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Jinx - Magic Hat Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
84
good

453 Ratings
THE BROS
92
outstanding

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Ratings: 453
Reviews: 339
rAvg: 3.74
pDev: 13.1%
Wants: 7
Gots: 20 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Magic Hat Brewing Company visit their website
Vermont, United States

Style | ABV
Scotch Ale / Wee Heavy |  6.30% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
It’s OK to be a Wee Heavy. Much has been made of the ills of smoking. Jinx thinks there’s nothing wrong with it. For years, he stood strong with his peat-smoked whiskey malt mash. He held his head high when others made fun of his wee heavy physique, becoming a mainstay in Magic Hat’s Night of the Living Dead Variety 12-Pak. People said he’d never attain an Original Gravity above 15.1 degrees Plato or an ABV above 6%. He proved them wrong. Take Magic Hat into the next alellenium. Vote Jinx.

23 IBU

(Beer added by: pezoids on 12-06-1999)
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Reviews by AaronRed:
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4.05/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I am surprised by the nice tan head that comes out of this beer. As it poured I thought that it looked a little flat, but the creamy head was nice. Huge smokey aromas hit you first, but as you taste it, it is balanced by some sweetness that is really complementary. It mellows nicely as it warms and does not become heavy- it's an easy beer to drink and one that is quite different.

AaronRed, Feb 04, 2007
More User Reviews:
Photo of oberon
4.03/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Cole's,poured a nice rich deep amber with a thinner reddish tinted head atop,mild smoke aromas uderneat some brown sugar and lightly roast malt really quite appetizing.Again the smoke is subdued but is more of a companion to the sweeter malt profile maybe a little bitter chocolate in there but its light.A real quaffing smoked ale normally Iam not a huge fan of the style but I think comes together real well.

oberon, Sep 17, 2006
Photo of Zakk
4/5  rDev +7%

Zakk, Jun 03, 2012
Photo of SIRIUS2
4.3/5  rDev +15%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a tapered pint glass.

Pours a sort of dark yellow leaning toward orange, clear, with abundant bubbly head. Decent retention and lacing.

The aromas coming off from the brew are complex and inviting. There is a subtle malty-fruity-sweet-earthy smell that is incredibly hard to describe but smells wonderful.

So many layers of flavors here, I don't even know where they come from. There seem to be more than one type of malt that are blended tightly and keep everything together nicely. There is some sweetness here but it isn't overt, is sort of a tease of sweetness that comes in waves. Nice. I can't tell if it is some sort of adjunct or if it is residual effects of malt but there is a sort of fruitiness that comes out of this too, a sort of "not quite" dark fruit flavor. The finish is mostly clean with just a hint of linger.

This is the second brew I have had from Magic Hat that has made me just want to keep drinking it to try to figure out how they heck they did that! Easily drinkable with the flavors beautifully masking the near 7% ABV. Check this one out!!

SIRIUS2, Nov 10, 2008
Photo of BeerAdvocate
4.08/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Beer review from BA Mag Oct 2007.

We always look forward to any of the Magic Hat seasonals. Jinx is within the Scotch Ale realm with a bit of peat-smoked whiskey malt in the mash. Always check under the cap for your fortune: "Seek First ... Ask Questions Later" was under our cap.

Hazed rusty brown color with a huge pillowing head that does not go quickly. Hint of alcohol and faint smoke from the first whiff of the nose. After a few more swirls of the glass, mild dark fruit, unsweetened chocolate and a buttery yeast come forth. A creamy smoothness from the heavens shows a nearly full body and slides across the mouth. The palate is plunged right into a malty rich fête with an abundant sweetness that wraps around undertones of chocolate, toasted grain and vague smoke. Unassertive hop bitterness with only a flicker of flavor. Thin buttery flavor, soft fruitiness and a chalky yeast carry the back end to the taste buds with a semi-sweet finish.

A bit of old school craft beer here, packed with flavor yet not overkill. Without a doubt a choice pick for the fall season though we would not be against Magic Hat brewing it year round.

BeerAdvocate, Jul 07, 2010
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3.43/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark smokey beef bouilion. Virtually no head, little lacing.

Smells a light smoke, malt.

Light roasted malt. Something in the middle I cant place. Finish is light, virtually no hops. Maybe a little sweet.

Smooth. Maybe some citrus tang, not sure.

Very interesting beer. Not sure how many I would have, but I would definately recommend to anyone out there to try at least once. I think I would like to review this one again another time.

JasonA, Jan 01, 2007
Photo of lordofthewiens
3.93/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Sometimes Magic Hat produces good beers. This was part of the Night of the Living Dead 12 pack (Batch 375 was pretty good, also). The beer was a brown color with a medium head. It had a faint smoky aroma, as well as some sweet chocolate. It had a smoky taste, maybe some dark fruit, with a little hops bite at the end. I thought it was a trifle thin in the mouthfeel, but still a pretty good beer, particularly if all you associate Magic Hat with is #9.

lordofthewiens, Aug 31, 2006
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4/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Presentation: 12oz brown. Some funky art-deco design with a blinking thing, that stares at you. "an Ale inspired by the doctrines of medieval chemists.", is proclaimed with a freshness date scored, but no valuable info of about the beer.

Appearance: Amber with a touch of haze. Nice, creamy white head with various sized bubbles.

Smell: Rich sweetness, herbal and floral aromas with a creamy smell ... almost smoke like.

Taste: First, we have to cut to the spice. It warms, with a profile akin to some Belgian Ales and their peppery characters. We have no idea what spice(s) they use, but they are used with a mastery that leaves you in deep thought. Belgian yeast? Rye malts? Who knows? After you stop thinking of the spice, an underlying sweetness fills the mouth with an alcoholic bite, mild smoke and lemony hop flavours. The aftertaste is full of dextrins and the mouth is left almost puckering with slight dryness and faded hop leaf flavour.

Notes: One of the most interesting ales brewed in New England if not in the US.

Todd, Dec 06, 1999
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3.75/5  rDev +0.3%

generallee, Sep 20, 2013
Photo of Scribbles
3.75/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Very dark coloured, decent head when poured, but I thought it was best right from the bottle.

Smell: Not too much smell to it, maybe a little earthy, But not too bad.

Taste: Very Earthy and smoky toasted flavours, if that isn't in your taste this certainly isn't the beer for you. With all the Smokey and earthy tastes the hops don't stand out much but they're there. The 6.9% abv in this is very well masked under all the other flavours. Funniest thing while drinking these I kept thinking of the flavour of espresso coffee, I don't know maybe I'm wierd.

Mouthfeel: smooth, even more so when warmer; goes down easy unless you don't like the taste. Then I can imagine that it might not be as pleasant in you mouth.

Drinkability: Pretty Drinkable, very strong flavoured(in the ways mentioned above) but smooth enough to go down easy, with hardly a hint of the alcohol. I don't think I would be able to drink a lot of them in one session though. Pretty good overall, it's a nice beer to relax with at the end of a cool fall, or cold winter day.

On a side note I've found that its flavour makes it quite nice as a base when steaming clams, all it needs is a little butter, salt and pepper added, and its good to go.

Scribbles, Sep 20, 2007
Photo of Jason
4.22/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Under the cap it says “Have a 9 on 9/9”.

Appearance: Multi-sized bubbles within the thick and creamy looking head, cling to the glass just fine. Dusty brass hue show bright through the glass.

Smell: Fruity, rustic and a tad buttery with a cookie like maltiness, a ghost like smokiness creeps from the back as well.

Taste: Layered sweetness of different malts and the yeast create a buttery, cake-like and fruity complexity. Hops are certainly there and well round at that, bitterness is at a perfect level and the flavour meld well with the malt drawing earthy herbal tones. Toned down esters appear toward the end with a light warmth from the alcohol. Thinly lined smoke flavour add a tenfold of depth as you don’t really know when it starts or if it even ends.

Mouthfeel: The smoothness is laid down quite well as it blankets the mouth its creaminess. Nearly full bodied with a moderate amount of carbonation.

Drinkability & Notes: This is one of those sip and savour brews as the complex flavours do not deter the palate from being overwhelmed yet the after taste is never-ending. Pot roast with sweet potatoes and roasted root veggies is a perfect match for this brew.

Jason, Nov 25, 2002
Photo of Billolick
4.22/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at the BTAH in NYC. Pours a nice rich almond. off white head. nose of malt, smoke, nuts. Deeply malty and flavorful. Rich mouthfeel, medium bodied. This was sold as an octoberfest brew on steroids, so there seems to be some style bending going on here. Smoke notes fairly subtle. Malt caried the freight here, tasty seasional creation from MH

Billolick, Sep 30, 2004
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4/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is from a sampler case I bought at Shelbourne Beer Distributor. I drank it in a pilsner glass.

Pours a fairly clear light brownish red with a two finger head of beige colored foam. The head drops to islands and a ring, with decent splotches of lacing on the glass.

Aroma is a subtle smokiness, dark caramel, very clean, dark dried fruits, and a hint of spicy hops in the background.

First flavor is dark caramel candy, then a nice subtle smokiness, sweet, with barely enough hop bitterness. Flavors of blackberries and currants come through late, with an aftertaste of light sweet smoke. A really yummy beer. The smokiness comes through more as it warms.

Mouthfeel is smooth and creamy, pretty full bodied, with medium carbonation. The finish is lip smacking sweet.

This would be a good one to introduce people to smoked beers. It's sweet, the smokiness is just there, and it's very well balanced. And at 6.9%, it'll get the job done, if that's what you're seeking! Recommended.

jakester, Sep 30, 2005
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3.38/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Sevred into a flaired tulip glass from a 12oz bottle with crimped cap.
Slightly hazed ruby/deep copper color with a 1' light tan head that dissapated quickly into a sudsy ring which really comes to life with a swirl.
Lively looking constant rising of bubbles with tighly knitted strings of tiny bubbles rising from the sides of the glass leaving some spotty lacing.

Sweet malty aromas,roasty with a hint of smoke,earthy/musty with an apricot-like fruityness. Aromas were slightly on the faint side.

Sweet syrupy carmell taste,roasty, with a touch of peat. Earthy with some dried fruityness finishes clean,juicy with a pleasing,drying hop feel has a very nice balance. Good taste a touch on the light side for the style.

Medium bodied,slightly cloying with a tangy grainyness. Easy drinking just not something i would want to drink a lot of.

jcdiflorio, Sep 27, 2007
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4.1/5  rDev +9.6%

sgn4779, Aug 24, 2014
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4/5  rDev +7%

mjtiernan, Nov 15, 2011
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3.75/5  rDev +0.3%

bpfrush, Nov 15, 2011
Photo of far333
4.88/5  rDev +30.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Another excellent ale from Magic Hat. Slightly smokey due to the peat smoked malt. There's also some wheat malt and chocolate in the recipe which all make for a unique flavor. It's not out for long, so buy it when you can. My wife figured out the logo. I thought it was a funky falling leaf, but she informed me that if you look close, it's actually three overlapping hearts around the smiling face.

far333, Jan 10, 2003
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3.4/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark clear amber with a small off-white head. The smell is slighlty smoky with some hints of dark fruit and malt coming through.

The taste is rather pleasant and highly malty. Lots of dark fig, cherry, and plum, with a slight astringency. Doesn't taste as smoky as the smell would lead you to believe. Not a bad brew. Kind of like a soft porter that took a weird detour and mated with a scotch ale.

yankeeheel, Nov 24, 2003
Photo of AzAleC
3.63/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served in an unchilled pint glass, approx. 1" head. Head was very creamy, and retained well. Dark ruby in color.

Aroma was very earthy/smoky, with hints of dark fruit (cherries) and hops.

At the start, the sweet and smoky flavors run over the tongue making way for a stong malt backbone. The mouthfeel is slightly thick, and sticks to the mouth, leaving behind a smoky hop taste.

AzAleC, Oct 25, 2006
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3.68/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a deep amber brown hue topped by a nice sized cream colored head lacing is present in thin sporadically patterned rings. Smells of deep roasted malts with a nut characteristic and smokey peated malts nice and robust even a presence of hops here slightly piney nose. Flavor mildly smoked deep woody, malts a slightly chocolate flavored with an herbal quality about it tasty and quite different. Medium bodied smooth light carbonation here, simple. Drinkability is quite effortless I could drink a few before the smoked effect would ware down my palate.

WVbeergeek, Nov 06, 2003
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3.33/5  rDev -11%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Got this from Publix on Collier in Atlanta while getting some tail-gating supplies. My man Beano Cook said it best: "the three best conferences are, in this order, the AFC, the SEC, and the NFC". Do with that what you will.

Pours a clear dark brown color with a one-finger slightly off-white head that dissipates into a wispy layer of bubbles on top with a medium-sized ring. The lacing doesn't stick around very long.

Smells alright. There's not too much here. There's a roasted aroma with a very subtle caramel smell.

Tastes similar to how it smells. Lots of roasted malt with a mild caramel flavor and a dry bitter finish. Nothing's really knocking my socks off here.

Mouthfeel is good. It's got a decent thickness, but it could be thicker and the carbonation is a bit on the heavy side.

Drinkability is good. Nothing really stands out here, but I could easily switch to another beer.

Overall this wasn't bad but it wasn't that good. There's a chance that because I got this from a grocery store it'd been exposed to the sun for a while, but I just wasn't very impressed. By no means is this an "avoid" beer, but I will probably not be buying this again.

glid02, Sep 14, 2008
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4.33/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz. from Variety Pack poured into a pint. Dating on the back isn't very clear but appears to be 12/07 as the drink by date.

A: Best way to describe the pour would be a murkier apple cider pour. Soft, cloudy head that hangs out. Not great lacing but perhaps I needed to pour a little more aggressively.

S: Nose is full of fall spices. Spiced apples and sweet malts. Little bits of roasted, smoky walnuts come out here and there. Not getting any hop at all but I didn't really expect too.

T/M: Beautiful malt sweetness that is completely under control. Cinnamon cooked apples, dark fruits(figs?), and nutmeg. Nice, subtle smokiness that is also well controlled. If I were to ever have a homemade apple pie cooked in a wood stove, I imagine it would taste like this, lol. Moderate body with a just below average carbonation level.

D: Great brew, especially now that things are really cooling off. Hopefully I can find this out of the variety pack, especially since I didn't like their #9 or circus boy.

pwoods, Oct 16, 2007
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3/5  rDev -19.8%

acurtis, Jan 09, 2012
Photo of dashirey
3.38/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Not sure if this is a hold over from last fall or a very early one this year. Someone brought a mixed Magic Hat pack to a family picnic and I got some of the extras. Either way there were no freshness notches.

Cap reads, "Suck the toe of Edgar Allan Poe"

A - Almost no head from the pour. Colored not amber but red with a slight haze to it.

S - Sweet & carmamelly malts are the most present. There is a faint hint of smoke way deep in there too.

T - Those sweet & carmamelly malts show up as the nose predicted. There is a small peppery note in the end too. Some bittering present at the very end even after the swallow.

M - Medium bodied with carbonation that is just right and makes the beer smooth going down.

D - Not my favorite style but I really liked this take on it. I still couldn't have a bunch of these because the over powering presence of malts.

dashirey, Jul 24, 2008
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Jinx from Magic Hat Brewing Company
84 out of 100 based on 453 ratings.