RATINGS: 51   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.02/5   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 120   ABV: 4%
For Over 200 years people have been discussing politics & solving the country's problems over a pint of ale at the local tavern. PARTICIPATION is a nut brown ale inspired by this tradition. This social lubricant is designed to act as a catalyst for public discourse during the political season.

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   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Accidic (13) - Alabama, USA - JAN 2, 2013
Different than other Magic Hat offerings. Distinctive malt flavor. Low alcohol. As a social lubricant tied to politics you’d think the alcohol would be a bit higher. :)

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
jtclockwork (16163) - , New Jersey, USA - MAY 2, 2010
UPDATED: SEP 4, 2012 I’m checking over my notes on this one and think I may have meant to put 3.4 instead of 4.4. It’s a decent Magic hat ale. Amber pour. Rated 11/2/04

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
yobdoog (1888) - Kingston, New York, USA - JUN 17, 2009
Not half bad. Quite drinkable and not reminiscent of other MH beers. Nice and smooth and on the sweet side. Just ok overall.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
DandyWolfFloyd (1202) - Jim Thorpe, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 5, 2009
Aroma is muted, some hops. Appearance looks like a classic pale lager, nothing rememorable. It’s flavor is basically standard lager with some hops. Eh on smoothness. Not much to say.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 8/20
stef92 (128) - Williamstown, New Jersey, USA - JAN 9, 2009
My least favorite from magic hat. Nothging special here. Sort of a bland flavorless brown ale.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
shendrix (478) - Waukesha, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 13, 2008
Less than sophisticated, but more than tolerable, this brew poured an amber color with a light foamy head, tasting slightly of sweet caramel with a touch of butterscotch.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Tmoney99 (14281) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - SEP 22, 2008
Bottle shared by shigadeyo. Poured clear amber color with an average frothy white head that mostly lasted with good lacing. Moderate sweet malty aroma. Medium body. Medium sweet flavor with a medium bittersweet finish of moderate duration. My expectations where met.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 10/20
rocbyter (2116) - Waterbury, Connecticut, USA - MAY 13, 2007
I found a half case of this stuff hidden in the cooler at the beer store I work at. Bottle reads best before Dec 04. Chocolate malt aroma light notes of alcohol/gasoline. Mabie some skunk. Dark amber color with not much foam. Coffee and chocolate taste with a light amount of bitterness. Watery palate. If this beer was a little more thick it would be a great brown ale even after sitting for three years.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Cletus (6355) - Connecticut, USA - JAN 20, 2006
Found in the back of mu fridge aned consumed 11/12/05. Pours brown (DUH!) with a light tan head. Smells nutty with some sugar and mellow hops. Taste is peppery with some chocolate and walnut notes.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
DarkElf (3062) - La Jolla, California, USA - DEC 1, 2005
(22 oz bottle: Obtained in trade with Eyedrinkale, thanks Mike!) This is a well-aged bottle from my cellar, it should have been consumed eleven months ago, but it’s still in fine shape. Of course, the reminder for me to vote on November 2nd, 2004 is of little value now, but I voted anyway. To me, this beer is on the border between a brown ale and a porter. Initially, the beer is fairly roasty, moderately bitter, and only lightly sweet, but the finish is nutty, quite ashy with vague hints of molasses. Lightly aromatic nose shows some roast and that’s about it. Dry on the palate, the beer has the creamy mouthfeel of oats, yet it also comes across as a bit watery. Dark ruddy brown in color; I think it’s darker than mahogany. The light tan head pours to about an inch in height, but it’s a little fizzy and thus settles quickly to a patchy film encircled by a wide ring. Certainly more roasty than most nut brown ales, but I’m not sure it’s more flavorful, or even all that much better. I still enjoyed every drop in this bomber though.

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