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Feast Of Fools - Magic Hat Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
88
very good

125 Ratings
THE BROS
94
outstanding

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Ratings: 125
Reviews: 73
rAvg: 3.94
pDev: 15.23%
Wants: 59
Gots: 3 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Magic Hat Brewing Company visit their website
Vermont, United States

Style | ABV
Fruit / Vegetable Beer |  5.30% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
In pre-Christian times, the celebration of darkness and light was marked with great halls filled with smoke & mirrors. Guilded goblets brimming with seasonal brews were lifted to lips, speaking a language no longer known. The winter wind finds its way through heavy wood doors. The present connects the past through the brewer's art and a new beer is born: Feast of Fools... A perfect dessert beer brewed exclusively for the holiday season.

28 IBU

(Beer added by: UnionMade on 05-08-2002)
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Photo of mikesgroove
4.22/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Much thanks to meatbeagle for gettisto me!

Poured a thick deep black with a huge brown head and a huge amount of lace. Looks pretty much as good as a stout can look, awesome, can't wait! Smell is a strong licorice with hints of caramel and rasberry. The taste is very very sweet. Deep flavors of licorice and candy, is that dark cherry I taste..yummy to say the least! Nice as thick as I would have liked, but it goes down very easily and could be an easy all night drink.

mikesgroove, Jan 13, 2007
Photo of Knapp85
4.23/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A massive thanks to my friend Rob for grabbing me a Humdinger of this at the brewery. The beer poured out as a deep black looking liquid with a nice light brown head on top. The head settles quickly not really leaving a lacing or anything on the glass. The smell of the beer is rather impressive. The aromas of Chocolate and raspberry mix really well together here with a the roasted malts. The taste of the beer is sweet with the fruit flavors bursting out upfront fading into the bitter dark chocolate notes in the finish. The mouthfeel isn't as heavy as I was hoping for, I thought this beer could be much thicker and oily feeling. Overall I found it to be a good brew, I would drink it again if given the opportunity too.

Knapp85, Jun 02, 2012
Photo of JAHMUR
3.5/5  rDev -11.2%

JAHMUR, Jan 20, 2012
Photo of Jason
4.22/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The 750ml corked champagne bottle is a nice touch. If you don't know this beer it a stout brewed with raspberries. A couple of shades away from pitch black. The head forms and dissipates quickly though there is still a healthy pasty tan lace that hangs around. Both tartness and a little sweetness from the raspberries bring a faint cordial aroma with hints of roasted grain in the back. Medium sized body with a silky smoothness. Nice tartness upfront from the raspberries then some stout like characteristics come through ... mild roasted grain and faded charcoal. Hop bitterness just helps to balance and the palate is quite clean from start to finish.

Very drinkable and the fruit is always a good nudge to introduce new beer drinkers into the world of beer. I guess putting this beer is six-packs would take away from the charm a little bit but I would not mind.

Jason, Apr 05, 2008
Photo of Kegatron
4.03/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Specially branded 32 oz brewery filled growler into a tulip glass.

Pours black in the glass, with roughly a ½ finger of smooth mocha colored head. This stays foamy around the edges and throws up a moderately rich cascade of spotty froth which slowly creeps down the sides of the glass. The aroma has a pretty lush smelling raspberry nose on this, with a flavorful berry tartness that mingles with the sugary sweetness of cocoa and vanilla, while notes of green citrus and dark roast sit along the back. This is mostly all about the raspberries though, putting them front and center where they belong here in the nose.

The raspberries are more subtle here and take a bit more of a back seat, with fresh berry flavors that meld with a dark and sugary blend of chocolate, toffee, and roasted malt. Some hop character imparts a current of green citrus that runs through the profile and offers up some earthy balancing bitterness. The finish is dry and bitter with some lightly lingering notes of cocoa and roast. The mouthfeel is fuller bodied with a bit of a sharper feel up front that then gets progressively creamier and creamier until it achieves a satisfyingly smooth and silky feel towards the swallow. That 5% ABV suits the body and flavors here perfectly, giving this some presence but without any alcohol flavors whatsoever.

I was very happy to find that this kept the Stout character at the forefront in the taste, allowing the raspberry flavor to merely compliment that and not overdo it with the fruitiness. That combined with a very easy and smooth feel really helped make this much more drinkable than I initially thought that it was going to end up. It figures that this is probably the best Magic Hat beer that I've had in a long time and you can only get it there at the brewery. It's a bit pricier than their other growler offerings there but it's definitely worth checking out.

Kegatron, Mar 02, 2011
Photo of jlindros
4.05/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks a ton to Matt C. for this one.

Semi decent head fades fairly quickly over dark pitch black.

Nose is loaded with raspberries, frozen candied raspberries, light chocolate and dark malts, semi raspberry seeds, light musty aromas, light woody ethers,

Taste is musty woody ethers to start, then nice light raspberry syrup and fresh raspberry including seed flavor, then light roasty malts, dark malts, bit of roast, dark chocolate, lighter overall than I expected, bit of vanilla, creamy demeanor, drier and crisp, very drinkable. Finishes dry with lingering raspberry and darker malts, very tasty.

Mouth is a bit lighter than expected but for 5% that's about right, lower but decent enough carbonation.

Overall great, tasty, drinkable, lots of great flavors blended well.

jlindros, Mar 26, 2011
Photo of feloniousmonk
3.95/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

growler provided by meatbeagle. yeah, meatbeagle...just like to say "meatbeagle."

Fully, impenetrably dark, with a thick, rich cocoa head...gotta love it!

Aroma hits with raspberries first, then chocolate, and slight coffee, but berries are on top and remain dominant. Sweet, fruity, bitter, ...very nice.

Taste: not quite as mellifluous as we'd like...but, there's nice roast and nice grit, and the fruit plays above...smooth and silky, chocolate meets dark fruit, very nice. Rich, and delicious. Medium to full body, long, sweet finish...good stuff.

mmmn, very likable, very smooth and yummmy...yup,that one fits.

feloniousmonk, Jan 18, 2007
Photo of mendvicdog
3.25/5  rDev -17.5%

mendvicdog, Apr 17, 2013
Photo of imperialking
4/5  rDev +1.5%

imperialking, Jan 13, 2012
Photo of weeare138
3.78/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appears a dark brown with a red edged hue. A nice, 2 finger tan head slowly fades out to a fizzy little head and collar.
Smell is of raspberry with chocolate syrup and nuts.
Taste is of raspberries, cocoa powder, roasted nuts, and maybe mild white grape flavors as well.
Mouthfeel is resonating cocoa, brown sugar, and creamy whipped raspberries.

weeare138, Aug 25, 2006
Photo of duceswild
3.75/5  rDev -4.8%

duceswild, Apr 17, 2013
Photo of akorsak
3.75/5  rDev -4.8%
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!

akorsak, Dec 28, 2005
Photo of ppoitras
4.08/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Half growler (32oz) filled at the brewery.

Poured into an imperial pint glass, formed a 3/4" brown head above the opaque dark brown/black brew. Head falls ever so slowly, with plentiful delicate lace. Aroma is raspberry puree, with undercurrents of dark sweet grains. Tastes goes along the same lines, with the berry retreating a tad to let the dark malts shine. Mouthfeel is creamy smooth, and drinkability is reasonably good, although the fruit does get a bit tiresome after a spell. A seasonal I enjoy each time it comes about.

ppoitras, Dec 31, 2006
Photo of Kelp
4/5  rDev +1.5%

Kelp, Dec 30, 2012
Photo of HopHead84
3.78/5  rDev -4.1%
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.

HopHead84, Jan 14, 2009
Photo of Brad007
3.83/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a dark black color with a brown head that starts out ample and fades.
Aroma is raspberry with a nice hint of roasted chocolate. Smooth and roasty. Smells very drinkable. Taste is smooth and roasty upfront with raspberry and chocolate flavors in the middle. Fades to a nice raspberry hint at the back of the tongue. Rich in the middle. One thing I don't like is how the raspberry starts out strong in the nose but fades in the taste. The chocolate flavors come out very well though. It's very drinkable despite the mentioned flaw about the raspberry (in my opinion anyway).

Brad007, Dec 10, 2007
Photo of chippo33
1.5/5  rDev -61.9%

chippo33, Jun 01, 2014
Photo of BeerFMAndy
4/5  rDev +1.5%

BeerFMAndy, Feb 01, 2012
Photo of OWSLEY069
3.9/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours jet black, with a tannish-brown head. In the aroma, a sweet maltiness and a small hint of chocolate, and cherries and/ or raspberries. In the taste, a roasty malt, and a dark cherry/ raspberry end. A smooth and malty mouthfeel, with a dry fruity and roasty malt aftertaste. Nice stout, interesting with the fruit presence, very drinkable.

OWSLEY069, Dec 13, 2007
Photo of enelson
4/5  rDev +1.5%

enelson, Jan 29, 2013
Photo of francisweizen
4.63/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2003 Vintage/750ml Humdinger Bottle: Holiday Stout. This stuff pours out as black as a siberian night. This stuff is completely opaque and has a lovely tan/beige head of foam. The aromas are perfect and consist of cherries, raspberries, deep roasted malts, chocolate, caramel, toffee, and more! The taste is wonderfully roasted and consists of berries galore, and chocolate and caramel. The mouthfeel is super creamy and great and the drinkability is excellent as well. One hell of a "Humdinger"!

francisweizen, Dec 29, 2003
Photo of Jwale73
3.08/5  rDev -21.8%
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.

Jwale73, Dec 06, 2009
Photo of BGsWo22
4.25/5  rDev +7.9%

BGsWo22, Mar 20, 2013
Photo of jfcaa193
4/5  rDev +1.5%

jfcaa193, Feb 18, 2012
Photo of UncleJimbo
4.1/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Feast of Fools 2001. Apparently this beer was not meant to be aged this long, but it was interesting how it had held up.

This beer poured black with tall, brown foam that eventually settled. This corked bottle had not lost any carbonation. The smell was a strong raspberry aroma with subtle hints of coffee, chocolate, malt, and a whiff of alcohol. The taste was tart with raspberry dominating, but with some cocoa and alcohol coming through. Most of the maltiness had gone away. The mouthfeel was light and airy and foamy on the tongue. The body was medium. There was a lingering raspberry tartness. The drinkability was good. This was a very interesting beer to sample.

UncleJimbo, Oct 14, 2003
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Feast Of Fools from Magic Hat Brewing Company
88 out of 100 based on 125 ratings.