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Heart Of Darkness - Magic Hat Brewing Company

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very good

1,275 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,275
Reviews: 319
rAvg: 3.88
pDev: 12.37%
Wants: 60
Gots: 88 | FT: 2
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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5/5  rDev +28.9%

Sampled tonight on 1/24/14. Bottle chilled down to 36 degrees F in my beer cooler and poured into a pilsner glass.

Pours a pitch black in color with almost a 1-finger beige head that settles down to just a thin ring around the top. Some spotty lacing is seen but not a lot actually. The aroma is of sweet roasted malts, chocolate with a hint of black coffee. The taste is even better and very so smooth! Perfect blend of tasty flavors. Perfect carbonation. No bitter or bitter aftertaste for this one! A FANTASTIC stout all the way!

BeerWithMike, Jan 28, 2014
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5/5  rDev +28.9%

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4.97/5  rDev +28.1%

Appearance: Very dark brown with tan, foamy head that eventuallyl recedes to a decent amount of lace. Reminds me of coca-cola for some reason.

Smell: Smooth and malty, sweet, slight hint of hops but no alcohol, nutty, oatmeal, roasted, mmm.

Taste: Oh so smooth, roasted coffee with a malted aftertaste that lingers and begs for more. Sweet but bitterness shows through as it warms up. Extremely drinkable.

Mouthfeel: Medium thickness for a stout, minor carbonation but nothing annoying... can I say smooth any more?

The first time I tried this beer I turned to my buddy... "Oh... my... god... This may be the best beer I've ever tasted." Still holds true... this is one of the greatest stouts in my opinion and I would drink this constantly if I could... would take this over Guinness any day of the week. Superb.

MattFrenzy, Jun 06, 2004
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4.95/5  rDev +27.6%

This is simply the finest stout made in New England. Beutiful roasted coffee aroma. Starts off a little sweet but finishes crisp and dry. Very drinkable.

pbrian, Dec 10, 2001
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4.85/5  rDev +25%

Big rich malty light brown head is settling so slowly above this super dark brown to black colored beer that appears to be clear if one could only see through it,

Light dark aroma of well roasted grain malts with just a hint or tow of fresh brewed coffee.

Rich dark roasted malts are the backbone of a rich tasting stout that brings with it fresh brewed black coffee and dark chocolates.

A lighter dryish aftertaste that has just a bit of the dark malt taste remaining on this full bodied beer.

I'm gonna have to try this with a scoop of French Vanilla Ice Cream and maybe some raspberries, yup I think I just found desert. This was the perfect beer for today, I wish I could find a perfect beer everyday.

LXIXME, Nov 03, 2012
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4.79/5  rDev +23.5%

Found myself trying this for the first time a few weeks ago being a winter seasonal, and man is this a great winter beer. Then a week later all I wanted was this specific taste. Dark, toffee, thick feeling quality, nice sharp finish , one might think this was an imported English stout. Would love to drink this and hobgoblin at same time and compare. Not weak either surprisingly buzz worthy but better to drink before any other beer as this taste Truly needs to be appreciated to its fullest. Great contrast to Magic hats other orange lemony zest beers/IPAs which I find typical amongst others. Definitely a stand out brew.

Bretts1357, Feb 01, 2014
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Heart Of Darkness from Magic Hat Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 1,275 ratings.