Humdinger Series: Burn Pile - Magic Hat Brewing Company
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2.13/5 rDev -39.5%
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.
09-19-2012 18:07:08 | More by Phyl21ca
3.29/5 rDev -6.5%
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.
02-22-2013 02:53:40 | More by kylehay2004
3.61/5 rDev +2.6%
A - Pours with a small head of light tan foam on top of an opaque, black body. The head settles at a moderate lace and leaves decent lace.
S - Light smoke, leather, and a bit of coffee,
T - Lots of dark caramel up. Front with notes of smoke. A bit of clove and molasses in the middle with a finish of toast and caramel.
M - Medium thick body, moderately low carbonation, and a balanced finish.
D - Not bad, the smoke character is subdued but present enough to make an impact.
02-23-2013 19:05:35 | More by nickfl
3.2/5 rDev -9.1%
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.
11-21-2012 17:47:24 | More by smcolw
United Kingdom (England)
3.18/5 rDev -9.7%
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.
02-16-2014 15:36:12 | More by BlackHaddock
4.15/5 rDev +17.9%
750ml bottle purchased as a single from Savemore Discount Beverage, Clifton Park, NY. Corked and caged. Helluva time getting the cork out (in pieces), but I would not be denied.
Poured into an imperial pint glass, formed a 1/4" tan head over the almost opaque dark brown brew. Head is promptly down to a skim, with sticky lasting lace. Aroma is rich and lightly smoky.
Taste is light to moderate smoke from beginning to end, with some sweetness in the middle, and a lightly bitter close. Mouthfeel is soft and smooth, and drinkability is great. Smoke could be a bit more, but I like Schlenkerla, so what do I know. Nice brew, would look for again.
10-24-2012 00:14:31 | More by ppoitras
3.48/5 rDev -1.1%
750 ml bottle into tulip glass, August 2012 bottling. Pours clear almost pitch black color with a 1-2 finger fairly dense khaki head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Spotty soapy lacing clings on the glass. Aromas of raisin, apple, molasses, chocolate, roasted malt, toast, smoke, light char, light coffee, floral, and roasted earthiness. Decent aromas with solid balance and complexity of roasted notes; but a bit too fruity. Taste of chocolate, roasted malt, raisin, toast, molasses, smoke, light char, dark bread, and light roasted earthiness. Lingering notes of chocolate, roasted malt, toast, raisin, molasses, smoke, light char, dark bread, light wood, and earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Pretty good balance and complexity of roasted flavors with moderate smokiness; fair amount of robustness; and minimal cloying flavors present after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a fairly creamy and lightly slick mouthfeel that is good. Alcohol is very well hidden with nearly zero warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is a solid smoked porter. A bit too fruity in the aromas, but has some solid balance of roasted flavor and smokiness; and is very smooth to sip on. A fairly enjoyable offering.
03-14-2013 04:19:19 | More by superspak
3.55/5 rDev +0.9%
Magic Hat : Burnpile
APPEARANCE: Pours a clear dark amber brown. Leaves behind a pretty good display of webbed lacing on the glass.
SMELL: Bready and toasty, with hints of chocolate. Magic Hat yeast strain adds sweet bread notes. Malted milk ball candy comes to mind.
TASTE: Roasted malt, chocolate and caramel. Small dry charcoal like smoke emerges a few sips in, into the aftertaste. On the sweeter side even a bit worty. Hops are mildly bitter and spruce tea like. Finishes with more caramel and dry smoke. Faint raisin flavor, dark chocolates and alcohol.
FEEL: Medium bodied, with ample carbonation, smooth and creamy. Has a drying finish, leaving behind caramel and smoke flavor.
OVERALL: This is an enjoyable porter. It is pretty sweet but has a good feel and overall flavor. Decent example of a mainstream smoked porter. Compared to most porters this is fairly potent. Would pair nicely with BBQ.
02-14-2013 06:01:31 | More by Stinkypuss
3.65/5 rDev +3.7%
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.
11-21-2012 02:30:24 | More by tdm168
3.95/5 rDev +12.2%
Didn't see this in the database. It's a smoked porter so a toss-up between the Smoked Beer and American Porter category. What would you have put it in?
Pours a nice dark garnet with a thin head into my glass. Color is hard to analyze further even with some light.
Smoky as a late August bonfire in VT with a chewy texture that's quite apparent in the nose.
Smoky, chewy malt upfront. Some roastiness as well but never too much for the style. Dark fruit, maybe a bit of cocoa from the malt?
Leaves a chewy texture with an aftertaste that is reminiscent of cocoa and chili peppers. Smoked doesn't usually mean HOT but this benefits from such a characteristic. Makes it less of a mediocre smoked porter.
Whether or not it's worth a try is entirely up to you. Magic Hat's bigger beers have always been hit or miss even if this one doesn't even crack 8%. The retail price might turn people off. Still, if you have that "gotta try 'em all!" mentality, you won't regret this too much.
08-26-2012 03:05:11 | More by Brad007
2.85/5 rDev -19%
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.
09-20-2012 18:57:34 | More by spinrsx
3.5/5 rDev -0.6%
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.
12-10-2012 15:56:44 | More by tigg924
Humdinger Series: Burn Pile from Magic Hat Brewing Company
80 out of 100 based on 87 ratings.