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Feast Of Fools - Magic Hat Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
88
very good

148 Ratings
THE BROS
94
outstanding

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Ratings: 148
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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Photo of drocpsu
4/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

I had a chance to sample this beer recently by chatting with a magic hat rep. The beer was poured from a corked champagne-like bottle. Poured almost black with a roughly 3/4" head.

The smell was delicious. A mix of fruit and chocolate with a noticeable raspberry aroma.

Taste was also very good. Subtle chocolate flavors present, but the raspberry seemed to be the predominant flavor. Very flavorful overall, but also pretty sweet. This would make for a great dessert beer, but would probably be a little sweet as an everyday drink. Also, it was surprising that this is 7.5% abv, as the alcohol did not seem noticeable in the taste.

Mouthfeel was the most surprising to me, as it seemed very light for a stout. I would not have classified it as a stout if I didn't know beforehand. It certainly wasn't bad, just not characteristic for the style.

Overall, I thought this was a very tasty beer and certainly wouldn't mind to have a bottle for a special occasion. I was glad I got a chance to try it, since I've never seen it on sale anywhere.

Photo of RixBeer
4.55/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Original review:

OK magic hat needs to knock it off with these damn corks. Thick raspberry choclate stout with tons of flavor and huge body. Too much head and tastes to much like fruits other than raspeberry. An awesome and drinkable beer! Can't wait for the '05-'06 version!

A year later this beer became a huge and delicious champion of Raspberry Stout. Not many stouts are as delicious this one. I've been having trouble finding more.

Pours a nice thick black color with a thin ring of a head.

Smells of raspberry with a slight hint of chocolate.

Large taste of raspberry with a smooth creaminess that reminds me of a milk stout.

Way to smooth. Magic Hat ought to stop handing these out as gifts to retailers and start selling these to the public again. This is one hell of a humdinger!

Photo of pwoods
3.33/5  rDev -15.3%
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.

Photo of beachbum1975
2.73/5  rDev -30.5%
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.

Photo of tprokop7
4.47/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Split with BA rbuckstar after I shared a bottle. Poured from the (tough to open) bottle into 22oz snifters.

A - Dark brown, not fully opaque. Pours with a thin, tan head.

S - Overwhelmed by raspberries. Followed with notes of sweet chocolate and roasted grains.

T - Raspberries are still strong, but a little more balanced than in the aroma. Dark chocolate and coffee notes follow.

M - Lively on the tongue, just a little syrupy.

D - No complaints here, my glass was empty too quickly.

Photo of MusicaleMike
4.3/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I got this 750ml champagne bottle for Christmas last year, but I think it is actually a few years old. The date was missing. Anyways, I poured this into a red wine glass, expecting a big bouquet.

A: This raspberry stout poured a dark reddish black. With a vigorous pour it developed a thin, but dense, head, which stayed around for quite a while.

S: I was right about the big bouquet. It has a delicious smell that is a combination of raspberries and chocolate and, I think, cinnamon! There is a strong sweet malty character, which compliments the raspberries very nicely.

T: The taste was a bit of a shock after such a sweet smell. Immediately my mouth was puckering from the tartness. Okay, not literally, but this beer is definitely tart! I attribute that to the raspberries. The chocolate was pronounced, and it had a somewhat buttery taste. Overall, the taste was not as sweet as I had expected. Once my mouth got used to the flavor after the first few sips, I really started to admire the decision to avoid over sweetening this brew.

M: I was disappointed by the mouthfeel however. It had a watery consistency and it just felt light in the mouth. I wanted something thicker and more chewy.

D: I wanted more, so that is a good thing. The ABV which is listed on BA as 7.5% did not do much harm and I could have indulged in another bottle certainly. Overall, this beer was a great one to split with a friend.

Update 6/1/08: I tried another bottle tonight and was surprised at how different this experience was from the first. Everything that I wrote about the taste being real tart and the mouthfeel being watery did not hold sway tonight. This bottle was not overly sweet, but sweet enough to compliment the raspberry taste well. Also, there was a chewier body to this beer. It really felt like a stout should. The other bottle may have been sitting around for too long...that is how I explain the difference between the two.

Photo of seaoflament
2.55/5  rDev -35.1%
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.

Photo of Jason
4.22/5  rDev +7.4%
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.

Photo of Floydster
3.25/5  rDev -17.3%
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

Photo of FtownThrowDown
3.43/5  rDev -12.7%
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.

Photo of drseamus
3.68/5  rDev -6.4%
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.

Photo of billybob
4.75/5  rDev +20.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

pours black in color with a medium tan two finger head with the consistency of shaving cream leaving thick rings of lace. nice blend of raspberry, chocolate in the nose. taste silky smooth like fine raspberry chocolate candy mixed with roasted malt. full bodied mouthfeel, carbonation is weak but seems match this beer very well. i will definitely be looking to buy more of this beer.

Photo of OWSLEY069
3.9/5  rDev -0.8%
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.

Photo of Brad007
3.83/5  rDev -2.5%
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).

Photo of barleywinebrewer
4.53/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

Thanks to a friend in VT, I finally had a chance to try this hard to find beer. What a rollercoaster of a beer to say the least. This is the current release picked up from the brewery 12-5-07.
A - really cool blacked out bottle, caged and corked. Cork took a pair of plyers to pry out and is loaded with graphics. Rating though is based solely on the beer - midnight black with a medium dark tan head.
S - opened at cellar temp, mineral effect but really nothing shows up till 3/4 through the bottle when the raspberries say hi.
T - light yet rich milk chocolate, the perfect amount of blended raspberries, cocoa and the barest hint of roasted grains. WOW.
M - surprisingly light bodied, creamy smooth with a light sweet aftertaste reminiscent of fine european raspberry chocolates without the sugar effect.
D - so easy to drink, so magnetic it draws you back for another sip and another sip... Wow, did I just finish that?

If you get a chance at this definitely try it!

Photo of CharlesDarwin
2.93/5  rDev -25.4%
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.

Photo of orbitalr0x
4.1/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2005 vintage, 750ml bottle with new artwork. Pours into my glass a deep brooding black color with dark ruby highlights and a nice bubbly dark tan head on top. Does look nice in the glass. Aromas of roasty, even slightly smoky cocoa alongside a nice fresh raspberry as well. I'm picking up a touch of oxidation and I might have held onto this for a little too long. Even still, the aroma is inviting.

First sip brings some roasty dark maltiness upfront with a touch of smokiness. Notes of bitter cocoa lead into a rush of wonderful raspberry flavor. The fruit works in really well and brings a light touch of sweetness. Just a really enjoyable fruity stout.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with a prickly carbonation. Goes down smooth and tasty. I've enjoyed this beer the last time I had the chance to drink it and I'm enjoying this bottle as well. I haven't had much from Magic Hat but the Feast of Fools is surely worth checking out. I hope I cross paths with it again! Thanks to UnionMade for this one.

Photo of BillyB
3.8/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Aroma's in this beer are fantastic. Strong scents of deep rich chocolate and sweet, tart raspberries. Also some slight coffee/ caramel notes in the smell.

Appearance is deep black with a dark tan head that quickly disperses.

Taste is of slightly roasty malt flavors. Strong chocolate and raspberry flavor. No alcohol taste.

Mouthfeel is kind of watery and bland.

The smell sets you up for a great taste and mouthfeel but kind of falls short.

Not a bad beer but taste and mouthfeel don't meet up with the fantastic aromas.

Very drinkable.

Photo of rickcampie
3.85/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

this holday stout provides a rich chocolate color, followed by a thick creamy head. as you drink there is some previlent lacing. the taste of rassberries and choclate malt is very overpowering. abv is just above 7% but doesnt taste strong. this beer would be a good after dinner beer. in my own opinon i could only drink a glass or two at a time. it was availible in special holiday growler only at the brewery.

Photo of Brophmstr
4.1/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml Humdinger bottle . . . smell the dark chocolate raspberry . . . just like a Godiava raspberry truffle. Excellent aroma.

Dark on the pour but not murky, served up in an English Imperial pint glass.

Body was lighter than expected considering the color, very enjoyable

Photo of feloniousmonk
3.95/5  rDev +0.5%
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.

Photo of mikesgroove
4.22/5  rDev +7.4%
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.

Photo of geexploitation
3.88/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours deep brown, pretty much black, with little in the way of highlights, and a big, dark dark head that shrinks quickly to just some stray bubbles here and there. Aromas of roasted malts, dark roasted coffee, and vanilla raspberry. The fruitiness is nice here; it's not too pronounced. On the palate, nice stout sourness to start off with (or maybe it's the raspberries), with a touch of watery fruit in the mid-palate. The finish dries out a bit with roasted malts and more fruit notes that never get sweet. Long and active finish. Mouthfeel is rough at lower temperatures, but it smooths out considerably as the beer warms, resulting in something that can feel a bit watery at times, but is slick overall. Overall, this is a good fruit beer, kept in balance and not too cute. Nicely done.

Photo of ppoitras
4.08/5  rDev +3.8%
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.

Photo of weeare138
3.78/5  rDev -3.8%
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.

Feast Of Fools from Magic Hat Brewing Company
88 out of 100 based on 148 ratings.