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Jinx - Magic Hat Brewing Company

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very good

546 Ratings

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Ratings: 546
Reviews: 350
rAvg: 3.73
pDev: 13.67%
Wants: 8
Gots: 53 | 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 jameaterblues
3.53/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From notes.

A-Light brown head that fills a pint glass....dark brown body...red hints in the light...and light rings of lace.
S-Roasted toasted maltiness...smoky with light sugar.
T-Big roasted malt back bone. Smokey mid body and finish. The smoke gives the beer a light bitterness, but it remains smooth.
M/D-moderate carbonation, medium bodied... definitively not bad, but not enough smoke.

jameaterblues, Feb 14, 2007
Photo of soupyman10
4.05/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle into a stange

A - Poured a deep brown color, half finger of white head, okay look, no lacing whatsoever

S - Mild aroma, caramel malt dominates, some roasted scent too, some solvent-like smell as well

T - Surpsinging deep caramel malt taste, smokey roasted sweetness and some graininess, unique bitters; tastes a lot like a black and tan with some strange hops tossed in

M - A little thin, high carbonation, short after-taste

D - Not bad; you can taste the smokiness, although that sort of roasted flavor could be mistaken for something else (which I guess might defeat the purpose)

soupyman10, Feb 13, 2007
Photo of FenwaySquid
4.2/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Presenation: 12 oz brown bottle, BBD of January notched on the back label, (oops, a few days late I guess) poured into a pint glass.

Appearance: pours a medium dark brown color. The head formed about 1-2 fingers thick and faded slowly into some lacing.

Aroma: Smoky but not too strong or overpowering, very nice.

Taste: Sweet caramel malts up front with some floral hops in the background. The smoke flavors come through in the middle, blending with everything else. By the end it's the malts that are in the background and the smoke has taken over. The malts and hops blend perfectly with the smokiness, never allowing the latter to become overpowering. The finish is smokey and slightly bitter, leaving with the desire for more.

Mouthfeel: Smooth and creamy. The carbonation is in good balance as well.

Overall: Excellent. Even if you don't like smoked beers give this one a shot. You might be pleasantly surprised. I know I was.

FenwaySquid, Feb 11, 2007
Photo of JerzDevl2000
3.38/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Got this from a trade with a friend last fall, and yes, I know this is the first brew that I've reviewed on here in quite some time. Finally had a chance to sit down and enjoy one of these tonight, and after having a few of Magic Hat's other offernings, I wasn't sure what to expect with this.

I didn't get much of any head when I poured this out and the lacing seems to be even less of a factor here - it's just not meant to be seen. The color was a slightly reddish oak, and the taste wasn't bad either...but where's the smoke? There's lots of malt here, with a strong caramel undertone, but there's not a lot of depth to this, and the aftertaste is lacking in hops and floral notes. It's easily drinkable, and has a good warming effect for a cold winter's night such as this one, but I was expecting a bit more broadness to this and more of an aftertaste than the gentle smoky undertones. A shame that I have to swish it around a lot and swallow it to pick up any hints of that!

I'm not the biggest fan of Magic Hat's offerings, as I think the brand and beers are a bit overrated (ya do have to love the names and bottle designs!). This one is no exception, even though I've never reviewed a beer of this style before. It's decent, suitable for fall or winter enjoyment, has just enough of an aroma, as not to overpower the senses. I still feel that somethings missing here, and think that this could benefit from a more peat or charcoal base, and some spicy notes. Certainly, worth a try to sample this style out...

JerzDevl2000, Feb 05, 2007
Photo of AaronRed
4.05/5  rDev +8.6%
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
Photo of Globetrotter
3.1/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Hand-carried from Vermont to Vienna (thanks, Bob), the standard brown 12oz bottle looks like the one pictured here. No useful ingredient information. Best by the end of January, I made it with a few days to spare, popping the top on 1/28/07.

Pours a cloudy orangish brown under a one finger light tan head that fades fairly quickly to film, which then lasts forever, leaving some nice lace. The nose is light sweet caramel, much simpler than expected. The mouth is slightly sticky and fairly well carbonated. There's lots of sweet caramel malt taste, but not much else. No spice, no bitterness, and definitely no smoke. It's smooth and enjoyable, but very siple. Just a touch of dryness in the aftertaste hints at the presence of hops. Globetrotterette thought it was awful - "genuine kvas" - but I'll stick to simply disappointed.

Globetrotter, Jan 31, 2007
Photo of Vancer
3.58/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Welp, I’ve had smoked beers before, but none listed in the actual category. And this lil’ critter, although good, was fairly lame as a smoked IMO.

Looked good – almost clear amber oak, just a small tan head.

But now, the aroma and quaff – where’s the Smoke??? Each just had some subtle hints, just bare minimums. Also, the brew was on the sweet malt side – again, a good tasting brew, just a tad below par, gimme some real smoked peat, will ya? This one would make for a decent porter-lite.

But hey! Thanks mucho to SkinnyElvis for the chance to partake of this.

Vancer, Jan 04, 2007
Photo of JasonA
3.43/5  rDev -8%
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 ncbrewerbun
3.3/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

From a 12 oz. bottle with a little amoeba looking creature on it... the beer pours a hazy reddish amber. There is a slight off-white head that last for about a 10 count and it's gone. No lace, just some tiny bubbles around the edge.

Aroma is surprisingly low in smokiness. In fact, if it didn't say this was a smoked beer in the description, I'd have a hard time picking our any smoked character. As it is, since I know to look for it, there is a just noticeable hint of smoke, but mostly malt -- toffee and some nuttiness.

Flavor is also almost devoid of smoke. Mostly malty with the toffee as predominant. Some fruity notes. Very little hop presence. Some alclohol notes. Finishes towards sweet side.

Mouthfeel is rather thin for the style, probably affected some by the low carbonation.

Overall, a decent beer. Not one I'd rush out to get again, but I'd try it, especially if I could get it on tap to see if there was any difference in the character.

ncbrewerbun, Dec 26, 2006
Photo of jamie2dope
2.6/5  rDev -30.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

I missed the initial release of this beer, which sort of sucked, but luckily there was a twelve pack left at Atlas up the street. It poured a dark brown coloration, with little heading at all. Smell had some sweet sugars, tree bark, caramel...all somewhat weak but nice overall. Taste was to be honest a bit on the sour side. I could taste some of the smokyness to this beer, but it didn't really add to it very much. Mouthfeel was also quite a bit lighter then I remember it being in recent years. One or two of these was more then enough for me. It's sort of unfortunate considering I really used to enjoy this beer. Maybe I got an old bottle or something. I'll probably give it another chance next year. Cheers

jamie2dope, Dec 22, 2006
Photo of schoolcb
3.98/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Another 12oz offerring out of the 12-pack my family brought to TX after touring the brewery. Pours a medium brown, big tan head that lasts. Slight smokey aroma, and malty, ummm. Malty, carmel-like flavors balance well with the peat smoked flavors. Just enough hops to keep it from being too sweet. Not too heavy. I could drink a lot of these!

schoolcb, Dec 22, 2006
Photo of shirfan
4.05/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Dark brown with a slight chill haze, not much foam.

Aroma is of chocolate, estery, belgian-style yeast, brown ale malts.

Pepper, esters leaning towards pear, and brown malts mingle for a fairly unique flavor. Hints of smoke not at rauchbier levels, but tasty. Very low bitterness, definitely a malt and yeast showing.

A little thinner than I'd have liked, but still very drinkable. Odd in a good way.

shirfan, Dec 07, 2006
Photo of Bierguy5
3.88/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

12 oz., best before J for January was notched. Mahogany in color, with some nice ruby highlights. Thick tan foamy head disappears rather quick. Smoky, citrusy and floral in the nose. Maybe a bit of chocolate, and nutty aroma as well. This beer has a nice roasty character, with a hint of smoke. Very bready, and ends with a hint of chocolate. Pretty good balance. Perhaps a bit thin in the mouth, but I liked this one. Thanks to mcallister for this one.

Bierguy5, Nov 29, 2006
Photo of JohnnyM2002
3.38/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Sampled from a 12 oz bottle, poured into a wine glass at 50 degrees.

A - Pours a cloudy reddish/brown color with a small head; good retention, though.

S - Smells of smokey malt...not very strong.

T - Not really anything else to talk about here either. Burnt malt dominated by smoke (almost smoked wood).

M - Probably the most unique part...almost a chalky mouthfeel, but it went down with a refreshing crispness. Medium body.

D - Nothing too special here...I actually enjoyed Saranac's Rauchbier more than this offering (not trying to be sarcastic, just drank them in succession). I might venture another taste if I find this again.

JohnnyM2002, Nov 27, 2006
Photo of numenor1
4.13/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear chestnut brown with a decent offwhite head, and modest lacing. Smells lightly smoky but with some definite malt backing. The smoke scent is more akin to Talisker than say the smoke of schlenkerla rauchbiers. Actually a bit subdued. Upfront theirs a stab of light sweetness at which the smokiness immediately kicks in. It's omnipresent throughout, without being overbearing. Intertwined with the smoke is a tremendous earthy herbal aspect. It's all supported by breadlike, slightly grainy malts. Yeast component is there, largely mixed into earthyness. Bitterness actually achieves a rather perfect balance. Some light fruit esters fight their way through the smoke in the long finish. Mouthfeel is medium with medium carbonation. Drinkability is good.

Overall a pretty complex beer. Best i've had yet from Magic hat, though i've only had 4.

numenor1, Nov 20, 2006
Photo of scarletfire79
3.85/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

smoked malt taste, not very bitter. some vanilla notes. almost tastes like a porter to me. all in all pretty solid. damn tasty. magic hat will always have a place with me, living in burlington i gained a sense of local pride, but their beers often dissapoint. this one does not. awesome.

scarletfire79, Nov 17, 2006
Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.6/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a light reddish brown color, with a thin off-white head that fades quickly and leaves a thin lace on the glass.

S: It has a very malty and smoky aroma, with notes of caramel, a little hops, tea, vanilla & some fruit.

T: The taste is mostly smoky roasted malt and dark fruits. There some flavor of caramel and hops. As malty as the taste is, it doesn’t start to show much sweetness until the after-taste hits. It seems like a cross between a nut brown and an ESB.

M: Smooth & crisp, medium carbonation, medium body, finish is dry but slightly sticky.

D: Tasty, not filling, goes down easily, I could drink a lot of this beer, but it wouldn’t necessarily be my first choice.

TheManiacalOne, Nov 16, 2006
Photo of granger10
4.03/5  rDev +8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Deep hazy mohagany color with auburn on the sides. Moderate fizzy cream head emerges but settles to near nothing. Kind of a roasted woody flavor in the aroma. Some lighter caramelized fruits as well. A touch of vanilla too. Taste is sweeter upfront with a chocolate and almost doughy flavor. Roasted flavors and earthy tones come next but the sweetness holds up. Some of that vanilla from the aroma makes way. Darker fruits toward the back and some floral hoppy characteristics. The end is herbal and piney with a touch of roasted malt. Creamy mouthfeel makes all the flavors work in harmony. I did not know this was a smoked beer and thought it had a nice roast characteristic but not too smoky. A very drinkable smoked offering.

granger10, Nov 15, 2006
Photo of scooter231
4/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a very dark ruby color, clear, almost opaque. Some tannish creamy head and minimal lacing. Smells smoky, fruity, dark fruity, with a bit of a tea thing going on, maybe black tea. Taste is also fruity and smoky, lightly chocolatey, and bready. Mouthfeel is sudsy and creamy, quite nice feeling. This is quite drinkable, a bit on the heavy side, but nice. One of the most enjoyable Magic Hats I've had.

scooter231, Nov 14, 2006
Photo of sacfly
3.63/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz, drink by December notched.
Pours a hazy reddish brown. Small particles in suspension. Medium head of tan bubbles. Aroma is of burnt wood. Nutty. Taste is moderately smokey up front with a solid foundation of sweet malt in the background. Has a black tea flavor to it. Finishes smokey and somewhat dry. Interesting and different from what I normally drink. Not my favorite, but a good change of pace. Worth a try.

sacfly, Nov 12, 2006
Photo of ommegangpbr
4/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Drink by December, I assume of this year.
Looks attractive enough in my goblet; rather like a brown ale or a Belgian dark ale. Reddish hues when held to the light and a light tan head that doesn't hang out for too long.
Smells like an english pale ale; sweetened black tea with a dash of lemon or orange rind and scones. Same kinds of things going on in the flavor. Oddly enough, not a whole lot of smokeyness, at least, not as much as I'd expect for the style. Has the smokeyness of a mild porter or stout which shows up mostly in the mouthfeel; like you had a cigarette 20 minutes ago. Has a bitterness that one might detect in honey.
Quite easy to drink especially considering the alcohol content. One of the better put together Magic Hat brews and a nice one to have for the fall/winter season.

ommegangpbr, Nov 12, 2006
Photo of SteveO1231
3.93/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz. brown bottle with an interesting little design on it. No freshness date. Pours a dark brown with bright maroon highlights. Very thin rim of white bubbles as far as head goes. No lacing. Bready aroma full of chocolate and roasted malts like a good porter. Light to medium bodied, slick texture. Sweet tastes of buttered bread, caramel and toffee accompanied by dark chocolate. The finish is lightly bitter with a roasted smokey character that leaves a nice aftertaste. Very enjoyable brew from Magic Hat.


SteveO1231, Nov 10, 2006
Photo of Metalmonk
3.95/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Message under cap: "If I had a tail I'd wag it".

Poured over an inch thick of fluffy light tan head, resting on top of a very dark caramel/ruby body, almost opaque but not quite.

Smells bring up mild smoke, juicy dark fruits, and hints of coffee.

As with the smells, I think of a porter when tasting Jinx. Burnt dark cooking chocolate like the stuff you can't wash off a pan with even the most industrial strength steel wool...although not as foul as that sounds. Nuttiness, dark fruits and coffee are also detected. A smokiness is present but not dominant, well-incorporated with the rest of the flavors. An unexpected and astringent--but pleasant-- bitterness in the finish. Mouthfeel is slippery and light.

A toasty roasty little sipping beer here. This is the Magic Hat beer for people who don't typically like Magic Hat. Good stuff.

Metalmonk, Nov 09, 2006
Photo of RedChrome
3.38/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A medium clored copper body. Head was completly non-existant with exception of a small slick patch on top. A handful of carbonation bubbles. No lacing. Just not a good looking beer.

Very burnt malt aroma. Light alcohol aroma is noticable at the end of the first whiff. A faint sweet honey sugar hint in the back end that reminds me of Sugar Smacks cereal.

Smoked sweet cereal grains taste. Light alcohol taste is offset by the sweetness. Very light chocolate and coffee notes. A very nice blend. Best described as a light porter taste.

A decent thickness. Little carbonation to help the taste move in the thickness.

Looks are poor, but she's got it where it counts. Taste and scent above average. I would love this with venison stew. A decent beer that comes in just above average. Nice beer for a crisp fall night.

RedChrome, Nov 03, 2006
Photo of tempest
3.95/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This is a pretty nice beer. The main flavors are of smoke and chocolate malt. They're followed by a bit of spice, ginger and grassy hops. Overall a nice session beer with little zing to it from the smoke. I wouldn't keep my fridge stocked with this, but I'd order a pint now and again.

tempest, Nov 02, 2006
Jinx from Magic Hat Brewing Company
85 out of 100 based on 546 ratings.