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Howl | Magic Hat Brewing Company

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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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4.5/5  rDev +23%

Photo of RTEdmunds
3.65/5  rDev -0.3%
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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Photo of JohnK17
3/5  rDev -18%

Photo of kaufmaal
4.03/5  rDev +10.1%
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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Photo of darkesthour
4/5  rDev +9.3%

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4/5  rDev +9.3%

Photo of mattbk
3.85/5  rDev +5.2%
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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Photo of koopless
3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

Photo of rsant
3/5  rDev -18%

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3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

Photo of jimmy82063
3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

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3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

Photo of songoose
4/5  rDev +9.3%

Photo of jneiswender
2.68/5  rDev -26.8%
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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Photo of beerborn
3/5  rDev -18%

Photo of tdm168
3.98/5  rDev +8.7%
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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Photo of aranheaney
3.53/5  rDev -3.6%
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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4.5/5  rDev +23%

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3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

Photo of burnerfinger
3.78/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

poured from the 12 oz bottle into my new belgium goblet:

A: pours dark as cola - builds up a cafe colored head that settles all to quickly.

S sweet, malty to the nose

T and the taste follows the nose, with a hit of bitter hops at the end

M - a bit on the lite side, but not too bad.

D - VERY drinkalbe, owing to the lite body and slight sweetness.
not bad at all but not as hi -end as I expected....

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3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

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4/5  rDev +9.3%

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4/5  rDev +9.3%

Photo of McNealc31
4.1/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

black as night, just like it boasts. With the creepy eyes of Bela Lugosi's Dracula on the label. Roasted malt and licorice dominate the aroma. A creamy smoothness starts the flavor, but it's quickly cut with a reasonable amount of hops and a dry finish. The roasted malt and anise flavors continue with the addition of wood and grapes. It's not a big and bashing beer, but it's got plenty of flavor.

Pretty nice schwarzbier here. Complex and balanced flavors, smooth to drink, and at only 4.6% ABV, it's nice to have a few on a long winter's night. The best thing I've had from Magic Hat.

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Photo of Misfit138
4.17/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from bottle into pint glass

A- Nice dark chocolate color with a fizzy head that went away quickly

S- Sweet toffee and caramel malt with hints of roastiness

T- Nice flavor, more roasty than the nose-perhaps almost like coffee, with some hints of toffee and caramel

M- Medium in body with fair carbonation

O- Solid black lager, certainly enjoyable.

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