mrjaxson (281) - .08 Junction, Wisconsin, USA - NOV 12, 2012
2.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
Can a beer be downgraded for a nasty-looking label with a drawing that looks like a bad rendition of Star Trek: The Next Generationís beloved Mr. Data with a bucktoothed smile? Iím saying the answer is yes, so there goes a point for "Appearance." There are scents of caramel malts in the aroma, but it has a tart taste that seems mostly like apple cider.
Huhzubendah (2398) - Washington DC, USA - SEP 12, 2012
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
On draft at Churchkey in D.C.
The beer appears amber in color with a thin head that leaves a bit of lacing on the snifter. The aroma brings malt, slight sweetness, and a hint of caramels. The flavor is pretty simple - malt with a bit of caramel. Itís decent enough, but rather bland. Medium bodied with adequate carbonation. An OK beer, albeit unexciting.
Serving type: on-tap
Reviewed on: 06-16-2011
Tmoney99 (10396) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - JUN 18, 2012
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draft. Poured a clear reddish-brown color with an average frothy brown head that mostly lasted with excellent lacing. Moderate toasted sweet malt and dark fruit aroma. Medium body with a smooth texture and soft carbonation. Medium toasted sweet flavor with a medium sweet finish of moderate duration. Good drinkable beer.
mmmbeer (1225) - Austin, Texas, USA - JUN 17, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
12 oz. bottle served in shaker- poured a 40% transparent when held to a light source maroon/copper/brown color (thatíll work), white ring around the glass for a head that did not lace at the slightest. Aroma of toffee and notes of molasses and cream chocolate. Hits the mouth with an even medium body, malt is full on kung pow and is very rich, middle has a raison feel, finish is sweetening and lasting. So itís a Magician huh? Take me out of this hellhole- BAM- well, that didnít work, not even after an ice bath...
hayduke (3317) - Eureka, California, USA - JUN 1, 2012
2.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
This was courtesy of Strykzone. It poured from the 12 oz. bottle a dark amber color with a medium sized off-white head and light lacing.. The nose is faint, and mostly of caramel malts and toffee. Light in body with a sweet mouthfeel. The flavor is a bit odd with some caramel, fruit, and a hit of hops. Drinkable, but barely.
Arve_Christian (2957) - Oslo, NORWAY - MAY 28, 2012
3.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Backlog autumn 2011
Bottle at Schouskjelleren
Medium body & complexity
A bit bland, but enjoyable
fsquirrel29 (76) - Michigan, USA - MAY 18, 2012
2.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 6/20
UPDATED: JUL 6, 2012 I have to say this is NOT my style of beer. I found this beer to be way too sweet and fruity for me. Iím not a hops fan and this beer says it has "light hops". So I either really hate hops, or they use more of them than the review says. But to be perfectly fair to this beer, a friend bought a 6 pack. Gave 1 to me, drank 3 himself (with the same review as mine) and gave the remaining 2 to a co-worker that likes hoppy beers and the co-worker REALLY liked this beer.
KickInChalice (860) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAY 13, 2012
2.3 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a tulip.
Out of the bottle, my pour has a full amber color with a moderate off-white head.
The aroma is nearly non-existent. What smell does come out of the glass is toasted bread, caramel,
Some sweet caramel or toffee go along with a touch of toasted bread. Unfortunately, this is a very faint flavor and there is a processed, metallic flavor that is almost as noticeable.
The Magician has a very light body and medium carbonation.
This beer really does nothing for me except encourage me to dump it out.
ElGaucho (2188) - Minnetonka, Minnesota, USA - MAY 13, 2012
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottle. Not really digging the aroma. Caramel, molasses, dark fruit, plum. Hint of sour. Murky dark reddish brown. Red is prevalent. Thin tan head. Taste is very much what the aroma promised and itís underwhelming. Perhaps the least interesting of the shorts beers Iíve had. Tastes dated with a slight off flavor. Thereís no magic in this beer, although its drinkable.
BelgianBeerGal (3102) - Panama City, Florida, USA - MAY 7, 2012
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Jale bottle at Flossmoorís pre-DLD gathering. Yep, it was a slightly hoppy amber ale. Next please....(that might be unfair but it was in a big lineup this night).