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Humdinger Series: Burn Pile - Magic Hat Brewing Company

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81
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88 Ratings
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Ratings: 88
Reviews: 25
rAvg: 3.53
pDev: 14.73%
Wants: 0
Gots: 4 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Magic Hat Brewing Company visit their website
Vermont, United States

Style | ABV
American Porter |  7.50% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
A smoked porter brewed with six malts offering an aroma of caramel and chocolate with a subtle, complimentary smokiness.

35 IBU

(Beer added by: Brad007 on 08-26-2012)
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Reviews by Ego:
Photo of Ego
3.2/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

had this in the cellar for about a year...

eyes...
audible sizzle, one finger of slightly cocoa head, fades in a minute but does not totally vacate the premises, nice lacing, some carbonation gurgling up from the deep dark depths, pretty black but some light is able to work around, nice looking

nose...
sweet cocoa nibs, ah, there is the smoke, kind of playing hide and sneek with my nose, smells like beechwood if I had to guess, it exists on the borderline of smokey meat and smokey outdoor summer camp fire, along with the cocoa nib notes there is a dry cocoa powder aroma as well, overall this is pretty balanced

taste etc...
mild chocolate notes, definitely on the sweeter side, the smoke comes through a little in the after taste, medium full in the mouth and very smooth/silky going down, pretty average with interesting side notes but very drinkable

verdict?
more pile than burn... but not terrible, went pretty good with some red hot blues tortilla chips (they enhanced the flavor actually), adding some chile to this would do it some good imo.

Ego, Mar 11, 2014
More User Reviews:
Photo of tigg924
3.5/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had on tap at New World Tavern, Plymouth--served into a pint glass.

Appearance: black in color, 1 inch head, opaque, minimal carbonation

Smell: smoked malt and BOSCO

Taste: roasted malt, dark chocolate, light sweet chocolate, creaminess at the end and light smoke

Mouthfeel: medium-heavy bodied, moderate carbonation, sweet with roasty bitterness

Overall: An above average roasty semi-smoky beer. Decent, but nothing I would go out of my way for.

tigg924, Dec 10, 2012
Photo of acurtis
3.5/5  rDev -0.8%

acurtis, Sep 16, 2012
Photo of CloudStrife
3.53/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

750 ml corked and caged bottle poured into a snifter.

A: Pours a dark black with a slightly tanned head. Leaves a few spots of lacing on the side.

S: Not an overpowering aroma. Hints of roasted malt and faint smokiness. Things wake up when it warms giving you some nice dark fruit qualities.

T: Flavor is pretty good. The roasted malts go nice with the light smoke flavor. Dark fruits are present. Just a touch of alcohol on the back-end.

M: Light to medium body with a somewhat thin feel to it. Slightly oily. Low carbonation. Finish is easy enough.

Overall its a good selection from Magic Hat. The concept is well executed and works well. Not as complex as it could be but an easy sipping tasty beer.

CloudStrife, Sep 06, 2013
Photo of Varkias41
3.75/5  rDev +6.2%

Varkias41, Oct 01, 2013
Photo of Sammy
3.25/5  rDev -7.9%

Sammy, Jul 14, 2013
Photo of tdm168
3.65/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - dark brownish black with no head

S - faint smoke, burnt sugar, caramel

T - roasted malt, sugary, vanilla, some caramel, a bit of smoke in the finish

M - medium bodied, well carbonated

This is a decent beer, but it's not "caged & corked" special. It has a decent flavor profile, but I'm underwhelmed. there are better beers out there, but this was nice to try once.

tdm168, Nov 21, 2012
Photo of socon67
3.25/5  rDev -7.9%

socon67, Feb 03, 2014
Photo of Phyl21ca
2.13/5  rDev -39.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

Bottle: Poured a brown color ale with a large foamy head with good retention and some light lacing. Aroma of light smoked malt notes with light roasted malt notes and some weird overcooked vegetables noted which are not really pleasant. Taste is smokier then the aroma with light roasted malt notes and that weird vegetables notes still coning through way too strongly. Body is a bit light for style with good carbonation and no apparent alcohol. The fact that most of the bottle ended up in the drain is probably a good representation of my degree of enjoyment of this beer.

Phyl21ca, Sep 19, 2012
Photo of nebula1999
3.75/5  rDev +6.2%

nebula1999, Nov 09, 2013
Photo of EgadBananas
3.5/5  rDev -0.8%

EgadBananas, May 18, 2014
Photo of jaydoc
3/5  rDev -15%

jaydoc, Oct 13, 2013
Photo of GreesyFizeek
3.25/5  rDev -7.9%

GreesyFizeek, Mar 09, 2013
Photo of Chugs13
3.75/5  rDev +6.2%

Chugs13, Nov 10, 2012
Photo of BlackHaddock
3.18/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Son-in-Law and I shared a 0.73 litre bottle he brought back from Philadelphia last year: it was broached on 6th Feb 2014, smoking!

One of the most intensely smoked beers I've ever had, I struggled to pick up any other flavours at first because of the burnt smoky depth it had. Slowly dark chocolate and ground coffee esters began to fight their way through the ashtray style feel.

We managed to finish it off, just: we'll not be having another.

I've tried to score it objectively.

BlackHaddock, Feb 16, 2014
Photo of mendvicdog
3.5/5  rDev -0.8%

mendvicdog, Mar 03, 2013
Photo of mountdew1
3.48/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured into an imperial pint glass. Color was a very dark brown, almost black. Very slightly translucent near the edges. A 1/4 inch mocha colored head, with a handful of streams of carbonation from the bottom. Aroma had a touch of lactose sweet, but was mostly a bit of smoke. Not a fake smoke. Taste was slightly bitter up front, but switched to a mellow smoke. Felt a smidgen thin in the mouth, with no noticeable carbonation. Fairly good smoked porter, not necessarily worth the cage/cork. $5-6 would be reasonable for this.

mountdew1, Jan 01, 2013
Photo of ShanePB
2.75/5  rDev -22.1%

ShanePB, Mar 14, 2013
Photo of TonyY
3.75/5  rDev +6.2%

TonyY, Sep 01, 2013
Photo of Tpsauer
4.25/5  rDev +20.4%

Tpsauer, Dec 20, 2012
Photo of flynndan
4/5  rDev +13.3%

flynndan, Mar 03, 2013
Photo of B00ZER
2.5/5  rDev -29.2%

B00ZER, Nov 25, 2012
Photo of spinrsx
2.85/5  rDev -19.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

750ml Bottle - Thanks to igunard for this

Appearance - Black/brown colour with with a an average size fizzy head. I can't make out the amount of carbonation showing and there is some fair lacing. The head lasted for 3-4 minutes before it was gone.

Smell - Malts, chocolate, smoke/burnt notes

Taste & Mouth - There is a below average amount of carbonation and I can taste malts, chocolate, and some smoke/burnt notes. There is also an odd flavour that I can't put my finger on.. along the lines of cooked vegetables. It ends with a lingering smokey finish.

Overall - Almost like a log that was covered in moss and then thrown in a fire.. just an odd tasting beer. I'm not a fan of smoked beers so don't take my word for it.. but this beer is a miss in my books.

spinrsx, Sep 20, 2012
Photo of uno99
3.3/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

Not fan of smoked beers, but how can you resist when its a Christmas gift?

Appearance: The bottle is very nice. Heavy frosted opaque glass, with very nice painted label. Corked and caged and then wrapped with gold foil. Beer is perfect porter dark brown, not much head to speak of though

Smell: Smoke, is upfront but not completely dominate. Cherries, plums and dark fruits/malt. Not really any hop presence.

Taste: Sweet smoke, like a BBQ sauce. Not really anything complex about it though. The above scents listed enter into the taste category, but not a whole lot else. A bit medicinal on the finish.

M: Quite well carbonated and makes this a bit more drinkable, especially if you aren't particularly liking it.

Overall, It's tough for me to recommend this, but if you like smoked beer then my opinion could be all together wrong.

uno99, Feb 09, 2013
Photo of zufffle
3.5/5  rDev -0.8%

zufffle, Sep 29, 2013
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Humdinger Series: Burn Pile from Magic Hat Brewing Company
81 out of 100 based on 88 ratings.