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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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1/5  rDev -74.2%

odbjs735, Dec 05, 2012
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1/5  rDev -74.2%

Joe_Grizzly, Jul 29, 2013
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1.75/5  rDev -54.9%

chippo33, Mar 13, 2013
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2/5  rDev -48.5%

YourOnlyMan, Nov 09, 2012
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2/5  rDev -48.5%

WckdVbz, Aug 12, 2014
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2/5  rDev -48.5%

vfgccp, Oct 29, 2012
Photo of Beaver13
2.1/5  rDev -45.9%

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.

Beaver13, Dec 06, 2012
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2.25/5  rDev -42%

cyrushire, Feb 13, 2013
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2.25/5  rDev -42%

tommyguz, May 08, 2013
Photo of SerialHiker
2.41/5  rDev -37.9%

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)

SerialHiker, Jan 15, 2013
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2.5/5  rDev -35.6%

DanGeo, Jan 12, 2014
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2.5/5  rDev -35.6%

jiffymon, Oct 11, 2013
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2.5/5  rDev -35.6%

jdrich, Dec 13, 2012
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2.5/5  rDev -35.6%

oline73, Jun 20, 2013
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2.5/5  rDev -35.6%

ONN8, Dec 01, 2012
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2.5/5  rDev -35.6%

PatDow, Apr 30, 2013
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2.5/5  rDev -35.6%

GMB, Oct 27, 2012
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2.5/5  rDev -35.6%

mhbarber, Feb 28, 2013
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2.5/5  rDev -35.6%

stormgasm7, Nov 25, 2013
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2.66/5  rDev -31.4%

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?

cavedave, Jan 19, 2014
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2.75/5  rDev -29.1%

JDeming, Jun 30, 2014
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2.75/5  rDev -29.1%

core42, Jul 15, 2014
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2.75/5  rDev -29.1%

bphlatt, Feb 22, 2014
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2.75/5  rDev -29.1%

ejimhof, Apr 12, 2013
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2.75/5  rDev -29.1%

Higy, Dec 22, 2012
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Heart Of Darkness from Magic Hat Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 1,275 ratings.