I’m not a fan of Magic Hat for various reasons, although I have to admit that #9 was one of the first craft beers I bought in Boston back when it came out. When I opened this beer I was a bit surprised.
This pours really dark – you can just barely see a bit of light through the edges when held up in front of a lamp. Much darker than I expected and with a very small head that didn’t linger very long. It smells a bit like roasted coffee beans but much less than I would expect for a winter beer, let alone one so dark. It tastes more like a brown ale without any noticeable spices. It has some bitterness to it but there was nothing that stood out. It was a bit boring.
As far as winter beers go, this is certainly on the lighter side. It’s light flavor and body are unusual and I would have liked it more if it had more of both. It’s possibly the best Magic Hat beer I’ve had but I certainly wouldn’t consider putting it on tap.
Vital stats: 4.6% ABV,
Courtesy of @PeteKuhn