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Humdinger Series: Burn Pile - Magic Hat Brewing Company

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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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Photo of WanderingFool


3.89/5  rDev +10.5%

Burn Pile pours near black with ruby highlights on the edges. On top sits a small fizzy tan head. The foam disappears quickly leaving only a few spots of lace on the glass.

The aroma is faint, but does have some notes of smoke, chocolate and roast malt. Hint of nuts is also present.

Each sip of this medium bodied beer is watery on the palate with moderate carbonation. The flavor is malty with a fair amount of smoke. Chocolate, roast malt, caramel, dark fruit (plum or raisin?), and smoke are all present. The smoke is the strongest flavor, but not overpowering. It finishes with a mild grassy bitterness. Once gone the smoke and dark fruit lingers on the palate.

This is an easy drinking beer with a nice balance of malts and smoke. However, it's a bit thin in the body and the aroma isn't very strong.

01-27-2013 22:33:15 | More by WanderingFool
Photo of VaporDome

New York

1.75/5  rDev -50.3%

01-13-2013 06:08:41 | More by VaporDome
Photo of thecheapies


3.3/5  rDev -6.3%

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.

01-04-2013 05:07:03 | More by thecheapies
Photo of nafredet1


3.75/5  rDev +6.5%

01-02-2013 18:58:07 | More by nafredet1
Photo of GrindFatherBob

New York

4/5  rDev +13.6%

01-01-2013 22:36:13 | More by GrindFatherBob
Photo of mountdew1

New Hampshire

3.48/5  rDev -1.1%

Poured into an imperial pint glass. Color was a very dark brown, almost black. Very slightly translucent near the edges. A 1/4 inch mocha colored head, with a handful of streams of carbonation from the bottom. Aroma had a touch of lactose sweet, but was mostly a bit of smoke. Not a fake smoke. Taste was slightly bitter up front, but switched to a mellow smoke. Felt a smidgen thin in the mouth, with no noticeable carbonation. Fairly good smoked porter, not necessarily worth the cage/cork. $5-6 would be reasonable for this.

01-01-2013 00:24:18 | More by mountdew1
Photo of Orange


3.75/5  rDev +6.5%

12-23-2012 08:22:46 | More by Orange
Photo of Tpsauer

New Jersey

4.25/5  rDev +20.7%

12-20-2012 23:38:37 | More by Tpsauer
Photo of Conor


1.75/5  rDev -50.3%

12-17-2012 03:39:20 | More by Conor
Photo of tigg924


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
Photo of halo913


3.75/5  rDev +6.5%

12-02-2012 03:54:03 | More by halo913
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3/5  rDev -14.8%

12-01-2012 03:40:55 | More by ejimhof
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New Jersey

2.5/5  rDev -29%

11-25-2012 03:42:52 | More by B00ZER
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New Jersey

3.9/5  rDev +10.8%

My buddy Naugros shared this bottle with me about a week ago while watching my Ducks lose to the Stanford Cardinal.

I had this beer in an english style pint glass. The coloring was very dark with a touch of red on the edges where the light comes through. The foam is very minimal leaving only a scum on top shortly after pouring.

You can definitely smell the smoke coming off this beer. It is present, but it is not overwhelming like Aecht Schlerneka is for many people.

The flavor is good. It is well balanced with some decent coffee in there. The smoke is in the flavor, but it doesn't kill the pallatte. I like the way this eases off in the back end.

I like this beer by Magic Hat. I need to try the other Humdingers brews based on my experiences with this one.

11-25-2012 01:15:37 | More by ummswimmin
Photo of brewdude1982

North Carolina

3.38/5  rDev -4%

A: 4.0 very dark almost no head and I tried to pour it to have some
S: 3.0 faint smoke smell
T: 3.5 just smokey dark malts
MF:3.0  weak on carbonation but a little bigger on the biddy
O: 3.5 not a lot going on with this one. There are definitely better beers out there in this style.

11-24-2012 20:03:27 | More by brewdude1982
Photo of oriolesfan4


4.25/5  rDev +20.7%

11-24-2012 04:05:56 | More by oriolesfan4
Photo of mbs11


4.25/5  rDev +20.7%

11-22-2012 04:07:06 | More by mbs11
Photo of smcolw


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
Photo of tdm168

North Carolina

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
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New Jersey

3.75/5  rDev +6.5%

11-10-2012 21:25:15 | More by Chugs13
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New Jersey

3.75/5  rDev +6.5%

11-02-2012 06:26:08 | More by staticmaneuver
Photo of buddha5050


3.48/5  rDev -1.1%

Poured out of a 750ml cage and corked bottle into tulip glass

A: Dark brown/black with a tinge of burnt umber around the edges. 1.5 finger of creamy khacki colored head, and alot of carbonation straming up from the bottom, a little more than I would expect from this style of beer.

S: Nice deep roasted malt smell, cocoa and coffee smell with a hint of smokey-ness undernieth. Nice nose.

T: Roasted dark malt taste with small bitterness on the front and sides of the tongue, light smoke flavor, I expected more smoke, and the bitterness was not what I would expect from a porter a little light. Boy, I could not taste the 7.5% in this.

M: A thin/med body not as thick as what I expect from a good porter, dissapointing. Like I said earlier it had a little too much carbonation for a porter.

O: Nice beer, I would buy again a nice middle of the road porter for a beginer to start getting into darker beers, at 7.5% it has little taste from this aspect, quite drinkable.

10-30-2012 00:20:29 | More by buddha5050
Photo of MatthewWilde


3.85/5  rDev +9.4%

Sample: 1 bottle 2012

A: Pours a light off-white head that quickly dissolves, reddish dark mahogany in color, minimal internal carbonation

S: Smoked malt, some bbq sweetness, smoke and wood, mild cocoa as well

T: Nice smoky malt throughout, elements of chocolate and mesquite additionally, robust and flavorful, quite delicious

M: Incredibly smooth, although a bit drying, mild smoky aftertaste, mildly lingering, but not overpowering

O: Certainly worth a try, a nice representation of the style, while nothing seems unique about this porter it remains satisfying

10-28-2012 04:06:25 | More by MatthewWilde
Photo of ppoitras


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
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3.5/5  rDev -0.6%

10-23-2012 21:19:00 | More by FrankShirley
Humdinger Series: Burn Pile from Magic Hat Brewing Company
80 out of 100 based on 87 ratings.