1. Extreme Beer Fest. March 20 & 21, 2015 in Boston, Mass. Join us!
  2. The wait is over! Download the BeerAdvocate app on iTunes or Google Play now.
  3. Get 12 issues / year of BeerAdvocate magazine for only $9.99!

Howl - Magic Hat Brewing Company

Not Rated.

Displayed for educational use only; do not reuse.

945 Ratings

(view ratings)
Ratings: 945
Reviews: 434
rAvg: 3.67
pDev: 14.44%
Wants: 34
Gots: 46 | 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:
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

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 09-18-2009)
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Usefulness | Recent | High | Low | Top Raters | Read the Alström Bros Beer Reviews and Beer Ratings of Howl Alström Bros
« first ‹ prev | 1-25 | 26-50 | 51-75  | next › last »
Ratings: 945 | Reviews: 434 | Display Reviews Only:
Photo of brodah
1/5  rDev -72.8%

brodah, Dec 18, 2011
Photo of chippo33
1.25/5  rDev -65.9%

chippo33, Mar 13, 2013
Photo of ProfessorHomer
1.5/5  rDev -59.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

I loved their organic brand Orlio Black Lager, after it was "retired" me and a beer club buddy hoarded a case of it to enjoy over the past year. When one of Magic Hat's local reps told us this past summer it was being resurrected under the Magic Hat name, we were thrilled! Owing to its heritage, I actually bought a case of this, taste untested, for our beer club and personal consumption because I had that much confidence in its potential. I even bought the first beers being stocked by my local Beverage Mart. D'oh! Was I ever mistaken! My bottle had the distinct aroma and taste of dog poop. Not that I know what dog poop tastes like, mind you, but that frigging dog poop smell permeated this beer. I still can't get the stink out of my nostrils when thinking of this beer.

IMO, this is a completely failed beer. I gave away the entire case. I was that disgusted by its dog poopyness. I will bet that Magic Hat spent more time designing the label for this (alleged) beer then was spent in tending to its brewing. P-U - this beer stinks!

ProfessorHomer, Jan 17, 2010
Photo of seanbren
1.5/5  rDev -59.1%

seanbren, Mar 29, 2012
Photo of wells9uk
1.5/5  rDev -59.1%

wells9uk, Jul 07, 2012
Photo of phishbone23
1.5/5  rDev -59.1%

phishbone23, Jan 23, 2013
Photo of jtierney89
1.65/5  rDev -55%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

pours pretty dark, but not black, more a very deep brown. Head retention has been amazing. Smells heavily of charcoal, leather and bitter coffee. Not the most appetizing of scents. Medium to light in body with some toffee caramel and chocolate tastes present but coffee flavor dominates the beer once it finishes. I don't know what to pin point about the beer exactly that I don't like, but im not liking. It might be the flavors, possibly if they were a bit subdued it'd be alright but the flavors present in this beer aren't the flavors I wanna be punched in the face with.

jtierney89, Nov 28, 2011
Photo of crhensel
1.73/5  rDev -52.9%
look: 4 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1.5

(Bottle into mug) It looks nice! Poured a deep black with a half finger light brown head that hung on for quite a while. After that, well... nothing redeeming about it at all. The nose was reminiscent of an ashtray. All I could smell was smoke, and not the nice campfire kind.. the week old Marlboro kind -- it almost seems as the roasting went a little too far. I battled through and took a taste, but again, the burnt smoky flavor was too much. Let this one sit for a few minutes to let the air hit this and hopefully mellow some flavors and draw out others, but to no avail. Took another drink and that was it, I had to pour the rest. Bottle was dated 1/2010 and perhaps this was part of it, or I got a bad batch. I might have to try again next year to see if that was the case.

crhensel, Jan 01, 2010
Photo of dheldman
1.75/5  rDev -52.3%

dheldman, Today at 01:22 AM
Photo of livewire05
2/5  rDev -45.5%

livewire05, Jan 06, 2012
Photo of olinwp
2/5  rDev -45.5%

olinwp, Jul 06, 2014
Photo of chrispoint
2/5  rDev -45.5%

chrispoint, Feb 20, 2012
Photo of BeerdNick
2.25/5  rDev -38.7%

BeerdNick, May 12, 2012
Photo of BGsWo22
2.25/5  rDev -38.7%

BGsWo22, Mar 20, 2013
Photo of Beerdudenumberone
2.25/5  rDev -38.7%

Beerdudenumberone, Dec 10, 2012
Photo of Didier
2.25/5  rDev -38.7%

Didier, Jul 13, 2012
Photo of austinhensley
2.28/5  rDev -37.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 2

Bottle poured into mug. Didn't know what I was getting into, I don't like black beers. Just saw winter seasonal and snagged it. Poured black with 1/2in light brown head. Smells alright, but the coffee taste just doesn't sit well with me. Exceptionally smooth mouthfeel. For folks who enjoy this kind of beer I would recommend it, but I don't think I will be having another.

austinhensley, Dec 12, 2010
Photo of Sagehawk
2.5/5  rDev -31.9%

Sagehawk, Feb 08, 2012
Photo of freduardo
2.5/5  rDev -31.9%

freduardo, Jan 02, 2012
Photo of sansho
2.5/5  rDev -31.9%

sansho, Feb 11, 2012
Photo of gungoat
2.5/5  rDev -31.9%

gungoat, Mar 06, 2012
Photo of maryd837
2.5/5  rDev -31.9%

maryd837, Feb 07, 2012
Photo of Metal4Breakfast
2.5/5  rDev -31.9%

Metal4Breakfast, Feb 25, 2012
Photo of jmo2k1
2.5/5  rDev -31.9%

jmo2k1, Mar 26, 2012
Photo of wertschy
2.5/5  rDev -31.9%

wertschy, Feb 09, 2012
« first ‹ prev | 1-25 | 26-50 | 51-75  | next › last »
Howl from Magic Hat Brewing Company
83 out of 100 based on 945 ratings.