Descendant
Mystic Brewery

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Style:
Stout - English
ABV:
7%
Score:
85
Avg:
3.76 | pDev: 11.44%
Reviews:
48
Ratings:
162
From:
Mystic Brewery
 
Massachusetts, United States
Avail:
Retired (no longer brewed)
Wants
  8
Gots
  30
SCORE
85
Very Good
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Notes: 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.
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Suds from Missouri

4.08/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

From a tall, corked beer, this beer is a dark, reddish brown color, with a tall, thick, dense head. The foam is light brown and clingy. The aroma is sugary, estery, intense, and Belgian-esque. Medium-dry in taste, with some underlying warmth. Complex and satisfying.

Feb 09, 2020
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bnes09 from Illinois

2.36/5  rDev -37.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.5

Dark brown with an egg shell head. Minimal malt complexity. Some hops there but just ends up tasting like dirt. Dry overall feel. Descent carbonation. Almost undrinkable.

Dec 13, 2016
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patre_tim from Thailand

3.75/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Dark brown with a ruby tinge when held to the light. Topped with 3 fingers of beige head.

Smells of celery, molasses, coffee, cocoa and black liquorice.

Tastes of dark toasted malts, liquorice, celery, molasses, coffee, and a sort of hefeweissen like taste. It also has a slight char quality, and hints of plastic.

Thick body, moderate carbonation.

Got in Albany, NY, and drank in Birch Run, MI. Quite interesting to try, just really different but enjoyable in the right setting.

Nov 10, 2016
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Ciocanelu from Romania

3.1/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Murky brown color, beige head. Aroma has light molasses sweetness and some cardboard. Taste has also cardboard, stale notes, not enjoyable at all. It's a really flawed beer.

Aug 20, 2016
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StonedTrippin from Colorado

4.21/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

i really wouldnt have called this one a stout at all, much more brown than black, hardly any of the dark roasted grains coming through in this one, but the label on my bottle is much different than the one pictured, so perhaps they have changed the recipe around a little bit. it was more of an english strong dark ale, a grain driven beer built to showcase some of this intense molasses in here, really almost more of a dark amber or copper color than a black beer, but thats just me. the head is huge and leaves a serious beer mustache as i drink it in. aroma of burnt sugar and nutty english bready malts, residual sweetness, and a strong and flavorful english ale yeast, quite rustic in nature. the molasses totally leads in the flavor, that raw black sugary depth, playing well with the yeast, but being pretty dominant over it. the beer ends up not being overly sweet despite being flavored predominantly by the molasses. its an odd synergy, but it really works. full body for sure, but a richness and creamy feel that mystic beers often achieve, must be the yeast. carbonation is lively for a thicker darker beer, and the overall here is something unlike any other and very special. well worth the cost, i think all of the mystic beer is.

Jun 29, 2016
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superspak from Ohio

4/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 ml bottle into snifter, batch #016. Pours clear very dark brown color with a 1-2 finger dense khaki head with good retention, that reduces t oa small cap that lingers. Nice spotty soapy lacing clings around the glass, with a fair amount of streaming carbonation retaining the cap. Aromas of big chocolate, cocoa, raisin, plum, fig, date, cherry, molasses, toast, dark bread, pepper, light char/coffee, herbal, and yeast/roasted earthiness. Damn nice aromas with great balance and complexity of roast/bready malt, fruity/spicy yeast, molasses, and earthy hop notes; with great strength. Taste of big chocolate, cocoa, raisin, plum, fig, date, cherry, molasses, toast, dark bread, light char/coffee, herbal, and yeast/roasted earthiness. Light-moderate herbal/roasted bitterness and yeast spiciness on the finish; with lingering notes of chocolate, cocoa, raisin, plum, fig, date, molasses, toast, dark bread, pepper, light coffee/char, and herbal/roasted earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Damn nice complexity, robustness, and balance of roast/bready malt, fruity/spicy yeast, molasses, and earthy hop flavors; with a great malt/bitter/spiciness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Light-moderate bitter/roasted dryness after the finish as well. Medium carbonation and body; with a very smooth, moderately creamy/bready, and lightly sticky/chalky mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a light warmth lingering after the finish. Overall this is a damn nice English/Belgian stout style. All around great complexity, robustness, and balance of roast/bready malt, fruity/spicy yeast, molasses, and earthy hop flavors; and very smooth and easy to sip on. This has the balanced character of a dry stout and English porter as advertised; with some additional spicy Belgian yeast character. A unique and very enjoyable offering.

Nov 08, 2015
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LiquidAmber from Washington

4/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a Fremont small snifter. Pours a very dark mahogany brown with a half finger light brown head with good retention and lots of lacing. Aroma of sweet dark toasted malt, molasses, nuts and a hint of dark fruit and chocolate. Flavor is dark toasted malt with light char, cocoa, dark stone fruit, light suggestions of Belgian yeast, molasses. Medium bodied with light creaminess. Nice, and unusual flavor progression starting with the nice lighly smoky toasted malt, molasses and chocolate with developing Belgian flavors of dark fruit and yeast, then finishing with solid chocolatey dark malt. The Belgian flavors lightens the middle flavor, but does not add tartness nor becomes a dominant flavor. The balance is well done and quite interesting. Much maltier than a Belgian stout, with a very flavorful English or dry stout profile. I liked this quite a bit and will look for other ales from this brewery.

Jun 08, 2015
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Davepoolesque from Massachusetts

3.53/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Dark brown in color. opaque in appearance. Think light porter roastiness and belgian yeast. Easy drinking. Maybe a hint of tartness. Hint of dark chocolate bitterness on the end.

Jan 20, 2015
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Guess2814 from Massachusetts

4.27/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

I think this beer is certainly a good beer. Every time I go to the Mystic Brewery this beer is always brewed the best. It has a nice dark look to it with a bit of a chocolate taste to it. A stout that is just right as far as alcohol percentage. Must try if you like Stout beer. CHEERS!!!

Dec 22, 2013
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tigg924 from Massachusetts

4/5  rDev +6.4%
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.

May 28, 2013
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puboflyons from New Hampshire

4.13/5  rDev +9.8%
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.

May 23, 2013
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Maxwell from Massachusetts

4.01/5  rDev +6.6%
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!

May 23, 2013
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Rutager from Canada (BC)

3.63/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Thank you, Franklinn!!

Appearance. Pours a very deep dark brown with only a little reddish light coming through at the edges, topped with a massive, 3+ fingers of tan head.

Smell. Molasses, dark grainy malts and some dark fruits with just a little bit of herby spices.

Taste. Dark grainy malts again, some fruity yeast, some dark chocolate, maybe a little dark fruit. Fairly dry and a little bit of booze.

Mouthfeel. Medium+ body with strong, but smooth and soft carbonation.

Overall. Interesting beer that seems to border on a belgian strong ale. Glad to have tried it, thanks again Franklinn!

Feb 01, 2013
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Anker13 from New Jersey

3.19/5  rDev -15.2%
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

Jan 28, 2013
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mdfb79 from New York

3.08/5  rDev -18.1%
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.

Jan 04, 2013
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ppoitras from Massachusetts

4.03/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml bottle purchased as a single from somewhere localish. Corked and caged.

Poured into a Harpoon LE tulip, formed a 2" light brown head over the almost opaque dark brown/burgundy brew. Head lasts and lasts, with thick lasting lace. Aroma is tart cherries and coffee.

Taste is chocolate sweetness to start, light fruitiness in the center, and closes with a soft bitterness that leaves with a tart aftertaste. Mouthfeel is smooth, and drinkability is pretty good. Interesting brew.

Aug 06, 2012
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PeterIngemi from Massachusetts

3.92/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 750 ml into a duvel glass

A: settles almost completely black... Just a little light around the edges when held to the light. Ferocious two finger head even after a gentle pour.... Dissapates slowly and leaves virtually no lacing. Good lookin beer dispute the no lacing thing... Oh yeah and the head has a touch of mocha color to it.

S: light roast and coco... Blending with light belgian yeast aromas.... Begins to remind me of a hot coco like aroma with a touch of black coffee... The aroma is very pleasing and well balanced.... The Belgian yeast seems to blend in nicley and not overwhelm the malts and grains here.

T: much like the nose... I get yeasty breadiness up front melting into banna and fruity hints of rasin and dark cherries. over roastyness and chocolate.... Again the yeast blends very nicley here not overwhelimg the other flavors bit adding a nice accent and complexity. Different and enjoyable. As the brew warms some nice caramel notes start to show.. This brew is really growing on me the more I drink and it warms.

M: light/medium body with medium/high aggressive carbonation... Giving the body an fluffy creamy mouthfeel... It's almost to much carbonation... And I think I wish it was a tad thicker And with slightly less carbonation... Pretty easy drinking. Deffinatly dry.

O: a very interesting and complex brew... A lot going on here between the malts and yeast notes.... And deffinatly a more carbonated mouthfeel then I am used to... Overall I enjoyed this brew and would deffinatly drink it again. It just seems to grow on me more and more as I drink it.

Jun 11, 2012
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u2carew from Massachusetts

3.95/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

750ml bottle
A) Pours with a big tan colored head, settles slightly but not much - good retention. Tight and creamy. Opaque body.
S) Roasted malts. Hints of coffee and chocolate.
T) A spicy opening to this brew - pepper, alcohol. Earthy, chalky. Hints of molasses. A bitter bite in the finish.
M) Medium to full body. Dry finish.
O) A very good brew. I'd definitely have another. A diverse flavor profile with a lot of good things going on.

Jun 04, 2012
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jondeelee from Massachusetts

3.65/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Descendant Dark Ale opens with a spicy, peppery, malty nose. The aromas here bear witness to the “dark” part of the beer’s name, focusing heavily on chocolate, whole wheat toast crust, molasses and brown sugar, fig, anise, and dark caramels. Smatterings of peppery spice punctuate the nose, joined by kola nut. There’s also a lighter layer here, though, with candi sugar-like notes and touches of vanilla, lending the beer a sweet-shop like undertone, which provides strange, but lovely interplay with the darker tones. Hops are present in just enough quantity to add a grapefruit and light pine edge to the aromas. As a whole, the nose is quite interesting, being varied and nuanced, and is very inviting. My only qualm is that the nose is lighter than expected, likely a side effect of the lower 7% ABV, and I wanted a greater sugary malt presence.

On the tongue, the beer opens with dark ashy notes, bringing coffee and tobacco, but these are quickly joined by an excellent series of fruity esters, bringing fig, orange, apricot, berry, and touches of banana. Hops add a smidgen of citrusy grapefruit and lemon. The sugars die off after a little while, and the ashy notes rise again, with black malt and tobacco present in good quantity. The aftertaste is almost entirely ashy notes, and fades with moderate quickness. Mouthfeel is medium-light to medium, and carbonation is very high, almost champagne-like, and burns the tongue and soft palate.

Overall, there are excellent flavors in this brew, and the combination of ash and lovely fruit esters was delightful. However, the flavors ultimately come across as quite light and airy in presence, fading quickly and never quite reaching a decent strength even at their zenith, giving the brew a watery feel. And the high levels of carbonation add a strange mouthfeel, and quickly fill the stomach with air. Tone down the bubbly and boost the amount of ingredients by a few notches—say, make it 10% ABV—and this will be great beer.

May 03, 2012
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YouSkeete from Massachusetts

4/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very dark brown with a black appearance, two-finger thick light khaki head. Big smoky booziness with a complex arrangement of molasses, heavy cream, ground coffee, bittersweet chocolates, and dark fruits such as figs, cherries and dates come off the aroma. First sip is heavy on the dark fruits, moving into the creamy richness of coffee, bittersweet chocolates and molasses. Hints of smoke and bourbon make their way through into it's medium-sized body. Mildly bitter, rich and complex mouthfeel. Smooth and dry, boozy finish.

Apr 12, 2012
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jdhilt from New Hampshire

3.94/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Will pour a five+ finger cream head that fades very slowly to a thin layer leaving a thick lace. Black color, no highlights. Strong carbonation and medium-heavy bodied. Roasted malt nose and flavor is malty, bready, fairly smooth. The 7% ABV is totally hidden. $9.99 for a 750ml bottle from Julio's Liquors Westborough, Ma.

Mar 30, 2012
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SABERG from Massachusetts

3.62/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from bottle (batch 004) into an HFB belgian glass.

A - Dark color, not much activity, very little head and no lacing.

S - Quite a bit going on here, figs, sugar, young bread dough and a splash of coffee.

T - Sweet up front with some boozy heat. The finish is long and fruity. No bitterness here.

M - Smooth and oily, sweetness but not sickley sweet. A linger on the tongue persists.

O - A tough read, this is strong, sweet, and intriuging. I read on prior reviews that the carbonation was strong, I could see that as a plus for the this brew, however not my experience.
All in all a solid effort.

SABERG

Mar 23, 2012
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AndyAvalanche from Massachusetts

3.78/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Approx 16 oz. Poured from the cask (@ the Union Brewhouse) into a srandard pint glass. Sort of cola brown in color, you can see light brown highlights on the edges. Looks like a little setiment floating around, but eventually falls to the bottom. Off white colored head about 1/2 finger thick doesn't last every long, slightest of slight lacing.

Smell is pretty good. Pretty earthy, slight roasty to a weak, almost charred smell. Very bready, the yeast is a very dominant feature in the smell, almost Belgian-like.

Tast has a lot of similarities as the smell. A certain bitterness throughout but isn't too overwhelming. Roasty with some slight bitter (cooking) chocolate tones. Much like the smell, its very bready and grainy. Slight herbal and earthy hop flavor with a hint of alcohol. Funny the combination almost gives it a slight soy sauce flavor; very interesting.

Mouthfeel is perfect. Full flavor but very soft, gentle feel. Not too carbonated, but it gets a mulligan since its cask. Unbelievably smooth the whole way through with a. Perfect butter bute at the end. Overall a real quality beer. I'm very happy to have tried it on cask.

Mar 09, 2012
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brewandbbq from New Hampshire

4.03/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml bottle from batch 3.

Pours nearly opaque and very dark brown. Two-plus inches of tan foam settled slowly into a solid skim coat and dots of lacing.

Aromatics lead off with roasted malts, brown sugar, bubblegum, chocolate, and apples. Hints of coffee, char, and dark rum follow through.

Medium to fuller bodied with a velvety mouthfeel. A bit lush.

Dark chocolate, Kahlua, espresso, and bananas start the palate. Shades of dark rum, raisins, and oreo shells follow through.

Finishes with lingering roast, chocolate, and a hint of grape jam.

Tasty brew, somewhere between a stout, dubble, and quad.

Mar 08, 2012
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grannaniwa from Massachusetts

3.53/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

750 ml, Batch 001

Left out of the fridge for about 20 mins, which seemed about right. Pours very dark with a strong head. Chocolately aromas. The taste starts out with the same chocolate flavors, then the sour and tart flavors slide under the strong malt. Went great with molasses baked beans!

“Renaud yeast, refermented with Rockpile. A dry Irish stout meets an English porter and is then fermented in the fermentorium with our saison yeast with a touch of the ubiquitous ingredient from the area's past: molasses.”

Overall: B+, fun if you can find the right time to drink it.

Feb 20, 2012
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Beer rating: 85 out of 100 with 162 ratings