Bear Mace - 4 Hands Brewing Co.
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Ratings: 25 | Reviews: 3 | Display Reviews Only:
3.73/5 rDev -3.1%
Black in color but when held up to light a bit will breech it. Just a trace of khaki colored head covers the majority of the top. I get nutmeg,molasses and a hint of chocolate in the aroma. Initially I get roasted barley and then a sweetness of molasses. On the fade I taste bitter roasted malt. The mouth is a bit chalky and dry.
04-20-2014 04:31:21 | More by Franziskaner
3.89/5 rDev +1%
The pour is a standard cola/black that looks a bit thin and transparent at the edges, but dark and mysterious through the middle. Pearled head the colour of espresso foam, not much lacing, despite decent retention.
The nose is inviting with a dry bakers chocolate and slightly smokey underpinning with a nuttiness playing throughout. As it develops, a sweeter chocolate comes forth, though it never really veers towards sweet chocolate too hard. There's a hint of... allspice? something that I"d use for baking, anyway, but I can't quite out my finger on it.
The flavour follows a similar blueprint: dry chocolate upfront with waves of baking ingredients crashing on the smokey grey outer walls. Mildly more carbonation than I'd prefer, and the body is trying to live up to its silky billing, but the carbonation and a lack of body undermines this somewhat. Smoothe, though. Alcohol is incredibly deceptively hidden. This could almost pass for a beer half its size in that regard.
I can absolutely dig it, and it's a decent Baltic, but it seems to suffer from the same issues I've detected in other 4 Hands beers: namely it's a little thin, a little overcarbonated and heads in a good direction, but doesn't really seem to ever commit fully, pulling back at the last minute and leaving it more subdued. That may just be a difference in personal opinion, and should in no means take away from an enjoyable beer to drink, I just think I would have enjoyed it been a little... more.
04-13-2014 10:18:36 | More by kemoarps
4.3/5 rDev +11.7%
A- Pours just a shade off of pitch black with hints of brown and red in the body when held upto the light. Medium, 2 finger head forms, retains, and laces very well. Pretty delicious in appearance.
S- Starts off with a fairly strong dark malts that are primarily chocolatey flavor. Spices quickly kick in and take the driver's seat over the malts. Nutmeg is the primary spice scent, and when it mixes with the malts, it gives a fairly nutty impression.
T- Taste starts off the same as the scent with some dark malts before the nutmeg quickly kicks in. Malts are chocolatey and slightly burnt here, and the nutmeg mixture creates a flavor that is a cross between an almond and a hazelnut. That flavor combination presides for the rest of the drink with a slight lingering nuttiness at the end.
M- The feel of this beer is on the thicker side and very smooth. Very easy to drink for the alcohol level, which it hides very well.
Overall, a very interesting and quality take on a porter style. The spices make it unique, although they do cut out on some of the malt focus of the style.
03-09-2014 02:00:16 | More by boilermakerbrew
Bear Mace from 4 Hands Brewing Co.
86 out of 100 based on 25 ratings.