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Batch 376 - Magic Hat Brewing Company

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Batch 376Batch 376

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39 Reviews

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Reviews: 39
Hads: 45
Avg: 3.72
pDev: 9.68%
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:
Beer added by: Jason on 10-21-2006

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

No notes at this time.
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Reviews: 39 | Hads: 45
Photo of qcitydarkstar
2.83/5  rDev -23.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a brownish-ruby with a two-fingered tan head that quickly dissipates to a thin ring. The initial scent is quite odd, smelling remotely similar to a cheap macro lager, particularly Miller Lite--a bit off-putting I must say.

Upon first tasting, I noticed the roasted grain reminiscent of a Rauchbier, or maybe a Wee Heavy, however the body is rather thin. The initial sweetness on the tip of the tongue rolls to a burnt coffee taste. Typically "smoked" beers are not of my liking, but even this beer I notice an exceptionably unbalanced flavor profile. Decent, but not my bag.

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Photo of aaronh
2.95/5  rDev -20.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Dark chestnut body topped by an ecru head. Head fades fairly quickly. Aroma has a hint of sweet malt, but nothing else. Really clean, though. Flavor has a hint of solvent up front and in the finish. Some slightly burnt, roasted notes also come through. Also a decent bit of bitterness in there too. Mouthfeel is a bit thin, and the carbonation is aggressive. Drinkability is OK. Never know what you're going to get from Magic Hat. This one was a disappointment.

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Photo of lordofthewiens
3.27/5  rDev -12.1%
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.

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Photo of auxiliary
3.28/5  rDev -11.8%
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.

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

Poured cola brown/black with a large-grain head that settled to a half-inch and stayed. Chocolate and oranges in the nose at first, then the aroma seemed to vanish. Taste was thin and sharply bitter, not like hops but more like burnt malt. Watery finish.

Reading the above description it sounds like I didn't like this beer, but that's not exactly true. It is non-offensive and drinkable, but a bit simple and underwhelming.

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Photo of NJpadreFan
3.38/5  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"

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Photo of Rudgers73
3.42/5  rDev -8.1%
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.

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Photo of UnionMade
3.42/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark brown in color, good clarity, with a scant, off white head. The head dies out very quickly, leaving only a thin collar clinging to the glass. No lacing. Pleasant and inoffensive toffee malt aroma. Noticable butter and vague plum esters. Not the cleanest, and more like a mellow porter or dark brown ale than a schwarzbier. Still pretty nice, though. The flavor starts off with sweet toffee, and more toffee. Very soft and mellow on the palate, with gentler carbonation and a fairly light body. Nice and smooth, which makes for good drinkability. Not a whole lot going on with the flavor, just simplistic toffee roastiness with a touch of plum fruit and a lightly hopped, herbal finish. Some buttery notes, but they stay within reason. Bittersweet finish and aftertaste, coffee notes lingering on the tastebuds for a while. I always make an effort to try to Magic Hat "batches", and I've found myself buying the mix packs, pawning off the #9 and Circus Boy to guests, just to try the batch beers. They've been really good recently, but I feel like this one falls a little short of the bar they've set with the Big Red, porter and double IPA. I can appreciate the effort to be adventurous, though.

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Photo of Metalmonk
3.45/5  rDev -7.3%
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.

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Photo of ByTor2112
3.5/5  rDev -5.9%
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!

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Photo of ericj551
3.5/5  rDev -5.9%
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.

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Photo of jbramley
3.51/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours out a beautiful deep color. A very dark brown, almost black, with some amber hues that come through with backlighting. The beer smells of chocolate and espresso--a very roasted smell. The flavor matches the smell--roasted, almost burnt, and slightly bitter. After taste of wheat toast, with a hint of almond butter. Light and easy to drink, perhaps a little too roasted.

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Photo of BeerAdvocate
3.53/5  rDev -5.1%
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.

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Photo of silver1audi
3.63/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bought a growler at the brewery. It is almost completely black in the growler and in my pint glass. It tastes pretty damn good, very smokey, maybe a little caramel/molasses, definately cocoa, malt dominated but slight hop finish.

Actually, I liked this a lot, but it a much smokier malt taste to it than i expected. it seemed quite Porterish. I would have thought this was a porter had i not seen the classification here. Lager to porter is quite a jump, but taste it and see what you think

I enjoyed every sip, but if you're looking for this style, try a Saranac Black Forest

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Photo of geexploitation
3.69/5  rDev -0.8%
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.

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Photo of tastybeer
3.7/5  rDev -0.5%
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.

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Photo of wedge
3.7/5  rDev -0.5%
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.

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Photo of sabrills70
3.7/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz brown bottle with a best before date of 3/07. Pours a very dark brown with some ruby highlites, a one finger head and decent lace. Smells of lite roasted malts with some coffee and chocolate as well. Tastes of a lightly roasted malt with all of the roasted malt characteristics. Slightly smokey Not as roasty as a porter or stout, more thirst quenching. Hops are more present that a porter or staout as well - although malt still predominates. A decent beer.

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Photo of Hibernator
3.71/5  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.

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Photo of Shovelbum
3.74/5  rDev +0.5%
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.

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Photo of hunteraw
3.8/5  rDev +2.2%
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.

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Photo of JayQue
3.85/5  rDev +3.5%
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.

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Photo of CharlieMopps
3.85/5  rDev +3.5%
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.

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Photo of JohnnyM2002
3.85/5  rDev +3.5%
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!

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Photo of Lelion11
3.87/5  rDev +4%
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

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Batch 376 from Magic Hat Brewing Company
84 out of 100 based on 39 ratings.