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Mastodon | Rhinegeist Brewery

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3.94/5
Very Good
51 Ratings
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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

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by Lukass on 03-01-2014

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#10,796
Reviews:
11
Ratings:
51
pDev:
7.11%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
7
Gots:
14
Trade:
1
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Photo of kylehay2004
3.77/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of acurtis
3.74/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of GRG1313
4.25/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of nmann08
3.67/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of BEERchitect
3.98/5  rDev +1%
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 superspak
4.32/5  rDev +9.6%
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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3.85/5  rDev -2.3%

Photo of orangesol
3.73/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Eziel
3.94/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Donkster46
3.73/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

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3.75/5  rDev -4.8%

Photo of barczar
3.83/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Aroma is fairly subtle, alcohol, esters of pear, dark cherry.

Flavor is fairly hot, as well, with light caramel malt and a muddled fruit ester finish.

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Photo of MSandahl23
4.06/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of khargro2
4.1/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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3.75/5  rDev -4.8%

Photo of DavoleBomb
3.84/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a snifter. Bottle.

3.25 A: Clear deep amber brown color. Two fingers of short lived frothy off-white head.

4.25 S: Boozy plum, prune, raisin, tobacco. Light peppery spiciness. Sugary caramel, banana, hints of bubblegum. Complex and powerful, but lacking the fine subtleties of the Belgian brewers.

3.75 T: Taste is good, but not as good as the nose. It's aggressive with less hidden features. Big raisin and plum with peppery spiciness. Caramel and raisin next. Banana underneath it all.

3.75 M: Heavier medium body. Good moderate carbonation with a light spritziness to it. Mildly boozy with a bitter, more boozy finish. Smooth though.

3.75 D: Decent beer. Not as sophisticated as the best, but just as flavorful.

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3.5/5  rDev -11.2%

Photo of TheBeerAlmanac
3.75/5  rDev -4.8%

Photo of chrismattlin
4.21/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of West_Chester_Ale_Tester
3.98/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Brutaltruth
4.5/5  rDev +14.2%
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 rydev24
3.85/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of BPMeyer27
3.75/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of StoutAtTheDevil
3.93/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of AlpacaAlpaca
4.06/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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Mastodon from Rhinegeist Brewery
Beer rating: 3.94 out of 5 with 51 ratings
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