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Wooly - Magic Hat Brewing Company

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156 Ratings

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Ratings: 156
Reviews: 43
rAvg: 3.14
pDev: 18.15%
Wants: 1
Gots: 3 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Magic Hat Brewing Company visit their website
Vermont, United States

Style | ABV
Extra Special / Strong Bitter (ESB) |  4.50% ABV

Availability: Fall

Notes/Commercial Description:
A Coniferous Concoction Pine for this Extra Special Bitter whose medium body and spicy hoppiness harmonize with flavorful, aromatic spruce tips.

40 IBU

(Beer added by: GilGarp on 10-11-2012)
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1/5  rDev -68.2%

05-05-2013 00:47:48 | More by mcdsports
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1/5  rDev -68.2%

11-10-2012 23:59:43 | More by brcarney7
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1.1/5  rDev -65%
look: 3 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

Sampled this beer as part of a Magic Hat mix pack that included #9, Encore, and Heart of Darkness.

Overly herb / pine taste that bites and lingers. My taste in beer, while not deft and refined, is extremely broad and highly tolerant.

And I'm incapable of finishing this beer.

Serving type: bottle

02-17-2013 23:11:46 | More by Trent
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1.25/5  rDev -60.2%

02-25-2013 13:52:29 | More by tfsimpkins
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1.75/5  rDev -44.3%

12-08-2012 02:11:09 | More by Ispeakforthetrees
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North Carolina

2/5  rDev -36.3%

01-20-2013 03:04:18 | More by RyanLigeia
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South Carolina

2/5  rDev -36.3%

12-22-2013 09:03:08 | More by bmjivi221
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2/5  rDev -36.3%

07-15-2014 01:47:02 | More by Beershack
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2/5  rDev -36.3%

10-28-2013 12:27:47 | More by HRamz3
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New Jersey

2/5  rDev -36.3%

03-10-2014 20:34:41 | More by B_Long
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2.5/5  rDev -20.4%

01-19-2013 07:17:56 | More by Steve_Oldrati
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2.5/5  rDev -20.4%

12-09-2012 04:48:03 | More by bigbeers84
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2.5/5  rDev -20.4%

11-18-2012 23:54:25 | More by IdrinkGas
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New York

2.5/5  rDev -20.4%

07-25-2013 21:23:35 | More by djgustafson
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2.5/5  rDev -20.4%

07-08-2013 00:17:58 | More by PGVG
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North Carolina

2.5/5  rDev -20.4%

02-17-2013 01:08:20 | More by Falcone
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2.5/5  rDev -20.4%

01-19-2013 01:22:09 | More by Thedrizzle
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2.5/5  rDev -20.4%

03-08-2013 23:31:04 | More by gkob
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2.5/5  rDev -20.4%

01-06-2013 23:52:42 | More by salinasa
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2.6/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Served in a Walter Payton shaker pint glass.

Can a brother get some Sam the Sham up in here?? This stuff pours a clear brass topped by a half-finger of off-white foam. The nose comprises puffed rice, funky wheat, and old greens. The hell? There's spruce in this? This isn't a year old? Hmm... The taste brings the spruce into reality, though unfortunately by drowning it in dry-tasting caramel bespackled with old leaves. Dammit. The body is a light medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a bone dry finish. Overall, this was just odd and sad. There's pretty much no ESB character, and whatever else is there doesn't come through as well-melded.

Serving type: bottle

10-25-2012 03:59:18 | More by TMoney2591
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2.63/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a Samuel Adams Boston Lager glass. Taken from a Magic Hat "Winterland" seasonal variety pack.

Appearance: Pours a translucent coppery-golden color. Has a large, fizzy head that dissipates slowly and leaves some spotty lacing.

Smell: Smells toasty with a slight piney note.

Taste: Mildly hoppy up front. Finishes toasty and bitter with some earthy hop flavors. This beer is really light on the spruce/pine flavors, especially given that it's the beer's main selling point.

Mouthfeel: Thin and watery.

Overall: A very unimpressive beer. A really sub-par ESB any day, plus the fact that it doesn't really deliver on the promised spruce flavors and aromas. Skip this one.

Serving type: bottle

11-07-2012 23:59:15 | More by mckenziac
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2.63/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Appearance: Pours a hazed, copper-amber body with a one-third-inch, white head.

Smell: Under-toasted biscuit tops, a flash of bitterish herbs, and only the faintest blip of spruce on the radar screen. A little dull from an aromatic standpoint.

Taste: Shaky biscuit maltiness, minor toastiness, and very lightly caramelized sugars. Doesn't quite yield any lemon, any herbiness, and just a should shrug-equivalent of spruce character. Modest bitterness. Dry, seemingly unclean finish. Pretty dull tastewise, too.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium carbonation.

Overall: Without the spruce, standing alone as an ESB, it doesn't fare too well, really. Add the spruce gimmick, it's not much better. Lackluster offering.

Serving type: bottle

01-01-2013 15:52:43 | More by ChainGangGuy
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2.7/5  rDev -14%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Color was great at the first pour, but as it sat it became almost mudded in appearance. the smell was good, but uneventful. No indication of the flavor to come.... or was it? smooth feel on the tounge and has an almost cleansing feel and a tast was taste leaving you wanting anouther sip. But alas the flavor was not what i wanted it to be. I see a beer with a spruce mention in the flavor and i do get a hint but not the kick that i was wanting, neh NEEDING, Over all it makes me want anouther beer but this one will not quench the thirst.

Serving type: bottle

01-09-2013 01:58:42 | More by Scutt
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North Carolina

2.7/5  rDev -14%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

[Suggested Glassware: Dimpled Mug]

The pour was a clear medium amber with a large (2-3 finger) white fluffy head that mostly diminished, down to a thin puddled layer of residue and small collar with fair streaky lacing.

The aroma was very mild of a light grain malt, mild pine hops and an earthy cobweb yeast with notes of caramel, dust, a light spiciness and a just a very light hint of spruce tips.

The taste was a bit malty with a light caramel sweetness from the get go, and then became a tad bitter with a mild hoppy presence and a spicy wood taste towards the end. The flavor lasted an average time proceeding the swallow with a slightly bitter woody taste left behind to linger in the taste buds.

Mouthfeel was a little beyond light in body and dry in texture with a carbonation that was just past soft in intensity.

Overall this brew did not have a strong spruce presence in the aroma, but offered it up nicely with a woody bitter taste at the finish...


Serving type: bottle

12-06-2012 18:50:34 | More by KajII
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2.75/5  rDev -12.4%

03-05-2013 05:28:14 | More by Adkins1203
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Wooly from Magic Hat Brewing Company
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