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
Ratings:
96
Reviews:
18
Avg:
4.02
pDev:
11.94%
 
 
Wants:
21
Gots:
27
For Trade:
6
User Ratings & Reviews
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Ratings: 96 |  Reviews: 18
Reviews by the Alström Bros:
Photo of Todd
4/5  rDev -0.5%

More User Reviews:
Photo of WillieThreebiers
4.14/5  rDev +3%
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.

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Photo of Doomcifer
4.25/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of tigg924
5/5  rDev +24.4%
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 -6.7%

Photo of acurtis
3.5/5  rDev -12.9%

Photo of Guess2814
4.25/5  rDev +5.7%
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 +1%
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 +18.2%

Photo of richj1970
4/5  rDev -0.5%

Photo of SkyyNapalm
4.3/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Kmlund
3.81/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of rhinis23
4.25/5  rDev +5.7%

Photo of trevorpost
3.5/5  rDev -12.9%

Photo of liquorpig
4.36/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of tonytuffnuts
3.85/5  rDev -4.2%
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 -6.7%

Photo of dcisco44
2.5/5  rDev -37.8%

Photo of GreesyFizeek
3.5/5  rDev -12.9%
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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Photo of Mike
4.25/5  rDev +5.7%

Photo of cestlavie
4.75/5  rDev +18.2%

Photo of BColton1
3.75/5  rDev -6.7%

Photo of nlfrenette
2/5  rDev -50.2%

Photo of HattedClassic
4.01/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

2013 Vintage after aging for nearly 4 years.
The beer pours with absolutely no head, which is probably the result of aging this beer for a long time. The beer itself is a very dark brown and muddy but seems to have some dark reddish notes when looked from above. Aging the beer does not seem to do justice for its appearance because it is U-G-L-Y you ain't got no alibi, you ugly but passable.

The smell and taste are very nice and pretty interesting. The booze is note is fairly soft and adds a nice fruitiness to it with a slight burn. The wood notes are nice and the french oak seems to impart a soft and creamy vanilla. The main notes consist of a mix of dark fruit notes and a moderate caramel note in the undercurrent. The dark note is kind of a nice ripe plum mixed with raisins.

The feel is okay. It's a bit flat and thin due to the alcohol and barrel aging but it's extremely slick with an interesting softness to it.

Overall, I'd say go for it but don't bother aging it for too long and drink it slightly aged since it doesn't seem to gain anything from aging it.

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Entropy from Mystic Brewery
4.02 out of 5 based on 96 ratings.
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