Magic Hat Brewing Company is a presence in Burlington, VT. They're intent on expanding their charisma nationwide with their quirky labels and "Oh my!" promotional materials. They even fueled the recent flap surrounding the "beer summit" with an open letter to President Obama, inviting him to the better world of microbrewed craft beer. Their just received letter to Beer Buzz announces a "NEW Night of the Living Dead Variety 12-Pak is creeping it way onto shelves near you [and] includes a brand-new Fall Odd Notion and the return of Roxy Rolles."
We split a bottle of each with Tony and Alex Macklin, who were visiting Indianapolis from their new home base in Pittsburgh, PA.
The Autumn seasonal "Roxy Rolles: An Amber Ode to the Open Road" sparks cut garnet at first glance. The soft whiff of caramel and a bracing waft of the Simcoe hops follows through in the taste with upfront bitterness supported by a good malt backbone. At 5.1% ABV it mellows out as it warms. We wished we had a bottle of Upland's Rad Red Amber Ale to drink along, as well. Its complex hop profile makes it one of our favorites.
We then agreed '09 Odd Notion is a fine Belgian chocolate stout with a rich, black-brown and glints of red when held up to candle light. The robust nose, more bitter chocolate than coffee, followed through for the first taste and gave way to greater complexity. "It's got lots of life," pronounced Alex. Splitting a bottle of the already well-established big 10.6% Brooklyn Brewery Black Chocolate Stout, we further agreed Odd Notion holds up at 6.2% ABV. This brought to mind Oaken Barrel's 2009 State Fair winning Java Stout, available only on tap at their Greenwood location. Its nose is equally immediate and complex, but the follow through is more muted on the palate.
2009 West Central House & Garden Tour, Sept 12 & 13
Mad Anthony Brewing Co. will be providing food, beer and wine for The 27th Annual West Central Neighborhood House and Garden Tour highlighting gardens, historic homes and other buildings from the 19th and 20th centuries in an effort to promote neighborhood revitalization and historic preservation. Also featured during the tour will be an expanded West Central Arts Fest Block Party with 12 stage performances and approximately 30 artists' booths.