JK (6342) - St. Louis Park, Minnesota, USA - SEP 12, 2010
Black with a light brown head. Mushrooms in the aroma. There is heavily roasted grain which gives a hint of coffee. Some more mushroom in the flavor, and a little spice in the finish. Radek Kliber (7501) - Toronto (Can) Krotoszyn (Pol), POLAND - NOV 10, 2010
Bottle 650? ml manuchampions (1245) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - FEB 5, 2011
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.
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. cubs (10740) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - MAY 23, 2012
Bottle @ Dan’s house, courtesy of steve_0. Thanks! Light black appearance with a light brown and tons of floaties. Tangy, roasty, dark berry, cherry, earthy, light chocolate aroma. Burnt chocolate, a touch fruity, tangy, roasty, earthy flavor. Can’t say I get mushrooms in the flavor outside of the earthiness. Not bad. Sammy (12995) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 3, 2010
Strange brew, looks like an imperial stout with a black colour. The aroma is smokey, and chocolaye. The taste is a little sour and vegetative. Not too drinkable. Promises but does not deliver. Thanks for bringing Jeremy.
pantanap (3367) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - FEB 19, 2011
22oz bottle most likely from tom.... pours a deep ruddy cola pour with a lighter reddish edges and topped with a thin light beige head... aroma is earthy, musty, with a big roasty chocolate component to it. more akin to a roasty porter/stout. not sure if you’d be able to detect the fungi otherwise... flavors are a continuation of the same with roast, cocoa, and a backend that is more along the herbal musty front certainly attributed to the shitakes. semi-sweet and chalky in nature. light to medium bodied with an equal level of carbonation. earthy, semi-sweet finish. brokensail (16689) - Dublin, California, USA - SEP 12, 2010
A: The pour is a dark brown with some notes of red and a finger’s worth of tan head.
S: A very interesting aroma to this beer. Quite a bit of chocolate and roasted malt with a definite earthy and musty aroma that is undoubtedly from the mushrooms. There’s a bit of a meaty and lightly smokey aroma as well.
T: The roasted flavors of the stout base are prominent on the front end with some chocolate, and (no other way to say this) dirt. The mushrooms add a really strange flavor that I can’t quite describe, almost sourness.
M: The body is medium with a moderate level of carbonation, too.
D: This one was just a little too much for me. I really love mushrooms, but I’m not exactly sure they have a place in beer. MrChopin (4305) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - NOV 23, 2010
Near black, thin tan head. Oyster stout like, not as salty but with the same subdued earthy character and prominent roasted malt, light sweetness in chocolate, and a dusty, fairly dry finish. The roast is straightforward and lacks complexity, thought the dryness adds a bit. Decent but almost no mushroom uniqueness and not much else to remain interesting. notalush (5955) - Lakewood, Colorado, USA - MAY 23, 2012
Thanks to Steve-O for the pour - dark ruby pour - lots of floaties, some fine and some rather large - nose has a fair amount of chocolate, light roast and a fair amount of earthiness, perhaps from the mushrooms, although it is not apparent - pretty full carbonation in the mouth - a lot of vegetal notes up front, followed by bittersweet chocolate and light roast, a bit of doughy character - more vegetal notes in the finish - like a very earthy stout - not bad, but has some flaws.