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Heart Of Darkness - Magic Hat Brewing Company

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Heart Of DarknessHeart Of Darkness

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very good

1,345 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,345
Reviews: 325
rAvg: 3.88
pDev: 12.37%
Wants: 78
Gots: 126 | 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:
Beer added by: pezoids on 10-03-2001

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
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Ratings: 1,345 | Reviews: 325
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4/5  rDev +3.1%

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3.95/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a tumbler pint.

A: Pours a dark black color, two fingers worth of light brown, fluffy head holds steady after a few minutes but eventually recedes to a skim, nice patchy lace.

S: Heavy roasted barley malt dominates the smell, some slight coffee and bittersweet cocoa sweetness.

T: Hit with a big roasted malt, oatmeal sweetness upfront, bakers chocolate in the middle and ends with a slight coffee/espresso bitterness on the finish. With each sip, a bit smokey, charred roast builds on the palate, not overly complex but solid. There's a slight metallic quality, but its not off putting all that much and hardly noticeable.

M: Lighter bodied, carbonation is medium and tingly, would like to see a creamier body on this one as its a bit thin.

O: Never been a big fan of MH, they make so-so stuff imo. This was actually pretty tasty and a play it safe oatmeal stout that stay true to the style. Awesome looking label and artwork by the way.

Photo of Phocion
3.72/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle poured into a shaker pint. Very dark, dark brown with a thin but retentive light brown head. Mild lacing.

Aroma is predominately roasted malts and chocolate, with a healthy level of coffee and nutty scents. Definitely a noticeable oatmeal aroma as well. Not overly complex, but smells very appetizing.

A lot more coffee flavor than indicated in the nose, and tons of chocolate. Slight dry hop bitterness on the finish. Slight oat sweetness, but this is definitely more on the dry/bitter side.

Medium-bodied, medium carbonation. Light for a stout and somewhat silky.

Overall this is a solid enough beer, but it doesn't terribly stand out to me. Above average but not exceptional.

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4/5  rDev +3.1%

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4/5  rDev +3.1%

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4/5  rDev +3.1%

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4.25/5  rDev +9.5%

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4/5  rDev +3.1%

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4.25/5  rDev +9.5%

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4.25/5  rDev +9.5%

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4/5  rDev +3.1%

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4.25/5  rDev +9.5%

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4/5  rDev +3.1%

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.

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4/5  rDev +3.1%

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3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

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.

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4/5  rDev +3.1%

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3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

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.

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4.25/5  rDev +9.5%

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3.25/5  rDev -16.2%

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4.25/5  rDev +9.5%

Photo of KajII
3.52/5  rDev -9.3%
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...


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3.5/5  rDev -9.8%

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Heart Of Darkness from Magic Hat Brewing Company
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