I like black lagers. I didn’t think I would though. Most lagers are too light for me (with the exception of Samuel Adams Boston Lager). But most black lagers have little resemblance to the standard lager. They’re really more like light stouts. Howl Black As Night Lager from Vermont’s Magic Hat Brewing Company is smoky, toasty and roasty all at the same time. Hey, that rhymes! Sort of. Anyway, I digress. The toastiness and roastiness are the thick malty characteristics of stouts that show up in many black lagers I’ve had. The smoky aspect is unique to Howl and it seems fitting to the hazy, spooky witching hour vibe the bottle art conveys. The lager part of this beer is in it’s easy drinkability and the slight yeast-like hue that lingers behind the stronger flavors I just mentioned. I think this is probably my favorite black lager yet simply because of the unique flavor complexity and variety.