acblue (91) - Seattle, Washington, USA - APR 3, 2010
On tap at Epic Ales taproom. Deep brown with a generous head that recedes and laces nicely. Big malty presence nicely balanced by the earthiness of the mushrooms; this is smart, thinking-outside-the-box, actually adventurous brewing. Hops aren’t enough to lend the necessary counter to the big malt presence? Find something that does. Really exciting stuff coming from this place, making what I would consider to be the best beer in Washington. carruthm (1400) - Seattle, Washington, USA - MAR 26, 2010
UPDATED: APR 9, 2010 Second beer had from Epic Ales brewpub, from tap. This is an example of how I love stouts to feel. The shiitake, or something, takes the edge off the roast in the palate and creates an almost silky mouthfeel that keeps the flavor up front and avoids palate burn. 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. scrizzz (2223) - Bothell, Washington, USA - MAR 20, 2010
Earthy aroma, would never guess fungus. Just dark and roasted with a mocha bend and a hint of banana bread. I can barely see through this, very dark/black and a small tan head. Heavy and strongly earthy, the chewy mushroom steak really comes out in the body. What S/H/V is better than this? Strong roast, strong additive, all works together to become yummy. Sleeper (91) - Washington, USA - AUG 20, 2010
I loved this beer! I love stouts and the mushrooms really add a layer of enjoyment. I paired this with salmon and grilled mushrooms which was awesome. I’d like to try this again without having mushrooms in my dish to see how the ale performs by alone. This beer really excited me.
bhensonb (15985) - 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 there’s a touch of coffee. Then the flavor cycle begins again. It seems simple until one attempts to accurately describe it. So I’ll agree it’s complex. It is. Finishes nicely chocolate, earthy and bitter, though no harshly so. blipp (9929) - 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. after4ever (8025) - Mukilteo, 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. 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! DalzAle (2040) - Eden Prairie, Minnesota, USA - MAY 1, 2010
Bottle thanks to bvc. Dark brown pour, plenty of carbonation and an earthy, nutty, metallic aroma. Flavor is very earthy, plenty of roasted barley, some bitter chocolate and finished dry and nutty. Really unique, I’d probably pick it up if available locally.