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Howl - Magic Hat Brewing Company

Not Rated.

Educational use only; do not reuse.

435 Reviews

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Reviews: 435
Hads: 954
Avg: 3.69
pDev: 21.14%
Wants: 35
Gots: 62 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Magic Hat Brewing Company visit their website
Vermont, United States

Style | ABV
Schwarzbier |  4.60% ABV

Availability: Fall

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 09-18-2009

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

Born of dark and cold and snow in the marrow of the northeast's longest night, Howl comes in on wailing winds with winter-weary eyes burning holes in sunless shadows. In its darkened depths our inner voids are warmed.

32 IBU
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Reviews: 435 | Hads: 954
Reviews by callmeclemens:
Photo of callmeclemens
4.97/5  rDev +34.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I bought this from my local shop after a night football game.

Upon getting nice and cold playing football, I walked through the woods back to my car in the dark. It was only then that I decided it was time for a winter warmer, and I found Howl.

I got home, cleaned up, bundled up, poured this into my favorite mug, and took it to my back porch to stair out on the woods.

This poured black as the night sky, holding it up to the light it's still black, but with a deep hint of a dark dark crimson, perhaps maroon. Theres was no head whatsoever, just darkness though it still glazed finley.

I held it up to my nose and felt a swirl of Chocolate and coffee, with a hint of malt and caramel. The smell alone began to warm me.

The tasted swirlled around in my mouth much like the wind through the trees, starting with chocolate and finishing with the soft malted caramel. Warmed me to the bone.


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More User Reviews:
Photo of oberon
3.88/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into my Moncshof schwarzbier pokal a deep chocolate color with a ruby tinge,a thinner but well sustained light tan colored head atop.Chocolate aromas really stand out with a roast uderneath.Earthy and dry on the palate with some roasted coffee notes intertwined with unsweetened chocolate,again not much sweetness to be had here.Much dryer and more earthy than most I have had of the style but I like it.

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Photo of ravelli
4.75/5  rDev +28.7%

Photo of tectactoe
3.75/5  rDev +1.6%

Photo of Zakk
3.75/5  rDev +1.6%

Photo of landonh485
4/5  rDev +8.4%

Photo of ccapurso
3/5  rDev -18.7%

Photo of CBOLAND17
4.1/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

a very smooth magic hat brew. not as extreme as an ipa or as sweet as say the #9, but this beer is quite good. a very smooth lager which is not typical of magic hat, but it is very good and i enjoyed it. i got it at a local pud and enjoyed it there i really like magic hat.

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Photo of BeerAdvocate
4/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Review from BeerAdvocate Magazine Issue #35 (Dec 2009):

A new winter seasonal from MH described as a "black as night winter lager." Under the cap: "only Louts are ruled by Doubts."

Blacker than night, actually, and opaque with a nice looking creamy tan head and residual lacing. Minerally and metallic in the nose; smells of old coins and fresh bloody steak. Light and fluffy up front with some lively fizzy carbonation. Roasty malt notes, burnt edges, wisps of smoke. Hint of chalk. Dry, well-attenuated; however, as the beer warms and opens up, some sweet undertones and a touch of caramel emerge, and a light note of apples. No real bitterness, which is expected, but there's a light, semi-coarse, leafy hop character woven throughout. Bone-dry finish with lingering mineral and earthy flavors.
Pretty on par with the style, which is a style that we dig and is rarely explored by Ameri- can brewers. Get some before the season is over and check out the cool micro-site.

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Photo of orbitalr0x
3.53/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Picked up a sixer on a whim for a Halloween party. Pours into my glass a deep dark brown bordering on black with a solid khaki head on top of the brew. Aromas of dark roasted malt with a burnt black coffee undertone. Toasty and a bit of cocoa. Rather mellow overall.

First sip brings roasted malt with a bit of a chalky aspect to it. Burnt coffee rolls in with a bit of a cocoa undertone. Mild hops roll through on the way down. Overall, an easy drinking, tasty schwarzbier.

Mouthfeel is crisp and light with an edge of graininess to it. Solid carbonation throughout. Pretty easy to drink. Overall, it's a little heavy on the burnt coffee for me, but is still probably one of my favorite beers I've had from Magic Hat. Sessionable.

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Photo of kuishinbo_tantei
3/5  rDev -18.7%

Photo of lordofthewiens
3.7/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I didn't know this winter seasonal was a schwarzbier until I sat down to review it. I thought I was drinking some kind of porter. In a pint glass the beer was a very dark brown/black color with a small tan head. Sweet, roasted malt, and floral aroma. The taste showed some dark fruit, coffee, and late hops kick. Medium bodied, moderately enjoyable.

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Photo of generallee
3.75/5  rDev +1.6%

Photo of bishopdc0
3.72/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer is dark with a thick head to start, the head dissipates but remains on the glasses edge. The aroma is full of roasted malts and is very pleasant. The beer starts with a roasted carbonation, and you expect a larger maltyness that never come. The carbonation quickly dissipates while the roasted flavor remains (think a like a stout but with no malt).

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Photo of SmellsofMahagony
4/5  rDev +8.4%

Photo of iemailjack
3/5  rDev -18.7%

Photo of Jason
4/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz brown bottle with a freshness date.

The color is not like they state "Black as Night" but it is pretty dark, good head retention like most of the Magic Hat beers. Hints of coffee, dark chocolate and charcoal in the nose. Big on smoothness with a light to medium body, roasty from start to finish though stays mild. Mild charcoal character is pleasant, maltiness lands dry. Hops a leafy and a little oily with a even bitterness. Dry end with a linger of roasted grain.

This does not make up for the fact that they killed of Heart Of Darkness a while back but I'll take this for now. Damn good stuff here.

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Photo of merlin48
3.48/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle pours a dark cola hued body with a small tan head. Some spotty lace decorates the glass.

Aroma is faint. Hints of spicy hops and dark chocolate, not much else.

Light medium body is well carbonated.

Tastes pretty good and spot on for style. Dark chocolate, roasty notes, hints of coffee and smoke balanced by a subtle spicy hop bitterness.

Easy drinking and a good example of the style but lacking in the aroma department.

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Photo of Billolick
3.7/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Growler filled up at Yorktown Beer and soda, Yorktown, NY, $9.99 (yeah my closest beer store now has 8 taps for fresh growlers)

Pours near black, moderate darker mocha head, goes to a thick collar and leaves ample thicker lacing.

Light chocolate and darker grains in the nose.

More chocolate, minor coffee note noted, dark grains, moderate sweetness. On the lighter side bodywise. Nothing special, respectable dark lager, easy drinker. Nice long finish, with lingering coffee grains and lightly bitter chocolate. More slightly better then middle of the road beer from hit or miss Magic Hat.

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Photo of dcevans
4/5  rDev +8.4%

Photo of Mora2000
4/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Beer pours a dark brown, almost black with a white head. The beer has some brownish-red highlights when held up to the light.

Smell is some roasted malts, with a little bit of chocolate and coffee. Taste follows the aroma, with lots of roasted flavor. The beer is a little thin in the mouth, but there is a creamy texture similar to what you would find in a milk stout. Overall this is a good beer that has a very good mix of flavor and low alcohol.

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Photo of livewire05
2/5  rDev -45.8%

Photo of kingcrowing
3.83/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Sample poured into a tasting glass at Magic Hat.

Pours a dark brown almost black, with a little lasing. Smell is very yeasty and roasty.

Taste is sweet, coffee and chocolate, low carbonation makes it very smooth and rich. Awesome winter beer, very tasty and malty, really surprising this is a lager!

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Photo of RTEdmunds
3.65/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

poured from 12 oz bottle into a pint glass.

very dark, with a nice creamy looking (albeit smallish) head.

smells malty and roasty. can't really detect hops in the aroma.

tastes smokey and sweet. light on the hops

feels a bit thin, with average carbonation.

overall a pretty good brew.

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Photo of virinow
4/5  rDev +8.4%

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Howl from Magic Hat Brewing Company
83 out of 100 based on 435 ratings.