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Jinx - Magic Hat Brewing Company

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558 Ratings

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Ratings: 558
Reviews: 352
rAvg: 3.72
pDev: 13.71%
Wants: 10
Gots: 63 | 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:
Beer added by: pezoids on 12-06-1999

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.

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Photo of NJpadreFan
3.47/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Magic Hat- Jinx

Appearance- reddish brwon with a small sticky head.
Smell- Caramel malt with a light grassy moss aroma.
Taste- Burnt sugar caramel malt with a grassy/ mossy hop flavor. Slight fruit notes come through. Grape and cherry detected?!
Mouthfeel- Sweet and chewy. Thick malty base with a tangy dry finish.

Overall- This improves as it warms up and gets closer to the bottom of the glass. Another decent offering from Magic Hat.

Photo of burnstar
3.85/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a very dark red/mahogany with a decent head which recedes quickly leaving some nice lacing. Pleasant sweet malty aroma with a touch of smoke. Rich malty taste. Sweet caramel and toasted malt flavors. Nutty notes. A touch of smoke in the finish. Medium to full bodied. Wouldn't want to drink a ton of this but it does go down fairly easy. Good beer overall

Photo of edthered413
3.7/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bought a growler at the brewery a few weeks ago.

A - Pours a light to medium brown, slight head laces nicely on the glass as it disappears during drinking.

S - A sweet malty smell along with a hint of a smoky smell as well. Nice.

T - Nice Malty taste with some hop flavor as well. Nice balance to it.

M - Well bodied, a nice one to savor

D - A good beer to give you a warm up on a cool evening. I will definitely be getting more of this as the temperature goes down.

Photo of Gambrinus1184
3.77/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Served on-tap at Sophie in Watertown, Conn. (in a Magic Hat pint glass, nice touch)

A: Very dark, burnt amber color with a one finger head that left in a hurry, leaving behind a thin layer of lace and lazy carbonation, what could be seen of it in the murk.

S: Definitely smells of peat moss, or fresh soil. The sweet malt aroma is just scarce enough to let you know it's there.

T: That sweet malt smell translated well into the taste. A slight floral hop finish is noticed on the back of my tongue. Very nice balance in this brew.

M: I find the mouthfeel on Jinx to be a little syrupy, but if you're not chugging it, which I wouldn't recommend doing anyway, it's enjoyable to sip on.

D: With an ABV of almost 7% and that tendency to be a bit too sweet or syrupy at times, I wouldn't dub this a session beer. However, I'd find it hard not to have more than one of these on a crisp autumn evening (or morning, depending on the person).

Overall, I do enjoy Jinx. I'm not a huge fan of everything Magic Hat does, but this is a nice addition to the family. I'd choose a Belhaven Wee Heavy over this one in terms of style, but it's probably better than some things you'll find this fall.

Photo of Durge
4.2/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A dark coffee color with a solid tan head and good lacing. The aroma is very solid stuff with smokey, earthy malt and a touch of brown sugar. Porter-like I think. The taste is fortunately quite true to the aroma with the addition of a little apple on the edges. There is a sweet malt and maple sugar presence that blends nicely with the smokiness. A very smooth mix of flavor. Hearty autumnal goodness in a relatively drinkable brew. I like it and am happy to have a few left to this six pack. Recommended!

Photo of JoeyBeerBelly
4.17/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz botlle, good until the last day of 2007, served in a pint glass.

A - murky, dark brown color with a tan head that thinned out fairly quick, leaving a ring and small bits of lace.

S - very sweet malty aroma, whatever 'peat-smoked whiskey malt' is, it smells good.

T - very good sweet malty flavor balanced out with a slight bitterness of hops. I like the taste a lot.

M - medium/full bodied with good carbonation feel.

D - it's a bit heavy, but 1 or 2 of these is a good drinking experience.

Final Note: This is a good, tasty beer for the fall, and I will be enjoying more of these as the weather cools and also as a break to the 'Oktoberfest' beers I will be consuming.

Photo of tai4ji2x
3.28/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

reddish brown, nice head but fades soon, some lace

aroma is nutty, maybe some smoked frutiness. hint of medincinal herbs.

moderate hop flavor and bitterness, roasted, probably smoked malt background. again, i'm getting something "medicinal", slight acidity in finish.

interesting, but that's it for me.

Photo of mshallah
4.22/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle pours a dark, slightly reddish amber. Small creamy head. This beer smells great. Nose of fresh malts that are sweet(milk chocolate + molasses), nutty and slightly smokey. Flavor seems a cross between a scotch ale and a brown ale. Low hop bitterness with a sweet maltiness. It's very easy to drink while being very flavorful. Alcohol dryness shows more as beer warms. This is a great campfire beer when the nights turn chilly and luckily convenience stores in the White Mountains carry Jinx in six-packs. Try caramelizing some onions in it for a great baked bean topping(another campfire favorite).

Photo of wagenvolks
3.84/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle into a pint glass

Pours rather unimpressively, filling the pint with a brownish, transparent body below a wisp of tan head. Poor retention and carbonation.

The aroma is earthy, with sweet molasses notes and some fruity pear esthers plus a touch of wheat and spice. A hoppy pine note pulls through as the beer warms up.

Surprisingly big flavor burst, here. Tons of malt and spice (tricky to pinpoint the precise notes). Some apple cider-esque flavors as well as a noticable earthy peat body. Mouthfeel is crisp, with a good carbonation level despite the lack of such in the appearence. There's a nice bittersweet finish, too. Overall, Jinx isn't much to look at, but it's tasty and quite complex. I definately will enjoy the other 2 remaining in my Fall '07 twelve pack.

Photo of Zorro
3.2/5  rDev -14%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Sampled through the Secret Bunny 2007 BIF and sinstaineddemon.

Observing the glass I see a near clear brown beer with a decent tan head that forms and then falls.

The smell is sweet and very malty to the nose with a hint of berries and a trace of smoke. It is quite pleasant to the nose but I can't identify the fruit type any further.

The taste begins semi sweet and quite prominent with the smoke flavor that lasts into the aftertaste. Mildly numbing to the tongue either from phenols in the smoke or alcohol level. This actually feels oily on the tongue and teeth. Not much comes through the taste besides the smoke except a bit of malt something like a light bodied Scottish Ale. This seems a little hot on the tongue as if there was some hot peppers added to the brew.

The mouthfeel is OK.

I can't decide if I really like this or not, it is a weird beer. Good smoke taste and not too strong but what gives this the sensation of heat on the tongue? Really raw smoke extract or a few peppers thrown in the mix? I will have to revisit this beer sometime but for now I will give this just an average drinkability score.

Photo of Jarod
3.41/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Best by December date on it, not sure if it is 2006 or 2007 since i bought it March 1 2007

This beer poured a fruitwood color with reddish/orange highlights, crystal clear and well carbonated. An off-white tannish head sat on top, very thick and dense, a sticky creamy feel was to the touch and seemed to last for some time. She produced a sheet like lace that slowly broke apart as it slid down the glass. The aromas that came from the glass were soft in smell, detections of some fruit, and sweet malts came to nose. I did notice small waves of smoke but these were few and far between. Not an overly impressive aroma - soft. The tastes that came from the glass were not "in your face - especially compared to other smoke beers". Tastes of soft fruits (apples, apricots) were noticable, sweet malts, a tad lemony hop arose a few times and again a low lying smoke seemed to be present, ut severly understated, the swollow ended with more apples and malts. Not really an aftertaste, again I noticed some smoke that seemed to be there, but not as I would have liked. She started off realitively chewy and thick in the first sip, but seemed to thin alittle as I drank. A simple beer good to drink, but not sure if it should be classified as a "smoke" considering there was little smoke involved. I can honestly say I have not had a beer like this before.

Photo of DrJay
3.75/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Clear, reddish brown with a solid cap of creamy foam. Fair retention with some lacing. Malty aroma, some brown sugar, nuts, and light smokiness. Light bitterness with a fair bit of malt sweetness. There's a bit of cocoa, along with some toffee. Smoke is very restrained. Smooth carbonation, medium bodied, dry finish. A decent drink, just a little non-descript in the malt department.

Photo of jameaterblues
3.53/5  rDev -5.1%
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.

Photo of soupyman10
4/5  rDev +7.5%
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)

Photo of FenwaySquid
4.17/5  rDev +12.1%
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.

Photo of JerzDevl2000
3.35/5  rDev -9.9%
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...

Photo of AaronRed
4.07/5  rDev +9.4%
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.

Photo of Globetrotter
3.11/5  rDev -16.4%
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.

Photo of Vancer
3.56/5  rDev -4.3%
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.

Photo of JasonA
3.41/5  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.

Photo of ncbrewerbun
3.27/5  rDev -12.1%
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.

Photo of jamie2dope
2.65/5  rDev -28.8%
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

Photo of schoolcb
3.97/5  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!

Photo of shirfan
4.05/5  rDev +8.9%
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.

Photo of Bierguy5
3.87/5  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.

Jinx from Magic Hat Brewing Company
84 out of 100 based on 558 ratings.