Heart Of Darkness - Magic Hat Brewing Company
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Reviews by JerzDevl2000:
3.7/5 rDev -4.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
This was yet another beer that I was given for Christmas, and it had been at least 10 years since I last cracked one of these open. I wasn't sure how this would hold up over that span, given that the other Magic Hat beers that I drank recently were nowhere near as good as I remembered them. That wasn't the case here, as this was a fine, textbook example of an English Stout that nearly qualified as a session beer as well. While not as good as the "motor oil" Stouts that I love this time of the year, this went down easily and had enough to it that it was enjoyable as well!
The pour was as to be expected, with a coffee-like hue and consistency and a somewhat thick tan head that quickly settled down. Not a lot of lacing either but thin rings were to be found after each sip, reminding me that there was a decent body to this as well. A slight roasted malt presence and some coffee could be found in the aroma, which was reinforced by some espresso and soda in the taste. Hardly any caramel stickiness was here and the carbonation was just light enough to gently scrub those flavors away. Was there a bit of burnt, bitter chocolate here? Perhaps, as I could feel a bit of it as the roasted malt faded away during the aftertaste.
As for the alcohol, it's here but this was about an easygoing a Stout that I'll ever have. Even though I only had one bottle of this, I could easily have another in a sitting and hardly feel buzzed from it. If you're looking for a good breakfast Stout or a replacement for your morning cup of joe, look no further. This won't win any awards but it just might win me back to Magic Hat, even after all of these years.
Serving type: bottle
01-03-2014 08:56:24 | More by JerzDevl2000
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3.73/5 rDev -4.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75
A great beer for a nice price and availability. Pours a nice black with a coffee colored head that lasts for a while. The smell was full of malt and sweet scents. The taste was great, hints of dark chocolate and almost fruity notes on the end. The mouthfeel was nice as well. Overall I would recommend for stout lovers as a nice beer to have in between the harder to find and more expensive stouts.
Serving type: bottle
07-16-2014 16:57:45 | More by WhiteHillsStore
Heart Of Darkness from Magic Hat Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 1,230 ratings.