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Heart Of Darkness - Magic Hat Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
87
very good

1,339 Ratings
THE BROS
97
world-class

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Ratings: 1,339
Reviews: 325
rAvg: 3.88
pDev: 12.37%
Wants: 75
Gots: 122 | 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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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%

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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%

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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...

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3.5/5  rDev -9.8%

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4.5/5  rDev +16%

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4.5/5  rDev +16%

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4/5  rDev +3.1%

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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.

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3/5  rDev -22.7%

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3.25/5  rDev -16.2%

Heart Of Darkness from Magic Hat Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 1,339 ratings.