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Heart Of Darkness - Magic Hat Brewing Company

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very good

1,249 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,249
Reviews: 319
rAvg: 3.88
pDev: 12.37%
Wants: 59
Gots: 86 | 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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New Hampshire

3.25/5  rDev -16.2%

01-15-2013 07:50:12 | More by Kelp
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4/5  rDev +3.1%

11-02-2012 19:58:18 | More by dmorgan310
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South Carolina

3.78/5  rDev -2.6%

12 oz bottle served in a Trois Pistoles snifter.

True to the name, this dark stout is opaque and essentially black, although a deep redish-mahogany color can be seen at the edges. The modest tan head has weak retention but leaves some spotty lacing on the glass.

This stout has a suitably full dark roasted malt flavor [3.75], yet without any burnt or off-flavors other than a touch of sourness. Hops add a light peppery note and there are hints of coffee, especially in the aftertaste.

M: smooth; low-medium carbonation; medium-full body.

O: good but not quite as good as the Highland Black Mocha Stout I had last night. The Magic Hat stout has a more obvious hop presence, a trace of sour, and a touch more carbonation, but is slightly less rich and complex.

10-29-2012 23:32:24 | More by chinchill
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3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

11-22-2012 02:54:03 | More by Zaphog
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4.28/5  rDev +10.3%

It appears that this beer has been resurrected.

Color: Dark black color with one-finger head.

Aroma: Smooth and malty with coffee and vanilla overtones. A bit of chocolate as well. Pretty sweet.

Taste: Smooth and malty upfront. Oatmeal shows in the middle. Smooth and coffee-like in some ways. Some chocolate as well. Coffee shows up mainly at the back of the throat

Mouthfeel: Smooth and dry. Oatmeal and coffee in the finish. The aftertaste lingers quite a bit.

Verdict: I didn't even realize that this was supposed to be an oatmeal stout. It's not bad but not the best I've had. Still quite solid.

02-09-2008 01:29:47 | More by Brad007
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4.5/5  rDev +16%

12-26-2012 21:28:44 | More by rolltide8425
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New Hampshire

3.5/5  rDev -9.8%

Pours a dark brown/black color with a decent sized tan head that persists for a little while. Smells of bitter roasted grain with a heavy coffee type aroma. A bit earthy, tart fruit, and dark brown sugar round out the nose. The flavor is burnt sugar, tart fruit, sweet candied sugar, a hint of earth and little else. Fairly dry finish. Medium to light body with a moderate to high level of carbonation and a bubbly roasty bitter mouthfeel. So either my palette has really changed since I last tried this or this beer is just not the same. I could drink this if I had to, but with so many choices these days why should I settle for mediocrity?

So a friend of mine finds some beer in his cellar that he forgot about. We have no idea how old this bottle is, but we drank it on 6-11-08.

Bottle opened with a big hiss, and when poured seems a bit over carbonated. Pours a nice black with slight brown highlights on the edges. Creamy tanish head that stuck around for a while. This beer smells amazing. Dried plums and raisins, chocolates, coffee. Taste is creamy smooth chocolate, some coffee, some fruits, a little bit of oxidation, but not horrible, and a strong roasted grain that lingers at the end. Body is medium and mouthfeel is creamy. I was surprised at how well this one held up given that its at least 2 years old and low on the alcohol side. I would have loved to tried this fresh! Yet another great brew that Magic hat wrongly decided wasn't worthy.

06-11-2008 21:15:05 | More by johnnnniee
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3.5/5  rDev -9.8%

10-24-2012 21:32:18 | More by THECPJ
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3.98/5  rDev +2.6%

Easily my favorite Magic Hat beer to date, which is damning with faint praise, but I did like this one. Pours ink black with a tremendous khaki colored head that has solid retention and lots of sticky lacing. Roasty, bitter nose with semisweet chocolate and coffee notes.

Flavor is quite close to the aroma; I get lots of dry roasty bitterness, bakers chocolate, and black coffee. Finish is dry as well. Flavor is fairly bold but thin in the manner of an Irish dry stout; it makes a strong initial impression but doesn't linger very long in the mouth or open to reveal untold depths. Just straightforward and tasty.

Medium body with medium to slightly high and fizzy carbonation. Not much of an oatmeal presence in the feel.

This is a solid, tasty, un-gimmicky beer, and if this brewery would make more like it I would buy their products more than just rarely.

11-02-2012 02:46:44 | More by tobelerone
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3.5/5  rDev -9.8%

11-19-2013 04:09:55 | More by scruffwhor
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3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

12-16-2013 15:03:46 | More by xnicknj
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3.5/5  rDev -9.8%

02-03-2014 19:36:09 | More by GraduatedCashew
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New Jersey

4.5/5  rDev +16%

11-27-2012 02:51:33 | More by iL0VEbeer
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1.75/5  rDev -54.9%

03-13-2013 22:59:16 | More by chippo33
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3.88/5  rDev 0%

A - I gave it such a high score since it truly looks like a great oatmeal stout. Thick and viscous with no light to escape, a 1/2 inch of deep mocha head, and finally sticky lacing is sweet!

S - Smell is mild cocoa nibs, touch of bakers chocolate, and a bit of roasty coffee.

T - Pretty good stout not near perfect but damn fine. Wish it was a touch creamier but has great mild tones of roast, chocolate, and cocoa. Like everyone says I can totally pick out the metallic note so their must be something with the water...

M - Slick and roasty. Goes down rather easy but again could use a bit more creamy body.

Overall it's not going to be my "go to" oatmeal stout but it's the best thing this company made that I tried. Plus the cover art is pretty schweet.

11-19-2012 21:36:41 | More by DrDemento456
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3.69/5  rDev -4.9%

12 ounce bottle. Served in a pint glass, the beer pours dark brown/black with about a quarter inch tan head. Both the head retention and lacing are decent enough. The brew smells like roasted malt, bittersweet chocolate, coffee and a bit of dark fruit. I think the taste is pretty much just like the aroma, although the dark fruit flavor is a bit stronger. It's also more sweet than bitter tasting. Mouthfeel/body is medium, it's creamy, smooth and easy to drink. I think it's a solid brew. Picked up a single at Liquor Barn for $1.79.

03-31-2013 00:32:45 | More by bluejacket74
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4/5  rDev +3.1%

Solid black, light just gets sucked in like a black hole. Thin, then faded tannish head, lacing minimal and stringy. Faint aroma of roastyness malts and crispy with maple and nut notes. Taste is mildly roasted malts, lightly mixing with chocolate and nuts, but barely there. It has a moist, thick mildly luscious start then goes into a bit weak hoppy dryness and twingy bitterness thats muted in woodyness, smokey, toothpick, bark, cardboard maybe? Tastes are a bit too light and short lived. Full, rich, creamy, medium bodied and medium heavy with a slight carbonation feel and a thin dry finish. All around good effort. Kalamazoo has to make a trip to the New England area. I know I'll probably catch hell for this one. All around good effort. Like the label too. Still not up to top notch though.

Thanks to jeffboo for the bottle who got it from a traveling buddy.

06-05-2003 19:09:52 | More by tavernjef
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3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

08-01-2013 03:00:27 | More by Cynic-ale
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New Jersey

3.7/5  rDev -4.6%

Pours a dark brown color with a small khaki head that doesn't leave much lacing as it recedes.

Aromas are fairly straight-forward with roasted maltiness and emerging chocolate and coffee notes.

The tastes follow the nose with the roasted maltiness and oatmeal graininess making their presence known. Some earthy hoppiness emerging as it warms with some coffee and dark cocoa.

The mouthfeel is medium to light bodied with moderate carbonation. The finish is dry and surprisingly hoppy, with some residual sweetness

Overall this is a very pleasant drinking stout, but a bit too roasty and hoppy for my preference for an oatmeal stout. Needs more oats to create than silky body which is necessary for a true winner in this category.

11-03-2012 14:21:51 | More by claspada
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New York

2/5  rDev -48.5%

10-29-2012 17:48:58 | More by vfgccp
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3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

I was eagerly anticipating this and while it was very easy drinking, it seemed to lack the weight of some of the better stouts I've had...Pours a charcoal black with a little tan head...nose is soft and small...some java tones and some cocoa....body is thin for a stout...maybe medium at best..let's call it on the thin side of medium...taste has some coffee notes and dark cocoa notes but overall it isn't a powerhouse of flavor...finishes on a dry note which is a nice close...overall this certainly isn't bad, but I wouldn't go out of my way to purchase this one..My first Magic Hat experience rates slightly above average....

03-05-2003 21:53:39 | More by ZAP
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4/5  rDev +3.1%

05-30-2014 19:55:21 | More by RBorsato
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4.53/5  rDev +16.8%

12oz bottle, pours velvety out of the bottle, jet black, huge rocky tan head holds great retention & leaves tons of lacing on the glass. A full nose, rich, roasty, chocolate, faint fruitiness. Tastes are robust with dark chocolate, roasted barley, french roast coffee, oatmeal, a little smoky, a little fruity, kind of ashy on the finish. Mouth-feel is velvety smooth, creamy, medium bodied, well balanced, finishes clean with some lingering roast. Overall, wow...nice surprise! Might be the best oatmeal stout I've had, and is definitely the best Magic Hat offering I've had.

11-16-2012 03:42:27 | More by barnzy78
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4/5  rDev +3.1%

02-07-2013 21:55:20 | More by Haybeerman
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4.63/5  rDev +19.3%

This is a wonderful stout from the folks at MH. It pours out a super dark, opaque black colour with a very fluffy, tan/cocoa coloured head of foam. The aromas are of chocolate, caramel, dark roasted malts, slight bittering hops, and some more cocoa! The taste is very chocolatey and the roasted malt flavor is bready and excellent. The mouthfeel is thick, but just right for this type of stout and the drinkability is excellent as well. Wow, this is one of the best beers that Magic Hat makes. Hands Down.

12-22-2003 16:47:02 | More by francisweizen
Heart Of Darkness from Magic Hat Brewing Company
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