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Heart Of Darkness - Magic Hat Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
87
very good

1,230 Ratings
THE BROS
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world-class

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Ratings: 1,230
Reviews: 319
rAvg: 3.89
pDev: 12.08%
Wants: 59
Gots: 78 | 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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odbjs735

New York

1/5  rDev -74.3%

12-05-2012 06:38:10 | More by odbjs735
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Joe_Grizzly

New Hampshire

1/5  rDev -74.3%

07-29-2013 12:11:07 | More by Joe_Grizzly
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chippo33

Vermont

1.75/5  rDev -55%

03-13-2013 22:59:16 | More by chippo33
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YourOnlyMan

Massachusetts

2/5  rDev -48.6%

11-09-2012 21:13:59 | More by YourOnlyMan
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vfgccp

New York

2/5  rDev -48.6%

10-29-2012 17:48:58 | More by vfgccp
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Beaver13

Colorado

2.1/5  rDev -46%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

12 oz bottle. Pours black with a medium creamy light brown head that retains well and laces the glass some.

The aroma is astringent (almost plasticky) chocolate malts with roast.

The flavor is lots of patent malt with heavy roast and a little sugary, lactic sweetness. The mouthfeel is medium bodied and watery.

Overall, watery and lots of roasted patent malts.

Serving type: bottle

12-06-2012 03:30:38 | More by Beaver13
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cyrushire

Florida

2.25/5  rDev -42.2%

02-13-2013 04:39:05 | More by cyrushire
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tommyguz

Pennsylvania

2.25/5  rDev -42.2%

05-08-2013 04:09:18 | More by tommyguz
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SerialHiker

Illinois

2.41/5  rDev -38%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.25

Appearance: Pours obsidian with dark khaki colored head about a pinky finger thick…nice looking stout…(3.75/5)

Smell: Nothing…the faintest cocoa aroma, I had to really get my nose in there to smell anything…(2/5)

Taste: Rich malt, some chocolate, some coffee…there’s also some caramel sweetness…it’s a basic stout taste…(2.5/5)

Mouthfeel: Medium body…some carbonation, very little flavorful fluff…chocolate and malt all over the palette…(2.5/5)

Overall: At first, I wasn’t too impressed with this beer…it sorta does taste like a home brew, which is fine, but I expect a bit more from a fairly large brewery like magic hat…although, I kinda feel like all magic hats taste the same…anyway, the warmer this gets, the better it tastes…the chocolate and coffee come out of hiding and make this a much more pleasurable experience than when it was cold out of the fridge…a very pleasant chocolate, coffee and malt aroma is there too…so much better! I’m still gonna give this a 2, but if it’s served closer to room temp, it could be a 2+…(2.25/5)

Serving type: bottle

01-15-2013 04:43:51 | More by SerialHiker
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DanGeo

Michigan

2.5/5  rDev -35.7%

01-12-2014 22:09:13 | More by DanGeo
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jiffymon

New York

2.5/5  rDev -35.7%

10-11-2013 19:39:58 | More by jiffymon
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jdrich

Massachusetts

2.5/5  rDev -35.7%

12-13-2012 22:52:26 | More by jdrich
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oline73

Maryland

2.5/5  rDev -35.7%

06-20-2013 01:24:48 | More by oline73
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ONN8

New Jersey

2.5/5  rDev -35.7%

12-01-2012 02:54:27 | More by ONN8
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PatDow

South Carolina

2.5/5  rDev -35.7%

04-30-2013 02:36:12 | More by PatDow
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GMB

Japan

2.5/5  rDev -35.7%

10-27-2012 20:53:29 | More by GMB
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mhbarber

Virginia

2.5/5  rDev -35.7%

02-28-2013 01:51:44 | More by mhbarber
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stormgasm7

Arkansas

2.5/5  rDev -35.7%

11-25-2013 07:58:32 | More by stormgasm7
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cavedave

New York

2.66/5  rDev -31.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.75

Black and thick, with a hat of light tan lather that snaps back to a thin ring.

Hints of anise come up with the roastier aspects with just a hint of herbal hop and coffee to add to the aroma. Along the way I get dark chocolate whiffs. Weak bouquet, though, not a lot going on.

Neutral sweet and burnt sugar, dark chocolate, instant coffee, licorice, ends with the herbal and tha ash, some burnt licorice taste too (only way I can describe it, and not in a good way.)

Thin for a stout, nicely low carb., not clean flavor, cling on palate builds, finish really weird root beer as it warms.

Am not enjoying this out of balance, overly rooty, stout. Sorry I took a friend's recommend on this one, and bought the whole six. Root beer (stout) float anyone?



Serving type: bottle

01-19-2014 18:58:26 | More by cavedave
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JDeming

Maryland

2.75/5  rDev -29.3%

06-30-2014 02:14:06 | More by JDeming
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core42

Michigan

2.75/5  rDev -29.3%

07-15-2014 15:25:19 | More by core42
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bphlatt

Pennsylvania

2.75/5  rDev -29.3%

02-22-2014 19:17:52 | More by bphlatt
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ejimhof

Pennsylvania

2.75/5  rDev -29.3%

04-12-2013 21:16:48 | More by ejimhof
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Higy

Indiana

2.75/5  rDev -29.3%

12-22-2012 12:13:43 | More by Higy
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Stinger80OH

Ohio

2.75/5  rDev -29.3%

03-11-2013 18:07:59 | More by Stinger80OH
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Heart Of Darkness from Magic Hat Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 1,230 ratings.