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Wooly - Magic Hat Brewing Company

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73
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157 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 157
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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djrn2

New Jersey

3.5/5  rDev +11.5%

10-18-2012 00:29:34 | More by djrn2
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brentk56

North Carolina

3.6/5  rDev +14.6%

Appearance: A very attractive pour, with the crystal clear amber liquid capped by a couple of inches of foam; great persistence and residual lacing

Smell: Biscuity malt and pine, though rather hard to detect the spruce

Taste: Biscuity, up front, with the spruce much more apparent in the flavor than in the aroma; pine and tobacco flavors also come on strong in the aftertaste

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation

Overall: Not a bad tasting beer, but as an ESB it comes up short as it lacks the fruity character of the better examples of the style

Thanks, acurtis, for the opportunity

12-16-2012 20:19:58 | More by brentk56
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acurtis

New Jersey

3/5  rDev -4.5%

10-29-2012 18:42:21 | More by acurtis
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ChainGangGuy

Georgia

2.63/5  rDev -16.2%

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.

01-01-2013 15:52:43 | More by ChainGangGuy
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jaydoc

Kansas

3.5/5  rDev +11.5%

12-14-2013 05:13:33 | More by jaydoc
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TMoney2591

Illinois

2.6/5  rDev -17.2%

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.

10-25-2012 03:59:18 | More by TMoney2591
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emerge077

Illinois

3.18/5  rDev +1.3%

Spotted this in the singles section, hoping it's relatively fresh. Fall seasonal... neck has a string of random numbers: K1826 1 1325 556K. According to Freshbeeronly, that's October 18, 2012, with an extra 6 at the end. Huh.

Hazy orange color, one finger of foam, lasting skim that remains unbroken for quite awhile. Spotty lace around the edges of the glass, some visible rising carbonation.

There is a little dry herbal spruce spice in the aftertaste, but it's masked by a general watery soggy grain flavor. As it warms there's some low level crackery malt, but it's pretty mild overall. Light bodied, a little thin. Nothing special, but if you love spruce beers give it a try.

03-26-2013 00:33:29 | More by emerge077
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Jason

Massachusetts

3.21/5  rDev +2.2%

12oz brown bottle with no freshness date.

LOOK: Nearly clear amber, thick two fingers of head

SMELL: Biscuity malt, mild spruce resin, ripe fruit, faint diacetyl

TASTE: Moderate sized body, wet, grainy, grassy, twang of spruce, light hopping, slightly biscuity, dried grass, watery, very dry

Not as complex as I though it would have been, a little out of balance but since the spruce is not that agressive the dryness actually helps in the area ... sadly it leaves the beer a in a lackluster state. A good stepping stone for anyone that has not had a spruced beer before and perhaps even an extreme beer.

02-05-2013 02:50:22 | More by Jason
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StonedTrippin

Colorado

3.98/5  rDev +26.8%

forget what everyone says, this is absolutely delicious. it is an elglish style bitter, a mild one at that, but that is the base upon which a generous spruce addition is infused, resulting in a full bodied, seasonally perfect, refreshingly yummy winter ale. the nose is really piney, both oily and sappy, which could also be aided by the strong hop presence for the style. rich but not sweet malts, bordering on amber in color and taste temper the intensity of the spruce, but they work well in tandem. finish is crisp and akin to a christmas tree. my brother said its like drinking a hippie, but i didnt think so (who am i to say?). the low alcohol and fuler body make this a nice winter session beer, and the carbonation is upbeat too, which helps the cause. overall i like this a lot better than the winter seasonals that came before it, i think it shows a nice inventive side on the heels of the dandelion summer brew. top quality i thought.

11-23-2012 22:22:24 | More by StonedTrippin
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mactrail

Washington

3.25/5  rDev +3.5%

Pours a light amber in the big tulip. Starts with a good head, but it dwindles down pretty fast. Hits you with the resiny, piney aroma which is rather pleasant.

Sharp and tangy mouthfeel with a light body. Bitter herbs on the tongue. The alleged spruce is right up front. Tastes more like rosemary to me. Sort of a buttery taste after a while. On the good side, it's crisp and refreshing. Bitterness keeps growing along with that resiny taste that seems to add to the bitterness.

I'll have to taste the Alaskan winter beer again, which is flavored with spruce that I remember more fondly than this. From the 12 oz bottle bought at Grapevine Liquors in Denver.

11-26-2012 03:51:56 | More by mactrail
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oriolesfan4

Maryland

3.5/5  rDev +11.5%

12-14-2012 02:15:23 | More by oriolesfan4
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imperialking

Illinois

3.25/5  rDev +3.5%

04-11-2013 19:16:18 | More by imperialking
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plaid75

New York

3.63/5  rDev +15.6%

Poured a light brass hue with a one finger foamy white head. There was good retention and lacing.

The smell featured a light toasted malt and light grassy hop. Little to no spruce aroma detected.

The taste consisted of a crisp toasted malt with a balancing herbal hop. A bit of a thin malt bill however and no real trace of spruce.

The mouthfeel was toward the thinner side if the style.

Overall an easy drinking, clean ale.

12-01-2012 02:10:49 | More by plaid75
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LXIXME

New Mexico

3.03/5  rDev -3.5%

Medium to slightly bigger off white head settles into a nice lacing above a clear caramel golden colored beer.

Light piney hops mix well with a light caramel malt in an aroma that is quite nice but on the lighter side.

Almost burnt roasted malts dominate the taste with some slight hints of sourish hops skewing the dark malts.

A dryish aftertaste with some burnt like malt tastes staying around on this medium bodied ESB.

This beer has a almost burnt dark malt taste that is just a bit over the top for me, and as it sits it seems to become more prominent and to me less desirable.

11-03-2012 21:23:13 | More by LXIXME
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iL0VEbeer

New Jersey

3.75/5  rDev +19.4%

12-13-2012 05:02:15 | More by iL0VEbeer
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vfgccp

New York

3.25/5  rDev +3.5%

11-22-2012 20:39:28 | More by vfgccp
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crobinso

Colorado

2.75/5  rDev -12.4%

11-04-2012 02:48:34 | More by crobinso
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IdrinkGas

Pennsylvania

2.5/5  rDev -20.4%

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

South Carolina

2.75/5  rDev -12.4%

11-19-2012 00:02:41 | More by buckyp
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DrinkSlurm

Connecticut

3.4/5  rDev +8.3%

Poured from bottle into pint glass. Pours a hazy copper burnt orange color with a small mount of head. Not much aroma to it...some slight sweet malts i suppose.
Taste is very malty and has that typical magic hat malty-ness; but out of nowhere you get a huge wallop of spruce/pine/rosemary. Its actually pretty good, and would compliment a good roasted bird dinner - like thanksgiving...
while not the best ESB out there, its certainly different and drinkable.

11-19-2012 19:45:43 | More by DrinkSlurm
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JohnK17

Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev +19.4%

05-01-2013 15:39:50 | More by JohnK17
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KevMo84

California

3.75/5  rDev +19.4%

06-03-2014 05:48:42 | More by KevMo84
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cliff1066

Virginia

3/5  rDev -4.5%

12-22-2012 03:39:42 | More by cliff1066
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Falcone

North Carolina

2.5/5  rDev -20.4%

02-17-2013 01:08:20 | More by Falcone
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BeerLover99

Illinois

2.93/5  rDev -6.7%

A: shiny orange gold, finger white head,
solid lacing

S: light spruce, hint of lemon peel and grassy

T: same as nose, chalky mild bitter finish

M: light/med body, light oil/semi-dry mouth

O: LOVE ESBs, but just not this one. Don't think
I would buy it again, nor would I recommend it.
Also really enjoy the ancient British/Celtic recipes,
but this one needs some more body and blending
of nose and flavor.

OK; NOTHING SPECIAL!

12-31-2012 18:30:11 | More by BeerLover99
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Wooly from Magic Hat Brewing Company
73 out of 100 based on 157 ratings.