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 Lovely85
4/5  rDev +13%

Photo of Stinkypuss
3.58/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Magic Hat : Burnpile

APPEARANCE: Pours a clear dark amber brown. Leaves behind a pretty good display of webbed lacing on the glass.

SMELL: Bready and toasty, with hints of chocolate. Magic Hat yeast strain adds sweet bread notes. Malted milk ball candy comes to mind.

TASTE: Roasted malt, chocolate and caramel. Small dry charcoal like smoke emerges a few sips in, into the aftertaste. On the sweeter side even a bit worty. Hops are mildly bitter and spruce tea like. Finishes with more caramel and dry smoke. Faint raisin flavor, dark chocolates and alcohol.

FEEL: Medium bodied, with ample carbonation, smooth and creamy. Has a drying finish, leaving behind caramel and smoke flavor.

OVERALL: This is an enjoyable porter. It is pretty sweet but has a good feel and overall flavor. Decent example of a mainstream smoked porter. Compared to most porters this is fairly potent. Would pair nicely with BBQ.

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Photo of uno99
3.33/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

Not fan of smoked beers, but how can you resist when its a Christmas gift?

Appearance: The bottle is very nice. Heavy frosted opaque glass, with very nice painted label. Corked and caged and then wrapped with gold foil. Beer is perfect porter dark brown, not much head to speak of though

Smell: Smoke, is upfront but not completely dominate. Cherries, plums and dark fruits/malt. Not really any hop presence.

Taste: Sweet smoke, like a BBQ sauce. Not really anything complex about it though. The above scents listed enter into the taste category, but not a whole lot else. A bit medicinal on the finish.

M: Quite well carbonated and makes this a bit more drinkable, especially if you aren't particularly liking it.

Overall, It's tough for me to recommend this, but if you like smoked beer then my opinion could be all together wrong.

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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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1.75/5  rDev -50.6%

Photo of thecheapies
3.26/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A caged and corked bottle of 7.5% ABV smoked porter. I was too intrigued not to buy this. $12 for the bottle. I'm splitting it with the girlfriend, as per usual, and pouring it into pint glasses. Here goes.

Pours practically black. Some dark caramel tones along the edges when held to the light. The head was meager, but an attractive color of yellowed-mocha. Some drippy lacing shows.

Smells like dark, wet cereal with maybe a touch of smokiness. Maybe. There are major flaws here. I was looking for a bold aroma and I got roasted fluff.

Lightly smoked malts with some caramel notes and flavors of burnt grain, however, it still doesn't come off as bold--nor delicate. It's a good porter, and I like how the smokiness imparts subtle flavor and never comes close to breaching the threshold on the palate, but a medicinal note is noticed and a bit abrasive. There's a sweet and savory quality that I like, but it's malty sweet, and I don't mean chocolate of coffee flavors. A hint of salinity in the finish helps to dry out the backend, and some light hopping shows up as well. It's nice to know they're there even though hops aren't the most welcome component in a smoked porter. I'd advocate letting this warm up to near-room temperature, as the smokiness amplifies, which is what you need here.

Alcohol strength is pretty much appropriate, as this is bordering on Imperial potency. Maybe a little heady, still. Dextrinous body with a lot of oatmeal chew. Carbonation feels barely dissolved and uneven, but the brightness is close enough to call it ideal. Chewy doesn't equal creamy in body, but there's enough here to be happy with it.

While Burnpile is still a nice, little smoked porter, this has to be one of the most disappointing caged-and-corked beers that I have had. It's fun, but the price is too high on this one. I don't recommend, but I enjoyed trying it.

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3.75/5  rDev +5.9%

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4/5  rDev +13%

Photo of mountdew1
3.48/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured into an imperial pint glass. Color was a very dark brown, almost black. Very slightly translucent near the edges. A 1/4 inch mocha colored head, with a handful of streams of carbonation from the bottom. Aroma had a touch of lactose sweet, but was mostly a bit of smoke. Not a fake smoke. Taste was slightly bitter up front, but switched to a mellow smoke. Felt a smidgen thin in the mouth, with no noticeable carbonation. Fairly good smoked porter, not necessarily worth the cage/cork. $5-6 would be reasonable for this.

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3.75/5  rDev +5.9%

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4.25/5  rDev +20.1%

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1.75/5  rDev -50.6%

Photo of tigg924
3.5/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had on tap at New World Tavern, Plymouth--served into a pint glass.

Appearance: black in color, 1 inch head, opaque, minimal carbonation

Smell: smoked malt and BOSCO

Taste: roasted malt, dark chocolate, light sweet chocolate, creaminess at the end and light smoke

Mouthfeel: medium-heavy bodied, moderate carbonation, sweet with roasty bitterness

Overall: An above average roasty semi-smoky beer. Decent, but nothing I would go out of my way for.

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3.75/5  rDev +5.9%

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3/5  rDev -15.3%

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2.5/5  rDev -29.4%

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 brewdude1982
3.36/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: 4.0 very dark almost no head and I tried to pour it to have some
S: 3.0 faint smoke smell
T: 3.5 just smokey dark malts
MF:3.0  weak on carbonation but a little bigger on the biddy
O: 3.5 not a lot going on with this one. There are definitely better beers out there in this style.

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4.25/5  rDev +20.1%

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4.25/5  rDev +20.1%

Photo of smcolw
3.23/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Deep ruby brown color. Only bright light passes through. Small head but it does provide some streaky lace.

Behind the typical toasted and mildly burnt malts is a subtle medicinal smell.

This medicinal aspect is even stronger in the taste, particularly after the swallow. Still drinkable, but distracting. This porter leans to the bitter side both with burnt malts and notable hop. Moderate body with an elevated carbonation level.

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Photo of tdm168
3.67/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - dark brownish black with no head

S - faint smoke, burnt sugar, caramel

T - roasted malt, sugary, vanilla, some caramel, a bit of smoke in the finish

M - medium bodied, well carbonated

This is a decent beer, but it's not "caged & corked" special. It has a decent flavor profile, but I'm underwhelmed. there are better beers out there, but this was nice to try once.

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3.75/5  rDev +5.9%

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3.75/5  rDev +5.9%

Photo of buddha5050
3.48/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured out of a 750ml cage and corked bottle into tulip glass

A: Dark brown/black with a tinge of burnt umber around the edges. 1.5 finger of creamy khacki colored head, and alot of carbonation straming up from the bottom, a little more than I would expect from this style of beer.

S: Nice deep roasted malt smell, cocoa and coffee smell with a hint of smokey-ness undernieth. Nice nose.

T: Roasted dark malt taste with small bitterness on the front and sides of the tongue, light smoke flavor, I expected more smoke, and the bitterness was not what I would expect from a porter a little light. Boy, I could not taste the 7.5% in this.

M: A thin/med body not as thick as what I expect from a good porter, dissapointing. Like I said earlier it had a little too much carbonation for a porter.

O: Nice beer, I would buy again a nice middle of the road porter for a beginer to start getting into darker beers, at 7.5% it has little taste from this aspect, quite drinkable.

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