CheersMate (1343) - Portland (Sellhood), Oregon, USA - NOV 18, 2010
22 oz. bottle from Bottleworks. Fluffy off-white head. Nice opaque, black appearance. Nice looking for a spice/herb/vegetable. Lots of roast with a bit of earthiness. Very much a porter, if I may say so myself. The beer is quite pungent, but the mushrooms are THAT noticeable, in the aroma. Ok, the flavor is quite good, and yet, very interesting. The taste has a bit of milk, roast, salt, and earth. I know that funky earth flavor is coming from the mushrooms; at least, I hope so. This is a very interesting beer. The malts used obviously, contribute to the porter taste. This beer is, well again, interesting. Little bits of bitterness poking through at the end. An interesting concept, but this one is something that I should have shared between multiple people, but it is just fuckin’ me. manuchampions (1245) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - FEB 5, 2011
650ml bottle from Brewery Creek in Vancouver. Pours a vert deep brown with decent light brown head that reduces to a thin cap. Aroma is very smoky, roasted porter like malts, some earthiness. Flavour is full on porter, smoke, light bitterness. Where are these mushrooms? If anything there’s a slightly earthy funk in the aftertaste but it doesn’t immediately identify itself as shiitake (probably a good thing). Alcohol is evident but not overpowering. A solid porter that really only falls into the spice/herb/vegetable category due to the mushroom funk. mgermani (1010) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JAN 24, 2011
Pours a deep brown with no appreciable head, light earthy aroma. Meaty brown ale malting, thick body, lovely earthy flavour which, although not specifically shitake-esque, is believably mushroomy, and makes me wish I had the steak referenced in the official description. Nice body and moderate carbonation. Sessionable, oddly enough. Yum. Nena (963) - Seattle, Washington, USA - MAR 12, 2010
UPDATED: MAR 17, 2010 Pours an almost black brown with a large, tight beige head that persisted for quite a while. Aroma is earthy and toasty, reminds me specifically of the toasted brown rice in genmai-cha. The mushrooms definitely make themselves known, but subtly meld into the beer. The flavor is also toasty and earthy, with a slightly meaty, rich quality from the shitake. Finishes slightly peppery. I was impressed by how the earthy mushrooms are seamlessly integrated into this and enhance the beer, and by how easy to drink this is. I really loved this and am looking forward to being able to buy it in bottles. xmarcnolanx (945) - 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.
It’s a solid beer, but the coffee/roasted qualities overshadow the mushroom addition, and the mushroom addition doesn’t really differentiate itself much from the coffee addition except to add some muskiness to the beer.
highibus (823) - Vail, Arizona, USA - MAR 28, 2010
Deep black with tan head. Aroma is earthy and lightly roasted. Flavor is up front roastiness and the shiitakes really do add to the body and earthiness of the brew. Not really a porter, a stout but a combo of the two with an earthiness not noticed in either. Something new and interesting. I really like what this guy is doing. A great way to end a Sunday evening. Very bright and lightly estringent on the finish. Fun stuff. VitaminR (540) - Colorado, USA - JUN 22, 2011
Roasty earthy notes on the nose. Dark brownish-black, tiny ruby hint, almost opaque. Flavor is rich and roasty, with an almost tart quality? Very difficult to describe, as it warms I am getting some coffee sweetness and less tartness. The mushrooms add a fascinating element, earthy, tart, but compliment the malts. Carbonation is medium, body is medium, finishes with some warmth of the alcohol. I can only imagine how awesome this would pair with lots of different food. Very interesting beer, enjoying it greatly... LamarBurton (376) - California, USA - DEC 6, 2010
Bottle to taster. At Levi’s. From notes. I really liked this beer more than I was expecting to. Pours a somewhat unappealing dark hazy brown with some chunks. Smells like someone poured coffee grounds on the earth...in the best sort of way. Chocolate and mushrooms in there as well. Taste is also earthy, with some burnt malt, biscuit, with no hops to speak of. Mouthfeel is slightly thin. Would love more of this. brewolf (169) - Wilderness, WA, USA, - APR 4, 2010
UPDATED: FEB 23, 2012 Dark brown with a creamy, tan head. Very pungent nose in which bark, roots, and loam meld with roasted malts. Flavor is rich with dark, hearty grains, and the mushrooms come through to give it a robust, earthy roundness. Mouthfeel is very fitting for this brew ... medium heft, creamy-smooth ... with a rustic, dry finish. Creating a ’straightforward’ brew by means of genuine innovation ... what a great idea. An exotic, yet completely approachable/drinkable Earthy Mushroom Porter. What fun! dlinn (144) - Denver, Colorado, USA - MAY 23, 2012
Sweet on the nose. Expecting a sweet flavor, but it yields to more of an earthy, tangy mushroom flavor. Lingering roastiness. I wasn’t going to rate tonight, but this beer pulled me in to it. It’s not that it is the greatest beer ever, but it’s different.