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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.

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   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 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
Beerlando (3342) - Orlando, Florida, USA - AUG 16, 2010
Bomber. Clear and dark, the body sports a reddish chestnut tint with a thin, dissipating cap of khaki foam. The head leaves virtually no lacing behind. Aromas are weird and seemingly off, showing hints of citrusy tartness amidst a base of dry cocoa, caramel sugar, stewed mushrooms, and earthy dirt. Flavors follow suit, dry and chocolaty, touching on caramel and riddled with this strange, earthy, dirty mushroom component. Again, an odd, almost lemony tartness seems entirely misplaced. Sporting soft but lively carbonation, the palate starts out creamy but quickly moves on to a chalky, powdery, dry finish. A hint of tobacco comes through at the very end. This one is as odd as they come, and not in a good way.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
PhillyBeer2112 (2810) - 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 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
AmEricanbrew (6878) - Same Trailer, Different Park, Louisiana, USA - JUL 10, 2010
Deep reddish brown color/ viscous light brown foam. Dusty, mineral earthy black malt aromas. medium bodied. Nice dry chocolate, deep roasted malt, ashy flavors with earthy vegetal basement fungus. very good.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
bhensonb (14978) - Woodland, California, USA - JUL 2, 2010
Bomber from Malt & Vine. Pours an incredibly dark ruby (against strong halogen) with a five finger foamy tan head. Aroma of chocolate! Medium body with moderate carbonation. Flavor starts chocolate then goes earthy. Then goes chocolate. Then I think theres a touch of coffee. Then the flavor cycle begins again. It seems simple until one attempts to accurately describe it. So Ill agree its complex. It is. Finishes nicely chocolate, earthy and bitter, though no harshly so.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
beersearcher (2382) - Glendale, California, USA - JUN 27, 2010
I am not a fan of mushrooms so I was scared about this one. Turns out to be really good! Pours a hazy brown. Porter notes added to by a musty, earthy flavor. Would go really well with food.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
WeeHeavySD (3386) - 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 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
xmarcnolanx (937) - 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. Its a solid beer, but the coffee/roasted qualities overshadow the mushroom addition, and the mushroom addition doesnt really differentiate itself much from the coffee addition except to add some muskiness to the beer. Good.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
concretebeer (17) - Washington, USA - JUN 10, 2010
A tasty and drinkable brew. Not an everyday drinker, but definitely worth trying again. The palate quality keeps me coming back for more. Subtely earthy and chocolate. Close to a dry stout.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
hopscotch (11024) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - JUN 10, 2010
BottleMurky brown ale with a small, creamy, white head. Good retention. Earthy, chocolaty, nutty nose. Full-bodied with a lightly creamy mouthfeel and tender carbonation. The flavor is deeply roasted and chocolaty with good unsweetened-cocoa bitterness. Chocolaty, bittersweet finish. Bottle courtesy of footbalm and TheCheeseMan!

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