Maris Otter | Blackstone Restaurant & Brewery

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Maris OtterMaris Otter

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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Photo of NeroFiddled
3.96/5  rDev +13.8%
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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Photo of donmonkey1
2.2/5  rDev -36.8%
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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Photo of Goosehunter75
3.47/5  rDev -0.3%
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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Photo of RTitus
3.21/5  rDev -7.8%
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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Photo of Minkybut
3.12/5  rDev -10.3%
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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Photo of oberon
3.72/5  rDev +6.9%
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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Photo of elgiacomo
3.03/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

12oz bottle, best by 2nd week of June 2013. Served at around 40-45F.

Pours clear amber with a one finger white head that leaves a ring and a light sheet of lacing and holds a good foamy cap.

Aroma is dough, yeast, grainy, earthy, dirty with some floral hops, some notes of cardboard. Gets better as it warms, but still not great. A little off.

Flavor is bready, doughy malt, some caramel, some earthy hops, hint of citrus, somewhat sweet, good bitterness, minimal alcohol, finishes sweet. Gets more and more sweet as it warms.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied, oily, with good carbonation.

OK. And that may be a stretch. Average at best.

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Photo of Bearcatsaaz
3.41/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had this at Blackstone Restaurant tonight on tap. Was passing through and love trying the local beers. This caught my eye on the beer list, because as a home brewer, I love Maris Otter malt. Was expecting a little more of the Maris Otter character at first but what hit me was the hops.

A- very clear light amber color with a small white head.

S- very strong aroma of the east Kent Goldings hops, floral,grassy. Not much of a bready/toasty or carmel character coming through. Pretty hop dominate.

T- some hop bitterness in the up front and swallow. Smooth drinking, but some of flavor from malt not present as expected. As beer warmed up, some of the Maris Otter character started to come through.

M- medium body some drying, but not too much. Creaminess became more apparent ad beer warmed up.

O- very drinkable beer, just a little different than o was expecting from a Maris Otter dominated beer.

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Photo of sommersb
3.85/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tasted On: 04-02-2012
Freshness: Unknown
Packaging: Growler
Glassware: Nonic Pint
Purchased: Filled at Blackstone, Nashville

A: Clear amber color, with 2 fingers of tan head on the pour. A fair amount of lace is present; retention is low.

S: First aromas are of hops, grassy and earthy from the Kent Goldings. Other aromas include caramel malts and breadiness.

T: Both malty and bitter, the bitter seems to dominate when the beer is cold, and then the malts become more prominent as the beer warms. Bready, with caramel, plus some nuttiness.

M: Medium body, with moderate carbonation. The finish is dry and bitter.

O: Very drinkable and refreshing pale ale, with a nice balance of sweet and bitter. A good session beer I would recommend.

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Photo of Vancer
3.43/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A light golden amber with the pour, thin but persistent ivory head. Aroma was just some subtle notes of spice and malt. The quaff added a bit of a woody nut flavor, but again light.

Body was light and easy going, but it did have a bit of a hoppy spice note in the finish. A decent little brew, no aspects stand out, but one I wouldn't seek out if it makes it up here in bottles.

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Photo of Wheelinb
3.48/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Had this at the Repeal of Prohibition event in St Louis.

This was not what I was expecting. It had what I can best describe as a wine flavor but with a carmel and more malty taste. While it was sweet, it wasn't overwhelmingly so and had a nice hop character. Initially I thought I wasn't going to enjoy it but the more I tasted the better I thought it was.

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Photo of BigBry
3.95/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had this on tap at the Flying Saucer in Nashville.
A deep golden color, clear, with a short white head, good retention and lacing. The aroma is slightly sweet and malty. Hops present, but not as bold as other pale ales. The flavor well balanced, good blend of maltiness and hoppy bitterness. Well carbonated, good body, another good one.

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Photo of clvand0
4.1/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had this on tap at the brewpub in Nashville. OG = 1.058, IBU = 27. Hops are EK Goldings and Willamette. Pours a golden color with ruby hues. Very clear for an unfiltered brew. The aroma is sweet and slightly malty. Not much hops in the aroma. The flavor has a mild maltiness and finishes slightly bitter from the hop. Flavor reminds me slightly of a red ale crossed with a good pilsner. Very good.

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Maris Otter from Blackstone Restaurant & Brewery
3.48 out of 5 based on 39 ratings.
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