Feast Of Fools | Magic Hat Brewing Company

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88
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94 Reviews
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94
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3.93
pDev:
19.34%
 
 
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Feast Of FoolsFeast Of Fools
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Magic Hat Brewing Company
Vermont, United States | website

Style: American Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.00%

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

Added by UnionMade on 05-08-2002

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Photo of BigPlay1824
3.89/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Enjoyed in a pint glass

A: pours a pitch black color with a thin finger of creamy mocha brown colored head that lingers for just a short period of time, leaves
S: smells a lot like chocolate raspberry candys which is a very pleasant scent
T: begins with a nice chocolate note which then slips into a very zesty raspberry note which combines with the chocolate notes to linger on the palate for a bit after
M: medium carbonation tingle, very thin on the palate, really not much more to comment on
O: a pretty tastey beer, not overwhelming on either the chocolate or raspberry notes, pretty well done, generally i dont like beers from magic hat because they all seem to have a bit of an off taste note to it but this one is pretty solidly put together

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Photo of jlindros
4.07/5  rDev +3.6%
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.

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Photo of Kegatron
4.02/5  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.

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

L: Pours a deep brown color with a medium sized but quick disappearing tan colored head that leaves very little lacing down the glass.
S: Smells of a huge amount of raspberries mixed with some deep roasted malts, chocolate, and caramel flavors in there as well but mainly the raspberry aroma.
T: Tastes of sweet and somewhat tart raspberry flavors mixed with chocolate, caramel, and some sweet sugars (could be from the berries) mixed together. The raspberry flavor is nice because it's not an extract flavoring, it's the real berry in there, and it shows.
M: Smooth, medium bodied, perfect amount of carbonation, sweet and slightly warming.
D: Very drinkable if you know what this beer is about before you dive into it. It's jam packed (pun not intended) with raspberries but it's a nice mix for the dark beer underneath it.

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Photo of aerozeppl
4.12/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

We drank the 2009 2007/8? and 2005/6? side by side.

A: The pour on the 09 produced an insane amount of head even with a careful pour. The oldest one had the least amount of head and the middle one was....in the middle. The beer itself was black with only a touch of brown on the edges.

S: The nose on the 09 was the best with the chocolate and raspberries coming together nicely. A little bit of sweetness as well. The middle bottle had a tight nose and had a little bit of oxidization. The oldest had a nice almost port like quality to it.

T: The fresh bottle had more of the fruit than any other with the chocolate giving it a nice compliment. The middle one was just past its prime and did not offer up anything really enjoyable. The oldest bottle had some fruit but the rest of the beer was much more complex.

M: The older it gets the less carbonation and there is quite the drop off. The body was the most enjoyable on the oldest.

D: I was surprised how well they all held up. Reminders of when Magic Hat made good beers.

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Photo of BeerMaverick
4.2/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

This beer was served on tap at the Magic Hat Brewery in 2 oz. sampling glasses. Appearance is a little more translucent than a typical stout and head is a nice tan with minimal retention. Aroma is primarily raspberries and dark chocolate with perhaps minimal coffee notes. This is a very good beer IMO if it's what you're looking for. It tastes exactly like it's advertised to taste (raspberry chocolate). Mouthfeel isn't really noteworthy as the taste fades very fast and the beer doesn't leave much of a lasting impression (I feel like I need to take rapid sips to reflect on the taste and feel accurately). Overall it is a very drinkable dessert beer that should NOT be mixed with any other beers (they would taste horrible together) and it tastes exactly like it should taste.

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Photo of donkeyrunner
3.06/5  rDev -22.1%
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.

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Photo of burnheartsMKE
2.63/5  rDev -33.1%
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.

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Photo of gskitt
4.2/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Growler. Poured a pretty dark black, head takes time to develop and does not last long. Smells of raspberries and cherry cordials. More like dark chocolate covered cherries than raspberries. Tastes like this as well. This is a very understated stout. It does a good job of not getting in its own way. The flavors don't overwhelm you but are consistent. Very smooth and a bit thin for a fruit stout. Drinkable because it is not overly sweet. Liked this beer a lot.

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Photo of AlCaponeJunior
3.84/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Well it was pretty black with tinges of red, not a lot of head or lacing but it was ok to look at.

Smell/Taste: very nice. Definitely the fruity raspberry aroma and flavors dominate, but typical stout qualities peek through as well, with chocolate and caramel malts, maybe a touch of coffee.

Feels a little thin for a stout. Carbonation was low but not absent. Good sweetness that lingers and a friendly raspberry afterglow.

Could have used a little more CO2 but that might have been due to growler transport. If I have this again and notice it's more carbonated I will upgrade my review a little on mouthfeel and/or appearance.

As far as stouts go, this one is representative of what I like. It's smooth, very flavorful, yet mild and not at all overpowering. An overall delicious beer that I'd like to have more of in the future.

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Photo of Qbrew49
4.24/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Went to the brewery in Burlington, VT and had a sample of this. Then had three more to make sure that I liked it the second, third, and fourth time just as much as the first ;)

A- based on the little 2oz sample it had a nice, thin head that was brown with a hint of red in it. Body was one shade away from black

S- had a very sweet scent consisting majorly of raspberries with a hint of chocolate.

T- initially I was hit with the raspberry which was very nice and fresh. Then the sweet taste of chocolate and coffee comes soon after and gives a nice aftertaste.

M- had a little carbonation but not too little.

D- although it was a little heavy, I could definitely drink a few of these before feeling full. I like sweet stouts very much so this beer is right up my alley.

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Photo of DosBeerigos
3.6/5  rDev -8.4%
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.

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Photo of boothbeer
2.05/5  rDev -47.8%
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.

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Photo of Pecorasc
3.12/5  rDev -20.6%
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.

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Photo of rhinos00
2.75/5  rDev -30%
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.

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Photo of DaveFL1976
4.39/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had a small sample @ Coasters during the Magic Hat night.
Pours an opaque black with hints of ruby on the edges. Really not too much head. It starts out as fizzy, big bubbles and then settles down into a thin layer.
The smell really is incredible. A mix of cocoa, toffee and raspberries. The taste is the same, but the raspberries take a back seat.
A super nice beer. It reminds me of a low ABV and sessionable version of Kuhnhenn Raspberry Eisbock. Good job!

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Photo of Jwale73
3.12/5  rDev -20.6%
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.

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Photo of kingcrowing
4.04/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

750ml corked bottle poured into a snifter - this cork was a pain in the ass to get off!

Pours almost black with a slight ruby and no head at all. Nose is amazing with tons of raspberry and nice malt.

Wow. Best. Magic. Had. Ever. Very smooth and sweet, super drinkable. Really light and not too malty so it's real accessible to non-craft drinkers but still very well balanced and nice.

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Photo of youbrewidrink
3.42/5  rDev -13%
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.

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Photo of HopHead84
3.75/5  rDev -4.6%
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.

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Photo of thekevlarkid
4.17/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got a chance to finally put my growler to use and had it filled (as a gift!) with this one at the brewery- big shout out to Krissy Leonard! Into my glass this beer was a damn-near-black color with a one-finger tan head. The retention was so-so and the lacing weak. The aroma was very appealing, a deep roasted malt and coffee/chocolate blend of traditional stout smells punctuated by ripe raspberries. Sweet and dark like a fine truffle. The flavors were equally impressive. It started with a sweet note of natural raspberry flavor (no artificial candy-like qualities here) that then became roasted malt, toasted malt and chocolate malt. The chocolate was rich and dark with coffee and wood smoke notes behind it. The finish was long and slightly bitter in a pleasing way that helped reel in the otherwise big flavors. The body was full, the carbonation medium/low and the mouthfeel smooth. A great example of a stout, a great example of a fruit beer done with finesse and the best beer Magic Hat has brewed, period.

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Photo of drocpsu
4.02/5  rDev +2.3%
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.

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Photo of RixBeer
4.57/5  rDev +16.3%
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!

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Photo of pwoods
3.35/5  rDev -14.8%
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.

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Photo of beachbum1975
2.83/5  rDev -28%
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.

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