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Mystic Brewery

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Style:
Stout - American Imperial
ABV:
11%
Score:
93
Avg:
4.32 | pDev: 6.02%
Reviews:
5
Ratings:
13
From:
Mystic Brewery
 
Massachusetts, United States
Avail:
Retired (no longer brewed)
Wants
  3
Gots
  3
SCORE
93
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StoutElk_92 from Massachusetts

4.6/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours dark brown, black with a creamy tan head. Smells of dark chocolate, dark fruit, vanilla, caramel, and smoky oak. Tastes like deep dark chocolate, mild dark fruit, melded perfectly with vanilla, caramel, mild smoke, and oak. Feels thick and creamy, light and smooth, with little carbonation. The 12% abv is undetectable. Overall, one of the best stouts I've tried, and I'm glad it's local. Really great oak aged imperial stout!

Dec 29, 2015
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bigsoxfan4 from New York

4.65/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Served semi-chilled from a 750 mL bottle and poured into a snifter. Pours a deep black color with a hearty tan foam head. Smells are of coffee, chocolate, bourbon, oak and a hint of sweetness. Carbonation is moderate (higher than I anticipated) with a full body. However, it is not the body of a Bourbon County or Parabola, and is more like a Founders Breakfast Stout. The taste is extremely rich and full. Tons of flavors hit you all at once. The roasted malts and chocolate lead, with coffee, caramel, vanilla and roastiness follow. There is a hint of the oak aging, but the other flavors drown that out. The alcohol is hidden extremely well, almost too well. For a 12% beer this thing drinks more like a 6% stout. Wait 20 minutes or so and you'll remember that it's 12%. Finishes on the sweet and malty side, with chocolate and coffee lingering on the tongue.

Oct 17, 2015
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tigg924 from Massachusetts

4.3/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Taste is oak, char, dark chocolate, burnt sugar, oak, and light vanilla. A nice sipper. Mystic does stouts and dark beers in general very very well. The alcohol is sneaky on this, but I would pick it up again. Right up there with the best from the brewery.

Jul 04, 2015
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jlindros from Massachusetts

4.43/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Batch 001.

Pours a dark colored frothy thicker 1 finger head that fades at a med to slower pace, decent soapy lacing, pretty much pitch black beer.

Nose is great, lots of darker malts, a nice fluffy nougat, carafa, juicy caramel and some mocha, a super dark bitter cocoa baker's chocolate, a little roasty charred malt with hint of burnt coffee and acrid notes, but those are quite light, toasty biscuity caramel and oats, some nice vanilla oak in the background, and a touch of booze.

Taste is a bit on the sweet side, sweet candy bar all over though, with a nice big fluffy creamy feel, fluffy nougat with a nice nougat flavor, carafa, nice juicy caramel, different levels of caramel with candy and sticky sweet caramel as well as caramelized sugars, and caramel candies, with some nice cocoa, hot chocolate and bitter dark baker's chocolate, with some rich oats, a dark chocolate oatmeal with nice thickness built in. Some mild coffee too, a little acrid charred roasted malt, maybe a bit too much on the heavy roast as acrid note come through just a bit. Big oak too, toasty oak with a little vanilla and char, bringing a touch of tannic wood to it but not much. Despite the acrid roast and tannic wood, it doesn't get too bitter or metallic at all. Just a hint of booze, which seems hidden fairly well. Finish is drier but sticky, a little fluffy creamy oats and nougat lingering, more caramel, dark cocoa, and light roast lingering. A touch of the special yeast way on the back end.

Mouth is full bod, rich and creamy, fluffy too, nice fluffy carb, not real booze just a hint.

Overall very nice, great characters, great caramel flavors and caramelizations, nice flufyf nougat, and dark chocolates, without a ton of bitterness, a bit of roasty acrid notes but very little and don't get too bitter or metallic, nice oak flavors that hint at tannic but never really pass into that realm, instead just a nice tasty beer, well rounded for the most part, and booze hidden well. I'd like to sit on a bottle for a couple years and see where the oak and roasty flavors go.

Apr 16, 2015
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johnnnniee from New Hampshire

4.1/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle shared tonight, thanks A
Deep black color big roasty chocolate, hints of earth and a light spicy Belgianesque yeastiness. Light woody notes. Really enjoyed this.

Feb 14, 2015
Conviction from Mystic Brewery
Beer rating: 93 out of 100 with 13 ratings