Wooly - Magic Hat Brewing Company
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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
3.85/5 rDev +22.6%
This is the first beer that I have had that includes spruce. And am always attracted to this companies cool labels.
A: Beer pours a light orange/gold color that has a very thin, soap white head that leaves no lacing.
S: Aroma consist of pine, spruce and some mild hops. Also, I get a bread-type character at the end.
T: Very nice flavor that jumps at you with generous amounts of spruce, followed by a little pine, some honey and hops. A dry yeast in the mouth is present at the finish.
M: Very dry mouth accompanied with those herbal flavors. Not too much carbonation, but a very tolerable beer.
O: I really enjoyed this beer, very unique in the aroma and taste. The spruce is nice and sweet, where I thought it would be a little over the top or to uncharacteristic of a beer. Quite simply, the best ESB I have ever drank.
12-15-2012 07:49:47 | More by SouljaSaia17
3.6/5 rDev +14.6%
12 oz from the Winter Mix Pack
A - Pours a semi cloudy orangish gold, with a half finger head that disappears quickly
S - Pine, bread, and some mild hops. That must be where the "with spruce" comes in.
T - Having a touch time figuring this one. I can detect a mild hint of the same flavors present in their signature #9, although more muted, on the finish. Definitely some biscuit qualities, and bitter hops.
M - A touch on the thin side, but it is very clean and crisp, especially for an ESB
O - A solid beer, but seems to be something.
12-10-2012 02:00:10 | More by Apellonious
3.68/5 rDev +17.2%
12 oz bottle poured into a nonic.
Pours a hazy ruddy amber brown color with two fingers of magnificent fluffy foam. Aroma is grainy, biscuity, with a hint of spruce.
First sip has a evergreen, spruce flavor profile with an extremely dry finish with little residual sweetness. Leaves you thirsty after taking a sip. Strong bitterness is present on the back end but though it is potent, it is not harsh or lingering. I think this beer suffers from a lack of malty sweet flavor. As soon as you swallow, the flavor disappears and you are left with a faint evergreen aftertaste.
This is an interesting brew, but not something that I'd find myself craving again. Really could use a touch more sweetness to round things out.
12-09-2012 02:18:38 | More by FickleBeast
2.7/5 rDev -14%
[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...
12-06-2012 18:50:34 | More by KajII
3.08/5 rDev -1.9%
12 oz bottle. Pours a clear reddish gold with a small off white head that quickly goes to a thin collar.
The aroma is sweet biscuity caramel malts, honey, some fruit and a little spruce that comes out as it warms.
The flavor is sweet bready malts that quickly is dominated by a big spruce bitterness. The mouthfeel is thin to medium bodied and a bit watery.
Overall, interesting one-dimensional spruce beer.
12-06-2012 01:03:25 | More by Beaver13
3.18/5 rDev +1.3%
appearance: slightly darker than pale straw, light amount of foam, sticky lace fairly transparent, bubbly
smell: clean, slight metallic, a bit of alcohol, spicy hop
taste: very balanced, a bit more hop than malt, lingering crisp taste, slightly lager-y
mouthfeel: slight bitter, exceptionally smooth, perfect carbonation
overall: clean and crisp, smooth, slightly malty but not too sweet, easy to drink
12-02-2012 16:53:36 | More by stxp
Wooly from Magic Hat Brewing Company
73 out of 100 based on 156 ratings.