Thursday, December 28, 2017

Magic Hat Jinx (2017 re-review to BJCP specs)

DOB: 7/5/17

2015 BJCP Category: 32A Classic Style Smoked Beer (base style: 17C Wee Heavy)

AROMA: Moderate presence of fruit, caramel/maltiness and smoke; though none are intense. Aromas are well-balanced as no one seems to dominate. No hops (none needed). 9/12

APPEARANCE: Deep garnet/brown hue (17-22 SRM). Very hazy body (should be clear). Moderate white foam mostly dissipates and leaves only trace lacing. 2/3

FLAVOR: Malt-forward palette to be sure, though it is far from cloying or even rich. Confectionery flavors are present, albeit subtle. Various dark fruits can be found in the background akin to those found in British or Belgian esters (but are also subtle). Peat smoke emerges briefly on the finish and offers an interesting contrast, but all the flavors quickly homogenize so it becomes difficult to detect. Hops are the most subtle ingredient with minor earthy character and dry bitterness. Aftertaste is quite clean. 12/20

MOUTHFEEL: Medium body; medium-low carbonation. Smooth and easily drinkable with no alcohol warmth or taste for 6.9% ABV. Feels like a much smaller brew; I'd expect a more robust, bigger-bodied brew for that potency. 3/5

OVERALL IMPRESSION: It's an okay Wee Heavy, but a rather weak smoked beer. Considering the brewery and their target audience I can't say I'm surprised. 6/10

TOTAL SCORE: 32/50

NOTE: See my 2008 original review here: http://www.chadzbeerreviews.com/2008/09/magic-hat-jinx.html