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Humdinger Series: Burn Pile - Magic Hat Brewing Company

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87 Ratings
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Ratings: 87
Reviews: 25
rAvg: 3.52
pDev: 14.77%
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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tommyguz

Pennsylvania

3/5  rDev -14.8%

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

Indiana

2.75/5  rDev -21.9%

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

Virginia

4/5  rDev +13.6%

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

New York

3.53/5  rDev +0.3%

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.

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

New York

3.75/5  rDev +6.5%

08-31-2013 23:54:35 | More by TonyY
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Sammy

Ontario (Canada)

3.25/5  rDev -7.7%

07-14-2013 03:56:04 | More by Sammy
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NEhophead

Massachusetts

3.5/5  rDev -0.6%

07-10-2013 23:08:30 | More by NEhophead
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Eastside151

Ohio

3.5/5  rDev -0.6%

07-08-2013 03:42:20 | More by Eastside151
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leansean88

New York

3.25/5  rDev -7.7%

06-12-2013 02:00:13 | More by leansean88
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DerekMorgan

Massachusetts

3.75/5  rDev +6.5%

05-22-2013 23:20:49 | More by DerekMorgan
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Ivanhoes_Backpack

New Brunswick (Canada)

3.5/5  rDev -0.6%

04-30-2013 21:20:15 | More by Ivanhoes_Backpack
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PapiMagnum

New York

4/5  rDev +13.6%

04-19-2013 03:57:06 | More by PapiMagnum
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randylangford

Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev -0.6%

04-09-2013 00:18:11 | More by randylangford
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ShanePB

Pennsylvania

2.75/5  rDev -21.9%

03-14-2013 15:21:03 | More by ShanePB
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superspak

Michigan

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
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GreesyFizeek

New York

3.25/5  rDev -7.7%

03-09-2013 15:59:40 | More by GreesyFizeek
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flynndan

New Jersey

4/5  rDev +13.6%

03-03-2013 22:10:43 | More by flynndan
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DRBiser

Maryland

3.75/5  rDev +6.5%

03-03-2013 21:07:11 | More by DRBiser
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Neorebel

New Jersey

3.74/5  rDev +6.3%

Burnpile pours an oily dark brown, with some very faint carbonation. A gorgeous puffy tan colored head sits on top, which eventually recedes to about a quarter inch. Healthy lacing is left on the glass as the beer goes down. The aroma is relatively complex, with coffee toasted malts, burnt crust, and black cherries. The taste is initially strong, with a woody characteristic taking the forefront. Very smoky, perhaps just a tad over the top for some people's tastes. There is a tiny bit of sweet citrus hop flavor as well. The mouth feel is crisp, but watery. I would prefer if it was just a little thicker. Overall, this isn't a bad beer by any means, but not the best example of a smoked porter. If you are really into smoked beer or the German style Rauchbier, give it a try.

03-03-2013 19:46:30 | More by Neorebel
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mendvicdog

Maryland

3.5/5  rDev -0.6%

03-03-2013 16:51:33 | More by mendvicdog
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nickfl

Florida

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
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kylehay2004

Florida

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
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Lovely85

Florida

4/5  rDev +13.6%

02-22-2013 02:50:00 | More by Lovely85
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Stinkypuss

Pennsylvania

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
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uno99

Ontario (Canada)

3.3/5  rDev -6.3%

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.

02-09-2013 00:54:21 | More by uno99
Humdinger Series: Burn Pile from Magic Hat Brewing Company
80 out of 100 based on 87 ratings.