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Batch 376 - Magic Hat Brewing Company

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Batch 376Batch 376

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BA SCORE
84
good

45 Ratings
THE BROS
80
good

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Ratings: 45
Reviews: 39
rAvg: 3.74
pDev: 10.43%
Wants: 0
Gots: 0 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Magic Hat Brewing Company visit their website
Vermont, United States

Style | ABV
Schwarzbier |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Jason on 10-21-2006)
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Reviews by Shovelbum:
Photo of Shovelbum
3.75/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a thin mocha head over a ruby-tinted black body. Minimal lace. Aromas of roasted barley and chocolate with a hint of citric hops and some other sort of mystery aroma—maple? vanilla? Who knows. Flavor follows suit with roasted barley and chocolate up front joined by a substantial espresso character. Moderate hop bitterness and a suggestion of citric flavor, but its lost in the cacophony of the aforementioned dark flavors. Medium-full bodied with a crisp and dry finish.

Interesting and shrouded in mystery. It has the espresso, chocolate feel of a stout, but is lighter in body and has more of a hoppy twang. Nice.

Shovelbum, Jan 17, 2007
More User Reviews:
Photo of BeerAdvocate
3.53/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Review is from the February 2007 issue of Beeradvocate Magazine.

Part of the Mystery Beer series, with hopes of being brewed again. Dubbed a Black Lager. Underside of the cap reads "Tag! You're it." Great, we're it again.

Two shades from pitch-black, pours out with a healthy tan froth that has no problem sticking around. Smells of dark chocolate and freshly ground espresso beans, with a very clean nose. Very crisp and smooth, in a medium body. Clean, malty palate. Mild, dark malt character throughout; suggestions of mild roasted coffee, faint milk chocolate, light charcoal and burnt sugar. Peppery, herbal, hop flavor in the back--with a marked bitterness that shows balance--couples with some of the burnt malt fl avors and cleans house towards the semi-dry finish.

Spot-on for style, and more proof that dark beers can be just as drinkable as anything else out there. Who knew that this brewery, which primarily pumps out ales, can brew good lagers as well. An obvious pairing is with chocolate, but this one went really well with grilled chicken slathered with mole sauce.

BeerAdvocate, Jul 24, 2008
Photo of lordofthewiens
3.23/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This was a 12oz bottle in the Ship of Fools variety pack. It was a dark brown color with a small coffee-colored head. It had a chocolate, dark fruit aroma. The taste didn't live up to the aroma. It was rather bland, some cherry, a little bread. I felt it to be a little too sweet, and not a beer I'd want a lot of.

lordofthewiens, Oct 25, 2006
Photo of Jason
3.5/5  rDev -6.4%

Jason, Jan 12, 2013
Photo of ByTor2112
3.5/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Label says 3/4 pint of ale. As I went to MH's special site to rate I find it is a dark lager, Ok, that explains things.
Pours an opaque brown not much head stays around.
Aroma is roasty, toasty malt.
Nice malt flavors but I kept thinking it was lacking in body for an ale, but as mentioned it is a dark lager. Some smokey flavors and I get a very mild hop profile but it gets a little astringent and assertive at the last part of the finish. Nothing fancy but a great representation of the style. MH is getting a good mktg push here in the south but what we need is the Fat Angel and Blind Faith!

ByTor2112, Jan 16, 2007
Photo of NJpadreFan
3.4/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Magic Hat- Batch 376

Appearance- Dark ruby/ black with a small weak head.
Smell- Nice smokey malt with a roasted coffee/ cocoa and hop tinge.
Taste- Vanilla caramel with a light roasted coffee and cream flavor. Light but nice and tasty.
Mouthfeel- Watery, light. Not as big and chewy as I'd like it to be.

Overall- A nice easy session beer. My wife's favorite from all the samples we had before and after the tour.

On the "Rave" or "Grave"
I'll go with "Rave"

NJpadreFan, Jan 04, 2007
Photo of tastybeer
3.73/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Dark indeed but light still makes its way in especially around the edges. Clear blackened garnet color with a wet, cream colored head. Nose is full of charred blackened malt and a touch of smokey meat roastiness, meat seasoning, and mild chocolate sweetness. Taste has a similar charred smokey roastiness with soft mellow sweetness and is steadily flavorful. Mouthfeel is slick and smooth with a little gritty dry texture, and body is moderate. Drinkability isn't bad. A slight bitter tingle remains on the tongue in the finish.

Not bad + worth a try. I'd get in a mix pack again perhaps.

tastybeer, Dec 12, 2006
Photo of Metalmonk
3.45/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Under the cap: "Buff Your Inner Glow"

Super-ultra dark brown shot through with ruby and caramel when held up to the light. Head is light brown and fluffy. That nice head dies down pretty quickly.

Aroma is nutty and toasty, with light hints of chocolate and a fairly generous smokiness.

Flavor is abundant smokiness, though not at all overbearing. Some dark fruits, tootsie roll and espresso notes show up way in the background. The finish brings an abrupt bitterness...the smoky, toasty flavor is nice and riding on your tongue, then WHAM-O, it's stopped in its tracks. Plus the mouthfeel is pretty thin, bordering on watery.

It's not all that different from their Jinx beer, but not as good as that. Kinda boring beer, but nothing undrinkable or awful either.

Metalmonk, Jan 02, 2007
Photo of tempest
4.03/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at the Blue Tusk... God Bless the Blue Tusk.

The first guy told me it was a porter, that didnt taste right. The next guy told me is was a black beer - right on. Its a little different than the few black beers I've had. The taste was a smooth, nutty chocolate, almost like a chocolately nut brown. I've never really had a beer quite like this before, so I recommend trying it. Amazing it aint, but I could drink a lot if I was in the mood.

tempest, Oct 26, 2006
Photo of bonbini26
3/5  rDev -19.8%

bonbini26, Jan 11, 2012
Photo of wedge
3.73/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

"Hocus Pocus...I Can't Focus"

Dark brown - clear mahogany when held up to the light - the head is thin and creamy. Clean blackened roasty malt aroma. Malty flavor with a hint of roasted coffee beans - less burnt than it smells. Clean with a modest residual sweetness. Smooth, medium, and drying in the finish.

Pretty charred in its roasted maltiness. Nothing wrong with this take on a schwarzbier.

wedge, Dec 12, 2006
Photo of PEBKAC
4.3/5  rDev +15%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

BB:M07
Sampled: Today

Ok, I didn't buy this beer, it was a gift. I got a bucket of beers from all over as a birthday gift. I appreciated the sentiment greatly; countries from all over. I didn't even think Nicaragua made their own beer. Mmm... rebel beer. Maybe the next review. :)

This Batch pours out dark & sulking. It's not in the mood to play. Just a little lace around the edges & then it just sits & mopes.

Bitter-sweet malts, smoky sandalwood, & cheap Hersey's Kisses float to the top.

Nice, clean mouthfeel, with beautiful carbonation to boot. Every little flavor comes off easier to taste, with the addition of a little pecan, it's very much the same as my nose interpreted. It is a tad more sugary then hoppy, but neither crosses the finish line first. The bitterness rides along with the sweet. A touch of something roasted way in the back, but it doesn't come into play till the end. The very finish is a light as air mousse, minus any of the extra sucrose that was evident before.

Nothing extreme here. Just a beautiful beer. :)

PEBKAC, Jun 07, 2007
Photo of auxiliary
3.33/5  rDev -11%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

appearance - Poured a black color. Decent head on it when poured then disolved to a ring and some of it keeping a float. Some lace but nothing sticking to the side.

smell - Roasted malt and dark coffee smell here. Not very strong.

taste - Roasted and a burnt taste, not too burnt though. Some hops at the end but just a ting of it.

mouthfeel - Kinda on the light side, not much carbination here.

drinkability - Nice balance. I don't like beer that has a heavy burnt or roasted taste to it. I enjoyed this one, this was like a STEP 1 of tasting a roasted beer taste. It was not over powering. I could see myself drinking this again.

auxiliary, Apr 05, 2007
Photo of Rudgers73
3.35/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured into a pint glass. Not much head, only a thin ring on the top. The nose is very nice, and it's noticeable as soon as it's poured. Burnt, roasted, malts, mellow cane sugar, and a definite coffee smell. Not is thick and rich as a porter, but similar in aroma. The taste is a little thinner than I would have liked. It has a slight watery taste but as the watered down taste goes away it leaves a pleasant nutty aftertaste which almost makes up for it. The mouthfeel is rather plain. I don't tend to like the mouthfeel of most of magic hat's beers, they always seem a bit dull and flat. Oh well, this beer was really decent overall and at 5% ABV, it isn't bad to drink for a change-up some night.

Rudgers73, Feb 05, 2007
Photo of geexploitation
3.68/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours dark brown coming out of the bottle, black in the glass, with only a collar of light brown lace. Some banana smells sit atop some maple vanilla and roasted malt notes. On the palate, there's a bitter bite of roasted malt and hops first off, an oily-slick mouthfeel and active carbonation through the finish. This beer is well done. The flavors mesh together well, it's well-balanced and true to style.

geexploitation, Dec 31, 2006
Photo of TheManiacalOne
4.1/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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

A: The beer is a deep black color with a thin off-white head that fades quickly and leaves a thin lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of chocolate, coffee, smoky malts and a little bit of hops.

T: The flavors of chocolate, espresso, and roasted malt are what dominate the taste. There’s a little bit of hops in there. The after-taste is chocolaty and faintly sweet. It tastes remarkably similar to their Batch #373, hmmm?

M: Crisp and very smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

D: Very tasty, goes down very easily, only slightly filling, I’ve gotten the feeling that the “mystery beer” offerings from Magic Hat have been attempts to experiment with different in hopes that they get a beer that will get over well enough for them to produce on a regular basis. I’ve had several beers from Magic Hat and my 3 favorites have been Batch #375, Batch #373 and now Batch #376, everything else has been mediocre at best.

TheManiacalOne, Feb 11, 2007
Photo of smcolw
4.03/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Nice two-finger beige head which lasts throughout the tasting. Leaves a nice ring of lace on the glass after every sip. The beer is just shy of black, very bright light can shine through.

Thin smelling dark malts: attractive and subtle

Taste is similar to a light porter with a moderately high level of hops. Or, if you wish, a souped brown ale. Thin in body, but the flavor makes up for this. Strong black patent and chocolate malt flavors that well-counterbalanced by a high hop bitter spice.

I really enjoy this beer. Those who prefer heavy beers will be disappointed with this one. Still, this is a big flavored beer that is very refreshing.

smcolw, Jan 13, 2007
Photo of flexabull
3.95/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clear brown color with a decent white foamy head.

Aromas are dusty, caramel like, and of sweet cereal grains.

Taste is sweet up front, and with an overall creamy character from the malts. Carbonation is noted on the mouthfeel, and the finish is crisp and a bit smokey.

Mouthfeel is pretty good. Carbonation is about right, and quite lively.

Drinkability is very good. This is an easy drinking, enjoyable, and tasty Schwarzbier.

Thanks for the bottle Metallitone1!

flexabull, Apr 25, 2007
Photo of brandoman63
4/5  rDev +7%

brandoman63, Nov 22, 2011
Photo of JayQue
3.88/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This was the "mystery beer" in the Feast of Fools 12 pack. The bottle says 3/4 pint of ale, but the beer itself tastes more like a porter. Pours a dark color, no red highlights and no light gets through the glass. The head is tan, very small and requires a vigorous pour to keep one up. Lacing is moderate. Didn't notice much with the aroma. The taste was pretty good, I would be comparing it to other porters more than the few Schwarzbiers I have tried. Taste was smoky, malts predominate but with a nice crisp finish. This beer goes down very smooth. Mouthfeel was rich enough, certainly nothing thin or watery. No unpleasant aftertastes. Drinkability is good. Would go nice with cheese or as a slow sipping session beer.

JayQue, Feb 04, 2007
Photo of Lelion11
3.88/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A-pours a deep opaque chocolate brown with a hint of reddish hue, with a light mocha head that quickly disappears
S-toasted malt, coffee, and a hint of caramlized sugar
T-subtle malt and sweet flavors come through followed by a nice hoppy bitterness. the hops was more than I was anticipating judging from the smell
MF-slight hop resin feel, also thinner bodied than I expected but still nice
D-yes I would have another

Lelion11, Oct 26, 2006
Photo of JasonCoop
4.13/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

pours a dark ruby brown, almost black. great head.

smells sweet. hints of coffee and chocolate mainly. faint scent.

taste is very smooth. very full flavor, light body. roasty, smokey, but very smooth. goes down so easy. very tastey and very drinkable. i would definitely recommend it.

JasonCoop, Dec 07, 2006
Photo of CharlieMopps
3.88/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Maintained a rich black color, letting barely any light in at all. Produced a one and a half finger head with decent retention.

S: Roasted/burnt malt scent heavy in the nose. Undercurrents of dark fruit, but mostly a sense of the toasted flavors. Whiffs of chocolate and coffee notes are also present.

T: An almost puzzling beer, powerful roasted malt and coffee-like intro, which quickly fades to a washed out aftertaste, leaving only the slightest trace of the original maltiness behind. Toward the finish, a hoppy bitterness was sensed as it faded, somewhat dry at the end.

M: Carbonation pretty well matched, smooth transition, albeit quick. Fairly solid body for this beer.

D: Very drinkable beer, in my opinion. The lack of one sticking characteristic aids this, I feel, and overall a pretty good drink. This won't blow your mind, but it'll at least give you something to think about.

CharlieMopps, May 23, 2007
Photo of jameaterblues
4.08/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

From notes:
A- black, but translucent in the light around the edge of the glass. Ruby red and pink hues, and about 1/3 inch head that disappeared fast.
S- Roasted toasted malts. Chocolate and coffee notes....slight sweetness, and a christmas cookie like spice(cinnamon and nutmeg).
T/M/D- Roasty malts, dark chocolate, coffee and lots of nutty flavors. Long and smooth slight hop spiciness that again reminds me of a toned down spiced winter warmer...all from the hops and malts nothing added. Thick, but medium bodied, light carbonation, great for chilly weather session. I hope they bring this one back and rumor is that it will be their organic labels winter seasonal.

jameaterblues, May 30, 2007
Photo of ericj551
3.48/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

376 pours a nice dark red black, with a creamy head. There is a dark burnt aroma I've never smelled in another dark beer, maybe its just kind of isolated without too much roastiness. The burnt flavor is less apparent in the flavor, but still there. Not too bad, but with no Ravell or Heart of Darkness, I feel like magic hat is lacking.

ericj551, Nov 17, 2006
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Batch 376 from Magic Hat Brewing Company
84 out of 100 based on 45 ratings.