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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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Photo of stevehagy
4.72/5  rDev +26.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is the best Magic Hat beer I have had to date. At first look it is extremely dark and black. As you get closer the aromas of the lager are filled with coffee and chocolate, as with the taste. Even though it looks extremely dark and thick it proves to be very drinkable and is quite enjoyable in any amounts. Upon finishing the first you will want a second.

stevehagy, Apr 12, 2007
Photo of arejohnston
4.6/5  rDev +23%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I bootlegged this beer into Charleston before Magic Hat was distributed in South Carolina. To date, Batch 376 has had the biggest effect on me. It made me instantly happy from the very first sip. It was a deep beer with a wonderful complexity - the kind of beer that made you happy to be alive.

arejohnston, Sep 05, 2009
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 Gueuzedude
4.22/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours with a frothy, initially two-finger thick, light brown tan colored head that sits atop a beer that is simply black; though it shows a brilliantly clear, chocolate brown hue as I pour it into my glass. The aroma has a nice leading roasted malt character that actually has a touch of nuttiness to it. Aromatic notes reminiscent of lightly sweetened black coffee join a certain burnt grain husk character and even a bit of chalkiness. A touch of chocolate and the rich dark grain sweet maltiness add some roundness to the more dominant roasted notes. This definitely has a crisp burnt grain character that I would expect from a proper Schwarzbier.

The beer has a dry, burnt acidity to it up front, but this quickly moves to a soft dark malt sweetness, which ultimately is the more dominant note. The finish has a touch of drying character to it; this is mainly a combination of hop bitterness and a roasted, burnt acidity and bitterness. This has a fullness to it in the palate that is certainly contributed by the malt sweetness here. The malt sweetness is so well balanced by the roasted character that the beer is almost not sweet, yet definitely has a perception of malt sugars.

This beer is quite the nice tipple for this chilly night; not too thick (so it is quite quaffable), but it has enough meat to it to be chewy and engaging enough on this chilly night. I could certainly quaff a couple pints of this brew, before I know it my glass is empty. This is definitely my sort of Schwarzbier; chewy with lots of roast malt character.

Gueuzedude, Nov 30, 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 mnj21655
4.13/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours black with the slightest hint of garnet at the edges and a light tan head that initially stands at just under 2 fingers before disappating to just a slim coating but leaves minimal lacing. Smell is dominated by sweet roasted malts but coffee, chocolate and grains are present as well and serve to add some nice depth. Taste is at first slightly acidic but quickly moves onto the more dominant roasted malts. Again sweet malts are present and are nicely complimented by a hint of bitter hops at the finish. Nice mouthfeel, light to medium in body with enough of a backbone to let you know its there without being too heavy. Drinkability is excellent, I could certainly have a few more of these. This is a great interpretation of a schwarzbier and is definitely worth a try.

mnj21655, Dec 12, 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 SaCkErZ9
4.1/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Dispensed from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass. Pours a not quite opaque black. Hints of dark purple are visible through light at the bottom of the glass. A nice, tan head forms with nice retention as well.

Aroma is a burnt chocolate and coffee. Some fruity hops are also present in the nose.

This is just a nice beer overall. The taste is very much like a porter. Some burnt toast and coffee are there. Nice and bready as well. A very drinkable beer. Purchased this in a mix 12 pack. Definitely worth a shot.

SaCkErZ9, Nov 29, 2006
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 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 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 brandoman63
4/5  rDev +7%

brandoman63, Nov 22, 2011
Photo of rab53
4/5  rDev +7%

rab53, Dec 02, 2011
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 mmmbeer
3.93/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle, best by February. It pours into the pilsner almost totally black (plum when held to light) with 2 fingers of light brown, slowly receding head and fairly active carbonation. It smells of dark malts, mainly roasty/chocolatey with hints of blackberry, and the flavor follows closely, adding burnt/smoked malts. The body is light to medium with tingly carbonation and it leaves a medium finish. Overall a good take on a schwarzbier and I say they could go ahead and make this a year-round brew.

mmmbeer, Dec 05, 2006
Photo of scarletfire79
3.9/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

love the style, love the beer. you get the best of both worlds. rich smokey malt taste but with the texture of a beer much lighter in color. notes of coffee and chocolate. extremely well balanced beer. another kick ass offering from magic hat. good job boys.

scarletfire79, Dec 10, 2006
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 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 JohnnyM2002
3.88/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

A - Pours a very dark brown - almost black - with ruby red highlights. Very small, quickly-disappearing head.

S - Smokey highlights with a roasted malt backbone. The only thing is it was very weak...I enjoyed the aroma but it took a lot of swishing in the glass...

T - Lightly roasted malt with a burnt coffee aftertaste...not strong like a stout though - the flavors lingered in the background and weren't as potent. Very enjoyable.

M - Body kept thinning out throughout the course of the beer...too bad because at first I had rated a higher score for the mouthfeel.

D - After drinking the first half of the bottle, I loved it...it didn't finish as strongly, though. But despite the poor second half performance, I must say that I did enjoy this selection. A few things that would have enhanced my experience are: 1) a heavier body, 2) higher ABV, 3) more pronounced aroma.

But I'd still recommend this beer to others. Thanks in-laws!

JohnnyM2002, Dec 28, 2006
Photo of hunteraw
3.83/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Received from mymrnngjckt in my Secret Bunny package - thanks! Only the second schwarzbier I've had.

Appearance: Very dark, almost black but revealing tawny & garnet tints when held up to a light. Initially a large tan head, but fades rather quickly to bare whisps. Good lacing.

Smell: Roasty, almost like a well-made porter. Some coffee and chocolate, none of the ale fruitiness - as expected, in this lager.

Taste: Roast, coffee... decent amount of hops bitterness. Very little diacetyl butteriness! A first for me among Magic Hat's beers - typically I find it very distracting in their beers.

Mouthfeel: Thinner in body than you'd expect from looking at it, but remember this isn't a porter or a stout - it's a schwarzbier and they "tend to lean towards light"

Drinkability: Good - most drinkable Magic Hat beer that I've had.

hunteraw, Apr 10, 2007
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
Photo of BillRoth
3.75/5  rDev +0.3%

BillRoth, Dec 18, 2013
Photo of Hibernator
3.75/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Magic Hat Batch 376
Best before February notched on the back label
Served in a 20 oz tulip pint glass

Pours a jet black with a tan colored head on top that provides a fluffy character. Interesting patterns of sticky lacings cling to the glassware.

The nose is rather dull. Some whiffs of chocolate and faint hops in the background.

Heavly roasted and burnt malts provide the backbone of this beer. Flavors of french roast coffee and milk chocolate provide the foundation with a mini hop snap on the finish. Hints of caramel or molasses mixed in as well.

Hibernator, Nov 10, 2006
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
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Batch 376 from Magic Hat Brewing Company
84 out of 100 based on 45 ratings.