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Feast Of Fools - Magic Hat Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
88
very good

124 Ratings
THE BROS
94
outstanding

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Ratings: 124
Reviews: 73
rAvg: 3.95
pDev: 15.19%
Wants: 55
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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DaveFL1976

Florida

4.4/5  rDev +11.4%

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!

01-08-2010 00:14:46 | More by DaveFL1976
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Jwale73

Rhode Island

3.08/5  rDev -22%

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.

12-06-2009 17:14:26 | More by Jwale73
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kingcrowing

Vermont

4.03/5  rDev +2%

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.

12-05-2009 20:14:54 | More by kingcrowing
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youbrewidrink

Vermont

3.35/5  rDev -15.2%

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.

11-30-2009 15:43:43 | More by youbrewidrink
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HopHead84

California

3.78/5  rDev -4.3%

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.

01-14-2009 17:39:46 | More by HopHead84
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thekevlarkid

Maryland

4.2/5  rDev +6.3%

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.

01-14-2009 14:35:58 | More by thekevlarkid
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drocpsu

New Hampshire

4/5  rDev +1.3%

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.

12-29-2008 17:55:18 | More by drocpsu
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RixBeer

Massachusetts

4.55/5  rDev +15.2%

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!

12-05-2008 04:57:34 | More by RixBeer
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pwoods

Ohio

3.33/5  rDev -15.7%

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.

09-11-2008 01:45:24 | More by pwoods
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beachbum1975

Ohio

2.73/5  rDev -30.9%

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.

09-10-2008 23:25:13 | More by beachbum1975
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tprokop7

Massachusetts

4.47/5  rDev +13.2%

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.

07-08-2008 23:47:19 | More by tprokop7
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MusicaleMike

Pennsylvania

4.3/5  rDev +8.9%

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.

05-05-2008 15:01:38 | More by MusicaleMike
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seaoflament

California

2.55/5  rDev -35.4%

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.

05-04-2008 03:15:20 | More by seaoflament
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Jason

Massachusetts

4.22/5  rDev +6.8%

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.

04-05-2008 13:55:07 | More by Jason
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Floydster

California

3.25/5  rDev -17.7%

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

02-26-2008 21:21:18 | More by Floydster
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FtownThrowDown

Ohio

3.43/5  rDev -13.2%

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.

02-23-2008 15:09:15 | More by FtownThrowDown
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drseamus

New York

3.68/5  rDev -6.8%

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.

02-05-2008 02:58:11 | More by drseamus
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billybob

Massachusetts

4.75/5  rDev +20.3%

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.

01-21-2008 21:47:59 | More by billybob
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OWSLEY069

Pennsylvania

3.9/5  rDev -1.3%

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.

12-13-2007 12:04:50 | More by OWSLEY069
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Brad007

Vermont

3.83/5  rDev -3%

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).

12-10-2007 01:21:41 | More by Brad007
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barleywinebrewer

New Hampshire

4.53/5  rDev +14.7%

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!

12-08-2007 13:53:01 | More by barleywinebrewer
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CharlesDarwin

Rhode Island

2.93/5  rDev -25.8%

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.

07-23-2007 13:14:11 | More by CharlesDarwin
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orbitalr0x

Illinois

4.1/5  rDev +3.8%

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.

03-14-2007 01:55:14 | More by orbitalr0x
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BillyB

New Jersey

3.8/5  rDev -3.8%

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.

02-23-2007 23:03:35 | More by BillyB
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rickcampie

Rhode Island

3.85/5  rDev -2.5%

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.

02-22-2007 14:26:30 | More by rickcampie
Feast Of Fools from Magic Hat Brewing Company
88 out of 100 based on 124 ratings.