Thumbsucker - Magic Hat Brewing Company
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4.7/5 rDev +11.9%
Thumsucker is an excellent example of an imperial stout from Magic Hat. Wish I could get a couple more bottles. Thumsucker is one of the Humdinger series of special beers released from MH, released in a champagne style bottle, corked, priced around $10. On opening, has an amazing aroma, notes of coffee and chocolate and spice. Good head for a bottled stout. Fairly strong alcohol presence, good and warming going down, definitely a sipper. I noticed the flavors became much more developed as thumbsucker warmed up a bit.
07-03-2003 05:34:01 | More by mikeys01
4.43/5 rDev +5.5%
Pours out thick and black like used motor oil. A dense dark tan head erupts, and quickly fades to a thin halo. Abosolutely no light shows through this. It sounds alive!
Scents of roasted fruit and smoke.
The flavor of this is quite complex. Notes of smoke, whiskey, molasses, licorice, plums, & raisins bounce around. This has a very wine like character throughout. My wife even said that it smells like wine. Blends seamlessly into an interesting and full hop profile. Finishes dry, with a slow moving astringentcy. Minty flavor lingers long after its gone.
Lipsmacking good. I can't believe I drank the whole bottle by myself!
05-28-2003 10:31:22 | More by xgrigorix
4.1/5 rDev -2.4%
This stout is solid black. Completely opaque. This, brown head at first, but it settles quickly, with almost no lacing. Smells primarily of apples. Nice aroma. Tastes very smooth.. smoky and a little chalky. Extremely drinkable. Pleasant coffee aftertaste.
05-19-2003 16:38:58 | More by dwarbi
4.6/5 rDev +9.5%
Cork's a bitch, for sure. Poured wonderfully into the glass, fat tan head atop what appears to be clear black nectar. The aroma, oh the aroma. A beer and whisky lover's (that's me) dream. Oaky, smokey, leathery whiskey aromas greet you first mellowed by sweet burnt malts and a hint of yeastiness. Careful of that first sip... KAPOWEE. It gets a little crazy, but there's those oaky whiskey notes, a deep vinous character, dark malts and coffee, it's sweet then it's dry, it's velvety smooth and everything in between. And I'll be damned if that Ringwood yeast doesn't fight its way through. I was at first upset that the bottle said it was only 7.8% alc/vol, I expect more out of a special edition Imperial Stout but I think they forgot a digit. It drinks much more potent than that. Maybe its the whiskey notes sublimilily telling me its stronger. Doesn't matter though, this is one I really enjoyed drinking.
04-08-2003 19:24:46 | More by pbrian
5/5 rDev +19%
When I saw this brew on the shelves at $29.99, I was very disappointed that I wouldn't ever get to try it ( can't pay that much!), especially as Magic Hat is hands down my favorite brewery. As luck would have it, tonight I saw it for only 15.99. Although, I have probably just been totally had by this package store, I am now happy regardless.
Now if I didn't deserve a beer before this, I sure did after wrestling out the cork. It actually took two people - one to hold the bottle down and the other to lift (of course we were using a swiss army knife corkscrew). All worth it.
Poured an inky black, I wasn't able to pick up any of the brown other reviewers reported. Also, the brown head had surprisingly good retention from what I expected. The aroma is nice and sweet, mocha, burnt chocolate, and a definitive whiskey aroma. The taste was really something else - easily the most complex taste I have ever experienced. It starts of as a fruity, whisky-ish, licorice, mouth puckering, I-just-can't-figure-out-what-the-hell-I-am-tasting brew, and then slowly molds into a bittersweet, mocha finish. Mouthfeel is velvety smooth with low carbonation. And trust me this description leaves out a lot - I could come up with flavor descriptions all night. The flavor changes as the beer warms - I had served it well below the recommended 55 degrees, and at first the chocolatey finish was the most prominent characteristic. However as it warmed the whisky, burnt flavors started to poke through. Unbelievable as far as I'm concerned - money well spent.
04-03-2003 16:49:26 | More by nixhecks
4.53/5 rDev +7.9%
This funky-ass conical bottle, which traveled here all the way from Connecticut, thanks to paceyourself, corked, caged, and wrapped, stands now in the Hall of Fame of Cool Beer Bottles.
Now to drink the thing! But first!
Color: dark as the Devil's stool, it is, with a buzzing, bubbling dark brown head atop.
Large aroma, full of roastiness, and chocolate and more....anise, molasses, rum, bark, carob, ... this actually has some very particular sensations for an Imperial, some that I can't put the word to, unfortunately. It's rather whiskeyish...is there something extra in this?...
Fully loaded on the tongue, with flavor, with malt, with hops. It all feels well-integrated, too, with no odd cluttering of flavors. It tastes a like a molasses candy bar, mingled with chocolate. Not too strong, as many over-powering ISs are these days, it still packs a wallop in flavor and alcohol. Generously sized bottle helps this carry me through the night.
The name, though, "Thumbsucker"? Am I supposed to crawl into a ball and call out for Mommy? A bit presumptuous, if that's their taunting tactic in the name.
It will put me to bed, though. A uniquely tasty IS, and one I'm glad I've had the chance to try!
04-01-2003 23:27:21 | More by feloniousmonk
4.25/5 rDev +1.2%
My girlfriend (originally from Russia) says that it means "finger sucker" or "one who sucks their fingers" and the phrase further implies that they are sucking their fingers because there is something tasty on them
she says that there is no word for thumb in Russian, its called the big finger
now onto the review...
'03 vintage reviewed right after release:
Pours black with a nice tan head. My first thought is "ahhhh! the whiskey barrels ruined Nailbiter!" Certainly I am of the opinion that Nailbiter (the same brew minus the aged whiskey barrel time) is much better, but this is still a damn fine brew. The whiskey barrel flavor adds something to the brew, but it also masks some of the complexity of Nailbiter. If you see Nailbiter on tap it is a must drink. If you can't get that, buy a bottle of this.
Update on the '04 vintage as of 11 months in the cellar:
I didn't even bother to crack one of these bottles fresh this year. But 11 months later I'm wondering if maybe this year's batch will bring me joy. Alas, yet again not a Nailbiter. Still though, I think this vintage of the Thumbsucker is better than the '03 with similar aging. Quite smooth with that sweet thing going for it. But damn you wiskey flavor!
03-27-2003 10:50:56 | More by scottum
3.2/5 rDev -23.8%
Pours from the bottle dark brown, nearly black, with a dark brown foam that rises quickly (too quickly actually) to a huge head that is slow to dissipate. The smell is slightly hoppy, but without much character. Crisp mouth feel. The flavor is intense, with a bitter hoppiness on the front of the tongue, and finishes with hints of bitter chocolate and coffee. Tough to have more than one of these, the flavor can be overwhelming. Honestly not one of my favorites from Magic Hat. The Heart of Darkness is much smoother (although I realize HOD is not an imperial). This one tastes very similar to Brooklyn Black Chocolate stout, but is not as creamy or smooth, and is much more expensive. Price may come down if they roll this one out, but I prefer to stay with the Brooklyn for this style of brew.
03-23-2003 17:09:16 | More by far333
Thumbsucker from Magic Hat Brewing Company
93 out of 100 based on 83 ratings.