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Heart Of Darkness - Magic Hat Brewing Company

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very good

1,282 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,282
Reviews: 320
rAvg: 3.88
pDev: 12.11%
Wants: 61
Gots: 89 | 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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Photo of Shaw
4/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle provided by the brewery.

Totally black with a light brown head.

Nice roasted malt aroma with hints of chocolate and coffee.

Roasted aroma, roasted flavor. Coffee and molasses, though not in an overpowering way. Nice bitterness.

Creamy body, thanks to the oatmeal.

Overall this is a fine stout and one of Magic Hat's best beers. Is it world-class? No, but it's worth looking for.

Shaw, Nov 17, 2012
Photo of JakeDebus
4/5  rDev +3.1%

JakeDebus, Nov 16, 2012
Photo of csmartin6
3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

csmartin6, Nov 16, 2012
Photo of barnzy78
4.53/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

barnzy78, Nov 16, 2012
Photo of jplopez21
4/5  rDev +3.1%

jplopez21, Nov 16, 2012
Photo of RMoeNay
3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

RMoeNay, Nov 15, 2012
Photo of Stinkypuss
3.58/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Magic Hat Brewing Co.
Heart of Darkness

LOOK: Dark brown ale bordering on black. Light tan foam topping the beer and leaving plenty of lace.

SMELL: Smoky roasted malts with some chocolate and coffee notes.

TASTE: Roasted malt flavor and some citrusy hop bitterness. Almost like a medium strong fruity coffee. Solidly bitter, partly from malt astringency and definitely from the hops. As it warms the malts stand out more and the flavor improved. Its good for a stout to have coffee and dry cocoa notes and this ones got em'.

FEEL: Medium bodied, smooth and a bit creamy. A tad thin but not too bad, this has a pleasant feel to it.

OVERALL: Not a bad stout. Interesting hop character, and a good malt base. I recommend letting this warm up alittle before partaking.

Stinkypuss, Nov 15, 2012
Photo of gtermi
4.25/5  rDev +9.5%

gtermi, Nov 15, 2012
Photo of Lee45102
3.25/5  rDev -16.2%

Lee45102, Nov 15, 2012
Photo of bigbutter
4.25/5  rDev +9.5%

bigbutter, Nov 15, 2012
Photo of KajII
3.53/5  rDev -9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

[Suggested Glassware: Nonic Pint]

The pour was a deep dark pitch black with an average (1-2 finger) medium brown rocky head, which receded slowly down to a thick film with a large collar and possessed excellent sheeting of lacing.

The aroma was quite robust and mildly sweet with a roasted cereal malt and a leathery yeast, with notes of baker’s chocolate, roasted coffee, vanilla and a faint hint of smoke.

The taste was a roasty malty-sweet with a hint of chocolate from the beginning and lasting throughout, but it did progress with a smooth coffee presence followed by a lightly bitter smoky finish. The flavor hung on for a decently long duration with a bold and creamy roastiness left behind to settle in on the taste buds.

Mouthfeel was a few steps above medium in body with a creamy and slightly dry texture and a nice mellow carbonation.

Overall this was a beer that offered up a very nice creamy feel along with a bold sweet roastiness and a mildly bitter mocha taste, which most definitely made this a very drinkable and enjoyable brew...


KajII, Nov 14, 2012
Photo of Onemic
3.5/5  rDev -9.8%

Onemic, Nov 14, 2012
Photo of pogoowner
4.5/5  rDev +16%

pogoowner, Nov 13, 2012
Photo of psdonnelly
4.5/5  rDev +16%

psdonnelly, Nov 13, 2012
Photo of sanitarium16
4/5  rDev +3.1%

sanitarium16, Nov 12, 2012
Photo of brewskifan55
3.45/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a snifter

A: Black with amber highlights. A tan 1/4th finger head that leaves quickly. Light lacing. Bubble ring.

S: Malty, licorice, chocolate, dark fruits.

T: Bitter, smoky, charred. Harsh. Expresso with malts. Smoother as it warms. A weird metallic aftertaste.

M: Medium to heavy. Light carbonation, Kinda watery.

O: Not very impressed. Pretty harsh for an oatmeal stout.

brewskifan55, Nov 12, 2012
Photo of Thullin187
3/5  rDev -22.7%

Thullin187, Nov 12, 2012
Photo of lupercmda
3.25/5  rDev -16.2%

lupercmda, Nov 12, 2012
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4/5  rDev +3.1%

cuy50, Nov 12, 2012
Photo of JoeAmerican77
3.45/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Heart of darkness pours like it sounds, nice and black, with just a sneeze of dissipating head. The nose lacks a robustness but lends roasted grains and dark syrupy notes. It hits the tongue at first slightly sweet, but in the end a brackish bitter cocoa nib nips your tongue. A solid medium body with a gentle creamy texture give this beer an easy swallow. Overall this beer is quite the average stout for me. It does have a really good score on BA though so perhaps its on tap where it shines.

JoeAmerican77, Nov 12, 2012
Photo of wedge
4/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

"Participation Makes A Great Nation"

I have to admit, I was very excited to see this for sale at the local super market. I haven't had one of these in probably six or seven years since it disappeared from shelves in New England. This used to be a favorite and was one of the first stouts I really came to enjoy back in the early days of my craft beer drinking, so I hope it holds up to how I remember it.

Pours pretty black with a chestnut glow towards to bottom of the glass. On top is a thick mass of creamy foam with enough frothiness to leave behind some decent lacing. Chocolate, creamy coffee, toffee, and black malt aromas along with a touch of fruitiness. Creamy, bittersweet, dark chocolate roastiness in the mouth. Dark malts, a hint of vanilla, charcoal, dark fruit. Silky smooth medium body.

Well, I still like it! Is it as good as it used to be? I have no idea. I may have rated it higher a while back and I was surprised to see that I didn't rate it when I had the chance, but it's still a nice rendition of an oatmeal stout and certainly one of the better beers Magic Hat is currently putting out. It's good to see the hypnotic eye in my fridge again. Meeemoriiees...

wedge, Nov 12, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -9.8%

Katylou7, Nov 11, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

KATIPA, Nov 11, 2012
Photo of leprechaunandfatman
4.68/5  rDev +20.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

As the name would suggest, it pours black, with a nice bit of head that lingers well. The smell is very coffee-like with some smoke, in other words, delicious. Like the smell, the taste is rich and coffee, or maybe even espresso-like. Heavy in flavor and that flavor is wonderful. Leaves a nice smokey after taste. Overall, a wonderful stout! Highly recommended.

leprechaunandfatman, Nov 11, 2012
Photo of coldriver
4.03/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle pours an opaque black with nice fluffy head. Aroma is light smoke, coffee, cocoa, and playdough. Taste is smokey malt, french roast coffee, and dark chocolate. Mouthfeel is creamy smooth with bitter bite to finish. Overall I'm not a big Magic Hat fan but this fairly standard stout is very well done.

coldriver, Nov 11, 2012
Heart Of Darkness from Magic Hat Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 1,282 ratings.