Entropy | Mystic Brewery

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BEER INFO

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

Style: American Barleywine

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 14.20%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by johnnnniee on 12-04-2011

BEER STATS
Reviews:
15
Ratings:
88
Avg:
4.04
pDev:
29.7%
 
 
Wants:
21
Gots:
24
For Trade:
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Reviews: 15 | Ratings: 88
Reviews by Dope:
Photo of Dope
3.75/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

2013 bottle. Waxed and corked.

A: Pours a murky, cloudy dark brown. No head of course, this beer is still. I won't mark it down too much on appearance, it's an atypical and intended style.

S: Boozy dark fruits. Like rum-soaked raisins, fig and prunes. Loaded with very sweet caramel and some molasses too.

T: Again, huge boozy dark fruits as mentioned in the aroma. Very oaky throughout. Big alcohol with a nice sting in the finish. Sweet but not as sweet as I was expecting. Lots of lingering dried fruits and earthiness in the aftertaste. I'm not sure if this was aged in fresh barrels or what, but it does have a slight white wine flavor too. Not strong, like their wine barrel saisons, but its there.

M: Thick and heavy, but not ridiculously so. Flat, of course.

O: Well, one of the more unique beers I've ever had. Ignore the fact that it says barleywine, it barely resembles any normal beer. I'm not sure what I'd even use for classification, probably just the generic "american strong ale". It's a big, boozy and fruity ale with barleywine, wine and belgian yeast characteristics. A belgianwine? It's not bad, curious to age one for a while and see how it turns out. Surprisingly drinkable given 14.2% ABV and completely flat.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of Todd
4/5  rDev -1%

Photo of Doomcifer
4.25/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of tigg924
5/5  rDev +23.8%
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.

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Photo of Janeinma
3.75/5  rDev -7.2%

Photo of acurtis
3.5/5  rDev -13.4%

Photo of Guess2814
4.25/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pretty good beer.. It's like taking a shot.. The 14% alcohol this beer is taste stronger.. Well brewed... Great beer to taste after you've tasted the lower percentage beers on the list when you're at the brewery.. Bottle is fashionably nice .. This is a beer you would like to pour a glass in sip on it during a nice steak dinner..

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Photo of Roguer
4.06/5  rDev +0.5%
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.

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Photo of Flaherbear
4.75/5  rDev +17.6%

Photo of richj1970
4/5  rDev -1%

Photo of Kmlund
3.81/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of rhinis23
4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

Photo of trevorpost
3.5/5  rDev -13.4%

Photo of liquorpig
4.36/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of tonytuffnuts
3.85/5  rDev -4.7%
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.

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Photo of Phished880
3.75/5  rDev -7.2%

Photo of dcisco44
2.5/5  rDev -38.1%

Photo of GreesyFizeek
3.5/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Small little 2 oz pour provided by Bob at his tasting.

Pours out a still dark brown, with no head, or lacing. A guess I should've expected that.

Smells like a rush of booze. Some burnt brown sugar and dark fruit.

Tastes more like a liquor than a beer for sure, much like Utopias. However, at 29%, Utopias hides its alcohol a bit better than this 14% quad/barleywine/strong ale/monstrosity. Huge alcohol burn, followed by vanilla, dark fruits, and burnt sugars. Very Cognac like.

Medium bodied, feels silky and delicate on the tongue. Alcohol content is very noticeable.

An interesting beer, but not one I'd want much of again due to how hot it is.

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4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

Photo of cestlavie
4.75/5  rDev +17.6%

Photo of BColton1
3.75/5  rDev -7.2%

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2/5  rDev -50.5%

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4/5  rDev -1%

Photo of Timmy13T
3.75/5  rDev -7.2%

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Entropy from Mystic Brewery
4.04 out of 5 based on 88 ratings.
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