badgerben (5282) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - NOV 12, 2005
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. hotstuff (5233) - Fort Wayne, Indiana, USA - APR 19, 2005
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. Dickinsonbeer (5074) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - AUG 31, 2005
500 ml swing top bottle purchased in CT.This was pretty good considering I have had a few old bottles from mahrs in the past. This tasted kinda fresh with a nice clean malt profile. Pours a deep brown, mostly clear with a nice beige head. Aroma is light munich and light chocolate with that typical dunkel aroma. Not hoppy at all, althought it has a slight crisp bitter finish but is pretty smooth. Lots of dark munich and toffee-like malts all the way through. Again- cool label, nice bottle and good price. oldrtybastrd (5003) - Fort Walton Beach, Florida, USA - JAN 28, 2006
Pours a deep dark brown. Aromas of roasted malts, smoke, and hints of fruit. Flavors of the roasted malts, some fruit, with a coffee aftertaste. muzzlehatch (4970) - Beloit, Wisconsin, USA - MAR 27, 2006
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.
tiggmtl (4544) - East York, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 16, 2004
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". thegreenrooster (4516) - St.louis, Missouri, USA - JUN 14, 2008
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. nick76 (4402) - Tampa, Florida, USA - MAY 22, 2007
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. CanIHave4Beers (4207) - Pouring Bus, Iowa, USA - DEC 23, 2008
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. zach8270 (4021) - Henrietta, New York, USA - NOV 7, 2009
(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.