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Jinx - Magic Hat Brewing Company

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504 Ratings

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Ratings: 504
Reviews: 344
rAvg: 3.73
pDev: 13.94%
Wants: 8
Gots: 42 | 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 sinstaineddemon
4.2/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - this magic hat offering pours a dark red, almost black on top, with a rather thick medium tan head, there are few lazy bubbles of carbonation ascending throughout

S - smoky as you would expect, with great roasted nut characterisitics also and malty aromas are quite evident. the hop profile, though subdued, is lurking

T - this is one of those beers that the taste is a perfect replication of the aroma, smoky and nutty on top, with a onfuscated hop profile with a nice roasted maltiness betwixt them both, and having one previous this evening out of the bottle, this is also one of those beers that is definitely better out of a glass

M&D - rather smooth and deep in texture, more complex than i thought it would've been. i have not had much experience with smoked beers, but if the others are half as good as this, i shall love to try them all. Hats off to Magic Hat.

sinstaineddemon, Sep 26, 2006
Photo of Atlas1
2.98/5  rDev -20.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured a decent two-finger head, which was noticeably thin from the start, and faded quickly. No lace to mention. Smoked orange aroma with some woody undertones. A very thin mouthfeel. Malty up front with hints of citrus and brown sugar. No real hop presence. Finishes with a slightly smokey residue in the back of the mouth. I'm not very impressed with the Jinx. I tried this years ago and seem to recall liking it more, but this time around it didn't do much for me. I'll try it again in a couple of years and re-evaluate. Otherwise, I'll just find something else to drink.

Atlas1, Sep 24, 2006
Photo of riversider76
3.6/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a deep amber brown. Thin tan head, not much retention, with a a bit of lacing. Smell is of smokey malt. Body is light with some carbonation. Taste is malt up front with a smokey finish. Hints of carmel are also there.Smooth,and light. Worth a try.

riversider76, Sep 18, 2006
Photo of oberon
4.03/5  rDev +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 mnj21655
3.53/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a deep, dark amber with a white head that quickly disapptes. Smells mildy of smoke and malts. Tastes of malts and peat smoke. It makes itself known as a smoked beer but is not overpowering. Mothfeel is smooth and creamy with a nice finish. Good drinkability for a smoked beer. I don't know that I could have more than 2 or 3 because of the smoky flavor but overall another good, solid offering from Magic Hat.

mnj21655, Sep 10, 2006
Photo of Jaynuze
3.48/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

It pours a nice deep brown with an amber tone and serves up a thin head of foam that quickly dissipates, though the carbonation does not (lots of tiny little bubbles in this pup). The nose is a bit difficult to catch, though when you do there are subtle notes, of sweet malt, chocolate, earth, and smoky moss. On first sip it tastes great. Big chocolate notes along with sweet malt and an almost "scotchy" taste. Unfortunately it finishes a bit weak ... almost watery. This was a bit odd to me as my first experience with this beer was a great one. Initially I had had it served on tap and the draft version seemed much meatier than the bottled version did. I remember the mouthfeel from the draft to be much fuller with an almost creamy finish to it. The bottle had the same taste up front, but as I said it just seemed watery at its finish. When this beer is served correctly it's heavenly ... I must say though that even when I pour it incorrectly/have a mediocre bottled batch this stuff is still pretty darn tasty.

Jaynuze, Sep 06, 2006
Photo of MrHurmateeowish
3.88/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Acquired from the fall variety 12-pack... Brown translucent body with initially thick offwhite head that becomes about a quarter inch thick. Smells grainy and malty, with hints of yeast and alcohol. Tastes smokey, with some malt and some alcohol. Overall not bad though. Flavorful beer with a lot going on and warming feel. Good stuff.

MrHurmateeowish, Sep 01, 2006
Photo of lordofthewiens
3.93/5  rDev +5.4%
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
Photo of geexploitation
4.03/5  rDev +8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a deep, dark brown, with a thin ephemeral head that leaves lace nonetheless. On the nose, slight smoke combines with butter and some chocolate notes. Minimal fruit. Tastes are smoke first and foremost, but it's slight smoke (not like a German rauchbier). That is followed up by sour fruits and a touch of diacetyl, then a vinyl-like finish. Mouthfeel is overly dextrine-smooth, with only minimal carbonation. Very good drinkability, with minimal and accessible smoke. This is really more of a scotch ale than a smoke beer. It's a decent example of the former, but does not measure up to the best of the genre.

geexploitation, Aug 30, 2006
Photo of ColForbin
4.22/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Jinx pours a slightly hazy deep red color with a tan head that gives some nice lacing on my glass. Aroma is smoked peat, with caramel and some slight hoppiness as well. Taste is just great - smokey, brown sugar, some red ale like characteristics as well. Medium to heavy body, with medium to low carbonation. Finishes with a smokey and semi-sweet aftertaste.

Maybe my favorite brew from Magic Hat. Great on a cold rainy night like this.

ColForbin, Aug 28, 2006
Photo of ericj551
4.4/5  rDev +18%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Jinx pours a deep red, almost brown with a slightly off white head. I smell a bready maltiness with faint hints of ringwood yeast aromas, as well as a slight herbal spiciness. The taste is rich and malty. It's not quite sweet, with nice toasty flavor shining through, complementing the slight smokiness. Although slight, the smoke flavor appears nicely in the after taste. I drank this beer quite a bit when it was near out of date last year, and while the aged beers are still good, its even better fresh. The hop bitterness and flavor shine through just enough to really balance this beer. Seek this one out if you get Magic Hat in your area.

ericj551, Aug 27, 2006
Photo of rarevos
3.85/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into pint glass. Part of the "Night of the Living Dead" 12 pack. Message printed on the underside of the bottle cap reads: "One Always Pounces on our 12 Fluid Ounces."

A: Pours a deep brown with hints of red. Thick head, 1.5 fingers worth, that's a nice, creamy-looking tan.

S: Malt, celery, hint of smoke.

T: Smoke at first, before you even swallow. Couple that with some caramel-like malt as it rolls around on your tongue. Finish is smoky with a nice touch of bitterness that pulls the malt and smoke together. The end result is a beer that tastes like...what, exactly? Smoked meat isn't right, because this beer doesn't have any meaty characteristics. Sort of a blend between barbecue seasonings, smoke, and a hoppy brown ale? Man, if you were to present a beer to me with that language, I'd think you were nuts, but this beer is pretty good. Tastes more like a brown ale as it warms.

M: Medium-bodied.

D: This is my first smoked beer, so I'm not sure what a smoked beer is supposed to taste like. When I read "bacon" in one of the other reviews, I was a bit skeptical of this beer. It's not like this is a beer I could drink a ton of in one sitting, but I could definitely enjoy this with food. Actually, this would make a great marinade, too.

rarevos, Aug 25, 2006
Photo of Tang07
3.63/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Great stuff.

I had this at a friends house who is from Vermont.

He says to me, oh that might be a bit too malty for you (he knows I'm a bit of a hophead). So when I tasted it I was quite surprised. It was VERY WELL BALANCED. It starts with a nice malt start and has a flavorful dry hop finish so it doesn't leave the syrupy taste in your mouth like many malty brews.

It's a nice reddish amber with a great head that will still be at the botom of the glass if your "thirsty". Looks great in a glass.

The nose is of roasted malt with a hint of citrus hop.

Tang07, Aug 20, 2006
Photo of silver0rlead
4/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a deep amber with a nice tan head that retains well. The aroma is intriguing with some chocolate and caramel upfront, along with some smoke, dark fruits and alcohol. The flavor is initially very rauchbier like with some smoked bacon and beef brisket notes, along with chocolate, caramel, earthy hops, dark fruits (fig, date, plum) and some alcohol. The mouthfeel is medium and drinkability is good. A nice beer with a solid smoked character, very well done and quite drinkable.

silver0rlead, Aug 12, 2006
Photo of jwc215
3.6/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured dark copper with a thin-off-white head that soon became a wisp after a short time.
The smell was of caramel, a touch of smokiness and a tinge of alcohol.
The taste was of sweet caramel with a touch of smokiness (not as much as I had expected, though). It was medium-bodied (at most). It became a touch more bitter as the drink progressed. A slight warming alcohol touch was present throughout.
It was a bit sweet, and the slight smokiness lingered for a bit. A touch of watery thinness kept it from being as complex or rich as it could have been.
It went down rather smoothly.
All-in-all, not bad, but worth trying for its uniqueness more than anything else.

jwc215, Jul 22, 2006
Photo of nicefix
4/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a thick white creamy head with multi sized bubbles and nice lacing sticking to the glass. Hazy with a nice amber color.
Nice smell, floral, citrus.
The taste was very interesting, one of a kind for me. Floral spicy front with a unusual finish. I really can't compare it to anything. You'll have to try it.
Thick and creamy on the palate. I would like to try more, because I keep thinking about this unique brew.

nicefix, Jun 27, 2006
Photo of Liquids
4.13/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

This is, by now, four months past the best before date, but has been stored properly.

Pours a muted red-brown with a thin almost, half-finger head. sediment remains in bottle (yeast?). Aroma is characteristic of an english brown, sweet with a light english hop aroma. Taste is breathtaking. Lighter, sweet and mild, certainly, with a basic session brown ale profile at its core, that then turns to a slightly smokey note (love this). This is what makes this beer so unique and desirable. I'm not into rauchbiers--too much of a good thing. But here we have just the right amount of smokiness--and it doesn't have those unpleasant wood or cigarette overtones, it's a very rich and smooth smokiness...this turns to a faint but noticable alcohol wash (only downside), which turns to a light english hop finish. Superb. Carbonation is faint but neither noticable nor flat. Transparent, and in other words, just right. Two would be both easy and satisfying.

Okay, I realy like this beer. A friend was drinking this frequently--what looked to me like a gimmick beer--at the end of the "season," and I had no interest until he let me try some. Okay, I need this. I got a 12er for cheap in december and stored is fairly cold and very light safe. I was almost through that 12 pack and on the verge of mourning in late January when I found another left over 12er at a mega store for cheap! With proper storage, I've been sipping one every couple of weeks, and am trying to make it till next september...Wish this one were year round. I'll stockpile it in the meantime.

Liquids, Apr 26, 2006
Photo of markman
4.1/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Magic Hat Jinx:

One of my favorite fall seasonals: slick malt, a touch a smoke, hints of chocolate and molasses, and a crisp bitter finish that makes for a nice choice on a cool New England evening. Call me paranoid, but I hope them freaks keep it in their lineup…


markman, Mar 31, 2006
Photo of NeroFiddled
3.98/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

What is this a blend of again?... I always forget. Anyway, I've never found the Magic Hat beers to be very impressive, but this one's pretty good.

It's dark copper body is capped by a short head of creamy antique-white foam that holds fairly well. The nose is malty, lightly cocoaish, and a touch nutty (from the yeast perhaps?) with a waft of delicate smokiness.

It's smooth across the palate with a medium body and median carbonation that wakens the taste buds.

In the flavor it's fairly basic and malty with a healthy dose of dark caramel, a mild touch of yeasty fruitiness, and little hop character whatsoever (not that that's a problem, it fits the style). Buttery/nutty notes appear in the finish along with some sublime leafy and grassy hop flavor.

Overall an enjoyable quaff.

NeroFiddled, Feb 22, 2006
Photo of RBorsato
3.88/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Hazy solid brown to chestnut chocolate brown with a nice beige/light brown head and good active carbonation. Chocolate and light roasty aroma dominates with with just a hint of smoke. Same flavor profile ... all malty chocolate and roasty malts with just a touch of smoke. Light-medium bodied; a bit on the airy side due to carbonation with a light smoky lasting finish.

A nice beer; just not sure what they were going for ...smoked character is far too subtle.

Per label: "Peat Smoked Seasonale Offering"

Per MH website:
Gravity 1.066
IBU 20
SRM 22
Malts: Pale, Crystal, Chocolate, Munich, Peat-Smoked Whisky Malt
Hops: Warrior and Centennial

Drink By (end of): Dec (notched), '05'
Tasted: 01/13/06

RBorsato, Feb 02, 2006
Photo of ypsifly
3.5/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz with the back label notched best before end of January, poured into a pint glass.

Clear dark amber with an eggshell colored head that is small and turns into a lightly veiled ring in less than a minute.

The nose has some caramel, cocoa, and a slightly woody smoke with a pinch of hoppy fruit in the back. Interesting, but faint overall and the caramel seems to overpower everything else.

Again, caramel is predominate with some grassy hops, biscuits and some ghostly wood in the background. Was hoping for more smoke but it isn't there. The biscuits and caramel linger in the finish. Nothing bad, but nothing exciting.

The mouth is a tad thin and there's not enough going on here to keep me interested.

ypsifly, Jan 02, 2006
Photo of Frozensoul327
4.47/5  rDev +19.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Possibly the definitive smoked beer. The best I've ever had, at least. Poured out to a dark amber brown color with a fluffy white head that maintained a huge level of density. Nice. Aroma is smokey and earthy, with some red wine qualities and dark fruit aromas. Tastes was right on; flavors of sweet and rich malts, smoked wood, unsweetened dark fruits and spices toward the finish. Amazing complexity. Mouthfeel was smooth and lighter than many other smoked beers, but still held on to a rich, creamy character that is missing from so many beers. Good drinkability. WIsh Magic Hat was available in MI. Special thanks to conneticutpoet for the sample.

Frozensoul327, Dec 11, 2005
Photo of BuckSpin
4.38/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured a deep, umber, warm & ruddy. Nice head of tan foam, loose, fades quickly but laces stubbornly. Nose is great - peaty, smoky, earthy, muddy, wisps of wood and dry fruit...smells like Autumn outside.

Oh, this is nice! Rich, smooth, traces of wood and smoke, dried fruits, kinda like a Scottish Ale. Tastes merge well on the tongue, and fade off with a deep fruit feel...raisins, then a pleasing echo. Nice.

I enjoyed this ale very much. Would make for a good pub pint. I would gladly bend my elbow for this again.

BuckSpin, Nov 24, 2005
Photo of clvand0
3.6/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a dark amber with almost no head and leaves no lacing on the glass. The aroma is very mild with just a hint of smoke. The flavor is malty, but not very strong. There is some smoke flavor as well. The mouthfeel is much lighter than I'd like it, but the drinkability is ok.

clvand0, Nov 22, 2005
Photo of arizcards
3.98/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Part of a 12 pack sampler I enjoyed while visiting Vermont in early October.

Poured a ruby brown with an off-white smallish head that left a bit of lace. Nose was a light hint of smoky malts and perhaps a hint of a sweet fruit. Taste was a hint of smoky malts with a sweep slightly hoppy finish. Mothfeel was good, decently carbonated and medium bodied. Overall drinkability was good as this brew grew on me because of the subtle complexities.

arizcards, Nov 20, 2005
Jinx from Magic Hat Brewing Company
84 out of 100 based on 504 ratings.