Magic Hat brewery has been crafting quality beers from Burlington, VT since their inception in 1994. In honor of our special in store tasting this week we have been reporting on the beers offered in the Night of the Living Dead variety pack. This week’s feature is Séance, a Saison Ale that is also available in 6 packs for a limited time.
The beer pours an opaque dark brown. In the glass it appears almost black but when held to the light amber and red hues are visible. The two finger frothy tan head shows amazing staying power. After the head slowly recedes a hearty lacing is left both on the sides of the glass and atop the beer.
Aromas of deep roasted malts dominate the nose. There are also sweet aromas of caramel, toffee, molasses, chocolate and dried dark fruits. Light nutty and a creamy vanilla notes are also present. In contrast to the aromas listed above there is an evident aroma of earthy hops and a faint yeasty note.
On the palate you are hit first by a wave of roasted malts that carry flavors of burnt sugar, dark roasted coffee and unsweetened chocolate. The initial wave is met by a secondary wave of tart fruits (mainly cherry), nuts and spice. This second wave also shows a notable “funk” from the yeast. The finish is bitter and dominated by notes of earthy hops.
Séance is definitely different! It is like the love child of a Stout and a Saison. A great beer for the changing seasons offering notes of both typical warm weather and cold weather beers all rolled into one! Trying pairing this one with smoked brisket, a nutty Parmesan or molten lava cake.
The Beer Buyer Overall Rating: 3.0 Pints out of 5
Please check with your local Bottle King store for current inventory