Ravell - Magic Hat Brewing Company

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284 Ratings

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Ratings: 284
Reviews: 149
rAvg: 3.66
pDev: 15.3%
Wants: 9
Gots: 14 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Magic Hat Brewing Company visit their website
Vermont, United States

Style | ABV
American Porter |  5.80% ABV

Availability: Fall

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: taez555 on 03-06-2002

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

An enormous play in one significant act, Ravell is a porter brewed with whole vanilla beans, once available whenever young William and father John deem it so.

28 IBU
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Ratings: 284 | Reviews: 149
Reviews by SheepNutz:
Photo of SheepNutz
4.42/5  rDev +20.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22oz. bomber poured into a snifter. It pours a deep black color with one finger of light tan head. There is minimal lacing left on the glass. The smell is full of chocolate and fresh cocoa powder. A good dose of roasted malt as well. The taste is full of rich chocolatey flavors with a hint of coffee. Homemade vanilla coke on the finish. The mouthfeel is nice and thick, yet smooth. The drinkability is awesome. A very unique porter.

More User Reviews:
Photo of oberon
3.95/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the tap a deep dark brown with hints of ruby hue when in the light a thin light brown head that is gone quickly atop,light roasty notes along with wood and vanilla just a trace of chocolate wich became more pronounced on the palate.To me this beer was like drinking a liquid Three Muskateers bar chocolate and vanilla nuget-like flavors but not overly sweet at least at first,there was an underlying roastiness but it didnt hinder the sweeter flavors much.This became one of my wifes new favorite beers,me I liked it alot but it did become a tad sweet after a bit but what a great dessert brew this would be.

Photo of Todd
3.16/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12oz brown bottle, fresh from the brewery.

Pours a an opaque black with brown and ruby hues. A very nice tan lace crowns the beer, sticking gently to the sides of the glass and retains its appeal well.

Faint aromas of cocoa and vanilla, hints of mineral.

Smooth, with an underlying raw bittiness. Tight carbonation, paired with a quick lived citric hop bite. Initial flavors are rather aggressive, but eventually let their grips loose and allow malt flavors of tobacco, unsweetened chocolate, mild burnt / smoky flavors, and watery coffee. Very little residual sweetness. Notes of aspirin or bicarbonate. Whispers of vanilla bean (hardly as distinct or bold as I'd like). Drying finish with grain husk sitting on the palate.

An okay American Porter, but the vanilla seems much more tame in this new wave of Ravell, extremely sublte, and there's no malt backbone to provide balance.

Photo of Jason
3.94/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Redbones. Wow! This has a big vanilla flavour, not sickly sweet either just lots of vanilla. Vanilla up the nose and all over the palate. The Porter character was solid but let the vanilla have its way, I would have preferred to have this with dessert and not at the beginning of the event. I am sure it would have went awesome with the pecan pie.

Photo of Billolick
3.95/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bomber bottle, with freshness dating. pours a nice molassas rich dark brown, with some ruby highlights. Tan head, which dissolved quickly and left some lacing. Nose is vanilla, chocolate and some chalkyness. Nice complex flavors going on here, obvious vanilla, more subtle chocolate, cocoa,banana and caramel. Coating and smooth mouthfeel. Roasted malt. this is a Porter IMHO. Tasty stuff. Probably a g ood one to try on newbies as its fairly sweet and flavorful. Easy quaffing.

Photo of Mora2000
4/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at the Plano Gingerman. The beer pours a very dark brown to black color with a tan head. The aroma has a ton of chocolate as well as some roasted malt and maybe a little bit of vanilla. The flavor is more of the same. The chocolate and roasted malt are complimented by a little bit of nuttyness and some coffee notes. Medium, creamy mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

Photo of dogfishandi
3.78/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

served on tap at mammoser's tavern in hamburg, ny into a pint glass.

pours out pretty much black, some slight rubiness evident in the light. creamy light tan colored head with some decent head retention and some decent lacing.

some nice roasted malts, slight creamy vanilla. gets a little sweet as it warms.

again, some nicely roasted malts, slight creamy vanilla, definatly not that noticable however. a little dark fruits with a bitter cocoa finish. becomes sweet as it warms, almost a smartie like taste?

medium bodied, good carbonation for the style.

overall, pretty decent porter, vanilla is definatly in moderation.

Photo of Mantooth
3.03/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a bottle I picked up in trade (thanks for the extras SMason!) into a Southern Tier tulip glass.

A: Looks to be jet black in the glass but when held up to the light I see that it's actually (uh - jet brown?) super dark brown with red highlights. There's a minimal head that dissipates quickly and energetic lacing throughout.

S: I'm getting some coffee, vanilla, malt, maybe some coco and oak too.

T: Thin and disappointing. The appearance and nose led me to believe this would be thicker and more complex. Still, there's some coffee up front and a tinge of vanilla in the finish, perhaps even some black cherry in the final sips as the brew made its way from slightly chilled to warm. In that sense it sounds complex I'm sure; however, it's too thin and the hints of character I'm describing are just that, hints.

M: Thin and disappointing.

O: A thin porter with a very nice appearance and an enjoyable nose.

Photo of far333
4.65/5  rDev +27%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I love porters, and I especially love this one, but I haven't been able to get my hands on it in a while. As someone else wrote, if you see it, buy it. Not sure why it's classified as a dark ale, since the brewery calls it a porter. The vanilla isn't overwhelming at all - just enough to provide a hint of flavor and a lot of character. The vanilla-chocolate smell rises up to your nose immediately as you watch the frothy light brown head percolate. Taste is of vanilla and chocolate, and mouthfeel is smooth and crisp, although just a bit watery. Very drinkable for a porter.

Photo of yankeeheel
4/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a very dark opaque brown with a nice foamy compact head. Great retention and lacing all down the sides of the glass as I drink.

Smells wonderfully of coffee.

Tastes like a good porter should. Lots of cafe in the malt without it being washed out or thin. Assertive, but not trying to imitate a stout. I don't get a huge rush of vanilla but I do detect some highlights of it in there. Finishes very dry with a little twang of astringency.

Mouthfeel is dead on middle of the road porter. alittle slick, a little thick.

I could drink this routinely.

Photo of BadBadger
4/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This is a very tasty treat. Nice and dark color. Foamy tannish head. The smell is a mixture of malt and chocolate. The taste mirrors the smell, with the chocolate taking the lead. The chocolate taste tends to mask all other flavor. If there was vanilla in this beverage I could not detect it. A smooth texture, but a bit watery. Overall a rather good brew. Certainly worthy of searching out. Enjoy.

Photo of WVbeergeek
4/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appears a deep dark chocolate hue with bright ruby highlights around the edges of my Allagash chalice. Big thicket of tan khaki head forming niecely and dwindling slowly with laced around the sides of my glass. Aroma has dark malts with a hint of dark cocoa creamed with a touch of vanilla flavored creamer this has a touch of coffee notes as well. Herbal hops peak through in the nose. I have to say what a nice sampler pack they put out, the great dark lager and nice wheat IPA, with this tasty dark beer. The #9 is the clunker of the bunch, but my wife usually drinks 'em down for me without any complaints. Flavor is almost dessert like, a nice semi roasty sweet stout with a creamy vanilla finish. You could almost dip chocolate chip cookies in this and be satisfied, herbal hops are taking a back seat to sweet vanilla and dark ccocoa bursts. Mouthfeel is medium to fuller bodied carbonation is full carrying each sip through the palate nothing cloying it just works well. Overall an enjoyable beer, way better than most recent Magic Hat samplers very good mix of beers, I love the Howl, like the Encore, and I'm pretty happy with Ravell a beer I haven't seen from the Magic Hat crew in quite a few years.

Photo of NJpadreFan
3.15/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Magic Hat- Vanilla Porter

Appearance- Hazy reddish black with a thick tan head.
Smell- Light vanilla bean.
Taste- Sweet and creamy french vanilla coffee.
Mouthfeel- Light and creamy. Smooth finish.

Overall- A very vanilla flavored porter. Not very complex here. A decent sipper!!

Photo of jmz62565
3.48/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a dark brown with a small tan head and leaves good lacing. The smell is very light with some coffee and dark fruit present. The taste is like the smell with coffee,chocolate, and dark fruit. The m/f is light and the flavors mix Ok. A decent beer,,but not one of the better American porters on the market.

Photo of JoeAmerican77
3.55/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A bowling ball black base and a frothy tand head, nice...

Smells of tootsie rolls and roasted malts come off the top, as well as a mapel syrup note. Sweet cocoa nibs and a caramel flavor escort the first sip. A little above average expected flavor,with some malt bitterness on the tail end. Seems like an AP in body too, smooth and creamy, like a velvet shake. Medium light with a stickiness to it.

Overall I think I have a winner from my MHBC mixer pack.


Photo of NeroFiddled
4.35/5  rDev +18.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

An almost opaque brown-black body reveals glints of mahogany at the base of the glass; and its creamy, dark tan head holds well and initially leaves wide rings of craggy lace. Sweet vanilla is obvious in the nose amidst rich chocolate and coffee notes. It's pleasant and inviting, although it does tend to lean a little towards the aroma of flavored gourmet coffee. It's lightly creamy across the tongue with a fine, median carbonation and medium body. Less vanilla is present in the flavor, but what is present combines with the dark chocolate and cocoa notes to lends it a nuttiness that's quite charming. It's well balanced by a solid bitterness and it finishes dry with lingering bitterness and almost burnt-coffee like acidity and roastiness. Quite nice on a weekend afternoon, but I'm not sure how well it's drinkability would hold up on a night at the pub.

Photo of WoodBrew
4/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Ravell is a good smooth light ABV porter. It is dark in color, but not opaque. The creamy head is not lacing, but it looks nice. The taste carries good chocolate, coffee and roast tones. The mouthfeel is lighter in body with good carbonation. Overall it is a tasty beer.

Photo of tempest
3.77/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This was on-tap at the Blue Tusk as Ravell, but names don't really matter. This beer really reminded me of chocolate and vanilla candy. It had a good pitch black appearance with a little foam. Smelled kind of like a Hersey's bar, but without the wax. Really, the chocolate aroma, not cocoa like some beers, was strong. That taste had more of this plus a little vanilla. It was smooth and finished with a respectable bitterness much like the bitterness of a fine, dark chocolate.

Photo of MattFrenzy
3.42/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Stumbled upon a few bottles of this at the local packy, kind of surprised to see it. Drink by date was end of April... being mid May I was kind of leary, but I've been wanting to try it, so here goes.
Dark brown appearance with hints of red, small head and no noteworthy lacing. Smell hints of roasted chocolate and slight vanilla, not as much as I had expected.
Taste was surprisingly in the middle, no flavors immediately jumped out. If anything, malty with a very slight hop aftertaste. A decent porter but nothing I would seek out in the future, except maybe a fresh one next year to give it another shot...

Photo of bewareOFpenguin
1.42/5  rDev -61.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

One word, "blah". I thought only eggnog should have that much vanilla. It looked promising when the bar keep brought it, dark and rich looking. But all taste was eclipsed by the vanilla. It was a chore just to drink it. Avoid this beer, unless you are some kind of eggnog "junkie".

Photo of bditty187
3.32/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Dark brown hue, it tries to be black in the middle, ruby around the edges, it shows good depth when held to a light. The beige head poorly formed, it never developed beyond a foamy cap then it swiftly faded to a soapy collar. That is disappointing. The subsequent lacing was spotty and hardly noteworthy. The nose isn’t very potent, it is quite airy with an equal mix of chocolate and vanilla, neither dominates, in fact, they work in perfect harmony. Since there is little else in the bouquet, I must admit, I am a tad leery to try this. Some vanilla porters frighten me and I am still recovering from the SA Chocolate Bock I had two months ago. But here goes nothing. The palate is surprisingly neutral, I can’t really call it balanced, it is largely neutral, the scarcely noticeable chocolate and vanilla flavors cancel each other out which leaves a pleasant roasty stout maltiness. But that’s it for taste. The finish is lackluster and oddly prickly, hops maybe? It does possess that mouth-coating tackiness that I dislike in beers of this ilk and it does seem too thin for a porter, even though this really isn’t a porter as it is spiced, anyway. The mouthfeel is adequate but flawed, how’s that? Could I have two of these in a night? No. I could have two of them in a lifetime. This beer didn’t do much for me; nevertheless I need to thank UnionMade for the opportunity to sample this Magic Hat offering.

Photo of PhantomVodoo
3.65/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Dark brown in color with minimal tan head.
Big mocha chocolate aroma.

Taste follows with plenty of mocha flavor created from the mix of the vanilla and the chocolate characteristics of the malt. It's a good flavor, problem is there is little else to the flavor of this beer. No complexity. Not much in the way of hops.

Mouthfeel is thin and watery for a porter.
Mellow and very drinkable. Little bitterness.

Overall, a solid beer, but this one doesn't excite me.
Big thanks to Mikeys01 for the Magic Hat samples!

Photo of Gmann
3.82/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a very deep brown color with a short dense khaki head that settled into a sparse cap.

The aroma is of a pumpernickle malt, wet wood with just a wee hint of smoke. Some brown sugar sweetness. Don't pick up much, if any, vanilla but I like the earthy aroma.

The taste is woody with hints of char and smoke. Some light roast bitterness pops through in the end. The malt is quite bready and there is some caramel sweetness. Has a tea like bitterness and lemony astringency in the end. Again, not much vanilla.

The feel is moderate with prickly carbonation, which eases the drinkability. Malty sweet but does have a roasted bitterness in the finish, which is also a bit dry.

I like the earthiness of the porter but don't get much, if any, of the vanilla. Its enjoyable.

Photo of edchicma
4.03/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz bomber...Very nice color and decent initial head...almost black...Smell was roasted malt with smoke essence, along with a vegetable-like essence. Taste was was "smoky" and slightly tart...very interesting, and actually quite refreshing. I did not pick up the vanilla that the Brothers did, but did get a bit of smoothness that I would normally associate with vanilla. Mouthfeel was nicely complex...astringent, then with a smoothness that lingered..usually, it's the other way around. Very drinkable and interesting....a different type of brew that is well worth a try.

Photo of jtierney89
2/5  rDev -45.4%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Pours a black color with a tan head. Smells of leather, tobacco, charcoal, and burnt dark malts such as bitter chocolate and toffee. Immediately im getting a coffee taste. Gritty in texture but pretty smooth overall. getting some slight vanilla undertones, pretty subdued though. Smooth and decent porter but to be honest it exhibits a lot of the same flavors as howl. Eh :(

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Ravell from Magic Hat Brewing Company
83 out of 100 based on 284 ratings.