours nearly pitch black color with a 1-2 finger fairly dense tan head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Nice spotty soapy lacing clings on the glass, with a moderate amount of streaming carbonation retaining the cap. Aromas of big dark chocolate, cocoa, coffee, caramel, toffee, toast, dark bread, molasses, raisin, plum, fig, date, light licorice, herbal, floral, light smoke/char, and yeast/roasted earthiness. Damn nice aromas with great complexity and balance of dark/roast/bready malt, and moderate fruity yeast/earthy hop notes; with good strength. Taste of big dark chocolate, cocoa, coffee, caramel, toffee, toast, dark bread, molasses, raisin, plum, fig, date, light licorice, light smoke/char, herbal, floral, and yeast/roasted earthiness. Fair amount of herbal/roasted bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of dark chocolate, cocoa, coffee, caramel, toffee, toast, dark bread, molasses, raisin, plum, light smoke/char, and yeast/roasted earthiness on the finish for a while. Incredible complexity, robustness, and balance of dark/roast/bready malt and moderate fruity yeast/earthy hop flavors; with a great roasted bitterness/sweetness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Light carbonation and fairly full bodied; with a very smooth, creamy, moderately silky, and lightly slick/sticky/chalky mouthfeel that is great. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a light warmth lingering after the finish. Overall this is an incredible Russian imperial stout style. All around awesome complexity, robustness, and balance of dark/roast/bready malt and moderate fruity yeast/earthy hop flavors; and very smooth to sip on for the huge ABV. A highly enjoyable offering.

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superspak from Michigan, Sep 19, 2015
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4.43/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750 ml caged and corked bottle, I think it's Batch #2 but the ink is splotched so it's hard to read the number for sure. Served in a snifter, the beer pours dark brown/black with about an inch tan head that stayed around for a long time. There's also a good amount of lacing. The brew smells like dark fruit (plum, raisins), roasted malt, dark chocolate, caramel, and a bit of licorice. Taste is similar to the aroma, it tastes like dark fruit (plum, cherries, raisins), dark and milk chocolate, molasses, roasted malt, caramel and some grainy malt. The 12% ABV is well hidden. Mouthfeel/body is medium/full, it's creamy and slick, and is also well carbonated. I liked this imperial stout a lot, it's definitely worth picking up! $14.75 a bottle.

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4.5/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Huge stout I've been sitting on for a bit now, waiting for a good time to crack it. Semi chilly rainy night in the summer, just caught up on graduate work, started my week vacation today, so seems like an apropos moment to crack this beast.

Batch 1, Alstair's been making some great and fun beers, so I hope this continues his streak.

Pours a nice luscious creamy thick darker colored 1+ finger head that fades semi slowly, tons of layered messy lacing, great head for 12% beer, just about pitch black beer, hints of light sneaking through the thin bottom.

Nose is about what I expected, loads of dark chocolate, cocoa dust, rich fudgey cocoa, touch of lactose like milk chocolate hot cocoa, and some creamy oats too I think but hard to tell so far, nice fluffy nougaty carafa like fluff in the middle, with a little caramel and biscuity cookie, a bit of an acrid roast but not much as it seems to have mellowed in the year or so, hint of an earthy spicy hop in the background, and just a touch of warming booze. Even gets a touch of fresh roasted coffee from the roasted malts as it warms.

Taste brings a mildly sweet malt, creamy with lots of oats I think, creamy oats and a mild oatmeal effect. Into tons of chocolate again, mild fudgey cocoa, with a little cocoa powder again, big baker's chocolate but a lush creamy version, with the creamy dark chocolate nougat mixed in the middle. Mild caramel notes, with the biscuity cookie like note again. EIther the oats, or a hint of lactose, adds a nice creamy milk chocolate hot cocoa again, which also leads into a mild roasty note, just a touch of roast and fresh coffee but barely, and not really acrid thankfully. Some earthy slightly spicy hops mixed in adds a touch of bitterness. Smooth and rich throughout. Finish is a little sticky but smooth, a hint of warming booze wafts out finally, with more bitterness as well, a touch of hop bitterness, big creamy dry lactose effect again, seems really like lactose sugar but not sure again, could be oats, probably lactose, with milk chocolate and hot cocoa lingering, a touch more dark chocolate nougat as well. Fairly clean finish for the most part though, doesn't seem at all as big as it actually is.

Mouth is fuller bod, creamy and luscious, nice carb, just a touch of warming booze.

Overall this is a killer beer, it's smooth and lush, creamy and rich while feeling delicate and light overall, just a touch of booze, etc, doesn't seem like a 12% beast of an imperial stout and goes down smooth and easy which is why it's deadly. Great malt flavors blended well, soft and full at the same time, balanced with mild hops, quite enjoyable even for a summer night.

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jlindros from Massachusetts, Jun 28, 2015
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3.18/5  rDev -23.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Brand new bottle from the brewery. Slight smell of rotten eggs. Possible infection - would not expect that when buying right from the source. Otherwise could see some positives.

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MikeAndrews from Massachusetts, May 19, 2015
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4.25/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Uniquely of Massachusetts, Mystic's "homegrown" stout takes on larger-than-life proportions and favors a balanced roasty taste with sweetness, fruit and gently rolling spice. Seeming British in its malt and yeast character, there's an aura of statesmanship and regal prominence to its taste.

Dense and voluminous, its complete opaque darkness is woven together with tethers of carbonation that sits in similar fashion to coffee crème. With espresso, dark chocolate, roasted nuts, burnt caramel with hints of plum and licorice, the complex but soothing nose promises power and complexity.

Lavish malt sweetness wraps around the tongue like velvet. Its caramel underpinnings are laced with toffee and molasses. The middle palate is emboldened with espresso roast, bittersweet baker's chocolate, walnut oils and the calming complexity of dark, dried and stone fruit.

Its undeniably full body is silky and sultry as its creamy roast lingers deep and long on the finish. The bold alcohol enlivens the fruit and spice balance and brings out the rootish taste of licorice as the ale builds with simmering warmth.

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BEERchitect from Kentucky, Mar 26, 2015
Spectral Evidence from Mystic Brewery
Beer rating: 92 out of 100 with 91 ratings