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Feast Of Fools - Magic Hat Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
88
very good

167 Ratings
THE BROS
94
outstanding

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Ratings: 167
Reviews: 84
rAvg: 3.93
pDev: 13.99%
Wants: 60
Gots: 15 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Magic Hat Brewing Company visit their website
Vermont, United States

Style | ABV
American Stout |  6.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: UnionMade on 05-08-2002

In medieval times, the celebration of darkness and light was marked with great halls filled with smoke and mirrors. Gilded goblets brimming with seasonal brews were lifted to lips speaking a language no longer known. The present connects the past through the brewer’s art and a beer of utter darkness is born - Feast of Fools Raspberry Stout. Gather thy friendly fools for a round and celebrate the oncoming darkness with sweet ale and glee.

28 IBU
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Ratings: 167 | Reviews: 84
Photo of TBonez477
3.88/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Big raspberry flavor, thin mouthfeel for a stout. Cannot pick up any classic stout flavors (chocolate, roast, coffee, dark fruits, etc). Wife and I both agreed that if tasted blind would never guess it's a stout.

Photo of Slatetank
3.61/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

I enjoyed this from the bomber in a 1/2 pint glass chilled.

The color is black opaque with thin tan head with fine bead. The smell has a fruity berry aroma with light smell of cocoa in the nose. The feel is lightly fruity with mild sweetness and very high carbonation level with subtle roast and semi-dry finish.

The taste is fruity with tangy aspect of raspberry with a light floral quality and hint of roast in the middle with a mild cocoa element in the taste with earthy almost nutty flvor in the finish. Overall this is an okay stout but the execution is not as good as the concept with okay drinkability but does not seem that impresssive

Photo of DaPan
4.69/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of VTR
3.83/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Picked this beer up on a whim. I lived in Vermont and have many Magic Hat Offerings but and have never been impressed but this is the exception.

Poured into a Left Hand Stout glass from a bomber. A/Black with little lacing on the glass. S/Raspberries followed by roasted chocolate that smelled on the sweet side. T/follows the nose. I do not detect any bitterness. Sweet chocolate covered raspberries only and it is not cloyingly sweet. O/ I am very impressed with this offering from Magic Hat. It is a perfect desert beer or for the holidays as intended. It is not a thick stout and it has some carbonation which makes it interesting. I would definitely purchase this again. If you are looking for a sweet stout but not something as sweet as Big Luscious or Creme Brûlée I would recommend looking into this. I hope to get my hands on this again.

Photo of portia99
3.76/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

22oz bottle (2014 release) poured into a snifter.

A - Pours black in color into the glass with little carbonation. A short-lasting soda-like fizzy head barely forms, falling quickly to leave no trace.

S - Fruity/juicy raspberry up front with roasted malt, chocolate and molasses accompanying...faint caramel too.

T - More chocolate in the flavor and taking the lead...followed closely by raspberry, some charcoal, coffee-like roastiness and some grassy hops and a faint strawberry touch as well.

F - A bit thin in body, fizzy lowish-mid level carbonation...quite soda-like in feel. Nice raspberry fruitiness, not overly sweet however. Good balance.

O - A nice raspberry stout. Nothing that will blow you away, but solid all around. A fun seasonal.

Photo of tdm168
3.48/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of hollywood_15063
3.66/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of st9647v3
4.18/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Therealfootball
4.73/5  rDev +20.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Inky look with noticeable, but not overwhelming carbonation. Slight raspberry smell. Nothing special for the nose. Did ale taste with a distinct, but not too fruity raspberry finish. Solid feel on the palate. Excellent overall beer. Not surprising from this more than above average brewery!

Photo of rolltide8425
4/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of bluejacket74
3.62/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22 ounce bottle, 2014 edition. Served in a nonic pint glass, the beer pours a very dark brown color with about a half inch tan head. Head retention is decent, and there isn't much lacing. The brew smells like raspberries, chocolate, roasted malt, and a little bit of coffee. The taste is just like the aroma. It starts off with the raspberries, and then the bittersweet and milk chocolate, roasted malt and coffee flavors are stronger in the finish. With that being said, I do think this smells better than it tastes. Mouthfeel/body is light/medium, it's a bit coating but it also seems thin at times. Moderate carbonation. Overall I thought this was an OK brew. Glad I got to try this one, and it's worth picking up if you're never had it before.

Photo of DHarv
4.26/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Photo of kwkdmk
3.4/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of superspak
3.9/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22 ounce bottle into snifter, 2014 winter release bottling. Pours nearly pitch black color with a 1-2 finger fairly dense tan head with good retention, that reduces to a thin cap that lingers. Light spotty soapy lacing clings on the glass, with a moderate amount of streaming carbonation retaining the head. Aromas of tart raspberry, milk chocolate, cocoa, caramel, toast, toffee, light coffee, light herbal, and roasted earthiness. Very nice aromas with good balance and complexity of dark/roasted malt and moderate raspberry notes; with good strength. Taste of lightly tart raspberry, milk chocolate, cocoa, caramel, toast, toffee, light coffee, light herbal, and roasted earthiness. Slight amount of fruit tartness and light roast/herbal bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of raspberry, milk chocolate, cocoa, caramel, toast, toffee, and light coffee on the finish for a good bit. Very nice complexity, balance, and robustness of dark/roasted malt and moderate raspberry flavors; with a nice roasted bitterness/sweetness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a very smooth and moderately creamy mouthfeel that is good. Alcohol is very well hidden with zero warming present after the finish. Overall this is a very nice fruit stout. All around good balance, complexity, and robustness of dark/roasted malt and moderate raspberry flavors; and very smooth to drink. A very enjoyable offering.

Photo of lambpasty
4.07/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of cjgator3
3.27/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Photo of fastestmanalive
3.8/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Pens1967
3.67/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of skaboom420
3.56/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of jaxon53
3.8/5  rDev -3.3%

Photo of Daktyls
4/5  rDev +1.8%

A: Pours a very dark color with a half fingered head that slowly recedes to a lacing of near white bubbles around the glass.

S: Some notes of raspberry are present up from with hints of cranberry as well. Some typical stout notes are present, some cocoa, dark malts, and coffee.

T: Once again, typical stout notes with a taste of raspberry. Most of the normal stout notes are somewhat muted by the raspberry, but they are present.

M: Nice feel on the tongue, low amount of carbonation, medium body.

O: Very drinkable, quite tasty, hopefully the recipe will not change month next year as this one is quite good.

Photo of Buck85
4/5  rDev +1.8%

Photo of Brian_McMahon
5/5  rDev +27.2%

Photo of BEERMILER12
4.02/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A: Pours a near pitch black color with almost no head

S: Big notes of raspberry up front, along with roasted malts and dark chocolate. Straight-forward, but nice

T: Starts off With a good mix of roasted malts, raspberry, and dark chocolate. Goes into a light coffee note towards the end. Finishes with a very light bitterness and lingering raspberry

M: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation

O: A solid raspberry stout that delivers nice raspberry flavor without being artificial. Very easy to drink given the 6% abv, as well as the fact that it never gets cloying. Definitely a solid brew from Magic Hat, I'd say one of their best

Photo of mynie
4.46/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I don't think I've ever gone so long from the point where I first read about and wanted to try a beer to when I finally got to sample it.

This used to be hypey, believe it or not. Back before beer hype was much of a thing, outside of some non-imported Beligans and a handful of midwestern stouts. Ever since I've acquired the means to trade for Feast of Fools, the notion of doing so seemed somehow pathetic, like sucking dick to get backstage passes for Jackyl. Very Serious and in no way snobby beer geeks wouldn't be caught dead venturing over to Magic Hat to pick this up. And the yokel tourists who did happen to stop by the brewery in December... well, they ain't trading on this board, and if they is, they offering up Breakfast Stout in exchange for Dark Lord.

So, okay, turns out Magic Hat is like literally five minutes down the road from Fiddlehead. So naturally I wanted to stop by and experience in person the kooky brewery I'd seen on so many packages. And, honest, I'm totally hip and with it. I swear. But I like these guys. Think they're just about the most unfairly shat upon craft brewer in the US.

And, lo and behold, they had this on tap and in bombers. I had forgotten about it (and had confused it with Thumbsucker, thinking it had been long since discontinued). Grabbed a growler even though the bar's forced carbonation was off. Because, hey.

Theeeen we pour it into a little chalice, here, out of it's adorable and custom-painted 32 oz growler. Nice and dark, good head. Smells like good blend of a straight up American stout and red raspberry syrup.

Tastes excellent. The closest comp I got is when at the Rogue brewhouse the bartender gave us a Shakespeare that had a shot of Lindeman's framboise in it. Super solidly brewed dry stout mixed with juuuuust the right intensity of authentic tasting raspberry at the back end.

Nothing overpowering, nothing bizarre. Just a blend of medium-strength flavors balanced together almost perfect.

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Feast Of Fools from Magic Hat Brewing Company
88 out of 100 based on 167 ratings.