scrizzz (2223) - Bothell, Washington, USA - MAR 20, 2010
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Earthy aroma, would never guess fungus. Just dark and roasted with a mocha bend and a hint of banana bread. I can barely see through this, very dark/black and a small tan head. Heavy and strongly earthy, the chewy mushroom steak really comes out in the body. What S/H/V is better than this? Strong roast, strong additive, all works together to become yummy.
Steve_0 (2106) - Denver, Colorado, USA - MAY 23, 2012
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: MAY 24, 2012 Bottle at Dans. Poured a deep brown, with a khaki head and a ton floaters in there. Smell is chocolate, roasted coffee, earthy, some dark fruit, and tanginess. Taste is earthy, some chocolate, light tobacco, dark fruit, and molasses. Palate is thick with medium carbonation. Overall, pretty well-balanced and drinks a lot like a stout. Not picking up much of the mushrooms, but I do think they are contributing a lot to the earthiness.
robforbes (2030) - Bremerton, Washington, USA - MAY 10, 2010
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
pours a dark brown with a red tint, a thin khaki head that dissipates, and not much lacing.
smell is of bakers chocolate, malt, earth, some coffee, and just a touch of campfire.
taste is of hops, malt, cocoa, some coffee, dirt, and some smoke in the back, ends a little dry and somewhat bitter.
RCL (2030) - Waltham, Massachusetts, USA - AUG 18, 2010
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
This beer is nuts - I have never experienced anything like it. Aroma is nice dark roasted malt - a bit earthy and mushroom-y, but not too intense. Upon sipping the beer, one gets more of those sensations - fairly light - until you swallow. There is some sort of delayed action where the aftertaste, 2 seconds later, builds and builds until it feels like you have been stuffing mushrooms and dirt in your mouth. Totally wild stuff.
portableparty (1908) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - MAY 1, 2010
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle shared thanks Greg. Pour is black in color with a tan head. Aroma is very earthy and vegetables. Taste again very vegetable and spice and theres hints of chocolate as well. This has a sticky and chaulky dry feel. Overall not a bad beer, I enjoyed this quite abit.
DalzAle (1898) - Eden Prairie, Minnesota, USA - MAY 1, 2010
3.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle thanks to bvc. Dark brown pour, plenty of carbonation and an earthy, nutty, metallic aroma. Flavor is very earthy, plenty of roasted barley, some bitter chocolate and finished dry and nutty. Really unique, I’d probably pick it up if available locally.
skoisirius (1438) - Earth, Washington, USA - SEP 9, 2011
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
What a concept. The mushroom beer. Actually I’ve had a friend brew a stout with "other" types of mushrooms...that was fun ;). This pours a lovely beige color, nice tan head. Seriously, smells of mushroom. Hints of roast. Flavor...is strange! Mushroom, roast, chocolate, and slight burnt flavors mix fairly well, but could be a bit...better. I liked it, I like the idea, but something like this could be even more fully bodied for me.
carruthm (1399) - Seattle, Washington, USA - MAR 26, 2010
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: APR 9, 2010 Second beer had from Epic Ales brewpub, from tap. This is an example of how I love stouts to feel. The shiitake, or something, takes the edge off the roast in the palate and creates an almost silky mouthfeel that keeps the flavor up front and avoids palate burn.
CheersMate (1298) - Fremont (Seattle), Washington, USA - NOV 18, 2010
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
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.
manuchampions (1225) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - FEB 5, 2011
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
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.