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Howl - Magic Hat Brewing Company

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924 Ratings

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Ratings: 924
Reviews: 434
rAvg: 3.67
pDev: 14.44%
Wants: 28
Gots: 40 | 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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Photo of cdizinno

South Carolina

2.9/5  rDev -21%

A: Dark brown with a thin tan head and minimal lacing.

S: Fruity sweetness with little or no hops.

T&M: Roasted molasses and caramel are prominent in the tast. Light to medium body with toasted caramel finish.

Better than most Magic Hat's, but weak in substance.

01-23-2010 21:26:02 | More by cdizinno
Photo of tehawful


2.93/5  rDev -20.2%

Magic Hat's Howl pours just short of pitch black with a nice light-tan head. Roasted malts, coffee and chocolate are all present upon the smell.

The roasted characters come out more in the taste, supported by the strong presence of bitter coffee. There is a little bit of chocolate in there, but it struggles to compete with the roasted malt/coffee. There is also a smokiness which is pretty pleasant, probably my favorite part of the experience. Howl finishes pretty dry, as the bitter coffee lingers into a mildly dry, leafy hop finish. I enjoyed the smokiness of this Schwarzbier, but I feel like the roasted flavors overpower some of the more subtle qualities. Overall, it has decent drinkability, but I don't know if I care for it enough to try it again anytime soon.

12-01-2010 01:09:05 | More by tehawful
Photo of thekanna


2.95/5  rDev -19.6%

A: Pours a thin dark brown with a decent tan, foamy head.

S: Aroma is of faint sourness, roasted malts, and medicinal hops.

T: Sour, roasted hops with a slight herbal medicine quality, capped off by a strong bitterness.

M: Strong, biting carbonation.

D: Interesting style, but I can't say I'm a huge fan of this Schwarzbier.

11-19-2009 04:50:42 | More by thekanna
Photo of mgbickel


2.95/5  rDev -19.6%

Poured into a pint glass. Slowly formed a 2 finger light tan head that had some surprising staying power and lacing. The body is a deep chestnut with dark amber edges. Starting off great!

Has a grainy, malty aroma with some organic undertones...apples and earth come to mind.

No where near as flavorful as the appearance would suggest...bummer. Malty and woody to start with a slight coppery, bitter kick at the finish.

Pretty thin mouth feel with lots of carbonation...again not what I expected based upon the pour.

Not a bad beer, but not what I wanted/expected...lacking in the flavor and mouth feel departments.

12-10-2009 03:32:40 | More by mgbickel
Photo of BobThomas


2.95/5  rDev -19.6%

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass.

A: Looks very dark, but looks translucent and granite colored when held up to the light. 3/4 foamy off white head.

S: Cocoa at first, some coffee, diarrhea (off putting to say the least), chalk dust.

T: The flavor is led by roasted malts, hints of cocoa, chalk, earth, and a vague hint of citrus.

M: The beer is light but feels full in the mouth with a good amount of carbonation.

D: Alcohol isn't at all noticeable, and I would be able to drink a bunch of these if it actually tasted better.

This was my first magic hat beer in almost 3 years. I probably won't have another for at least that long.

01-26-2011 02:46:30 | More by BobThomas
Photo of Kooz

New York

2.95/5  rDev -19.6%

Poured from a bottle into a Sam Adams pint glass.

Not quite black as night--more of a dark brownish-amber. Tan head that starts out pretty thick and stays for the length of the beer.

Smells of malt and molasses. Fairly nice.

Tastes a bit bitter and burnt, but has a mildly sweet aftertaste that fades into a mellow maltiness.

Mouthfeel is a bit harsher than expected. Sharp at first and has a very sharp (not crisp) bite. Somewhat creamy and thick on swishing, but not enough to outweigh the overbite!

Overall, this beer is a bit too much for me to drink regularly. It's not bad, but I'll pass next time.

04-22-2011 23:53:40 | More by Kooz
Photo of bubseymour


2.98/5  rDev -18.8%

Poured into a Sam Adams glass.

Appearance - very nice pour, dark as night (as advertised) and a great 2 finger head with solid tiny bubbled carbonation

Smell - to me this is where it throws the beer off. The aroma to me smells like a burnt coffee pot or food that fell onto a hot stovetop and turned to char. THis was something I just can't get over and holds this beer back for me.

Taste - Surprisingly this beer tastes a little like a Guiness but with hardly any noticable hops and the burnt smell. It is smooth and flavors are mild througout.

Mouthfeel - very rich and creamy. Nice mouthfeel.

Drinkability - seems like a very drinkable beer if you can get over the smell.

Overall - A decent effort from Magic Hat and most parts of this beer seem to work, but the smell alone keeps me from wanting to return to this beer.

01-02-2011 00:30:08 | More by bubseymour
Photo of JMforman


2.98/5  rDev -18.8%

A- A dark brown body with a toasty tan head. Very good retention and excellent lacing throughout.

S- Musty, toasted malt, very faint hops.

T- Burnt bread, toasted malt, raw cocoa, lager yeast (don't really know any other way to describe it)

M- Medium mouthfeel. Nothing special.

D- Fairly drinkable. I had it ice cold like most lagers, but I'd be interested to try it at a warmer temperature to see what flavors come out.

11-11-2010 02:45:36 | More by JMforman
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2.98/5  rDev -18.8%

A - The beer pours a deep rich brown that could almost be mistaken for black. The head fills the pint glass perfectly to the brim (2 inches at first and then slowly fades to a few cm.)

S - The aroma is simple, but in its simplicity it places the style perfectly with a nice malty sweetness and hints of toasted nuts and chocolate.

T - The sweet malt takes an immediate pungent turn that is almost sickening, but then fades to a bitter roasted chocolate. I'm not sure what that pungent malt and grain flavor is in the middle, but its terrible! The beer finishes on a really tasty roasted chocolate that I love, so I'm inclined to take another swig and when I do I'm met with that terrible pungent flavor. At least they finish on a strong point that makes me come back for more.

M - Medium to light body with solid carbonation.

I need to remind myself not to pick this one up again. The fact that it finishes on such a strong note may leave me with the impression that it was a good beer, but the majority of the flavor is really off putting. It's sad, but my last few Magic Hat beers have really let me down.

10-25-2010 14:52:48 | More by jlandis
Photo of BeerKangaroo


2.99/5  rDev -18.5%

Into a pint glass:

A: dark mahogany colored body with a tiny white head that dies fairly quickly

S: coffee, almost overbearing

T: coffee comes back with light hops, almost barely noticeable

M: medium/heavy, not that sessionable at all, thick coffee aftertaste and finish

O: decent for the style, however this is a "meal" beer, too heavy for me and with the low ABV, I was confused why it felt as heavy as it did

12-17-2011 19:31:02 | More by BeerKangaroo
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New York

3/5  rDev -18.3%

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3/5  rDev -18.3%

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3/5  rDev -18.3%

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3/5  rDev -18.3%

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3/5  rDev -18.3%

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3/5  rDev -18.3%

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New York

3/5  rDev -18.3%

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3/5  rDev -18.3%

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North Carolina

3/5  rDev -18.3%

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3/5  rDev -18.3%

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3/5  rDev -18.3%

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3/5  rDev -18.3%

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3/5  rDev -18.3%

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3/5  rDev -18.3%

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3/5  rDev -18.3%

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Howl from Magic Hat Brewing Company
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