Howl - Magic Hat Brewing Company
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4/5 rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
I picked up a bottle of Magic Hat's Howl last week for $1.49 at The Lager Mill. I haven't had a Black Lager in a while so I thought I would take a chance on this one from Magic Hat, this brewery can be hit or miss for me but I am hoping for the best, so lets see how it goes. No visible bottling date. Poured from a brown 12oz bottle into a imperial pint glass.
A- I like the label on this beer, it looks good and has a cool dark Halloween look that makes it stick out. It poured a nice looking dark brown color that had some slightly ruby edges when held to the light and it had three fingers worth of fluffy tan head that died down to a thin layer that stayed till the end and left some nice lacing. This is a good looking Schwarzbier.
S- The first thing that I pick up in the aroma is loads of roasted dark malts that had a low amount of sweetness to it and imparted some roasty and grainy aromas. There was also a pretty noticeable nutty aroma, one reviewer said it smells like powdered cheerios and I would say that's a pretty good description. I didn't pick up any hops in the aroma of this beer. This beer has a nice roasty aroma and the nutty/powdered cheerios aroma gives this beer a pretty unique aroma for it's style.
T- The taste of this beer is very similar to the aroma. It starts off with loads of medium roasted malts that have a low amount of sweetness and impart a nice a grainy and roasty flavor and a slight sweet chocolate flavor. After that came a nice nutty flavor that really stuck out and it helped balance out all those roasted malts. I didn't pick up any hops in the flavor of this beer. The finish was slightly roasty, with a low amount of bitterness and it had an aftertaste that was full of roasted malts, grains, and some nuts, the nutty flavors seemed to stick around. This was a good an unique tasting Schwarzbier, the nutty flavors adds some complexity to this otherwise straight forward brew.
M- Smooth, crisp, on the light side of being medium bodied and it had a high amount of medium carbonation. The mouthfeel was good and what it should be for a Black Lager.
Overall I thought that this was a good and solid Schwarzbier that managed to stick out from the crowd with some added nutty flavors and aromas that made it one of the more complex Schwarzbier's I have had to date. This beer has good drinkability, it has enough flavor to hold my attention, while going down very smooth and not being too filling, if I had another one I would drink it, I could maybe do four of these in a session without getting bored with it. What I liked most about this beer was pretty much everything, all aspects of this beer seemed to be right where they should be. There wasn't anything about this beer that I didn't like or would change, this beer doesn't need to messed with. I would buy this beer again when looking for a nice and sessionable Black Lager, this makes for a good darker beer to have with dinner and it paired nicely with a bowl of chili. I recommend giving this beer a try, the extra nutty flavors make this not your average Black Lager. I was impressed by this beer, I don't have the best history with Magic Hat beers, but this proved to be one solid Schwarzbier that proved to be pretty unique with the added nutty flavors, I know this beer isn't a traditional take on this style, but it comes together nicely and tastes good so I'm not holding that against them. IF you are leery about giving Magic Hat another try, man up and try this beer, it might change your mind about this brewery. This isn't my favorite Schwarzbier but it is one of the better and more unique ones that I have had.
Serving type: bottle
01-06-2012 04:49:47 | More by StoutHunter
3.45/5 rDev -6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5
12oz into a DFH snifter.
Dark pour, darker than expected, with a full 1/2 inch of foam that stuck around for a while but leaves little lacing, just bubbles.
Rich malt aroma with a touch of powdered cheerios.
There really isn't much in the flavor. Which means there's little wrong as well. Flat, even malt with a touch of a wine aftertaste.
It's easy to drink. I find I only typically notice this style when there is a major flaw so perhaps my reviews aren't as kind, or as geared towards the style, as they should be. The mouthfeel here is a touch to the watery, but there is still a crispness to it.
Easy to drink. I know, I know not a true "session" but there is more here than meets the eye and, while not challenging, it is a nice darker brew to enjoy several of in a sitting.
Serving type: bottle
01-02-2012 21:56:48 | More by CooperEllis
3.98/5 rDev +8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Not black as night but pretty close and near opaque which is quite a feat for a beer as clear as this. Smell is luscious with roasted grains, cocoa, coffee, burnt caramel and English style hops. Earthy and mild. A gentle fruitiness flows through. Taste is more of the same with a big charcoal bitterness. Dark roasted malt and smokey grains in the front with some mild sweetness. A touch of soap in the finish before more char and leafy hops and hop oiliness. Nice chewy feel that does not impede drinkability with an active carbonation. A very nice winter session ale that is begging for big smokey meats and cheeses.
Serving type: bottle
12-31-2011 04:20:27 | More by scootny
Howl from Magic Hat Brewing Company
83 out of 100 based on 913 ratings.