Today’s winter seasonal comes from another Vermont brewery, Magic Hat. Magic Hat Brewing Company is based in South Burlington, Vermont and is one of the larger craft breweries around. This winter beer is classified as a Schwarzbier which is German for black beer. Those Germans sure love their compound words. From my experience they have been light in body and are wonderfully roasty in flavor. Let’s see if Howl meets my prior expectations.
Howl Winter Seasonal pours a very deep brown to black with a nice tan head. If you tilt your glass so that the beer is thin on the edges you can see that it is clear. The aroma coming from this beer is really nice. It is a mix of dark chocolates and roasted coffee. It is not overpowering, but subtle and nice. There is also some slight smoky smells in there.
The taste is nice and smoky. It is super roasty, but not in a biting way. There is a bit of a hop flavor on the end, but it is very slight. Balance is the real shinning point for this beer, everything is just perfect. It’s dark, but not really fully of spices of alcohol. Heck, this beer comes in at only 4.6% ABV. It’s not your typical winter beer, but it does such of nice job of delivering flavors that I don’t mind. Howl really helped me remember how much I like this style of beer. If you haven’t tried it, I suggest you do. It is something a bit different, but very wonderful.