Descendant Dark Ale | Mystic Brewery

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84
good
158 Ratings
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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
Ratings:
158
Reviews:
47
Avg:
3.75
pDev:
11.47%
 
 
Wants:
7
Gots:
30
For Trade:
3
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2/5  rDev -46.7%

Photo of bnes09
2.36/5  rDev -37.1%
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.

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2.5/5  rDev -33.3%

Photo of kscaldef
2.5/5  rDev -33.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Comes across more like a dubbel or BSDA than a stout, from the yeast character. Unremarkable example of any of the styles at any rate.

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2.5/5  rDev -33.3%

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2.75/5  rDev -26.7%

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3/5  rDev -20%

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3/5  rDev -20%

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3/5  rDev -20%

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3/5  rDev -20%

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3/5  rDev -20%

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3/5  rDev -20%

Photo of mdfb79
3.08/5  rDev -17.9%
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.

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Photo of Ciocanelu
3.1/5  rDev -17.3%
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.

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Photo of VelvetExtract
3.11/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A-Is the cork kidding me? One moderate push via my thumb easily sends the cork flying to the ceiling with a frightening pop explosion. Blew the cork-guard clean off. Anyways… Pours like cola. Color is brown but with transparent edges. Big tan head. Head is bubbly but dies away quickly and leaves a slight bubbly layer atop the liquid.

S-The nose is strange. This beer smells like an intense combination of chocolate and ashy bonfire. Very burnt nose. The alcohol is far too intense. It actually stings the nostrils. I am beginning to wonder if something is wrong here. I have heard that some of Mystic’s first batch of Saison had a super-boozy nose and flavor. I had two of the first batch of Saison and had no problem; but I have heard others who have.

T-The flavor does not display the super-boozy quality like the nose. This beer tastes like a Rauchbier almost. Smoky and a bit salty. Chocolate and a tiny hint of coffee too. Slight hop bitterness on the back end. Molasses is there too. Definitely different. Doesn't really appeal to me.

M-Much lighter than the look would lead me to believe. Moderate to high carbonation. Feels almost watery at some points.

O/D-I love their Saison. I think it may be my favorite Saison. But this one does not impress me at all. The nose is off putting. The flavor is strange. The feel doesn’t match the style well. Just not very good. At $8.50 a bottle, I will finish it. However, I wish I had waited for someone to tell me about this before I tossed out nearly $10 for this one.

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Photo of Anker13
3.19/5  rDev -14.9%
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

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3.23/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

A: A dark brown pour with a ridiculously huge fluffy light brown head. Retention and lacing both seem to be nice.

S: Roasted malt and chocolate mainly. Spicy too and with a little bit of alcohol burn. Smells pretty similar to a lighter stout or a porter really. Not your typical belgian dark.

T: Pretty watery right off the bat, surprisingly. Roasted malt and chocolate here but fairly subdued due to the thinness. Tastes not too far off from a guinness, though perhaps even more thin, despite the much higher ABV. Little bit of spice.

M: Super thin and watery, really detracts from the beer unfortunately.

O: A very interesting idea but the execution fell flat unfortunately. It tastes like a really thin porter basically. Some mild belgian influence but nothing really stands out. The watery aspect really lowered the scores too. Unfortunately the taste and mouthfeel just do not match up with the looks and aroma.

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Photo of JamLand
3.25/5  rDev -13.3%

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3.25/5  rDev -13.3%

Photo of jayhunter357
3.25/5  rDev -13.3%

Photo of taez555
3.38/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer pours a dark black body with an off-white head.

Taste is surprisingly thick and full bodied with a very slick, almost oily mouthfeel. Taste is interesting. Ripe dark fruits, raisins, dates but with an old coffee and oddly fruity funk espresso flavor. On top of that there's a rather large coffee bean type bitterness and a very earthy fungal sort of taste. Not in a bad way at all, more like a very natural earth flavor. Very dirt and grass sort of flavor. Actually you know what it is, it's more of a licorice flavor. Definitely a beer that gets much better as it warms

Interesting beer, it's sort of middle ground between english stout and belgian dubbel. A nice and different beer from a MA brewery.

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Photo of CTbrew32
3.43/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of nas5755
3.48/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- black with some brown hues close to the bottom of the glass. A nice head with solid retention

S-some molasses and a bit of belgian yeast

T- not quite a Belgian, not quite a dry stout. An interesting take on the style. some roasted malts, some Belgian yeast, some molasses and peppery spice. Very dry and a little nutty on the finish.

M- dry and bit on the thin side, good carbonation levels

O- I enjoyed the take on this beer. I think the recipe needs to be dialed down and tweaked a bit. Either go bigger with more body or tone down the abv and make this session-able. Lots of potential and worth picking up and trying. My scores slightly reflect the style classification but this beer doesnt and cant fit into any category.

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Descendant Dark Ale from Mystic Brewery
3.75 out of 5 based on 158 ratings.
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