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Humdinger Series: Burn Pile - Magic Hat Brewing Company

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81 Ratings
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Ratings: 81
Reviews: 25
rAvg: 3.51
pDev: 15.1%


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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tigg924

Massachusetts

3.5/5  rDev -0.3%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

12-10-2012 15:56:44 | More by tigg924
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morebeergood

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev +14%

04-08-2014 00:31:02 | More by morebeergood
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mulrich

Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev +21.1%

03-25-2014 03:15:48 | More by mulrich
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22Blue

Kansas

3.5/5  rDev -0.3%

03-19-2014 00:42:54 | More by 22Blue
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InspectorBob

New Jersey

3.25/5  rDev -7.4%

03-16-2014 11:57:25 | More by InspectorBob
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Ego

New Jersey

3.2/5  rDev -8.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-11-2014 04:30:28 | More by Ego
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B_Long

New Jersey

3.5/5  rDev -0.3%

03-10-2014 20:39:38 | More by B_Long
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BlackHaddock

United Kingdom (England)

3.18/5  rDev -9.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-16-2014 15:36:12 | More by BlackHaddock
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socon67

New York

3.25/5  rDev -7.4%

02-03-2014 03:52:47 | More by socon67
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MeganPhillips

Vermont

1.88/5  rDev -46.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 1 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.75

Been to the brewery several times and always try what's on tap - had the Humdinger series - I am a fan of porters, and maybe I just tasted it after something very mellow - but it was so smoky I could not even finish the tasting pour, it was like eating a block of charcoal. I've never in my life not finished a tasting pour of a beer... Ever.

Serving type: on-tap

12-02-2013 20:22:38 | More by MeganPhillips
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gshackles

New York

3.25/5  rDev -7.4%

11-25-2013 03:58:24 | More by gshackles
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atone315

Wisconsin

3.5/5  rDev -0.3%

11-17-2013 00:12:50 | More by atone315
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Shawnspl

Rhode Island

3.75/5  rDev +6.8%

11-10-2013 21:33:06 | More by Shawnspl
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nebula1999

Connecticut

3.75/5  rDev +6.8%

11-09-2013 15:53:41 | More by nebula1999
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jaydoc

Kansas

3/5  rDev -14.5%

10-13-2013 01:58:12 | More by jaydoc
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iL0VEbeer

New Jersey

3.75/5  rDev +6.8%

10-01-2013 17:47:09 | More by iL0VEbeer
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Varkias41

New Jersey

3.75/5  rDev +6.8%

10-01-2013 15:14:55 | More by Varkias41
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zufffle

New York

3.5/5  rDev -0.3%

09-29-2013 21:24:21 | More by zufffle
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Hellpop65

Kansas

3.75/5  rDev +6.8%

09-23-2013 00:22:16 | More by Hellpop65
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ROGUE16

Delaware

3.25/5  rDev -7.4%

09-17-2013 18:04:37 | More by ROGUE16
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tommyguz

Pennsylvania

3/5  rDev -14.5%

09-15-2013 14:56:08 | More by tommyguz
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craft_shannie

Indiana

2.75/5  rDev -21.7%

09-13-2013 11:47:45 | More by craft_shannie
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addiwilliams

Virginia

4/5  rDev +14%

09-12-2013 00:20:01 | More by addiwilliams
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CloudStrife

New York

3.53/5  rDev +0.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-05-2013 23:18:00 | More by CloudStrife
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TonyY

New York

3.75/5  rDev +6.8%

08-31-2013 23:54:35 | More by TonyY
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Humdinger Series: Burn Pile from Magic Hat Brewing Company
80 out of 100 based on 81 ratings.