Day Of Doom | Mystic Brewery

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Mystic Brewery
Massachusetts, United States

Style: Quadrupel (Quad)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 12.00%

Availability: Rotating

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Photo of beantown_hopster
4.07/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured from a corked bottle to Night Shift 2016 Barrel Society goblet

L - Dark brown, looks syrupy and thick. A bit of floaties piled fall to the bottom that can be seen in the light, in normal lighting is pretty opaque.

S - Dark fruit, plum and fig w an alcoholic smell. Smells identical to a port to me.

T - it's hot (ok its warm) sticky sweet! but seriously these are the main traits. this is a sweet quad, grape, plum, raisin and cherry blended by sweet molasses and maple syrup. you can really taste the syrup on the back end, though it masks any alcohol that a 12% offering may present.

MF - as syrupy as it appears and w the molasses and maple syrup present it's not as thick as you'd think, it's about spot on.

O - very very good.

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Photo of jimboothdesigns
4.13/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

My very first quad. Dark, deep unfiltered amber in color. Little head and very little carbonation. A boozy brown sugar, banana and raisin in smell. Subtle hints of hops with a slight sour taste. On the thin syrup side but a nice warm sweet taste. A nice heavy ale that reminds me of a rum raisin cake. The bottle I picked up says that it is 11% ABV.

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Photo of TWStandley
3.65/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from the bottle into my Chimay glass. Batch 001.

Appeared a dark brown color with a reddish tinge. Produced a 4 finger light brown head that dissipated leaving only a thin layer on top. TONS of sediment chunks, even though I was pretty careful pouring it.

Smelled quite interesting. Definite port-wine characteristics mixed with dark fruits and a bit of creme.

Taste was quite potent. Hit with some grapey flavors, kind of like fermented Welch's grape juice. Cherries, plums, and tobacco flavors layered throughout. Interesting taste, a bit too sweet for my palate.

Mouthfeel was pretty thick but the carbonation was appropriate, even aged for a few years.

Overall it was just OK in my book. Many other options out there for a better price but I was happy to have tried it. Points gained though for a sweet bottle and name, and a great local brewery.

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Photo of richj1970
4.16/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 375 ml bottle into tulip glass.

A: Pours a dark ruby red almost brown with a frothy 1-2 finger white head that dissipated fairly quickly. Some minimal lacing.

S: Lots of fruit esters - plum, raisin, cherry, dates. Some Belgian yeast and molasses.

T: Tons of dark fruit flavors bursting out. A mix of cherry, plum, raisin, dates. There is a subtle sweetness and a bit of spice. Maybe corriander?

M: Fairly full bodied and a bit of a syrup quality but not sticky sweet.

O: A very nice quad, and surprising drinkable considering 12% ABV. This is probably my favorite of the Mystic brews.

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Photo of LeRose
4.12/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The odd little bottle, about ten months old, poured into a tulip.

This is a beautiful looking beer. Deep reddish/brown color with a finger or so of dense foam blanket. The head lingers nicely and offsets the deep, rich color nicely. Strong red hues. Attractive, a little "murky".

The smell was sweet and fruity, lots of fruity esters. Sugary-sweet and I assume that is the Belgian candi sugar, raisin/date/fig aromas. And the alcohol is not shy even at the age of the bottle. An earthy note as well - like very ripe fruit.

I thought the flavor was BIG, but it was not overwhelming or muddled. Heavy on the date/fig flavors and the earthiness in the smell delivers in the taste. Almost wine-like character. The malt just peeks through a little - enough to support and balance out the stronger flavors going on. It is sweet, but not overwhelmingly so. The alcohol is certainly present,

The mouthfeel is heavy - no doubt. It's thick and lingers on the tongue, but isn't "cloying". The alcohol provides a nice tingle and offsets the heavy feel somewhat, but there's no mistake that this is a heavy brew.

Overall, thought this a very good beer. Can stand alone for leisurely sipping or pair with robust food. Not something you can drink lots of - one bottle (by itself) seems about right. I can see having this for a rustic meal - venison, root vegetables, etc. And I can easily see getting carried away with it in that setting.

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Photo of jondeelee
3.88/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Day of Doom opens to a sweet, syrupy aroma heavy with fruit esters, including fig, blood orange, cherry, berry, and even touches of concord grape. The esters are bolstered by a good smattering of brown sugar, vanilla, and maple syrup, and a dose of sticky pink grapefruit from the hops adds further complexity. Hints of molasses play at the edges, adding a nice countering dark sugary note. These sugars rest on a bed of toast, biscuit, and baguette. Left open for a while, the pink grapefruits become more prominent, as do the figs and cherries. Overall, the nose is very nice, being well rounded for a quad and, while leaning heavily towards the sugars, showcasing a nice variety of sweet aromas--the only real drawback is a relatively light aroma that tends to fade more quickly than would be expected.

On the tongue, the beer opens with a burst of fruits, including cherry, berry, strawberry, blood orange, pomegranate, melon, soda-like lemon/lime, and light pineapple on the sweet side, and hints of fig and concord grape on the more earthy side, providing a nice balance. Bananas and cloves play around in the background, adding spice, and mingling with bits of pine resin and grapefruit rind from the hops. The malts also bring a baguette, biscuit, and herbed bread note. The flavors are, on the whole, potent, but simultaneously come across as strangely watery, except for the intensely sweet cherry & etc. notes, this sensation not helped by the watery and relatively low-carbonation mouthfeel, all of this making the beer seem a lot like a sugary fruit spritzer into which a dose of cognac had been poured. The alcohol is present, but not biting, only really coming out in the aftertaste, which otherwise bears peppery spices and lingering sweet sugars.

Overall, there are some nice flavors in here, but they tend to be heaviest toward the extra-sweet fruity side, and need a bit of balance to prevent the beer from becoming cloying. Having said that, this would be an excellent dessert beer, the sugary notes comparable to that of an ice wine.

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Photo of LordBeardman
4.34/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 750ml corked bottle into a pint glass.

Look: Dark reddish liquid with a large head that has a slight yellow tint.

Taste: Very strong flavor with a lot of alcohol, reflecting the 12% alcohol.

Smell: Definitely smells like a Belgian.

I highly enjoyed this beer. It reminded me of a lot of actual Belgian quads I've had. This beer definitely has a kick to it. I highly recommend this beer to anyone.

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Photo of bylerteck
3.78/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Batch 001 bottle bought in Burlington, VT. From notes.

A - Deep ruby pour with good carbonation and a one finger thick beige head. Great rings of lace and a half finger of retention.

S - Mild with some yeast there.

T - Raisins, boozy dark fruits, fruitcake, candi sugar, yeast, alcohol was well integrated. Nice and complex.

M - Mild carbonation, nice creamy full body and a sweet dry finish.

O/D - A nice Quad. Easy drinking and flavourful, but not as complex as expected. A good one.

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Photo of puboflyons
4.51/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

From the corked, caged bottle marked Batch 001. Sampled on August 12, 2013 about 8-9 months after it was released.

It pours incredibly dark to nearly black. Ruby red hues can be seen around the very edges of the bottom of the glass. Moderate, lingering cream colored head. Very opaque.

Sweetness erupts on first whiff with esters of Belgian yeast, Belgian sugar, and Belgian dark malts along with a dark fruit quality such as fig and plum. At the same time subtle.

The body is full and creamy.

The taste begins with a warming sweetness of caramel fudge and malts and dark fruits but after a moment the spicy, peppery finish takes over and lingers at the end. Sweet to sharp. I like that a lot. I guess I have to disagree with previous reviewers who rated it good to very good because I thought this was a a very fine beer.

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Photo of tigg924
4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: minimal head, chestnut brown in color, clear, medium carbonation

Smell: brown sugar, raisin, fig, alcohol, and dates

Taste: brown sugar, raisin, fig, alcohol, Belgian spices, pumpernickel bread, and dates

Mouthfeel: medium carbonation, heavy body, sweet start with light bitterness, chewy

Overall: One of the better quads I have had from Massachusetts. This one is nice, rich, and full of dark fruit. I am going to get this again.

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Photo of Flounder57
3.88/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

375 ml was poured into a snifter. This beer is batch #2 for this style.

Appearance: This beer poured a one finger off white head that reduced to a thin layer. It is a reddish brown color with no clarity. Bubbles can be seen coming up the side of the glass.

Smell: Molasses, spiciness, yeasty esters, boozy alcohol, and light fig and raisin notes. Booze is a bit overbearing to pick up most aromas.

Taste: Things are a bit more noticeable now that I have allowed the beer to warm a bit. Booze is still there along with everything else. I can pick up some bitter chocolate, powdery notes, Belgian candy, dried fruits, and some bready malts.

Mouthfeel: Smooth, full bodied, boozy, low to medium carbonation, a little chewy, and quite the sipper.

Overall: Pretty solid quad. I'm pretty happy with it and look forward to their other offerings. Cheers.

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Photo of deltatauhobbit
3.98/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Batch 001
375ml bottle

Pours a brownish color with a freakin' huge head in my chalice, fades at a very slow rate and makes me wait a long while to even get a sip, last of the pour leaves huge chunkies.

Smell has a decent amount of Belgian candied sugar on the nose with dark fruit and a touch of banana.

Taste is pretty large and in charge when it comes to the candied sugar and dark fruit, raisin-y throughout, it is very boozy, the heat doesn't burn the mouth so much as it does the throat, carbonation is very high which is expected, decent thickness and creaminess.

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Photo of jacksback
4.36/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Purchased entirely due to the name. Have only had one offering from mystic- their first saison- which wasn't very good, but they said as much, and I've heard that they've improved a lot.

Music is appropriate... Catacombs.

Pours a heavy, murky opaque black. Held to the light of a dying fire, some faint dark bloody amber highlights around the edges. Persistent scummy film of off-white head that leaves plenty of lacy filth on the glass.

Big, heavy, ponderous aromas of dark, alcohol-laden sweetness. Pungent earthy fruit notes, fruits left too long on the vine.

Massive, oozing flavors with weight that darkly lauds the 12% alcohol. Big boozy warmth from that alcohol powered furnace. The decrepit earthy, fruity promise of the aroma is fully delivered in figs and grapes, the yeasts used to gnaw through these malts lending more vinious notes.

Thick, menacing, and chewy on the palate. Plenty of weight, plenty of finish. You won't mistake the beast you consume.

A dark day indeed. Fear. Unknown depths. Dark, intoxicating magic.

The beer's pretty damn good too.

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Photo of brewandbbq
4.1/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

750ml bottle, batch 1.

Pours dark brown, nearly opaque with a beige, spongy head. After the retreat, a solid skim coat remains on the surface for the duration of the glass along with plenty of tattered lacing.

Candied figs, raisins, brown sugar, and grape jam lead off the nose. Dark rum, candied apples, and light roast follow through.

Medium bodied with a creamy, lush mouthfeel.

Run-drizzeled over sugar-dusted raisins with a rich caramel reduction starts the palate. Sweet malt, purple grapes, and boozy undertones follow through.

Finishes with lingering rum, candied apples, and rich, juicy malt.

A tasty, big, sweetish beer. Lacking the attenuation and ripe fruit found in the best quads but certainly cellar-worthy.

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Photo of JMScowcroft
3.78/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Mystic Brewery - Day Of Doom - 1pt 6fl oz

Look - Pours dark coffee and heavy with a hearty, foamy head. Thick and floating sediment. Minimal carbonation. Has the look of a badass brew.

Smell - Sweet chocolate, cocoa, and coffee. You can smell the alcohol.

Taste - Smooth, creamy, chocolaty, interesting Quad, was not really expecting that. There are many more flavors in here but they were hard to handpick out of the taste, very busy. The complexity is more appreciated over time.

Mouthfeel - Fades quickly, leaves a bitter cocoa/burnt sugar in the mouth. Surprisingly dry which leaves you thinking about your next sip.

Overall - Not overly impressed but a hearty beer for sure. This one may have you wondering later on and wanting to try it again. Interesting...

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Photo of smcolw
3.9/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Very large, lumpy, frothy head (over 2/3 of the glass). The liquid is dark ruby, amber. Appears to be clear.

Sweet candy sugar aroma. Notable alcohol nose as well.

Classic Quad taste and feel. Lots of alcohol warmth on the tongue. The mild sweetness is muted by the strength of this warmth. Above average carbonation to the otherwise rich body. Long Scotch-like aftertaste. No bitterness.

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Photo of ppoitras
3.69/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

375ml bottle purchased as a single from Yankee Spirits, Sturbridge, MA. Corked and caged, Batch 001.

Poured into a DFH snifter, formed a 1" frothy dark tan head over the almost opaque chestnut brew. Head holds on firmly, with tons of chunky lacing. Aroma is toffee, fruits, and alcohol.

Taste is dark fruits and spices to start, a peek of citrus in the middle, then close with more spice and alcohol warmth. Mouthfeel is pretty smooth, and drinkability is alright. I'd expected a bit more depth of flavor from this one, and not much alcohol flavor, but much of the warming.

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Photo of jlindros
3.37/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Meant to drink this on 12/21/12 but had too much going on.

Pours a decent fluffy almost creamy 1 finger head, fades at a med pace with nice lacing, hazy semi murky dark molasses brown color and hint of mahogany light somehow making it through.

Nose starts with darker malts, caramel and candy, also dark candi sugar, a bit of molasses and brown sugar, and hint of nutty. Also hint of dark fruits like plum and fig bit very little. Booze kicks in with light esters and some typical Belgian phenols. Smells like it will be syrupy and sweet too.

Taste starts with the typical esters and phenols from some of the mystic beers except more dominant, with dark fruits mostly raisin but a little fig. Little yeasty too, and dark malts, a bit of dark caramel and molasses, as well as light candi sugar. There is also a light infection like sourness that I remember from many a homebrew. Also an herbal icky hop flavor in there that combines with the sourness to a really icky flavor. Finish is sticky but dry, lingering dark fruit and candi sugar, but a little infection sourness, and a bit yeasty.

Mouth is med to fuller bod, decent carb, just a bit of booze so at least it drinks well.

Overall meh, a bit sad as this beer is quite a let down for most of the mystic beers. It's yeasty, light soured infection taste, herbal icky hops, and malts aren't that great. There is nothing great about this, no real redeeming qualities.

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Photo of PatriotsRule
4.83/5  rDev +23.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Absolutely beautiful beer. Poured from a nice fancy 12.68 oz cork-caged single into a standard pint glass, and the head (plus lacing) was intense.
A: Oh so gorgeous to the eye. A dark mahogany, almost purplish in its deep ruby complexion. A great frothy cream-coloured head that was absolutely delicious, with slippery lacing all ova
S: Grass, biscuit, toasted cookies, flowers, citrus, pine, berries and some grape
T: Follows the nose and pleasantly surprises. Berries and bread, smoke and roasted nuts all combine to give this active dance of a beverage a sort of meadow-like collaborative effect.
M: Yeast is no joke in here, and plays a crucial role to cleanse the palate after blasting it with hoppy sweet seriousness... The brew drinks amazingly smoothly. It is crisp and absolutely perfect cold. I was just a hair away from giving this perfect fives all throughout the rating.
O: A little bitter, a little smokey, a little bready, very hoppy, strong malt character, really just a masterful balance here. Lots of intriguing flavor, yet no out-of-place wild cards. A careful brewing project, and Mystic has very much impressed me once again. I will definitely try Day of Doom in the future. It's not nearly as foreboding as the name suggests, and the high (12%) alcohol content is masked as well as I could possibly imagine. Mystic is where it's at folks! Also another highlight of this drink was I got a batch #001!

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Photo of VelvetExtract
3.2/5  rDev -17.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A-The cork almost took my face off. Pours a dark brown color. Light really has trouble entering this beer. Head starts off big and bubbly, but it dies off to a thin bog of tan. Softer lacing rings.

S-Whoa, this beer is ridiculously yeasty. Estery too. Dark, dried fruit. Mexican cola. Caramel, toffee and molasses. Booze sneaks up behind the yeastiness. Mystic clearly has its own take on the Quad. Pretty cool.

T-Oh god that is not good. Perhaps the most metallic flavor I have run across in a beer. Copper and nickel slaps around the palate. There is a Quad behind that flavor, but sadly it has been silenced.

M-I will say that the booze is hidden well. Soft carbonation.

O/D-Something is a miss. I will finish it, but barely. Mystic is a cool local brewery, I have loved some of their brews, but this...not so much.

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Photo of gfreed
2.98/5  rDev -23.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

An average offering from an otherwise excellent brewery, the low marks are a reflection of a beer that was tasted before its time (with apologies to Orson Welles). For a quad, I found it far too sweet and syrupy, sort of like flat Dr. Pepper but without the side effects. (Don't you remember why they said to drink it at 10:00, 2:00 and 4:00?) The leathery aroma was intriguing but it smelled raw as well, and that rawness dominated the taste. Do what I did: buy two small bottles. It will cost you about the same as one bomber, but you won't have to drink a giant bottle of 12% beer by yourself and have to deal with the after effects the following morning. Drink one now and put the other away for at least a year. Compare and contrast.

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Photo of NEhophead
3.37/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12.68 fl oz brown bottle, caged & corked, served in a goblet.
Batch #001.

Pours a deep maple with a plum hue. An off-white head, filled with carbonation, recedes nearly upon the initial pour. No lasting lacing to speak of.

Dark, vinous fruit aromatics that is a bit muted by a mild musty astringency which gives an odd earthen, muddy quality as well. Very light milk chocolate that gives another layer of depth in aroma.

Semi-sweet Belgian candy sugar that is tempered by an earthen farmhouse must. After the initial must subsides, a sweet, vinous fruit flavor takes control: plum, grape, cherry, and light fig. Although this aspect is a bit more in line with flavors typical of the style, the warming spiciness of a Quadrupel is nearly absent. The alcohol presence is noticeable in the finish, but certainly not overpowering which is quite surprising for the listed 12%.

Full bodied. Smooth, but somewhat thin on the palate for the style.

Unfortunately, a real bland take on the style. Nothing offensive about this offering, but nothing memorable either.

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Photo of johnnnniee
4.08/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On tap at Meadhall.
Pours a dark brown bordering on black with a huge creamy off white head that persists forever. Yup it smells like a quad. Raisins prunes and plums meet brown sugar and caramel with a hint of dark chocolate. The flavor follows the aroma quite well. Thick rich sweet dark malts mixed with some dark fruits. Medium to thick body with a light to moderate level of carbonation and a sweet burnt sugary mouthfeel. Very nice quad, it does seem a bit young, but I think with a hint more age this is going to be a fantastic brew.

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Day Of Doom from Mystic Brewery
3.9 out of 5 based on 129 ratings.
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