Magic Hat Brewing Company

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Magic Hat Brewing Company
Vermont, United States
Scotch Ale / Wee Heavy
3.72 | pDev: 13.44%
Aug 02, 2020
Dec 06, 1999
Notes: It’s OK to be a Wee Heavy. Much has been made of the ills of smoking. Jinx thinks there’s nothing wrong with it. For years, he stood strong with his peat-smoked whiskey malt mash. He held his head high when others made fun of his wee heavy physique, becoming a mainstay in Magic Hat’s Night of the Living Dead Variety 12-Pak. People said he’d never attain an Original Gravity above 15.1 degrees Plato or an ABV above 6%. He proved them wrong. Take Magic Hat into the next alellenium. Vote Jinx.

23 IBU
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Rated: 4 by Velivolus1 from Vermont

Aug 02, 2020
Rated: 3.75 by MJSFS from Florida

Dec 07, 2019
Rated: 3.99 by DownyIsHungry from Minnesota

Aug 24, 2018
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Reviewed by hoptheology from California

3.37/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3
12 oz bottle poured into tall deschutes flute.

A delightful highlighted color of caramel, with light streaking up the sides. The head is creamy and firm at 1 finger.

I get very fruity, bright, complex notes of raisin, peach, and hot caramel all over the place. It almost leans butterscotch-y, but it doesn't gain that flaw in the slightest. It's very delectable to the nose, I gotta say I'm really excited.

Delightful fruitiness just pops and dances with lovely candy-caramel and raisin notes. Borders on cloying, sometimes stepping over the line, sometimes staying behind it. The amount of palatable presence of floral hops on the finish sort of determine that detainer. Hints of butterscotch, could be diacetyl or just an overly bright caramel note. (score dropped to 3, things got really sweet)

Feel is creamy with some slightly painful CO2 going on in the belly. The slightly starchy finish also detracts a bit.

Overall - this is a weird one. I started out really liking this beer, but the more I drink it, the more I think I'm gonna be sick. It gets very cloying half-way through, and it's not sitting right with me. Now it's simply tasting like sweet ash. Hmmm, well I might have to dump this one.

Scores adjusted...I don't know what happened, I simply cannot do this beer.
Aug 02, 2018
Rated: 3.79 by O-Meg from New York

Jun 27, 2018
Rated: 3.5 by Bluerabbitbell from Pennsylvania

May 04, 2018
Rated: 3.59 by chicagoish from Pennsylvania

Apr 01, 2018
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Reviewed by chinchill from South Carolina

3.5/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
Poured from a 12 oz 2017 bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: Lightly hazed copper-brown body with a thin beige head. Limited lacing on the glass.

Aroma: Mild malt and fruity (!) hops.

Mouthfeel: Smooth medium-light bodied. Semi-dry finish.

Taste: nutty with medium and dark malts; some mild hop, smoke and peat notes.

Overall: OK version of the style with more hops and less toffee than average.
Mar 12, 2018
Rated: 3.72 by chrishiker1409 from New York

Mar 04, 2018
Rated: 4.93 by LeftyMike from New Jersey

Mar 02, 2018
Rated: 4.1 by travelguy from Ohio

Feb 04, 2018
Rated: 3.68 by brewnme from Maine

Jan 07, 2018
Rated: 3.5 by 1971bernat from Virginia

Jan 02, 2018
Rated: 4.8 by ryanm3850 from Rhode Island

Dec 28, 2017
Rated: 3.75 by Velivolus from Vermont

Dec 24, 2017
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Reviewed by nunitn from Arizona

4.07/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Was disappointed with the last two I reviewed out of my variety pack by Magic Hat I was hoping this one would come strong and it did they need to continue this and not just put it off for a limited run because this is tasting lot better than the other two that I reviewed for a big Brewery like this this is really good. Very solid for a big Brewery smell doesn't linger too long though almost kind of like aal smell but nothing like aal taste well done Magic Hat
Dec 09, 2017
Rated: 3.93 by sisterofba from Maryland

Dec 09, 2017
Rated: 3.34 by Jjmj51 from Rhode Island

Dec 03, 2017
Rated: 3.52 by neliam24 from New York

Nov 30, 2017
Rated: 3.75 by thoglund from New York

Nov 29, 2017
Rated: 4.24 by RochefortChris from North Carolina

Nov 26, 2017
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Reviewed by Hyptochrons from Massachusetts

4/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
pretty tasty stuff. has a light smoky aspect to it, some sweet bready and caramel notes. pretty smooth and some creamy aspects. mouthfeel is a bit light but this enhances drinkablility. overall very enjoyable
Nov 20, 2017
Rated: 3.75 by Jame515 from Texas

Nov 15, 2017
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Reviewed by YoungMtn52 from New York

3.73/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75
I never really had some experience with scotch ales, but recently had another from the Brau Brothers in Minnesota and this was pretty similar....crisp, peat smoky taste...I'll be getting more of these...
Nov 13, 2017
Rated: 3.75 by archero from Texas

Nov 06, 2017
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Reviewed by garymuchow from Minnesota

3.75/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75
Kind of an oxidized aroma but not noticed in the taste. Not quite and bold as I would have hoped. Is malt forward but tastes and drinks lighter than advertised as style and even for size. Also not that dry, more clean.
Good looking beer hitting the color right and good looking head.
Flavors appear more as warms and opens up, with hints of smoke and hop flavor.
Has a nearly aqueous feel at times.
Another easy drinking ale from a brewery I like.
Thanks brother.
Nov 04, 2017
Rated: 3.83 by Ronl12 from Massachusetts

Oct 31, 2017
Rated: 3.85 by Hopfenpeter from Maryland

Oct 28, 2017
Rated: 3.66 by zotzot from Vermont

Oct 22, 2017
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Reviewed by jjamadorphd from Florida

2.39/5  rDev -35.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2
A scotch-ale, I love these...but not really *this* one...

MH somehow has a hook in me when it comes to their variety packs. Somehow, someway, I can't seem to walk away their variety 12ers. Though there were some good one in this latest pack, this one was a bit of a disappointment. Quite possibly my least favorite of all MHs I have had to date (and I have had quite a few.) The beer has a decent look and smell, but it feels watery to me and the taste swung between a metallic tang to no taste at all - very weird. Probably not going to be one I will be looking for ever again.
Oct 20, 2017
Rated: 3.77 by Steve_Studnuts from Pennsylvania

Oct 19, 2017
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Reviewed by WatertowerIV from District of Columbia

4.16/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 3 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
A- Reddish brown, with little opacity. Head sprung up to about a half inch, but dissipates quickly with no lacing to speak of.

S- Brown bread, caramel, and fruit cake. Really quite fascinating.

T- rich, dark maltiness, with hints of chocolate and raisin. Very mild smoke lingering on the back end.

F- low carbonation, slightly sticky and syrupy. To be expected for the style, I'm sure, but I find it a little off-putting.

O- A very solid fall brew. Just enough oomph to make you forget the nippy evenings, and certainly a sound alternative for those who aren't into the yearly pumpkin craze.
Oct 17, 2017
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Reviewed by MichaelProcton from North Carolina

3.81/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
Ultra-clear copper, with a creamy brown head that loses its height quickly, but maintains a nice cap. The smoke scent comes off very strongly at first out of the bottle, but you get a sweet malt balance as everything settles in. The taste doesn't seem to line up well with the nose; you get a lot more hoppy bitterness, particularly on the front end. Still, the malt sweetness is there, and there's a whiff of smoke on the back. Mouthfeel is a touch heavier than average, perhaps owing something to the low level of carbonation.
Oct 17, 2017
Rated: 4.1 by JoeLacy from Ohio

Oct 05, 2017
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Reviewed by Smakawhat from Maryland

4.03/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Poured from the bottle into a wee heavy glass.

Deep cherry and dark red bodied color. Fairly clear with a nice little bit of carbonation. Head is a nice forming aggressive khaki with a straight punch pour, and an excellent creamy settling top. Beautiful color and presentation.

Aroma seems to go for more toast and wood but nicely. Slight hint of smoke and toasty wood chip like sensing flavors. Very mild sensing caramel and maybe a touch of cinnamon like phenols but it's a bit subdued.

Palate seems to hint much of what the nose detects. A good thick body but without a large syrupy or boozy component. A nutty almost toasty wood like quality, one that also seems to linger on the finish quite a bit. Minimal sweetness and a bit of spicy and slightly bitter nutmeg as well. Very little sweetness going on here.

It's a very different take on a wee heavy, as it doesn't really have much toffee or caramel quality. But it's unique woody and slight smoke makes it enjoyable.
Sep 27, 2017
Rated: 3.5 by williahd from Maine

Sep 25, 2017
Rated: 3.17 by robebo44 from Virginia

Sep 24, 2017
Rated: 3.55 by kkazemi from North Carolina

Sep 18, 2017
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Reviewed by ordybill from Georgia

3.77/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
Poured from a 12 OZ bottle into a pint glass. The appearance is a clear light amber color with a small white head. The aroma is sweet malt. The taste is malt driven
Sep 17, 2017
Rated: 4 by Wizzle32 from Pennsylvania

Sep 11, 2017
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