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Batch 373 - Magic Hat Brewing Company

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very good

52 Ratings

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Ratings: 52
Reviews: 47
rAvg: 3.95
pDev: 11.39%
Wants: 0
Gots: 0 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Magic Hat Brewing Company visit their website
Vermont, United States

Style | ABV
American Porter |  ABV ?

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Sycodrummer on 12-30-2005)
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Reviews by longpondbeerman:
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3.68/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Out of the growler (from Half Time in Poughkeepsie, NY) this poured a deep dark root beer brown with a little khaki crown that receded rather quickly. The smokiness was evident to the nose, but it was not overpowering--nor was it to the palate either. The mouthfeel is smooth, and there is not much carbonation. A velvety and unobtrusive porter. Well done!

Serving type: on-tap

05-07-2006 23:00:34 | More by longpondbeerman
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4/5  rDev +1.3%

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4/5  rDev +1.3%

07-29-2013 17:08:57 | More by dgherm
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3.5/5  rDev -11.4%

02-18-2012 22:37:52 | More by jfcaa193
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New Jersey

3.5/5  rDev -11.4%

01-11-2012 20:36:51 | More by bonbini26
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5/5  rDev +26.6%

12-02-2011 03:43:06 | More by rab53
Photo of RedChrome


4.2/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A deep brown body was slighlty murky. Mahogony colored half inch head shrank to a slick before staying that way. No carbonation to be seen in the dark color.

A roasted nutty malt aroma was very pleasent. There is a subtle hint of chocolate that blends with the nut scents. Decent hops to balance out the sweet roasted smell.

Excellent flavors of chocolate and nuts. A very nice balance as the roasted malts and hops bitterness blend. A silght coffee taste in the finish lingers long enough to enjoy.

Decent thickness with just the right amount of carbonation to let the flavors burst on the tongue.

An excellent choice, Definitly a grat pairing with a pork dinner. This one is worth picking up a mixed pack to try. Super job to the brewers at Magic Hat.

Serving type: bottle

01-19-2007 21:14:32 | More by RedChrome
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3.55/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Dark chocolate in color with a full finger and a half of tan head...very full and half of it remains. The rest leaves some incredible lacing.
Sweet chocolate malt up front...some fig, plum as well.
Milk chocolate flavor with a hint of lactose...very minimal hopping and quite sweet, yet finishes dry which adds to the drinkability.
Mouthfeel feels robust at first, but turns quite thin in the finish.
Carbonation is good and no hint of any alcohol.
Another solid beer from Magic Hat...almost a cross between the Participation Ale I used to enjoy and Heart of Darkness.

Serving type: bottle

11-18-2006 22:23:02 | More by warriorsoul
Photo of akajimmyd

District of Columbia

3.73/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - Lovely dark brown with red highlights. Nice tan head.

Smell - Maybe a little dark fruit and roasty malts.

Taste - Espresso and burnt malts on the tip of my tongue. Hint of citrus through the middle? Just enough hops on the finish. (Not quite as much as I expect from an “American” Porter)

Mouthfeel - Medium bodied and creamy. A tad bitter on the finish.

Drinkability - This is a very tasty porter. Worth checking out. You won’t be disappointed if you pick up a mix pack.

Serving type: on-tap

11-14-2006 23:08:47 | More by akajimmyd
Photo of jcdiflorio

West Virginia

3.15/5  rDev -20.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured with a light tan head,dissapated quickly,a very dark ruby red color almost looks black.Smells carmalely,nutty, slightly,but a clean smell also.Tastes sweet,a nutty roasted flavor,a nice tasty brew,good balance.A medium mouthfeel,a nice malty taste,with a spicey,dry hop finish. A really drinkable beer and tasty,complex,mouthwatering,a really enjoyable brew.

Serving type: bottle

09-24-2006 05:05:37 | More by jcdiflorio
Photo of boulevard2

New York

4.25/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle

Pours creamy, dark and frothy. Head is thick and clings to glass. Scent of coffee and chocolate very present. Taste of chocolate and nuts is also present with a very smooth aftertaste.I reccomend dessert or beef with this beer and overall very impressd with Magic Hat's rendition of this style. Not sure of the abv but seems to have high drinkability and is session proof.If this is seasonal I would look more often and might have to put some aside for the cold winter months ahead.

Serving type: bottle

08-18-2006 15:26:01 | More by boulevard2
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New Jersey

3.43/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This poured like a beautiful beer, a real dark chestnut brown, with a creamy espresso crema type head. The nose developed nicely, I can't remember a beer that developed in my nostrils quite the way this one did. It starts off with coffee and toasted malt, then develops into spice, cinnamon, and chocolate. The taste was a little underwhelming considering how wonderful the nose was. The body has nothing more to offer than some malt and a little hops. The taste then drops out from under it, and finishes watered down and syrupy. It's interesting how clean it finishes, and then returns with a caramelish aftertaste. Nice mouthfeel, and a decent brew. If you're looking for a straightforward, drinkable dark brown ale, have at it. In my opinion, Magic Hat has done better.

Serving type: bottle

08-10-2006 02:21:39 | More by dherling
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4.63/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

Black with ruby hues to light, full light brown head, good carbonation, and decent lace rings. Citrusy hop aroma dominates -- complete surprise ! Some espresso notes underneath. Chocolate malt flavors dominate with a very nice hop balance and coffee /espresso notes. Medium-light bodied but a bit airy due to carbonation.

Awesome nicely balanced hop-infused porter/stout !

Per MH website: 5.8% ABV. OG 1.060. 30 IBU. 30 SRM.
Malts: Pale, Black, Biscuit, Munich, Chocolate, and Special B
Hops: Styrian Goldings and Amarillo

Drink By (end of): May '06'
Tasted: 07/01/06

Serving type: bottle

08-02-2006 17:11:53 | More by RBorsato
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Rhode Island

4.2/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer pours a deep brown with a foamy tan head that fades slowly and leaves some decent lacing on the glass.

S: I’m having a hard time believing what I’m smelling first. It’s hops! That’s right. A strong hops smell in a porter. Huh? Then there’s a malty background of roasted coffee and a bit of alcohol.

T: Just like with the smell, there’s a heck of a lot more hops than you’d expect in this type of beer. The hops flavor is followed by a coffee sweetness with a touch of fruit. Then the hops return in the after-taste.

M: Very crisp and smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, clean finish.

D: It’s very flavorful, not very filling and goes down real easy. This beer’s a mystery all right. It has the tastiness of an IPA, the smooth silkiness of a stout and looks like a porter. With all the surprise aside, this was a very good beer.

Serving type: bottle

06-08-2006 04:30:46 | More by TheManiacalOne
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3.65/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I don't think I could see any light coming through the glass after I poured this one...Very dark with a perfect tan head and good lacing. The smell and taste were of roasted malts with slight berries and chocolate. Caught me a little off guard with the amount of hops, maybe just a little too much. The mouthfeel was medium bodied and had decent carbonation. An enjoyable porter.

Serving type: bottle

06-02-2006 03:53:27 | More by HurricaneMo
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New York

3.45/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

From the Joe's Garage 12 pack.

A- Mocha head, not that substantive; rich coffee/chestnut color.

S- Burnt malts/coffee/chocolate/caramel, whiff of hops n' alcohol. I have apparently been smelling beer.

T- Fizzy up front -- not huge on that -- but very smooth, rich taste. Unsweetened chocolate and roasted coffee. Some hops pop up, but quickly dissipate. Doesn't fade to much at all.

M- Creamy, rich and substantive. Too much carbonation kinda kills it for me, but I dig on the creaminess.

D- Not bad, but I wouldn't order it all that often. It is fairly well balanced for warmer weather drinking, with the carbonation and hops. At least I think Magic Hat is trying.

Serving type: bottle

06-02-2006 00:20:55 | More by alexwag
Photo of Schwarzbart


4.38/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: A nice one finger tan head contrasts this black beer nicely and the lacing was fairly clingy.
Smell: An unusual amount of hop in the nose for a beer of this color. There was also sweetness of toasted chocolaty malts. A great balance between the two.
Taste: The hop flavor hits right at once just like the aroma did and then the chocolate malts kick in. The malts are a little more smoky than my nose detected, but the grassy hops box back and win the match. It was a good match though.
Mouthfeel: A little creamy, but mostly smooth.
Drinkability: One easy drinking porter. A pleasant surprise.

Serving type: bottle

05-29-2006 20:39:48 | More by Schwarzbart
Photo of arguemaniac


3.68/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

While this porter features primarily roasted flavors, such as tasty mocha, slightly bitter toasted grain, some chocolate, etc., it also has a fairly assertive hop bite (which is even more detectable in the aroma) that melds nicely with the other bitter burnt flavors. A creamy mouthfeel with a sharp carbonation tang.

Interesting, drinkable, but not amazing. The mocha flavor is pretty delicious and blends well with the other roasted flavors, and the hop bitterness stands out too. But, while this one is good, fantastic American porters aren’t too hard to come by. Nonetheless, recommended.

Serving type: bottle

05-27-2006 07:01:42 | More by arguemaniac
Photo of oberon

North Carolina

4.38/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The mystery beer in my Joe's Garage variety pack,poured a deep brown with dark near crimson hue when held up to the light with a large 2 finger mocha colored head.Perfect 5 for me aroma wise its American big on the fruity,piney hop mixed with chocolate and earth just fantastic love the big hop profile.The same goes for the flavors big piney drier hop profile intertwined with bitter chocolate with a earthy raw nut lingering finish.A little prickly on the mouth but nothing to take away from the great flavors of the beer,damn I wish there more porters like this it is the most hoppedup version I think I have had to date.

Serving type: bottle

05-15-2006 22:41:51 | More by oberon
Photo of Fish113d


3.55/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Served chilled from a bottle into a tulip glass, it pours a deep, dark brown with a tannish surface layer which leaves some lacing on the sides of the glass.

Chocolate and roasted malts identified on the nose along with some slight caramel and a decent amount of earthy and floral hops. Roastiness takes over most of the nose however. Nice.

Sipping reveals a quick sweet caramel up front and throughout with some decent roast flavors. Slight chocolate also, but toward the end the floral hops help kill some of the sweetness to this one. This one is almost TOO sweet for a porter IMO.

Large amount of carbonation hits my palate, making my tongue tingle a bit up front, but body is toward a medium feel with a slight creamy finish. However, overall body is a bit watery I think. NOt bad, but could be better.

This is a drinkable porter that doesn't seem to pack much punch, and is rather sweet to enjoy too much. I'd pass on another I think honestly.

Serving type: bottle

05-09-2006 00:00:57 | More by Fish113d
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New Jersey

3.88/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

"mystery beer" in Joe's Garage spring variety pack, poured into a pint glass. Opaque brown with amber highlights, and a dense 1-finger tan head. Moderate retention as it subsides to a thin layer, gripping the glass and leaving patchy lacing. Chocolate and roasted malt in the nose, with a slight spice. Moderate carbonation in a medium-thin body, a slight astringency, roasted malts with an undercurrent of piney hop, just a little biscuity, and bitter chocolate in a smooth finish. Rather yummy.

Easy-going and fun, and easily the best offering in the Garage.

Serving type: bottle

05-07-2006 02:08:45 | More by ism
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New York

4.2/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Dark indeed. Thick, rich head, also dark. Citrusy hops in th enose. First sip has subtle, roasted, chocolate flavor, hops are even but prominant. Nice malty sweetness apparent, a well balanced beer. Not a stout, more of a hoppy porter or well hoped chocolate amber. I like this beer, it shifts as it warms, the hops, the malt and the roasted character gently nudging each other aside, then slowly fading.A very likeable beer!

Serving type: bottle

05-06-2006 20:22:27 | More by brewbird
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4.47/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This it the first of the magic hat mystery beers i have even thought about reviewing. It is a fantasic porter. I have come to find porters easy to make, yet easier to mess up. most company's add too much spice in a porter. this one is rich, full bodied, yet very drinkable. slightly chocolate, yet simple and awesome.
there is a bit to much carbonation, but overall this is the 1st dark beer i have liked from magic hat. and i might add that #9 is one of my favs.

Serving type: bottle

04-30-2006 22:49:12 | More by sarahbs
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4/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Clear and almost opaque body, some dark maple color at the edge. Head is tan, small to medium bubbled with pretty good lace. Retention is medium-lived, dissipating to a float.
Somewhat sour in the nose. Mild chocolate roast and some very faint grainy hops coming through.
Taste is again abit on the sour side but improves as the beer warms giving way for the roasted characters of coffee and bittersweet chocolate beans. Aftertaste is pleasanty mild and here the better side of this brew comes through in a chocolate and coffee mix typical for the style as well as some long sought hops.
A little on the thin side at times thought warmth improves this, dry finish and decent coating.
Pretty good drinkability and an ideal summer porter as it's not as heavy as others of the style.
Important! Let the bottle sit on the counter for 10-15 min before serving, this is not a good beer when had cold.


Serving type: bottle

04-30-2006 21:00:23 | More by oelergud
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3.88/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle, nice art as typical from Magic Hat.

Appearance: Very dark brown almost black in color. Shortly lived head left nice lacing.

Smell: Smokey coffee, roasted malts, and a sweet almost fruitiness as well.

Taste: Mostly roasted malty goodness with plenty of hop character to balance it all out. I can taste that fruitiness I picked up in the aroma as well as the smoke.

Mouthfeel: A medium body with a nice carbonation crispness.

Drinkability: One was enough for last night, I think maybe this is due to the weather becoming warmer and I just wasn't in the mood for a porter.

Overall, I had no idea what this beer was since no where on the bottle did it say but upon tasting it was quite obvious I was drinking a porter. Not the best porter I have ever had but a nice well balanced one that I would gladly drink again.

Serving type: bottle

04-05-2006 14:20:17 | More by tattooedtolley
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Batch 373 from Magic Hat Brewing Company
88 out of 100 based on 52 ratings.