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Mystic Brewery
Massachusetts, United States
American Barleywine
3.98 | pDev: 12.06%
Dec 15, 2019
Dec 04, 2011
Very Good
Notes: None
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Reviewed by hopley from Massachusetts

4.8/5  rDev +20.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75
2014 Bottle, drank December 15, 2019 out of a tulip.

After I finally muscle-wrenched the wax off only to find a cork snuggly hidden underneath, I easily uncorked it, and poured about a third of the bottle for me and a friend, about 5 oz each.

We sniffed it from the bottle and it smelled divine - much richer and deeper than your typical barleywine. The pour was a nice gurgle from the unique bottle and the beer was a dark clear rosy brown color that settled right out. The taste was simply luxurious - a very dark barleywine, close to a port, with only a nice wet taste of the 14.2% I was curious as to how I would like the "still" nature of the beer would work, and I loved it - it was just a natural part of it. This was quite simply a real treat and I wish I'd bought another bottle at Mystic while I could have. Very glad I splurged on de Cacao also, which I look forward to trying. Cheers!

Postscript - as I had heard - I think from the folks at the bar at Mystic when I bought it when they were closing - you can put the cork back on and put it away and drink the rest 6 months later, no problem. I did this a couple times but unfortunately found neither the second or third pour to be as impressive as the first. And the last - because this was such an old bottle, had lots of slimies in the bottom, which, as opposed to a yeasty pour of an old IPA, was more slimy and kind of nasty, so I had to ditch about an ounce at the end. Never mind, my opinion was made up upon opening the bottle with the first sniff and pour, and if I was fortunate enough to get another bottle I would in a second!
Dec 15, 2019
Rated: 3.98 by Prost76 from New Hampshire

Sep 07, 2019
Rated: 4.3 by SkyyNapalm from Massachusetts

Jul 23, 2017
Rated: 3.67 by BMart from Pennsylvania

May 04, 2017
Rated: 3.68 by dfhhead25 from Pennsylvania

Apr 24, 2017
Rated: 4.35 by Abe_Froman from Massachusetts

Apr 20, 2017
Rated: 4.54 by thampel09 from New Jersey

Feb 11, 2017
Rated: 4 by Gkruszewski from New York

Feb 03, 2017
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Reviewed by Miccal from Vermont

4.32/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
the look: Dark brown almost black, in direct sun in a 2oz glass you can not see through it. Nice amber - red star bursts in the sun.

Smell: boozy, medicinal, cherry

Taste: dark fruit out of the glass, like Utopias, slight alcohol burn on the back, lingering caramelized plum

Feel: a small sip fills the mouth with aroma, thick and viscus in the mouth, flat and smooth

Overall: this is a great still ale I've only had a few and for the price this is a better value, and flavor than Utopias. I wonder how it would be if I let it age for 10yrs. I tend to drink 2oz at a time like an aperitif, so if you are looking for a pint look elsewhere, this is a sipper to be sure.
Dec 06, 2016
Rated: 4.22 by MilaMila from Massachusetts

Nov 13, 2016
Rated: 4 by mattreitz49 from Florida

Oct 09, 2016
Rated: 4.07 by HawkeyBum from Massachusetts

Jul 01, 2016
Rated: 4.36 by liquorpig from Massachusetts

Mar 27, 2016
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Reviewed by smcolw from Massachusetts

3.34/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25
Served in a brandy glass, perhaps 5 ounces. No head, no lace. Brown and cloudy where light can pass through the center.

Lots of smooth semi sweet chocolate with a raspberry and brandy nose.

Nearly flat but not very full in the body. Chocolate start and then the alcohol kicks in. Not much of an aftertaste--some sweetness and strong alcohol. Rather simple flavor for the style.
Mar 10, 2016
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Reviewed by WillieThreebiers from Connecticut

4.14/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
Pours a dark brown black with the wispiest trace of head. Aroma of earthy stone fruit and raisin the faintest boozy trace. Woody flavor, raisin. Yum. Really fulfilling... poor man's utopia.
Feb 20, 2016
Rated: 4.25 by Doomcifer from Rhode Island

Jan 14, 2016
Rated: 4.44 by Thomas_Picton from Florida

Nov 21, 2015
Rated: 4.25 by sachie23 from New York

Sep 08, 2015
Rated: 4.36 by emptyglassagain from Massachusetts

Aug 13, 2015
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Reviewed by Roguer from Connecticut

4.06/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4
Looks flat, smells oxidized...but tastes delicious. Fantastic representation of the barrel and the brew; only slightly sweet. 14% disappears down the throat.
Jul 13, 2015
Rated: 3.5 by bostonryan from Massachusetts

Jul 11, 2015
Rated: 3.62 by Dactrius from Netherlands Antilles

Jul 10, 2015
Rated: 4.34 by PatGreer from Massachusetts

Jun 28, 2015
Rated: 4.02 by Masters from Massachusetts

Jun 03, 2015
Rated: 4.02 by Petegrieco from Massachusetts

Jun 01, 2015
Rated: 4.04 by NateF90 from Connecticut

May 04, 2015
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Reviewed by tigg924 from Massachusetts

5/5  rDev +25.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5
Only the second beer I have opted to give all fives to. Mystic produces some of the best beers in this state and this is a complex masterpiece. Taste is rum, dark fruits, plum, toffee, vanilla, caramel, alcohol, and oak barrel. Just blends together perfectly with multiple layers of complexity. This to me is the top beer coming out of Massachusetts.
Mar 30, 2015
Rated: 4.5 by gferg10 from Massachusetts

Mar 08, 2015
Rated: 3.81 by Kmlund from Massachusetts

Mar 05, 2015
Rated: 4.56 by WanderingFool from Massachusetts

Feb 28, 2015
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Reviewed by tonytuffnuts from Massachusetts

3.85/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75
Unique: "Non-carbonated 'still' ale"

Fantastic presentation in a uniquely stout bottle that's fit for a cordial, corked, and preserved with a wax seal.

Pours real dark without any head -- almost like a syrupy coke out of a flat fountain.

Smells brilliantly boozy, enveloped in dark cherry, prune, slight caramelized brown sugar, and a hint medicinal.

Tastes like the intersection of a whisky, a big red wine, and a reprised Belgian strong ale. Sweet, boozy finish reminiscent of a bourbon.

Feels a bit viscous. Very smooth without a bite.

While not that drinkable, it's a fascinating product that pushes the envelope of what beer is -- and of what can be done with beer's limited ingredients. Experiments like this are the hallmark of American brewing, so muxh respect for the innovation.
Feb 28, 2015
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Reviewed by Davepoolesque from Massachusetts

3.75/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
Pours out black with no head. I expected more flavor from this. It just seemed light in all aspects. Maybe it's just extremely balanced and the flavors are melded together seamlessly. It's not something you'd expect from a beer like this. No carb on this as it's meant to be still.
Jan 20, 2015
Rated: 3.52 by DeadRinger from Massachusetts

Sep 12, 2014
Rated: 3 by Kramerbarthomer from Colorado

Sep 06, 2014
Rated: 4.75 by Flaherbear from Massachusetts

Aug 13, 2014
Rated: 4.5 by MacQ32 from South Carolina

Jul 30, 2014
Rated: 3.75 by Phished880 from Massachusetts

Jul 24, 2014
Rated: 4.25 by mdube0378 from Massachusetts

Jul 11, 2014
Rated: 3.5 by acurtis from New Jersey

Jun 15, 2014
Rated: 4.5 by jpd7374 from Pennsylvania

Jun 01, 2014
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