Jinx | Magic Hat Brewing Company

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3.72/5
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618 Ratings
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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Magic Hat Brewing Company
Vermont, United States
magichat.net

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

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#29,048
Reviews:
361
Ratings:
618
pDev:
13.44%
Bros Score:
4.09
 
 
Wants:
14
Gots:
101
Trade:
0
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User Ratings & Reviews
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Ratings: 618 |  Reviews: 361
Photo of Steve_Studnuts
3.77/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Photo of WatertowerIV
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.

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Photo of MichaelProcton
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.

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Photo of JoeLacy
4.1/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of imbibehour
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.

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

Photo of robebo44
3.17/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Photo of kkazemi
3.55/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of ordybill
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

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Photo of Wizzle32
4/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

Photo of Wheels2532
3.97/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

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

Photo of AGoodStout
3.05/5  rDev -18%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25

Photo of JustLikeMyDad
2.44/5  rDev -34.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Photo of DaveCash
3.75/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of KensWorld
4.48/5  rDev +20.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Had this back in the day while on vacation up north and loved it. Have not seen it for decade or so untill this year. Totally syked to see it again this time in Florida. I have to say it's as good as I remembered in back in the day. What a great take on a wee heavy style beer. Might be the best USA has to offer.

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Photo of deeman13
3.25/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of mamaraza
3.65/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of nater919
4.15/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Gkruszewski
3.75/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of cdub70085
4.15/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of 2ellas
2.75/5  rDev -26.1%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Photo of StoutElk_92
3.84/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours brown. Smells like smoky chocolate. It tastes like barbecued chocolate. Roasty, smoky, chocolatey coffee, and almost a bbq smoked meat flavor. Feels thin and highly carbed. I like the combo of the chocolate coffee and roasty smoke flavor in this. Overall a pretty good beer.

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Photo of PJCarnell
3.94/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Jinx from Magic Hat Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.72 out of 5 with 618 ratings