Jinx | Magic Hat Brewing Company

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Magic Hat Brewing Company
Vermont, United States

Style: Scotch Ale / Wee Heavy

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.30%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
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

Added by stirgy on 12-06-1999

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Ratings: 621 |  Reviews: 362
Reviews by Douglas14:
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3.92/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a dark copperish color with an ok head.

This beer really surprised me. Its got great raosty notes with chocolate coming out. It also has a nice dry feel in the mouth. Finishes nice and thoroughly.

Great beer from a brewery that for some reason doesn't appeal to me very much...but I highly recommend this one and I look forward to trying more of their selection.

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Photo of oberon
4.03/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Cole's,poured a nice rich deep amber with a thinner reddish tinted head atop,mild smoke aromas uderneat some brown sugar and lightly roast malt really quite appetizing.Again the smoke is subdued but is more of a companion to the sweeter malt profile maybe a little bitter chocolate in there but its light.A real quaffing smoked ale normally Iam not a huge fan of the style but I think comes together real well.

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Photo of Zakk
4/5  rDev +7.5%

Photo of SIRIUS2
4.27/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a tapered pint glass.

Pours a sort of dark yellow leaning toward orange, clear, with abundant bubbly head. Decent retention and lacing.

The aromas coming off from the brew are complex and inviting. There is a subtle malty-fruity-sweet-earthy smell that is incredibly hard to describe but smells wonderful.

So many layers of flavors here, I don't even know where they come from. There seem to be more than one type of malt that are blended tightly and keep everything together nicely. There is some sweetness here but it isn't overt, is sort of a tease of sweetness that comes in waves. Nice. I can't tell if it is some sort of adjunct or if it is residual effects of malt but there is a sort of fruitiness that comes out of this too, a sort of "not quite" dark fruit flavor. The finish is mostly clean with just a hint of linger.

This is the second brew I have had from Magic Hat that has made me just want to keep drinking it to try to figure out how they heck they did that! Easily drinkable with the flavors beautifully masking the near 7% ABV. Check this one out!!

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4.08/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Beer review from BA Mag Oct 2007.

We always look forward to any of the Magic Hat seasonals. Jinx is within the Scotch Ale realm with a bit of peat-smoked whiskey malt in the mash. Always check under the cap for your fortune: "Seek First ... Ask Questions Later" was under our cap.

Hazed rusty brown color with a huge pillowing head that does not go quickly. Hint of alcohol and faint smoke from the first whiff of the nose. After a few more swirls of the glass, mild dark fruit, unsweetened chocolate and a buttery yeast come forth. A creamy smoothness from the heavens shows a nearly full body and slides across the mouth. The palate is plunged right into a malty rich fête with an abundant sweetness that wraps around undertones of chocolate, toasted grain and vague smoke. Unassertive hop bitterness with only a flicker of flavor. Thin buttery flavor, soft fruitiness and a chalky yeast carry the back end to the taste buds with a semi-sweet finish.

A bit of old school craft beer here, packed with flavor yet not overkill. Without a doubt a choice pick for the fall season though we would not be against Magic Hat brewing it year round.

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Photo of JasonA
3.41/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark smokey beef bouilion. Virtually no head, little lacing.

Smells a light smoke, malt.

Light roasted malt. Something in the middle I cant place. Finish is light, virtually no hops. Maybe a little sweet.

Smooth. Maybe some citrus tang, not sure.

Very interesting beer. Not sure how many I would have, but I would definately recommend to anyone out there to try at least once. I think I would like to review this one again another time.

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3/5  rDev -19.4%

Photo of lordofthewiens
3.92/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Sometimes Magic Hat produces good beers. This was part of the Night of the Living Dead 12 pack (Batch 375 was pretty good, also). The beer was a brown color with a medium head. It had a faint smoky aroma, as well as some sweet chocolate. It had a smoky taste, maybe some dark fruit, with a little hops bite at the end. I thought it was a trifle thin in the mouthfeel, but still a pretty good beer, particularly if all you associate Magic Hat with is #9.

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Photo of Todd
4/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Presentation: 12oz brown. Some funky art-deco design with a blinking thing, that stares at you. "an Ale inspired by the doctrines of medieval chemists.", is proclaimed with a freshness date scored, but no valuable info of about the beer.

Appearance: Amber with a touch of haze. Nice, creamy white head with various sized bubbles.

Smell: Rich sweetness, herbal and floral aromas with a creamy smell ... almost smoke like.

Taste: First, we have to cut to the spice. It warms, with a profile akin to some Belgian Ales and their peppery characters. We have no idea what spice(s) they use, but they are used with a mastery that leaves you in deep thought. Belgian yeast? Rye malts? Who knows? After you stop thinking of the spice, an underlying sweetness fills the mouth with an alcoholic bite, mild smoke and lemony hop flavours. The aftertaste is full of dextrins and the mouth is left almost puckering with slight dryness and faded hop leaf flavour.

Notes: One of the most interesting ales brewed in New England if not in the US.

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Photo of generallee
3.75/5  rDev +0.8%

Photo of Scribbles
3.71/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Very dark coloured, decent head when poured, but I thought it was best right from the bottle.

Smell: Not too much smell to it, maybe a little earthy, But not too bad.

Taste: Very Earthy and smoky toasted flavours, if that isn't in your taste this certainly isn't the beer for you. With all the Smokey and earthy tastes the hops don't stand out much but they're there. The 6.9% abv in this is very well masked under all the other flavours. Funniest thing while drinking these I kept thinking of the flavour of espresso coffee, I don't know maybe I'm wierd.

Mouthfeel: smooth, even more so when warmer; goes down easy unless you don't like the taste. Then I can imagine that it might not be as pleasant in you mouth.

Drinkability: Pretty Drinkable, very strong flavoured(in the ways mentioned above) but smooth enough to go down easy, with hardly a hint of the alcohol. I don't think I would be able to drink a lot of them in one session though. Pretty good overall, it's a nice beer to relax with at the end of a cool fall, or cold winter day.

On a side note I've found that its flavour makes it quite nice as a base when steaming clams, all it needs is a little butter, salt and pepper added, and its good to go.

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Photo of Jason
4.2/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Under the cap it says “Have a 9 on 9/9”.

Appearance: Multi-sized bubbles within the thick and creamy looking head, cling to the glass just fine. Dusty brass hue show bright through the glass.

Smell: Fruity, rustic and a tad buttery with a cookie like maltiness, a ghost like smokiness creeps from the back as well.

Taste: Layered sweetness of different malts and the yeast create a buttery, cake-like and fruity complexity. Hops are certainly there and well round at that, bitterness is at a perfect level and the flavour meld well with the malt drawing earthy herbal tones. Toned down esters appear toward the end with a light warmth from the alcohol. Thinly lined smoke flavour add a tenfold of depth as you don’t really know when it starts or if it even ends.

Mouthfeel: The smoothness is laid down quite well as it blankets the mouth its creaminess. Nearly full bodied with a moderate amount of carbonation.

Drinkability & Notes: This is one of those sip and savour brews as the complex flavours do not deter the palate from being overwhelmed yet the after taste is never-ending. Pot roast with sweet potatoes and roasted root veggies is a perfect match for this brew.

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Photo of Billolick
4.2/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at the BTAH in NYC. Pours a nice rich almond. off white head. nose of malt, smoke, nuts. Deeply malty and flavorful. Rich mouthfeel, medium bodied. This was sold as an octoberfest brew on steroids, so there seems to be some style bending going on here. Smoke notes fairly subtle. Malt caried the freight here, tasty seasional creation from MH

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Photo of jakester
4/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is from a sampler case I bought at Shelbourne Beer Distributor. I drank it in a pilsner glass.

Pours a fairly clear light brownish red with a two finger head of beige colored foam. The head drops to islands and a ring, with decent splotches of lacing on the glass.

Aroma is a subtle smokiness, dark caramel, very clean, dark dried fruits, and a hint of spicy hops in the background.

First flavor is dark caramel candy, then a nice subtle smokiness, sweet, with barely enough hop bitterness. Flavors of blackberries and currants come through late, with an aftertaste of light sweet smoke. A really yummy beer. The smokiness comes through more as it warms.

Mouthfeel is smooth and creamy, pretty full bodied, with medium carbonation. The finish is lip smacking sweet.

This would be a good one to introduce people to smoked beers. It's sweet, the smokiness is just there, and it's very well balanced. And at 6.9%, it'll get the job done, if that's what you're seeking! Recommended.

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Photo of Cavanaghty
3.5/5  rDev -5.9%

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: Light brown with a thin beige head. No lacing on the glass.

Smell: Mild malt and nutty smell.

Mouthfeel/Taste: Smooth medium bodied. Taste nutty with heavier malts some very mild hop notes.

Overall: OK brew. Glad I tried it out.

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Photo of jcdiflorio
3.35/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Sevred into a flaired tulip glass from a 12oz bottle with crimped cap.
Slightly hazed ruby/deep copper color with a 1' light tan head that dissapated quickly into a sudsy ring which really comes to life with a swirl.
Lively looking constant rising of bubbles with tighly knitted strings of tiny bubbles rising from the sides of the glass leaving some spotty lacing.

Sweet malty aromas,roasty with a hint of smoke,earthy/musty with an apricot-like fruityness. Aromas were slightly on the faint side.

Sweet syrupy carmell taste,roasty, with a touch of peat. Earthy with some dried fruityness finishes clean,juicy with a pleasing,drying hop feel has a very nice balance. Good taste a touch on the light side for the style.

Medium bodied,slightly cloying with a tangy grainyness. Easy drinking just not something i would want to drink a lot of.

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Photo of sgn4779
4.1/5  rDev +10.2%

Photo of mjtiernan
4/5  rDev +7.5%

Photo of bpfrush
3.75/5  rDev +0.8%

Photo of far333
4.85/5  rDev +30.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Another excellent ale from Magic Hat. Slightly smokey due to the peat smoked malt. There's also some wheat malt and chocolate in the recipe which all make for a unique flavor. It's not out for long, so buy it when you can. My wife figured out the logo. I thought it was a funky falling leaf, but she informed me that if you look close, it's actually three overlapping hearts around the smiling face.

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Photo of yankeeheel
3.38/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark clear amber with a small off-white head. The smell is slighlty smoky with some hints of dark fruit and malt coming through.

The taste is rather pleasant and highly malty. Lots of dark fig, cherry, and plum, with a slight astringency. Doesn't taste as smoky as the smell would lead you to believe. Not a bad brew. Kind of like a soft porter that took a weird detour and mated with a scotch ale.

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Photo of E7taylor
4.56/5  rDev +22.6%

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3.75/5  rDev +0.8%

Photo of AzAleC
3.65/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served in an unchilled pint glass, approx. 1" head. Head was very creamy, and retained well. Dark ruby in color.

Aroma was very earthy/smoky, with hints of dark fruit (cherries) and hops.

At the start, the sweet and smoky flavors run over the tongue making way for a stong malt backbone. The mouthfeel is slightly thick, and sticks to the mouth, leaving behind a smoky hop taste.

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Photo of rwilde
3.5/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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