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Heart Of Darkness - Magic Hat Brewing Company

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1,256 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,256
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 York

2/5  rDev -48.5%

10-29-2012 17:48:58 | More by vfgccp
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4.08/5  rDev +5.2%

The appearance is really dark and the head is caramel, with serious lacing and okay head retention.

Deep, pungent caramel toffee/coffee scent

The taste is... The same. It's pretty bitter, but not for a stout

Thee mouthfeel is lacking. It's like a thicker Bud Light. It's nice and smooth, though

Overall, this is a solid beer that I would recommend to any timid drinker who wants to try their first stout.

10-29-2012 02:40:27 | More by Vashtar
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New York

4.25/5  rDev +9.5%

10-29-2012 00:54:14 | More by mitch3114
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4.5/5  rDev +16%

10-28-2012 23:35:36 | More by irrgalaxy
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4.5/5  rDev +16%

10-28-2012 04:14:05 | More by evansomes
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Rhode Island

4/5  rDev +3.1%

10-28-2012 03:27:27 | More by asafarc2
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4.65/5  rDev +19.8%

Some beers are just cool, and this is one of them. As oatmeal stouts go, you won't find a heartier pour. My bartender commented when she started the tap, "Wow, that's dark!". It is smooth to drink, just a little bitter on the edges, and an all around quality beer!

10-28-2012 01:01:14 | More by TheAmericanBeerProject
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3.93/5  rDev +1.3%

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass

A- pours black with a one finger light tan head that fades quickly into nothing. Expected a lot more off of the initial pour, that head disappeared pretty quickly

S- tons of chocolate, a little bit of toffee, some nuttiness as well. Excellent

T- chocolate, nuttiness, along with an unpleasant lingering taste that I assume is coming from the house yeast. Almost tastes metallic. That kills the flavors, unfortunately

M- medium bodied, bordering on the thicker side. Pretty nice body on this one

O- I prefer drinking this from the bottle as opposed to from a glass, but at any rate, it's still the best Magic Hat beer I've ever had. Got the case on clearance for 15.99, and it's definitely an amazing value at that price

10-28-2012 00:53:11 | More by bigfnjoe
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5/5  rDev +28.9%

10-27-2012 23:13:56 | More by TaylorK
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2.5/5  rDev -35.6%

10-27-2012 20:53:29 | More by GMB
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North Dakota

4/5  rDev +3.1%

10-27-2012 06:54:19 | More by Cramerican
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5/5  rDev +28.9%

10-27-2012 01:19:51 | More by KC9LDB
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4/5  rDev +3.1%

10-26-2012 03:46:06 | More by TasteTester
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4.05/5  rDev +4.4%

Poured from bottle into pint glass

Appearance – Pours a nearly pitch black colored brew with a billowy tan head. The head has a good level of retention, fading slowly to give a nice level of lacing.

Smell – The aroma is quite nice and delicious. It is heaviest of a good deal of coffee some sweet caramel and some chocolate aromas. Mixed with these aromas are lighter notes of a oatmeal as well as vanilla aroma.

Taste – The flavors begin with a strong roasted malt and oat flavor mixed with some sweet caramel flavors. As the flavors advance further vanilla come to the tongue. These linger along and as the taste advances more toward the end with some flavors of a bitter coffee flavor coming in. In the end, with the roastiness fading a bit, one is left with a pleasant, dark yet somewhat sweet flavor left to linger on the tongue.

Mouthfeel- The body of the beer is rather average in terms of creaminess with a carbonation level that is slightly below average. A little bit more creaminess in the body would have been better for the style, but considering the abv. and drinkability that is afforded by the brew, it is overall quite good.

Overall –A quite tasty and balanced stout at only 5.7 % abv. The blend of flavors and their transitions are all very nice.

10-26-2012 00:57:19 | More by Darkmagus82
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New York

3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

10-25-2012 13:44:42 | More by LoveStout
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3.2/5  rDev -17.5%

Served in a Walter Payton shaker pint glass.

I wonder if ol' Joe Conrad is getting royalty checks...? Regardless, this stuff pours a bleak mahogany topped by a finger of tan foam. Darkness, eh? Not quite, buddy. The nose comprises roasted malts, toasted oats, and a touch of coffee. There we go, back on track. The taste brings in more of the same, though everything is now overly roasted and/or toasted. Dammit. At least it's not all bad this time. The body is a light medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a very dry finish. Overall, a schizoid little stout, one that's too thin and too roasty for its own good.

10-25-2012 04:33:09 | More by TMoney2591
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3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

10-25-2012 01:19:24 | More by sansho
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3.5/5  rDev -9.8%

10-24-2012 21:32:18 | More by THECPJ
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4.5/5  rDev +16%

10-24-2012 03:01:18 | More by mattymatt
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3.43/5  rDev -11.6%

Large, four-finger, thick foamy oatmeal colored head. Brew is thick black. Decent lacing and heavy viscosity.

Smokey, oaty, roasty, chocolaty, and a slight funk. :|

Much thinner then the appearance represents. Slight smokey-ness. Some thin dark chocolate. Nice medium-high carbonation. Medium bitterness and sweetness. Slight licorice flavors, blah.

This is an okay brew, but I believe there are much better oatmeal stouts to be made. It's not creamy, or delicious, merely an average representation of style. I could not drink two back to back. Recommended, but tame your expectations.

10-23-2012 03:02:52 | More by chugalug06

North Carolina

4.25/5  rDev +9.5%

10-22-2012 16:58:48 | More by TEAMHOLT
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4.25/5  rDev +9.5%

10-21-2012 19:15:59 | More by Rekrule
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4.05/5  rDev +4.4%

A-Pours black. Minimal light penetration. Head is great. Tan and well built. The consistency is frothy. Leaves lacing webs all over my pint glass.

S-Signature Oatmeal Stout nose. Cold coffee and handfuls of chocolate chips. Chocolate is bittersweet and consistent. Light hoppy bitterness. About a 6 on the intensity scale.

T-Hershey's Syrup and burnt coffee. Charred oats. Flat soda. Maybe a bit like flat Dr. Pepper (due to the fruity flavors I find here). Powdered cocoa. Dark and milk chocolate. Light hoppy bitterness.

M-Buzzing carbonation. Easy drinking (I am loving that this is a sub 6% brew). Enough body. Sessionable Stout.

O/D-Really solid Oatmeal Stout. I will have no problem blowing back all 6 of these. One of Magic Hat's best offerings. Not too sweet, which I am happy about. Oh, so solid!

10-21-2012 18:49:29 | More by VelvetExtract
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4/5  rDev +3.1%

Evil eye of Sauron on the bottle label. Black with a dense, clay colored head. Stalwart retention stripes my glass on it's way to glass bottom. Cap reads, "pull my finger but don't linger."

Roast malt and oat aroma with subtle cocoa powder and ground coffee intricacy.

Dark chocolate roast malty with a sweet dark fruit and citrus backend. Big bodied, the mouthfeel is a mouth full. Lacks the Magic Hat butter which is a pleasant absence. A sweeter version of the style but nice.

One of the better Magic Hats. Certainly better than Joseph Conrad's book.

10-21-2012 02:40:50 | More by donkeyrunner
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4/5  rDev +3.1%

10-20-2012 22:39:39 | More by Trevormcraig
Heart Of Darkness from Magic Hat Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 1,256 ratings.