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Jinx - Magic Hat Brewing Company

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very good

397 Ratings

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Ratings: 397
Reviews: 333
rAvg: 3.78
pDev: 11.64%
Wants: 5
Gots: 0 | 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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4/5  rDev +5.8%

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3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

12-31-2011 18:12:50 | More by AndrewMichael
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4.5/5  rDev +19%

12-27-2011 22:01:45 | More by jharkins07
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4/5  rDev +5.8%

12-10-2011 18:19:05 | More by dave00100
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3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

12-06-2011 22:47:05 | More by JohneHoodlum
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4/5  rDev +5.8%

12-02-2011 03:45:32 | More by rab53
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4/5  rDev +5.8%

11-26-2011 01:12:26 | More by deapokid
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New York

4/5  rDev +5.8%

11-24-2011 02:46:33 | More by MrThell
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3.25/5  rDev -14%

11-22-2011 03:14:31 | More by brandoman63
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Rhode Island

4/5  rDev +5.8%

11-18-2011 22:39:38 | More by Burt
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4/5  rDev +5.8%

11-18-2011 17:34:58 | More by waiting4lunch
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3/5  rDev -20.6%

11-15-2011 20:45:58 | More by ROGUE16
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New York

4/5  rDev +5.8%

11-15-2011 16:55:57 | More by mjtiernan
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3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

11-15-2011 02:39:59 | More by bpfrush
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3.23/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Had a bottle of this back on 4-8-08. This beer was kind of a new style for me when I had just started trying beers. Not really know what a Scotch Ale was I proceeded to did out. The beer was rather nice shade of red with a really nice head that lasted for a little bit. The smell was a little roasted and sweet, I found it to be fairly inviting. The taste was sweet at first which faded into a nice bitter aftertaste. Overall I wish this beer hadn't been retired, I would like to try it again one day.

Serving type: bottle

04-02-2011 22:20:24 | More by Knapp85
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South Carolina

3.2/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

reviewed from notes, this one was serve in a pint glass during a magic hat tasting i had with my brother in law down at his apartment.

A - Poured a very nice ruby tinted brown with a good amount of clarity and some nice visible carbonation streaking up from the bottom of the glass to refill the smallish one finger high head of white foamy lace that had formed on top. Quick fade of this left behind just a thin film across th top and some decent side glass lacing.

S - The aroma was very thick and sweet with hint of candied sugars and caramel that were layered on top of a nice basw of malted grain and almost a nutiness that you could really start to pick up on as it warmed up a bit. There was a slight earthy and grassy note to it as well.

T - The flavor was very good actually and picture perfect example of a classic scottish ale. Started out with a decent touch of sweetness to it, being able to pick up the sugar on top of the roasted malts was a fairly easy task and this blended well into a nicely rounded sweet scottish ale. There was a very nice finish here being melded of deep earthy grains, with a good dose of caramel and grassy flavors and a nice overall bitersweet profile. I would honestly have to say not half bad at all.

M - Very smmoth and creamy this was a rather nice medium bodied ale that really stayed fairly consisitent throughout the entire session. Never bubbling over with carbonation it was just enought to keep it from getting stale or tasting like it was syrupy. Juts about the perfect conisitency.Only complaint would be that it was a little thin of the flavor.

D - Not a bad session ale at all. The flavors were strong enough to keep you intrested while never overwhelming or become too sweet to drink. Would not have been hard to throw down more then a fw of these in a sitting.

Serving type: bottle

02-19-2011 13:35:49 | More by mikesgroove
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3.68/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed from notes.

Poured into a snifter. The color is a moderately-dark brown color with a light head. The nose brings some dark fruits, roasted malt, light toffee, and some caramel. The taste has some dark fruits and also includes a bit of light candied toffee. Feel is nice and a bit heavy. Drinks well enough, but nothing to really pull me back for seconds.

Serving type: bottle

11-14-2010 03:47:22 | More by Thorpe429
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4.08/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Beer review from BA Mag Oct 2007.

We always look forward to any of the Magic Hat seasonals. Jinx is within the Scotch Ale realm with a bit of peat-smoked whiskey malt in the mash. Always check under the cap for your fortune: "Seek First ... Ask Questions Later" was under our cap.

Hazed rusty brown color with a huge pillowing head that does not go quickly. Hint of alcohol and faint smoke from the first whiff of the nose. After a few more swirls of the glass, mild dark fruit, unsweetened chocolate and a buttery yeast come forth. A creamy smoothness from the heavens shows a nearly full body and slides across the mouth. The palate is plunged right into a malty rich fête with an abundant sweetness that wraps around undertones of chocolate, toasted grain and vague smoke. Unassertive hop bitterness with only a flicker of flavor. Thin buttery flavor, soft fruitiness and a chalky yeast carry the back end to the taste buds with a semi-sweet finish.

A bit of old school craft beer here, packed with flavor yet not overkill. Without a doubt a choice pick for the fall season though we would not be against Magic Hat brewing it year round.

Serving type: bottle

07-07-2010 00:35:38 | More by BeerAdvocate
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3.73/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. 2007 Poured a dark brown. Light head. Smell remeniscent of a smoked sausage, slight toffee/mocha. Flavor similar, but really mild on the smoke. This is not a bad thing at all though. Kind of peaty, earthy. I think this is very drinkable and sessionable. The best of the few I've had from Magic hat.
Would not consider this a scotch ale, a smoked ale of some sort.
Just had the 2008 jinx. Had about half of the flavors at about half the intensity. Worthy of about half the rating, went downhill fast.

Serving type: bottle

12-07-2009 00:11:30 | More by Bung
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New Jersey

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

A - Not quite dark copper color. That typical Magic Hat frothy white head.

S - Malts, earthy straw and dirt.

T - Herbal Hops, slight carmel notes. Dark fruit in the background. Relatively weak for a scotch ale.

M - Smooth and creamy... lighter bodies for a scotch ale.

D - Mild and smooth. Decent overall ale, but towards the weaker end of the scotch ale category.

Serving type: bottle

07-27-2009 16:39:11 | More by rfgetz
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3.45/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A- Deep plum and brown sugar color with a nice cappuccino colored head.

S- Smokey, earthiness, with a smooth carmel malt. The flavors blend well together, there is a underlining creaminess to Jinx. There beer has little to no hop aroma.

T- Smokey, peat and dry. The Jinx does not have a super heavy carmel taste like many scotch ales. I like the fact that Magic Hat made this beer resemble a campfire. The smokey peat dominates the flavor but in a good way. This beer finishes dry and with a smokey aftertaste.

M- Medium body beer with bubble carbonation.

D- Could drink this all night while siting by a campfire.

Serving type: bottle

06-11-2009 00:02:26 | More by TheNightbird
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3.9/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Found this little guy tucked in the back of the fridge taunting me to drink it.

Amber-brown appearance with a hint of deep garnet red. Strangely it poured a thin tan head, but a shake of the glass and the first few sips both reveal some lively carbonation. Scent of dark caramel malt with a bit of raisin and tobacco. Tastes are floral and some leather in the beginning, moving to a strong malty sweetness in the middle and finishing with a distinctly Magic Hat dry, long-lingering flavor. Magic Hat seems to be one of those breweries where somehow all of their beers have a similar taste. Perhaps its the proprietary ringwood yeast, which can be overbearing in some of their beers but I think works here. Mouthfeel is medium, maybe a little less; doesn't really coat the mouth, but not light either.

This is more of a sipper or a 2-at-the-most type beer for me due to the predominance of sweetness. Overall a very tasty beer, would definitely try again.

Serving type: bottle

06-09-2009 22:17:33 | More by puttyman
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2.8/5  rDev -25.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured into a tulip glass dark golden, small frothy head diminishing to light lacing. Absolutely no detectable nose...I could smell a thing. Mouthfeel is light. Seems like a well rounded beer, starts with a hoppy taste, then turning to a malty sweetness. I can't make my mind up about this brew...I usually enjoy most Magic Hat offerings, but this one may need another taste later...

Serving type: bottle

06-06-2009 23:28:41 | More by thequeen711
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3.5/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

"inspired by the doctrines of medieval chemists"

Pours a very dark reddish orange brown color.

Smell is caramel and toffee. Some vanilla and almond extracts too.

Taste is pretty good. Caramel and nuts. some toffee and almonds.

A little too much carbonation. Tastes like more then 7%abv.

Decent mouthfeel and finish. Pretty easy drinkability.

Probably not something i would seek out again although its not bad.

Serving type: bottle

05-28-2009 03:29:44 | More by BigMike
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3.9/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured this into a pint from a 12 oz. bottle.

The beer pours a rich dark brown. Darker than most of Magic Hat's offerings, it has a small amount of carbonation and an inviting (though small) head.

The smell is rich and unique. We get roasted malt, whiskey, and smoke!!! As the bottle states, this really does remind you of fall. It smells like the woods, and burning leaves. Great concept and perfectly executed.

The taste was impressive. Well balanced robust taste with obvious whiskey. The whiskey flavor is definitely infused and not something just added. Plays well in the beer. After the intial taste, the flavor moves into a hearty smokey flavor much like liquid smoke for BBQ (haven't tried it but sure it would pair well).

The mouthfeel is just average. The beer is light in consistency, but nothing spectacular. The drinkability of this beer definitely increases within the season it is released. Perfect beer that seems to warm you on an autumn day watching football.

Final Thoughts - Perfect autumn beer. I always look foward to picking up a twelve of this. A unique brew from Magic Hat that deserves at least one purchase. The flavor of smoke and whiskey work well together and provide a synergistic relationship. Give it a try in the Fall!

Serving type: bottle

03-10-2009 14:40:28 | More by bsend
Jinx from Magic Hat Brewing Company
85 out of 100 based on 397 ratings.