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Howl - Magic Hat Brewing Company

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946 Ratings

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Ratings: 946
Reviews: 434
rAvg: 3.67
pDev: 14.44%
Wants: 33
Gots: 48 | 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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3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

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3/5  rDev -18.3%

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3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

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3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

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3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

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4/5  rDev +9%

Photo of jneiswender
2.65/5  rDev -27.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured out of a 12oz bottle into a perfect pint. Served cool.

Pours a reddish black body and a thick beige head. Clean lager yeast smell. Faint chocolate and metal. Light herb and flower. Smoked malt surprises you. Burnt toast. Very subtle chocolate. Faint hop flavor in there too. Well carbonated. Somewhat dry. Complex. Interesting. But I kind of like this style being smooth. Have more of a chocolate feel to it. A bit too coarse for me.

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3/5  rDev -18.3%

Photo of tdm168
3.98/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours pitch black with a half of an inch of brown, soft, dense, head that has great retention. The nose smells of roasted malt and faint coffee. The taste is similar to the nose. Tastes primarily of deep, roasted malt and coffee. There are very faint chocolate notes in the finish. The mouthfeel is medium bodied, smooth, and rich, and the carbonation gives it a little crispness.

This is a solid beer. It's definitely one of the better offerings from Magic Hat. I have this beer every winter.

Photo of aranheaney
3.53/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a DFH Snifter:

A-Black, a bit of head that's gone quickly, no lace

S-Roast, a touch of hops, a bit of cocoa

T-better than the nose, it started out as pretty mild, but finished with some good hops and malt

M-maybe a bit too over carbonated, but it was decent overall

O-it's ok, just not memorable, which I should have remembered from when I had it before

Photo of chasmandocharles
4.5/5  rDev +22.6%

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3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

Photo of burnerfinger
3.75/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

poured from the 12 oz bottle into my new belgium goblet:

A: pours dark as cola - builds up a cafe colored head that settles all to quickly.

S sweet, malty to the nose

T and the taste follows the nose, with a hit of bitter hops at the end

M - a bit on the lite side, but not too bad.

D - VERY drinkalbe, owing to the lite body and slight sweetness.
not bad at all but not as hi -end as I expected....

Photo of codon2004
3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

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4/5  rDev +9%

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4/5  rDev +9%

Photo of McNealc31
4.1/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

black as night, just like it boasts. With the creepy eyes of Bela Lugosi's Dracula on the label. Roasted malt and licorice dominate the aroma. A creamy smoothness starts the flavor, but it's quickly cut with a reasonable amount of hops and a dry finish. The roasted malt and anise flavors continue with the addition of wood and grapes. It's not a big and bashing beer, but it's got plenty of flavor.

Pretty nice schwarzbier here. Complex and balanced flavors, smooth to drink, and at only 4.6% ABV, it's nice to have a few on a long winter's night. The best thing I've had from Magic Hat.

Photo of Misfit138
4.2/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from bottle into pint glass

A- Nice dark chocolate color with a fizzy head that went away quickly

S- Sweet toffee and caramel malt with hints of roastiness

T- Nice flavor, more roasty than the nose-perhaps almost like coffee, with some hints of toffee and caramel

M- Medium in body with fair carbonation

O- Solid black lager, certainly enjoyable.

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3/5  rDev -18.3%

Photo of GossageBrewery
4.1/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured this Schwarzbier from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass. Poured a black color, produced a nice tan head, decent retention and nice lacing left behind on the glass. The aroma had hints of chocolate, coffee and roasted malt. Medium in body the beer had a nice roasted malt backbone, with flavors of chocolate and coffee shining through. There is a a bit of a bitter hop bite at the end, very impressive beer. This would make a great winter session beer. Hats off to Magic Hat on this one! Prost!

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4.5/5  rDev +22.6%

Photo of stckhndlr
3.75/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A- very dark with black cherry highlights. Minimal head maybe a finger, sandy colored that dies down quickly.

S- Coffee hit me as I was still pouring this one. Roasted coffee and chocolate notes fill the glass. Good strong smell.

T- Taste is just like the smell but it has a can kind of taste. Like a metallic bitterness. Roasted malt aftertaste. Also getting some faint dark fruit flavors in there as well.

M- Good smooth beer. Decent carbonation

O- Not a bad beer. Drinkable but nothing over complex about it. It's just simple. A nice change from the bigger, heavier complex beers.

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

12 oz. bottle.

Very dark maple syrup brown. Thin finger of creamy, tiny-bubbled, shady khaki head. Some lacing. Roasted coffee, dark chocolate, some fruit, tobacco, and earthy peat notes. Very nice.

Toasty roasty malt notes up front. Light metallic twang. Dark chocolate and coffee bitterness sits over faintly sweet vinous malts. Hops become woodier and slightly tannic. Roasty, dry finish. Moderate body. Pretty tasty and sessionable to boot!

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3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

Howl from Magic Hat Brewing Company
83 out of 100 based on 946 ratings.