Descendant Dark Ale | Mystic Brewery

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3.73/5
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Descendant Dark AleDescendant Dark Ale
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Mystic Brewery
Massachusetts, United States
mystic-brewery.com

Style: English Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.00%

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.

Added by BostonBrewins on 10-22-2011

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

BEER STATS
Ranking:
-
Reviews:
47
Ratings:
160
pDev:
11.8%
Bros Score:
3.61
 
 
Wants:
7
Gots:
30
Trade:
3
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Ratings: 160 |  Reviews: 47
Photo of OzmanBey
5/5  rDev +34%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

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4.75/5  rDev +27.3%

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4.5/5  rDev +20.6%

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4.5/5  rDev +20.6%

Photo of Vylo
4.49/5  rDev +20.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of johnnnniee
4.47/5  rDev +19.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours the darkest of browns with very faint brown highlights when held to light, a spirited level of carbonation produces a head that fills half the glass no matter how it is poured. Smells of caramel, brown sugar, roasted grains, burnt sugar, dark fruits, yeasty phenols, there's a lot going on here and so far its all good. Taste is dark malts, chocolate, caramel, brown sugar, raisins, prunes, plums. This is very complex lots of stuff going on here. Medium to thick body, quite a bit of carbonation, maybe too much, sweet saison-esque mouthfeel. I really enjoyed this beer. The carbonation might be a touch on the high side, but the flavors and aromas are fantastic. I would say this is more of a Belgian strong dark than a stout, but when a beer is done this well who needs labels really?

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Photo of Hootie159
4.31/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Guess2814
4.27/5  rDev +14.5%
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!!!

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Photo of elNopalero
4.27/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Review #200!

I picked up a bottle of this and their saison on a recent Boston outing. The saison was excellent but this beer is the one that I really shows Mystic’s unique voice coming through. The Descendant is a hybrid stout/porter fermented with a proprietary house saison yeast, brewed “in homage to our immigrant ancestors.” Now that’s a philosophy I can get behind!

This is from Batch 001. It pours a malty cola color with a nice creamy head. Smell is reminiscent of a solid stout—roasty malts dominate, with some dark coffee and toffee in the mix. A sprinkling of dark chocolate rounds it out.

The roasty notes carry over to the taste, with a clear dry finish. Light in body for a stout. Starts off sweet, in the manner of a darker English mild-style beer (aged in cabernet Sauvignon barrels, perhaps? Seems like it strikes a similar flavor profile and mouthfeel to some of the things I’ve tried from Austin’s Jester King) but in a stout-porter hybrid form. Simply wonderful, a great find!

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4.25/5  rDev +13.9%

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4.25/5  rDev +13.9%

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4.25/5  rDev +13.9%

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4.25/5  rDev +13.9%

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4.25/5  rDev +13.9%

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4.25/5  rDev +13.9%

Photo of gferg10
4.25/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of BenjieK
4.25/5  rDev +13.9%

Photo of StonedTrippin
4.21/5  rDev +12.9%
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.

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Photo of BostonBrewins
4.15/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a not quite jet black with a big frothy tan head that hangs around.

S - Wow that's funky! Overtones of farmhouse yeast dominate this one. Coffee and a bit of chocolate are in there too, but the aroma is all about that Belgian funk.

T - As with the aroma, earthy yeast notes are front and center. Peppery spice is there the whole way. Dark fruit too is there too. Undertones of coffee and dark chocolate. A bit woody. Some nice complexity here. I can't make out the molasses, but I have a feeling it plays a role in delivering the dry finish.

M - Carbonation level is fairly low, I imagine this was done to stay consistent with the english porter/dry stout theme. Works pretty well although I'd be curious to see how it would taste if it was bumped up a bit. Medium bodied. Very creamy too, almost chewy.

O - Conceptually this is very interesting. A hybrid English Porter/Irish Dry Stout fermented with a saison yeast with molasses too?!? Great idea, excellent execution.

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Photo of puboflyons
4.13/5  rDev +10.7%
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.

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Photo of SirSketch
4.11/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Large light brown head over a muddy brown beer.

S - Sweet, nutty and chocolaty malt aroma, wet grass (like moss?) and what smells like a ton of Belgian candied syrup, obviously coming from the molasses added. There's also a vinous, fruity quality.

T - Very dark malt forward, mainly nutty, medium toast malt and a touch of roasty, biting black malt. Not as sweet as I anticipated, and actually noticeably bitter. The Belgian yeast presents itself at the end with a kiss of banana.

M - Medium-full body that lightens up with a rush of creamy carbonation.

O - Very malty, complex, satisfying beer that is somewhere between a Belgian dubbel and roasty porter.

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Photo of jamie2dope
4.05/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I picked up a bottle of this today at Bermans in Lexington. Not really sure that this beer fits in to any specific style category, but lets give it a go, and see what happens. The color is quite dark, but just a shade or two away from being black. A nice pillow like white heading perks up right away. Some roast comes through in the beginning of the smell, along with some yeasty tones, chocolate, cola and brown bread. Lots of stone fruit comes through in the flavor initially, with the molasses ending things on a sweet, yet somewhat spiced note. There are some robust notes to it that are found in some dubbels that I am not crazy about, but the yeast they are using here is really alive and in your face. Mouthfeel is medium to heavy, with a good level of carbonation, and certainly plenty going on complexity wise. I must say that I was not as taken as some others were with their Saison, but this one really delivered for me. It is very reminiscent of Brooklyn Local 2 if you ask me. Either way, this one gets two big thumbs up from me. Cheers

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Photo of chefbigjon
4.04/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of ppoitras
4.03/5  rDev +8%
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.

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Photo of brewandbbq
4.03/5  rDev +8%
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.

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Descendant Dark Ale from Mystic Brewery
Beer rating: 3.73 out of 5 with 160 ratings