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Rhinelander Mystical Jack Traditional Ale - Minhas Craft Brewery

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80 Ratings
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Ratings: 80
Reviews: 26
rAvg: 3.07
pDev: 22.48%
Wants: 0
Gots: 8 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Minhas Craft Brewery visit their website
Wisconsin, United States

Style | ABV
English Strong Ale |  7.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: biboergosum on 09-29-2011

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2.75/5  rDev -10.4%

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2.5/5  rDev -18.6%

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1/5  rDev -67.4%

Photo of Knapp85
3.38/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This one poured out darker than I expected. The beer looks to be a deep brown color with a fizzy white colored head on top. The smell of the beer has some light malt aromas, some spice and hints of molasses. The taste of the beer is sweet upfront with some roasted notes and it actually had a nice bitter finish to it. The mouthfeel was drinkable, still a bit on the thin side but not terrible. Overall this is the best brew I got to try while at Minhas. I'm glad I got to finally see what all the Anti-Hype was that my friend Traci was telling me about this brewery.

Photo of pooogy
2/5  rDev -34.9%

Photo of tencents
3.81/5  rDev +24.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Poured a thick foamy tan colored head into an imperial pint glass. Head dissipated but left a some nice lacing and an attractive thin stout-like tan top. Dark brown, red tinge.

S- Malt, molasses. Subtle but pleasant. Perhaps some cardamon? (Sure wish I could identify all the aromas you other guys can.)

T- Again molasses, clean, full flavored. Touch of tinniness at finish but aftertaste is malty.

MF - Very full, rich, and creamy.

O - For some reason did not expect much, but pleasantly surprised. Very pleasant and easy drinking beer.

Photo of MylesMac
2/5  rDev -34.9%

Photo of StaveHooks
3.36/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

22oz. served into a snifter glass.

A - Pours a super dark brown with ruby highlights. A firm 2" tan head ministers beautiful arbitrary lacing.

S - Cocoa powder, wet grain, caramel malt, copper penny, grassy, bready yeast, brewed tea, hints of malt extract.

T - Molasses, iron, English tea tannins stick to the cheeks, roasted malts, cocoa, burnt caramel/toffee malts layer against the tannins. There's faint hints of herbal hops in the background. Finishes fairly dry with a coating of tannins.

M - Medium lush body, with moderate carbonation, thins out when warm.

This fits an English Strong Ale rather than the American version.
Strong tea tannins pair with cocoa and a rich toasted caramel backbone with an herbal bitterness. This works well for an English Style.

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4/5  rDev +30.3%

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3/5  rDev -2.3%

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3.5/5  rDev +14%

Photo of emerge077
3.33/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A Rhinelander beer contract brewed by Minhas. Label depicts a jackalope with tribal tattoos, lol.

Dark brown with amber glints in the light, a half inch of foam on top, some flecks of foam in the glass. Swirling skim across the surface.

A vague raisin or plum sweetness to the aroma, but not much definition or complexity there.

Some astringency, dry earthy roast and light bitterness, lingering residual sweetness. Flavor is ok, seems like a big brown ale more than anything. As it warms, the alcohol is perceptible. Not bad, not great... best thing made by Minhas, but its a contract brew and not a house brand.

Ultimately not really a beer to seek out, and as a budget buy, at nearly $6 locally its not much cheaper than craft bombers or sixers that taste much better... if people are paying less than $3 for this, i've been ripped off :(

Photo of Hopswagger
3.2/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

P:  Dark amber body with evident carbonation and thin airy bone colored head that fades fast settling to a thin layer. 

S:  Citrus dish soap, earthy hops, semi dry paint, oak,  pumpernickel and rye bread. Sweet candied malts, paprika, apples, maybe mango with roasted almonds and grains. 

T/M:  Roasty sweet malts, banana, smoked grains, green apples, faded earthy hops. Once warmed the soap aroma finds its way into the taste along with cherry alcohol.  Not overly complex and nothing really memorable. Medium body with prickly carbonation.  Finish is dry with timid pine and apple bitterness. 

O:  Th claim of this mystical creature has fallen short delivery an easter bunny rather than a powerful fierce creature of myth and legend.  This ale is not entirely bad but truly bland and not as complex as should be. The hops are timid and the malts are not bold either. For what it is, a $3 bomber, I can appreciate it.  However, a great ASA it is not.  

Photo of DrJay
3.7/5  rDev +20.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22oz bomber.
Clear reddish brown with some fizzy bubbles that lingered and formed a slid cap. Balance of sweetness and hops in the aroma and flavour - hints of mint and bread with some currant and date fruitiness. Medium body and carbon dioxide with decent texture. Solid.

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4/5  rDev +30.3%

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3.5/5  rDev +14%

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3/5  rDev -2.3%

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3.5/5  rDev +14%

Photo of htomsirveaux
3.2/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

22 oz. bottle tried 10 Nov 2011. Courtesy of R&S, thank you! Served in the 0.5 L Adambrau becker.

Medium sized light brown head. Moderate carbonation. Clear dark brown in color. Aroma is toasty, roasted malt, pumpernickel bread, some ethanol and vanilla. A little boozy, sweet, almost syrupy. Surprisingly strong ethanol presence. Touch of chocolate, somewhat earthy. Medium body, warming ethanol. Bready and pumpernickel in the finish. Some apple shows up as it warms. Aftertaste is sweet and warming.

The best of the four from Minhas we've had, but that's not saying a whole lot.

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1.5/5  rDev -51.1%

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1.5/5  rDev -51.1%

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3/5  rDev -2.3%

Photo of WastingFreetime
2.18/5  rDev -29%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Reviewed from session notes.

Poured a dark brown color with 1.5 fingers of soapy tan head with little to no retention and lace. Smells of toasted malt and bootstrap molasses mostly, perhaps an extremely ghostly whiff of earthy hops, making me re-check the label and goggle in wonder at the "80 IBU" printed on the bottle. I'm not really sure I believe that claim... Flavor is sickly molasses sweet, also vacant of the espoused 80 IBUs on the label, but has a disturbing metallic finish on the strangely astringent monotonous grain flavor. For a strong ale, I was expecting a hell of a lot more complexity than what I received here... Texture is just medium bodied, carbonation actually is fitting for support (not too much nor too little) but problems exist within what is being supported...

Photo of PHKrames
3.73/5  rDev +21.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

S-Poured in a Guiness pint glass

A-A chocolate brown with a nice 2 finger head.

S-As with some of the other Minhas craft beers that I have had, this one has a bland smell to it as well

T-I am not a regular strong ale drinker, but as with the other Minhas beers, this was on special for $3.49 @ the liquor store and did not disappoint at all. Hints of chocolate, vanilla and an oak aftertaste

M-Very smooth

O-I would clasify this as one of the best bang for your buck beers I have ever had. I do not normally drink ASA's, but I may have to give this beer more shots in my beer rotation.

Photo of Zachtheporter
4.27/5  rDev +39.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bomber into a sifter.

A- Pours a deep dark brownish black. Pours a tanish white head that dissipate right away leaving a residual ring around the edges of the glass.

S- Smells strongly of dark fruits and grapes. Sweet smelling. Like a sweet earthy freshly grown vineyard.

T-Very sweet. Hints of malt dance with the sweet taste of grape juice leaving an enjoyable residue on the tip of the tongue. Very little hop bitterness. Very sweet and drinkable.

M- Smooth. Not to much carbonation at all. Leaves a sweet spicy taint on lingering on the back of the tongue.

O- Very surprised by this beer, the perfect Strong Ale for someone who wants to try the style or someone who's new to craft beer in general. The price really can't be beat either, especially for the style. For 2.39$ I would definitely buy this again. I especially love this beer since it's from such a small local brewery here in wisconsin. A great cheep beer.

Rhinelander Mystical Jack Traditional Ale from Minhas Craft Brewery
72 out of 100 based on 80 ratings.