Batch 372 - Magic Hat Brewing Company
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Ratings: 27 | Reviews: 26 | Display Reviews Only:
4/5 rDev +18.3%
On draft at Eli Cannon's Magic Hat tasting 10/27/05.
Dark chestnut colored with a frothy beige head. Aroma is light, consisting mainly of sweet malt. Mouthfeel is smooth and full, leading to well-balanced flavors of rich malts and caramel, not overly sweet, slight nuances of toffee and cocoa, and a fine carbonation tingle in the finish. I'm not picking up the typical ringwood contributions to MH flavor here. Enjoyable beer, I'd be happy to see this one as part of the regular rotation.
Also great to meet a Magic Hat rep who's informed and excited about the product, and happy to meet people and talk about the company and the beers.
10-28-2005 12:07:43 | More by far333
3.98/5 rDev +17.8%
A clear mahogany body is capped by a short lid of thin tan foam that holds fairly well but leaves little lace about the glass.
The nose is abundant with yeast, backed by a waft of deeply caramelized malt.
In the mouth it's medium bodied with a gentle carbonation that lightly pricks at the tongue before warming. (This is best enjoyed at cellar temperature!!!!)
The flavor offers a very nice maltiness that combines a dollop of chocolate and a smear of dull roastiness with a firm caramelish base. It's quite biscuity, and slightly toffee-ish once it warms a bit. The yeast character comes through well, with soft red fruit and a suggestion of butter. There are some leafy and grassy hops present as well, rounding out its character. It finishes pretty much the same way, bicuity and hay-like; and although it's nice, it's very one-sided. But that's okay, I think, as that's pretty much what the style is all about. Except for the alcohol, would make a very nice session beer indeed!
01-21-2006 13:56:59 | More by NeroFiddled
3.95/5 rDev +16.9%
Poured from a 12 oz bottle to a pint glass. The liquid is dark with good carbonation. The head looks nice, tan, a fat thumb, very little lace.
The smell is fruity, Some plumbs and cherries, lots of alcohol coming through.
The taste is good, fruity, cherries and chocolate notes. Malt is nice, kind of sweet. I like it.
The mouthfeel is average, kind of porter like, thinish. Good carbonation, no bite.
Drinkability is good, clean easy drinking, nothing special but nice. Prosit, MK
10-04-2006 04:44:11 | More by MuenchenerKindl
3.93/5 rDev +16.3%
12oz bottle purchased as part of a Feast of Fools mix 12-pack from somewhere in MA.
Poured into an imperial pint glass, formed a 1/2" tan head over the clear dark burgundy amber brew. Head fades rather promptly, but some remains, with average lacing. Aroma is malty, with tinges of smoke. Taste is malty sweet, with the same wisps of smoke here as well. Mouthfeel is alright, a bit thin perhaps, and drinkability is nice as well. Not a bad "mystery" offering this year.
01-01-2006 18:10:28 | More by ppoitras
3.88/5 rDev +14.8%
poured a medium brown color with moderate head that almost immediately disappeared. Smell is toasty, roasty, malty, and caramelly. Very pleasant and improves as it warms.Taste is strong on caramel, some dark fruits, and a big time maltiness, but nothing that really asserts itself. A bit thin at the finish, but still OK. A very one-dimensional beer that completely hides the alcohol. Very easy to drink, almost too easy, at 7%.
02-01-2006 01:25:00 | More by tgbljb
3.85/5 rDev +13.9%
Scottish Ale? Very good one.
Pours medium red with a light foamy head, quick dissipation, not much lacing. Good carbonation. Smells of light malts, light smokiness. Taste is well balanced with lightly caramel and toasted malts. Medium to light hops. Good blend. Very drinkable.
12-29-2005 04:54:21 | More by aquatonex
3.75/5 rDev +10.9%
Batch 372 pours a deep red, with a small head that lingers a bit. The smell is fruit and malts, with the roasted malts coming out as it warms. Taste is sweet and malty, with a nice amount of darker malts, especially as it warms up. The ringwood taste is there, but not too strong. The hops are there, but barely. Mouthfeel seems a little light for the strength, but that boosts the drinkability a bit.
03-11-2006 00:55:39 | More by ericj551
3.63/5 rDev +7.4%
This pours a dark clear reddish color with a large thick tan head. The smell is very "bisquity" with some malt sweetness. The taste has all malt sweetness with some darker fruits. The raisin and prune taste is alittle too strong,but this isn't bad. The m/f is light ,but the flavors don't quite mix well. It's not bad,but something isn't right. All in all, this isn't a bad beer and I can see Magic Hat keeping this in there lineup.
02-14-2006 00:38:48 | More by jmz62565
3.63/5 rDev +7.4%
Pours a glowing reddish brown with a creamy tan head that fell very quickly. Smells of maple syrup, hazel nuts and lime. Tastes of weak coffee, oranges, and bubble gum. The mouth feel is chaotic due to an eruption of carbonation when drinking. It's nothing extreme, but I found this to be a bit distracting. Not too bad of a beer.
12-09-2005 14:49:50 | More by DarkerTheBetter
3.6/5 rDev +6.5%
12oz notched best before April, poured into a pint glass.
Deep garnet with a thin head of light tan that quickly settles to a veiled ring.
Smells like sweet biscuits splashed with caramel and cocoa powder. A pinch of smoke comes through.
Lots of caramel malt comes through when tasted. The carbonation is sharp and seems to cut through the other flavors leaving a blank spot in the middle. The finish is sweet and malty with a touch of hop bitterness. A little caramel in the aftertaste.
The mouth starts full but gets wiped away from the carbonation. Drinkable but not very interesting.
01-09-2006 04:07:09 | More by ypsifly
3.58/5 rDev +5.9%
12 oz bottle poured into pint glass..."Behold! The power of Yeast" under the cap.
Appearance: Pours a deep reddish brown with two fingers of foam which recedes rather quickly.
Smell: Sweet caramel maltiness with smoky undertones
Taste: Caramel sweetness, toffee with buttery notes
Mouthfeel: A little thin on the tongue, but still smooth and slightly creamy
Drinkability: I found this to be a pretty drinkable brew. This would be a good beer for a session. The alcohol posted here (7%) is different frm the Magic Hat site which says 4.8%
01-04-2006 01:19:42 | More by Riggsy
3.55/5 rDev +5%
Hauled back from PA by expatsteve - thanks again.
Pours a deep mahogany/garnet with a finger of tan foam that fades to a skim.
Nose is musty and nutty up front followed by notes of chocolate and prune.
Taste again starts off on a nutty note and is followed by caramel/grainy malt a faint hint of smoke and strange chocolatey fruit.
Body is light and carbonation is standard.
As a mystery beer, tastes like some sort of strange amber/nut brown with a funky fruit/chocolate candy thrown in. A little artificial but overall tasty enough. Probably a one a done for me though.
07-18-2006 21:50:11 | More by Golden2wenty1
3.55/5 rDev +5%
Creamy, lightly tan head. Clear, deep burgundy in color with shades of dark brown. A few traces of spotted lacing, but not much holding power.
Moderately sweet, creamy toffee aroma. Faint hints of smoked oak and wood chips with a bit of diacetyl. A rustic-eawrthen hop character.
Light milk chocolate, caramel, and a buttery toffee. Semi-sweetened cream with a touch of vanilla. Earthy hop character with hints of ginger and light oak. An aftertaste of light caramel, rustic-earth tones, and a touch of spice.
Medium bodied; creamy and smooth on the palate. Very mellow.
Some good combinations of flavor here, but a little subdued and tame for a Scottish Ale. 'Rave' or 'Grave'? Neither; not Magic Hat's worst offering, but not too impressive.
11-29-2005 15:31:38 | More by NEhophead
3.48/5 rDev +3%
Found in the "Feast of Fools" multi pack. Pours a deep, chestnut brown hue with an off-white head. Smells of roasted malts.
An interesting twang of yeast, along with deep, sweet malt flavors comprise this ale's profile. Roasted notes with hints of cocoa powder. Minor nuance of burnt sugar and biscuit. The body of this ale could be a bit thicker, for I think would bring about a more impressive character. The yeast twang finishes off, with hop presence at a minimal.
I'm having mine pre-dinner with some horseradish cheddar. Cheers!
11-18-2005 22:41:49 | More by Zraly
3.38/5 rDev 0%
Pale brown ale with red tints and a light head. Oily looking. Smells sweet, very raisiny, plums- dark, ripe fruits. Malty. Taste is coffee and malty with more dark fruit. A light candy taste to it. Biscuity.
Mouthfeel is watery and sticky- huge sugar rush mid-sip. This seems to be a very unbalanced brew- too sweet, not enough flavor, unpleasant mouthfeel- it's just off.
12-16-2005 01:10:43 | More by scooter231
3.35/5 rDev -0.9%
Nice head (though not for long) + color is a dark, hard to see through, yet clear garnet brown. Smells malty sweet with buttery caramel that is more discernable as it warms. Tastes full of buttery bread and sweetness with a faint fruit. Not bad, but a little thinner somehow than I'd like. Lingering sweet malty finish that leaves a smooth mouthfeel. + Easy to drink.
An alright scottish ale.
12-11-2005 01:42:35 | More by tastybeer
3.35/5 rDev -0.9%
Purchased as part of the Winter "Feast of Fools" twelve pack. This was the "Mystery Beer" out of the bunch. Pours a rich, deep red -- not fooling around with the color. Also a little more head than I am accustomed to getting from a MH pour. Fine, tiny carbonation. Nice malty aroma and taste--a red with some decent backbone. Good balance with the taste, too. Just enough malty sweetness, but mixed in with some roasted grains, I'm betting, which provide some more "earthy" slightly coffeeish-caramel ("burnt" sugar) taste. Easy drinking...MH feels like they are doing something a little different with their beers as of late. Something about the grain bill, maybe? More roasted tastes and feels like there might be a new yeast or two in the family. Or maybe this is just my (over)active imagination? Either may, this mystery beer is one of their better concoctions. Enjoy.
11-03-2005 05:16:50 | More by stephendedalus
3.33/5 rDev -1.5%
Pours a near-black copper color with a short-lived head but a well-retained lace. Sweet malty aroma. At first, sweet malt and fruitiness hit the palate, then some coffee-like roastiness, and to top it all off there is distinct graininess as well. Medium-bodied mouthfeel with very mellow carbonation.
A sort of sweet-and-sour affair with some nice roastiness thrown in. Its not too bad, but nothing to write home about. Still, recommended.
12-14-2005 05:33:13 | More by arguemaniac
3.25/5 rDev -3.8%
It pours a clear, deep amber, flashing ruby at points. Three fingers of frothy off-white head diseminates slowly. Small sponges of lacing mop the inside of the glass.
The aroma mists a distant swath of toasted malt, sweet and earthy. A mild general hops note floats at the periphery along with a dim yeastiness.
The first sip flips a quick dash of malt sweetness and a yeasty fruit note, both of which fall promptly to a thin center of biscuit and vague hops. The bottom drops out at the finish, thinning more to a very distant and generic dry bitterness.
Light bodied, it drains away and empties pretty much as quickly as the flavor, which is pretty darned quickly.
It starts thin, continues thin, and finishes thin. It's not devoid of flavor, but it's an effort to really discern waht's going on. In fact, while it goes down easily enough, I'm not sure it's worth the work. For my money, there's no real reason to give this batch a name, unless Magic Hat wants to continue filling out the variety packs with mediocrity.
11-21-2005 16:18:45 | More by Foxman
2.98/5 rDev -11.8%
Poured from the 12oz. black bottle into a thistle glass the beer was a slightly off brown/ruby red color with three fingers of pure white head that reduced to a sliver and stay there for the rest of the sample. No real signs of carbonation or lacing.
The smell is sweet but faint malt. Slight fruit and some caramel and toffee aromas as well.
The taste has an innitial malty taste to it with only a semi-sweet after taste. Its lacking the big malt backbone that some other scotch ales have. Lacks some balance and its slightly grainy with a hint of roasted flavors of caramel and toffee coming thru near the end of the sample. No hop character or taste as expected.
Mouthfeel was quite carbonated and slightly fizzy. Medium in body.
I though the balance was off for a scotch ale. It lacked that big malt profile I expected and was a little fizzy and too carbonated for the style in my experience. It was okay, but I'll certainly seek other better New England examples of the style before returning to this.
11-26-2005 17:08:08 | More by Sycodrummer
2.95/5 rDev -12.7%
From the winter seasonal collection.
Nice color. Deep, brownish-amber in color. Long-lasting tan-colored head leaves a dollop of foam on my nose during the first sip. Aromas reveal a biscuity-sweetness. Maybe a dash of baking chocolate? Flavor just didn't seem to come together. Malty sweetness with some caramel and some grassy hops. Not much aftertaste. Very thin. Not too much to like about this one.
03-01-2006 23:28:17 | More by OldFrothingSlosh
2.95/5 rDev -12.7%
A rave or to the grave? That's what the bottle says.
To the grave, I say.
Looks pretty good, like an amber/red ale should.
Smells of sweet malts with a smidge of caramel.
The taste is pretty sugary on the tongue and a little sticky. Very watery with not much in the way of depth.
Not so drinkable. It's unbalanced and seems to be missing something.
The alcohol is very well concealed; I'll say that in favor of this brew.
For the most part, this is boring and flat.
12-01-2005 07:10:28 | More by ommegangpbr
2.93/5 rDev -13.3%
12 oz brown bottle with a drink before freshness date on the back label. Under the cap "Hey big Shot, your breath is Rot"
A- Good head retention ... sticks to the glass well. Deep brownish garnet hue shows a bit of clarity.
S- Lots of biscuity malt and Juicy Fruit gum.
T&M- Biscuity is an understatement. Thick buttery layer underneath with a musty backbone. Smooth and creamy mouth feel off of a medium body. Mild hopping ... little flavor there. Maltiness seems a tad watery IMO.
D- If you can get past the biscuity and buttery flavors you are all set, I for one could not. Not a bad beer I just don't see where it is going.
11-22-2005 03:55:01 | More by Jason
2.85/5 rDev -15.7%
"Life is Better inside a Warm Sweater"
Pours a deep, clear crimson hue with large clumps of carbonation sticking to the glass and a fleeting head. Light earthy malt sweetness in the aroma. Watered down sweet malty flavor with hints of caramel and little to no bitterness. Some buttery and fruity notes. Mouthfeel is thin and the carbonation seems to have disappeared completely. Pretty dull and disappointing.
To the grave with you.
12-14-2005 02:46:31 | More by wedge
Batch 372 from Magic Hat Brewing Company
79 out of 100 based on 27 ratings.