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 BeerBelcher
2.78/5  rDev -25.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

I was a little concerned when I bought this beer. No hops? Other beers I've had without hops that substituted heather or other mysterious ingredients for hops were challenging and just so....different. And this beer was so...ordinary. It was ordinary, but not in an above average way. Just kind of there.

Color was a touch dark. Head appearance was a bit industrial looking, with a fair amount of head comprised of consistently sized bubbles. Aroma was faint to non-existent. Flavor was a touch malty, but again, not much there. Struck me as a very mild amber ale.

Nothing special here...IMO, not worth the money or the calories. But at the same time, it is hard for me to say anything to negative about it.

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Photo of TheTrevor
3.68/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

This beer poured a dark brown with copper highlights and a two-finger tan head. The smell is sweet malt with some smokiness. The taste starts off with some nice sweetness and smokiness that is cut in the middle by some hops that leads into a pretty clean finish. The mouthfeel is nice and thick with a little bit of creaminess and some fine carbonation. This beer sits a little heavy, so I probably won't go immediately for another. However, it is remarkably tasty and complex.

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Photo of Tolann
4.2/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Ruby reddish almost brown ale color. Some white head that fades. Crisp clear appearance, but very dark in color.

S - Earthy and herbed. Maybe some smoke. Caramel sweetness.

T - deep caramel notes. malty. Peaty earthyness hangs on your breath

M - smooth as it rolls over your tongue with a small sharp kick of carbonation. Medium mouth feel.

D - Very drinkable. I'll have to find more of this. Yet another beer I could find here in CO.

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Photo of danielharper
3.97/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Red-orange body, thin white head. Some bubbles present at the bottom of the glass.

Smell: Rich with dry malted grains, slightly sweet with cherries, with a hint of tartness and alcohol astringency. Interesting, inviting.

Taste: A heavy dose of malts up-front, with some sweetness in the mix in the middle and a slightly dry back-end. Bready flavors along with quite a bit of fruit. Not bad at all.

Mouthfeel: Moderate-to-heavy thickness, about par for a Scotch Ale. Low carbonation and no hops.

Drinkability: One of the better Scotch Ales I've had, but no comparison to Skullsplitter (so far, the King of Scotch Ales, at least in my opinion.)

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Photo of yossarian14
3.97/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A thin, small-bubbled head tops a very clear reddish-orange colored brew. Smells and tastes of scotch. Smokey peat and sweet malt dominate but there is enough hop in there to find some balance. The carbonation is there in just the right amount to make this one pint very easy to drink. I'm not drinking this one everyday but its interesting and it works. I like the beers that sneak some smokiness in there but, I guess when I want scotch I should drink scotch.
(..and Talisker is Where Its At)

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Photo of CrellMoset
3.97/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle courtesy of dkachur - thanks!! Poured into a traditional American pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a slightly hazy, deep-brown amber with a one-finger, dirty white head of average retention that leaves a few strands of nice sticky lacing. A pretty robust looking beer.

Aroma: Sweet smokiness. Peat, brown sugar, toast, almost reminiscent of a toasty BBQ sandwich in places.

Taste: More smoky sweetness. Buttery malts, a few fruity notes - pears, perhaps - peat, lots of lighter, sweeter, roasted notes, caramel-esque. A really good malt foundation on this one. A few hop notes round things out, a solid bitterness, and a few leafy, vegetal notes. Really flavorful!

Mouthfeel: High carbonation, a little uneven, but largely medium-bodied, smooth, and pretty nice. A slight prickly edge.

Drinkability: Surprisingly good, and it has most everything you could be looking for - a good dose of malts, fruity yeasty notes, smoke, hop bitterness. Alcohol is spot on for the style, even a little low, perhaps, and well-hidden. Just a nice, drinkable, sessionable seasonal from Magic Hat, and one of their more enjoyable beers, IMO.

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Photo of taez555
4.16/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

How the hell have I not reviewed Jinx yet? I've been a BA for 6 years and drinking this beer for nearly 10? :-) "kindlessness + Mindlessness" Not quite sure what that means.

This beer poured a dark and clear mahogany brown/reddish body with a nice thick off-white head.

Nose was subtle but very malty in it's subtleness. Malt, some very mild hints of smoke, sugar, brown sugar and some smells of malt sweetness.

Taste is medium bodied and yet very light. Loads of big yummy scotch ale, or even bock like, malt sweetness. Caramel, brown sugar, brown bread, toasted malt, roasted malt, little faint touches of overlly roasted burnt fireplace malt. There's a definite hop presence that gives this beer a mighty backbone, but any hop tastes never really overshadow the malt at all. Very faint touches of earth and very very very very mild citrus.

At 6.9% this beer catches you completely off-guard. You think it's a typical Magic Hat session beer, but it turns out it's a bigger beer. Honestly, it's just a perfect American old/scotch. Not at all smokey, not at all overly malty and muted, just very drinkable. A fabulous beer from Magic Hat.

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Photo of thain709
3.71/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - A dark copper color...with almost red highlights...an off white fluffy head...that leaves a decent amount of lacing

S - Couldn't pin point it...some sweet malts for sure

T - Mmmm...the alcohol taste is apparent...but a lot of other flavors here...once again the sweet malts up front...with a chocolate note here and there

M - Medium bodied...thick and creamy

D - A session beer for sure...I was very pleased with this one from Magic Hat

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Photo of weasbri
4.62/5  rDev +23.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I had been a little disappointed with my first foray into Magic Hat beers a couple of years ago, but I decided to jump back in with their fall and winter offerings. This time, I was more pleased with the results.
Jinx pours a scant head with no lacing, but is a fine ruby red color.
The aroma is strong, smoky and malty at the same time. Perhaps even a bit of a whiskey or bourbon in there?
The first time I drank this I thought it tasted almost chocolatey. There's more to it than that. There is a good hop bite to it, peppery really. Underlying it all is a solid malt sweetness. And finishing it off is that lovely warm alcohol ester.
Smooth drinker, and a damn fine beer.

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Photo of SIRIUS2
4.27/5  rDev +13.9%
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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Photo of Clydesdale
4.15/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a murky copper-brown color with a moderate creamy head with solid retention. Lacing is good.

S: Buttery shortbread aroma with some fruity scents. Malts and herbal notes as well.

T: Rich, fruity sweetness with some nice malt backbone. Buttery, smoky flavors also apparent. A nice kick of balancing hops with earthy and herbal character. Alcohol is definitely apparent also. There's even a nearly whiskey-like taste that's difficult to put my finger on.

M: Full bodied, with relatively subdued carbonation. Smooth and slick.

D: Lots of complexity here, with layers of unique flavors. This is a really interesting and enjoyable brew. It's also not difficult to drink, despite a relatively robust ABV and strong flavors. I'll be looking for this one again.

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

This poured a clear auburn with nice tan head. It smelled like sweet honey and caramel malts with lemon yeast and salty cashews, and a bit of roasted cinnamon. It tasted like nutty malt with caramel and copper hops, and some sweet yeast and spices. It was fairly thick with a bit of carbonation, and had a bittersweet aftertaste. Overall this was a tasty malty beer with nice flavor and good body. There was nothing too unique about it, but it was clean and easy to drink. This was definitely more enjoyable than other Magic Hats I've tried.

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Photo of BeerCon5
3.48/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a cloudy, dark tan, tea-like color with about a half inch of light beige fluffy head.

The scent is of smokey malts, slightly sweet caramel taste also.

The taste consists of most notably, sugar, some smokey caramel malts, apparent alcohol taste and maybe some tea.

This is light-bodied, smooth and thin, with not much carbonation.

Easy drinker. A pretty good beer, but it is a little too sweet for my taste.

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Photo of Matty1918
2.98/5  rDev -20.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy dark amber with a minimal creamy head. As the head settles down it leaves some good lacing.

Aroma is of sweet malts....caramel and some alcohol hints are there also.

Taste is of raosted sweet malts....almost like hints of caramel and syrup. A little watery in the mouthfeel category.

Not my favorite Scotch Ale. You could drink this as a session beer. Not impressed.

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Photo of clayrock81
3.93/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Small head with minimal lacings on a light brown body. A sweet, sugary malt smell with some smoked/roasted malts tucked in there and a decent amount of hops in the background. A heavy, roasted malt like taste that is also creamy and smooth. Full-bodied w/ a drying backbite with minor hopiness as this beer tucks in a dark fruit-like taste to mix things up. Comes across as really balanced. An interesting beer that I could have anytime.

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Photo of semihobo
2.44/5  rDev -34.9%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

12 oz best by Dec. 08. Served in a chalice.

Rich dark brown with ruby edging, piddly head, no lacing.

Smells of mixed nuts, tobacco, and grass. Sweet caramel malts, very musty and earthy. Complex and largely devoid of traditional scents.

Earthy tobacco taste, not too sweet. Lots of peat and a touch of smoke. Some flatly acidic bitterness. Maybe it's just that this is a Scotch Ale but it tastes "wee" bit like... scotch. Generally herbal and medicinal.

Decently thick mouthfeel with carbonation that is just a bit too sassy to fit here.

It's complex, but I didn't really enjoy it. Glad there were only three bottles of this in the Participation 12er. Below average.

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Photo of allergictomacros
4.1/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Clear ruby red. Light tan foam of moderate heft and some lacing.

S - Fruit. Some metallic and earthy notes with hints of caramel and molasses. Whiff of floral hops.

T - Light fruitiness, Dried fruit comes to mind - raisins, prunes - as well as some apple. Fairly grainy and a nice hoppy finish. Slight butter, nuttiness toast and light coffee.

M - Creamy with some heft to this, but isn't too heavy. Moderate carbonation.

D - Very nice. Drinkable and approachable without losing the malty focus.

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Photo of sethmeister
4.2/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Label indicates best before Jan 09.

Underneath the cap it says "Magic is Where You Make It."

A slightly hazy caramel brown with a great big fluffy cream colored head. Moderate lace.

Scent is of toast and wood smoke. Toasted fresh Anadama bread by a campfire in October? Charcoal and charred notes here and there.

Taste is toasty, malty, warm. Hint of peat smoke which intermingles with a sweet flavor throughout the long finish. Earthy notes. Dark fruit and sweet bready chewy malt. Hint of salt air like a good Islay Scotch. I like how the charcoal and wood smoke notes seem to come and go, trading places with sweet and salty flavors. A hint of black pepper. There's quite a lot going on here.

Mouth is a chewy fat medium.

Drinkability is very good.

This is an intriguing beer. Complex and challenging yet satisfying and very drinkable.

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Photo of currysage1
4.25/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a substantial two finger natural oak color head, color is red tinged medium brown. Very nice looking, recedes down to a creamy covering.

Smell is of dry chocolate, light raisins, a medium dry malt.

Taste is of toffee'd grains going on to a slight smoke, definate fig, hop presense mellows out the strong malt base, but no defining flavors from them.

Feel is really nice, smooth and creamy, full bodied, with carbonation that keeps the malt from sticking to the tongue. I could drink many of these - constantly.

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

the color was a nice dark amber color. the aroma was of a great roast on the malt. the flavor had that delicious cereally malty flavor. Loved the roasted aspect. A little sweet but not too bad. A little spice with little hop flavor. A nice medium bodied fall beer. I recommend it to anyone who likes fall beers.

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

Poured from 12oz bottle to pint glass

A: Nice deep copper color with a medium head and nice lacing that stretched the whole glass ways down.

S: A cocoa smell emerges that somewhat vanishes to a slightly herbal hop smell, you can also smell some alcohol notes in the back.

T: Not bitter, but plenty of depth in this brew. Faint notes of chocolate and alcohol also appear in the taste, an odd combination but works well with this style.

M: A bit thick but it compliments this style of beer. Medium carbonation on this one but still that hint of alcohol pinching at the back of my throat.

D: Magic Hat has crafted a beer in it's own class. I've never had anything similar to this, very strong to say the least, but definetley drinkable. Again, look out for the slight "alcohol" taste you'll get on the backdrop of this beer, I don't know if I hate it or love it but it definetley makes this brew stand out from other Autumn selections.

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Photo of Whiteknight
3.97/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Enjoyed at the base of Mt. Washington in New Hampshire.

A - Unfortunately I didn't have a glass available so this one was straight out of the bottle.

S - Malty sweetness with a slight smokiness that I normally associate with porters. Coffee and dark chocolate notes.

T - Subdued hop flavor with a caramel sweetness. Coffee smell comes through as a mild bitterness. Overall a very nice blend.

M - Medium, somewhat short lived carbonation. Moderately thick and pretty smooth.

D - I had two of these and could easily have had more. ABV a bit high for this to be a session beer, but it goes down nice and easy.

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

Gnome-Fest does it again, thank you.

A - Nice dark amber to reddish brown body beneath a light frothy tan head. The head is about a quarter inch tall and takes it's time fading.

S - Deep malt aroma with sweet a scented accent.

T - This is a complex tasting brew. It starts out with a firm hop flavor. It then moves on to an interesting Belgian malt and then finishes with a different hop flavor.

M - The feel is coarse at the start and finishes soft. It has a filling feel in the mouth and goes down well.

~ I'm very impressed with the overall goodness of this brew. I will look forward in the future to bringing home a sixer. My only hope is that I'm able to find it locally.

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Photo of jeremyd365
3.5/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This brew poured a dark brownish copper with barely any head. It smells of very sweet malt. It's sweet and medium-bodied in the mouth and finishes sweet and almost smoky. I find it strange the flavors seem both strong but subtle. It's a pretty interesting concoction that I can't say I like a ton, but it was still worth a try.

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Photo of matty
3.65/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Dark amber colored ale with a slowly fading head.Aroma is burnt oak.Taste is oak,citrus and atouch of caramel or toffee.For a 6.90 ABV this goes down very smooth.I have nothing but good things to say about this one.Highly recommended and would purchase again!!

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