Review: Minhas Creek Craft Brewing Mystical Jack Traditional Ale

Review: Minhas Creek Craft Brewing Mystical Jack Traditional Ale by Cody La Bière
Another day, another Minhas Creek beer.. shoot me already! Well, it's my own fault for needing to give nearly every beer a try, at least once.

A few weeks back I tried Minhas' Imperial Jack Double IPA, which was a very poor excuse for a Double IPA (when compared to the crème de la crème of Canadian Double IPAs - Half Pints Humulus Ludicrous), I still managed to swallow down that dirty water anyways. So now I'm about to try their Mystical Jack Traditional Ale, will they manage to fuck this beer up like every other beer they make?

Appearance: Wow, it looks appetizing. It's a very very dark colour, it's like a porter in appearance, or a very very very dark ale, but not quite a stout. Head is a creamy beige, not going anywhere.

Aroma: Minhas is trying to trick me, I can just tell it. It's a very nice roasted malt aroma, almost like roasted coffee bean. There's no way this beer can be any good.. there's just no way.

Taste: Bitter and you can taste the alcohol, which is never a good thing, but it's actually drinkable.. Perhaps Minhas swapped labels with an actual beer? It has roasted maltiness, dark chocolate, with a bit of a bitter aftertaste that lingers on the tongue afterwards. Mostly a malty coffee sort of taste.. which isn't bad as 'tis the season for coffeeish beers.

Overall Thoughts: If Minhas gave a damn about quality over being "damn good shitty beer", it would be better. There's a reason that this is $3.50 for a 650mL bottle. It's actually NOT bad coming from Minhas, but the thing that I don't like about it is you really can taste the alcohol. I like the roasted coffee aspect of the beer, as that's exactly what's expected for beers this season. Would I buy this again? Well, this is the Minhas beer I'd most likely buy.. if I were to buy Minhas. The beer has 7.0% ABV, and 80 IBU.

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