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Heart Of Darkness - Magic Hat Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
88
very good

1,131 Ratings
THE BROS
97
world-class

(view ratings)
Ratings: 1131
Reviews: 316
rAvg: 3.9
pDev: 12.05%


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

Style | ABV
English Stout |  5.70% ABV

Availability: Winter

Notes/Commercial Description:
Our inky-black stout had a smooth, round palate with a dreamlike undercurrent of bittersweet chocolate. This dense liquid-silk summoned hope from hibernation and balanced winter's endless white snows with a rich swirl of creamy black rapture.

30 IBU

(Beer added by: pezoids on 10-03-2001)
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BeerPhan86

New York

4.23/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Cool to see them bring back another blast from the past, I have not been very impressed with the new beers this company has been making for the last couple of years. Poured into a Magic Hat pint glass for novelty's sake.

A - Black as the Vermont night with about a finger of light brown head. Lacing isn't too sticky but there is good retention on the head.

S - Coffee dominates the nose, but there are hints of chocolate and dark fruit. Very smoky/roasty smelling.

T - Roasted malt, chocolate, and coffee up front. Signature Magic Hat yeast and a little alcohol in the finish, which has a slightly smoky flavor. A little bitter and dry in the finish. Really well balanced and pleasant flavors during cold weather months.

M - Smooth and creamy with moderate carbonation.

O - Just a really nice, well rounded stout that makes a great replacement for Howl. Hopefully it will stick around for a while, I think that beer nerds will be happy that it is back. It was certainly nostalgic for me to finally buy some Magic Hat again.

Serving type: bottle

01-06-2013 01:01:18 | More by BeerPhan86
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A- Opaque black body with a short, light mocha head that stuck around for a while.

S- Unusually for a stout, the most prominent aroma is a phenolic/yeasty one. That is grounded by some roasty chocolate, which is still beat out by some aromatic ginger-like spice and citric/herbal hops. There might be some acidic espresso roast in there too. Strange bouquet for a stout, but not necessarily negative. There is also a weird soy sauce or almost balsamic vinegar aroma.

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Heart Of Darkness from Magic Hat Brewing Company
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