jkwood04 (5474) - Connecticut, USA - MAR 31, 2016
750ml bottle in a taster. Pours brown with a beige head. Aroma of some chocolate and darker malts, some light Belgian yeast notes, hints of bourbon/oak. Flavor the same with a nice blend of everything. Average texture. Not a big fan of this style of Belgian beers anymore but this is a nice one. jtclockwork (17769) - , New Jersey, USA - MAR 27, 2016
Bottle - pours dark brown tan head -nose/taste of bubblegum, cocoa, oak, caramel and toffee - medium body. MaBeer1972 (2224) - Reno, Nevada, USA - APR 1, 2015
Bottle from Muckey’s. Poured into a stem glass. Very dark purple - almost black. Nice frothy tan head. Sweet earthy aromas. Flavor profile is earthy, slightly sweet. Oak and vanilla notes, but not too much. Drinks like a Quad. Well balanced finish. j12601 (13473) - Poughkeepsie, New York, USA - FEB 22, 2015
Bottle maybe, which I think I brought to BCTC 2014. Or Campground Brewdown perhaps? Or someone else did? I don’t know. I know I drank it at some point in the middle of August 2014, and took notes, and then forgot about those notes for 6 months. Pours a clear cola brown with a thin white head. Sweet roast, cocoa, chocolate on the nose. Roast picks up some sweetness which moves into musk, chocolate, and cocoa on the finish. williamstome (2062) - Denver, Colorado, USA - JAN 10, 2014
Black pour, big brown head.
Roasty aroma, Sweet flavor of bourbon and oak.
Nice thick body.
ModeEngage (153) - Lowell, Massachusetts, USA - DEC 28, 2013
Tap. Dark clear brown with lasting tan head. Not many distinct flavors on the nose. Drinks smoothly with lasting bitterness and astringency on the tongue. Concealer (1282) - Denver, Colorado, USA - DEC 28, 2013
Tap. Clear dark brown with a big frothy tan head. Aromas of toasted malt, light coffee, dark fruit and some yeast. Flavor is the same with a medium body and smooth finish. Shanebrews (300) - Virginia, USA - DEC 26, 2013
This is a beautiful, incredibly well done beer. The pour is dark and frothy. The aroma is complex, rich, and enticing. The taste is malty, thick, and well-oaked but in balance. One of the best beers I have drank. msnelling09 (179) - Beverly, Massachusetts, USA - DEC 10, 2013
The beer pours a dark, molasses brown, with a big fat head of medium-sized, creamy bubbles the color of a sand dune. The head forms to over three finger’s widths and sticks around, leaving a fat sheath of fluffy lacing on the sides of the glass. On the nose, the beer smells roasty with a meaty substance behind it. Suggestions of oak, vanilla, soft metal, and pears hover on the tip of the nose while a nice mellow, roast malt takes center stage. The smell is subtle yet nuanced. On the tongue, the beer tastes richly sweet with a distinct umami meatiness, soft acidity does wet the mouth while the bitters are mild and herbal, helping to keep the beer in nice balance. Tannic bitters do enter on the finish of the beer, and provide a nice touch of the barrel to the beer, though they are a tad too much for my personal tastes. In flavor, the beer begins as rich, creamy maple syrup but only for the briefest of seconds before roast malt, and then the funky yeast take hold and throw fruity pear, light metal, and roast chocolate into the mix. The finish is nicely oak-flavored, with soft vanilla and middling herbal tannin that lasts into the aftertaste. The taste is subtle, but vastly complex, unfurling on the tongue in many layers. At its base, this beer is Mystic’s Descendant saison porter, and the Descendant definitely comes through on the taste with its unique esters, but the barrel works to add rich nuances, and the Utopias that was initially in the barrels helps to add a richness to the beer. There is even a soft heat on the finish as you feel the beer move down your gullet. In the mouth, the beer feels medium plus in body, with a chewy mouthfeel and velvety carbonation that helps deliver a soft and soothing coating over the tongue. After the beer leaves, the mouth is left wet and slightly sticky with a slight pucker on the sides of the cheeks from the tannin. Overall, I really enjoyed this beer. The barrel aging is subtler than in some beers we see today, but it adds a nice layer of complexity that makes for a superb sipper. The tannin is a bit heavy, but overall this is an interesting sipper, and a great bottle to share with friends. This is a beer to try.