Jinx | Magic Hat Brewing Company

very good
350 Reviews

Brewed by:
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 pezoids on 12-06-1999

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Photo of Sammy
3.82/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Clark's Ale House in Syracuse on tap. a scotch style with significant peat. Full of flavour without the smokiness of a true smoked beer. More like a smooth single malt scotch flavour. Had again a year later on tap at the brewery and wasn't as good.

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Photo of Knapp85
3.25/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Had a bottle of this back on 4-8-08. This beer was kind of a new style for me when I had just started trying beers. Not really know what a Scotch Ale was I proceeded to did out. The beer was rather nice shade of red with a really nice head that lasted for a little bit. The smell was a little roasted and sweet, I found it to be fairly inviting. The taste was sweet at first which faded into a nice bitter aftertaste. Overall I wish this beer hadn't been retired, I would like to try it again one day.

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Photo of oriolesfan4
4.05/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bought a single of this, oddly this was in the Octoberfest section, sounds like a confused beer store but anywho...

This was a great beer. So far one of the best Ive had from Magic Hat. The smell and taste of smoked malts and hops is just so delicious and refreshing. It smells great, looks great, tastes great, its got a very unnoticeable high ABV.. solid beer.

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Photo of BEERchitect
3.95/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Advertised as a seasonal, but only if your season is eight or so months long -- I guess a mid summer through mid winter brew? Noticed some definitive maltiness, borrowing something from Oktoberfest / Marzens and Dopplebocks, but leaving a decernable estery / spicy quality found in Winter Warmers. All with a heavy dose of earthy, amber-malt, and mild peat-ey quality. You'd think that the textue would be heavy, but instead lands on medium firmness and much less sweet / cloying than anticipated. Easy to drink under about 7% of mild alcohols. Quite complex, flavorful, and rememberable.

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Photo of brentk56
4.07/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a clear amber color with a rocky head that retains well and leaves a few dots of lace

Smell: Perhaps this beer's best attribute, a nice combination of peat and caramel, with a slight smokey complexity

Taste: Lots of caramel up front, with a move towards a combination of peat and butterscotch by mid-palate that does not work very well for me; after the swallow, the flavor fades rather quickly for the style

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation; somewhat watery on the finish

Drinkability: Easy to drink but not really in the Wee Heavy territory, is it now?

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Photo of Thorpe429
3.7/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed from notes.

Poured into a snifter. The color is a moderately-dark brown color with a light head. The nose brings some dark fruits, roasted malt, light toffee, and some caramel. The taste has some dark fruits and also includes a bit of light candied toffee. Feel is nice and a bit heavy. Drinks well enough, but nothing to really pull me back for seconds.

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Photo of oberon
4.03/5  rDev +7.5%
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 NeroFiddled
3.97/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

What is this a blend of again?... I always forget. Anyway, I've never found the Magic Hat beers to be very impressive, but this one's pretty good.

It's dark copper body is capped by a short head of creamy antique-white foam that holds fairly well. The nose is malty, lightly cocoaish, and a touch nutty (from the yeast perhaps?) with a waft of delicate smokiness.

It's smooth across the palate with a medium body and median carbonation that wakens the taste buds.

In the flavor it's fairly basic and malty with a healthy dose of dark caramel, a mild touch of yeasty fruitiness, and little hop character whatsoever (not that that's a problem, it fits the style). Buttery/nutty notes appear in the finish along with some sublime leafy and grassy hop flavor.

Overall an enjoyable quaff.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.62/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a light reddish brown color, with a thin off-white head that fades quickly and leaves a thin lace on the glass.

S: It has a very malty and smoky aroma, with notes of caramel, a little hops, tea, vanilla & some fruit.

T: The taste is mostly smoky roasted malt and dark fruits. There some flavor of caramel and hops. As malty as the taste is, it doesn’t start to show much sweetness until the after-taste hits. It seems like a cross between a nut brown and an ESB.

M: Smooth & crisp, medium carbonation, medium body, finish is dry but slightly sticky.

D: Tasty, not filling, goes down easily, I could drink a lot of this beer, but it wouldn’t necessarily be my first choice.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.36/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Purchased as part of the Participation Variety 12-Pak at Total Wine in Kennesaw, Georgia.

Appearance: Pours a slightly hazy, medium brown body with a thin layer of off-white head.

Smell: Smokey, earthy peat nose with notes of caramel malt, aged lemon zest, roast (just a bit, though!) and fruits.

Taste: Pale and caramel malts with a small hint of roast and bog peat. Fair amount of grillside smokiness. Light citrusy hops with a small amount of hop bitterness. Slight raisin and black cherry fruitiness. Some herbal hints come and go. Dry finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium-high carbonation.

Drinkability: It's so-so, it's okay, but geez, that label is a bit on the creepy side.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.58/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Dark orange with orange sunburst and amber highlights when backlit with bright sunshine. The beer is capped with a pale orangish, butter colored head of finely pitting foam that gently collapses to a fat one finger disk without leaving any lace whatsoever.

I do pick up a faint whiff of Liquid Smoke, but no overly enticing aromas greet my nose. Jinx is brewed with 'peat smoked whiskey malt' according to the Magic Hat website. I hate to be a whiskey/whisky geek, but there's no such thing as whiskey malt. Whiskey is made with malted barley, corn, wheat or rye (or a combination thereof). The nose lacks power as well as complexity and character.

The beer is a little more interesting on the palate; at least there's something to grab onto. It's nicely malted and features chocolate as the dominant flavor. There's plenty of smoky peat, anise, and even a woody whiskey-like flavor. The Ringwood yeast is effectively blunted due to all of the assertive flavors noted above. Those flavors are assertive in character, but not so much in degree. This isn't a beer that explodes in the mouth with wall-to-wall taste bud saturation.

The body/mouthfeel is along the lines of an American porter. A fair amount of fine-gauged carbonation keeps things lively at the start of each mouthful, but fades too quickly, leaving the finish somewhat flat.

[Jinx: (noun) A person or thing that is believed to bring bad luck]. This is a beer that is wholly in keeping with Magic Hat's stated mission to brew interesting, off-beat beer and to do it with style. I find myself with mixed feelings regarding their beer more often than not and Jinx is a mixed bag of an effort in my mind. It doesn't have enough positive attributes to be more than a curiosity to me, but I do appreciate the opportunity to have given it a go. Thanks far333.

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Photo of mikesgroove
3.22/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

reviewed from notes, this one was serve in a pint glass during a magic hat tasting i had with my brother in law down at his apartment.

A - Poured a very nice ruby tinted brown with a good amount of clarity and some nice visible carbonation streaking up from the bottom of the glass to refill the smallish one finger high head of white foamy lace that had formed on top. Quick fade of this left behind just a thin film across th top and some decent side glass lacing.

S - The aroma was very thick and sweet with hint of candied sugars and caramel that were layered on top of a nice basw of malted grain and almost a nutiness that you could really start to pick up on as it warmed up a bit. There was a slight earthy and grassy note to it as well.

T - The flavor was very good actually and picture perfect example of a classic scottish ale. Started out with a decent touch of sweetness to it, being able to pick up the sugar on top of the roasted malts was a fairly easy task and this blended well into a nicely rounded sweet scottish ale. There was a very nice finish here being melded of deep earthy grains, with a good dose of caramel and grassy flavors and a nice overall bitersweet profile. I would honestly have to say not half bad at all.

M - Very smmoth and creamy this was a rather nice medium bodied ale that really stayed fairly consisitent throughout the entire session. Never bubbling over with carbonation it was just enought to keep it from getting stale or tasting like it was syrupy. Juts about the perfect conisitency.Only complaint would be that it was a little thin of the flavor.

D - Not a bad session ale at all. The flavors were strong enough to keep you intrested while never overwhelming or become too sweet to drink. Would not have been hard to throw down more then a fw of these in a sitting.

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Photo of Jason
4.2/5  rDev +12%
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 WVbeergeek
3.7/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a deep amber brown hue topped by a nice sized cream colored head lacing is present in thin sporadically patterned rings. Smells of deep roasted malts with a nut characteristic and smokey peated malts nice and robust even a presence of hops here slightly piney nose. Flavor mildly smoked deep woody, malts a slightly chocolate flavored with an herbal quality about it tasty and quite different. Medium bodied smooth light carbonation here, simple. Drinkability is quite effortless I could drink a few before the smoked effect would ware down my palate.

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Photo of jwc215
3.6/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured dark copper with a thin-off-white head that soon became a wisp after a short time.
The smell was of caramel, a touch of smokiness and a tinge of alcohol.
The taste was of sweet caramel with a touch of smokiness (not as much as I had expected, though). It was medium-bodied (at most). It became a touch more bitter as the drink progressed. A slight warming alcohol touch was present throughout.
It was a bit sweet, and the slight smokiness lingered for a bit. A touch of watery thinness kept it from being as complex or rich as it could have been.
It went down rather smoothly.
All-in-all, not bad, but worth trying for its uniqueness more than anything else.

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Photo of feloniousmonk
3.83/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I must say that I've always appreciated the graphic design sense at Magic Hat, but with this label, they've gotten, well, too graphic! It seems like a cartoon of a woman linked with a valentine, but other aspects seem, um, labial. I mean, look at it!
Okay, now let's open it...
Appearance: a dark, coppery color, with a prodigious head of creamy foam.
Aroma: deep & mysterious, malty & rich, unfolding layers of smokiness, most unusual, woody, nutty, but overall, unique.
Taste: surprisingly smooth, this plays it quite close to the vest, never as full-on in it's attack as a Schlenkerla, but keeping those smokey suggestions rather sly, just a hint shining through. The base beer behind it feels like a rather ordinary pale bock, perhaps. Short-ish finish, light to medium in body, but full of flavor. Too careful, though, to give it high marks. Gotta like them for taking a stab at it, but it doesn't go far enough for this beer lover's palate!
Cheers to the 36LbLoveChild for the bottle!

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Photo of Billolick
4.2/5  rDev +12%
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 Gavage
4.07/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Brown / deep copper in color. One inch head, no lacing. The aroma is a very pleasant combo of roasted malt, smoke, and fruit. The flavor was strong smokey roasted malt, caramel, fruit, with some light bitterness. Carbonation level was a little weak.

Medium bodied brew. Smooth at the start and finish. The smokiness is pleasant and lasts briefly on the tongue after swallowing. For a smoked beer, this was a very enjoyable version and nicely drinkable.

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Photo of tempest
3.93/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This is a pretty nice beer. The main flavors are of smoke and chocolate malt. They're followed by a bit of spice, ginger and grassy hops. Overall a nice session beer with little zing to it from the smoke. I wouldn't keep my fridge stocked with this, but I'd order a pint now and again.

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Photo of WesWes
4/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a nice ruby red color with a 1/4" tan head that fades to lacing. The aroma is good. It has a malty scent that boasts of pale, crystal, and roasted barley. It has a dry, yet fruity yeast aroma. The taste is good. It has a roasted malt flavor with a refreshingly fruity yeast finish. It seems to have some peated malts as well. It goes down easy and finishes a bit bitter and toasted. The mouthfeel is fine. It is a medium bodied beer with good carbonation. This is a good seasonal. It has excellent flavor and aroma; a good drinker.

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Photo of Wasatch
3.53/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks goes out to NJpadreFan for this brew.

Pours a nice clean brownish color, nice carbonation, nice little fizzy tan head, some sticky lacing follows. The nose is malty, bitter, and some caramel. The taste is malty, some bitterness, and a good tone of caramel. This is a mild Wee Heavy at best. Medium body. Drinkable, a nice brew from Magic Hat, drinkable. Thanks Alan.

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Photo of Stinkypuss
3.64/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

a. Poured a full pint glass with a nice inch of head and a mahogony body. A very nice show of lacing shows my every move.

s. Faint malts perhaps some earthy hop.

t. Starts with a nice spicey note followed by a semi-odd twang from the trademark Magic Hat yeast. Malts range from caramel to roasted, with more of a sweet finish. Has a nuttyness to it as well.

m. Medium bordering full bodied. Fairly smooth,

d. This is a good session beer, and a decent stab at the style. A good seasonal offering.

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Photo of plaid75
4/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a murky dark amber hue with a one finger creamy white head. There was good retention and lacing.

The smell featured a soft caramel malt with a solid smokiness.

The taste consisted of an upfront sweet malt, peat smokiness and a flowery hop. Touches of cocoa appeared as well.

The mouthfeel was creamy and of average fullness for the style.

Overall a tasty and full bodied scotch ale.

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Photo of Zorro
3.2/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Sampled through the Secret Bunny 2007 BIF and sinstaineddemon.

Observing the glass I see a near clear brown beer with a decent tan head that forms and then falls.

The smell is sweet and very malty to the nose with a hint of berries and a trace of smoke. It is quite pleasant to the nose but I can't identify the fruit type any further.

The taste begins semi sweet and quite prominent with the smoke flavor that lasts into the aftertaste. Mildly numbing to the tongue either from phenols in the smoke or alcohol level. This actually feels oily on the tongue and teeth. Not much comes through the taste besides the smoke except a bit of malt something like a light bodied Scottish Ale. This seems a little hot on the tongue as if there was some hot peppers added to the brew.

The mouthfeel is OK.

I can't decide if I really like this or not, it is a weird beer. Good smoke taste and not too strong but what gives this the sensation of heat on the tongue? Really raw smoke extract or a few peppers thrown in the mix? I will have to revisit this beer sometime but for now I will give this just an average drinkability score.

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Photo of puboflyons
4/5  rDev +6.7%

From the 12 fl. oz. bottle. Sampled on November 13, 2014.

Medium copper amber pour with a modest white head.

Malts are not as forward as one would expect in a Wee Heavy but they are there. Odd sort of musky quality to the scent. Even something akin to vanilla bean.

Medium body.

The taste has a lightly toasted and sweet malt note with a mild bitterness taking up the rear. Not as malty sweet as what I like in Scotch Ales but it is likable in it way.

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Jinx from Magic Hat Brewing Company
3.75 out of 5 based on 574 ratings.
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