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Feast Of Fools - Magic Hat Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
88
very good

86 Reviews
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Reviews: 86
Hads: 174
rAvg: 3.95
pDev: 13.42%
Wants: 60
Gots: 16 | 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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Reviews: 86 | Hads: 174
Photo of boothbeer
2.05/5  rDev -48.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

Thanks to Rhinos00 for splitting this with me and pecorasc.

Poured into a wine glass. Dark black with a finger width of dark tan head that disappears almost instantly.

Smells of chocolate covered strawberries and raspberries. The fruit smell overpowers the malt aroma.

Taste- First impression it tastes like strawberry 7up that has been sitting out for 2 days. On the back end, I get very little malty and chocolate flavors. This beer is almost undrinkable. it tastes like a poorly crafted stout that had artificial raspberry flavoring added to it.

Although this beer tastes like flat soda, there is actually a lot of carbonation. Very thin body.

Drinkability? Absolutely not. I didnt even finish my glass- drain pour. If I received this bottle as a gift, it would be regifted. (785 characters)

Photo of burnheartsMKE
2.63/5  rDev -33.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I'm sorry that I have to pan this 2009 Fest of Fools from Magic Hat. A raspberry stout that had been laying around my buddy's basement for two too many years. Time had done a number on that guy by creating a beer i can only describe as a cough medicine Jaegerbomb.

I will reconcile my review once I try a fresh one. Until then, I suggest you drink it asap. (357 characters)

Photo of seaoflament
2.65/5  rDev -32.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Thanks to littlebreeze for this trade.

Drank some of this at the Port 2nd Anniversary pre-party tasting.

Poured pretty dark with a nice half inch of foam. The aroma was pretty sweet with raspberry juice and some chocolate malts. The taste however was very dissapointing with barely any fruit flavors, at least not as intense as the aroma, and some "flat soda" qualities. I did detect a bit of raspberries and bitter chocolate but it just didn't work well. The mouth-feel was quite thin for this type of beer and really carbonated. That said, I will have to give this a low score on drinkability too since I had trouble finishing the sample I poured for myself. (662 characters)

Photo of rhinos00
2.75/5  rDev -30.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Big thanks to Mark for sending this one my way. Split three ways with pecorasc and boothbeer. Poured from 750mL bottle into a wine glass.

A- Pours a dark brown with reddish hues towards the edges of the glass. Produced a minimal amount of head with an ever so faint ring.

S- Loads of raspberries with a subtle, chocolate malt background. A bit of charred character along with a touch of cocoa.

T- Oh man, based on the smell this had potential. Everything I smelled, you can just throw it out the window. Upfront it tasted like flat, raspberry soda. The stout flavor came in half way through offering a charred, powder like character that completely clashed with the flavors. The end had a very unpleasant raspberry finish...almost like flavored nutrasweet.

M- Extremely thin, too carbonated. Almost felt like I was drinking a soda.

D- I'm glad I split this three ways, let's just keep it to that.

Overall, I think the raspberry part of this beer is not to blame. On the other hand, the base beer (the stout) is very poor. This beer just didn't work, no way around it. (1,074 characters)

Photo of beachbum1975
2.83/5  rDev -28.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Presented in a very unique, black champagne bottle. Love the look of this bottle... Shared this bastard with pwoods.

A: Popped the cage and cork after sitting in my fridge for about 30 minutes. Pours a clear dark caramel and rests in the glass a super, dark mahogany. Massive head in my tulip glass that hangs around for a good while.

S: Sweet, caramelized malts with a unique, sour fruitiness, almost vinegar-like... Smells inviting overall. Rather light in the nose, not a great deal going on to me...

T: Heavily carbonated with big suds in my mouth as I drink. Flavors over caramel, and tart berry sweetness with a trailing sour (almost funky) vinegar finished.

M: Very light bodied with high carbonation.

Overall, very happy I had the opportunity to try this unique beer. This bottle may have been old, but I wasn't very impressed (high carbonation and traces of vinegar). Would I jump for it again? Maybe...

Definitely one of the better offerings from Magic Hat. (974 characters)

Photo of CharlesDarwin
3/5  rDev -24.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

750mL. 5.3% 2004-2005 version. Thanks for sharing Dylan! Aroma is an intense, lightly parching cherried candy and sweet chocolate, however mildly artificial. Dark black with dense foam tan rim. Cordial cherries dominate the initial flavor, in that sold at the counter, wrapped in red foil, in plastic trays, at a midwestern gas station, kind of way. Stout character takes over with a salty and pithy stout run. A medium, woody and seedy stout with dropping of cheap kirsch. Finishes in the middle. (497 characters)

Photo of donkeyrunner
3.06/5  rDev -22.5%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

"Ship of fools on a cruel sea, ship of fools sail away from me."
- Grateful Dead

Black with dark brown edges. Thin, cocoa colored head dissipates by mid glass regardless of my attempts at a hard pour. Nary a trace of lace in sight.

Smells like a dark chocolate raspberry cordial. Tastes like a dark chocolate raspberry cordial. The raspberry is obvious but not overbearing - would have been served by a better base stout. Hardly any roasted malt, it makes me want more stout with my stout. Too clean. (503 characters)

Photo of Pecorasc
3.12/5  rDev -21%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

Large deceiving dark green frosted bottle that makes the bottle look solid black. Corked and caged. Poured three ways into wine glasses and shared with Rhinos00 and Boothbeer. Thanks.

A- After a few minute struggle with the cork, vigorously poured, showing a dark tan colored head. Black with brown edges when held to light. A massive amount of bubbles popping and bursting on surface of head until all is gone but the edges.

S- Raspberry domination! Certainly not multi-dimensional, showing only a little roasted character in the background.

T- Big delay between the time I poured the beer into my mouth and the time I detected any noticeable flavors. Raspberries immediately upon swallowing, followed by an after taste of raspberries and a slight roast coffee flavor. The two dimensions of this beer do not work very well together. I should note, that there are NO unintended off-flavors in this beer, it is just lacking. I think if this stout were standing alone it may have serious deficiencies.

M- The carbonation played strange tricks on me. On the way in to my head-hole, there is no sign of carbonation. Is this flat? Then when swallowed, it shows some glimmer, but its too late.
Thin, even for a 5% stout.

D- This is obviously designed to be consumed at Mach 1 Guinness speeds. However, the lack of body and desirable flavors leaves me not asking for more. (1,372 characters)

Photo of Jwale73
3.12/5  rDev -21%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Thanks to edbeer and njdhopgrower for sharing. 750ml bottle served in my Old Stock snifter. As mentioned by a previous reviewer, this bottle was a bitch to open. Poured two shades shy of black with some ruby highlights around the edges. No head on this one. Lots of raspberry in the nose, almost syrupy. Raspberries are all in the nose - this beer is actually fairly watery with much less raspberry coming out than initially indicated, and a little bit of dark malt to round it all out. Mouthfeel is thin and watery with a lackluster carbonation. I've been wanting to try this beer for a while, but I have to say that it was fairly disappointing - another swing and a miss for Magic Hat. (687 characters)

Photo of Floydster
3.22/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

25 ounce corked bottled wrapped in black foil received in a trade with johnnnniee, thanks for giving the chance to try this holiday stout, poured into my Russian River pint glass last night

A-Black color with minimal light shining through and some super dark brown highlights, big one inch foamy tan head that left clouds of retention, some nice lacing at the beginning

S-Faint raspberry aroma, roasted malt, some light coffee, dark chocolate aromas, also some vanilla, and weak hoppiness later on

T-Tasted like a Guinness with some raspberry puree, not much of a fruity flavor, dryness dominated the flavor with roasted marley and malt, creamy at first then got flat rather quickly, light bitterness in the finish, smelled like there was more hops than there really was, tasted better cold, could have used more fruity flavors like advertised, like nothing I have had before

M-Lightly sweet and dry mouthfeel, thin to medium body, high levels of carbonation, taste lingered for a minute or so, expected to be more aggressive

D-Could not finish this bottle by myself, barely got through a pint, one dimensional, heavy as well, ABV is average around seven percent, not too smooth

Had to try this after hearing it was a raspberry stout, would be a nice treat once and a while but I do not need to have it again any time soon, cannot wait to try Thumbsucker from Magic Hat, unique but not great, would try another vintage down the road, recommended if curious like I was (1,473 characters)

Photo of pwoods
3.35/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

750ml bottle, poured into a snifter. Thanks to beachbum1975 for sharing this.

A: Pours nearly pitch black, some ruby tinting on the edges and on the bottom, average viscosity. Large light mocha head forms and holds pretty decent. Not much lacing.

S: Nice sweet raspberry aroma. Smells like raspberry soda.

T/M: Light roasted malts with a bit of dryness. Raspberry mixes well with the stout qualities. Tartness is light but still there. Other than the lightly roasted malts and raspberry, there's not much else. Maybe a hint of chocolate or light coffee would compliment it a bit better. Body is rather light, even for a single stout. Carbonation is lively and holds up the entire time.

D: Pretty easy to drink and definitely interesting. The 7.5% ABV isn't noticeable. (773 characters)

Photo of FtownThrowDown
3.42/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Very nice looking bottle. Cork was very hard to remove from the bottle. Smell is faint raspberry, and a little black patent malt. Taste is mostly raspberry. However, this is a fizzy, highly carbonated, raspberry stout. Very thin and watery on the mouthfeel. I love raspberries, but the underlying stout here needs a lot of help. (328 characters)

Photo of youbrewidrink
3.42/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Thanks to stowehop for a share.

Nice bottle, deep black color, a little thin on the head.

The aroma was pure raspberry and lots of it.

The taste was also heavy on raspberry, a little too much so. I had trouble distinguishing an other flavors as the raspberry was way to present.

The mouth feel also came up short. With the this much fruit I was expecting more body for this style of beer.

I found it very drinkable, even if I don't want to drink much of it. (462 characters)

Photo of Rastacouere
3.47/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Almost black. Low light brown head. Very fruity/vinous aroma where raspberries somehow stand out among dark chocolate roastiness. Complex torrefaction aspect with even more fieldberries notes (lueberries, strawberries). Desserty on the palate, not unlike a chocolate and tart fruit syrup to add on ice cream. Finished with a light roastiness, almost smoky and definitely nutty. Almost no carbonation on the medium body. (419 characters)

Photo of puboflyons
3.5/5  rDev -11.4%

From the 650 ml. bottle. 2014 batch. Sampled on December 5, 2014

Brown pour with a quick lasting tan head that dissolves to nothing. Carbonation bubbles cling to the glass.

Aroma: Raspberry and light chocolate. Not a whole lot else.

The body is medium.

The taste is also overpowered by raspberry and a thin veil of chocolate with a vegetable oil flavor too. That seems very typical of Magic Hat brews. It must be their house yeast. (440 characters)

Photo of DosBeerigos
3.6/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Had the 2009 Raspberry Stout, poured into a snifter.

Beer poured dark in color with decent head.

Nice nose of raspberries and coffee

Taste was similar to the nose, but not crazy over pouring with the raspberry's leaving a pleasant coffee bitterness on the palate with a hint of fruit sweetness.

I didn't have super high hopes about this beer but feel that it was a very solid drink. Not sure how it would age, as the label says enjoy within 4 mths of release. Which would be right about now. (495 characters)

Photo of Slatetank
3.61/5  rDev -8.6%
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 (647 characters)

Photo of bluejacket74
3.62/5  rDev -8.4%
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. (757 characters)

Photo of mactrail
3.66/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.5

Plenty dark brown with a little red glint in the chalice but foam is pretty much missing. Raspberry taste is actually quite nice but mouthfeel is lacking without much of any carbonation. Pleasant fruity aroma and nicely fruity on the tongue.

Roasted malt with just a touch of the blackened grain. Finishes with the resiny feeling in the back of the throat. Hints of raisins and slightly sweet. Only a touch of bitterness and noting like a hop flavor. This is the 2014 edition, 22 oz bottle purchased at Liticker's Liquor in San Diego. (535 characters)

Photo of NEhophead
3.68/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

1pt 9 fl oz.

Huge, rocky-foam that's light brown in color; good durability. Some thin and spotted lacing with good strength. Opaque black in color.

Nice tart, ripe raspberry aroma. Mild coffee and milk chocolate. Faint whiff of alcohol.

Mellow, milk and dark chocolate, roasted malt character. Very distinct peat smoked quality throughout the sip. Underlying metallic raspberry flavor; artificial. Light bitterness with a coffee-raspberry aftertaste.

Drinks a shade lighter than full bodied. A lot of carbonation; spritzy on the palate.

The sweet/tart quality matched with the heaviness of the style makes this version a little tough to have more than one at a time. Unique, but not too appealing for my taste. (726 characters)

Photo of drseamus
3.7/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Looks very nice in the glass. Dark black body with decent head, the usual for a Imperial Stout. The aroma is like chocolate covered raspberries. The raspberries in the flavor smell a bit artificial though. They do provide a bit of tartness in the back of the palate though. There is a bit of roastiness in there also but the raspberries are a bit overpowering. Body is decently heavy but the raspberries are ultimately a bit too artificial tasting. (448 characters)

Photo of akorsak
3.75/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 2.5

I received this as a gift from my brother and his girlfriend, recent initiates into the New Hampshire way of life. I am drinking it from my Chimay chalice.

Appearance: For once, I will talk about the bottle. Very nice looking 25 oz bottle. Red and white illustration on black bakground. As for the beer, it is black with no discernible colors eminating when held up to light. It pours with little carbonation and holds no head.

Smell: Rich, decadent chocolate, almost a solid milk chocolate like Hersheys. The smell might be a little top over the top, but it is unusual (think Young's Double Chocolate Stout).

Taste: Slightly sweet raspberry makes itself known upfront, followed by smooth chocolate flavors. There is little carbonation to cleanse the mouth on each sip, prolonging the pleasant flavor.

Mouthfeel: This beer is milk chocolate in the mouth, enough said. The raspberry can be a little too much, but the chocolate can overpower that sweetness.

Drinkability: I think that this is a very drinkable ale. The biggest problem is that one can not drink more than one. The damned cork is too small and wedged to tightly in there. I ended up using a corkscrew to open it up, just a little ri-goddamn-diculous. Magic Hat, go easy on the cork, please! (1,268 characters)

Photo of HopHead84
3.75/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a beautiful bottle, the beer is black with a ruby tint. The one finger head recedes quickly and leaves little lacing. Aromas of cranberries, raspberries, chocolate, and blackberry are present. The aroma is slightly tart. The taste is rich chocolate, roasted malt, and light fruits. Cranberry is the most noticeable fruit, but raspberry and blackberry are present. Feast of Fools is sweet with a low level of bitterness. Medium bodied with low carbonation. (467 characters)

Photo of portia99
3.76/5  rDev -4.8%
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. (757 characters)

Photo of Beersignal
3.77/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This certainly is an interesting beer. Very dark brown almost black pour with the faintest hints of crimson defeating its opaque tendancies. The head is diminutive and short-lived but left some lace work on the glass.

Interesting complex of aromas emanates from the glass, beginning with a judicious balance of coffee and blackberries upfront leading the way for hints of smoke and homemade jam to express themselves. In the back remnants of sweet fruit sugar, and a mild almost dead tartness wisely cuts the sugars.

Velvety liquid enters the mouth and releases flavours of roasted coffee, blackberries, and faint but very perceptible mustard seed. Finish is dry and long with a mild sustained bitterness closing out the experience. Hats off to Magic Hat for such a creative beer. (786 characters)

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Feast Of Fools from Magic Hat Brewing Company
88 out of 100 based on 86 ratings.