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Jinx - Magic Hat Brewing Company

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451 Ratings

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Ratings: 451
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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Photo of goodbyeohio
4/5  rDev +7%

part of the NotLD 12-pack, 12oz bottle.

brown pour with amber clear highlights, nice creamy ring of bubbles and spotty lacing on the glass. looks like i imagine most smoke beers looking.. has a jerkyish color to it.

nose is very mild smokewise.. big burnt brown sugar feel, some toffee. some smokiness to round out the thing. even opens up to reveal figgy notes as it warms.

traditionally peated with that familiar, woody aged flavor. base flavors are sweeter and more palatable for the first-time smoked beer drinker. flavors don't linger, and "bacon" doesn't run through my head here. for me, the maltiness takes away from the flavor i want to savour... and i wonder what #9 fans think of this when they crack into it without warning. nice hop finish picks up where the beechwood leaves off, making its voice the last one heard.

smooth mouthfeel and perfectly carbonated. crisp.

for what it is, and who is buying it, this is a great beer. in the world of smoked beers, this is average. however, MH deserves big testicle points for throwing this into a mix pack (NotLD) that overall tries to educate the beer drinker instead of simply intoxicating him/her. would like ot try this on tap some day.

goodbyeohio, Sep 11, 2005
Photo of HappyHourHero
3.5/5  rDev -6.4%

A good sized, creamy, tan colored head fades slowly to a ring around the edge of the pint glass. Dark, glowing, chestnut colored beer shows barely a sign of carbonation. Gentle aroma of roasted malt, sharp caramel notes, and Mildly sweet caramel malt and cocoa up front in the flavor. A hint of tea joins in just before the faint smoked peat flavor takes it all into the finish. Mouthfeel is soft, and just a hair undercarbonated. I"m on the fence with this one. The smoked malts add a nice dimension to the beer, and the almost 7% abv is undetectable.

HappyHourHero, Sep 10, 2005
Photo of weeare138
4.15/5  rDev +11%

Appears a deep mahagony brownish red with a nice sticky 3 finger tan head that has nice retention. Settles to a decent ivory collar and leaves clumpy lacing around the glass.
Smell is of some smoked peat and bourbon like sweetness minus the alcohol...and now that I read the description from the web site, it claims to have peat smoked whiskey malt. Hehe, not a bad guess.
Taste is of a nice blend of the bourbon and smoked peat with some other semi-sweet malts coming through with a mild hop punch and a slight rye taste to spice things up.
Mouthfeel is creamy, smooth, sweet, and semi dry with a rye taste that lingers and makes you lick your lips. Nice!
Drinkability is good. Hides the 6.9% very well. If you're a bourbon fan, and a beer lover, I suggest checking this one out. It's a nice mix that wages an unusual battle on the palate.

weeare138, Sep 10, 2005
Photo of tastybeer
3.9/5  rDev +4.3%

Nice deep warm woody color with amber and red tones. Clear with a nice tan 2.5 finger head that fades into a creamy ring. Color is tantalizing. Smell is buttery toasty malts with fruity hops. There is a nice sweet smokey aroma. Tastes of buttery malts nicely balanced by earthy fruit hops. Very smooth and creamy combination of flavors. Mouthfeel is velvety and carbonation is good. A very easy to drink beer.

One of my favorite Magic Hat brews.

tastybeer, Sep 10, 2005
Photo of Sycodrummer
4.1/5  rDev +9.6%

Poured from the 12oz. brown bottle into a dimple mug the beer was a dark brown caramel color. A big and fluffy two-finger white head formed that left some slight lacing throughout the sample.

A slightly smoked/smoldering campfire smell with toffee, caramel, and malt all in the nose.

A rather strong smoked wood flavor with a semi-sweet toffee finish. An even maltiness with no bitterness and little hop character detected.

A moderate mouthfeel with an even coating of the palate. Only moderate (perhaps even little) carbonation.

Very drinkable if you care for that smoked flavor. Certainly not a beer for all tastes, but one I enjoyed greatly, and one I could easily have many of.

Sycodrummer, Sep 09, 2005
Photo of Beervis
4/5  rDev +7%

Pours from the 12oz a dark brown with a thick tan head.

Smell is sweet and a bit floral, with a slight hint of spice and smokiness.

Taste is sweet creamy malt with a mouthfilling yeasty spiciness. The body is medium and very smooth. Alcohol warms in the middle with a touch of citric hops balancing it out. The hint of smoke from the whisky malt is somewhat present, but not until the end, where it finishes dry, sweet and smoky.

This is a very drinkable fall seasonal.

Beervis, Aug 31, 2005
Photo of tgbljb
4.33/5  rDev +15.8%

poured a reddish-copper color with average tannish head. smell is toasty, malty, dark fruity, smokey, and very enjoyable. Taste is complex, being a mixture of toasted malt, prunes, figs, and smokiness. Great finish and very smoothnin the mouth. This is one of the best beers I've ever had.

tgbljb, Aug 17, 2005
Photo of arguemaniac
3.5/5  rDev -6.4%

Appearance: A deep copper with an orange hue. Barely a thin what lice and even that disappears quickly. Very active carbonation

Aroma: Malty sweetness with fruit aromas and a distinct smokiness as well. Mild hop aroma.

Taste and Mouthfeel: The robust smokey peat flavor is most notable, but there are also the tastes of fruit (apple), buttery malt, and oak, among others. A noticeable alcohol bite. Hop bitterness is there but somewhat receded. Smokey, fruity finish. The mouthfeel is quite smooth and creamy, with mellow carbonation.

A fairly interesting beer: it tastes like a robust Scottish-Style ale (maybe even a wee-heavy) that is unusually smokey. The peat flavor imparts that nice appley-smokiness found in scotch whiskey. A unique beer and a decent one too, but not one that I imagine buying again anytime soon (the beer has a buttery sweetness that makes hard to want more than one or two at a time, IMHO). Still, it’s worth a try. Recommended.

arguemaniac, Apr 07, 2005
Photo of whartontallboy
3.45/5  rDev -7.8%

Big head of bubbles on top of a brassy pour. Smell is roasty malt with some smoke notes that aren't too overwhelming. Taste is roasty, the smoke flavors are in there on the malt. There's also a pretty strong fruit flavor and a syrupy sweetness. Some herbal notes, too. The flavor comes together in a pretty interesting way; it's all just kind of thrown in there together but comes out nice. It's sort of hard to drink due to this quality, but it's definitely a neat beer that's worth trying.

whartontallboy, Apr 01, 2005
Photo of mschofield
3.78/5  rDev +1.1%

Pours a clear mahogany with red at the edges, topped with a two finger light ivory head, leaves thin broken webs of lacing.
Sweet roasted malt, and brown sugar aroma, with tea and light pine. Jut a small bit of smokiness in the back.
Rich, robust taste, roasted malt, dark caramel, herbs, tea, coffee especially in the aftertaste, theres a lot of caramel in it.
Medium-full bodied

mschofield, Mar 18, 2005
Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.63/5  rDev -2.9%

Dark orange with orange sunburst and amber highlights when backlit with bright sunshine. The beer is capped with a pale orangish, butter colored head of finely pitting foam that gently collapses to a fat one finger disk without leaving any lace whatsoever.

I do pick up a faint whiff of Liquid Smoke, but no overly enticing aromas greet my nose. Jinx is brewed with 'peat smoked whiskey malt' according to the Magic Hat website. I hate to be a whiskey/whisky geek, but there's no such thing as whiskey malt. Whiskey is made with malted barley, corn, wheat or rye (or a combination thereof). The nose lacks power as well as complexity and character.

The beer is a little more interesting on the palate; at least there's something to grab onto. It's nicely malted and features chocolate as the dominant flavor. There's plenty of smoky peat, anise, and even a woody whiskey-like flavor. The Ringwood yeast is effectively blunted due to all of the assertive flavors noted above. Those flavors are assertive in character, but not so much in degree. This isn't a beer that explodes in the mouth with wall-to-wall taste bud saturation.

The body/mouthfeel is along the lines of an American porter. A fair amount of fine-gauged carbonation keeps things lively at the start of each mouthful, but fades too quickly, leaving the finish somewhat flat.

[Jinx: (noun) A person or thing that is believed to bring bad luck]. This is a beer that is wholly in keeping with Magic Hat's stated mission to brew interesting, off-beat beer and to do it with style. I find myself with mixed feelings regarding their beer more often than not and Jinx is a mixed bag of an effort in my mind. It doesn't have enough positive attributes to be more than a curiosity to me, but I do appreciate the opportunity to have given it a go. Thanks far333.

BuckeyeNation, Feb 22, 2005
Photo of theo871
3.85/5  rDev +2.9%

Dark brown color. One inch head with minimal lacing. The smell was smoky with fruitiness. The taste was of smokiness. Mouthfeel was surprisingly smooth, with undertones of smoky, spiciness.
Overall an enjoyable brew, especially in the colder months. Recommended.

theo871, Feb 06, 2005
Photo of Citadel82
3.3/5  rDev -11.8%

Pours a dark tarnished copper with a copius tan head that is short lived and leaves some creamy lace. Head quickly fades to a thin white layer that is maintained by fine carbonation.

Smell is faint hops, some sweet malt, fruity teast and a whiff odf smoke. Definitely a mild hardwood like beech.

Taste is not that complex hints of mild smoke some maltiness, though not very sweet more bready, the smoke taste is more charcoal than smoke-like, some fruity ale yeast and cascade type citrus hops in the short finish. alcohol is there in the back of this relatively high gravity brew,

Mouthfeel is medium with a slight oilyness that clings to top of the tongue. More smoke in the finish.

This is a drinkable beer that I will have to try again in warmer weather.

Citadel82, Jan 23, 2005
Photo of Gavage
4.08/5  rDev +9.1%

Brown / deep copper in color. One inch head, no lacing. The aroma is a very pleasant combo of roasted malt, smoke, and fruit. The flavor was strong smokey roasted malt, caramel, fruit, with some light bitterness. Carbonation level was a little weak.

Medium bodied brew. Smooth at the start and finish. The smokiness is pleasant and lasts briefly on the tongue after swallowing. For a smoked beer, this was a very enjoyable version and nicely drinkable.

Gavage, Jan 11, 2005
Photo of EPseja
3.23/5  rDev -13.6%

Served at fridge temperature in a pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a deep brown-rust, forming a 1/2" thick, beige colored head. Head diappears after a minute into a ring of small bubbles around the edge and an island of large bubbles floating in the middle.

Smell: Smoked malt, unsweetened cocoa, vauge hoppiness, slight yeastiness. Some peaty notes, some maple notes. Nothing overpowering - pleasantly rounded.

Taste: The smoked malt is the first flavor on the tongue, followed by alcohol and hops in the middle. The aftertaste returns to the smoked malt. Nothing very complex or noteworthy about this beer's body.

Mouthfeel: Average. Medium bubbles, crisp feel.

Drinkability: This beer's alcohol content is high, but unfortunately the body isn't complex enough to compensate. Doesn't have the "Magic" that I was hoping for.

This is a decent fall weather beer, but not one that'll have you running back for too many more than one.

EPseja, Jan 10, 2005
Photo of Shiloh
3.78/5  rDev +1.1%

A very nice smoked beer. Arrived the colour of a two year old penny with a short tan thick crown. The carbonation is very lively. The nose has a smoky almond scent to it.
The body is a medium full.
The taste has a mellow chocolate/marshmellow/light spice mash to begin balanced nicely with a turn to the hops to finish.
The smokiness allows the transition from malts to hops to go almost unnoticed.
Very well done.

Shiloh, Jan 07, 2005
Photo of NEhophead
4/5  rDev +7%

1/2 gal growler, given as a gift direct from the brewery.

Faint creamy white head with not much retention. Spotted lacing with good strength. Crisp auburn in color with noticeable carbonation.

Spicy and slightly smokey malt aromas. Cinnamon, nutmeg as well? The smoke aroma is very subtle yet is certainly a main component in the aroma.

Lightly toasted malt flavor with interwoven spices. The smokiness starts immediately and disappears once a mild tartness takes hold. Ther's also a rustic hop bitterness joined again by a smokey aftertaste.

Medium bodied; well balanced and coats the palate nicely.

A pretty hefty beer at 6.9% abv for the style. A very interesting and flavorful effort by Magic Hat. This is one that I'll go back to in the future.

NEhophead, Dec 28, 2004
Photo of Jacobob10
3.65/5  rDev -2.4%

I bought this beer with the intention of being surprised at what type of beer it is. Since the Magic Hat cases tend to be SO descriptive [cough, cough], all I knew about this beer was that it was an ale.

Upon opening, I got the best message under the cap that I've ever gotten from a Magic Hat: "Rip off your skin and see we're all kin." Right on!

The beer pours out a perfect brown color with a good amount of head. Nice aroma and taste with a lot of complexity. Lots of flavors and aromas going on here, but they were hard for me to pick out. The taste is definitely smoky, but it almost reminds me of a wheat beer in a way as well. Maybe it's the dry aftertaste it leaves in your mouth. Despite that, I found it to be very drinkable and it held up nicely as a session beer for me that night. This beer leaves you wondering exactly what it was you just drank.

Jacobob10, Dec 21, 2004
Photo of aquatonex
3.13/5  rDev -16.3%

Well, I do love Magic Hat, but I wasn't expecting a smoked beer when I took my first sip...

Oh my god. Don't drink a smoked beer without first knowing it's a smoked beer. It almost made me throw up. Pours very dark brown with a hint of amber. A finger of head that was moderately retained. Smell had some hops, malt, and fruit with smokiness around the edges. So, I take a sip. OY! Has a little chewy fruitiness, dominated by smokiness, balance of hops and malt is good but I can't get past this supreme smokiness. If that's what you're looking for, then great. For me, I couldn't get past 1/4 the bottle. Mouthfeel is quality, of course, it's Magic Hat. Tried hard to not rate it from my likes, but it cost the beer points.

aquatonex, Dec 15, 2004
Photo of Southernbrew
3.88/5  rDev +3.7%

I will start by saying that after a bad Rauchbier experience several months ago, I was a bit nervous about this, turned out to be no problem.

Pours a brown, maybe brass color, little head but nice lacing. Aroma is not that smoky. A hint comes through but I smell fruits and a faint alcohol well before the smoke.

First taste reveals a flood of flavors. Neither the hops nor malts dominate and a very fine sweetness shows up as does a well suited bitterness. When you're not looking, a whiff of smoke shows up and while you're busy with that, the alcohol flashes and then begins the tummy-warming process.

Very strange beer, after being disappointed with my first Magic Hat offering, my interest is rekindled, as is my interest in another bottle.

Southernbrew, Dec 13, 2004
Photo of AlexJ
4.03/5  rDev +7.8%

Clear chestnut brown in color with a moderate head of dense beige froth that sticks for a few minutes, before receeding into a thin veil.

Malt notes dominate the nose with hints of scorched caramel, toffee, brown bread. and delicate Beechwood smoke. Traces of floral hops come out as it warms. The smoke is definately nice and not overbearing as in a Aecht Shlenkerla Rauch beer.

Flavor starts off with caramel and toasty malt notes with a peat and hardwood smoke and some peppery floral hops in the finish. Not a huge smoke beer, but tastey and sessionable. There's a nice toasty, warming sense brought on by the delicate smoke and 6.7abv.

Body is just barely medium with a smooth texture and cfreamy mouthfeel. Very easy to drink. One of the better Magic Hats.

AlexJ, Dec 08, 2004
Photo of Truh
3.6/5  rDev -3.7%

Walked under a ladder while simultaneously dropping a mirror with this one on 11/26/2004. 16-oz. pour in a shaker glass at Hugh O’Neill’s in Malden Center.

Thin sheet of almost-creamy head to start. Clear, deep mahogany hue that was, frankly, enchanting. Focused malt crank at nose, with a bit of a sweet, raspberry note that raised a nodding eyebrow. Holy burnt ochre on tongue that, without knowing what style this was before ordering it, was an excellent surprise; also, a slight hop bunch seemed to loop around as well. Pleasantly drinkable, and perhaps more so for me as I generally do not go for MH offerings.

Truh, Nov 29, 2004
Photo of Erix
3.28/5  rDev -12.3%

Appearance: Not a bad looking beer. Dark coppery color with a morderate creamy head. Some sediment on the bottom does detract from the overall look.
Smell: Really malty. Smelly of a kind of juicy malt, sweet and fruity. I don't really get much smoke here..
Taste: Sweet. A little sweeter than I really like, but allright. Some alcohol on the exhale, and a bitter hop bite rounding it out. I really don't see this as a smoked beer.
Mouthfeel: Mildly chewy, but mostly smooth and minorly alcoholic. Nothing wrong here.
Drinkability: I got a six of this by trade, and while I won't let it go to waste, this will not be my beer of choice from the fridge. A rather average beer. Won't look for this again.

Erix, Nov 19, 2004
Photo of Sammy
3.83/5  rDev +2.4%

Clark's Ale House in Syracuse on tap. a scotch style with significant peat. Full of flavour without the smokiness of a true smoked beer. More like a smooth single malt scotch flavour. Had again a year later on tap at the brewery and wasn't as good.

Sammy, Nov 18, 2004
Photo of SixpointJMH
3.1/5  rDev -17.1%

i sampled this one years ago whilst living in boston and despised it. clearly the worst brew in the mh family, i though at the time, and have avoided it since...until now. it's certainly better than i remember it but still nothing to write home about. i guess maybe i just don't get this one. it pours a very nice ruby colour with a farily thin head that leaves virtually no residue on the glass. the smell is odd: somewhat smokey, some what rubbery, somewhat malty, but totally average. the flavour is equally perplexing as, while it does have smoke notes to it that are pronounced at times (especially at the start of the brew), there are too many other weird flavours thrown into the mix to call it a true smoked brew, i think. like with the smell, there is a rubber flavour at times which is quite out of place. i picked up some cooked vegetable flavouring as well. odd, but it works for the most part, i guess. this one is quite simply hard to pinpoint. its too scattered for me to say that i enjoyed it but there's nothing glaringl wrong with it. try it for a change of pace but i can't imagine myself sampling more than one per season, at best.

SixpointJMH, Nov 18, 2004
Jinx from Magic Hat Brewing Company
84 out of 100 based on 451 ratings.