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Jinx - Magic Hat Brewing Company


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very good

394 Ratings

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Ratings: 394
Reviews: 333
rAvg: 3.78
pDev: 11.64%

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 currysage1


4.25/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a substantial two finger natural oak color head, color is red tinged medium brown. Very nice looking, recedes down to a creamy covering.

Smell is of dry chocolate, light raisins, a medium dry malt.

Taste is of toffee'd grains going on to a slight smoke, definate fig, hop presense mellows out the strong malt base, but no defining flavors from them.

Feel is really nice, smooth and creamy, full bodied, with carbonation that keeps the malt from sticking to the tongue. I could drink many of these - constantly.

Serving type: bottle

10-13-2008 04:01:34 | More by currysage1
Photo of NoahSYGG

New York

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

the color was a nice dark amber color. the aroma was of a great roast on the malt. the flavor had that delicious cereally malty flavor. Loved the roasted aspect. A little sweet but not too bad. A little spice with little hop flavor. A nice medium bodied fall beer. I recommend it to anyone who likes fall beers.

Serving type: bottle

10-13-2008 00:50:03 | More by NoahSYGG
Photo of thespaceman


4.25/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 12oz bottle to pint glass

A: Nice deep copper color with a medium head and nice lacing that stretched the whole glass ways down.

S: A cocoa smell emerges that somewhat vanishes to a slightly herbal hop smell, you can also smell some alcohol notes in the back.

T: Not bitter, but plenty of depth in this brew. Faint notes of chocolate and alcohol also appear in the taste, an odd combination but works well with this style.

M: A bit thick but it compliments this style of beer. Medium carbonation on this one but still that hint of alcohol pinching at the back of my throat.

D: Magic Hat has crafted a beer in it's own class. I've never had anything similar to this, very strong to say the least, but definetley drinkable. Again, look out for the slight "alcohol" taste you'll get on the backdrop of this beer, I don't know if I hate it or love it but it definetley makes this brew stand out from other Autumn selections.

Serving type: bottle

10-11-2008 20:31:26 | More by thespaceman
Photo of Whiteknight


3.98/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Enjoyed at the base of Mt. Washington in New Hampshire.

A - Unfortunately I didn't have a glass available so this one was straight out of the bottle.

S - Malty sweetness with a slight smokiness that I normally associate with porters. Coffee and dark chocolate notes.

T - Subdued hop flavor with a caramel sweetness. Coffee smell comes through as a mild bitterness. Overall a very nice blend.

M - Medium, somewhat short lived carbonation. Moderately thick and pretty smooth.

D - I had two of these and could easily have had more. ABV a bit high for this to be a session beer, but it goes down nice and easy.

Serving type: bottle

10-09-2008 13:40:27 | More by Whiteknight
Photo of cdkrenz


4.03/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Gnome-Fest does it again, thank you.

A - Nice dark amber to reddish brown body beneath a light frothy tan head. The head is about a quarter inch tall and takes it's time fading.

S - Deep malt aroma with sweet a scented accent.

T - This is a complex tasting brew. It starts out with a firm hop flavor. It then moves on to an interesting Belgian malt and then finishes with a different hop flavor.

M - The feel is coarse at the start and finishes soft. It has a filling feel in the mouth and goes down well.

~ I'm very impressed with the overall goodness of this brew. I will look forward in the future to bringing home a sixer. My only hope is that I'm able to find it locally.

Serving type: bottle

10-08-2008 02:27:07 | More by cdkrenz
Photo of jeremyd365


3.48/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This brew poured a dark brownish copper with barely any head. It smells of very sweet malt. It's sweet and medium-bodied in the mouth and finishes sweet and almost smoky. I find it strange the flavors seem both strong but subtle. It's a pretty interesting concoction that I can't say I like a ton, but it was still worth a try.

Serving type: bottle

10-06-2008 22:34:04 | More by jeremyd365
Photo of matty


3.7/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Dark amber colored ale with a slowly fading head.Aroma is burnt oak.Taste is oak,citrus and atouch of caramel or toffee.For a 6.90 ABV this goes down very smooth.I have nothing but good things to say about this one.Highly recommended and would purchase again!!

Serving type: bottle

10-04-2008 05:38:27 | More by matty
Photo of donkeyrunner


3.73/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

"an ale inspired by the doctrines of medieval chemists" um yeah, thanks.

A: Light mahogany fog with a big head that clings to the glass until the end.

S: Smells like a sweaty handful of pennies. In a good way.

T: There's a lotta stuff here: I noticed buttery, caramel, lemon, and singed malt. Mild smokiness at the end, but only because I was looking for it.

M: Excellent frothiness.

Lagniappe: the explanation on the bottle mighnt not mean much, but I wouldn't really know how to describe this beer anyway. Aparrently Magic Hat didn't either. And that's ok.

Serving type: bottle

10-04-2008 02:03:23 | More by donkeyrunner
Photo of marcpal

New Jersey

4/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle poured into an oversized Dogfish goblet. For some reason, Ive avoided this beer in the past and didnt know the first thing about it- assumed it was one of their summer wheats or something of the like.

This is much much different than anything else Ive had from Magic Hat.

A: Light brown and crimson pour, considerable mocha head that hangs on for some time.

N: Smoked malt, toffee and woody. First thing that comes to mind is a loaf of good wheaty, multigrain toasted bread. Subdued sweetness in the aroma. In the end, German like malts.

T: More sweetness in flavor than aroma. A level of bitterness that smooths out the taste. Smokiness from the malts with the finish of a chocolate porter. Flavors of the ingredient form of fresh peated malt out of the grain bag.

M: The feel is chewy, coating and substantial, unlike anything again Id ever pin as magic hat. Alcohol fumes are noticeable but fitting.

D: There is a lot of complexity here that makes it fun to drink and the considerable alcohol does not deter. This is a different Magic Hat offering from what Im used to but good. Albeit not my favorite of styles, but I like the smokiness.

Serving type: bottle

09-28-2008 23:18:48 | More by marcpal
Photo of jeffmonarch


3.35/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle in a pint glass.

A - Brown orange like iced tea with a thick white head.

S - Very faint but some sweet come through. A little hops.

T - Unique. Not very bold but it has some bite. Good malt flavor with a hint of hops in the finish.

M - Light bodied with good carbonation.

D - Good beer.

Serving type: bottle

09-27-2008 03:59:36 | More by jeffmonarch
Photo of Shumista


4.3/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

First, let me say I've been looking forward to reviewing this beer since I had my first beer out of the six pack about a week go. This is a very interesting beer.

Poured a 12 oz. bottle into a normal pint glass. The label reads "an ale inspired by the doctrines of medieval chemists." This is the first noteworthy thing about Jinx in my opinion. Nowhere on the bottle or 6 pack does it say anything more than this about the style of beer it is, which in the case of this beer works really well. Beer Advocate has it listed as a Scotch Ale/ Wee Heavy, which seems to be an alright fit, but the point is it doesn't matter what style of beer this is because it tastes great and is very complex. I like that it doesn't pigeon-hole itself into a category.

A- The beer pours a dark copper with a 1 inch off white head.
S- The aroma is not as full as I expected. Sweet malts, a little bit of smoke, and some chocolate, molasses and coffee.
T- This is where Jinx really shines. On the most basic level, the beer starts with sweet malts followed by the hops at the end. A bitter aftertaste is left in the mouth. There are some hints of caramel, chocolate and coffee in here as well. The most interesting part of this beer however in my opinion is the growing smoke taste at the very back end. Barely noticeable at first, the smoked malt flavors grows as you get further into the beer, and is very prevalent by the time you are done with it.
M- Thick and very creamy. Good level of carbonation. The alcohol content is definitely noticeable especially as the beer warms, leaving a warming tingly feeling in the back of the throat. I'm noticing that I actually taste the alcohol more in some sips than others.
D- Very drinkable for almost 7% abv, and you won't get bored with the flavors here too easily.

Jinx has made me re-evaluate my opinion of Magic Hat. Before this I had tried a few of their other beers (#9 and Circus Boy) and had been underwhelmed, but this was great. I'm looking forward to trying some of Magic Hat's other seasonals as well as their higher gravity line.

Serving type: bottle

09-24-2008 04:43:48 | More by Shumista
Photo of Traquairlover


3.78/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a tulip.

A = Clear dark coppery amber with medium sized bone white head consisting of small and medium bubbles, medium rate of receding on the head, could have been a little better but still good, only light lacing.

S = Cinnamon and peppery scents of peaty malts, with a fresh yeast kick thrown in, dark ripe fruits, pretty good smells.

T = Flavors are just a little too subdued but are pleasant, smokey peaty malt, winter spices with light hints of minced meat pie, good bitterness enters past mid-palate and contributes to a long dry finish although the flavors up front had some sweetness.

M = The least pleasrurable aspect of this beer, medium body with decent mouthcoating, but the carbonation stings my tongue with little daggers where I was looking for a foamier, creamier feel.

D = Notwithstanding my complaint on the mouthfeel, this is a nice beer to just sit back and drink. Further, while at 6.9% ABV it cannot be pounded, it is a beer that one could have a couple of without being in danger and it goes well on a cool evening.

Serving type: bottle

09-23-2008 22:55:54 | More by Traquairlover
Photo of eberkman


3.7/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours a deep, dark, copper with nice clarity and a thick, tight, creamy off-white head with outstanding staying power leaving hefty rings of lacing. GREAT looking brew.

Not the post powerful nose, but pleasant. Slight whiskey notes, some smokiness and lots of butter candy maltiness.

Tastes of molasses, dried cherries and prunes, butterscotch and a twinge of hops marred somewhat by an oddly metallic finish that unfortunately characterizes many Magic Hat offerings. Nice overall, however.

Mouthfeel was thinner and more watery than I would have liked for a Wee Heavy -- again, something that always seems off with this brewery so I wasn't expecting much else.

Still pretty drinkable -- doesn't have the cloying, overpowering richness of some many in this style that make me feel like I'm having a sugar coma.

I liked this. Now I'm regretting it's a fall seasonal -- I'd like to have some of this around through the winter. Cheaper than Dirty Bastard, Broughton and Belhaven and conveniently available at Trader Joe's. Certainly one of the better offerings from Magic Hat.

Serving type: bottle

09-23-2008 02:07:54 | More by eberkman
Photo of hustlesworth


4.05/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

-better living through alchemy-

A- almost clear reddish amber, maple syrup color and dirty copper with golden highlights. sticky, nicely textured head creeps down amoeba style with big vacuoles opening and closing. lace quite fine as well.

S- thick aroma is rich, sweet and toasty with a dark caramelizing grilled fruitiness and very nice peaty scotch whiskey and creamy milk chocolate, and mocha coffee. earthy and herbal, somewhat citrusy, sweet, tart, and savory with just the right amount of soft smokiness. some alcohol esters are in there too but i think the smoke keeps em in check.

T- roasty and mocha at first followed by nice complex peat smoked malt and raisins even more so than the aroma, i have the taste of moss in my mouth, and this may be more similar to the flavor of scotch whisky than any other wee heavy i've had. baked apple, dried fruits, burnt caramel, dark toasted bread, cigar, peanut skins, and hazelnut, sweet toasty/nutty flavors melt good with the mild sprucey hop finish.

MF- heavy and viscous, just under full bodied, with just under medium carbonation that fades very quickly, altering the overall feeling within about 3/4 second. thick and juicy, almost chewy, definitely coating the palate with a milky film of malt sediment and deliciousness.

D- an excellent treat but the bold smokiness can become tiring after awhile.

Serving type: bottle

09-22-2008 06:33:40 | More by hustlesworth
Photo of david131


4.3/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A- Pours a nice brownish orange. Pretty clear, but dark with some rising streams of carbonation giving way to a slightly off white head that is about half a cm thick. The retention is awesome.

S- Some chocolate, coffee, and a nice peat aspect to it. Hints of vanilla and smoke in there as well. I have had sweeter smelling ones, but this one finds a good balance.

T- Everything described above melds together in a wonderful concoction.

M- The carbonation level is spot on. A very smooth beer, at least compared to others I have had in the style.

D- A tasty pick. I was pleasantly surprised by this scotch ale.

Serving type: bottle

09-22-2008 03:21:59 | More by david131
Photo of BeerSox


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

12oz bottle into nonic.

Clear mahogany color with a one finger light tan head that settles to a thin cap.

Toasty malts along with a good amount of caramel and brown sugar. Light dark fruit flavors are in the background.

The almost burnt malts are there again in the background along with a generous amount of caramel and toffee. Full bodied with good carbonation. The caramel lingers for a while after each sip.

A pretty good Scotch Ale to come out of the Northeast once again. Robust with a good bit of complexity. Recommended.

Serving type: bottle

09-21-2008 21:12:56 | More by BeerSox
Photo of brentk56

North Carolina

4.05/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a clear amber color with a rocky head that retains well and leaves a few dots of lace

Smell: Perhaps this beer's best attribute, a nice combination of peat and caramel, with a slight smokey complexity

Taste: Lots of caramel up front, with a move towards a combination of peat and butterscotch by mid-palate that does not work very well for me; after the swallow, the flavor fades rather quickly for the style

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation; somewhat watery on the finish

Drinkability: Easy to drink but not really in the Wee Heavy territory, is it now?

Serving type: bottle

09-21-2008 20:31:11 | More by brentk56
Photo of PatrickJR

North Carolina

3.58/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into nonic pint glass.

A - Clear, reddish copper. Tan, 1 finger or less head rises and fades quickly leaving minimal, spotty lace. A little higher in ABV, so this is to be expected.

S - There's a lot of good stuff going on here, but it's just not pulling through strong enough. Sweet caramel malt is evident, with a bit of a sour fruitiness coming through. An earthy and borderline herbal aroma emerges; evidence of some hops hanging around.

T - A burst of butterscotch comes through early on and then falls to a slightly sour fig/raisin note. Late palate the hops make their entrance with a burst of earthiness as well as vague floral/herbal elements. Just a hint of smoke lurks in the background before the bitterness takes hold in the finish. An interesting lingering flavor of earth and overripe fruit prevails.

M - Moderate carbonation with a solid medium body. At first I thought it ought to be heavier, but considering the noticable hopping I think this department is pretty solid.

D - For a wee heavy, this isn't quite where I want to be. It's malty, but it's not a monster, and it really doesn't have the sweetness it needs. Throw in a healthy dose of hops and I don't really know what's going on. I think I read something about this being spiced? It's not a bad beer by any means but I think with a little bit of tweaking it could be a lot better.

Along with Magic Hat's Hi.P.A., Jinx is amongst this breweries best beers.

Serving type: bottle

09-19-2008 09:03:32 | More by PatrickJR
Photo of soulgrowl

United Kingdom (England)

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

Appearance: An attractive maroon, an unusual color. The head is beige-ivory and fairly strong.

Smell: Big bready sweetness with hints of caramel an dcandied pecans, a touch of overripe stone fruit, and apple cider. Hops are herbal and reminiscent of rosemary.

Taste: Mild yet complex - nutty, bready, very vinous, and surprisingly tangy. Lots of fresh whole grain and a toastiness that ventures into mocha territory. A touch spicy with alcohol and nicely bittered with very floral/herbal hops.

Mouthfeel: Grainy and soft, sprity and dry.

Drinkability: This is a very nice ale, falling somewhere between a strong Belgian pale ale and a normal English one. Unusual and delicious.

Serving type: bottle

09-19-2008 01:02:29 | More by soulgrowl
Photo of Stinkypuss


3.68/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

a. Poured a full pint glass with a nice inch of head and a mahogony body. A very nice show of lacing shows my every move.

s. Faint malts perhaps some earthy hop.

t. Starts with a nice spicey note followed by a semi-odd twang from the trademark Magic Hat yeast. Malts range from caramel to roasted, with more of a sweet finish. Has a nuttyness to it as well.

m. Medium bordering full bodied. Fairly smooth,

d. This is a good session beer, and a decent stab at the style. A good seasonal offering.

Serving type: on-tap

09-19-2008 00:58:40 | More by Stinkypuss
Photo of marlinsfan4


4.05/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bought a single of this, oddly this was in the Octoberfest section, sounds like a confused beer store but anywho...

This was a great beer. So far one of the best Ive had from Magic Hat. The smell and taste of smoked malts and hops is just so delicious and refreshing. It smells great, looks great, tastes great, its got a very unnoticeable high ABV.. solid beer.

Serving type: bottle

09-16-2008 00:58:32 | More by marlinsfan4
Photo of glid02


3.33/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Got this from Publix on Collier in Atlanta while getting some tail-gating supplies. My man Beano Cook said it best: "the three best conferences are, in this order, the AFC, the SEC, and the NFC". Do with that what you will.

Pours a clear dark brown color with a one-finger slightly off-white head that dissipates into a wispy layer of bubbles on top with a medium-sized ring. The lacing doesn't stick around very long.

Smells alright. There's not too much here. There's a roasted aroma with a very subtle caramel smell.

Tastes similar to how it smells. Lots of roasted malt with a mild caramel flavor and a dry bitter finish. Nothing's really knocking my socks off here.

Mouthfeel is good. It's got a decent thickness, but it could be thicker and the carbonation is a bit on the heavy side.

Drinkability is good. Nothing really stands out here, but I could easily switch to another beer.

Overall this wasn't bad but it wasn't that good. There's a chance that because I got this from a grocery store it'd been exposed to the sun for a while, but I just wasn't very impressed. By no means is this an "avoid" beer, but I will probably not be buying this again.

Serving type: bottle

09-14-2008 02:26:06 | More by glid02
Photo of ChainGangGuy


3.38/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Purchased as part of the Participation Variety 12-Pak at Total Wine in Kennesaw, Georgia.

Appearance: Pours a slightly hazy, medium brown body with a thin layer of off-white head.

Smell: Smokey, earthy peat nose with notes of caramel malt, aged lemon zest, roast (just a bit, though!) and fruits.

Taste: Pale and caramel malts with a small hint of roast and bog peat. Fair amount of grillside smokiness. Light citrusy hops with a small amount of hop bitterness. Slight raisin and black cherry fruitiness. Some herbal hints come and go. Dry finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium-high carbonation.

Drinkability: It's so-so, it's okay, but geez, that label is a bit on the creepy side.

Serving type: bottle

09-13-2008 04:17:34 | More by ChainGangGuy
Photo of TwinSox33

New Hampshire

4.22/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A: Tawny Copper-Red with a good head that lasts for about a minute.

S: Roasted Coffee and Chocolate off the bat.

T: Roasted Coffee beans, a bit of chocolate, and some faint caramel flavours can be noted. It's very complex however, and the smokeyness covers up an underlying sweetness. Finishes with a citric hoppy bite.

M: Smooth, Rich, and very creamy, goes down easy at close to 7 percent.

D: Hell Yeah! Bahtendah, Give me another!

One awesome and complex brew...

Serving type: bottle

09-13-2008 02:11:25 | More by TwinSox33
Photo of Flyer


3.23/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A fairly standard amber ale with some nice smokiness, but some issues as well. Amber color with a minimal head. The flavor is solid, some caramel and smoke, but the aftertaste has a very soapy, cleaning fluid, vaguely perfumey quality. A bit of an alcohol burn, which is neither a negative nor, in this case, much of a positive. What's good is not original, and what's original is not good.

Serving type: bottle

09-11-2008 00:30:02 | More by Flyer
Jinx from Magic Hat Brewing Company
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