Entropy | Mystic Brewery

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95 Ratings
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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:
95
Reviews:
18
Avg:
4.02
pDev:
11.94%
 
 
Wants:
21
Gots:
27
For Trade:
6
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Ratings: 95 |  Reviews: 18
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 Flaherbear
4.75/5  rDev +18.2%

Photo of cestlavie
4.75/5  rDev +18.2%

Photo of WanderingFool
4.56/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of thampel09
4.54/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of DruRho
4.5/5  rDev +11.9%

Photo of jpd7374
4.5/5  rDev +11.9%

Photo of gferg10
4.5/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of JAHMUR
4.5/5  rDev +11.9%

Photo of StonedTrippin
4.5/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

a beer like no other, if we can even call it that. something like four or five yeasts make this quad turned barleywine something to behold. it pours an almost still looking rich dark caramel brassy color, darker than that, shaded, clean looking, not much head, thick and sticky. the smell of this is a quad at heart, i do get a genuine belgian yeast with all its fruity esters and big dark grain sugars, but i also get so much more. a white wine yeast is apparently used to dry it out, which is highly successful, i get some mild acidity in the nose, but none in the feel. i also get a ton of fruit, some dried cherries and even plums, but fresh fruit too, red grapes, tangy pomegranate, and a woody nuttiness like pecans, all in the smell. it also has a spirit sort of nose, likely from the sherry yeast they continue to referment this with. the flavor oozes vanilla and belgian dark malts. molasses, brown sugar, cherry juice, black tea, this is impossibly complex. lots of woody mustiness, almost no residual sugar even though this is like dessert to me. the sherry yeast is a very interesting touch, giving this a velvety texture that is light in spite of its thickness. it coats the mouth and glides down the throat finishing more english than belgian really, but mixing the best of both worlds. even at room temperature all this alcohol is magically well hidden. one of the most memorable mouthfeels in beer for me, not a lick of carbonation, rich and decadently full bodied, but soft and delicate and gentle and clean and slippery, really just a beautiful creation. my first and only beer from mystic to date. this is refined to a level usually reserved for some of the heavy hitters in craft brewing. this deserves much more attention, much higher ratings, and is honestly some of the most special beer ive ever encountered. like nothing else out there.

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Photo of MacQ32
4.5/5  rDev +11.9%

Photo of GrindFatherBob
4.5/5  rDev +11.9%

Photo of bleeps
4.49/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

From the batch released on Black Friday (not the exploding batch). Pours a deep dark brown which is almost black in the glass. Complex odor, sherry is the most prominent. Smooth flavor with obvious notes from the barrel and some dark fruitiness from the yeast. No carbonation, tastes like a strong beverage, but the alcohol is only a little noticeable on the lips.

Overall this is really likable, and obviously a brew that Mystic put a lot of care into. 'Belgian Quad' doesn't really describe it. Maybe more like a strong barleywine. I'd like to pick up another and see how it ages.

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Photo of Thomas_Picton
4.44/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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 emptyglassagain
4.36/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Abe_Froman
4.35/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of PatGreer
4.34/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Miccal
4.32/5  rDev +7.5%
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.

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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 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 rhinis23
4.25/5  rDev +5.7%

Photo of Mike
4.25/5  rDev +5.7%

Photo of sachie23
4.25/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of AndyAvalanche
4.25/5  rDev +5.7%

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Entropy from Mystic Brewery
4.02 out of 5 based on 95 ratings.
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