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 stirgy on 12-06-1999

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Photo of puttyman
3.9/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Found this little guy tucked in the back of the fridge taunting me to drink it.

Amber-brown appearance with a hint of deep garnet red. Strangely it poured a thin tan head, but a shake of the glass and the first few sips both reveal some lively carbonation. Scent of dark caramel malt with a bit of raisin and tobacco. Tastes are floral and some leather in the beginning, moving to a strong malty sweetness in the middle and finishing with a distinctly Magic Hat dry, long-lingering flavor. Magic Hat seems to be one of those breweries where somehow all of their beers have a similar taste. Perhaps its the proprietary ringwood yeast, which can be overbearing in some of their beers but I think works here. Mouthfeel is medium, maybe a little less; doesn't really coat the mouth, but not light either.

This is more of a sipper or a 2-at-the-most type beer for me due to the predominance of sweetness. Overall a very tasty beer, would definitely try again.

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Photo of thequeen711
2.76/5  rDev -26.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured into a tulip glass dark golden, small frothy head diminishing to light lacing. Absolutely no detectable nose...I could smell a thing. Mouthfeel is light. Seems like a well rounded beer, starts with a hoppy taste, then turning to a malty sweetness. I can't make my mind up about this brew...I usually enjoy most Magic Hat offerings, but this one may need another taste later...

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Photo of BigMike
3.5/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

"inspired by the doctrines of medieval chemists"

Pours a very dark reddish orange brown color.

Smell is caramel and toffee. Some vanilla and almond extracts too.

Taste is pretty good. Caramel and nuts. some toffee and almonds.

A little too much carbonation. Tastes like more then 7%abv.

Decent mouthfeel and finish. Pretty easy drinkability.

Probably not something i would seek out again although its not bad.

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Photo of bsend
3.9/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured this into a pint from a 12 oz. bottle.

The beer pours a rich dark brown. Darker than most of Magic Hat's offerings, it has a small amount of carbonation and an inviting (though small) head.

The smell is rich and unique. We get roasted malt, whiskey, and smoke!!! As the bottle states, this really does remind you of fall. It smells like the woods, and burning leaves. Great concept and perfectly executed.

The taste was impressive. Well balanced robust taste with obvious whiskey. The whiskey flavor is definitely infused and not something just added. Plays well in the beer. After the intial taste, the flavor moves into a hearty smokey flavor much like liquid smoke for BBQ (haven't tried it but sure it would pair well).

The mouthfeel is just average. The beer is light in consistency, but nothing spectacular. The drinkability of this beer definitely increases within the season it is released. Perfect beer that seems to warm you on an autumn day watching football.

Final Thoughts - Perfect autumn beer. I always look foward to picking up a twelve of this. A unique brew from Magic Hat that deserves at least one purchase. The flavor of smoke and whiskey work well together and provide a synergistic relationship. Give it a try in the Fall!

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Photo of Naugled
2.06/5  rDev -45.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.5

12 oz bottle served in flute.

The fruity esters really hit me hard. I smelled strong peaches and caramel in the aroma. Not what I was expecting.

Nice tan head that quickly subsided.

Deep copper brown color and clear.

Unimpressive mouthfeel, with medium body and smooth and sweet. OK carbonation.

Very light hop flavor and bitterness in flavor and aroma.

Metallic flavors very apparent, copper, iron, tinny, as well as iodine. Sometime a peat smoked malt can have these flavors out of proportion.

Not sure when this was brewed but it certainly didn't age well.

Not a very drinkable beer for me, I certainly won't have another.

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Photo of mobyfann
4.02/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Paid around $2 for a single at The Party Source...

The beer pours a clear amber colored base with a thin white head, a ring of retention and no lacing. Aroma is fairly faint, some sweet malts and barley are in there somewhere.

Contrary to the smell, this beer has a well-balanced flavor. Floral sting in the beginning, substantial malt flavor with a sweet aftertaste, moderate-to-full body and ends with a hint of cardamom/lemon/honey floral sweetness, very nice! Fairly smooth in the mouth, albeit a bit heavy and at 6.9% this scotch ale is a nice session brew.

Final Thought: A great offering to those beer connoisseurs looking some something original and not overpowering. Very pleased.

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Photo of kkosmoski
3.75/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Longneck poured into a tulip style glass. January 09 expiration notched on the rear label. An aggressive pour produced a big, billowing head that arched over the top of the glass and held for a bit. The cream colored head died down to a minimal covering after a few minutes. Clear red color with a swirling of sediment from the bottom of the bottle mixed through. Smell is malt dominated with notes of caramel, dark toast, dried fruits, and a hint of smoke. Smoked almond flavor to start off, followed by prune, cherry, dark toasted bread and sweet caramel. The finish includes smoke and toasted malt. A high level of carbonation mingles with a medium-full body. The flavors of this beer, while good, would prove to be a bit overbearing after a while for me, along with the nearly 7%.

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Photo of kshankar
3.76/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Clear copperish/red with a creamy head with good retention. Head recedes into a layer of film at the top of the beer..stays throughout

Aroma: Some sweetness, but the smell is really mild. I can't get much from it. Some smokyness as well.

Taste: Smoky, sweet and there is some biscuit aspect to it. Overall good, but somewhat mild in flavor, like the aroma. However, the taste is certainly much more noticeable than the aroma is.

Mouthfeel: Light to medium bodied, good carbonation, goes down well

Drinkability: Tastes fine, good mouthfeel..so this works.

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Photo of deliriumfest
3.71/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Consumed on 1/15/09

12oz bottle

Poured a dark copper color with a two finger brown head that enjoys hanging around for a while complimented by suspended yeast sediment. Aroma is that of caramel and alcohol for the most part. Taste definitely consists of caramel malt and interestingly enough a bit of smoke as well and maybe even moss. Mouthfeel is very smooth and creamy like a scotch ale should be. Drinkability is very easy due to creaminess but this beer is just not quite my cup of tea due to the earth flavor the malts impart on it. Would drink this beer again without having to twist my arm though.

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

Thanks to csmiley for the bottle.

Appearance: This one pours a moderately hazy, chestnut brown color. There's a bit of sediment swimming around. It's topped with an impressive vanilla colored head that's two fingers deep. It stuck around longer than I anticipated, but left a light coat of lace in its wake.

Smell: The nose is above average, but no better. It's on the weak side in terms of strength. There are some redeeming caramel and toasted malt aromas that smell sweet and inviting. Probably the most intriguing (and best) aspect is the light smoked smell. Wasn't expecting that. Smells a little biscuity on the tail. Alright, but not too exciting.

Taste: This is actually pretty good. I wasn't expecting and the nose was a little disappointing. But, it's a surprise here. Caramel and toasted malts are flavorful and sweet. Tastes like there's a touch of chocolate malt, as well. The smoky aspect that the nose alluded to is no doubt present and effective. I like that aspect of it. It is a little biscuity or yeasty, but not overly so. Much to my surprise, there's a very faint oak flavor. It's a little lacking in depth and character. But, it's a solid, good beer.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability: It leans medium as far as body goes. Carbonation is buzzy and gets in the way. Not quite smooth. For what it is drinkability is good. It's got a pretty nice flavor and abv is modest enough not to intimidate.

Jinx is a pretty good beer. It has its flaws. The nose could use some work, carbonation's a little high, and it could really use somthing to add depth and character. Something spicy, maybe? All in all, it's better than I expected and is well worth a try. Thanks, Chris.

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Photo of bort11
3.88/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

courtesy of Wasatch. Thanks dude!

12 oz bottle poured into a Duvel tulip. Mild head just short of a fingers width. Recedes to wispy lace n the surface and spotty flecks sticking to the glass. Color is a dark leathery reddish brown.

Smell is mildly smokey and earthy. Hints of peat and a little tannic. Taste has much more smoke. Still very earthy with dark brown herbal spices. Hops are barely noticeable.

Mouthfeel has a velvety texture with a tight carbonation. Nice example of the style

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Photo of WakeandBake
3/5  rDev -20%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Notes Oct 12, 2008
Dark brown color beer with a thin tan head. Aroma dark fruit,bread and faint earthy herbal hops . Flavor is brown bread,faint smoke,caramel,and maybe cherries. Nice mouthfeel. An odd but solid offering,fun to try but not really my thing.

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

A deep amber color, with a quater inch thick head forming on top. The head is beige in color, showing tremendous retention, staying there longer than one would expect. A malty scent at the front, with a touch nof smokiness with woody green fragrance at the end. The malt is straight out strong in the taste, sweet, but not over bearing. Then the smoke comes foward and gives you what you expect from a scotch ale. Then a grassy green flavor comes in right the end, is a bit of a put off from the smokiness. A medium bodied feel with a chewy finish, with a slight dryness at the end. A solid to good scotch ale, the smoky flavor does make it a good choice to go with any smoked food.

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Photo of bbeerman
3.45/5  rDev -8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A..Dark brownish color with minimal head. Good looking beer.

S..Somewhat sweet, but with hints of a smoked flavor.

T..Definitely smokey up front, but tapered off near mid-bottle. The malts make themselves known, but not heavily so. Decent taste, though I think it would be acquired for many (I liked it, but I don't yet know anyone else that has enjoyed it).

M..A lightweight beer, despite the nearly 7% ABV.

D..I found this moderately drinkable. Not difficult to drink, but I doubt I'd have more than 2-3 in a session. I did like the smoked scent and flavor, but it didn't last long enough in my experience.

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Photo of talkinghatrack
3.96/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

My first review on BA. Thin head, great dark amber color. Tastes of smoky coffee/toffee. Occasional scent of spiced rubbing alcohol but not on every sip. Smooth with a nice silky mouthfeel. Bitter but not overwhelming aftertaste with a nice warming hit from the alcohol content. Glad I picked one up.

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Photo of ccrida
4.23/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. bottle poured into my Delirum snifter, Jinx is a hazy dark bronze with a tight, very fine bubbled off-white head that leves decent lace.

Smell is sweeter, hazelnut, grapes, with a metallic sharpness. Served at 55F.

Taste is nice and smokey, sweet! The beer itself is only slightly sweet, a nice maltiness that's not to rich, some toffee, very nice, with none of the metal I smelled. Slight phenols, very well rounded. While BA lumps these all into one category, I'm not comparing this to the bigger (90 shilling?) versions, but for a middle strength take, it's pretty darn good.

Mouthfeel is very creamy, with a lighter body for the strength.

Drinkability is pretty high for me. I like the wee bit of smoke, the smoothness, the lighter body, the well hidden ABV, pretty much everything about this beer save for the nose, which isn't bad, but has that metal I don't care for.

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Photo of yesyouam
3.12/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Sampled at the Flour City Brewers' Fest 2008. Magic Hat Jinx is a hazy amber ale with a huge, fluffy, cream coloerd head. The retention and lacing are excellent. It has a bready aroma with a touch of sweetness and roastiness. It is medium bodied, smooth and slightly metallic in the mouth. The finish is sharp. It has a well balanced flavor; slightly sweet with a touch of caramel and a slightly alkaline note. It beats #9.
(rated Aug 17, 2008)

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

Original Rating Date:
September 28, 2008

Pours a dark brown/copper with a decent size head and intermittent lacing down the glass. Bready, malty scent. Taste matches it -- biscuit, bready, super malty. I can't detect any actual smoke in this beer, but it's enjoyable nonetheless. Thumbs up.

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Photo of Bounty628
3.83/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Brewed in the traditional Scotch ale or wee heavy style, Jinx is a nice little find to especially around this time of year. Though some other breweries' Scotch ales often times prove to be either too abrasive or too syrupy in nature, it seems as though the folks at Magic Hat have done a nice job perfecting this brew.

With an ABV of 6.9%, the alcohol level in Jinx is well masked behind the other flavors at work in the beer. And though this might be a bit higher of an ABV than many are accustomed to, the drinkability level of this beer remains quite strong.

Jinx pours a medium reddish to maroon color with streaking hues of caramel brown seen when held to light. The beer pours with a great frothy head that lends way to a good amount of lacing along the glass. There is really a minimal amount of carbonation to this offering therefore the flavor sort of takes a minute or two to work its way across the palate and is not forced across by the carbonation.

The smell lends way to an at times smoked and at other times sweet characteristic that intrigues before the taste. The malted taste about to be enjoyed certainly can be recognized in the smell.

The taste reveals a very nice malty complexity to it that really is the predominant aspect at work here in the beer. Jinx is a rather medium tasting scotch ale that is not completely overpowering and allows the drinker the opportunity to really enjoy this offering.

Matched with the malty taste of the beer there is also a sweet and caramel element at play that comes through nicely. This is where it seems as though Jinx stands apart from the rest because the sweet complexity within the taste does not seem to be syrupy or fake. There is also a hint of both dark berries and nuts at work within the taste.

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Photo of philbe311
4.03/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

A - Reddish caramel color... Big frothy head... Nice lacing on the glass... Slightly more translucent than I expect from a Wee Heavy...

S - Malty goodness... Some earthy notes were detected as well...

T - Not overpowering as some Scotch Ales... Much more balanced... Multiple layers of hops combine to create a complex sweetness... Caramel... Some spicy herbal notes exist as well as the session develops... Perhaps some dark fruit hints on the finish...

M - Sleek and smooth... Coats mouth well... Minor carbonation and a slight creaminess... Medium bodied... Enjoyable...

D - This most striking thing about this pint, was the mellowness and smoothness... While the individual parts (appearance, smell, taste) were all solid, the sum of the parts worked together to create a great experience... I could enjoy this one after another...

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Photo of Onenote81
3.96/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice little "extra" received from Bounty628; gracias. Under the cap, she reads, "Philosophy is not a luxury item."

Pours a tawny brown with a huge frothy head that retains as good as it gets. Takes a little while to pour this bad boy. So far, so good. Alright let's take a whiff...smells of pine, caramel, and a slight astringent scent that I can't rightly place, but it does smell like some sort of furniture polish? Let's hope that's not what I'll be using this for.

On to the flavor. Sort of a dry, mealy taste paired with a slight metallic bite. A little hop presence, but this is knocked to the ground by a huge malt backbone! Slight caramel mixed in and I think walnuts are what I'm tasting. Mmmm. I like this. This is my first dabble into the world of Wee Heavy's, but I'm glad I entered. Lead me on Scotsman!

[EDIT] Holy crap! As this brew warms, and I scan some of the other reviews, it hits me, this DOES taste like a Tootsie Pop! Crazy. I'm not changing the flavor rating, but just thought I'd mention.

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Photo of kirkmichel
3.79/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A- Reddish amber, not much in the way of carbonation or head
S- excellent - hoppy with dark fruits - raisins, plums, dark cherries
T- nice ale "zing" with complex fruit, banana, cherry, and woody flavor
M- oily woody mouthfeel, not too heavy..
D- one or two is nice; mybe a bit too strong on the alcohol taste for me

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Photo of pmcadamis
2.84/5  rDev -24.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

A - This deep brown cloudy beer looks ruddy brown/red in the light and supports a massive three finger khaki head that deposits lots of thick foamy lace on the glass. The head sticks around for a long time (never falling below two fingers), and a quick swirl spatters more foamy lace around the edges on my big brandy snifter. This looks creamy, dense, and thick. Were off to a damn good start!

S - Grape Tootsie Roll Pop, grape flavored soda (Grapette?), and mild milk chocolate. Not a whole helluva lot going on.

T - There is a major grape Tootsie Roll pop flavor going on here. Its not bad, but its pretty one dimensional and it overrides other flavors here... like cola, mixed nuts, and root beer.

M - Thinner than it should be. This is light on flavor and light in the mouth... that's not a good combination for a scotch ale! Finishes clean and slightly nutty.

D - This is underpowered and pretty boring honestly. Its more like a mild brown ale than a wee heavy. The nutty aftertaste isn't bad, and its a damn good looking beer, but it somehow fails to deliver. Mediocre, really.

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Photo of cleeze
3.28/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Under the cap it reads , "Be a Traveler, not a Tourist!" probably my favorite.

This bad boy looks pretty robust at first glance. Decent amber colored with nice stickey bubbles.

Smell is almost sweet and malty at first with a finish of an earthy aroma.

Taste is well balanced between maltiness and hoppiness. Earthy after taste. Little thickness in the mouth.

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Photo of nramsburg
3.77/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Magic Hat Jinx is a solid winter ale. It pours to a deep brown -- think burnt brown sugar -- with a pretty small head. The aroma gives some hints of tobacco, which is definitely in line with what a beer targeted towards this season (winter) should be. Certainly a comforting winter brew.

There's a bit of malty caramel to begin with, continuing through the palate. It's a clean finish, no lingering spices as are common on many winter beers. Alcohol, at 6.9%, is shockingly masked. I give Magic Hat credit for remaining true to the English Strong Ale style and resisting the urge to do something odd to ruin the beer.

It's eminently drinkable, and, when I'm in VT, it's an enjoyable wither beer. If this isn't readily accessible, though, it's probably not worth seeking out/paying $12-a-six for.

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Jinx from Magic Hat Brewing Company
3.75 out of 5 based on 576 ratings.
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