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RATINGS: 473   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.22   SEASONAL: Winter   IBU: 32   EST. CALORIES: 138   ABV: 4.6%
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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. 12.0° Plato

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   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Bella68 (42) - Alabama, USA - NOV 16, 2010
Black gold with a creamy beige head. Found at New Leaf Market in Tallahassee, FL

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
hotstuff (4096) - Indiana, USA - SEP 14, 2014
Backlog rating on 8-27-2012. This beer has a medium sized beige head that mostly diminishes, reddish brown transparent body, and very fast rising carbonation. The aroma is malt and chocolate. The flavor is roasted malt and sweet. The mouthfeel is smooth, watery and thin. This beer is light bodied. Overall, this beer is easy to drink due to its watery texture. There is not enough going on with this beer for me to want it again.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 10/20
tectactoe (1896) - Michigan, USA - JUL 15, 2014
Bottle: Deep brown, edging towards black in the center but never really getting there. SCHWARZbier? Come on. Lighter brown edges with a khaki colored, thin layered froth on top. Aroma has a nice bit of roasted & nearly charred malt with a strong backing of dry coffee beans, perhaps just a kiss of unsweet cacao, too. Mild earthiness. Taste is dry, full of more roasted malt, dry coffee grounds, & some light char. Back-end balances with a hint of sweetness from the malt, almost with a mild dark chocolate essence to it. Very mild hint of burnt caramel & molasses. A touch of earthy spice from the hops, I’m assuming. All in all, one of the better Magic Hat beers I’ve had. Decent.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
rumproasts (2879) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - APR 4, 2014
bottle. deep brown with small head. big roasty malt body with some chocolate and light coffee. decent for the style.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
nakedwhendrunk (2145) - Juneau, Alaska, USA - MAR 28, 2014
Reviewed from notes. The appearance had a dark mahogany colored body with a tiny white head that dies fairly quickly. The smell had coffee, and really kinda overbearing The taste had the coffee come back with light hops, almost barely noticeable. The palate was about a medium/heavy, not that sessionable at all, thick coffee aftertaste and finish. Overall, this is decent for the style, however this is a "meal" beer, too heavy for me and with the low ABV, I was confused why it felt as heavy as it did.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Beergeek23322 (2272) - Chesapeake, Virginia, USA - JAN 6, 2014
11/1/2009. Bottle from a mixed seasonal box. Dark brown with a tan head. Roasted malt aromas with grain, caramel and earthy flavors. One if their better brews.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
ads135 (2966) - Lawrence, Kansas, USA - DEC 11, 2013
One of the better magic hat beers and a decent schwarzbier. Lots of roasted character, surprisingly light and chocolatey.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
ClassyBeagle (319) - USA - NOV 3, 2013
FROM NOTES: July 10, ’12 Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a pint glass. A: Coffee hit me as I was still pouring this one. Roasted coffee and chocolate notes fill the glass. Good strong smell. A: Black, but not opaque, with some brown and red showing through in the light. Big sticky tan head crowns the beer and doesn’t budge much. T: Nice roasty charachter, lots of flavor for such a low ABV beer. Notes of cocoa and roasted malts, with a nice note of dry bitter hops and a hint of grapefruit on the back end. P: A little thin, carbonation is spot on. O: A surprisingly enjoyable beer. Magic Hat will come up and surprise you every-so-often. Not a bad beer. Drinkable but nothing over complex about it. It’s just simple. A nice change from the bigger, heavier complex beers.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Imaena (1834) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - SEP 16, 2013
Bottle. I liked this schwartz and would go for it again if I can lay my hands on it.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
shigadeyo (3010) - Harrison, Ohio, USA - AUG 1, 2013

Winter 2010 Vintage

7/20/2010: Magic Hat Howl Black-as-Night Winter Lager... Aroma: Roasted barley, black patent malt, and medium-roast coffee beans; a hint of chocolate as well. Appearance: Not black in color, but more like a deep, rich brown color; mostly opaque; rushing carbonation; thick, dense tan-colored head that seems to hang around for a good while; nice lacing. Flavor: Smooth, roasted maltiness; a bit of char; dry and dusty (cocoa) finish with some coffee-like bitterness; slightly over-attenuated. Palate: Medium-full in body; extremely smooth and creamy; airy. Overall: Decent black lager; not bad at all!

3/4 pint bottle (4.6% Alc./Vol.; Best before end of: Jan 2010; 2750795 13:17) from Bigg’s Hypermarket in Harrison, Ohio. Rating #466 for this beer.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
chinchill (1889) - South Carolina, USA - MAY 23, 2013
A very dark brown, rather than black beer. Opaque, with a thin but durable tan head. Aroma of dark roasted malts and spicy hops, with hints of dark fruits, chocolate and spices. Aroma is a tad too earthy. The flavor is a bit stronger than the aroma suggests, although there is little flavor from hops. Not unpleasant light hint of charcoal/smoke. Finishes with a long-lasting, roasted malt aftertaste. Taste improves and gets richer with warming. Medium to medium-light body and carbonation. {from Dec. 2011 notes}

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