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RATINGS: 62   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.49/5   ABV: -
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 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
deyholla (10000) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - MAY 10, 2010
Bottle thanks to Suzygreenberg. Pours near black with a large brown head that dissipates quickly. Aroma is interesting as it smells very earthy with a hint of mushroom on the nose. Flavor is very earthy as well with notes of mushroom and roasted malts.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
xmarcnolanx (929) - Kirkwood, Missouri, USA - JUN 11, 2010
Aroma is earthy, coffee, musty, with dark malts and dried, steeped shitake mushrooms. Having drunk the remnants of steeped mushrooms (I use it for soup base), it is very prevalent upon the first whiff. Taste is loamy, grape, coffee, and musty mushrooms. Finish is earthy, slightly astringent. Particles are left all over the glass, despite being settled for quite awhile. It’s a solid beer, but the coffee/roasted qualities overshadow the mushroom addition, and the mushroom addition doesn’t really differentiate itself much from the coffee addition except to add some muskiness to the beer. Good.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
WeeHeavySD (3380) - Portland, Oregon, USA - JUN 26, 2010
Bottle at woodshop 5.1. Pours muddy brown sans head. Nose is crazy. Taste is quite good intwresting.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
PhillyBeer2112 (2758) - Oviedo, Florida, USA - JUL 18, 2010
Weird beer! Earthy, mushroomy, with a touch of roast in the finish. Dark brown color.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
RCL (2030) - Waltham, Massachusetts, USA - AUG 18, 2010
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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
CheersMate (1340) - Portland (Sellhood), Oregon, 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Rciesla (5500) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
5000 (6625) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - NOV 26, 2011
Bottle:   Deep brown, very dark, nearly black, loads of sediment on the bottom of the glass, moderate beige head, very little lacing.   Earthy roasted malt nose.   Could be mushrooms I suppose.   Just seems rather earthy to me.   Lactose sweetness otherwise.   Smidgen of coffee bean.   Smooth roasted malt flavor up front, very Sweet Stout like.   Backside has a bit of a grape popsicle stick... odd.   As it warms I get some charred wood or campfire.   Remains very earthy from start to finish.   Body and mouthfeel are moderate.   Flavorful, but not heavy.   Interesting to say the least, and a bit different.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Steve_0 (3745) - Denver, Colorado, USA - MAY 23, 2012
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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
JK (5743) - St. Louis Park, Minnesota, USA - SEP 12, 2010
Black with a light brown head. Mushrooms in the aroma. There is heavily roasted grain which gives a hint of coffee. Some more mushroom in the flavor, and a little spice in the finish.

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