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RATINGS: 86   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.48/5   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 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
krumbum (752) - 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 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 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
johnnnniee (3164) - Bedford, New Hampshire, USA - NOV 26, 2011
Pours the darkest of browns with very faint brown highlights when held to light, a spirited level of carbonation produces a head that fills half the glass no matter how it is poured. Smells of caramel, brown sugar, roasted grains, burnt sugar, dark fruits, yeasty phenols, there’s a lot going on here and so far its all good. Taste is dark malts, chocolate, caramel, brown sugar, raisins, prunes, plums. This is very complex lots of stuff going on here. Medium to thick body, quite a bit of carbonation, maybe too much, sweet saison-esque mouthfeel. I really enjoyed this beer. The carbonation might be a touch on the high side, but the flavors and aromas are fantastic. I would say this is more of a Belgian strong dark than a stout, but when a beer is done this well who needs labels really?

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Shanebrews (253) - Texas, USA - JAN 2, 2014
This beer is a hearty warmer on a cool night. The molasses tones are present, noticeable, but balanced. The beer is properly hopped but not overly bitter. A very good and somewhat unique brew.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 13/20
BroSpud (1911) - , Massachusetts, USA - OCT 23, 2011
Sampled at Julio’s during a beer tasting festival. Unfortunately this was one of many samples today and I do not remember the particulars of this one other than it was damn good and had it’s own unique character. Could be that I have never tasted a dark saison before but I gotta say it works. Will be picking up some bottles for further study.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Damico (3003) - Royersford, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 28, 2011
It pours dark coffee brown with a caramel head. The aroma is light sweet candy, almost like a biscuit with that potent molasses hitting the palate hard- very unique. The flavors of the funky saison yeast blend with the dry stout to give such a unique flavor. The yeast brings the body to a funky unique flavor that I really enjoy.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jimhilt (2491) - Bow, New Hampshire, USA - MAR 30, 2012
Will pour a five+ finger cream head that fades very slowly to a thin layer leaving a thick lace. Black color, no highlights. Strong carbonation and medium-heavy bodied. Roasted malt nose and flavor is malty, bready, fairly smooth. The 7% ABV is totally hidden. $9.99 for a 750ml bottle from Julio’s Liquors Westborough, Ma.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
puboflyons (2711) - Allenstown, New Hampshire, USA - MAY 23, 2013
From the corked, caged, 750 ml. bottle. Batch #006. Served about 50 degrees as recommended. Very dark brown pour with a tremendous, fluffy tan head that floats on top like a milk shake for the whole time. The aroma is of coffee, mild chocolate, and dark fruit like cherry or currant. Yeast and bread esters too. The body is medium and a tad astringent. The taste is mildly sweet, dark, and bitter and the end. I liked it a lot.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
ModeEngage (152) - Lowell, Massachusetts, USA - DEC 28, 2013
Tap. Pours deep brown with a lasting tan head. Bread and esthers on the nose. Drinks smoothly with a mild hop bite on the back of the tongue. Tastes of bread with a touch of smoke. Finishes very nicely.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
fonefan (40503) - VestJylland, DENMARK - FEB 18, 2014

Bottle 750ml. corked.

[ As Mystic Descendant ].
Clear dark brown color with a large, frothy - creamy, good lacing, fully lasting, off-white to light beige head. Aroma is moderate to heavy malty, roasted, dusty malt - roasted, chocolate, funky. Flavour is moderate to heavy sweet and bitter with a long duration, chocolate, funky, fruity. Body is medium, texture is oily, carbonation is soft. [20140201]

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