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Howl | Magic Hat Brewing Company

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976 Ratings

Brewed by:
Magic Hat Brewing Company
Vermont, United States

Style: Schwarzbier

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.60%

Availability: Rotating

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

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Ratings: 976 |  Reviews: 437
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3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

Photo of twillingthenoz
3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

Photo of BigPlay1824
3.63/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Served in a pilsner glass

A: pours a deep brown amber color with a nice amount of creamy brown head which disipates quickly, leaves a nice amount of lacing
S: nice deep woody malts with a slight sweetness

T: hmmm quite different from the scent, much more coffee malts and no sweetness whatsoever

D/M: intense carbonation tingle, drinks heavy but is smooth on the pallet, lack of good taste hurts drinkability

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Photo of tekstr1der
3.85/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Dark brown with tan head, smells of malt and some peat smoke. Flavor is similar, almost sweet, but nicely light and smooth. Crisp finish asks for more, but alas, this has been discontinued.

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Photo of king75
3.9/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A-very dark, pitch black even, a solid inch of creamy colored head.

S-can pick up the scent of chocolate, coffee, and a smoky hickory aroma.

T- Am picking up a nice toned down dark chocolate flavor, a smooth hint of coffee, and a tinge of smoky flavor.

M- this one is medium bodied, smooth with a very light bitterness at the end, but yet very crisp.

D- a little too full bodied to drink several of, but for a good stand alone beer this one is solid.

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Photo of TaylorK
4.5/5  rDev +23%

Photo of Jamstone714
3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

Photo of fisherbray
3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

Photo of Dank26
3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

Photo of biggmike
3.95/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured a very dark color, but not quite black as night as the name would suggest. Had a nice off-white head that dissipated slowly. Smell was of dark roasted malt and very pleasant. Taste was good and much like aroma and I enjoyed it. Mouthfeel was just a tad thin in my opinion. Still I enjoyed this very sessionable beer and would drink again.

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Photo of mgbickel
3.01/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured into a pint glass. Slowly formed a 2 finger light tan head that had some surprising staying power and lacing. The body is a deep chestnut with dark amber edges. Starting off great!

Has a grainy, malty aroma with some organic undertones...apples and earth come to mind.

No where near as flavorful as the appearance would suggest...bummer. Malty and woody to start with a slight coppery, bitter kick at the finish.

Pretty thin mouth feel with lots of carbonation...again not what I expected based upon the pour.

Not a bad beer, but not what I wanted/expected...lacking in the flavor and mouth feel departments.

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Photo of GossageBrewery
4.05/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured this Schwarzbier from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass. Poured a black color, produced a nice tan head, decent retention and nice lacing left behind on the glass. The aroma had hints of chocolate, coffee and roasted malt. Medium in body the beer had a nice roasted malt backbone, with flavors of chocolate and coffee shining through. There is a a bit of a bitter hop bite at the end, very impressive beer. This would make a great winter session beer. Hats off to Magic Hat on this one! Prost!

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Photo of sisuspeed
2.82/5  rDev -23%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured into a pint glass. Dark brown body with two fingers of foamy white head that quickly fades to a few suds. No lacing.

Lager yeast and somewhat roasted malt on the nose. Little bit of burnt caramel and a hint of dark fruit. Not much going on. I haven't had too many schwarzbiers, but the nose seems a bit dull.

Grainy and slightly malty on the tongue. A little bit of roastiness and sweetness comes through, but the finish is very clean, leaving little on the tastebuds. Touch of caramel.

Mouthfeel is watery, somewhat crisp on the finish with just a hint of alcohol. Slightly sweet.

Drinkability is sub-par. Getting down a glass wouldn't be tough, but it would be boring. Not much going on here. I wish Magic Hat would focus more on brewing than on advertising.

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Photo of iemailjack
3/5  rDev -18%

Photo of uwmgdman
4.1/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This brew pours clear dark brown bordering on black with a deep mahogany hue when held to the light. The head is moderate tan color but quickly diminished to a thin skim. The aroma is moderate-high roasted malt with a bit of chocolate and coffee. The flavor is moderate-high malt, roast and chocolate with just a but of acidic dryness. The hop bitterness is moderate-low and is complemented by roasted dryness. The body is medium and smooth and carbonation moderate. Overall a well made flavorful black lager that could be drank all night.

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Photo of MichaelProcton
3.66/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Super-classy, opaque blackish-brown with a thick, airy cocoa brown head on top that hangs around for a good while. The nose is shockingly sweet, and I can't get past that. Maybe that's the chocolate they're trying to impart. That chocolate shows back up in the flavor, though there' a lot more balanced roastiness, like a touch of just burnt coffee. The mouthfeel is light, though there's a sharpness given by the high level of carbonation. All in all, a good beer, if not one that stands out much.

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Photo of taigor
3.21/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On-tap poured into pint glass.

A - Poured black, almost non-transparent color with medium head that slowly dissipated leaving a lot of lacing around edges of the glass.

S - Malts predominate right away, with hints of caramel, dark chocolate and oatmeal.

T - Malts and caramel sweetness upfront followed by dark chocolate, coffee bitterness later on.

M - Medium bodied with medium carbonation.

D - Ok, very good for winter season and abv is low.

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Photo of SolipsismalCat
3.9/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a mug.

A: Clear dark brown with two-finger, tan, creamy head that lasted a couple of minutes. Okay lacing.

S: Coffee and roasted malt.

T: Moderate sweetness and light bitterness. Nice roasted, burnt flavor.

M: Medium bodied with soft carbonation and silky smooth.

O: This is pretty good. Appearance left something to be desired, but it tasted good and had a great mouthfeel.

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3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

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3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

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3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +16.1%

Photo of rjcoy06
4/5  rDev +9.3%

Photo of Yoda22
4/5  rDev +9.3%

Photo of Stockfan42
3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

Howl from Magic Hat Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.66 out of 5 with 976 ratings
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