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Batch 373 - Magic Hat Brewing Company

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Batch 373Batch 373

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BA SCORE
88
very good

53 Ratings
THE BROS
92
outstanding

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Ratings: 53
Reviews: 47
rAvg: 3.96
pDev: 11.36%
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)
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
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Reviews by nixhecks:
Photo of nixhecks
4.2/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Cap Quote: "Don't Yap when you Nap"

MagicHat is one of my favorite breweries, and my very first microbrew ever was #9, so I hold a special place in my heart for MH. That said I have to add I think that, overall, this is the best brew that they have produced to date.

Appearance was dark dark brown with lighter colors towards the edges. Head was very sparse, settling to just a film in half a minute.

By the first whiff I knew this had to be a porter (and I was proud to find out I was correct hehe). Very sweet aroma of fruits such as raison and plum. with a similarly sweet chocolate smell drifting in the background. Nothing too burnt or smokey about the nose on this.

Mouthfeel was comparable to even some stouts (medium to above-medium body) and reminded me of MH's Heart of Darkness oatmeal stout bodywise. Carbonation was well suited to the style.

I love porters, and I loved the taste of this one. The fruitier hoppiness comes through strong at the beginning and melds into a bitter cocoa, malty, smokey finish - without skipping a beat the entire way.

Now granted I may be a little biased due to my love of both the brewery and the style, but this is nonetheless a brew i would love to see as one of MH's year-'round family of beers, and anyone who agrees should let 'em know at their website. Because come on...any good brewery needs a year-'round porter : )

nixhecks, Mar 01, 2006
More User Reviews:
Photo of oberon
4.38/5  rDev +10.6%
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.

oberon, May 15, 2006
Photo of Jason
4.13/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz brown bottle with a freshness date on the back label. Under the cap "Drink it Down & lose your Frown"

A- Thin bubbly tan lace leaves a few rings of lace, dark leather brown ... nearly black in color.

S- Campfire charcoal, unsweetened chocolate and carob aroma. Faint dark berry fruit aroma with a musty nose in the back.

T&M- Straight to the point roastiness, hard crisp mouth feel rolls out a nice smoothness. Medium body. Balanced sharp bite from the roasted grain and hops balance out the maltiness and then some more. Finishes semi-dry with a long mildly burnt grain flavor.

D- Its been a long time since the last time I enjoyed a Porter, very well balanced and the flavors seemd to meld well together. Kudos to Magic Hat for this new brew ... "Year Round" please. Paired this with a pork roast and then later some dark chocolate.

Jason, Feb 07, 2006
Photo of BlueHammer
4.78/5  rDev +20.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

I was smitten with this beer immediately - love at first sip! It has a rich chocolatey flavor that left me wanting more! It has a deep dark brown color, a creamy colored head, and a sweet-ish smell. Since it wasn't yet available for sale at the time, I took home a growler from the brewery! A favorite... I love this porter. If you're a porter fan, I'd be willing to bet you'd agree.

BlueHammer, Mar 10, 2006
Photo of Billolick
3.98/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ouncer, from the Joe's Garage box, has consume before dating notched on to the rear of the label. Pours a reasonably dark and gloomy shade for a porter. Dark tan head, dissolves to a BA worthy tiny bubble film and light lacing is left upon a gentle swirl. Nose is boldly of black coffee and cocoa. This is an assertive porter, with notes of burnt grains, coffee, molassas.A slight buttery flavor and nuttyness is picked up late. Nice stuff, much better then its boxmate, the fairly lame Hefe, "Circus Boy". This one does not dissapoint and is well worth a try.

Billolick, Mar 14, 2006
Photo of warriorsoul
3.55/5  rDev -10.4%
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.

warriorsoul, Nov 18, 2006
Photo of jcdiflorio
3.15/5  rDev -20.5%
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.

jcdiflorio, Sep 24, 2006
Photo of far333
3.98/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Sage words from the bottle cap: "Put no stock in the tick of the clock."

Pours onyx colored with brown highlights, with an off-white head that doesn't rise up much. Faint aroma of roasted malt and smoke. Flavor is smokey charred wood, deeply roasted malts, some chalky cocoa, and an understated hop presence. The ringwood is there, but doesn't detract or overpower. Some smoke and coffee lingers. Not overly complex, but I like the smoke and it's nice to see MH come out with a new dark selection. Sort of a Batch 622 meets Heart of Darkness meets Ravell?

far333, Feb 05, 2006
Photo of Smashix2000
3.8/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a nice opaque black, with about a 1/2" tan head. Initial smell was very floral and hoppy. Upon tasting, fairly matly with some roasted chocolate flovors. The beer nicely coated my pallete, which I like in a porter. Magic hat definately did a nice job with this one!

Smashix2000, Mar 12, 2006
Photo of tastybeer
3.58/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Big froathy light brown head over a near black body. Body has a clear, mild ruby glow to it. As the big head fades it leaves some nice patchy lace. Aroma is of coniferous hops over charred + toasty big malts. Its almost like hops growing late in (New England) Fall season. Taste is a large mix of things. A lot of pine, toasted and roasted full malts, leaves burning in a campfire, and juicy fruits. Grainy and dry as well as slick and smooth lingering mouthfeel. Nice and drinkable all season porter.

The combination of intense piney hops and roasted sharp malts doesn't seem as seemless as it could be. Still not a bad hoppy porter.

tastybeer, Apr 05, 2006
Photo of jmz62565
3.5/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This pours a very dark reddish black with a smallish tan head. The smell has some roasted malt and coffee to it,but it also has some hoppy citrus scents that are a little out of place. The taste has a roasted malt and coffee flavor to it. It's not a bad flavor at all,but it's a little hoppier than I would like. The m/f is light and well balanced making this a decent porter. It's not the best, but Magic Hat has made a pretty good porter.

jmz62565, Mar 18, 2006
Photo of tempest
4.2/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Black/very dark red with tan head. Head retention is fairly good with nice tan lacing. Nice aroma, predominantly coffee with chocolate malts and hops. Very similar taste, touch of toffee too. Finishes with dry-hop flavor. The carbonation bites nicely with the bitterness.

I'm a very picky porter drinker, but this one really hits the spot. I wish I could get a 6'er of this. The hops stand out nicely at the end and give this beer a nice twist.

tempest, Mar 02, 2006
Photo of bonbini26
3.5/5  rDev -11.6%

bonbini26, Jan 11, 2012
Photo of buzzy
4/5  rDev +1%

buzzy, Feb 22, 2014
Photo of tattooedtolley
3.88/5  rDev -2%
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.

tattooedtolley, Apr 05, 2006
Photo of wedge
3.9/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

"Overachievers Underestimate the Rest of Us"

Deep red / brown color with a milky, bubbly head. Sweet, light roasted malty aroma with a suprising amount of hops and fruits. Smooth, roasted malt flavor with an underlying fruitiness and a touch of caramel. Some more almost resinous hops are buried within the malts...they become more pronounced as it warms. Medium bodied with a dry finish

A dry, hoppy porter and an enjoyable take on the style by Magic Hat. Rave.

wedge, Mar 16, 2006
Photo of LPorter33
4.3/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Sampled in Joe's Garage, purchased on sale from Martignetti's for $10.99

Appearance = Good looking dark, deep brown, nearly black. Good 1/2'' head which fades away rapidly, leaving a bit of film. Respectable lacing.

Smell = REALLY like this scent as it packs an intense hop punch bursting with flavor. The roasted malts follow and are really well blended with the hop smell. I think I'm going to definitely enjoy this porter.

Taste = This porter was tailor made for my tastes as it is definitely hopped up more than most. Great tangy sourness from the hops that meshes well with the coffee like malt flavors. Refreshing, light and doesn't filll you up. Easy drinking but still tons of flavor. Mouthfeel is a bit watery and flat without much carbonation. That's the only thing about this beer that's average. Drinkability is extremely high for a porter. I admit it's not my favorite style and it's very rare I find an example in which I enjoy more than one in a sitting but this certainly fits that bill.

Overall = Outstanding job from Magic Hat. This one's definitely a RAVE! I'd be seriously disappointed if this one's sent to the grave, especially after Circus Boy was greenlighted.

LPorter33, Mar 25, 2006
Photo of weeare138
3.6/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Much thanks to fatty for the growler...
Appears black with a small tan head. Spotty lacing is left around the glass.
Smell is of caramel, chocolate, black patent malt, and sweet fruit.
Taste is equal to the aromas.
Mouthfeel is dry and slightly sweet.
Not a bad brew from our friends in South Burlington!

weeare138, Jan 19, 2006
Photo of Phatz
4.25/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This is my favorite offering from Magic Hat (that I have had) to date. I happen to drink this at just below room temp, that is the temperature it was in my car. I picked up a Variety Pack after work and when I got home and started putting them away I found a beer I didn't know. I poured it in a pint glass (not knowing what glass to use or even the style the beer would be) and wow was I pleasantly surprised! Here is the breakdown.

Appearance: Pours a dark almost black with creamy tan head and decent lacing.

Smell: The smell is very unique. I think it is a bit of dark fruits but not sweet like a RIS more like tree bark (whatever that means, its what it reminds me of). There is also a definite smoke quality to the aroma.

Taste: It has a hint of smokiness that I really like. It also has suggestions of mocha, unsweetened or dark chocolate and coffee. Toasted malts with subtle hops. Very well blended smooth easy drinking porter with a great (complex) aftertaste of smoky chocolate.

Mouthfeel: Fantastically smooth. Yet in the middle it is crisp and the aftertaste lingers as if it were dry but it is a little sweet as well. That hardly makes any sense, but when do Magic Hat beers make sense, they are just good to drink.

Drinkabitily: Through the roof in my opinion. Crisp easy drinking mostly simple beer that is not extreme or cloying in any way, wow. Way to go Magic Hat this is a winner.

Hope this is helpful.
Cheers!

Phatz, Feb 24, 2006
Photo of arguemaniac
3.68/5  rDev -7.1%
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.

arguemaniac, May 27, 2006
Photo of TheManiacalOne
4.2/5  rDev +6.1%
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.

TheManiacalOne, Jun 08, 2006
Photo of RBorsato
4.63/5  rDev +16.9%
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

RBorsato, Aug 02, 2006
Photo of alexwag
3.45/5  rDev -12.9%
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.

alexwag, Jun 02, 2006
Photo of scottum
3.85/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours out to be almost black with a tan headskie. A bit on the sweet side of things, but quite smooth. A very mellow porter which isn't trying to be anything more than just that. The Magic Hat yeasts come through, but I don't mind that. Easy to drink, but not overly special.

scottum, Mar 10, 2006
Photo of oelergud
4/5  rDev +1%
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.

-Oelergud

oelergud, Apr 30, 2006
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Batch 373 from Magic Hat Brewing Company
88 out of 100 based on 53 ratings.