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Humdinger Series: Burn Pile - Magic Hat Brewing Company

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88 Ratings
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Ratings: 88
Reviews: 25
rAvg: 3.53
pDev: 14.73%
Wants: 0
Gots: 5 | 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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1.75/5  rDev -50.4%

VaporDome, Jan 13, 2013
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1.75/5  rDev -50.4%

Conor, Dec 17, 2012
Photo of MeganPhillips
1.88/5  rDev -46.7%
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.

MeganPhillips, Dec 02, 2013
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
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2.5/5  rDev -29.2%

B00ZER, Nov 25, 2012
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2.75/5  rDev -22.1%

ShanePB, Mar 14, 2013
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2.75/5  rDev -22.1%

craft_shannie, Sep 13, 2013
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
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3/5  rDev -15%

jaydoc, Oct 13, 2013
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3/5  rDev -15%

ejimhof, Dec 01, 2012
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3/5  rDev -15%

irongator, May 13, 2014
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3/5  rDev -15%

tommyguz, Sep 15, 2013
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 smcolw
3.2/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Deep ruby brown color. Only bright light passes through. Small head but it does provide some streaky lace.

Behind the typical toasted and mildly burnt malts is a subtle medicinal smell.

This medicinal aspect is even stronger in the taste, particularly after the swallow. Still drinkable, but distracting. This porter leans to the bitter side both with burnt malts and notable hop. Moderate body with an elevated carbonation level.

smcolw, Nov 21, 2012
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
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3.25/5  rDev -7.9%

Sammy, Jul 14, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -7.9%

socon67, Feb 03, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -7.9%

GreesyFizeek, Mar 09, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -7.9%

ROGUE16, Sep 17, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -7.9%

leansean88, Jun 12, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -7.9%

InspectorBob, Mar 16, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -7.9%

gshackles, Nov 25, 2013
Photo of kylehay2004
3.29/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Half finger head with thick lacing on a very deep brown body. Aroma of smoked and roasted malts, peat, vanilla. Flavors include general porter notes which are sweeter than normal from the vanilla and brown sugar. The flavor is not at all smokey. Medium to thick body and light carbonation. Disappointingly not very smokey. The packaging is impressive, the beer not so much.

kylehay2004, Feb 22, 2013
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
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3.3/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A caged and corked bottle of 7.5% ABV smoked porter. I was too intrigued not to buy this. $12 for the bottle. I'm splitting it with the girlfriend, as per usual, and pouring it into pint glasses. Here goes.

Pours practically black. Some dark caramel tones along the edges when held to the light. The head was meager, but an attractive color of yellowed-mocha. Some drippy lacing shows.

Smells like dark, wet cereal with maybe a touch of smokiness. Maybe. There are major flaws here. I was looking for a bold aroma and I got roasted fluff.

Lightly smoked malts with some caramel notes and flavors of burnt grain, however, it still doesn't come off as bold--nor delicate. It's a good porter, and I like how the smokiness imparts subtle flavor and never comes close to breaching the threshold on the palate, but a medicinal note is noticed and a bit abrasive. There's a sweet and savory quality that I like, but it's malty sweet, and I don't mean chocolate of coffee flavors. A hint of salinity in the finish helps to dry out the backend, and some light hopping shows up as well. It's nice to know they're there even though hops aren't the most welcome component in a smoked porter. I'd advocate letting this warm up to near-room temperature, as the smokiness amplifies, which is what you need here.

Alcohol strength is pretty much appropriate, as this is bordering on Imperial potency. Maybe a little heady, still. Dextrinous body with a lot of oatmeal chew. Carbonation feels barely dissolved and uneven, but the brightness is close enough to call it ideal. Chewy doesn't equal creamy in body, but there's enough here to be happy with it.

While Burnpile is still a nice, little smoked porter, this has to be one of the most disappointing caged-and-corked beers that I have had. It's fun, but the price is too high on this one. I don't recommend, but I enjoyed trying it.

thecheapies, Jan 04, 2013
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Humdinger Series: Burn Pile from Magic Hat Brewing Company
81 out of 100 based on 88 ratings.