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Howl - Magic Hat Brewing Company

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948 Ratings

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Ratings: 948
Reviews: 436
rAvg: 3.67
pDev: 14.44%
Wants: 36
Gots: 51 | 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:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 09-18-2009

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
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Photo of Rantingfury
3.6/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I poured from a bottle into a glass. It took three bottles to get enough of a head of foam to say it's tan colored, thin at best, and disappears rather fast... With some lacing. The color isn't solid black, but as dark as some stouts and porters. The nose was sweet, with caramel and perhaps brown sugary notes to the aroma. There wasn't any discernible hop aroma at all. The taste fell in line with the aroma, caramel and sweet malts. There was some carbonation and medium mouthfeel. It tried to cling to my palate.

Overall I gave the beer a 3.5 because the lack of foam, plus it was terribly sweet and not complex in taste. I expect more from something marked seasonal. It is a drinkable beer. I could drink these in lieu of the dessert course after a dinner.

Photo of TikiD
3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

Photo of sansho
2.5/5  rDev -31.9%

Photo of Ishogai
4.25/5  rDev +15.8%

Photo of zimm421
3.58/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a shaped pint glass. Appears a nice brown, but not quite black, color with a nice dark tan head. Head doesn't have great staying power, but does leave some decent lacing.

Nose is very sweet. Lots of caramel and toffee, with some good roasted flavors. Some coffee, but not a lot. Smell surprisingly has some good staying power. Taste is very similar to what I'm getting in the nose. Not overly impressed with the lack of complexity, but there's some decent things going on.

Mouthfeel is medium-to-heavy bodied with high carbonation. Overall, not too bad, not too impressive, but it will do.

Photo of TechTriumph
3.88/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle dated 01/16/12; Poured in a pint glass.

A - One inch light tan carbonated head with decent retention; Very dark brown in color and not quite black; Some, but not a lot of lacing left behind

S - Notes of wet grassy/earthy hops, roasted coffee beans, and a touch of chocolate; Earthy aroma is the dominant characteristic here

T - Good dose of earthy and grassy hops up front that give way to roasted coffee beans, toasted grains, and caramel flavors afterwards; Very mild bitterness present towards the end of the taste with subtle hints of chocolate as well

M - Very carbonated and a touch under medium bodied; Smooth and somewhat chalky mouthfeel that has a semi-dry finish

O - This is the first Schwarzbier that I can remember trying, and I found it to be pretty solid. The balance of hops and roasty malts, in combination with plentiful carbonation and a lighter body, make this a tasty and very drinkable brew. I've been in the mood for some lighter, more sessionable beers lately, and this one certainly satisfies.

Photo of Brewsed
3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

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

Poured into my Moncshof schwarzbier pokal a deep chocolate color with a ruby tinge,a thinner but well sustained light tan colored head atop.Chocolate aromas really stand out with a roast uderneath.Earthy and dry on the palate with some roasted coffee notes intertwined with unsweetened chocolate,again not much sweetness to be had here.Much dryer and more earthy than most I have had of the style but I like it.

Photo of wertschy
2.5/5  rDev -31.9%

Photo of jharkins07
3/5  rDev -18.3%

Photo of Sagehawk
2.5/5  rDev -31.9%

Photo of LJWalker
3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

Photo of kylehay2004
4/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: single finger head with nice circumferential lacing on a very black body with light passing through

S: sweet, little roasted malts. Nothing overwhelming here.

T: More roast in the taste which is semisweet and very smooth. Cocoa notes.

M: medium to full body and moderate to high carbonation. very smooth

Overall this one is very drinkable. The taste isn't amazing but its a nice beer to enjoy without any off-putting flavors.

Photo of manutd103
4/5  rDev +9%

Photo of turdadactyl
4/5  rDev +9%

Photo of maryd837
2.5/5  rDev -31.9%

Photo of DimeBox
3/5  rDev -18.3%

Photo of Trickyftk
4.5/5  rDev +22.6%

Photo of Hiccups
3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

Photo of Tigergalmd
4.5/5  rDev +22.6%

Photo of RTEdmunds
3.68/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

poured from 12 oz bottle into a pint glass.

very dark, with a nice creamy looking (albeit smallish) head.

smells malty and roasty. can't really detect hops in the aroma.

tastes smokey and sweet. light on the hops

feels a bit thin, with average carbonation.

overall a pretty good brew.

Photo of JohnK17
3/5  rDev -18.3%

Photo of kaufmaal
4.08/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Not as black as the bottle claims, but it is still a bit darker than some black lagers. Light tan head that fizzles to 1/8", plenty of carbonation. Deep red hues. Some coffee, a bit of vanilla on the nose and a hint of smoke. Grainy, smokey metallic taste; woody charcoal, toffee, coffee - all really interesting.

Photo of darkesthour
4/5  rDev +9%

Howl from Magic Hat Brewing Company
83 out of 100 based on 948 ratings.