Humdinger Series: Burn Pile | Magic Hat Brewing Company

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Brewed by:
Magic Hat Brewing Company
Vermont, United States

Style: American Porter

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.50%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
A smoked porter brewed with six malts offering an aroma of caramel and chocolate with a subtle, complimentary smokiness.

35 IBU

Added by Brad007 on 08-26-2012

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 90 |  Reviews: 25
Photo of acceptmj
4.35/5  rDev +22.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I'll admit that the look of the bottle made me buy this beer. I didn't even know it was from Magic Hat until i got home

A: Very dark almost a midnight black with a thick and some what dark tan head. The head disappears quickly.

S: Smells sweet and roasted. A little cocoa and maybe some raisin. I wouldn't consider it a smoky smell though.

T: Very bold flavor. More of a porter flavor with the sweetness from the malts. The after taste is where the dark roasted flavors come out. Not too bitter either.

M: As soon as you drink it it coats your mouth but not like a syrup. The body is somewhat thick but it finishes smoothly.

O: If you like porters and stouts then pick this up. It's alittle expensive but I think worth trying. This beer is good if you enjoy beers that have opposite flavors. It is a very balanced porter that incorporates a roasty smoky flavor.

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4.25/5  rDev +20.1%

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Photo of ppoitras
4.15/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle purchased as a single from Savemore Discount Beverage, Clifton Park, NY. Corked and caged. Helluva time getting the cork out (in pieces), but I would not be denied.

Poured into an imperial pint glass, formed a 1/4" tan head over the almost opaque dark brown brew. Head is promptly down to a skim, with sticky lasting lace. Aroma is rich and lightly smoky.

Taste is light to moderate smoke from beginning to end, with some sweetness in the middle, and a lightly bitter close. Mouthfeel is soft and smooth, and drinkability is great. Smoke could be a bit more, but I like Schlenkerla, so what do I know. Nice brew, would look for again.

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4/5  rDev +13%

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4/5  rDev +13%

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4/5  rDev +13%

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Photo of Brad007
3.94/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Didn't see this in the database. It's a smoked porter so a toss-up between the Smoked Beer and American Porter category. What would you have put it in?

Pours a nice dark garnet with a thin head into my glass. Color is hard to analyze further even with some light.

Smoky as a late August bonfire in VT with a chewy texture that's quite apparent in the nose.

Smoky, chewy malt upfront. Some roastiness as well but never too much for the style. Dark fruit, maybe a bit of cocoa from the malt?

Leaves a chewy texture with an aftertaste that is reminiscent of cocoa and chili peppers. Smoked doesn't usually mean HOT but this benefits from such a characteristic. Makes it less of a mediocre smoked porter.

Whether or not it's worth a try is entirely up to you. Magic Hat's bigger beers have always been hit or miss even if this one doesn't even crack 8%. The retail price might turn people off. Still, if you have that "gotta try 'em all!" mentality, you won't regret this too much.

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3.89/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of ummswimmin
3.88/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

My buddy Naugros shared this bottle with me about a week ago while watching my Ducks lose to the Stanford Cardinal.

I had this beer in an english style pint glass. The coloring was very dark with a touch of red on the edges where the light comes through. The foam is very minimal leaving only a scum on top shortly after pouring.

You can definitely smell the smoke coming off this beer. It is present, but it is not overwhelming like Aecht Schlerneka is for many people.

The flavor is good. It is well balanced with some decent coffee in there. The smoke is in the flavor, but it doesn't kill the pallatte. I like the way this eases off in the back end.

I like this beer by Magic Hat. I need to try the other Humdingers brews based on my experiences with this one.

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Photo of WanderingFool
3.85/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Burn Pile pours near black with ruby highlights on the edges. On top sits a small fizzy tan head. The foam disappears quickly leaving only a few spots of lace on the glass.

The aroma is faint, but does have some notes of smoke, chocolate and roast malt. Hint of nuts is also present.

Each sip of this medium bodied beer is watery on the palate with moderate carbonation. The flavor is malty with a fair amount of smoke. Chocolate, roast malt, caramel, dark fruit (plum or raisin?), and smoke are all present. The smoke is the strongest flavor, but not overpowering. It finishes with a mild grassy bitterness. Once gone the smoke and dark fruit lingers on the palate.

This is an easy drinking beer with a nice balance of malts and smoke. However, it's a bit thin in the body and the aroma isn't very strong.

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Photo of MatthewWilde
3.83/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Sample: 1 bottle 2012

A: Pours a light off-white head that quickly dissolves, reddish dark mahogany in color, minimal internal carbonation

S: Smoked malt, some bbq sweetness, smoke and wood, mild cocoa as well

T: Nice smoky malt throughout, elements of chocolate and mesquite additionally, robust and flavorful, quite delicious

M: Incredibly smooth, although a bit drying, mild smoky aftertaste, mildly lingering, but not overpowering

O: Certainly worth a try, a nice representation of the style, while nothing seems unique about this porter it remains satisfying

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3.75/5  rDev +5.9%

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3.75/5  rDev +5.9%

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Humdinger Series: Burn Pile from Magic Hat Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.54 out of 5 with 90 ratings