The Autumn Mystery Beer (Autumn Variety Show '07) - Magic Hat Brewing Company
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Reviews by numenor1:
3.78/5 rDev +6.2%
Pours hazy chestnut colored with a respectable beige head, some lacing. Smells like hazelnuts, dried cherry and brown sugar/caramel. Lots of malt upfront with a touch of initial acidity. Some dark fruit esters, and lots of caramel malt upfront. Cherry and nuttiness peeks through the middle, finishes malty with slightly peppery alcohol. Minimal bitterness. Medium mouthfeel with medium low carbonation. Extremely drinkable given ABV, but a touch too sweet to have many IMO.
Not a bad beer, or a traditional dubbel in that it utilizes an english ale yeast strain, which really makes it comparitively speaking a much less "fruity ester-driven" dubbel, and less dry as well.
08-10-2007 03:12:41 | More by numenor1
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3.48/5 rDev -2.2%
From the Night of the Living Dead 2007 12-pack.
Bottom of cap: Mother Lager lives
Served in a tulip glass. Pours a coppery amber color, a little hazy. A full inch-high head of off-white thick foam sits atop but settles halfway down and rests.
Aroma of yeasty funk, sweet malt, some ripe fruit.
Flavor of yeast upfront, followed by clove and sweet malt, and some understated hop bitters. Also some lemon and banana, and a peppery finish. Rich and full mouthfeel upfront, tingles across the tongue, and finishes crisp. Clove and ripe pear lingers. This needs more malt richness and dark fruit flavors, and less phenols.
An okay dubbel from these guys, but not great. Having been a fan of theirs from their earliest days, it's hard for me to see this style from them when they have created and discarded some great beers like Blind Faith, Heart of Darkness, Humble Patience, and Mardi Gras (the original), plus some good Experimentals like Batches 621, 622, 672, and 673..
10-08-2007 22:20:00 | More by far333
3.63/5 rDev +2%
Part of the Night of the Living Dead sampler, definitely doesn't seem dubbely in appearance with a clouded amber copper nice sized cream beige head dwindles at a decent speed leaves fine even lacing all around my glass. Aroma is full of tart green raisins with some fruit inspired accents going on tart apple sugary candi sweetness in there. Mildy spicy effect going on doughy yeast notes make their way in as well interesting. Flavor a mild metallic edge with signature Magic Hat English ale funky yeast note, evident alcohol dancing on the palate with some mild cider notes bearing that tart apple and raisin dryness. Spicy earthiness noted with some sweetness I'm guessing some addition of Belgian candi sugar and that earthy quailty might arise from the Styrian Goldings added to the boil. Mouthfeel is medium bodied carbonation is even maybe a little spritzy but not effervescent a tad sticky but I wouldn't call it cloying. Drinkability flows surprisingly well I enjoyed this one by far among the rest of the week sample twelve pack including #9, Circus Boy, Jinx, and this Mystery Dubbel. Compared to belgian dubbels it's weak but hey for a refreshing toned down version I can get at the grocery store it's pretty effin good.
10-06-2007 18:14:56 | More by WVbeergeek
3.78/5 rDev +6.2%
This is what I purchased the 12-pack for, luckily it was a sale item for $9.99.
Look: Orange hued amber, mild carboantion with big bubbles and an imediate 2" off-white bubbly head that sticks around for a while, long sticky legs run down.
Smell: Sweet caramel malt, zesty and spicey...very herbalized belgian scented yeast effect.
Flavor: The malt hits first with a oak-wood, burnt caramel effect that quicky turns to a mildly bitter, earthy and herbal hop and yeast balance that is pretty right on for the style.
Feel: medium-full bodied, plenty of zest but finishes heady and smooth.
DA: This has proved to be a fine American Dubble.
09-07-2007 22:48:38 | More by GratefulBeerGuy
3.78/5 rDev +6.2%
Like most others, I imagine, I like trying to guess what kind of beer Magic Hat's mystery beers are before I go snooping around on BA to find out. On first whiff it reminded me of a witbier. After drinking it a bit, it wasn't exactly a wit, but it still reminded me of something Belgian. I guess they're using a Belgian yeast here. In any case...
Pours out a creamy head made of tight, tiny bubbles. It starts thin and gets thinner, but sticks around long enough to be enjoyed, and leaves webby lace designs on the glass. Color is rust/copper, a bit sunnier than your usual dubbel.
As said, the aroma is distinctly Belgian in character, a twisting together of fruit, yeast, spices, and that elusive something that makes a beer geek go "ah! Belgian!"
The creamy, soft mouthfeel immediately made me take notice, and it's a good match for the fruit/yeast/spice flavors, but the flavor seems to die quickly. It doesn't have much stamina, disappearing in dryness and stamped out by the bitter, spicy, astringent finish (which I kind of like).
Overall an enjoyable experiment, but it's classification as a dubbel is questionable. Regardless, as long as Magic Hat keeps throwing curveballs like this, I'll keep buying those variety packs. But please, chill on the #9 guys!
09-25-2007 22:27:58 | More by Metalmonk
3.58/5 rDev +0.6%
Served in a Oktoberfest glass.
Appearance- Cloudy, amber with a 2 finger head that laces around the glass.
Smell- Floral notes, with a light scent of alcohol. Medium malts with a hint of caramel. Subtle blend with no single bold scent.
Taste- A very unique taste. A subtle hint of perhaps cinnamon, an earthy malt, with a hint of added fruit flavors. A smooth taste of yeast.
Mouthfeel/Drinkability- I didn't know what to expect with this mystery beer, but it is pleasingly different. I don't know how much of this I can drink but I feel that it is a blend of number 9 without the pale aley dryness with a hint of other fruit flavors. I don't know if I'd buy it in a six pack but it is interesting.
10-20-2007 17:34:32 | More by torchedpunk
3.55/5 rDev -0.3%
As a dubbel, this beer is not going to stand out, but in its price range and as part of a sampler pack from a single brewery, its not bad. It pours a brown copperish color and retains a film of head, yet little lacing.
Smells and tastes of fruit, and some generic apple cider style spicing.
I couldn't have more than one in a sitting, but that is in part due to the abv.
Enjoy this beer as part of the sampler 12, it fills the role nicely.
10-03-2007 22:39:39 | More by CpnYates
3.65/5 rDev +2.5%
Pours a cloudy amber colour with a mid-sized off-white head that dissolves very quickly leaving almost no residue on the glass.
The aroma is a nice blend of dark berries, some spice, a bit of candy sweetness and a hint of yeast. Nice indeed.
Flavour starts with a nice yeast/berry blend that quickly moves from being a touch sweet to a bit tart and then back to sweet again once the candy flavours mix in. There's also a slight hint of smoke flavour at the back of each sip. Unexpected but intriguing. Hops are present mostly at the finish but are minimal in flavour overall. Mouthfeel is light to medium bodied with just a touch of stickiness.
This is a fairly nice brew overall from Magic Hat. It's not a traditional dubbel, but more so an American-ized version with a Magic Hat twist, which can sometimes (although not often) be a bad thing, but not here. Enjoyable all around and easy drinking for sure.
10-14-2007 01:56:43 | More by SixpointJMH
4/5 rDev +12.4%
Appears a chestnut toned amber with a small, light tan head that slowly fades into a mild cap. Tiny amounts of CO2 rise to the top. Lacing is splattered around the interior of the glass.
Smell is of doughy, toasted nuts, caramel, raisins, and plums.
Taste is of the same doughy goodness that was found in the aromas. This is raisin bread in a bottle with a touch of cherry. Hints of Chimay Red come to mind while enjoying this.
Mouthfeel is medium bodied, yeasty, fizzy, plum filled with a touch of cocoa powder.
09-11-2007 20:02:06 | More by weeare138
3.83/5 rDev +7.6%
Thanks to someone for the sample. I think it was pimpp but I am not sure.
Not a whole lot of initial head. Decent retention but it fades quickly and the glass must be swirled to create and retention. Cloudy orange color.
Smell is of orange peel, coriander, and caramel malts. A little faint on the nose though.
Taste is a little sweet from candy sugar but nicely balanced. The orange peel lends itself perfectly and the coriander provides a nice spice. It's a little unique for the style, but I like it and I think it has nice balance. It is a little sweeet for the style, but it's not cloying.
Light dryness and a very slight creaminess on the palate. carbonation is moderately low. Not bad. A little too dry though.
Not a bad beer. I don't want to compare to other dubbels. This beer by itself is a good beer to session with.
01-07-2008 08:07:32 | More by jasonjlewis
3.75/5 rDev +5.3%
pours a somwhat cloudy chestnut, with a small head, and little lacing. The smell is mostly of belgian yeast and spices, with some sweet maltyness. The taste comes on with some dark fruit, and sweet malts, and finishes clean with some yeast and alcohol flavoring. Overall, a bit mild compared to most of the belgain styles i have had but i havent had many doubles. A pretty good offering from magic hat, being rather drinkable as are most of thier beers. i wouldnt mind seeing this one stick around
09-14-2007 22:16:19 | More by dickieb
3.08/5 rDev -13.5%
A- Golden brown/copper color, very thin lacy head, lots of tiny bubbles throughout
S- Yeast, dried fruits, bready, malts
T- Strong flavor of dried fruits (not much else)
M- Light bodied, medium carbonation, crisp bite that disappears quickly without much lingering of flavor
D- Fairly easy to drink, not a favorite though
This beer isn't complex at all. It's just an overall decent beer. Nothing really jumps out or makes it stand out among other beers of this style. Also this beer is definatly easy to drink considering the alcohol content.
10-02-2007 20:43:52 | More by iceball585
3.6/5 rDev +1.1%
Light aramel color with a head that disapates quickly. Lacing is non-existant. Interesting color though- in between a traditional dubbel and tripel.
I decide to check out the beers stats on their website. Wait this is made with an English yeast? Smells like a dubbel. Bready and spicy nose. Bread pudding, apple, clove, nutmeg, rum, and toffee aromas.
Tastes a lot like it smells. Starts with bread pudding, toffee, and rum. Apple raisin, and roasted pear in the middle. Finishes spicy.
Mouthfeel is a little heavy and definitely does not finish dry. I am sure this is due to the English yeast. This beer definitely would benefit with a Belgian yeast strain- attenuation, complexity, and drinkability. Still a good English dubbel?
09-06-2007 03:26:12 | More by bosco7
2.73/5 rDev -23.3%
another surprise brew from these guys,( thanx to BA i can be 100% sure of what they are now); this one pours a cloudy med-copper color w/ a slight head which dissapates quickly leaving a nominal amount of lacing; well, at this point it's still a mystery, a wheaty-breadlike aroma w/ some strange friuty notes as well, like carrots or something; a sweet, tart yeasty "bile" taste at first, then drifting off to some weird multi-fruit/vegatable/wet-cardboard type taste w/ an exagerated amount of hopping, def. different than any dubbel i've had ( maybe more of a cru, i don't care for them either); not a good balance here either, being both a little thin & too carbonated for this style; i'm gonna have a hard time finishing this one, let alone drinking more (i hope it just was a bad single, cuz i got 3 more to go )...
10-22-2007 21:06:34 | More by animal69
3.93/5 rDev +10.4%
this beer poured a cloudy brownish orange with a little tan head. not bad, but nothing spectacular.
this beer smells pretty good. i'm picking up raisins and dates and clove.
the taste is a bit sour and bitter. tastes like pitted fruits and a touch of spicyness with a ting of alcohol taste.
the moutfeel is slightly chewey
this is a fairly warming beer for a moderate abv.
i nice offering from magic hat. i haven't drank magic hat since 1996.
04-15-2008 14:54:26 | More by deepsouth
4.38/5 rDev +23%
Poured a cloudy medium amber color with modest white head that quickly fell to a thin ring. No lacing.
Smell is dominated by strong banana notes and a light spice presence.
Taste is extremely enjoyable. Strong banana flavors abound combined with a nice note of cloves.
Great taste rentention.
I was amazed when I saw the alcohol content of the beer. Way too easy to drink for 7.5% beer.
09-23-2007 20:26:21 | More by tgbljb
4.03/5 rDev +13.2%
The Autumn special poured out nice, although with minimal head. It had a nice red-orange coloring, reminding me of an autumnal sun set. Very strong, tangy sent. I could smell the malt, along with a nice hint of citrus. It has an excellent smoothness and goes down very easily. Nice taste, too, a little on the strong side, but matches up really well with other dubbels I've tried. Tangy and sharp, with a hint of citrus-sourness. I would love to find ths on tap somewhere and try it that way, as I think it would even be better.
09-23-2007 16:57:05 | More by JamesS
3.55/5 rDev -0.3%
Served in a goblet.
Glowing, rustic oak with mahogany hues. Minor, creamy white head that quickly falls to patches of film (most likely a result of the growler pour). Faint traces of pin-sized dimpled lace.
Notes of powdery, milk chocolate and toffee. Dark, fruity esters: plum, raisin, fig, date. Sweet, Belgian sugar with a pronounced corriander and pepper spice.
Moderately sweet candied sugar with notes of dark, vinous fruit: fig, raisin, date. Toffee, slight milk chocolate and a finish of nutmeg and brown sugar. The middle is watery with just a slight touch of mustiness.
A light, medium bodied; mostly thin and watery with a slight texture of powder and must.
A pretty decent American-version of the style; ultimately too thin on the palate and too reserved in flavor.
10-19-2007 01:56:00 | More by NEhophead
4.33/5 rDev +21.6%
Purchased a growler of this today. Pours an amber brown color with no head (probably because of being in a growler). Aroma is strong and malty with the alcohol showing through prominently. Taste is pretty much the same. Malty and chewy with an aftertaste that has some spice (at least to me). I would say it's a good effort at a Dubbel by Magic Hat and I would at least put it above their attempt at a Wit bier. Not bad.
08-11-2007 00:22:53 | More by Brad007
3.18/5 rDev -10.7%
The whole reason I got the Variety Pack. Poured into snifter.
Deep orange, almost brown. Big two finger thick head that never quite goes away.
Nose of caramel, yeast, and certain spices. Standard nose for a Dubbel.
A bitter drink right off. Hushed caramel notes. Decent hop balance and slight yeasty twang. Not bad. But i'm not much on the Dubbel styling, yet a good strong brew that is very smooth.
Well since you can only get it in the Variety pack you really can't help but wonder why Magic Hat Brewing doesn't make it a standard in their line up. It's good but hard to buy if you're not in the mood for #9 or Jinx. Oh well.
09-20-2007 20:32:59 | More by ghostmech007
3.75/5 rDev +5.3%
Magic Hat Autumn Mystery beer pours a cloudy orange/amber with a thin head that fades quickly. The aroma is sweet orangey malts, with some dry chalky yeast in the background. The flavor is more upfront with the belgian yeast esters and dry chalkiness. There is a malty sweetness that is lighter than I would expect from a double. I think its missing some of the rich dark fruity malts that really make a double a double to me, but otherwise a very solid beer from Magic Hat, I would like to see it replace some of their other regulars.
10-18-2007 00:09:16 | More by ericj551
3.45/5 rDev -3.1%
A: Poured into an Augustijn chalice. Body looks like apple cider -- murky and dark tan, with a small ivory head that dissappeared pretty fast. Zero lacing.
S: Fairly faint smell of spice, with a little bit of fruit there too -- green apples and maybe raisins.
T: Apples again -- is this beer trying to be apple cider? Also sugary candy, fruity berries and a bit of spice at the end; a bite of black pepper too.
M: Pretty creamy in feel, light-to-medium in heft and a good, dry spritzy finish offsets the sweet flavors somewhat.
D: Pretty good.
Notes: certainly not a world-class dubbel, but maybe a little better than I expected from Magic Hat. Worth trying once.
11-11-2007 21:27:24 | More by Kendo
The Autumn Mystery Beer (Autumn Variety Show '07) from Magic Hat Brewing Company
81 out of 100 based on 43 ratings.