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Jinx - Magic Hat Brewing Company

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very good

399 Ratings

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Ratings: 399
Reviews: 333
rAvg: 3.78
pDev: 11.64%
Wants: 5
Gots: 3 | 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:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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 beernut7


4/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Again, I have had teh pleasure of enjoying a new MH brew. Pours a deep smoky chocolate color with a thin lace on the glass. An mellow aroma wafts a moderate peet smokiness with a caramel background. A smooth body supports a mellow caramel and chocolate malt with a building, eclipsing smoke that brows right through the finish. All the flavors meld well to present a great, not overly smoky concoction.

Serving type: bottle

11-01-2003 21:58:56 | More by beernut7
Photo of PhantomVodoo


3.85/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Cool color. It's a brownish red, sort of a real light mahogany. Minimal light tan head.
Aroma is fruity, earthy, and woody with alcohol coming through.

Taste is quite noticeably fruity and earthy. Lightly roasty, sweet malt. Woody with notes of smoke. Hops play a secondary role and are hard to pin down, but I'm thinking citrusy and floral.

Mouthfeel just a bit thin.
Good drinkability.

This is an interesting, unique and tastey beer. The more of it I drank, the more I liked it.
Big thanks to Xgrigorix for the sample!

Serving type: bottle

11-01-2003 00:13:39 | More by PhantomVodoo
Photo of pezoids


3.53/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer poured out with a deep amber/brown color and was topped off with a thin white head. This is weak for a smoked beer, but holds it’s own. In the nose there’s roasted chestnuts, fermented fruit and alcohol. The flavor holds some orange liqueur and sweet caramel. Finishes clean and dry and is light to medium bodied. A flavorful ale but not in the same category as some other German Rauchbiers that I have tried. Not bad.

Serving type: bottle

10-28-2003 16:58:04 | More by pezoids
Photo of DagFishHead

New York

4.6/5  rDev +21.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Beautiful deep dark copper color. Light tan head with whole range of fine to course bubbles, breaks fairly quickly but doesn't disappear. Decent lace.
Earthy, smokey, roasted malt nose. Smells like fall. Significant whiff of alcohol blocks some of the apparent aroma complexity.
Tastes delicious. Surprisingly light given the lush appearance and ABV, malty, sweet, warm yet hides alcohol edge very well. Outstanding balance.
Creamy, smooth, mouthfeel...feels like sliding along the palate.
Highly drinkable: I would never have expected to like this beer this much...glad I tried it... think I'll pick up a sixer!

Serving type: bottle

10-25-2003 03:48:19 | More by DagFishHead
Photo of goz


3.25/5  rDev -14%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a deep reddish-brown, small tan head that quickly becomes just a ring, leaves small amounts of lacing. Aroma is butter cookies & earth. Flavor is a little sweet, little buttery, a little chocolate, and a but of hops in the finish. Medium-thin bodied, very toungue-tingling carbonation. If there was smoke there, it was VERY much in the background.

Serving type: bottle

10-18-2003 20:59:20 | More by goz
Photo of 86MonteSS


4.15/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Knowing this was a smoke beer ahead of time might have hindered my tasting. I had to concentrate a little to isolate that flavor, but then I realized this beer is much better if you just accept it for what it is--unique. It has a smokey and malty taste followed by a sweet finish. It's crisp and refreshing to the mouth, yet it has a lingering aftertaste. Trying the bottled version only makes me want to have it on tap.

I've called Magic Hat a "fruity" brewery in the past, but this one is quite an achievement.

Serving type: bottle

10-17-2003 03:00:56 | More by 86MonteSS
Photo of xgrigorix


4.2/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Twelve ounce brown bottle, freshness date notched on back label.

Dark auburn, clear, dense light tan head.

A wonderful nose - malt sweet malt, a touch of smoke, & orange.

A quick hit of orange, sweet caramel, some biscuit & chocolate. The orange quickly returns & departs again, finishing dry with a hint of smoke in the back of the mouth, & a bit of warming alcohol in the throat.

Medium bodied, gentle carbonation.

An excellent autumn beer to enjoy the end of baseball season, & the start of hockey season.

Serving type: bottle

10-10-2003 16:07:30 | More by xgrigorix
Photo of Brent


4.33/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

According to the brewery's website, this beer uses a peat-smoked whisky malt. The smoke was so delicate that I really didn't perceive it as such, rather, it registered as a malty, slightly chocolately essence woven among the malt. This beer is sort of a classification buster - at first it struck me as a Vienna, then the malt kicked in, sort of Oktoberfest. The malt softened and seemed more Scottish and finally, when the beer was fairly warm, it had hints of English brown ale. A beer chameleon. Also according to the website, abv of 7%, which I never would have believed. A very mellow beer, on purpose, and quite well made.

Serving type: bottle

10-08-2003 13:21:24 | More by Brent
Photo of chaduvel


4/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Deep dark red in color with an off white to light tan head, nice lacing. I'm quaffing cherries, pepper, and leafy hops. Taste is of bitter cherries and an earthy fall leaves complexity in the hops. Unrecognizable spices are also in here, pepper etc. and there is cherry candy sweetness present as well. I'm not detecting much smoke here though at all [?] I'll have to try another... My favorite Magic Hat offering thus far, and a good beer to celebrate the beginning of Fall!

Serving type: bottle

09-23-2003 14:10:28 | More by chaduvel
Photo of nixhecks

Rhode Island

3.83/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a brown color with a tan head that had medium retention. The aroma was kind of woodsy, oak maybe, also with dark fruits and a bit of hop bitterness. The taste had no indication of the high ABV. It was slightly smokey, not much though, along with a balanced hop crispness that gave a relatively dry finish. The mouthfeel was nice and smooth with medium carbonation. This is a great beer to get settled into the Fall season with.

Serving type: bottle

09-17-2003 00:53:44 | More by nixhecks
Photo of ViveLaChouffe


4.05/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

From a 12oz bottle, Best Enjoyed Before Dec. 2003

Pours rich amber with virtually no head at all. Not clear but not cloudy body either. Smells mostly of hops with hint of pear. Sweet malt if you breathe deeper. Spicy but not sweet spice.

Taste is immediatley hoppy and bitter. Bite of alcohol and then fades out to tones of sweet malt. Spicy finish like ginger and white pepper. Nice hoppy aftertaste to offset sweet malt. Full bodied and lingers on the back of the tongue.

Complex ale. Very good for those cool fall nights, warms you a bit.

Serving type: bottle

09-16-2003 02:46:40 | More by ViveLaChouffe
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3.95/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

brown with a s light reddish tinge. thin, not quite white head. a smokey smell dominates here. faint hops. on closer inspection, some nuttiness and maybe sort of sweet spice. pleasant smoke and malt up front, then some well balanced hops, mellowing into some chocolate malt flavors with that spicey (like cooking spices) flavor vaguely apparent once again. hops and smokey aftertaste. mouthfeel is medium if not a little watery for the style. overall a good fall seasonal. this almost got much lesser scores, but this beer really got better once it sat out a little. let sit 5 min or so before drinkning. it enhances the smell and taste greatly.

Serving type: bottle

09-15-2003 20:06:58 | More by kmo1030
Photo of beerluvr

Ontario (Canada)

4.22/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured with a superfine off white collar...akin to whipped cream almost! The head settled over clear red/amber & brown hightlighted liquid. The interesting nose gave hints of caramel, roasted maltiness and very slight but noticeable smokiness. The taste started sweet and smooth with a complex blend of delicate smoke, malt and background hop bitterness with lingering peppery spiciness and small amounts of phenols. Finishes long, silky-smooth and superbly balanced with no hint of the 7 percent alcohol noticed. A very distinctive ale, recommended if found.

Serving type: bottle

09-14-2003 05:09:10 | More by beerluvr
Photo of scottum


4.83/5  rDev +27.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

On tap at the brewery. 1st bottling run of the '03 Jinx. It's been way too long since the '02 Jinx was around. Pours a dark brown with a small creamy head. Big malt flavor with a spicy smoked touch. Very well balanced and complex. Very smooth. This is my favorite of Magic Hat's regular seasonal brews. I wish it were available all the time. I can't wait until the bottles start showing up in the stores in a few weeks!

Serving type: on-tap

08-19-2003 17:29:48 | More by scottum
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3.98/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Thick milky head sits on top of this deep chestnut colored ale. Aroma reminiscent of musty antique wood with caramel.

Palate is moderately smokey, giving a smoked wood or sometimes bacon like character that mixes with malt sweetness. A medley of herbal flavors is present in the background behind the smoke. Not too far off from a Rauchbier in many regards. Full bodied.

Finish is medium long with a sour note. Very pleasant. Unique.

Serving type: bottle

02-15-2003 21:30:15 | More by yemenmocha
Photo of Bcant


3.88/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Jinx, yeah….hugh…I don't know. This beer hold true to its name, it is truly confusing. I can't identify its style other beyond the broad Ale category. Nor does Magic Hat describe it as belonging to a particular genera. It has a dark caramel color and a small white head. Smells a bit sweet, the taste is smoky like a stout but gives way to dryness similar to a an English bitter. Kinda strange also good. Uniqueness is always cool.

Serving type: bottle

02-13-2003 18:12:50 | More by Bcant
Photo of far333


4.88/5  rDev +29.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-10-2003 19:54:24 | More by far333
Photo of Lupe

New York

4.38/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Hazy-amber in color with a tan head that leaves some wipsy lacing. Floral hop aroma with some herbal hints and sweetness and hints of smoke in the backround. Medium to full in body with a nice creamy mouthfeel. Sweet malt flavors with a butter cookie characteristic. Hops balance with some bitterness and herbal notes. Smoke lies in the backround and does not overtake the brew, but adds nice complexity. Highly drinkable and almost begs to be finished, but you want this to last.

Serving type: bottle

12-13-2002 09:12:12 | More by Lupe
Photo of Jason


4.22/5  rDev +11.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-25-2002 10:28:29 | More by Jason
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4.38/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

First off this is my favorite Magic Hat beer so far! A delicious brew that had me doing my Oliver Twist impersonation..."I want some more".
Great amber color with white head that clings to the glass. An aroma that is very inviting and the taste that leaves you asking for more.

Serving type: bottle

11-18-2002 01:39:48 | More by Reverand
Photo of IrishRedRock


4.03/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Reddish copper color with a fluffy white head. I thought the brew had a very hoppy smell, and the initial taste was of strong hops, followed by a mild smoky spiciness. Quite an interesting ale. Another delicious Magic Hat beer.

Serving type: bottle

10-16-2002 11:05:24 | More by IrishRedRock
Photo of mophie


3.68/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A good-looking, malty beer. Tastes mildly spiced and smoky, almost like a beef sate from a good Chinese restaurant. An interesting, complex beer, though not necessarily one that I'll drink a lot of.

Serving type: bottle

02-14-2002 17:59:13 | More by mophie
Photo of xXTequila


4.7/5  rDev +24.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

tried this one on tap in their brewery in Vt. Loved it so much i left with a half gallon jug of it filled straight from the tap at the bar.

Serving type: bottle

10-02-2001 16:59:58 | More by xXTequila
Photo of Todd


4/5  rDev +5.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-06-1999 00:00:01 | More by Todd
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Jinx from Magic Hat Brewing Company
85 out of 100 based on 399 ratings.