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Barroom Hero
Magic Hat Brewing Company

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Magic Hat Brewing Company
Vermont, United States
English Brown Ale
Ranked #69
Ranked #23,898
3.71 | pDev: 12.94%
Jan 07, 2022
Feb 18, 2018
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Notes: When Boston legends, the Dropkick Murphys, come hang out at your brewery, you better be ready to brew with them. We were, and we did, and together we created Barroom Hero. This traditional pub ale benefits their Claddagh Fund charitable foundation.

Be a Barroom Hero. Visit claddaghfund.org and find out how.
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Reviewed by ANIMOUL from Vermont

4.03/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
Poured from a 22 oz bomber; unknown birth date. Pours copperish-brown with decent head; rapidly recedes. Burnt malt and caramel notes. Tastes more like a British pub beer... which is fantastic.
Jan 07, 2022
Rated: 3.75 by Velivolus1 from Vermont

Aug 02, 2020
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Reviewed by buschbeer from Ohio

3.77/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
3/4 PINT bottle
Served in a pint glass

This beer pours brown. It has copper highlights when held to the light. It is topped with an inch of tan head that leaves virtually no head.

The smell is cocoa, chocolate, toast, and caramel.

The taste is caramel, toast, and bakers chocolate. It has a slightly bitter taste.

Medium bodied with a smooth mouthfeel

It was a good excuse to listen to the Dropkick Murphys. It is not a terrible beer. The Dropkick Murphys definitely improve the experience.
Jul 12, 2020
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Reviewed by beersampler6 from Michigan

3.6/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
Not too bad. Reminded me of a lighter brown ale at times, but still a solid, easy to drink and enjoy beer. No date printed on bottle. Pours a medium brown color with no real head or lingering lacing to speak of. Smells of lighter nuts, malt, caramel, vanilla, bread, a little milk chocolate and maybe a touch of lightly roasted coffee. Taste follows the nose, not quite as rich as I would have liked and more bready malts upfront but still easy and fun to drink. Mild, slightly thin mouthfeel, decent carbonation, beer became a little more thin as it warmed. Not too bad, just perhaps expected a little more from Magic Hat.
Apr 03, 2020
Rated: 3.77 by jaxon53 from Connecticut

Mar 08, 2020
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Reviewed by defunksta from North Dakota

3.6/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4
Appearance: Pours a deep brown, amber color with a creamy light tan head. SRM of 20-22 (3.75)

Aroma: Light to moderate aromas of toast. Only traces of coffee. More toast than anything, unless you consider Folger's a coffee. There's caramel and toffee baked toasted bread. Hints of redfruit including raspberry and raisins. (4.25)

Flavor: Flavor follows the nose with even more toast. Hints of caramel, but mostly toasted bread. Not much coffee again. Really nails the toastiness. Finishes dry and watery. (3.75)

Feel: Lighter-bodied. Moderate carbonation. Slightly creamy body, but overall finishes toasty and watery, like washing down a bite of morning toast with a glass of water. (3.50)

Compared with Mankato's Break Away Brown Ale (American Brown): This one pours a slightly lighter color. More toasted malts on the aroma rather that cocoa and smoke. Less cocoa, hops, and smoke on the flavor. More malty and sweet, but given the lower alcohol, relatively similar in sweetness. Less carbonation and more watery.

Overall: A very nice and light English Brown Ale. Lighter-bodied, but makes up for it in flavor. Great toasted flavors. The dryness really allows the toast to present itself. Finishes watery though, is the only negative. Overall, extremely clean and would enjoy drinking a few of these of a style that isn't so common around the states. (Final Rating: 3.6... I feel like it's better than the final rating)
Feb 15, 2020
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Reviewed by SignManSeth

4.03/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
Purchased a sampler 12 pack of Magic Hat glass bottles with 3 other types of beer. I love DKM music and I love a good ale so I figured I would start with Barroom Hero. Poured it into a little snifter glass so I wouldn't drink it too fast. It hits the glass with little head and lacing, but it does have some nice sized bubbles exploding as it simmers down. It has a dark molasses color and I can't see through the glass. It smells malty and has that taste as well. There's a tiny hint of sweetness to it and goes down very smooth. It's thick and full bodied yet easily drinkable. The taste reminds me of something familiar but I can't place it. I'm so happy there are 2 more of these waiting for me later! It's definitely an ale with character and not a standard run-of-the-mill beer. I believe a person that's not a fan of dark beers would enjoy this one...I know I am!
Feb 14, 2020
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Reviewed by Maltyhead from Massachusetts

4.08/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
Drank from a 12 ounce can.

Appearance: very, very dark honey brown in color, small 1/2” head, little lacing.

Smell: malty

Taste: malty and very smooth.

Mouth Feel: finely carbonated, medium creamy, very smooth.

A very drinkable beer. I would purchase again.
Jan 09, 2020
Rated: 2.72 by babinsk1 from New York

Oct 03, 2019
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Reviewed by dave_ackbar from Hawaii

4.06/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Look is a bit darker than the usual brown ale.
Smell is a bit burnt, but I like that smell.
Taste is like a typical brown ale, but a little more smoky.
Feel is smooth and easy to drink.

Overall I’m definitely a fan.
Sep 02, 2019
Rated: 3.33 by Mikemcgrath4 from North Carolina

Aug 12, 2019
Rated: 3.5 by dsshuck from Delaware

Aug 11, 2019
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Reviewed by Chickenhawk9932 from Pennsylvania

3.88/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
Pours a deep dark mahogany with a tan head.

Smells of dark fruit plumb, raisin, nutty roasted bread backed by some floral hops.

Lively carbonation keeps the flavors moving dark fruit follows nose flowing to sweet caramel roasted malt with whole grain bread notes = delicious.
Jul 27, 2019
Rated: 3.43 by chicagoish from Pennsylvania

Jul 13, 2019
Rated: 3.86 by Arg914 from New York

Jun 25, 2019
Rated: 3.74 by cgrunin from Texas

Jun 22, 2019
Rated: 3.69 by Abe_Froman from Massachusetts

Jun 21, 2019
Rated: 3.75 by EatonHops from Massachusetts

Jun 14, 2019
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Reviewed by jadpsu from Georgia

2.74/5  rDev -26.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75
LOOK: Pours a very dark brown with a tan head that is gone in the wink of the eye, with practically no side glass lace. AROMA: Molasses, some burnt brown sugar.
TASTE: Tepid malts of bread and biscuits but lacking in strength.
FEEL: Low carbonation,,
Love brown ale's, but not this one. Disappointing.
Apr 18, 2019
Rated: 3.75 by PJCarnell from Massachusetts

Apr 16, 2019
Rated: 3.75 by alexsergio from New York

Mar 29, 2019
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Reviewed by CodyBasden from Texas

2.9/5  rDev -21.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75
Dark Chestnut color nice white head with no retention or lacing, smell of roasted barley kind of sourish almost smells like Southern Comfort, taste like it smells roasty sour with very little bitterness, very light carbonation and kind of watery
Mar 10, 2019
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Reviewed by ryan1788a5 from Massachusetts

4/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
12oz can poured into a globe.

A: Deep chestnut brown with a ruby tinge. Off-white head settles after a time. Spotty lacing.

S: Caramel, toffee, toasty barley, some earthy and green grassy hop notes.

T: Follows the nose. Nice and toasty, with plenty of toasted barley and a fresh coffee bean note. Drizzle of caramel and some toffee. Pinch of cocoa. Mild hop bitterness brings a hint of orange rind and some grassy and earthy tones. Tea-like on the back and into the finish.

M: Light bodied with a subtle creaminess and firm and scrubbing carbonation.

O: Tastes like a pretty solid "Americanized" dark mild, but I'm guessing they either were not trying to adhere to style guidelines or did not want to market it as such due to lack of style recognition. No matter, because it's good. It isn't the kind of beer that will get much attention in this "climate," but it's an easy-drinker that packs good flavor into a nicely sessionable package. Check any pretension at the door and you might actually enjoy this.
Mar 04, 2019
Rated: 3.5 by Shenk87 from Pennsylvania

Jan 26, 2019
Rated: 4.5 by RochefortChris from North Carolina

Jan 23, 2019
Rated: 3.75 by robebo44 from Virginia

Jan 21, 2019
Rated: 3.81 by williahd from Maine

Jan 12, 2019
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Reviewed by VoxRationis from New York

3.71/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75
Served on tap in a shaker pint at the Piper's Kilt in Easterchester, NY.
A: Pours a crystal clear, dark copper to brown with garnet highlights, a one finger, light tan head that leaves no more than a rim, and very minimal lacing.
S: Aromas of molasses and nuts with peppery and cocoa note.
T: Dry with molasses and nutty flavors, very earthy and lightly peppery. Relatively light bitterness. Pretty clean finish.
M: Light to medium bodied and low carbonation.
O: Drinkable and enjoyable. A very dry example of the style.
Jan 01, 2019
Rated: 3.71 by Tbone2131 from Connecticut

Dec 29, 2018
Rated: 3.93 by kdivers from New Hampshire

Dec 24, 2018
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Reviewed by CTHomer from Connecticut

3.87/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75
A: crystal clear; medium brown with ruby highlights; 1 finger finely pored khaki head that receded to a thin collar; no lacing;

S: nutty caramel;

T: malt sweetness up front, then molasses through the finish; mild bitterness at the end;

M: light to medium bodied; moderate carbonation; dry finish;

O: easy drinking; really nice dry finish;
Dec 17, 2018
Rated: 3.68 by Taphouse_Traveler from Florida

Dec 15, 2018
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Reviewed by WoodBrew from Ohio

3.84/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
I got a bottle of this off the single shelf at a Kroger just down the road from south metro ice. It poured a clear dark amber with no head and no lace. The scent had faint yeast. The taste was nicely balanced and easy to drink with maple waffle hints that finished slightly bitter. The mouthfeel was lighter in body with good carbonation. Overall its a good beer.
Dec 08, 2018
Rated: 3.77 by bluehende from Delaware

Oct 28, 2018
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Rated by nmwhitehead from New York

4.16/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5
Gave it a bonus for being 4.2% and still tasting that good.
Sep 22, 2018
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Reviewed by Wasatch from Colorado

3.77/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
16 oz. Can

Poured into a Squatters true pint glass a pretty nice dark brown color, pretty nice carbonation, with a pretty nice thick/creamy two-finger tan head, which leaves some sticky lacing behind. The nose is malty, with a nice toffee note, some chocolate. The taste is malty, with a nice toffee note, some chocolate, nice sweetness. Medium body, ABV is hidden very nicely. Overall, a tasty brew, a nice thirst quencher.
Sep 14, 2018
Rated: 3.54 by kkmiller76 from New Jersey

Sep 03, 2018
Rated: 3.07 by stella77artois from New York

Aug 26, 2018
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Reviewed by timobkg from New Jersey

4.71/5  rDev +27%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5
Wow, Magic Hat. Can't remember the last time I had a beer by Magic Hat. I mean, it's gateway craft, right? The stuff you drink in college and then move on from?

So Barroom Hero, then. I didn't make the connection with the Dropkick Murphy's song until I read the description on the label. It's cool, I guess. Pours a dark, dark brown with little head. No lacing to be found here.

Inhale and the malts come forth, bringing with them sweet biscuits and caramel. It's inviting and comforting.

Take a sip, and the malts envelop your tongue with sweet biscuit cookies, a bit of caramel, a hint of coffee. This is malt country, and it's delicious. Each sip finishes with just a trace remaining, teasing you to take another.

I gotta hand it to Magic Hat, they made a delicious, flavorful brown ale that I would be happy to drink anytime. 4.2% you say? That's a lot of flavor packed into a sessionable brew. Hats off to you, Magic Hat.
Aug 11, 2018
Rated: 4.2 by O-Meg from New York

Jul 24, 2018
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