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Howl - Magic Hat Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
83
good

926 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 926
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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CaptJackHarkness

New York

4.35/5  rDev +18.5%

Twelve ounce bottle, cap says " Undressing. Distressing or a Blessing?"

Pours a very deep shade of brown with large frothy beige/tan head. Head sadly reduces quickly though. Aroma of spiced coffee and Chocolate. Taste is Coffee and hops, perfectly balanced. Good feel on the tounge, warming and welcome.

12-15-2011 00:24:55 | More by CaptJackHarkness
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RWLawman

North Carolina

3/5  rDev -18.3%

09-19-2012 20:17:44 | More by RWLawman
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CBlack85

South Carolina

3.9/5  rDev +6.3%

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a DFH shaped pint glass.

Beer pours a deep dark brown (nearly black) with lots of ruby highlights when held up to the light. About two fingers worth of tan head recedes into a thin crown fairly quickly, leaving behind a small amount of lacing.

The aroma is mild, but enjoyable. It is comprised mainly of roasted malts, chocolate, and a mild coffee aroma. There are also an earthy quality. No real hop aroma to speak of.

The flavor is fairly well balanced between the roasted grains, caramel malts, coffee and chocolate. To a lesser degree there is a faint smokiness, and a light hop presence that is barely noticable. Medium bodied and moderately carbonated. Very easy to drink.

One of my favorite styles, and this one doesn't disappoint. I went into this beer with low expectations, but was pleasantly surprised.

01-17-2012 13:02:54 | More by CBlack85
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sebaastionb

Virginia

3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

05-12-2014 00:49:14 | More by sebaastionb
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depechemode1983

Texas

3.48/5  rDev -5.2%

A - Black appearance, dark brown when held to the light. Head is tan and vanishes quickly. Lacing is splotchy and little.

S - Roasted coffee, roasted grains, caramel and a hint of chocolate.

T - Burnt coffee, a hint of bitter hops, toffee, and dark chocolate. Everything is there just seems a bit distant. Really gotta dig for em.

M - Medium bodied, smooth and with soft carbonation. Finish is dry.

O - Pretty good when I comes down to it. A lot better than most of the American interpretations Iv'e tried.

04-04-2012 18:34:18 | More by depechemode1983
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ThaBobfather

Ohio

3.93/5  rDev +7.1%

This is retired? When did that happen, I still see six-packs of this stuff all over the place!
It's also better than half their stuff available here in Cinci, but I digress.
Pours nearly perfectly. It's pure blackness with a nice topping of medium brown head. Basically exactly what I want in a Dunkel.
Smell has a weak toasted malt/coffee element which is solid.
Taste has some good roast notes, again with the weak coffee flavor which adds depth to the taste.
Mouthfeel leaves a good sampling on my palate with a decent roast malt after-taste.
Drinks very well but perhaps ramping this up a notch will make it more impressive.

12-16-2009 19:46:03 | More by ThaBobfather
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DaveBlack

Virginia

3.38/5  rDev -7.9%

A: Brown and slightly cloudy, with maybe a finger's width of tan head with and OK amount of retention and some decent lacing.

S: Maltiness, almost exclusively. Slightly roasted malts, coffee, and maybe a slight pine aroma from the hops.

T: Wow, has a flavor that the aroma barely hints at. Deep malty flavor, lots of coffee and well balanced on the hops. The more I taste, though, the more i get a kind of medicinal flavor that is pretty off-putting.

M: Medium bodied with a good amount of carbonation. Fells relatively light for the flavor.

D: It's a pretty decent beer, but the medicinal taste is throwing me off. Its light feeling body and deep roasty taste make it drinkable. I will certainly finish my six pack, but i don't intend to seek this beer out.

01-06-2011 23:57:00 | More by DaveBlack
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king75

Michigan

3.9/5  rDev +6.3%

A-very dark, pitch black even, a solid inch of creamy colored head.

S-can pick up the scent of chocolate, coffee, and a smoky hickory aroma.

T- Am picking up a nice toned down dark chocolate flavor, a smooth hint of coffee, and a tinge of smoky flavor.

M- this one is medium bodied, smooth with a very light bitterness at the end, but yet very crisp.

D- a little too full bodied to drink several of, but for a good stand alone beer this one is solid.

02-16-2011 02:52:16 | More by king75
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9InchNails

New Jersey

4/5  rDev +9%

This has a very dark body with some ruby crimson-like color in the middle.
Light brown head that fizzled out to a creamy film. Some noticeable carbonation when I held it directly to the light.

Chocolate, caramel, brown sugar and some noticeable cereal grain. A surprisingly nice sweet aroma from a very bland, as of late company.

The taste is also pretty nice. Cocoa, brown sugar, roasted coffee, caramel, faint dark fruits and that cereal grain that I detected from the aroma is barely noticeable. The flavors aren't too in your face but the flavors work well together.

Light silk-like-water fills the mouth nicely. Creamy but not heavy at all. Carbonation is there but over-the-top. Very easy going down.

I was recommended by two people to try this. Something finally worth trying from Magic Hat. As of late, they really have been putting out some mediocre brews, except for this dark lager. Even if you feel you have been screwed over by Magic Hat and turned your back away from them; give this beer a try. It reminds me of a porter but not bitter.

10-29-2011 06:27:16 | More by 9InchNails
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mklinger

North Carolina

4.03/5  rDev +9.8%

Carefully poured into a pilsener glass. A huge head developed of extremely creamy tan over a nice black/dark brown liquid. The head is so thick it could be cut with a knife. Tons of beautiful lacing left behind. A really good looking beer.

Aroma has some slight roast astringency, a little bit of malt and a slight noble hop aroma. Not a ton going on aroma-wise.

Taste has some chocolate roast character, nice assertive bitterness, just a bit of malt. Very clean flavors. Very much a dark roasty pilsener which is just what schwarzbier should be. Nice taste.

Very well carbonated and a slightly thin mouthfeel (which is appropriate for this beer). Nice crisp beer. I enjoyed this beer a lot. I didn't necessarily expect it, but thought this was a very good beer.

12-19-2010 00:29:58 | More by mklinger
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Dougwillhike

New Jersey

4/5  rDev +9%

05-14-2014 16:53:01 | More by Dougwillhike
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smithmd4

New York

4/5  rDev +9%

12-31-2011 07:33:16 | More by smithmd4
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olympicgatorade

New Jersey

3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

05-03-2012 00:40:57 | More by olympicgatorade
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nasty15108

New York

3.53/5  rDev -3.8%

poured from a 12oz bottle into a Pint glass.

A - Poured a deep mahogany with a thick head of tan foam that subsided into a soapy film.

S - The smokey aroma of charcoal dominates with slightly herbal/liccorice undertones.

T - Smokey and slight medicinal. Some flavor of strong black coffee. Finishes off dry with a good amount of hoppy bitterness.

MF&D - Overall not a bad beer. I got much tastier and more pronounced as it warmed. Worth a try.

12-02-2010 23:04:59 | More by nasty15108
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uwmgdman

Wisconsin

4.1/5  rDev +11.7%

This brew pours clear dark brown bordering on black with a deep mahogany hue when held to the light. The head is moderate tan color but quickly diminished to a thin skim. The aroma is moderate-high roasted malt with a bit of chocolate and coffee. The flavor is moderate-high malt, roast and chocolate with just a but of acidic dryness. The hop bitterness is moderate-low and is complemented by roasted dryness. The body is medium and smooth and carbonation moderate. Overall a well made flavorful black lager that could be drank all night.

04-03-2010 01:30:02 | More by uwmgdman
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Arch578

Ohio

3/5  rDev -18.3%

08-01-2014 01:28:13 | More by Arch578
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mnrider

Connecticut

3.9/5  rDev +6.3%

12oz. Brown bottle. Pilsner glass.

A: Pours an almost moonless night black. Thin brown head with very little lacing.

S: Roasted malts with coffee and chocolate.

T/M: Roasted malts. Tastes like a porter but much thinner and watery. Don't taste much hops, but this brew is smooth. Finishes on the bitter side.

D: It's a good brew for sure. I'd get it again. Although it's nothing remarkable, as it's a little light on taste. Still very drinkable.

Cheers!

11-23-2009 01:45:44 | More by mnrider
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BeerNemesis

New York

3.93/5  rDev +7.1%

Howl | 330 ml. | 4.6% ABV | 2010

Brewer: Magic Hat Brewing Company
Style: Schwarzbier
Glass: pint

Appearance:
As "black as night" as the saying is hackneyed. My feeling is it could just as well be swigged straight out of the bottle as admired through a glass.

Aroma:
Roasted and nutty with a hint of dark chocolate. To bad they all smell stale. Maybe that's a bit harsh, since I actually quite like the aroma.

Taste:
Mild and roasty throughout. Touches of coffee, dark chocolate, and slippery, bitter hops phase in and out of sensory perception. The end is bitter and leafy, but not unpleasant.

Mouthfeel:
Light to medium-bodied and the carbonation is just right. It nips at the tongue just as flavor boredom sets in.

Harmony:
Eminently drinkable, but different enough--and it's mostly the mild, roasted flavor profile--to command attention beyond the first sip.

Would I get it again?:
Yeah, it can be a winter staple.

Bottled: ?
Served: December 6, 2010

12-07-2010 01:54:25 | More by BeerNemesis
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mempath

Pennsylvania

4.4/5  rDev +19.9%

dark as coal. some lacing.

sweet, smokey, sticky nose right off the bat.

some true chocolately malty hoppy art going on here in true balance. my second favorite non-hopbomb MH offering.

for all the suggestive notes going on, this isn't thick and sticky in the mouth. tastes great. a very drinkable winter brew.

12-21-2009 00:44:42 | More by mempath
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BryanK

New York

3.25/5  rDev -11.4%

08-10-2012 00:32:09 | More by BryanK
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Mavajo

Georgia

3.63/5  rDev -1.1%

Pours a slightly opaque black with obvious ruby highlites. Average tan head that retains reasonably well and leaves light to moderate lacing.

Nose is mostly roasty with subtle coffee. Taste brings the same as the nose with a certain earthiness. Not a particularly strong taste. I actually found it a bit boring at first but it got better as it warmed. Mouthfeel is probably medium overall but lighter than it looks. Medium carbonation. This beer actually tastes and feels a good bit like a porter, but with a bit more carbonation. Fairly drinkable.

11-19-2009 00:16:42 | More by Mavajo
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wvbrewcrew

West Virginia

3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

06-11-2014 01:26:30 | More by wvbrewcrew
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jeanphony

New York

3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

05-06-2012 22:11:59 | More by jeanphony
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Liverocks

Delaware

3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

06-29-2014 13:48:45 | More by Liverocks
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DLS168

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +9%

10-25-2012 02:31:48 | More by DLS168
Howl from Magic Hat Brewing Company
83 out of 100 based on 926 ratings.