The Devil's Rooster - Manchester Brewing, LLC
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Reviews by selecter70:
3.58/5 rDev -5.5%
I came across this 22oz @Harvest in Central Square & was happy to see this offering from Manchester. I remember enjoying a couple of their beers coming back from last year's Scottish Games in NH, so needless to say, I eagerly anticipated sampling this one. I waited to have it with home-made pork chops with fiddleheads & red quinoa...but waited & waited & waited as upon attempting to pry off the cap there was a powerful release of gases and I had to keep the cap fairly tight so as to prevent a Maerzen disaster! Although the bottle had been sitting still for a couple days, it took about 20 minutes of waiting in order to open the bottle safely (and even then I hit maximum level of foam in cheeks after I opened it). The eventual pour was a hazy amber leaving a 3 fingered full light tan head & decent sticky lace afterwards. The initial aroma was a tart sour, like plum skins, although there was an undercurrent of bready malts & citric hops. The flavor likewise had the saison-like sour upfront, with the caramel malts following, rounded by lesser hops and some spice. Oddly as this nice sessionable beer warmed (although I did serve it at room temp), the malts came up closer to the front and the saison-sours rounded it out nicer, as almost a sourdough bread. The carbonation was fairly heavy but the mouthfeel was still smooth due to the creamy texture, leaving a hint of dry alcohol at the end. I had worried at 1st that the explosive gas & sour aroma were indicative of spoilage. later, I was not so worried; although even if so, it was still tasty & one to cellar for my wife. While not a strict maerzen to my palate, definitely a distinctive beer; one I'd get again & hopefully on draught.
05-11-2010 18:29:46 | More by selecter70
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4/5 rDev +5.5%
A 22oz bottle poured into a pint glass. The beer was a dark, cloudy, amber with a fairly thick, quickly dissipating, white head. Mostly a sweet caramel aroma. The taste was sweet caramel malt, with a hint of what seemed like pepper in the middle. An easy to drink beer, enjoyed it.
02-25-2009 14:52:32 | More by lordofthewiens
4.35/5 rDev +14.8%
This is from a 22 fl oz. bottle with no expiration or bottling date on the label. Sampled on January 23, 2010. The pour is a gorgeous mahogany-amber with excellent clarity, slow upward carbonation and a two finger thick frothy beige head that remains on top during the entire experience. An enticing malty aroma kicks in on first whiff and that is by far the lead aroma with a dab of fresh hops lingering in the background. Medium-to heavy mouthfeel with a creamy sensation. A sweet malt ingredient kicks in on the first sip but it is not obnoxious. It is just about right. Also in there is a nice hoppy finale and a bit of biscuity-breadiness. This one was an excellent take on the Marzen recipe. It is also available year round.
01-23-2010 21:10:37 | More by puboflyons
4/5 rDev +5.5%
Poured from a 22oz bottle into a mug glass.
A: The beer is a deep amber color, with a large off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a spotty lace on the glass.
S: The aroma is of caramelized malts, some lager yeast, some hops and a little fruit.
T: The taste starts out bready with flavors of lager yeast and a hearty malt character. Then some sweet flavors of caramel and fruit quickly follow. The hops presence is decent for the style and creates a good balance. The after-taste is slightly bready and slightly sweet.
M: Crisp and smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.
D: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, decent kick, good representation of style, this is a good sessionable beer that is worth drinking for a long time.
02-21-2010 02:43:38 | More by TheManiacalOne
3.73/5 rDev -1.6%
Poured into a half liter German beer mug. This beer has a cloudy amber color and held a nice ince deep head. The taste is slighly sweet and a little bit sour. The body is a little thin for the style. I would like a little more creamy maltiness, but this beer is not too bad. I think this beer is unfiltered which is a plus.
03-06-2009 00:48:48 | More by cookester
3.48/5 rDev -8.2%
I was a little harsh on my last Machester review, for the Alt, which I had too high expectations, and I think I had just had an outstanding beer just before it. I tried a few of these at a tasting and actually enjoyed them more than I thought. Now comes the Marzen, one that is really tough to do right.
A: Well, theres a really good chance this bottle is infected. A loud ppsssst sound when I crack it, and immediate eruption, its exploding out of the bottle all over my lap and rug, luckily I saved the computer. It's also super hazy, especially for a Marzen, and I can see sediment already forming at the bottle. The 75% head quickly fades to a very large bubbled pot marked beast. It's like a blended orange and mahogany smoothie effect color.
N: Well, no really sour or funky aromas as I expected. It's actually not bad. Some light crystal malt, caramel aromas, some German malts, a little sweetness. A good malty aroma overall.
T: Weird, taste is pretty good too, no off flavors. Maybe he just bottled these way too early. Starts with a malty smooth flavor, with a little malty sweetness. Some caramel/crystal malts and I think some Munich malts. Not much for a lager like taste though, maybe due to the early bottling. Some nuttiness and light caramel.
M: Medium body, semi smooth, ridiculous carbonation that it almost overtakes the whole mouth on each sip.
F: Still a little sweet. A little syrupy as well. ALso gets a touch of bitterness as it finshes, perhaps a little bit of a hop touch I dont get much on the taste. Other than the light stickiness and slight bitter, it finishes pretty clean and disappears quickly. It also has a touch of spiciness that is gone just as fast as it pokes its head out.
I think I'll have to get another bottle sometime to see how it handles. I think this could be a really good beer if it hasn't been full of yeast and erupting.
12-18-2009 03:29:31 | More by jlindros
4.05/5 rDev +6.9%
Pours a two-finger cream head that fades slowly leaving some lace. Cloudy amber color. Medium carbonation and medium bodied. Light malty nose. Flavor is caramel malts that are nearly balanced by the hops. Decent Märzen. Brewmaster puts the ABV at 7.0%. $4.39 for a 22oz bottle from Concord Co-op Market Concord, NH.
07-25-2009 22:32:08 | More by jdhilt
3.65/5 rDev -3.7%
Pours a cloudy copper color with a nice two finger head that quickly fades, leaving a little lacing along the glass. Not getting much on the nose. Just sweet malty aromas, hints of caramel and toffee come to mind. No hops to speak of. First sips reveal nice sweet caramel malts, with strong toffee flavors as well. Taste is more pronounced than the nose. Has a slightly buttery, diactly finish to it. Very smooth and creamy mouthfeel and goes down nice and easy. Pretty good brew if I say so myself.
11-16-2009 04:04:32 | More by scifan
3.93/5 rDev +3.7%
Pours a cloudy golden/amber with a good sized white head that disappears quickly. Smells of brown sugar and toffee. Very sweet and malty. Tastes Malty sweet with some brown sugar, toffee, maybe a hint of corn. Finishes very dry. Mouthfeel is syrupy and smooth, body is medium to thin, carbonation is ample. Good beer, could be sessionable. I think its a bit thin for the style.
02-12-2009 22:20:31 | More by johnnnniee
3.8/5 rDev +0.3%
A: orangish-copper, pours with a huge head, good head retention and spotty lacing. Not filtered, nice nucleation.
S: Toasted malts, keeping with the style guidelines no hop aroma
T: German malts, sweet toasty notes up front
M: medium body, starts sweet, finish rather dry.
D: Pretty good, not my favorite style but a nice representation of the style, and certainly reminds you that fall has arrived. Nice brew.
11-14-2009 02:26:39 | More by bcastine
3.85/5 rDev +1.6%
This is a fairly new brewery from what I hear so looking forward to this review.
A: Cloudy brown with a light tan head. Really can't see through it at all, but the light that gets in there gives it an interesting glow about it. Nothing left on the glass.
S: The nose reminds me of fall really. Has a nice sweet brown sugar nose that fills the air like the falling leaves before they totally dry up. But there is this hoppiness underneath crispness that reminds you it's getting cold.
T: Very sweet taste. Seems like the alcohol has made the brown sugar a little sweeter than it should be. I'm not as impressed and it doesn't remind me of fall so much here.
M: Medium/full bodied beer with a good amount of carbonation to keep your tongue entertained. Leaves a slight oil trail too.
D: I really have to take points off of this because of the alcohol. Just seems to prevalent for this style of beer. Other then that, open a bottle, pour a tall glass and enjoy the crisp cool, sweet smelling night of fall.
10-02-2009 23:26:27 | More by bilyboy65
4.03/5 rDev +6.3%
This beer pours dark amber and cloudy with a thin white head. Sweet toffee aroma. The taste is sweet and malty with a spicy note that gave it a unique flavor. Could use a bit more toasted malt. Mouthfeel is a bit on the light side but I found it nice and smooth. Definitely a decent beer that could use just a little more body to hold the flavor.
03-01-2009 23:53:32 | More by HopTroll
3.48/5 rDev -8.2%
I bought this beer in a 22 ounce bomber at this place on the Pelham New Hampsire Dracut Mass line. As I popped open the bottle, the foam rose all the way to the top of the bottle. I quickly grabbed a perfect pint glass and started the pour. A nice orange/brown color, and true to the Marzen style. Some nice sweet smell, balanced nicely with a hint of hops. The taste was a nice blend of sweet grain with enough hop character. This is a very good drinkable beer, not something to go out of your way for, but defiately worth the try.
06-06-2010 21:24:55 | More by madjr80
4.4/5 rDev +16.1%
22oz bomber obtained at McKinnon's in Salem, NH. Pours a hazy amber-red with a good inch of slowly dissipating khaki head. Smells malty, with strong toffee, caramel, and chocolate components. Tastes very malty sweet as well, with caramel and toffee playing big roles, hints of chocolate and coffee, and a slight nuttiness toward the finish. Medium to full in body with amble carbonation. Easy drinking and flavorful. Everything I'd want in a typical American example of the style, and another top-shelf offering from this brewery.
03-26-2009 23:03:31 | More by MrHurmateeowish
4.22/5 rDev +11.3%
Pours a thick, cloudy brown, reminds me of apple cider but with a good foamy head that settles to a thick layer and lingers for quite a while. Great lacing. Smells of malt, molasses, brown sugar, silage, faint citrus notes. Moderately sweet smell that is quite complex. First impression of the first sip is thickness. Good full mouthfeel, creamy, malty, sweet, filling. Taste is a lot like the smell. A good bit of complexity, but everything is pretty identifiable, not a lot of nuances or overlap, etc. Very little hops. Could use some refinement, but that's being picky, 'cause it is quite enjoyable as is.
The brews I've had from Manchester Brewing (and I've now rated all 7 that are currently on Beeradvocate.com) fall into two clear and distinct categories: "really really good", versus "varying degrees of bad". This one, along with the blonde and the red, are really really good.
09-26-2009 02:04:39 | More by BeerNinja007
2.13/5 rDev -43.8%
A- pours a hazy burgundy with a small foamy head.
S- Sweet but sort of astringent. I can't put my finger on it but I wonder if something has been added as a sweetener.
T- A dirty earthy hoppiness. Plenty of the green apple peel taste. Where the hell is the malt????
M- thin and light bodied.
D- One will be more than enough for me. Very bland, no malt character whatsoever.
02-28-2009 21:45:06 | More by JayNH
The Devil's Rooster from Manchester Brewing, LLC
85 out of 100 based on 16 ratings.