1. The wait is over! Download the BeerAdvocate app on iTunes or Google Play now.
  2. Get 12 issues / year of BeerAdvocate magazine for only $9.99!

Humdinger Series: Burn Pile - Magic Hat Brewing Company

Not Rated.
Humdinger Series: Burn PileHumdinger Series: Burn Pile

Displayed for educational use only; do not reuse.
BA SCORE
80
good

87 Ratings
THE BROS
-
no score

(send 'em beer!)
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)
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Usefulness | Recent | High | Low | Top Raters
« first ‹ prev | 26-50 | 51-75 | 76-100  | next › last »
Ratings: 87 | Reviews: 25 | Display Reviews Only:
Photo of kaelingirl
kaelingirl

Massachusetts

3.75/5  rDev +6.5%

10-14-2012 00:30:01 | More by kaelingirl
Photo of m0ntels
m0ntels

Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev +6.5%

09-22-2012 01:45:31 | More by m0ntels
Photo of spinrsx
spinrsx

Ontario (Canada)

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
Photo of Phyl21ca
Phyl21ca

Quebec (Canada)

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
Photo of acurtis
acurtis

New Jersey

3.5/5  rDev -0.6%

09-16-2012 17:36:53 | More by acurtis
Photo of djrn2
djrn2

New Jersey

3.75/5  rDev +6.5%

09-15-2012 01:19:49 | More by djrn2
Photo of tmhessel
tmhessel

New York

4/5  rDev +13.6%

09-15-2012 00:42:28 | More by tmhessel
Photo of markman
markman

Connecticut

4.25/5  rDev +20.7%

09-14-2012 17:39:11 | More by markman
Photo of buffcityx
buffcityx

New York

3.75/5  rDev +6.5%

09-12-2012 04:42:27 | More by buffcityx
Photo of acceptmj
acceptmj

Connecticut

4.38/5  rDev +24.4%

I'll admit that the look of the bottle made me buy this beer. I didn't even know it was from Magic Hat until i got home

A: Very dark almost a midnight black with a thick and some what dark tan head. The head disappears quickly.

S: Smells sweet and roasted. A little cocoa and maybe some raisin. I wouldn't consider it a smoky smell though.

T: Very bold flavor. More of a porter flavor with the sweetness from the malts. The after taste is where the dark roasted flavors come out. Not too bitter either.

M: As soon as you drink it it coats your mouth but not like a syrup. The body is somewhat thick but it finishes smoothly.

O: If you like porters and stouts then pick this up. It's alittle expensive but I think worth trying. This beer is good if you enjoy beers that have opposite flavors. It is a very balanced porter that incorporates a roasty smoky flavor.

09-09-2012 03:07:34 | More by acceptmj
Photo of jfcaa193
jfcaa193

Connecticut

3.75/5  rDev +6.5%

09-03-2012 02:31:16 | More by jfcaa193
Photo of Brad007
Brad007

Vermont

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
« first ‹ prev | 26-50 | 51-75 | 76-100  | next › last »
Humdinger Series: Burn Pile from Magic Hat Brewing Company
80 out of 100 based on 87 ratings.