hotstuff (4811) - Fort Wayne, Indiana, USA - APR 19, 2005
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Large ivory frothy head that was mostly lasting, excellent lacing, fine-large sized bubbles, no visible carbonation, opaque, and a reddish brown hue. Malty, caramel, roasty, sweet nose. Malty, roasty and coffee tasting. Tingly mouthfeel. Medium body.
badgerben (4809) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - NOV 12, 2005
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Freakishly dark red with a thin head. Strong malt aroma with enough whisps of smoke to make me think of salted pork. The taste is dominated by barley with what struck me as chocolate lacing. Odd for the style, but it turned out quite drinkable.
nearbeer (4723) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - JAN 17, 2008
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: JUL 31, 2008 0.5 l.Opaque black with a sticky, lasting three-finger head. Grain, herb, molasses and corn on the nose. Grain and biscuit initial flavor turns to roasted corn and nuts, then finishes with a delicate balance of spicy-herb hop and cocoa flavors. Light-medium body is fairly smooth, slightly watery, and finishes just dry enough. Great, highly-sessionable alternative to the ubiquitous Oktoberfest and Pumpkin Ale fall seasonals.
tiggmtl (4544) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - OCT 16, 2004
2.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
Toasted malt aroma with some mild roastiness and an underlying sweetness to the aroma. Almost opaque, dark brown with thin tan head that recedes to cover. Stale malt flavour is a bit earthy and somewhat roasty but feels rather flat. Somewhat still with medium-full body, but feels very heavy. Sampled with MartinT and Rastacouere on tap at Spuyten Duyvil in Brooklyn. Saw the same beer on tap the next night at The Moan and Dove in Amherst, Mass. listed as Mahr’s "J".
hayduke (4485) - Eureka, California, USA - OCT 4, 2007
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
From a 500 ml flip top bottle poured a dark brown with off-white head and good lacing. Powerful nose of roasted and sweet malts, with a hint of fruit. Mouthfeel lighter than than you would expect, and flavors are complex, with chocolate, fruits, and a hint of smoke. Sweet finish. Decent brew.
muzzlehatch (4420) - Burlington, Vermont, USA - MAR 27, 2006
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
500 ml bottle from Table & Vine, Northampton MA (Feb 2006). Served at cellar temperature in a St. Ambroise glass. No pop is heard from the swing-top stopper, discouraging....perhaps this is last year’s batch?....but I pour and there’s a sizable, lasting frothy head topping the deep brown, clear body....nose is very bock-like, thick sweet caramel and light graininess, though there is a touch of licorice and perhaps juniper for some spicy festive times....pleasant and fresh....in the mouth, lightly toasted grains and hints of caramelized sugar, chocolaty and medium-bodied, with the sizable sweetness drying out considerably by midpalate for a smooth, oily, lean finish with just a touch of wet cardboard....nice, drinkable, on the verge of some problems in the mouthfeel and like other Mahrs beers, just not quite as good as it seems it could be, if that makes any sense.
nick76 (4368) - Tampa, Florida, USA - MAY 22, 2007
2.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
UPDATED: JUL 3, 2007 There is chocolate, paper, and toasted grains. The appearance is dark brown with a small tan head. The flavor is like the aroma and a little like a fruity porter. The palate is thin. I really just don’t love this. It’s OK but that’s it.
zach8270 (4022) - Henrietta, New York, USA - NOV 7, 2009
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
(bottle - 500 ml fliptop) Deep brown pour with a thin tan head. Aroma is malty with some biscuit and fruit notes. Flavor is mildly fruity and sweet at the beginning with some smooth and caramel malts near the end. Finishes very clean. Very thin-bodied.
CanIHave4Beers (3942) - Pouring Bus, Iowa, USA - DEC 23, 2008
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
This gets major appearance points. It is a colour I have never really seen in a beer, like a deep ruby reddish brown when held up to the light... that wont even quite describe it. The head is fluffy, and leaves a delicate lace. Aroma is mildly oaky with some brown sugar, some cherry, and some yeast. Taste is a remarkable balance between a very woody dry hoppiness and a nice sweet malt. I swear I even taste a little smokiness on it, I would not be surprised to find out there was a small amount of smoked malt on this beer. I have been waiting to try this, and it indeed has been worth the wait. I will no doubt buy it again.
thegreenrooster (3895) - St.louis, Missouri, USA - JUN 14, 2008
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pour is a dark brown with a mild chocolate looking head. Aroma is some caramel and molasses with a bit of sweetness. Flavor is chocolate and and roasted malt with a sweet aftertaste. Not a bad little beer.