Séance - Magic Hat Brewing Company
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Reviews by FickleBeast:
3.83/5 rDev +21.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
12 oz bottle poured into a nonic.
Pours a nearly dark brown color with foam that overfills the glass.
First sip is taking down the foam that overfills the 20 oz glasss. it tastes malty, with a nice smoky peat malt flavor as well. This beer has a lot of smokey, peat malt flavor, which isn't really a bad flavor.
This is a step down from a malt bomb like Old Chub, but this has a nice smoky flavor that I really do enjoy. I couldn't drink more than one of these at a time due to the intense smoky flavor, but I am enjoying the first one I've had.
Solid beer, would get again if there were no premium beers on tap.
EDIT - this was not reviewed as a Saison / Farmhouse Ale. If it was reviewed to that style it would be much lower. This is more like a Smoked Beer or Scottish Ale.
Serving type: bottle
01-25-2014 08:29:31 | More by FickleBeast
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3.4/5 rDev +7.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5
I am now committed to reducing, if not eradicating, my backlog of bottles. This one was part of a local, in-person trade with tone77.
From the bottle: "The ancient ritual of brewing a distinctly rich and flavorful beer is a performance to behold. Our mysterious melange of time-honored ingredients harmonize with chaotic chemistry, humble patience and blind faith to create this unique beer to share in the rousing company of kindred spirits. Cheers!"; "A liquid dance through life's trance"; "a performance in every bottle".
It does not happen often that I am surprised by a beer, but the dark color of this one as it poured into the glass really caught me off-guard! It made the pseudo-cascade very visible, which in turn created two dense, rocky fingers of deep-tan head with great retention. Color was a deep-brown with mahogany highlights (SRM = > 27, < 34) with NE-quality clarity. Nose had a bittersweet chocolatiness with a slight mustiness. This is a saison?!? Mouthfeel was thin-to-medium. The taste was very odd (notion) - slightly chocolaty, slightly peppery, kind of musty, a little smoky. Wow! Finish was dry, but just not what I think of when I think of a Saison.
Serving type: bottle
07-17-2014 17:16:51 | More by woodychandler
Séance from Magic Hat Brewing Company
73 out of 100 based on 433 ratings.