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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4/5  rDev +8.4%

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2.5/5  rDev -32.2%

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3/5  rDev -18.7%

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Photo of RTEdmunds
3.65/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

poured from 12 oz bottle into a pint glass.

very dark, with a nice creamy looking (albeit smallish) head.

smells malty and roasty. can't really detect hops in the aroma.

tastes smokey and sweet. light on the hops

feels a bit thin, with average carbonation.

overall a pretty good brew.

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3/5  rDev -18.7%

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4.03/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Not as black as the bottle claims, but it is still a bit darker than some black lagers. Light tan head that fizzles to 1/8", plenty of carbonation. Deep red hues. Some coffee, a bit of vanilla on the nose and a hint of smoke. Grainy, smokey metallic taste; woody charcoal, toffee, coffee - all really interesting.

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4/5  rDev +8.4%

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3.85/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this on tap and liked it, picked up a bottle in a craft pack to review.

A- Black but not opaque. Appears light in body, not very much carbonation.
S- Some light lager yeast character, mixed with sweetness and some light chocolate and roast. Not a big aroma, but wouldn't expect a big aroma out of this style.
T- The roast hits first, its a very smooth roast, definitely not overpowering, but nice. There is some chocolate right after that. I get a bit of hop bitterness in the back of the tongue. Very, very drinkable.
M- Medium to medium-full mouthfeel, not very carbonated, has some body too it, definitely not filling though.
O- This is a nice, drinkable beer, not mindblowing, but easy to drink. I can have a few of these no problem. A find this to be a good example of this style, I've definitely had worse schwarzbiers.

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2.68/5  rDev -27.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured out of a 12oz bottle into a perfect pint. Served cool.

Pours a reddish black body and a thick beige head. Clean lager yeast smell. Faint chocolate and metal. Light herb and flower. Smoked malt surprises you. Burnt toast. Very subtle chocolate. Faint hop flavor in there too. Well carbonated. Somewhat dry. Complex. Interesting. But I kind of like this style being smooth. Have more of a chocolate feel to it. A bit too coarse for me.

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3/5  rDev -18.7%

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3.98/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours pitch black with a half of an inch of brown, soft, dense, head that has great retention. The nose smells of roasted malt and faint coffee. The taste is similar to the nose. Tastes primarily of deep, roasted malt and coffee. There are very faint chocolate notes in the finish. The mouthfeel is medium bodied, smooth, and rich, and the carbonation gives it a little crispness.

This is a solid beer. It's definitely one of the better offerings from Magic Hat. I have this beer every winter.

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3.53/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a DFH Snifter:

A-Black, a bit of head that's gone quickly, no lace

S-Roast, a touch of hops, a bit of cocoa

T-better than the nose, it started out as pretty mild, but finished with some good hops and malt

M-maybe a bit too over carbonated, but it was decent overall

O-it's ok, just not memorable, which I should have remembered from when I had it before

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