Howl | Magic Hat Brewing Company

957 Ratings

Brewed by:
Magic Hat Brewing Company
Vermont, United States

Style: Schwarzbier

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.60%

Availability: Fall

Notes / Commercial Description:
Born of dark and cold and snow in the marrow of the northeast's longest night, Howl comes in on wailing winds with winter-weary eyes burning holes in sunless shadows. In its darkened depths our inner voids are warmed.

32 IBU

Added by BeerAdvocate on 09-18-2009

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 957 |  Reviews: 435
Photo of mynie
4.18/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Cute bottle with excellent artwork, but that's just par for the course with Magic Hat.

Nice pour. I'm judging this as something between a warmer and a schwarz and it's appearance doesn't disappoint as either. Big, thick purple bordering on black with a two-finger white head.

Smells like toasty, burnt malt and medium brewing spices. Gingerbread, roasted barley, caramel, and grass. Nice.

Starts off tasting like bread, moving into sweet ginger cookies and rounding itself off on bitter roasted malt and light, dry stout hops. Nice.

Tastes like it smells, only a bit more dry. The spices are present but not all that strong. Mostly it's the the malt that's in charge, sweet up front and bitter and roasted in the back. Nice thick body makes it go down like chocolate syrup.

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Photo of twiggamortis420
4.19/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle with freshness notches of Jan 10. Pours a dark brown color showing some ruby highlights around the edges. Head is a frothy tan color and displays below average retention. Lacing is decent though.

Nose is pretty nice for a Schwarzy...plenty of roast, bit of licorice and some sweet malted milk. Fits perfectly within the style.

Taste is very pleasant as well; balanced roast and milk-chocolaty sweetness. Low on the fruit and a nice bready characteristic from the yeast. Medium-full for the style and there is a nice kiss of hop bitterness on the finish. I was not expecting a whole lot with this one, especially given that the freshness dating is 4 months past, but this is a pretty damn nice Schwarzbier. One of the better American brewed versions in fact. I will most certainly purchase a sixer of it next winter as I do love a good black lager, could easily down this by the liter full. Well done Magic Hat.

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Photo of NJpadreFan
4.2/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Magic Hat- Howl

A- Dark deep black with a thick frothy head, good lacing.
S- Smokey roasted malt with a hint of chocolate and molasses.
T- Sweet molasses and brown sugar, mild dark roasted smokey malt, buttery, and an earthy ashy light sweet green pine hops.
M- Sweet, ashy dry, smokey, and a thick maltiness. Nice sweet hop finish.

Overall- This is much better than I was expecting. Solid.

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Photo of Ryanpro
4.2/5  rDev +13.8%

Photo of stevecee2003
4.2/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Got the bottle at a local Supermarket that started selling exceptional beers. I had actually never heard of this beer, so I took a chance.

App: Dark colors abound, with only a hint of light through the bottle.

Smell: INstant smell of coffee and chocolate. May be too much coffee for my taste but I certainly appreciate it.

Taste: Definate coffee very strong, but the chocolate seems to balance it out. With a hint of caramel.

Feel: With all that coffee I would not have liked it, 'cept fore the smoothness of it all. Damn good.Very smooth to drink.

Overall: I agree with most a damn good beer. What a find! This is why I love the world of beers. You can walk into a supermarket, try sometning and discover a taste you never had before.

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Photo of WholeLottaTricks
4.2/5  rDev +13.8%

Photo of wac9
4.2/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

another great dark beer is here .a roasted , coffee taste and smell but not too much , make a nice drinking beer . enjoyable night when is beer is around. a jet black in color which is the only color beer should be. everybody writes better review then me but try this beer you may like it. it another dark black beer to add to your list to drink . join me in drinking this beer tonite

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Photo of Patlee3324
4.2/5  rDev +13.8%

Photo of latackbeer
4.2/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Very dark, but black as night not so much. I saw some reddish colors at the edges. Decent tan head.

S- little smoky, Had some toffee notes

T- Dark chocolate, some spicy hops but a great balance

M- What I liked a lot is it's lighter than your typical porter but you still get some the characteristics with the malt.

I enjoyed this would get it again!

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Photo of Chickenhawk9932
4.22/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

It is a deep burnt umber with a light brown head. More brown than black but definitely dark.
Cap reads "no rain, no rainbows."

In the nose is roasted oats and sweet cereal.

The fullness of the grain coats the palate followed by the slight sweetness, then finnishing dry with a slight bitterness. This has balance and complexity - quite delightful.

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Photo of monkeybutler
4.22/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I just got home from work and opened the last bottle out of a 12-pack of this beer.

I'm lucky enough to live in Vermont, the state with the highest number of craft breweries per capita of any state in the union and probably of any single place on the planet. Other planets we haven't discovered yet might have better beer and more of it, but until then, Vermont is it.

I like to give a good beer time to permeate my life over a period of days or weeks, if possible, before giving it a review. It's only fair. Other folks might review three or four beers at a shot, but I prefer a much more sedentary pace of three or four beers a month, tops.

So, this is a good beer and I've been drinking it for the past couple weeks. I first tried a few samples of it at the brewery.

Before I get into the specifics, I'd compare it favorably to Sam Adams best beer (in my opinion): black lager.

It pours a deep brown with a one finger, latte colored head. Good cob-web lacing all the way down.

The smell is actually much more pronounced in the nose than it reveals itself in the flavor. It's very roasty, like an impy.

The taste is excellent, though not quite as bitingly roasty as I would like. I think that's where this beer doesn't quite match up with Sam's version.

The mouthfeel seems like it could be a bit thicker. No complaints...

And I have downed more than a few of these on occasion and with no shame I can tell you that they go down real easy. You can put down 3 or 4 before you even know it. Good wintertime drinking beer.

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Photo of Hopfenpeter
4.23/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a crystal mug the color is like expected from a Schwarzbier, black. The beige head builds nicely and leaves good lacing. The smell hints sweetness, but is not strong. Tasting the beer you will first feel the roasted malts and taste a sweet toffee- coffee taste, which is balanced evenly with mild hops at the back.
Mouthfeel is prickly , due to good carbonation.
Very drinkable beer, a very nice seasonal Schwarzbier.

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4.25/5  rDev +15.2%

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4.25/5  rDev +15.2%

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4.25/5  rDev +15.2%

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4.25/5  rDev +15.2%

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4.25/5  rDev +15.2%

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Howl from Magic Hat Brewing Company
3.69 out of 5 based on 957 ratings.
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