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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 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
sebletitje (9556) - Enghien, BELGIUM - MAY 4, 2010
courtesy of googzoid10, many thanks for sending all these WA gems. 22oz bomber, pours brown, mocha head. Light golden lacing. aroma is malty with roasted coffee scents. Aroma also has this earthly/moss sort that anyone who went mushroom picking would know what I am trying to describe. Its mild and not overpowering. flavors, grainy and malty, some bitter coffee/chocolate, thick mouthfeel. As the beer warms up, I got a lot more mocha goodness with a thick earthly mouthfeel reminiscent of mushroom that is somewhat similar to aroma. Some faint bitterness of hops, mostly balanced out by the chocolate and coffee. This is tasty, need to seek out more Epic Ales, these guys surely brew some interesting beers.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
arminjewell (9423) - East Lansing, Michigan, USA - SEP 2, 2010
Pours dark brown with tan head, aroma is big shittake mushrooms, earth, almost dirt like but in a good way. Taste is some chocolate, nuts, earth, and mushrooms with a fairly dry and bitter finish. Not bad, kind of weird but true to what they say from the style!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
mabel (8640) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - NOV 24, 2010
[3414-20101002] 1pt6floz bottle. Roasted dark wood forest aroma has mild dry bark sticks. Dark brown body with a quick foamy light brown head. Earthy dry wood roast flavour has a long lingering smoky roast malt aftertaste. Full body. Sneakily quite boozy.
(w/ jerc, Radek)

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
blipp (8532) - La Mesa, California, USA - MAY 25, 2011
Bottle. Pours deep brown with a beige head. Roasty aroma with earthy notes and a light sweetness. The flavor has roasted malts, earthy notes, coffee, and a hint of sweetness. Good stuff.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
BMan1113VR (7917) - Los Angeles, California, USA - APR 16, 2010
Bottle via a trade with Scrizzz. Pours with a deep brown body and a tan head. Aroma is extremely earthy, toasted sesame seeds, chocolate, roasty, umami, soy, and steak. Taste is earthy, roasty and a bit bitter, long and ashy, umami, smoke. Light bubbles. Very interesting beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
after4ever (7727) - Brier, Washington, USA - FEB 26, 2010
Draft at the brewery. Pours a murky and somewhat grainy very dark brown. Dense, creamy, surging moussy head. Nice toasted caramel, wet earth, and tangy mushroom nose. Creamy medium body with pleasant carb. Beautifully balanced body--not at all heavy but has some density and savoriness to it, with the carb providing just the right structural balance. Earth, toast, nuts, caramel, and that vaguely gamey mushroom note on the mid palate. Maybe a hint of chocolate way in the background. Clean dry finish. Great beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Radek Kliber (7239) - Toronto (Can) Krotoszyn (Pol), POLAND - NOV 10, 2010
Bottle 650? ml
Aroma dark roast , earthy with hint of mold on sides
Appearance clean dark brown , light dark, tanned top.3+
Flavor and Palate : Roasted barley with caramelized sugars with frisky body to it. Mid accented with dry ash-earthy character. Dry roast at end. Slight feel of mold across.

   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 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
5000 (6862) - 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 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
BBB63 (6557) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - SEP 12, 2010
Bottle that Shawn shared with me, thanks: Close to mahogany hue with a small lasting frothy head which produced very good lace. The aroma has notes of smoked meat, chocolate, walnuts, roast, very earthy and slightly herbal as well with a hint pf pepper and ash. I really like the nose on this beer, pretty complex... then there was the taste, starts okay enough with chocolate and nutty tones but then a veggie, fishy and musty overtone took over and ruined it for me. Guess I do not like mushrooms in my beer? Just taste dirty and unrefined. The mouth feel is smooth and ashy, a bit thin bodied as well. Starts great then petered out badly, still nice to try once.

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