Odd Notion - Dark Wheat Ale (Winter 2007) | Magic Hat Brewing Company

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Odd Notion - Dark Wheat Ale (Winter 2007)Odd Notion - Dark Wheat Ale (Winter 2007)

Brewed by:
Magic Hat Brewing Company
Vermont, United States

Style: American Dark Wheat Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.50%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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Added by blackie on 10-11-2007

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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4/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Beer review from BA Mag Nov 2007.

Odd Notion is a dark wheat ale that's tagged as an "English Ale," but brewed with 50 percent malted wheat, pale malts, dark-candy sugar, chocolate and Munich malts, and lightly hopped with Hersbrucker.

Pours a dark brown brew with ruby hues and a thick, creamy, tight off-white lace with good stick and retention. Soft fruity and floral aromas with pear, chocolate, a nutty edge, and subtle drop of toffee. Quite smooth on the palate, creamy, and medium-bodied with a rolling even feel on the palate. Up-front there's a slightly tangy raisin-like flavor that introduces a flash of hop bitterness, leafy tannins, a grassy bite, and floral back. Malt pulls through for some balance with roasted nuts, caramel, and raw cookie dough action, plus lingering chocolate cake character. Alcohol becomes noticeable as things warm up, hiding with some spice in the complexities with a slight sugary candy note giving its presence away. Astringent, husky, and tannic towards the finish, leaving behind a bone-dry and wanting-more palate.

Definitely one of the more interesting, complex, and drinkable experimental brews to come out of Magic Hat. It runs from smooth to coarse, from sweet to dry, from light to heavy with changing flavors in each sip. It's a great ride that leaves pairing with food wide open, for instance goat cheese with chocolate drizzle and dried date accompaniment sounds good right about now--wrap it in bacon and bake it, even better.

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Photo of Amalak
4.1/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I love the bottle art of a Rapunzel castle and snow. It was a dark brown/red in color. Only a slight head. Very opaque. It also had a nice, leafy, nut smell to it.

Tastes like a good nut brown ale. To be honest it had a sourish taste in the back of the throat. It also had a good, mild spicyness to it. Very good brew. Glad I had a chance to try it.

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Photo of oriolesfan4
4/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bought as part of the Magic Hat Winter Sampler.

As the name states, this was one odd beer. It's a hearty 7.5% ABV and tastes almost like a mixed drink as opposed to a beer to me. The taste is mix of many spices with a nice smooth swallow. I'm not sure what about it made me think liquor instead of a beer, but something about the taste tipped me off. Regardless, this was a very good beer.

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3.6/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Out of the bottle this beer was a chestnut brown with an ivory head two fingers thick. Mediocre retention and spotty lacing. The aromas was wheat, some spices (nutmeg?) and hints of chocolate. The flavors were quite wintery, bready malt, toasted wheat, spices again that I can't place and chocolate undertones. The mouthfeel is good and the flavors coat the tongue but it was a light/medium bodied beer which seems too light to me for the winter. Otherwise it's a good offering but it lacks depth and gumption.

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3.7/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark and cloudy with a thin head and faintly spicy aroma. It's got a smooth taste that reminded me favorably of good fruitcake --roasted malts and flavors of spice, molasses, toffee and nuts. At 7.5% alcohol, it packs a bit of a punch, but it doesn't taste too strong.

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3.87/5  rDev +9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a cloudy chestnut color with a rocky head that is not as buoyant nor prone to lace as I would have expected for a wheat; good persistence, however

Smell: Brown bread, walnuts, holiday spice and banana, but also a touch phenolic and fusel

Taste: Opens slightly sweet, with the milk chocolate, nuts, spice and banana clearly dominant through mid-palate, when it gets a touch resinous; after the swallow, the sweeter flavors persist along with a growing sense of caramel but there is a bit of bitterness that peaks through and the alcohol makes its presence felt, as well

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation

Drinkability: An interesting variant for sure, with just a few flaws too many to be in the upper echelon; definitely worth a taste, however

Thanks, TheManiacalOne, for the opportunity

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3.41/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Not bad. Nice rich brown ale. The smell is faintly of toast. kind of reminds me of Has a fainter then average bittersweet wheat taste with a decent alcohol burn which seems to be masking some nutty and wood tastes. The finish is sort of a seltzer finish kind of like how an Italian soda finishes, weird but not bad. Mouthfeel is a bit thin. At 7.5% ABV and thin in taste It isn't one I'd go out of my way to drink again, but it also isn't one I'd turn down either.

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3.7/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle poured to a pint glass. This one was sent a couple months back by Metalmonk; back label is notched 'best by end of month' at 'A'(pril), '08'. Just snuck this one in before the deadline - Happy Earth Day!

Beneath the cap: 'The Weird should never be Feared'

A: Pours a rather robust chestnut brown, topped with a creamy ivory head, nearly 2-fingers. Head looks nice, but fades quickly and clings in a wide ring. Almost no lace. Thin streams of rising bubbles are scattered all through the glass. Held to light, this reveals some weakening from age: a light haze of tiny suspended yeast bits.

S: Sweet and spicy wheat aroma, like toast with a hint of cinnamon (or nutmeg?). Faint nuttiness and a dash of cocoa. A little citrus orange.

T: A zesty mouthful of spiced bread. It's toasted grain with some cocoa powder, also hints of mint and even some apples skins. Curious the sub-flavors that I'm picking up... Turns drier and more bitter in the finish.

M: Carbonation is, at best, subtle...but borders on being flat. A fine silty grit coats the mouth and a lasting herbal bitterness holds for many minutes.

D: A pretty tasty brew, one I'd like to have again. The Dark Wheat style is one I have limited experience with, but it's one I've really liked every time. Wished I'd opened this a little sooner, as it's so near the 'freshness' date...thanks again to Jeff for sending.

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4.92/5  rDev +38.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I must say this was definately the best brew I've had from Magic Hat.

A. Darker than anticipated with a nice off white head.

S. Toasty and dark.

T. The toastiness gives away to a sweet wheat taste, ended with a chocolate coffee ale aftertaste.

M. Coats the palate and leaves a sweet aftertaste.

D. All day. Oh how I miss these.

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3.58/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A-Hazy cola hue with an initial medium tan head that reduces to a thin ring leaving spotty lacing.

S-Spicey notes with understones of chocolate. A bit of hops.

T-Much like the smell with a decent chocolately flavour. A fairly solid beer but everything is subdued, could be bumped up a bit.

M-Medium-light body with nothing outstanding.

D-Totally unoffensive, decent flavour but nothing really stands out. Certainly not bland but then again it doesnt pop the taste buds either.

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3.38/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Not bad in color. On the dark brown side, but not really cloudy. Nice off white head, but disappears quickly. As for smell, malty up front, and kinda fruity. Not much hops coming though, but a small amount once tasted. Mouth feel is nice, pretty carbonated, and malt was kinda sweet. Not a bad beer for 7.5%, and it had a pretty nice after taste.Would like to have another.

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Photo of fitzy84
3.65/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Very murky, dark amber appearance. Lacing occurred fast from its thin head. Sweet and slightly smoked smells of malt and spice line the medium wintery aromas. The taste is sweet as well with hints of sourish citrus and hops. Good medium body with a thick finish. Overall this was not bad at all.

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Photo of smcolw
3.22/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Light brown/dark amber color; quite cloudy.

Dark malt nose without the chocolate/mocha smells. Light hop. I couldn't detect any wheat.

Relatively dry with (oddly) milk chocolate flavors. Relatively thin liquor, good carbonation. I find this to be unremarkable but a solid step up from the macro-produced dark beers. Again, I can't find any wheat.

No flaws but nothing special either.

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3.8/5  rDev +7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This one pours similar to a weizenbock. Its dark and cloudy with suspended yeast just hanging around in my glass. Not much head on this one, but I think it got pretty cold in the back of my truck so maybe I should have let it warm up a bit. Despite looking like a dark German wheat beer, the yeasty and clovey smell is not apparent. The smell is more crisp and sweet with a bit of alcohol presence.

The taste is interesting. Its not really malty like you'd expect and its not hoppy (which I didn't expect anways). There is a definite after taste of alcohol despite being relatively low (to be able to taste it so much) in alcohol at 7.5% but it doesn't take away from its drinkability. Maybe its the candy sugar?

It might now sound like it, but I do like this one. Its a unique beer and I give Magic Hat credit for putting this one in their mixed packs. If anyone wants to trade 3 of these for my Circus Boys let me know!

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3.54/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 oz., brewed with pale, chocolate, and Munich malts, along with 50% malted wheat, dark candy sugar, and Hersbrucker hops; 25 IBUs. An unfiltered mahogany brew, with medium carbonation and an inch of frothy tan head that reduces to a thin collar. Wheat and hints of chocolate in the nose, along with light hops and some sweetness. Chocolatey wheat on the palate, with spicy hops and yeast, some heat, and a bitterness that is too prevalent for this brew. Tingly, medium/full body that is lightly dry and lingers for a little while. Not too bad of a brew, but it's a bit harsh at fridge temperature.

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3.53/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into a pint glass

A: Dark, cloudy amber/copper with non-offensive amount of sediment. A rather thin off white head with little retention and lacing
S: Surprisingly malty. Also spice, citrus, wheat, all together everything is pretty mild.
T: Smooth mouth feel with moderate carbonation. Starts off with wheat/yeasty taste with malt background and has light hop finish. Not perfect, but I'm having a hard time really picking what is off in the taste. Altogether this is a pleasant beer that I wouldn't mind drinking a few more of. At $1 a bottle at Trader Joe's it'll do.

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3.68/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From the Magic Hat mix pack with a best-by date of April 2008.

Pours a murky amber/brown with a big fluffy off-white head, good amount of lacing.

Smell is mostly malty, strong caramel presence, some other spiciness as well.

Taste has a strong kick of roasted malt with lots of spiciness, a bit sticky in the mouth, decent carbonation level.

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Odd Notion - Dark Wheat Ale (Winter 2007) from Magic Hat Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.55 out of 5 with 87 ratings