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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:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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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3.25/5  rDev -7.9%

ROGUE16, Sep 17, 2013
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3/5  rDev -15%

tommyguz, Sep 15, 2013
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2.75/5  rDev -22.1%

craft_shannie, Sep 13, 2013
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4/5  rDev +13.3%

addiwilliams, Sep 12, 2013
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
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3.75/5  rDev +6.2%

TonyY, Sep 01, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -7.9%

Sammy, Jul 14, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -0.8%

NEhophead, Jul 11, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -0.8%

Eastside151, Jul 08, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -7.9%

leansean88, Jun 12, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +6.2%

DerekMorgan, May 23, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -0.8%

Ivanhoes_Backpack, Apr 30, 2013
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4/5  rDev +13.3%

PapiMagnum, Apr 19, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -0.8%

randylangford, Apr 09, 2013
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2.75/5  rDev -22.1%

ShanePB, Mar 14, 2013
Photo of superspak
3.48/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

superspak, Mar 14, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -7.9%

GreesyFizeek, Mar 09, 2013
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4/5  rDev +13.3%

flynndan, Mar 03, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +6.2%

DRBiser, Mar 03, 2013
Photo of Neorebel
3.74/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

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.

Neorebel, Mar 03, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -0.8%

mendvicdog, Mar 03, 2013
Photo of nickfl
3.61/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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.

nickfl, Feb 23, 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
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4/5  rDev +13.3%

Lovely85, Feb 22, 2013
Photo of Stinkypuss
3.55/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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.

Stinkypuss, Feb 14, 2013
Humdinger Series: Burn Pile from Magic Hat Brewing Company
79 out of 100 based on 88 ratings.