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A beast of a brew. This dark, rich hearty ale is made with shiitake mushrooms, adding umami soaked earthiness unique to this beer. Brewed with a balanced blend of roasted barley and oats, the mouthfeel is truly narrative. Both complex and straight-forward, this ale is equally at home with a hearty fresh off the grill steak or a late night game of poker.


4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
blipp (5660) - Newark, New Jersey, USA - MAY 25, 2011
Bottle. Pours deep brown with a beige head. Roasty aroma with earthy notes and a light sweetness. The flavor has roasted malts, earthy notes, coffee, and a hint of sweetness. Good stuff.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Rciesla (5499) - Exit 15W, New Jersey, USA - MAY 4, 2011
Bottle. Pours a dark bruin body with a tan off white head with thin lacing. I’m not sure i get the mushroom character here, seems a bit dusky earth like in nature. What i get is really more malty, roasted malt, toasted oats, hints of chocolate. Bitter with licorice, tea like bitterness, and a hint of musky coco to finish. Not bad.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
pantanap (3340) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - FEB 19, 2011
22oz bottle most likely from tom.... pours a deep ruddy cola pour with a lighter reddish edges and topped with a thin light beige head... aroma is earthy, musty, with a big roasty chocolate component to it. more akin to a roasty porter/stout. not sure if you’d be able to detect the fungi otherwise... flavors are a continuation of the same with roast, cocoa, and a backend that is more along the herbal musty front certainly attributed to the shitakes. semi-sweet and chalky in nature. light to medium bodied with an equal level of carbonation. earthy, semi-sweet finish.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
manuchampions (1227) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - FEB 5, 2011
650ml bottle from Brewery Creek in Vancouver. Pours a vert deep brown with decent light brown head that reduces to a thin cap. Aroma is very smoky, roasted porter like malts, some earthiness. Flavour is full on porter, smoke, light bitterness. Where are these mushrooms? If anything there’s a slightly earthy funk in the aftertaste but it doesn’t immediately identify itself as shiitake (probably a good thing). Alcohol is evident but not overpowering. A solid porter that really only falls into the spice/herb/vegetable category due to the mushroom funk.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
mgermani (1000) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JAN 24, 2011
Pours a deep brown with no appreciable head, light earthy aroma. Meaty brown ale malting, thick body, lovely earthy flavour which, although not specifically shitake-esque, is believably mushroomy, and makes me wish I had the steak referenced in the official description. Nice body and moderate carbonation. Sessionable, oddly enough. Yum.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
CLevar (376) - Minnesota, USA - DEC 6, 2010
Bottle to taster. At Levi’s. From notes. I really liked this beer more than I was expecting to. Pours a somewhat unappealing dark hazy brown with some chunks. Smells like someone poured coffee grounds on the earth...in the best sort of way. Chocolate and mushrooms in there as well. Taste is also earthy, with some burnt malt, biscuit, with no hops to speak of. Mouthfeel is slightly thin. Would love more of this.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
mabel (5371) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - NOV 24, 2010
[3414-20101002] 1pt6floz bottle. Roasted dark wood forest aroma has mild dry bark sticks. Dark brown body with a quick foamy light brown head. Earthy dry wood roast flavour has a long lingering smoky roast malt aftertaste. Full body. Sneakily quite boozy.
(w/ jerc, Radek)

3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
MrChopin (2927) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - NOV 23, 2010
Near black, thin tan head. Oyster stout like, not as salty but with the same subdued earthy character and prominent roasted malt, light sweetness in chocolate, and a dusty, fairly dry finish. The roast is straightforward and lacks complexity, thought the dryness adds a bit. Decent but almost no mushroom uniqueness and not much else to remain interesting.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
CheersMate (1299) - Fremont (Seattle), Washington, USA - NOV 18, 2010
22 oz. bottle from Bottleworks. Fluffy off-white head. Nice opaque, black appearance. Nice looking for a spice/herb/vegetable. Lots of roast with a bit of earthiness. Very much a porter, if I may say so myself. The beer is quite pungent, but the mushrooms are THAT noticeable, in the aroma. Ok, the flavor is quite good, and yet, very interesting. The taste has a bit of milk, roast, salt, and earth. I know that funky earth flavor is coming from the mushrooms; at least, I hope so. This is a very interesting beer. The malts used obviously, contribute to the porter taste. This beer is, well again, interesting. Little bits of bitterness poking through at the end. An interesting concept, but this one is something that I should have shared between multiple people, but it is just fuckin’ me.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Radek Kliber (6321) - Toronto (Can) Krotoszyn (Pol), POLAND - NOV 10, 2010
Bottle 650? ml
Aroma dark roast , earthy with hint of mold on sides
Appearance clean dark brown , light dark, tanned top.3+
Flavor and Palate : Roasted barley with caramelized sugars with frisky body to it. Mid accented with dry ash-earthy character. Dry roast at end. Slight feel of mold across.


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