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Howl - Magic Hat Brewing Company

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913 Ratings

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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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3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

12-24-2012 02:04:58 | More by Karma
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3.25/5  rDev -11.4%

09-11-2013 01:32:00 | More by Saison9s
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New York

4.33/5  rDev +18%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Great beer! Perfect for winter. Nice roasted, caramal taste.
There was a nice foamy head on the beer after I poured it. The smell is truly fantasic. The body is full, but not thick like a stout.

Magic Hat nailed it with this brew. Stay inside and drink a few of these to keep you warm during the winter.

Enjoy, Cheers!

Serving type: bottle

12-04-2010 02:56:28 | More by NuggetNectar22
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2/5  rDev -45.5%

07-06-2014 17:03:13 | More by olinwp
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3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

02-25-2012 04:33:05 | More by MattyMcGovern
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4.5/5  rDev +22.6%

01-02-2012 01:37:09 | More by clarkley
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3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

12-19-2011 22:18:17 | More by rsinomega
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3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

08-19-2012 15:19:07 | More by PaperWizard
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3.7/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

A - Dark Full Body color.

S - Nice nutty nsmell.

T - Similar to some craft stouts that I have sampled. Full and rich.

M - Full with some carbonation.

D - I like the flavor and other characteristics, but as with me and most earthy beers, more than a couple would be a challenge.

Serving type: bottle

04-26-2010 23:40:37 | More by TtheGrey
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3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

01-02-2012 14:35:11 | More by Aggiedad
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3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

02-02-2012 21:12:00 | More by koopless
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4.75/5  rDev +29.4%

10-10-2012 01:07:23 | More by Dirrk
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3.68/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle with freshness date on the side.

A - This is a lager?! This beer is a very dark brown color. I could not see through the glass. Big head that fades fast, but leaves a decent thin layer after a few minutes.

S - Roasted malt with a hint of booze. Virtually no hops in the aroma. It smells good, and it's definitely unique, but it didn't blow me away.

T - Roasted malt, with a slight hop bitterness. Finally, some hops! Not that complex really. Think of a much darker, much thicker american lager.

M & D - Smoooth. Here I am, not really that impressed with this beer, yet half the glass is gone in a few minutes. It is really, really drinkable.

This a simple beer, but I definitely am enjoying it. Goes down smooth, and rates up there with one of the top lagers I've tasted (Sam Adams reigns supreme). I would have liked more hops, but the roasted malt tasty nonetheless.


Serving type: bottle

12-27-2010 23:12:23 | More by ccampo
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3/5  rDev -18.3%

01-23-2012 16:48:38 | More by callmeSteezy
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3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

01-22-2012 21:26:18 | More by robbieb13
Photo of bier_uber_alles

3.98/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From bottle to pint glass.
beer is dark, but not heavy. a moderate head with decent retention. lacing present as beer is quaffed.

smell is typical of the style - coffee, toffee, chocolate, yeast and a little bit of something burnt.

tastes great and is identical to the scent of the beer.

kinda watery but in a good, refreshing way. light on the carbonation.

a swell offering from magic hat. not as good as Monchshof or Kostritzer, but very close

Serving type: bottle

04-12-2012 13:27:59 | More by bier_uber_alles
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3.75/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours a nice dark ruby color in a pint glass, this beer really has a forward coffee aroma with some caramel in the nose as well. Taste is balanced but I personally feel like coffee comes to the forefront. Not as aggressive as Sam Adams black and brew as previously mentioned, the coffee is there but also some nice burnt malt finished by a nice slight bitterness. Delicious, very sessionable brew. The mouthfeel is on par with other Schwarzbiers, not thick like a stout, much thinner. Would drink this again, I enjoyed it very much.

Serving type: bottle

12-26-2011 23:44:38 | More by Waltherpk380
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3.8/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured a rich black with hints of red and brown around the edges with a thick creamy off white head full of chunky bubbles which held on all the way down the glass. Nice.

Smelled of coffee and dark bitter chocolate as well as maltyness.

Tasted much as it smelled with the java leading the way and chocolate notes in the background with a good balance of sweet and bitter.

Had a smooth soft mouthfeel.

This beer finished dry but lingered on the palate.

I could drink another but thats about all.

Over all I enjoyed this beer.

Serving type: bottle

01-21-2011 03:59:16 | More by Jeffro96
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4/5  rDev +9%

11-22-2011 22:17:03 | More by CharlieWilkinson
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Ontario (Canada)

3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

02-06-2012 03:13:56 | More by Hiccups
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4/5  rDev +9%

04-03-2012 19:17:55 | More by FullClip
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4.25/5  rDev +15.8%

05-29-2012 01:44:17 | More by BonzoTour
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New York

4/5  rDev +9%

09-16-2013 23:30:10 | More by jbuchberg
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New York

4/5  rDev +9%

12-31-2011 23:29:01 | More by GuinnessDude7
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3.08/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

dark brown cola color that has a strong coffee or even chocolate smell with the same flavor of chocolate coffee and toffee. this beer has good carbonation and medium to good lacing and retention. This beer has quite a bitter after taste that stays on the palate. Definitely not a fast drinking beer. Not a big blackbeer fan and would not buy it again but I could drink another one.

Serving type: bottle

11-27-2010 22:37:31 | More by thomasdidymus55
Howl from Magic Hat Brewing Company
83 out of 100 based on 913 ratings.