Taj Mahound | Baying Hound Aleworks

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Brewed by:
Baying Hound Aleworks
Maryland, United States

Style: American Brown Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.00%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by Hopfenpeter on 04-10-2011

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 18 |  Reviews: 8
Reviews by RHB33:
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3/5  rDev +8.3%

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3/5  rDev +8.3%

Photo of bpfishback
2.19/5  rDev -20.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

It pours with a large amount of head that quickly escaped my glass. It appears very highly carbonated. the head sticks around and leaves some lacing as it fades. The beer is an unattractive muddy brown in color.

The aroma is a bit grassy with some unidentifiable spicey hop notes. The taste is almost all hops, an over powering minty grassiness, with a bit of orange behind it and no sign of malt I think there may be a hint of sourness here as well. All these flavors are accentuated by the bitterness as well. It is a very unpleasant beer. For a hoppy brown ale I want way more flavors of malt, this is almost like a black ipa, all the color of a brown ale but no brown ale taste.

It has a very light body, it almost feels like nothing in your mouth, it is very thin and reminiscent of soda water.

Overall this beer is a drain pour, not sure if I will try more from this brewery.

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Photo of bum732
1.51/5  rDev -45.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

S: Some plastic phenols, toasty malt underneath that. Truly awful.

L: Cloudy dark brown, huge light tan head, definitely infected.

T: Plastic phenols with some toasty malt, mostly hidden. Medium low bitterness leads to some dryness. Christ.

M: High carbonation, very overcarbonated. Medium thin mouthfeel from the infection.

Actually better than their other beers, but still an abomination. Definitely infected with lost of plastic phenols. Why even release this beer?

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Photo of akorsak
2.71/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Take two with Baying Hound.

A: Another foamer, at least three fingers of lightly-tanned head on the first few pours. The same cascading effect in the bottle as well. This one has the look of a solid brown ale, a deep cola color that betrays enough orange-brown amber. Generally opaque and full-looking.

S: A mild nose, toffee and caramel, but not much in the way of hoppiness.

T: Caramel up front but infection soon follows. Too bad, better flavor out of the Lord Wimley's than this one. The caramel is strong and manages to hold its own for portions of the ale. Mid-sip, the infection pops up, metallic and off. It's only there in the middle, allowing the caramel to come back for the finish. Muddling, it is.

M: I'm not finishing this bottle, making it two for two. Let's see if we can pull off the turkey tomorrow.

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Photo of vandemonian
3.92/5  rDev +41.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Baying Hound Taj Mahound has a very dark brown colour and a good 5 mm head that fades to lacing over a few minutes. The smell is a delicious blend of hops, malt and sweetness. Smells great. The taste is malt and charcoal up front. These flavours are maintained into the aftertaste with a little kick from the alcohol. The texture is foamy and thick. Overall, this is a pretty full on brown ale, but there is too much charcoal for my liking.

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2/5  rDev -27.8%

Photo of CDAtkinson
4.41/5  rDev +59.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A: Very dark brown, black.

S: Grapefruit, brown sugar, spices, espresso

T: toasty, coffee grounds, brown sugar, hoppy.

(IPAs generally are made adding hops from high Alpha (high IBUs) to lower alpha. They reversed this order and added hops from low IBU to higher for a different flavor than your standard IPA.)

M: medium bodied

O: This meld between a brown ale and IPA works well. I'll definitely be returning to it. And it's great to see a brewery in Montgomery County, MD- so far the only one.

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Photo of stomioka
4/5  rDev +44.4%

Photo of grover37
2.15/5  rDev -22.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

22oz bottle from Connecticut Ave Wine & Liquor for $6. Poured into a weird, short, wide mouth plastic glass (only glass I could find at work). Unfiltered and bottle conditioned meant it left a nasty mess at the bottom of the bottle.

Appearance (4.5): Very impressive looking beer. Two and a half big fingers of dense cream colored head. Dark brown with orange around the edges. The foam reduces to a thick layer and leaves lots of thin lacing all the way down the glass.

Aroma (2): A harsh, bitter astringency from the hops that I associate with over-bittered home brew. A bit of crystal and some dry chocolate. The hops are mostly piney beyond the bitterness.

Flavor (1.5): A touch of sweetness up front with pine and the chocolate mixing well. This one got better once it warmed up but was fairly unpleasant at first taste. The middle is where that astringency comes through. It's not necessarily mouth puckeringly bitter, but it is a harsh bitterness. Again, tastes much more like a homebrew at a DC Homebrewers' meeting than something from the store. The finish leaves that nasty bitterness hanging around with a touch of caramel and maybe a slight roastiness. If the bitterness wasn't so overwhelming, this would be very well balanced and enjoyable.

Mouthfeel (4): Pretty smooth except for the bitterness. A bit creamy but still pretty thin. Medium bodied with low to medium carbonation. The mouthfeel is very pleasant except for that lingering harshness on the back end.

Overall (2): This one needs some work; I will not revisit it any time soon. One of the worst IBAs I've had.

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3.5/5  rDev +26.4%

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2/5  rDev -27.8%

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2/5  rDev -27.8%

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2/5  rDev -27.8%

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2.75/5  rDev -0.7%

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3/5  rDev +8.3%

Photo of Hopfenpeter
4/5  rDev +44.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I knew that having face in this new microbrewery will pay off.
This India style brown ale pours a deep murky brown and builds a creamy beige head that will leave you a very lacing on the glass. Very attractive.
Smelling the beer grain, malt, some dark fruits like plum, and caramel are present.
The taste up front is a fine composition of grains, being softened and sweetened by caramel and fruity notes in the middle, followed by mild roasted malt flavor and finally nicely balanced by a good hop selection at the end. The beer leaves a nice bittersweet after taste to linger in your mouth, which invigorates you to another taste. I like this beer very much and definitely will buy it again. I am glad we finally have great local beer brewer.
Keep going Baying Hound Aleworks!

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Photo of Daniellobo
1.74/5  rDev -37.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

A dreadful brew, with an uncomfortable lingering memory in the palate.

Presentation: 22 oz brown capped bottle. Brown label with a white stripe where a dog barks over the outline of the Taj Mahal. Side narrative goes over intent, ingredients, and the outstanding finesse of the ale. Shows 7% Alc. by Vol. Served in a tulip glass.

A - Brown pour with rich frothy head, nice retention, fair surface memory and good lacing. If just looks could rescue this brew...

S - Soft nose, medicinal grassiness emerging… A bit unusual but not that off-putting, yet.

T - Uff, here is where the thing is challenging, the flavor is a bit surprising and initially not in a very good manner. The hoppy sense… is, well, I don´t know if that is the hoppy profile. It feels overtly medicinal, with a perfumed bitterness that is unusual and difficult. Like a poorly brewed hop with an emerging astringency. Distant chocolate in the palate after the medicine passes albeit with that lingering bitterness permeating it. Minimal hint of roastness…

M - Uff again... Medium body and carbonation… at this point the mouthfeel feels pretty irrelevant… this is not working very well at all. In fact, as the minutes go by, and this horrid sense lingers in the sides of the tongue, and it feels impossible to get rid of it, this one is certainly one of the worse, if not the worst, mouthfeel a beer has given me in recent memory.

O - Uff one last time, not for me that is for sure. It feels low quality and unfinishable. I´m always trying to avoid the drain pour but I see myself doing it here without any hesitation.

Notes: I didn't mind trying it, and the pricing was OK, in a fair low bracket. Although with this quality every penny feels misspent. This is one of the least likable brews I have had in a long time… In retrospect, and as time passes in the palate with its forced memory this is simply awful. I swear I had no idea I was picking up such a bad brew when I reached for the bottle.

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Taj Mahound from Baying Hound Aleworks
Beer rating: 2.77 out of 5 with 18 ratings