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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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
bu11zeye (11971) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - MAY 12, 2010
(22oz bottle, courtesy of BMan1113VR) Pours a brown body with a small tan quickly dissipating head. Aroma of charred grain, rye, coconut, chocolate, soy, and roasted malt. Flavor of roasted malt, soy marinated shiitake, earth, and cocoa.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
bhensonb (11276) - Woodland, California, USA - JUL 2, 2010
Bomber from Malt & Vine. Pours an incredibly dark ruby (against strong halogen) with a five finger foamy tan head. Aroma of chocolate! Medium body with moderate carbonation. Flavor starts chocolate then goes earthy. Then goes chocolate. Then I think there’s a touch of coffee. Then the flavor cycle begins again. It seems simple until one attempts to accurately describe it. So I’ll agree it’s complex. It is. Finishes nicely chocolate, earthy and bitter, though no harshly so.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
brokensail (11105) - Orange County, California, USA - SEP 12, 2010
A: The pour is a dark brown with some notes of red and a finger’s worth of tan head. S: A very interesting aroma to this beer. Quite a bit of chocolate and roasted malt with a definite earthy and musty aroma that is undoubtedly from the mushrooms. There’s a bit of a meaty and lightly smokey aroma as well. T: The roasted flavors of the stout base are prominent on the front end with some chocolate, and (no other way to say this) dirt. The mushrooms add a really strange flavor that I can’t quite describe, almost sourness. M: The body is medium with a moderate level of carbonation, too. D: This one was just a little too much for me. I really love mushrooms, but I’m not exactly sure they have a place in beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
adnielsen (9287) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - MAY 23, 2012
Bottle @ Dan’s house, courtesy of steve_0. Thanks! Light black appearance with a light brown and tons of floaties. Tangy, roasty, dark berry, cherry, earthy, light chocolate aroma. Burnt chocolate, a touch fruity, tangy, roasty, earthy flavor. Can’t say I get mushrooms in the flavor outside of the earthiness. Not bad.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
hopscotch (9258) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - JUN 10, 2010
Bottle…Murky brown ale with a small, creamy, white head. Good retention. Earthy, chocolaty, nutty nose. Full-bodied with a lightly creamy mouthfeel and tender carbonation. The flavor is deeply roasted and chocolaty with good unsweetened-cocoa bitterness. Chocolaty, bittersweet finish. Bottle courtesy of footbalm and TheCheeseMan!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
hopdog (9018) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 1, 2011
12oz bottle. Poured a deep brown color with a smaller sized off white head. Aromas of earth, roast, wet moldy forest floor, and some coffee. Tastes of earth, ’salty’, roast, licorice, some chocolate, and some coffee. This one was different and interesting.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
Sammy (8773) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 3, 2010
Strange brew, looks like an imperial stout with a black colour. The aroma is smokey, and chocolaye. The taste is a little sour and vegetative. Not too drinkable. Promises but does not deliver. Thanks for bringing Jeremy.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jtclockwork (8628) - , New Jersey, USA - OCT 1, 2010
Bottle with many thanks to Scrizz! Pours black with tan head. Nose of chocolate, roasted malts, coffee and cereal. Taste of mushroom, vegetable, grilled steak, roasted malts and barley.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
jercraigs (7934) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 3, 2010
2010-10-02. Very dark brown body with a foamy tan head. 3+ Dusty, earthy aroma, roast, what I assume is the mushrooms, hints at chocolate. 6+ Flavour is dry and roasty with earthy undertones that build slowly. Roast has an aspect of watery dilute coffee to it. Dry roasty bitterness lingers, some astringency to the roast at times. 6+ Average palate. Decent beer but much to dry and roasty for me. Mushroom notes around the edges. Too dry for my tastes but pretty solid otherwise. Bottle from Bottleworks, Seattle

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
BMan1113VR (7867) - Los Angeles, California, USA - APR 16, 2010
Bottle via a trade with Scrizzz. Pours with a deep brown body and a tan head. Aroma is extremely earthy, toasted sesame seeds, chocolate, roasty, umami, soy, and steak. Taste is earthy, roasty and a bit bitter, long and ashy, umami, smoke. Light bubbles. Very interesting beer.

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