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Dark Arts | Magic Rock Brewing

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3.89
pDev:
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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Magic Rock Brewing
United Kingdom (England) | website

Style: English Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by kojevergas on 08-20-2011

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Reviews: 14 | Ratings: 39
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3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

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Photo of olradetbalder
3.5/5  rDev -10%

Photo of Marius
4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Murphy's Law in The Hague. Pitch black with a tall and very fine tan head and visible carbonation. Smells like dark chocolate, cherries, cocoa and lactose. The taste follows the same notes, mild and very well balanced flavours, with a roasty and smoky aftertaste. Medium bodied with a soft carbonation.

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Photo of deebo
3.63/5  rDev -6.7%

On cask at North Bar in Leeds. Served in a half pint with half a finger of tan head topping off a black yet translucent appearance. Aroma is fairly heavily cooked barley malt with notes of bitter chocolate. While drinking the tan foam sticks to the glass. The flavor is dominantly malt with a heavily roasted malt flavor that lingers with a moderate bitter finish. The mouthfeel is a bit thin. Overall a decent stout. Serviceable but nothing special.

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Photo of stephenlee
3.88/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of bpfrush
3.75/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of jazzyjeff13
4.12/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A 330ml bottle with a BB of Oct 2012 (batch 2868). Picked up recently from Trembling Madness in York. Love these guys and their beers...

Poured into a Delirium chalice. A very dark brown; appears totally black in the glass. Yields a large head of creamy tan foam that hangs around for a while before settling as a thin surface layer. Aroma of dark roasted malt with notes of bitter coffee, burnt grain, indistinct aroma hops, cocoa, faint dried fruit, stewed hops and a hint of vanilla and spice. Complex and delicious.

Tastes of intense roasted malt with a bitter finish. Notes of burnt grain, coffee, cocoa, nondescript aromatic hops, a subtle hint of molasses and stewed hops. Mildly spicy. A lingering dry bitterness upon swallowing. Mouthfeel is silky smooth and tingly, with restrained carbonation and a lovely creamy body. Mildly astringent, with an aftertaste of bitter roasted malt and hop notes.

Deeply dark and tasty. Goes overboard with the roasted malt, but I rather like it. Dry, with plenty of bitter notes from the malt and hops. Aromatic hops add an interesting dimension to the flavour, though individual characteristics can't be picked out. Good body with light carbonation. The only thing that might benefit this beer would be conditioning with live yeast. Quality - well worth trying if you come across it.

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Photo of azkkr
3.98/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of aztraz
3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of Hopbomber
4/5  rDev +2.8%

Photo of Pelicanrocks
3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of hdtrice
3.58/5  rDev -8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Canada_Dan
3.77/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of GONZALOYANNA
3.94/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap. 1/2 pt glass. Enjoyed on mar´13. Pitch black appearance headed by a so close & creamy crown. Foam lasts until the end. Floral aromas rounded by subtle roasted notes & citric underneath. Crisp bitter upfront. Roasted malt flavors & gentle licorice touch. Full body. Moderate carbonation. Dried nut astringency reamins into a long dried & bitter finish. Citric on the aftertaste & coffee-like infusion. A big one!!

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Photo of Evango
3.04/5  rDev -21.9%

Photo of EmperorBevis
3.95/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Canned - surreal stout
Pours a black body with big tan head that recede but still clings to the edge of the glass and only a few bare spots
Aroma of burnt porridge and treacle
Flavours of coffee and charred toast
Nice not sweet not overly bitter

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Photo of mdagnew
4.07/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

330ml bottle bought from MyBreweryTap.com

Poured a deep dark brown / almost black colour. Burnt brown head poured pretty thick, foamy and meringue like then faded to light covering with thick edging... some light lines of lacing cling to the glass...

Aroma - Toasted bread and lightly roasted malts, black coffee, some dark brown sugar sweetness, roasted nuttiness, liquorice and blackcurrant, some raisin fruitiness, very light oatiness, some faint smokiness coming through, leathery hints...

Taste - Nice lightly roasted dark chocolate maltiness mixed with light sweetness, charred malt loaf, anise, definite coffee notes, again some dark fruits (prunes, plums), light nutmeg traces, some pepperiness...

Feel - Smooth initially then a little sharpness comes through... pretty full bodied... dangerously drinkable as the alcohol is pretty well hidden...

Overall - A very enjoyable stout if maybe a little rough round the edges... Another fine brew from Magic Rock though and definitely recommended...

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Photo of kojevergas
3.7/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served from a cask into a true pint glass in a pub in London, England. Reviewed from notes.

A: Pours a one finger head of nice tan colour, good cream, and pretty good thickness. Colour is a solid nontransparent black.

Sm: Coffee, cream, caramel, chocolate, and slight toffee. A mild strength aroma.

T: All the notes form the nose are present, with the chocolate emphasized alongside light roast. The cream is restrained but nice. The coffee is very well handled. It's complex enough, decently balanced, and built with quality in mind.

Mf: Coarse enough, but a touch too wet for a stout. Fairly complementary of the flavours, but certainly not tailored to them.

Dr: Very drinkable and of good quality at a standard price for London. Give her a spin, lads.

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Photo of HopHead84
3.5/5  rDev -10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

4/6/2012

A: Black as a sunless day (My notes actually said this, I think I meant to say black as a moonless night). Big beige head.

S: Nutty and earthy with roasted grains and light chocolate notes. There's a burnt presence throughout with a little molasses. Coffee wafts from the glass.

T: Dark chocolate blends with earth and a firm roasted malt presence. There's a faint nuttiness. The roastiness approaches char and there are evident coffee notes. The finish borders on burnt with coffee and an earthy bitterness.

M: Medium body with upper medium carbonation.

Overall: An okay beer. A little over the top on the roast.

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Photo of steverx8
3.81/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of StJamesGate
4.08/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Mason & Taylor, Bethnal Green, London.

Black-brown with tan parchment rim. Fish sauce and peat smoke nose – intense and unique, if not entirely pleasant.
Cookie dough, café au lait, fresh German rye bread and a sprinkling of cedar chip hops.
Spicy finish and slightly tart roasty linger. Smooth, medium, some cling.

Silky, complex and unconventional stout. Drinkable, too. I get the fuss over Magic Rock.

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Photo of Martine
3.94/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours pitch black into a half pint glass from a 330ml can. Tan head is 3 fingers high, and silky with good retention. Lacing is prevalent and clings to the glass long after the beer has left.

Nose is mild and charry with hints of dark fruit, and anise. The flavour follows this trend with a quite subtle flavour profile, yet apparent from the sip - very well balanced. There is a roasted grain overture with plenty of burnt coffee, bitter cocoa, char, and peppery malt. The aftertaste brings the sweetness of black liqorice and some molasses along with a hintage of cherry and fig.

In the mouth it feels medium-full bodied, mildy carbonated, and silky smooth. It lacks the thickness of a stout but it goes down so well you barely notice; sometimes balance and drinkability trumps all else.

A very decent and moreish stout this is. I can't pick fault with it, it stands very well on its own; tasty, smooth, and rich. Would recommend.

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4/5  rDev +2.8%

Photo of BDTyre
4.13/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Black body with a thin, tan coloured head. Big notes of coffee and dark chocolate in the nose.

Black coffee, dark chocolate, floaty bits of liquorice and fruits on the taste. Nice, bitter finish.

Good body on this, and good carbonation. Carbonated but thick, but not overly carbonated. Not quite sessionable but a good way to end the night.

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Photo of psm90
3/5  rDev -22.9%

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Dark Arts from Magic Rock Brewing
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