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Mastodon | Rhinegeist Brewery

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Rhinegeist Brewery
Ohio, United States
rhinegeist.com

Style: Belgian Strong Dark Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.80%

Availability: Winter

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Added by Lukass on 03-01-2014

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#11,297
Reviews:
11
Ratings:
50
pDev:
7.12%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
8
Gots:
14
Trade:
1
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4.75/5  rDev +20.9%

Photo of Brutaltruth
4.5/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Great ruby color; light lacing around edge. Beautiful brew to behold. Rich sweet nose with perfume like character with warmth. Taste of dark fruits, plum, raisin, and dates. Light spice reminiscent of some winter warmers, cinnamon, white pepper, and light bittering hops. Light caramel and chocolate malts lend well to the yeast without being overly heavy. Alcohol warming on the front and back of the taste. Excellent beer from a company I was at one time just amused with, but now with their foray into broader styles I am becoming a devoted follower, especially after having Ink Imperial Stout . Cheers.

Had on tap at Country Fresh Farm Market in Anderson.

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Photo of remstersuze
4.5/5  rDev +14.5%

Photo of screamking
4.4/5  rDev +12%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

On tap at jungle jims. $3 pints any day all day simply can't be beat.

Pours a dark ruby hue with a thin light tan head. Lots of dark fruits in the aroma. Raisin, black cherry, and hints of roasted chocolate malts. The taste is outstanding, it's has lots of dark fruits, chocolate, slight bitterness and a very sweet finish. I'm very impressed after having this for the first time. I will seek it out in the future for sure. Great stuff.

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Photo of Big_Mazz
4.39/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of superspak
4.32/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 ounce bottle into tulip glass, no bottle dating. Pours slightly hazy/cloudy deep ruby red/light brown color with a 1-2 finger fairly dense and fluffy light khaki head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Light spotty soapy lacing clings around the glass, with a fair amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of big raisin, plum, fig, date, cherry, peach, pear, apricot, apple, caramel, brown sugar, toffee, brown bread, and toasted biscuit; with light notes of banana, clove, pepper, nuttiness, chocolate, herbal, floral, and yeast/toasted earthiness. Incredible aromas with fantastic complexity and balance of fruity/earthy yeast, dark/bready/light roast malts, and light earthy hop notes; with great strength. Taste of big raisin, plum, fig, date, cherry, peach, pear, apricot, apple, caramel, brown sugar, toffee, brown bread, and toasted biscuit; with light notes of banana, clove, pepper, nuttiness, chocolate, herbal, floral, and yeast/toasted earthiness. Light herbal bitterness and yeast spiciness on the finish. Lingering notes of dark fruit, cherry, peach, pear, apricot, apple, caramel, brown sugar, toffee, brown bread, toasted biscuit, light nuttiness/chocolate, herbal, floral, and yeast/toasted earthiness on the finish for a while. Incredible complexity, robustness, and balance of fruity/earthy yeast, dark/bready/light roast malts, and light earthy hop flavors; with a nice malt/bitter/spiciness balance, and zero cloying sweetness after the finish. Slightly drying from bitter/spiciness as well. Medium carbonation and fairly full body; with a very smooth, creamy/silky/bready, and slightly sticky mouthfeel that is great. Minimal warming alcohol for 9.8%. Overall this is an amazing Belgian strong dark ale! All around incredible complexity, robustness, and balance of fruity/earthy yeast, dark/bready/light roast malts, and light earthy hop flavors; very smooth and dangerously easy to drink for the big ABV. Very rich and highly complex, with perfect yeast/malt flavor balance. Never overly sweet or heavy feeling, despite the sizable body. A highly enjoyable offering, and spot on style example.

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Photo of brewtus
4.31/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours dark ruby with a tan single finger head, pretty clear. Smell is full of sweet dark fruit, plums, black cherry, subtle cinnamon. Taste is sweet, clean malts, black cherry, other dark fruit, belgian yeast, caramel, cinnamon, slight hops presence. Overall this is a really great beer, great sweetness, very drinkable. Not my favorite style but this is a great take on a belgian dark but it's not as dark as I expected, overall another great one from the boys from the Queen City.

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Photo of GRG1313
4.25/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of chrismattlin
4.21/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of moodyxc9
4.15/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of SHDoyle
4.12/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Description: Ruby color, clear, with a slightly off white head and lacing. Smell is primarily dark, sweet fruit: plum, prune, raisin, etc. About what you'd expect from a quad. Taste is similar to the smell with the same dark fruits coming through but also a small hint of something lighter, like banana. The finish has a small amount of hop bitterness and the alcohol is noticeable. Feel is little thinner than I like in a quad but it's not bad. Low carbonation.

Suggested food pairing: Pork and sauerkraut

If you like this beer then you should also try: Westvleteren XII

Overall: 4 (This beer is good and I may or may not have it again) It's a quad and checks all the "quad" boxes but it's not outstanding, just good. I'd probably have it again but wouldn't necessarily seek it out.

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4.08/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours a very dark reddish amber in color with a loose tan head that dissipates somewhat quickly. A moderate amount of lacing is present.

Aromas of dark fruits dominate the nose, with hints of bread and brown sugar sweetness noticeable.

A hint of caramel and brown sugar is up front on the palate. By mid palate an explosion of dark fruit takes over with Black cherry, Fig, Plum, and red grapes. Finishes with dark fruit sweetness and a hint of heat from the alcohol.

Somewhat dry with a medium bordering on heavy body with low amount of carbonation.

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Photo of MSandahl23
4.06/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of AlpacaAlpaca
4.06/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of wroywel
4/5  rDev +1.8%

Photo of Rob315
4/5  rDev +1.8%

Photo of brycevolk
4/5  rDev +1.8%

Photo of Rogerlb
4/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark brown, with a red tinge. Head is barely there. Aroma is Belgian malts, plum, a bit of ripe banana, boozy sugar.

Taste is black cherry, brown sugar, bit of spice, dipped apricots, and a slight metal; as BA user @SHDoyle says, very "quad"-like with the sweet, bready, pepper hints. Alcohol is lurking although it's not "hot." A nice bourbon barrel undercurrent although they're not saying it spend any time in wood.

Sticky, carby finish. A bit thin and candied for a strong ale. Not bad.

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Photo of DYount80
4/5  rDev +1.8%

Photo of TheyCallMeYukon
4/5  rDev +1.8%

Photo of West_Chester_Ale_Tester
3.98/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of BEERchitect
3.98/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

After their tireless trek through the multitude of American styles, the passport of the tastebuds now lands us in Belgium- at least in taste. The biggest, baddest and darkest of those beers manifest in the aptly named Mastodon.

Deep and devilishly amber, its austere us both hazy and ominous while its shadows hedge on garnet and its head creamy and ecru. Wafts of caramel and brown sugar wash over the palate with a fruity, spicy medley take on the nose.

Strong and lavish, the complex taste unfolds on the palate, heightened by expressive carbonation to lift the sugars and spice cake structures and to embolden the fruits of date, fig, raisin and apple and its balance of cinnamon, peppercorn and soft clove. With the fruit and spices dueling out their playful command, the sweetness and breadiness drift away and allows the taste to trend drying and warm.

Full on both flavor and texture, the beer never achieves the dryness level of classic Belgian varieties, but carries its own dessert-like richness with a finish of brandy-soaked maraschino cherry and candied apple.

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Photo of Majestic
3.96/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Eziel
3.94/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of StoutAtTheDevil
3.93/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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Mastodon from Rhinegeist Brewery
Beer rating: 3.93 out of 5 with 50 ratings
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