Magic Hat Feast of Fools

I first heard about this beer when I started the blog. Since I was really into Magic Hat beers at the time, I was sad that I couldn’t locate it. Fast forward to the other half finding this at Joe Canal’s and I was a very excited beer dork. Let’s see how it fared.

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ABV: 6%

Style: American Stout

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “In medieval times, the celebration of darkness and light was marked with great halls filled with smoke and mirrors. Gilded goblets brimming with seasonal brews were lifted to lips speaking a language no longer known. The present connects the past through the brewer’s art and a beer of utter darkness is born – Feast of Fools Raspberry Stout. Gather thy friendly fools for a round and celebrate the oncoming darkness with sweet ale and glee.”

Random: The cat managed to get his head stuck in the blinds today trying to attack birds outside the window. I had no words for this one, although I did get him out within a minute.

This beer poured with a one finger, tan head that was quick to dissipate and left no lacing on the glass. The beer had a black body with visible moderate carbonation. The nose was sweet with major notes of raspberry jam. The taste was overly sweet with raspberry extract and stout flavors came through after. I picked up roasted malts and light milk chocolate. It drank much lighter than expected. It had a thin body with high carbonation. The finish was long and sweet with milk chocolate and raspberry. This beer fell flat for me. At $9.49 for the bomber, this was an expensive disappointment. I wouldn’t have this again.

Untappd Rating: 3.5/5.0

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Magic Hat Wilhelm Scream Pumpkin Ale

I’m finally home from work after a crazy day. This was a beer that I had last week that I was interested in trying. This is Magic Hat’s first pumpkin beer. Let’s see how it was.

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ABV: 5.4%

Style: Pumpkin Ale

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “The distant drums of change are thumping, signaling the coming of chilling frosts, falling leaves and ghoulish screams. In a patch ripe with orange glow, Wilhelm Scream awakens and unleashes his season-stirring call for fall. His revelers listen for his echo across the ripened dancing days and prepare their seasonal celebration of harvest and ale. WILHELM SCREAM IS RIPE WITH FALL FLAVORS OF PUMPKIN, CINNAMON, NUTMEG AND CARAMEL MALTS. MEDIUM-BODIED AND THE COLOR OF ORANGE SETTING SUNS, IT FINISHES SIMILAR TO THE WAY WE FINISH SUMMER: WITH JUST A HINT OF BITTERNESS.”

Random: We watched “Charlie Brown Thanksgiving” tonight and I forgot how much I love it.

This beer poured with a one finger, cream-colored head that dissipated slowly and left some lacing on the glass. The body was a clear, sienna color with light carbonation visible. The nose was really strong with lots of pumpkin and fall spices, especially nutmeg and allspice. Caramel malts were present as well. The taste was not as impressive. It had a lot of nuttiness and caramel malt, but the fall spices were really lost in the beer. There wasn’t much pumpkin to speak of either. There was some burnt brown sugar coming through at the end of the sip. The body was overly thick, to the point of being heavy with light carbonation. The finish was long with caramel malts. The price of the bottle was relatively cheap at $1.42 a bottle, but it wasn’t an impressive pumpkin ale, which was surprising given that it was the first pumpkin outing for Magic Hat. I wouldn’t have it again.

Untappd Rating: 3.5/5.0

Magic Hat Hi #9

In addition to getting engaged, the other half and I have been looking at houses like maniacs. About a month ago, we found one that we really liked that had a lot of character. We had to wait for my parents to come home from Europe to look at it and finally made an offer last night. Now, we’re in the waiting game portion of buying a house. I can tell you that one of us is dealing with this portion of the process better than the other. So, while I’m trying to distract myself, let’s see how this beer was.

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ABV: 5.9%

Style: American IPA

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “A mysteriously good India Pale Ale with citrus and piney hop notes, balanced by #9’s signature sweetness.”

Random: I’m shocked it took this long to put out this type of beer. It would have been great in the summer.

This beer poured with less than a half a finger of white head that dissipated quickly and left some lacing on the glass. The body was a clear amber color with lots of carbonation visible. The nose had a lot of apricot and some light citrus with lemons and oranges. The taste was more towards the apricot side with lots of fruit that later transitioned into grassy citrus hops that were slightly bitter. The body was medium thickness with generous carbonation. The finish was quick with some bitterness from the citrus hops and apricot. This beer was an interesting hybrid between a fruit beer and an IPA and I enjoyed it. It wasn’t overly complex, but would be a good beer for the non-IPA drinker to get introduced to the style.

Untappd Rating: 3.5/5.0

Magic Hat Jinx

Here’s another offering from the fall Magic Hat variety pack. Let’s see how it went.

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ABV: 6.3%

Style: Scotch Ale/Wee Heavy

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “An Ale Inspired by Medieval Chemists. Earthy, rich and steeped in autumn’s peculiar magic; Jinx is strangely haunted by memories of waning summer and anticipation of that first mysterious frost on freshly abandoned fields. A TOAST TO DANCING BONFIRES AND FALLING LEAVES, JINX IS A MEDIUM-BODIED SCOTCH ALE BOASTING HINTS OF CHOCOLATE AND CARAMEL MALTS WITH A SLIGHTLY SMOKY FINISH.”

Random: I think the label art on this one is interesting and cheeky.

This brew poured with a half a finger of thin, white head that dissipated quickly and left no lacing on the glass. There was a slight crown left on top of the clear, dark copper body. There was moderate carbonation visible. The nose had some sweet malt with smoke and peat. I got some caramel as well. The taste was really smoky with lots of peat and caramel malt. There was some bread as well. I also got some hazelnuts. The body was on the thicker side with moderate carbonation. It had a long, smoky finish with peat. This could be one of the best beers that I’ve had from Magic Hat. It was a really peaty and smoky Scotch ale that I would definitely have again. The twelve pack for the season was $16.99 at Joe Canals breaks down to $1.42 a bottle, which is definitely a good price for this beer. As with all of the Magic Hat mixed packs, I think it’s worth getting, especially since this one has so many new beers.

Untappd Rating: 4.0/5.0

Magic Hat Dream Machine

It’s embarrassing to admit this, but I bought this beer only because there was an Untappd badge for it. I’m not usually a huge fan of this style, but since there was an Untappd badge and for some reason, I like getting badges despite there being absolutely no benefit to me for getting them, I purchased a six-pack of it. I decided to review the last one. Hopefully it was worth the badge…

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ABV: 5.7%

Style: American Pale Lager

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “Dream Machine, an India Pale Lager or IPL, is a melding of varied visions of an India Pale Ale and an Amber Lager. Once poured, its light copper color delights the eyes and a citrusy hop aroma flows through the nose. Upon first sip, a smooth hop bitterness reveals itself – fresh, bold and slightly spicy – before subtle hints of mild maltiness appear. A big hop bite and a crisp, clean lager finish combine for a beautifully balanced beer. Take Dream Machine for a spin and let your reverie begin.”

Random: The Magic Hat website is one of the most visually interesting I’ve seen.

This beer poured with a finger of thick, eggshell colored head that was slow to dissipate and left some lacing on the glass. The body was a clear, chestnut color with moderate carbonation visible. The nose was very mild. I got some lightly toasted malt and nuttiness and then some grass right after. The taste was mild as well. There were some definite toasted malt notes that were backed by pale malt and then some grassy hop bitterness. The bitterness became a little more intense with each sip, but this was a very mild beer to me. It had a medium thick body and high carbonation. The finish was long, but a bit one-note with toasted malt. This beer was plain and boring to me, but it was definitely drinkable. With that being said, I wouldn’t have it again.

Untappd Rating: 3.5/5.0

Magic Hat Seance

So, I did something exceptionally dumb tonight. I was moving the cat box and the top detached itself and the entire bottom fell on my foot. Add to this, the fact that I wasn’t wearing shoes. I am on the couch now, with an ice bag on my foot, hoping the swelling goes down. Onto a brew that has been sitting in the fridge for awhile.

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ABV: 4.4%

Style: Saison/Farmhouse Ale

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “Séance is a dark, complexly concocted saison, rich with earthy hues and flavors. A mild tartness begins the journey, and an underlying hop bitterness sweeps the senses through a newly opened door of the mind, where you will soon find subtle hints of ripe fruit, bringing you to a place few dare to roam.”

Random: Yeah, my foot seriously hurts.

This beer poured with a huge, four finger cream-colored head that dissipated very slowly. Despite that, it didn’t leave much lacing on the glass. The body was a cloudy dark reddish-brown color with lots of floaties hanging out and some limited carbonation visible. The nose had some roasty notes with a touch of yeast as well. There were some banana notes present as well. The taste lent to some dark chocolate notes and a sour note up front, lemon zest and spicy peppercorn and clove. The end of the sip had smoke and wood notes. The body was on the thinner side with low carbonation, honestly it could have had a bit more. The finish was long with smoke. I’ve already outlined my issue with black saisons in previous reviews and am not much of a fan of them, and this is one that doesn’t change my mind. I wouldn’t rush back to have this one.

Untappd Rating: 3.0/5.0

Magic Hat Heart of Darkness

Some days, I think the Eagles live to frustrate me. Today, we’re playing the Vikings, who are without Adrian Peterson. This should a relatively easy game. So far, it isn’t. We’re losing and have already fumbled the ball (although we did recover it ourselves). Our defense is playing like garbage. I’ve even gone so far as playing the lucky Eagles song that we played last week when they turned they game around. Hopefully, they come out for the next half looking like a different team.
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ABV: 5.7%

Style: English Stout

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “Filled with the howling of black dogs that haunt the long-forgotten shadows of the human soul. This dense liquid-silk summoned hope from hibernation and balanced winter’s endless white snows with a rich swirl of creamy black rapture.”

Random: As you can guess, this is from another Magic Hat mix pack.

This brew poured with a finger of tan head that dissipated quickly and left no lacing on the glass. The body was a deep, dark brown color with heavy carbonation visible throughout. The nose had some dark roasted malts and burnt espresso. Given that it was a stout, the nose was relatively light. The taste had more depth than the nose. I got cocoa powder, roasted malts, dark chocolate and a touch of char from the burnt espresso at the end. The body was medium thickness with very intense carbonation. The finish was long with cocoa powder. Although I’ve tended to shy away from Magic Hat products lately, this one was a pleasant surprise that was very drinkable and I would definitely have it again.

Untappd Rating: 3.5/5.0