Mahar's 20th Anniversary Ale | Middle Ages Brewing Co., Ltd.

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Middle Ages Brewing Co., Ltd.
New York, United States

Style: English Dark Mild Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 3.80%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
Brewed by Middle Ages especially for the 20th anniversary of Mahar's Public House in Albany, NY on February 14th 2009. Available on tap and on cask.

Added by aerozeppl on 02-14-2009

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 8 |  Reviews: 7
Reviews by Kendo:
Photo of Kendo
4.18/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Got it on tap at Mahar's on 3-27-09, where I was told it was a low-alcohol dark mild.

A: Dark brown body with a 1.5-finger fluffy khaki head. Left behind some lace.

S: Not terribly strong in the nose -- caramel malt and basic sweetness.

T: There's a lot of flavor going on for such a "small" beer -- I get caramel malt, some nuttiness and even coffee with a hint of cocoa powder. Even with all those malt-type flavors, this doesn't come across as overly sweet at all, as there's a certain dryness to the finish.

M: Body is slightly bigger than light, but not much. Good carbonation but not too much.

D: Highly quaffable. This is what a session ale should be.

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Photo of nnthom266
1.75/5  rDev -50.6%

Photo of williamherbert
3.77/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

An amber red-brown color; the head disappears rather quickly. Still, leaves a nice ring of lace. Glassy but dark, pretty good.

Has a nice nutty aroma. Some sweet toffee and caramel malts in the nose. Distinctive bready ringwood yeast, and a hint of flowery hop. Like a sweet, nutty brown.

The flavor is sweet toffee and caramel at first. Nutty and dry at the swallow. A darkly sweet taste, with a slightly puckery malt too. Not too shabby.

The feel is dry like a brown ale, with the thin watery feel that's appropriate for this type of flavor. Not bland, not too strong. Easy to drink and sweetened.

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Photo of WesWes
3.98/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The beer pours a dark brown color with a thin offwhite head that fades to spotty lacing. The aroma is decent. It has a weak pale, crystal, and roasted malt scent with little to no hops and their lovely Ringwood yeast esters. The taste is good. It's a weak beer, but they traditionally are. It's got good malt character and no hop flavor to speak of. It goes down easy with semi dry finish. The mouthfeel is fine. It is a low/medium bodied beer with low carbonation. This is a terrific English mild. It's not a style that I'm used to drinking, but this is a good representation.

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Photo of Stimack
4.17/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Was able to give this brew a try last evening while at Mahar's for their 20th Anniversary. Had to ask what this brew was and was told that it is a dark mild, as identified by another reviewer. Brew poured to a dark brown color with red highlights that stream through, good sized medium tan head which left a good amount of lacing down the glass. Has a nice caramel aroma that pushes through along with a nut like scent that mixes well with a slight fruit like ester. The flavors are very good, nice solid malt flavor shows off the nuttiness (roasted) that was picked up in the nose along with caramel and toffee. Slight butter and bread like flavors but for me thy are in the background. This brew was a surprise, I did not know what to expect but this is a fantastic brew with its nice flavors, all of this with the alcohol less than 4. I really hope that Middle Ages might make this one more often, it is a great sessional brew, I could have drank this one all night.

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Photo of ngeunit1
3.76/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Very dark brown/black color. Had a finger of head that had excellent retention and some really nice lacing.

S - Not very strong smelling at all. Just a tad if the malt and a bit of sweetness.

T - The flavors were much more abundant than the smell. There was the nice carmel malt flavors, some nice nuttiness, some bitterness mixed with some coffee tastes, and also some nice dark sweetness.

M - Just about no carbonation, which made the beer feel a bit more think and creamy than it was. Overall, it felt fairly light but a bit more n the creamy side than watery side, but still very smooth.

D - This was a very enjoyable beer, but not the easiest to drink. The beer felt a bit heavier due to the cask serving, and no carbonation, so maybe not for everyone. I really enjoyed it though.

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Photo of BeerTruth
3.98/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

"Mahar's Mild"

This should actually be categorized under the English Dark Mild style category and clocks in at 3.8% abv.

Filled a half growler at the brewery today.

Pours a very dark brown with ruby highlights around the edges. A nice two finger fluffy khaki colored head slides down the sides of the glass leaving a fair amount of webbing. Faint aroma consisting of tea leaves, nuts, and some caramel malts. The ringwood is there but not too crazy which is nice. Taste starts off pretty nutty with a touch of smoke underneath. Midway some bready flavors and malts emerge with a bit of english hops and ringwood. Aftertaste is very tea like with herbal flavors, toasted grains, and some earthiness. Light and creamy mouthfeel with a good amount of carbonation. A truly quaffable beer which I hope will be available downtown soon, especially on cask. I'm glad Middle Ages took the road less traveled and decided to brew a nice sessionable mild amongst the extreme beer movement. I definitely won't have a problem finishing this half growler myself tonight. Maybe we'll see bottles down the road, but I have a feeling that may be wishful thinking.

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Photo of aerozeppl
4.08/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

On cask as part of Mahar;s 20th anniversary.

A: Nice deep brown color with some read highlights. Tons of lacing.

S: Kind of a tight nose on this. Some hints of malt with a little bit of sweetness.

T: Just a very well crafted ESB. Super complex. Reminded me of Blue Point's ESB in a lot of ways. Hints of the malt with some toffee and caramel. Update this tastes much bigger than it really is.

M: Just a very smooth mouthfeel. Creamy.

D: All day long. Middle ages should make this a regular offering. I know where I am going to be for the next 3 days!

well since beertruth updated what this is I find it even better. At 3.8% this does taste like an ESB. Tons of malt and toffee. A really nice true session beer.

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Mahar's 20th Anniversary Ale from Middle Ages Brewing Co., Ltd.
3.54 out of 5 based on 8 ratings.
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