RateBeer
overall
89
96
style

bottled
available

on tap
available

Local Distribution

Add Distribution Data
RATINGS: 68   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.44   IBU: 32   EST. CALORIES: 210   ABV: 7%
Share this beer with friends!
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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.


4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
johnnnniee (2150) - 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?

4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Shanebrews (167) - 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.

4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 13/20
BroSpud (1666) - , 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.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Damico (2452) - 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.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jimhilt (2387) - 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.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
puboflyons (2048) - 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.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
ModeEngage (149) - 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.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
fonefan (34222) - 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]

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
kramer (4858) - Sunbury, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 9, 2013
Bottle. Pours a clear mahogany brown body with a large frothy light brown head that left lots of lace. The nose is a mix of light roast, lightly sweet molasses, dark fruits, and an interesting yeast influence. The flavor is more stout than anything, but it’s clearly not a traditional interpretation of the style. There’s a nice combo of slightly sweet molasses and dark fruit that doesn’t really fit the style for sure. Some porter like chocolate notes, but the thing that separates this beer from either style is the unique choice of the Saison yeast. Light to medium bodied with a good deal of fizzy active carbonation. Interesting beer for sure, not exactly what to call it, but it drinks pretty good.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Drake (8030) - Free Union, Virginia, USA - JUN 20, 2012
750 mL bottle shared by nmann08. Thanks! Pours a clear dark brown color with a medium sized tan head. Decent head retention. Aroma of roasted malts, chocolate, earth, anise and faint citrus. The taste is earth, chocolate, roasted malts, tart cherries and a slight vegetal note. Medium bodied.


We Want To Hear From You



Join us! RateBeer is made by beer enthusiasts for the craft beer community. Your basic membership is free and allows you to read all beer ratings. Click here to create your account... and give your opinion!

Join Us »



Page    1  2 3 4 5 6 7


Tick this beer

for your profile
  • Currently 0/5 Stars.
  • 1
  • 2
  • 3
  • 4
  • 5
Copyright © 2000-2014,
RateBeer LLC. All rights
reserved.
about us
About RateBeer
FAQ
Contact/Feedback
New Beers
add
Advanced Search
Add A Beer
Add A Brewer
Add A Place
Events
membership
Log In
Edit Personal Info
Buy Premium Membership
Your Messages
the best
RateBeer Best
100 Beer Club
The Top 50