TheShepherds (54) - chapel hill, North Carolina, USA - OCT 5, 2013hman43 (1538) - Pinehurst, North Carolina, USA - FEB 18, 2017
Write up made it sound fantastic...taste, unfortunately, didn’t measure up. Quite weak for a stout. Not much there.
It is dark brown in color with a brown head. The head retention is low. It has a malty sweet aroma with a hints of herbal hops. There is a good background note of smoked that creates added complexity. There is very low fruit as well. The sweet malt and smoke mixed together quite well and are in balance. There are also spicy and herbal notes with some moderate bitterness. It has a moderate body with low carbonation and some alcohol warmth. Overall, the balance between the malt and smoke is about even with the other aromas and flavors adding some complexity in the background. kassner (1655) - Wexford, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 4, 2014
This on the other hand was quite nice, just enough smoke, plenty of malt, some hops and a little bite. Dark and rich enough I filled the Growler. jtclockwork (16436) - , New Jersey, USA - MAR 4, 2014
Bottle. Pours dark brown with tan head. Nose and taste of smoke, rye, smoked cola, grape, toasted beech wood, smoked chocolate and light earth. Very overcarbonated. Lighter medium body. Drake (13637) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - JAN 1, 2014
Bottle shared at the 8th Richmond Industry Gathering, 12/1/13. Pours a clear copper color with a large foamy tan head. Good head retention. Aroma of rye, smoke, mild earth and toast. The taste is chocolate, rye and a smoky finish. Thin-medium bodied. Decent. bubbleflubber (2210) - Swannanoa, North Carolina, USA - NOV 9, 2013
On draught at Barley's Taproom in Asheville, this pours the deepest mahogany, almost opaque black into the glass, with a nice tan head that leaves soapy lacing. A sweetly smoked, roasted, almost herbal nose ensues. Flavors are of roasted coffee, smoked grains, herbs, faint legumes and burnt caramel, finishing with a smoked sweet grain. The mouthfeel is silky with a medium-full body and semi-active palate. A nice winter warmer, this sweet smoked stout goes down well in cold evenings.
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Westchesterco (2035) - mclean, Virginia, USA - OCT 16, 2013
On draft at trio on the OBX it is a murky coffee color with a slight head. The aroma is of smokey and also has a coffee overtone and the taste is Ailey coffee flavor Iphonephan (6946) - Jackson Hole/McLean, Virginia, USA - OCT 16, 2013
On draft at Trio in Kitty Hawk. Pours a clear dark cola brown with a thick thin off white head. Roasted malt nose. Flavors of coffee and toasted nuts. Moderately bitter finish. JCB (3999) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - DEC 19, 2012
Cask at the Black Friday Cask Festival, Triangle Brewing, Durham. Another solid offering from Mystery, who seem to be finding their way more consistently of late. Nice pour, slightly oily mouthfeel. The basic flavors are very well realized, and the smokey choc did go down nicely on a brisk afternoon. Interestingly enough, though, I got the distinct impression of some dark cherry and vanilla in there as well, nicely complementing the whole. Not sure if that was an un-advertised addition for this event or not, but I dug it regardless. OldGrowth (3474) - the Containment Area, North Carolina, USA - DEC 5, 2012
At Tylers Apex. Good aroma, sweet, smoke. Chocolate, moderate smoke, dark blackish brown color, ok head, little to no lace. Sweet flavor. Heavier body, oily viscous mouthfeel, sweet finish . Good, probably best I’ve had from Mystery as I think about it. Nice mix in aroma of sweet and smoke. Flavor more sweet.than smoke, nice chocolate.