Feast Of Fools - Magic Hat Brewing Company

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149 Ratings

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Ratings: 149
Reviews: 77
rAvg: 3.93
pDev: 14.5%
Wants: 60
Gots: 9 | 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:
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

(Beer added by: UnionMade on 05-08-2002)
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3.55/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of jaxon53
3.8/5  rDev -3.3%

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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%

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5/5  rDev +27.2%

Photo of BEERMILER12
4.01/5  rDev +2%
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
4.49/5  rDev +14.2%
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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3.88/5  rDev -1.3%

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4.4/5  rDev +12%

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4.25/5  rDev +8.1%

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4/5  rDev +1.8%

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4.25/5  rDev +8.1%

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3.5/5  rDev -10.9%

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.

Photo of Mike
3.9/5  rDev -0.8%

Photo of ScotNH
3.96/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

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3.5/5  rDev -10.9%

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3.9/5  rDev -0.8%

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3.72/5  rDev -5.3%

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3.5/5  rDev -10.9%

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3.8/5  rDev -3.3%

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3.5/5  rDev -10.9%

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3.25/5  rDev -17.3%

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3.25/5  rDev -17.3%

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3.65/5  rDev -7.1%

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3/5  rDev -23.7%

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Feast Of Fools from Magic Hat Brewing Company
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