Batch 622 - Magic Hat Brewing Company

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Batch 622Batch 622

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88
very good

10 Ratings
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Ratings: 10
Reviews: 9
rAvg: 4.11
pDev: 9.73%
Wants: 0
Gots: 0 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Magic Hat Brewing Company visit their website
Vermont, United States

Style | ABV
Smoked Beer |  ABV ?

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: taez555 on 12-08-2002)
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Reviews by paceyourself:
Photo of paceyourself
4/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I bought the variety pack just to get some and i wasn't disappointed. A clear red pour with a off-white head that disperses nicely. a mild fruity like aroma close to what you find in most other Magic Hat brews. The taste of caramel malt gives way to a smokey flavor that reminds me of the maple bacon i had for breakfast. Is it a scocth ale or rauchbier i don't know but i do know i like it. It would be nice if Magic Hat tries to make it again.

More User Reviews:
Photo of far333
4.7/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

This is one of my favorites. I first had it in the sampler 12 pack and had to get more. Whenever I buy a sampler, I ask the store owner/manager if I can switch a few bottles out of the sampler and steal 3 more 622's from another box. Some will allow it and some won't, but if they go for it it's nice to be able to go home with 6 bottles. I was at the Magic Hat brewery over the Thanksgiving weekend and tried it out of the tap, and it tasted even better, a little smoother with the smokey flavor toned down a bit. The smokey flavor comes from the addition of smoked beechwood chips during the boiling of the wort. Needless to say, I went home with a couple of growlers of the stuff.

Photo of WanderingFool
3.88/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Without knowing what kind of beer I'm drinking I found this one to be tasty and drinkable. It pours an orange/red color with an off white foamy head that quickly dissolves. Some lace is left behind on the side of the glass and surface of the beer. The aroma seems fruity and reminds me of a magic hat #9. The taste starts fruity, but quickly moves towards a malty caramel flavor. It finishes slightly tart with a hint of alcohol. A stickyness with a cherry flavor is left behind after each sip.

The carbonation seemed to fade about half way through the glass, but the flavor remained constant. Also, the aroma seemed a little odd to me. Other than that I thought it was a decent beer.

Photo of scottum
4.63/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Another fine brew from my friends at Magic Hat. Deep deep dark amber colored with a small head. This is my girlfriend's new favorite beer. Tastes very smokey, but it is quite smooth and has a very pleasant short aftertaste. Bought a few growlers to take home with me.

Photo of taez555
4.7/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

You have to admire a brewery that will release a beer and not tell you anything about it other than it's batch number. All part of the magic hat mystique. After the initial decaping of the mystery 622 with the south burlington vermont wisdom under the cap, the beer pours a dark amber body with a whitish almost purple 1/2 inch head. A subtle nose, with hints of malt, smoke and that classic magic hat yeast. The initial taste is a rather unexpected clean lighter body but with a full malt flavor. Undertones of chocolate, caramel and a distinct smoked malt immediatly scream scotch ale. Or as my girlfriend would say "it tastes like ham". 622 is balanced just right on the bittering end. Enough to give it a bitter taste but not overerly bitter. What I really like about 622 is the interplay of smoked malts and aroma hops which weren't as apparent with the first few sips. It's very subtle, but the smoked malt seems to get carried that extra step by the earthy aroma hop. My best guess is maybe english kent golding. The balance between the two is quite superb.

Overall I really like this beer, it's a shame you have to buy the mixed 12 pack to get only 3 of these. Most scotch ales tend to be either, overly smoky, indistiguishable from a rauchbier, or just another sterotypical ale with hints of smoke. This is on the other hand is very nice example of what american scotch ales can be. I really hope magic hat decides to put this beer into full rotation.

Photo of beernut7
4.05/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Given the fact that it can sometimes be difficult to ascertain the style of the brew behind a Magic Hat label, I am never skeptical as to the quality of beer within. This brew is no exception. Right off the bat the impression I get is that of a good scotch style ale. The aroma is malty and sweet with hints of honey and a bit of smoke. The deep copper color sits under a foamy thick tannish head. The smooth body supports initial hints of dark roasted malt followed by a peat smoky flavor. Very tasty and smooth with a decent kick.

Photo of kelticblood
3.65/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance was a dark cherry red that darkened upon standing.An average head that dissolved leaving rings of an off-white lace.Mouthfeel showed a full bodied heavy malted Ale with a slight crisp carbonation on the tongue.The taste and mouthfeel are much stronger than it looks.The malt overshadows anything else in the beer and makes it hard to decipher the other flavors.A bit bitter on the finish.Very strong with an ABV I'd say between 7to7.5.Alcohol is noted on the mouthfeel.Very dry on the palate.

Notes:Smoke,roasted malt and grains.I wish there beers werent such a mystery so i could rate them as to what they are trying to achieve.

Photo of Denali
3.53/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Clear dark orange-brown. White head.

Smell: Nothing very noticable. Perhaps a slight hops smell.

Tatse: Initially a citrus/pine hops flavor kicks in. The finish, however, is malty and bitter (a good bitterness). I was told this was a smoked beer, but I couldn't detect any of the smokiness. I enjoyed the taste of this nevertheless.

Mouthfeel: Finish was a little dry.

Drinkability: The alcohol was not overpowering. Very drinkable.

Photo of CharlesRiver
4/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours dark amber in color with a tiny white head that doesn't last. The smell is malty with a hint of something sweet. The initial taste is smoky and earthy. The finish is a bit bitter and dry. Not as malty as a Smoked or Scotch ale. Very complex and interesting over all. After about you finish about 1/4 of this beer the smoky flavor mellows out a bit. An interesting beer that I would like to try again.

Photo of jfcaa193
4/5  rDev -2.7%

Batch 622 from Magic Hat Brewing Company
88 out of 100 based on 10 ratings.