larsniclas (6532) - Billdal, SWEDEN - DEC 28, 2004
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Dark amber with a beige head.
Sweet aroma with milk-chocolate.
Really milky and chocolaty flavour.
Cletus (6355) - Connecticut, USA - JAN 3, 2006
3.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours dark brown with a thin tan head. Smells of roasted malt, nutty and sweet chocolate. Tastes oakey with some decent coffee flavors and mellow nuts.
egajdzis (5959) - Pennsburg, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 19, 2004
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Poured a maroon color with a large off white head and some lacing. Caramel malt and some sweet fruit in the aroma. Nice creamy, roasted malt taste, some light fruits, and hops as well. Slightly oily mouthfeel. Not what I was expecting, this was nice.
Suttree (5928) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - JAN 8, 2005
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Brownish red, with a small but compact head. Nice rich aroma. Gently sweet flavors of chocolate, caramel at first, and on to crisp, clean finish that carries some notes of, I don’t know, pine, maybe?
TheBeerGod (5921) - Newport News, Virginia, USA - FEB 7, 2005
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle courtesy of jasonp. Dark ruby with a small tan head. Nose is sweet maltiness, light hops, and faint caramel. taste is more light hops and light bitterness overtop of a lightly toasted malt and light caramel backbone.Very drinkable. Body is medium with a nice carbonation feel. Finish is more toasty malts and carmael with light earthy hops and a hint of fruit. Nice session style beer!
Boutip (5737) - Gatineau, Quebec, CANADA - DEC 13, 2004
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottle: Poured a medium black color ale with a medium head that disappeared way too fast. Aroma is comprised of roasted malt (probably some oatmeal). Taste is also dominated by roasted malt, so much that I almost though I was drinking a light stout, and the end was also bitter. Overall, this is an average beer that seems to sit between two style (Irish ale and dry stout).
notalush (5671) - Denver, Colorado, USA - SEP 2, 2002
3.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
One of my favorite magic hats. Interesting mix of flavors with a nice, chocolate finish. It does have a very strange mouthfeel, but it’s one that grows on you. It is really like no other beer out there. However, every once and a while the I get a bottle with an unusual level of bitterness, which makes me lower the rating a little.
jgb9348 (5528) - Arlington (Pentagon City), Virginia, USA - JUN 3, 2003
2.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
I suppose the 'red' colour they describe should be real, but my beer is definately dark brown in colour. No red, not even in highlights. A dense light brown head tops the beer as well. A very malty, chocolaty smell comes up as well. The first sip of the beer has some flavour, but after the first sip, there is no taste nor aftertaste to this beer. This is what the case was for all 3 of my previous Magic Hat beers, and I will suppose all their beers are like this. Too bad I have one more left. After that one, I will never buy Magic Hat again...seriously, save your money for something worthy for the money, such as Allagash, Victory or DogFishHead.
JPDIPSO (5450) - Wauwatosa, Wisconsin, USA - MAR 10, 2005
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Ruby chestnut color with an absolutely hugh head of beige bubbles. Lightly toasted rye bread with a thin layer of orange marmalade. Quite clean, dry and fresh. Acidic malt with dark chocoalte, cedar and toasted nuts. Quite irish. Dry malt linger with a touch of spice.
ClarkVV (5392) - Allston, Massachusetts, USA - MAR 9, 2006
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
2005? bottle, possibly late 2004, as it’s been discontinued, but anyways, drank it on 3/4/06 compliments of OldGrowth.
Still pours with plenty of carbonation. A tall beige head slowly recedes to a ring atop a deep garnet-to-auburn colored body with some darker mahogany tones in it as well. Fair amount of carbonation in large, forced bubbles. Filtered and crystal clear. The nose, displaying all of the crystal malt, is quite papery/crayon-like, with just the faintest touch of vanilla and some very light clove-like phenols. Heavy mineral water comes to mind as well, compliments of this lovely yeast. Nutty, dry and quite passing and forgettable goes the aroma.
The flavor is a mix of mineral water, light notes of watered down coffee mixed with skim milk and some soily, plant-like hoppiness. A rather vapid, unsettling flavor that you get from drinking an Irish-style ale on nitro. Impressive that they were able to re-create that.....
Extra lean body shows little malt sweetness for comfort, while the carbonation does settle down and allows some moderate toasted notes to work with light honey-buttercream and fruits, but it’s all so fleeting. No alcohol is apparent. In a word, dull.
And no, I don’t think it is unfair to expect better from this beer, even if it is a year or more old. I’ve had plenty of low gravity beers that have held up wonderfully, simply because they were not pasteurized and had been bottle conditioned. No excuse.