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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

1,344 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,344
Reviews: 325
rAvg: 3.88
pDev: 12.37%
Wants: 77
Gots: 124 | 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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4.5/5  rDev +16%

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3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

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3/5  rDev -22.7%

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3.69/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3

12oz bottle into a snifter. The brew appears black in color with a dark tan head. Some spotty strings of lace coat the glass as the cap fades.

The aroma is burnt and roasty. Some anise, char and leather. Trace hints of milk chocolate are the last things noted across the back.

The brew loads up with a of bitterness upfront like burnt grain, char, ashy anise and leather. A touch of citrus to herbal hops attempts to brrak things up before almost a meaty and beefy smokiness to the finish.

This is a medium bodied brew with a modest amount of carbonation. It is interesting dry and lots of bitter roast quality. Not terrible but also not something I can see myself returning to have again.

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3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

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4/5  rDev +3.1%

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3.5/5  rDev -9.8%

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4/5  rDev +3.1%

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4.49/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Magic Hat Heart of Darkness Diabolical Stout (2013) - 5.7% ABV. Behold, Magic Hat's possible best brew. Pitch black thick body. Little to no head with excellent lacing and retention. No sign of carbonation-- I'm sure it's there but good luck seeing it. Thick chocolate and cocoa aromas. A hint of coffee. Clean wet mouthfeel. Coffee nose. Lots of Kona, Arabica, and a hint of Ethiopian beans. Chocolate milk and coffee mid-palate. Luxurious. Bitter back palate. Stout bitter hops and porter malts. Toasted barley and oaked wood aftertaste. Strong tannins and leather persist. Dry finish. So much stout. So much good bitters. So full and well rounded. Incredibly drinkable. Smooth. 4.5 out of 5. Very good. Bordering on excellent. Recommended for any porter or stout lover.

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3.25/5  rDev -16.2%

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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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3.5/5  rDev -9.8%

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4/5  rDev +3.1%

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4.3/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

From the 12 fl. oz. bottle. Sampled on December 2, 2013.

The pour is very dark brown that nearly appears black unless held to the light. Long lasting soft tan head sits quietly on top.

The aroma is of dark malts, coffee, some chocolate, and a touch of plum or other dark fruit.

The body is medium but it is also smooth and soft.

The dark malts and coffee are the welcoming ingredients in the flavor but it does not take long for a notable dry hop bitterness to emerge at the end and speak for the stout on its own. It really tastes the way I like my English stouts to taste.

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3.25/5  rDev -16.2%

Heart Of Darkness from Magic Hat Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 1,344 ratings.