Saturday, March 17, 2012

Saturday Beer Review: Descendant Suffolk Dark Ale (Mystic)

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This is a fantastic introduction to this new local brewery (in Chelsea, just two town lines away), an interesting and complex dark ale served in Belgian-style corked bottles.

Appearance: Gorgeous, creamy, tan, sustained head with large bubbles; color is toasty brown, almost opaque.

Aroma: Complex with a sweet-sour core and suggestions of toffee, caramel, and citrus.

Mouthfeel: The alcohol is very slightly too dominant here (surprising given that it’s 7.0% ABV – not particularly excessive) but otherwise a smooth taste with medium viscosity and a nice afterbite.

Taste: As with the aroma, this is a very complex beer, with all sorts of different things going on. It has a surprisingly light taste for a dark beer, almost delicate on the palate. Part of this is due to the somewhat higher level of carbonation (which I always expect from a beer bottled with a cork). I pick up molasses (not surprising as they’ve added molasses to this beer), burnt sugar, caramel, and slightly sharp hints of citrus.

Drinkability: Not a beer to guzzle but one to linger over and enjoy its many treasures. Take your time and enjoy!


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