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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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New Hampshire

3/5  rDev -4.5%

12-24-2012 03:41:40 | More by jlogan7
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3.5/5  rDev +11.5%

12-24-2012 02:42:02 | More by ajkiser12
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3.75/5  rDev +19.4%

12-24-2012 01:10:02 | More by ale207
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3.75/5  rDev +19.4%

12-23-2012 19:19:14 | More by ralphw56
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New York

3.75/5  rDev +19.4%

12-23-2012 03:20:45 | More by FCRICH
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3/5  rDev -4.5%

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

3/5  rDev -4.5%

12-19-2012 00:35:27 | More by Mantooth
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4.25/5  rDev +35.4%

12-17-2012 02:37:26 | More by SlaughteredWolf
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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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3.5/5  rDev +11.5%

12-15-2012 23:52:23 | More by J_Beloved
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3.5/5  rDev +11.5%

12-15-2012 16:14:55 | More by nquigley16
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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
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3.5/5  rDev +11.5%

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

3.75/5  rDev +19.4%

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

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
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2.5/5  rDev -20.4%

12-09-2012 04:48:03 | More by bigbeers84
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New Jersey

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
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New Hampshire

3.5/5  rDev +11.5%

12-09-2012 00:37:19 | More by mattparsons
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1.75/5  rDev -44.3%

12-08-2012 02:11:09 | More by Ispeakforthetrees
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3.75/5  rDev +19.4%

12-07-2012 01:26:49 | More by bcsbeer
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North Carolina

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
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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
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3/5  rDev -4.5%

12-04-2012 16:25:21 | More by HevvyMetalHippie
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3.5/5  rDev +11.5%

12-03-2012 04:23:01 | More by Scandoppelganger
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New York

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.