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RATINGS: 101   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.46/5   IBU: 32   EST. CALORIES: 210   ABV: 7%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
Mystic Descendant is a beer descended from the cultural history of the Boston harbor area. A dry Irish stout meets an English porter and is then fermented in the fermentorium with our saison yeast with a touch of the ubiquitous ingredient from the areas past: molasses. The result is a uniqe beer; it has more dark fruit than a porter and less roast than a traditional stout, while having a different ester profile than a Belgian stout. We thus dubbed our recipe a Suffolk Dark Ale, as an homage to our immigrant ancestors.

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3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
vyvvy (6346) - Florissant, Missouri, USA - MAR 9, 2016
The beer pours brown with an off white head. The aroma has toast, earth, molasses and licorice. It has a medium body with some bite and mild sharp carbonation. The flavor starts with spice, mild roast, molasses and is pretty light and mild. The finish is very dry and has some woody and papery notes. Good.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
jesperhammer (4708) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - FEB 16, 2016
12-FEB-2016, bottle @Ulklbben meeting, @Morten. Almost clear, Brown, low off-white head. Aroma is coffee, roast, bread, yeast. Taste is very bitter with coffee. OK but a bit strange brew.

3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
echudy (151) - Massachusetts, USA - JAN 30, 2016
Strong scents of molasses, cinnamon and a hint of malt. Very dark color that stops light. Has nice molasses flavor reminiscent of root beer. Nice and soft, with a sweet after taste.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
WillRunForBeer (2591) - Massachusetts, USA - JAN 23, 2016
750ml bottle shared by Sarah. Thanks! Pours dark brown with a beige head. Aroma is heavy molasses, licorice. Flavor is chocolate, molasses, a bit of coffee in the finish. Nice brew.

2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
dwyerpg (6014) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - JAN 18, 2016
This was pretty disappointing, especially for the high price. Looks more like a brown ale than a stout, it has a semi-thick nut brown flavor which just isnt that good really.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
JorisPPattyn (9912) - Ursel, BELGIUM - NOV 22, 2015
Stable thick beige head over yellow-shot dark brown beer; some lace. Caramel, molasses, leafy, dark mlats and melanoidins. Smells rather sweetish. Dry, very leafy, bitterish flavour on sweeter malty underbuild.. Molasses seem to be fermented out almost completely. Roasted. Seems rather well bodied, certainly for its ABV; slick, dry. Some UK character indeed.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Flanfl (799) - Lyon, FRANCE - NOV 22, 2015
Deep ruby body, small white head. Lots of complexity in the aroma. Dried fruits, roasted malt, chocolate notes, coffee, alcohol, feels round. The alcohol is a tad too forward but if you leave the beer breaf the alcohol is lighter and more fruit compleity shows up. I got fewer flavours but well balanced overall. Lots of dried fruits, roasted malt, chocolate notes and coffee. Medium bitter finish, fairly dry. Medium body and fizzy carbo, tiny bubbles.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Nocturne (1973) - Cheshire, ENGLAND - NOV 18, 2015
750ml bottle. Near black shade. Light tan head. Nose is molasses, toasted malty notes, raisins. Smoky, red fruity and malty notes show up in the taste. The dryness helps drinkability. It also helps that its not so roast-heavy. A nice traditional imagining.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
superspak (5400) - Michigan, USA - NOV 5, 2015
750 ml bottle into snifter, batch #016. Pours clear very dark brown color with a 1-2 finger dense khaki head with good retention, that reduces t oa small cap that lingers. Nice spotty soapy lacing clings around the glass, with a fair amount of streaming carbonation retaining the cap. Aromas of big chocolate, cocoa, raisin, plum, fig, date, cherry, molasses, toast, dark bread, pepper, light char/coffee, herbal, and yeast/roasted earthiness. Damn nice aromas with great balance and complexity of roast/bready malt, fruity/spicy yeast, molasses, and earthy hop notes; with great strength. Taste of big chocolate, cocoa, raisin, plum, fig, date, cherry, molasses, toast, dark bread, light char/coffee, herbal, and yeast/roasted earthiness. Light-moderate herbal/roasted bitterness and yeast spiciness on the finish; with lingering notes of chocolate, cocoa, raisin, plum, fig, date, molasses, toast, dark bread, pepper, light coffee/char, and herbal/roasted earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Damn nice complexity, robustness, and balance of roast/bready malt, fruity/spicy yeast, molasses, and earthy hop flavors; with a great malt/bitter/spiciness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Light-moderate bitter/roasted dryness after the finish as well. Medium carbonation and body; with a very smooth, moderately creamy/bready, and lightly sticky/chalky mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a light warmth lingering after the finish. Overall this is a damn nice English/Belgian stout style. All around great complexity, robustness, and balance of roast/bready malt, fruity/spicy yeast, molasses, and earthy hop flavors; and very smooth and easy to sip on. This has the balanced character of a dry stout and English porter as advertised; with some additional spicy Belgian yeast character. A unique and very enjoyable offering.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
5000 (6862) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - OCT 5, 2015
Bottle: Dark brown, thin frothy sandy head, fairly nice lacing. Dark bready nose with a bit of molasses and a smidge of anise. A bit dry and chalky on the tongue. Tangy. A touch earthy, and even bready. Softer stout, not too hoppy or roasty. Body and mouthfeel are moderate. Finishes with a moreso dark or whole wheat breadiness, soft sweetness, with a little anise and molasses. Pretty simple, but unfortunately also a bit of a snoozer.



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