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Howl - Magic Hat Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
83
good

913 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 913
Reviews: 434
rAvg: 3.67
pDev: 14.44%
Wants: 28
Gots: 38 | 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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jmmy3

Massachusetts

3/5  rDev -18.3%

05-04-2013 07:44:11 | More by jmmy3
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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%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

12-02-2010 23:04:59 | More by nasty15108
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mlefebvre7

Massachusetts

2.75/5  rDev -25.1%

09-01-2013 00:47:51 | More by mlefebvre7
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BeerNemesis

New York

3.93/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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

Serving type: bottle

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

Connecticut

3.9/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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!

Serving type: bottle

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

Georgia

3.63/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

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

Minnesota

3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

04-26-2012 22:21:56 | More by Cooper
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uwmgdman

Wisconsin

4.1/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

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

Pennsylvania

4.4/5  rDev +19.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

12-21-2009 00:44:42 | More by mempath
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Chickenhawk9932

Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

It is a deep burnt umber with a light brown head. More brown than black but definitely dark.
Cap reads "no rain, no rainbows."

In the nose is roasted oats and sweet cereal.

The fullness of the grain coats the palate followed by the slight sweetness, then finnishing dry with a slight bitterness. This has balance and complexity - quite delightful.

Serving type: bottle

11-03-2010 20:20:55 | More by Chickenhawk9932
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robieobie1

Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

03-16-2012 01:58:15 | More by robieobie1
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ToddT

Pennsylvania

4.05/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Black liquid with lots of fine bubbles rising to the top. Head is a thin cap of tan that last forever and leaves some little spots of lace on the glass.

S- Lightly roasted malt, caramel and light nutty notes.

T- Medium roasted malt, coco, and then some coffee notes at the finish. A roasted and slightly smoked flavor carries through from beginning to end; there is a slight final note of hops at the finish. Finish is clean and dry

M- A little thin, not expecting a heavy body but this seems a little watery to me. Carbonation is a right on for the style.

D- Very drinkable and at 4.6% ABV this could be a session beer,

Different take on a Schwarzbier, and a nice one at that.

Serving type: bottle

03-15-2010 03:11:05 | More by ToddT
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SalMineo

Massachusetts

3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

04-16-2012 17:29:39 | More by SalMineo
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Can_has_beer

Texas

2.75/5  rDev -25.1%

06-01-2014 23:57:27 | More by Can_has_beer
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AWS2111

Pennsylvania

3/5  rDev -18.3%

01-04-2012 18:31:04 | More by AWS2111
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Dougwillhike

New Jersey

4/5  rDev +9%

05-14-2014 16:53:01 | More by Dougwillhike
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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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bushbeer75

Michigan

3.48/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 oz brown bottle with best enjoyed by date of February 28, 2011 and consumed on 12/26/10

Magic Hat HOWL Winter Seasonal poured a dark brown with red highlights producing a 2-finger tan bubbly fizzy head that left behind chunky but straggly lacing. The nose is malty, a little nutty and roasty. The taste matches the nose - beginning with a mild dark roast character followed by flavors of nuts and coffee.

Magic Hat is a session brew due to its lower ABV and less filling lighter/mellow flavor - a little thinner than I expected.

Serving type: bottle

03-02-2011 22:46:13 | More by bushbeer75
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jlenik

New Jersey

3.53/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

a: dark but not pitch black. against the light you can see some dark red break through.

s: malt and water.

t: reminds me a of a porter only not as intense. coffee flavors mixed with smokeyness.

m: clean and crisp.

d: I need more Schwarzbier in my life. Very complex for such a sessionable beer.

Serving type: bottle

01-15-2011 23:17:51 | More by jlenik
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Antonius08

Florida

3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

01-06-2012 03:14:59 | More by Antonius08
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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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Spineypanda

Texas

3.9/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark thick black/dark brown. Head is nice with a decent retention time.
Smells of roasted malts, even though the style does not usually lean towards that.
Tastes a bit like a syrupy smoky taste. Has a good taste and is so easy to drink!

Try this beer, it is a great winter beer.

Serving type: bottle

12-03-2009 01:21:28 | More by Spineypanda
Howl from Magic Hat Brewing Company
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