Maris Otter | Blackstone Restaurant & Brewery

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Brewed by:
Blackstone Restaurant & Brewery
Tennessee, United States

Style: English Pale Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.80%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
35 IBU

Added by clvand0 on 01-19-2005

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Ratings: 39 |  Reviews: 13
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3.6/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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3.96/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Blackstone "Maris Otter"
12 oz. brown glass bottle, notched "BEST BEFORE DATE INDICATED" "J" (for July) "YEAR 15" " WEEK 3" = (3 and a half months to go so still fresh)
$1.50 @ Trader Joe's #664, Nashville, TN

When I saw the Maris Otter designation on the label I was a little skeptical. How much Maris Otter would they use? Will it just be a thin thread that's almost impossible to make out? Well, they've used enough, it smells of Maris Otter and tastes of Maris Otter. If you've never brewed with it before, this is the perfect example of what it is, so buy a bottle and you'll know what you're in for. But what is it? I'm not even sure I can describe the character of Maris Otter. It's a much richer malt than most. How the strain of barley and floor malting does that, I don't know, but it's very distinct. It's a little like Brettanomyces in my opinion, with an almost metallic edge and some earthiness and grassiness like wet straw. It's perfect for more basic English style ales because you don't need a lot of hops to liven the beer, or carbonation.

This was my first beer from Blackstone, and I'm impressed. Quite nice. Well worth trying.

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3.9/5  rDev +12.4%

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3.5/5  rDev +0.9%

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3.5/5  rDev +0.9%

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2.75/5  rDev -20.7%

Photo of donmonkey1
2.2/5  rDev -36.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

Appearance: Pours a copper/orange color, too thick of a white head with great lacing. The head is dissipating too rapidly and there is not enough carbonation in the beer.

Smell: Not much. Perhaps metal. Perhaps the slightest amount of skunk.

Taste: A mouth full of pocket change that's been skunked.

Mouthfeel: Watery, no carbonation.

This beer SUX. Please don't drink it. You could die of something nasty.

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3.75/5  rDev +8.1%

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3.47/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours a beautifully colored honey with a one finger fluffy white head. Bubbles are present thoughout the beer. verage head retention with nice lacing

S - The aroma is light. Mainly light malts with a hint a caramel and roasted grains

T - Good flavor. Not as malty as one would think. Good bitter finish.

M - A medium body beer that is slick in the mouth. Has a dry finish

O - A very drinkable beer but not standout. Would a be a good drinkable beer at a BBQ.

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3.5/5  rDev +0.9%

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3.5/5  rDev +0.9%

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3.5/5  rDev +0.9%

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3.25/5  rDev -6.3%

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3.75/5  rDev +8.1%

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3.5/5  rDev +0.9%

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3/5  rDev -13.5%

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3.25/5  rDev -6.3%

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3.75/5  rDev +8.1%

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3/5  rDev -13.5%

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3.75/5  rDev +8.1%

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3.21/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This is my first beer from this brewer. Picked it up in a mixed sixer from Cash Saver in Midtown Memphis. I do typically like English Pale Ales. Poured into a pint glass, pretty and typical of style hazy gold with a nice off white head that only lasted a few minutes.

Smells like an EPA earthy, nutty and nicely hopped (not by American standards). A little more leafy smell than I would prefer, but not bad.

Taste is immediate English style hops. Much like it smells with an emphasis on the bitter. Malt is there but nicely balanced. My only complaint is the nuttiness and earthy hops come together to almost a puckering effect. As it warms some of the malt reasserts itself to help the taste.

Mouth is medium bodied and just the right amount of carbonation. The bitter lingers on the tongue a little longer than I like, but this too is moderated after a little warming.

If I judged on the first sip I would not have been overly pleased, but taken over the course of the glass this is an enjoyable beer and good example of style. Now I am ready for the others in the mix.

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3.12/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I poured this beer into my tumbler at 45 degrees. The beer was a nice pale ale color and poured a nice creamy head. The bitter had a slight dry bitter powdery finish but was not too bad. Also A bit of a grapefruit hit at the end. A little bit hoppy but also not too bad. I would buy this again. Good summer hot weather beer.

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3.72/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a standard pint glass a clear copper color with a thinner but well sustained white head that held pretty well.Caramel malts and mild earthy hops in the nose,as expected quite English in nature.Caramel/biscuit malt flavors dominate the palate with just a smattering of earthy and leafy hops in the finish.A good beer for what it is and it was quite food friendly.

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3.5/5  rDev +0.9%

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3/5  rDev -13.5%

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Maris Otter from Blackstone Restaurant & Brewery
Beer rating: 30.8% out of 100 with 39 ratings
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