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RATINGS: 92   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.47/5   IBU: 32   EST. CALORIES: 210   ABV: 7%
Mystic Descendant is a beer descended from the cultural history of the Boston harbor area. A dry Irish stout meets an English porter and is then fermented in the fermentorium with our saison yeast with a touch of the ubiquitous ingredient from the area’s past: molasses. The result is a uniqe beer; it has more dark fruit than a porter and less roast than a traditional stout, while having a different ester profile than a Belgian stout. We thus dubbed our recipe a Suffolk Dark Ale, as an homage to our immigrant ancestors.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
5000 (6599) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - OCT 5, 2015
Bottle:   Dark brown, thin frothy sandy head, fairly nice lacing.   Dark bready nose with a bit of molasses and a smidge of anise.   A bit dry and chalky on the tongue.   Tangy.   A touch earthy, and even bready.   Softer stout, not too hoppy or roasty.   Body and mouthfeel are moderate.   Finishes with a moreso dark or whole wheat breadiness, soft sweetness, with a little anise and molasses.   Pretty simple, but unfortunately also a bit of a snoozer.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
Jimbo2 (103) - DENMARK - OCT 1, 2015
Bland experience, some malts, fairly thin body, really not worth the ratings, in my opinion...

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
FlacoAlto (4125) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - SEP 23, 2015
Sampled March 2015
A steady pour into my glass produces a four-finger thick, dark amber tinged, tan colored head. The beer is a deep, reddish-brown color that shows a clear, red-brown, lighter version of the same when held up to the light. The aroma smells of dark caramelized malt notes, toasted molasses covered nuts, dense whole grain cake notes, as well as a hint of musty, earthy notes to the ample, toasted, brown, whole grain character that forms such a big backbone of this beer. Dark fruit notes are evocative of smoked figs, and raisins.

Somewhat sweet up front, this is balanced by a touch of toatsted / roasted malt character, but more so by a molasses derived, bitter bite that lingers in the long finish. Somewhat hefty, the beer has a nice viscosity to it, and a chewiness without being overly rich; it remains quite drinkable. The molasses and dark grain here combine to form a smokiness that is quite nice, and much more noticeable after I first recognized it. Ample dark nutty notes pair / balance well with deeply caramelized / brown, wholes, sweeter, whole grain flavors. Earthy grain notes, a touch of char, a solid hop bitterness, and a carbonic bite help to add a bit of a bite to this beer to balance the dominant malt and molasses notes.

This is a solid, interesting, evocative of old times, chewy, satisfying beer; this last without being overly rich or heavy. Something I am definitely enjoying on this cool, Tucson, Winter’s night.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
chrisv10 (14131) - DENMARK - SEP 19, 2015
Bottle. Very dark brown with small beige head. Aroma is malt, light roasted malt, chocolate, caramel, dark fruit, yeast and spices. Flavour is roasted malt, caramel, spices, dark fruit, little chocolate, medium sweet, little liquorice, hop and a little bitter.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
drfabulous (5863) - Lexington, Kentucky, USA - AUG 28, 2015
750 ml bottle. Dark cherry/plum. Molasses. Light stout taste. Lots of flavors coming together here.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
BBB63 (6507) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - JUN 11, 2015
Bottle: Man these folks are knocking it outta the park. I was already very impressed with the two Saisons so I gave this one a chance and it does not disappoint. Rich but not overly sweet malt with solid dark fruit twang and a touch of smoke and earthy tobacco. Wonderfully rustic nod towards the classic British dark ales with a faint American twist. Not for everyone but it is rocking my world.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
Reynolds314 (3216) - Connecticut, USA - MAR 22, 2015
Dark mahogany pour with light head. Aroma is muddled dark fruit and unwelcome roast clashing a bit. Its a combination of styles between american and Belgian that dont really mesh well imo. The yeast brings out a sweet herbal character that doesnt work with the roasty porter/stout background.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
miclip (4) - California, USA - FEB 22, 2015 does not count
Excellent beer, the molasses adds a nice subtle sweetness, not too dry, great color albeit a little cloudy

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
krumbum (856) - truckee, California, USA - FEB 21, 2015
A cold wet coffee berry roasted aroma. A dark beer that can be seen through until a point. Smooth roast grows to a dry bitter. It grows big but keeps ballanced. Leaves a lasting dry roasted bitter coating.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 15/20
MadRobin (2661) - Silver Spring, Alabama, USA - OCT 23, 2014
On tap at Max's in Fell's Point, Baltimore, MD. Opaque, Brno with a tan head and fair lacing. Aroma of chocolate, raspberries, coffee, roasted malt and toffee. Taste of coffee, chocolate, caramel, berries, dried fruit and earthy hops. Light/medium body and high carbonization. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

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