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Wooly - Magic Hat Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
73
okay

158 Ratings
THE BROS
74
okay

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Ratings: 158
Reviews: 43
rAvg: 3.13
pDev: 18.21%
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 -68.1%

mcdsports, May 05, 2013
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1/5  rDev -68.1%

brcarney7, Nov 10, 2012
Photo of Trent
1.1/5  rDev -64.9%
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.

Trent, Feb 17, 2013
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1.25/5  rDev -60.1%

tfsimpkins, Feb 25, 2013
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1.75/5  rDev -44.1%

Ispeakforthetrees, Dec 08, 2012
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2/5  rDev -36.1%

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2/5  rDev -36.1%

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2/5  rDev -36.1%

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2/5  rDev -36.1%

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2/5  rDev -36.1%

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2.4/5  rDev -23.3%

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2.5/5  rDev -20.1%

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2.5/5  rDev -20.1%

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2.5/5  rDev -20.1%

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2.5/5  rDev -20.1%

djgustafson, Jul 25, 2013
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2.5/5  rDev -20.1%

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2.5/5  rDev -20.1%

Falcone, Feb 17, 2013
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2.5/5  rDev -20.1%

Thedrizzle, Jan 19, 2013
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2.5/5  rDev -20.1%

gkob, Mar 08, 2013
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2.5/5  rDev -20.1%

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2.5/5  rDev -20.1%

salinasa, Jan 06, 2013
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2.6/5  rDev -16.9%
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.

TMoney2591, Oct 25, 2012
Photo of mckenziac
2.63/5  rDev -16%
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.

mckenziac, Nov 07, 2012
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2.63/5  rDev -16%
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.

ChainGangGuy, Jan 01, 2013
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2.7/5  rDev -13.7%
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.

Scutt, Jan 09, 2013
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Wooly from Magic Hat Brewing Company
73 out of 100 based on 158 ratings.