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Howl - Magic Hat Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
83
good

914 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 914
Reviews: 434
rAvg: 3.67
pDev: 14.44%
Wants: 28
Gots: 39 | 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)
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brodah

New York

1/5  rDev -72.8%

12-18-2011 00:01:52 | More by brodah
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chippo33

Vermont

1.25/5  rDev -65.9%

03-13-2013 22:59:27 | More by chippo33
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ProfessorHomer

New York

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!

Serving type: bottle

01-17-2010 17:39:09 | More by ProfessorHomer
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seanbren


1.5/5  rDev -59.1%

03-29-2012 14:01:03 | More by seanbren
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wells9uk

Kentucky

1.5/5  rDev -59.1%

07-06-2012 23:33:41 | More by wells9uk
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phishbone23

New York

1.5/5  rDev -59.1%

01-23-2013 19:52:00 | More by phishbone23
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jtierney89

New Jersey

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.

Serving type: on-tap

11-28-2011 01:41:31 | More by jtierney89
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crhensel

New Jersey

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.

Serving type: bottle

01-01-2010 03:15:18 | More by crhensel
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livewire05

Georgia

2/5  rDev -45.5%

01-06-2012 04:03:59 | More by livewire05
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olinwp

Delaware

2/5  rDev -45.5%

07-06-2014 17:03:13 | More by olinwp
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chrispoint

Connecticut

2/5  rDev -45.5%

02-20-2012 18:14:39 | More by chrispoint
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BeerdNick


2.25/5  rDev -38.7%

05-12-2012 05:40:56 | More by BeerdNick
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BGsWo22

New York

2.25/5  rDev -38.7%

03-20-2013 23:26:25 | More by BGsWo22
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Beerdudenumberone

Indiana

2.25/5  rDev -38.7%

12-10-2012 00:09:09 | More by Beerdudenumberone
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Didier

New Hampshire

2.25/5  rDev -38.7%

07-13-2012 02:08:47 | More by Didier
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austinhensley

Tennessee

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.

Serving type: bottle

12-12-2010 17:38:02 | More by austinhensley
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Sagehawk

Pennsylvania

2.5/5  rDev -31.9%

02-08-2012 23:17:19 | More by Sagehawk
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freduardo

Alabama

2.5/5  rDev -31.9%

01-02-2012 17:00:54 | More by freduardo
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sansho

California

2.5/5  rDev -31.9%

02-11-2012 21:15:00 | More by sansho
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gungoat

Tennessee

2.5/5  rDev -31.9%

03-06-2012 23:18:21 | More by gungoat
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maryd837

Ohio

2.5/5  rDev -31.9%

02-07-2012 06:47:29 | More by maryd837
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Metal4Breakfast

Florida

2.5/5  rDev -31.9%

02-25-2012 00:11:33 | More by Metal4Breakfast
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jmo2k1


2.5/5  rDev -31.9%

03-26-2012 04:15:32 | More by jmo2k1
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wertschy

Pennsylvania

2.5/5  rDev -31.9%

02-09-2012 23:08:42 | More by wertschy
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Beerman1221

New Hampshire

2.5/5  rDev -31.9%

05-02-2012 21:21:36 | More by Beerman1221
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Howl from Magic Hat Brewing Company
83 out of 100 based on 914 ratings.