Rhinelander Mystical Jack Traditional Ale | Minhas Craft Brewery

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Rhinelander Mystical Jack Traditional AleRhinelander Mystical Jack Traditional Ale
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Minhas Craft Brewery
Wisconsin, United States
minhasbrewery.com

Style: English Strong Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by biboergosum on 09-29-2011

BEER STATS
Ratings:
88
Reviews:
28
Avg:
3.17
pDev:
22.08%
 
 
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Ratings: 88 |  Reviews: 28
Photo of dhannes
3.61/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured slightly chilled into a standard pint glass.

A=Rich, dark brown with slight reddish tint; whitish head of about 1 finger lasted about a minute.

S=Faint cocoa and malt smell...nothing much.

T=Fair amount of malt with hints of cola; slightly sweet. Nothing bad, just nothing outstanding.

M=A bit on the light side, making this an okay session beer.

O=If you are throwing a beer tasting party and want bombers to sample to start out newbies, this would be an outstanding example to serve to show newbies of what a slightly above average beer is. Should pair good with food...if this were available in 7 oz. shorties, I'd buy again...but otherwise, I would only buy if under $1 a bottle.

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Photo of OregonGrown7
3/5  rDev -5.4%

Photo of johnnnniee
3.33/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a solid dark brown with ruby highlights when held to light and a huge tan head that persists forever. Smells of toffee and brown sugar with an earthy mineral edge to provide some balance. Light caramel and a hint of chocolate round out the nose. The flavor is a bit sweet with a heavy toffee and caramel up front. There's a weird back and forth between malt and earthy mineral and metallic flavors that sustains for most of the flavor curve. Medium body with a moderate level of carbonation and a sweet mineral water mouthfeel. Not a bad beer, and it grew on me a bit after it warmed up. I probably wouldn't try it again, but thanks for the opportunity Dave.

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Photo of MoreThanWine
3.78/5  rDev +19.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I was surprised others scored this beer so low, and looking at some of their comments I think they got bad batches. Poured a 1" beige head of decent lifespan. The body is a deep dark burnt umber brown, even held up to the light. It smells very mildly of roasted malt. So far at this point it's very typical. But then the taste blew me away. A delicious complex sweet roasted malt with hints of cola and hopping reminding me of some English ales. And this was a pretty decent value for price. I could drink it all day.

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Photo of shrek806
1.85/5  rDev -41.6%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

The beer pours almost like a can of Coke with a sudsy, bubbly head that quickly subsides leaving no lacing and no head. 3.0

The smell is of biscuit, bread, caramel, and lots of malt. 3.5

The taste is chocolate, coffee grounds, and an ashtray. I'm not kidding, it tastes like kissing my first girlfriend. She smoked Marlboro lights, but she taught me a lot. Ha ha.. I don't like the taste, there is something wrong with the finish. 2.0

The mouthful is thin, weak, acidic. Thousands of tiny bubbles violating my tastebuds in an all out blitz. 2.5

Overall, I did not like this beer at all. I am struggling to finish it.

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Photo of russpowell
3.25/5  rDev +2.5%

Photo of beerbrains
2.75/5  rDev -13.2%

Photo of TMoney2591
2.33/5  rDev -26.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Served in a Duvel tulip glass.

Okay, these mice have had way too much blood tea... Anyway, this stuff pours a clear dark ruby-garnet topped by a finger of sandy khaki foam. The nose comprises sweet caramel, dry biscuit, and ruby red grapefruit syrup. The taste holds notes of dank tobacco, stale toffee, bad tomatoes, and menthol. Wow, this went steeply downhill very quickly. Ugh, it honestly hurts to drink, and the flavors malinger for what seems like decades. Bad combination. The body is a very light medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a watery feel. Overall, another nice-looking and horrid-tasting beer today. Just not my day...

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Photo of daskipper
2.75/5  rDev -13.2%

Photo of jaidenjb
2.5/5  rDev -21.1%

Photo of Wiredshut
1/5  rDev -68.5%

Photo of Knapp85
3.38/5  rDev +6.6%
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.

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Photo of pooogy
2/5  rDev -36.9%

Photo of tencents
3.81/5  rDev +20.2%
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.

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Photo of MylesMac
2/5  rDev -36.9%

Photo of StaveHooks
3.36/5  rDev +6%
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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Photo of bonz696
4/5  rDev +26.2%

Photo of schnarr84
3/5  rDev -5.4%

Photo of bump8628
3.5/5  rDev +10.4%

Photo of emerge077
3.33/5  rDev +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 :(

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Photo of Hopswagger
3.2/5  rDev +0.9%
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.  

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Photo of DrJay
3.7/5  rDev +16.7%
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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Photo of bigeyedfish89
4/5  rDev +26.2%

Photo of beerme626
3.5/5  rDev +10.4%

Photo of twbeecher
3/5  rDev -5.4%

Rhinelander Mystical Jack Traditional Ale from Minhas Craft Brewery
3.17 out of 5 based on 88 ratings.
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