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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 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 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 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 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 qcitydarkstar
2.8/5  rDev -25.1%
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.

qcitydarkstar, Dec 24, 2006
Photo of jbramley
3.48/5  rDev -7%
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.

jbramley, Dec 16, 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
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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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
Photo of silver1audi
3.63/5  rDev -2.9%
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

silver1audi, Nov 16, 2006
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 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 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 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
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Batch 376 from Magic Hat Brewing Company
84 out of 100 based on 45 ratings.