Heart Of Darkness - Magic Hat Brewing Company
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Reviews by TheBrewo:
3.6/5 rDev -7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5
We pour a brew of the deepest black. It puts up a two finger head of creamy and cakey light brown bubbles. This shows excellent retention, leaving sticky sheets of lacing as it slowly glugs away. Carbonation appears average, and no sediment or haze is noticed. The aroma shows dry malts, of cooked caramel and coffee, with bready yeast, hints of vanilla, and a far off grassy hop. The chocolate enhances with warmth, giving a more milk chocolate richness, while a yogurt-like sourness comes to enhance the more sour notes. Metallics and char come out too, with intermittent echoes of sweet booziness. Our first impression is that the flavoring is nicely creamy, and soothing. As we sip, we notice a rich malt character, wrought with smoky char and roast. This is quickly followed by a sour quality of mashed grain and booze, and a smooth hint of mustiness. The peak follows with chocolate dust dryness, with wet caramel, and a flash of white sugar sweetness, much like when sugar dulls a stark black cup of coffee. The balance is nice at this point. The finish is equally as smooth, with iced coffee, charred grain, puffs of smoke, and general grainy sweetness. There is also a final limey sourness, mixing with that souring grain bite from the finish, causing need for additional balance. The aftertaste breathes of charred grain, smoke, that mustiness from the nose, fermented grain, light barnyard grass, and dry yeastiness. The body is medium to full, and the carbonation is medium. The mouth is met with a smooth and creamy beer, that shows nice sip, slurp, cream, and froth to the sip. The mouth is left cooled, but bone dry, as the roast and char of the malts meet with booze and distant hops to suck the palate of moisture. The abv is appropriate, and the beer drinks easily.
Overall, what we enjoyed most about this brew was the appearance. The coloring was deep, while the head showed great retention, with many bubbles remaining until the very last drop. The nose was full of notes, but we found them to be a bit subdued collectively. The taste followed in very much the same vein, with the flavoring being inclusive, but not as entirely robust as hoped for. The feel, however, was silky and smooth to fit the style, but not enough to make you forget in full the duller aroma and flavoring.
Serving type: bottle
11-10-2012 17:45:37 | More by TheBrewo
More User Reviews:
4.04/5 rDev +3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25
Poured into an oversized wine glass. Comes out black with a very thin mocha head, which dissipates quickly.
Smells of roasted malts, toast, and coffee. Slight hint of chocolate as it warms.
Taste is a typical English stout. Roasted malts and minimal hops, with dark coffee and dark cocoa undertones.
Mouthfeel isn't my favorite. A little overly carbonated for a stout, and sort of thin. I like my stouts thick and rich.
Overall, it's nothing to write home about but definitely something I would drink again.
Serving type: bottle
03-10-2014 00:11:39 | More by JDJ
Heart Of Darkness from Magic Hat Brewing Company
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