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Heart Of Darkness - Magic Hat Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
87
very good

1,259 Ratings
THE BROS
97
world-class

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Ratings: 1,259
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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seanlanefuller

Tennessee

3.46/5  rDev -10.8%

Not as much head to the beer as I would like.

Nice dark color.

A little thin in viscosity.

Clumpy lacing when swirled rather than a continuous lace.

Not much carbonation, but not flat either.

Smell is grapefruit and old books. Reminds me of the cellar of a monastery.

Nice taste. Good for a stout. Grapefruit taste along with roasted coffee and maybe a slight taste of black cherry.

Overall I like it. It is a good stout and I would buy it again.

11-07-2013 01:50:09 | More by seanlanefuller
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circus_cat

Virginia

3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

11-05-2013 22:15:28 | More by circus_cat
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SpAiReArGsEonNE

New Jersey

3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

11-05-2013 03:58:33 | More by SpAiReArGsEonNE
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cwkash

Kentucky

4/5  rDev +3.1%

11-05-2013 00:57:34 | More by cwkash
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beergorrilla

Michigan

3.25/5  rDev -16.2%

11-04-2013 15:05:04 | More by beergorrilla
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GreesyFizeek

New York

4.18/5  rDev +7.7%

Bottle purchased from Nathaniel Square Corner Store. Heard this was one of the better offerings from Magic Hat, and that is very correct.

Pours a dark brown, almost black. One inch head. Sticky foam lacing stays on the glass throughout the drinking session.

Smells like dark chocolate, smoke, and roasted malt.

Tastes pretty similar. Great stuff here. Lots of chocolate, with some bitter coffee beans, slight campfire like smoke, and roasty bitterness. Finishes expectedly dry.

Medium bodied, could be a little thicker, but it's a minor complaint. Creamy mouthfeel. Drinkable as hell.

By far Magic Hat's best brew. Most of them are boring to downright offensive, this is downright tasty, drinkable, and even a bit complex.

11-04-2013 05:46:55 | More by GreesyFizeek
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microbrewlover

Pennsylvania

3.85/5  rDev -0.8%

This brew pours black with slightly reddish highlights when held up to the light. There is a thin mocha colored head with moderate mocha colored lacing.

The smell is pleasing with roasted malt smell dominating followed by a burn coffee smell then chocolate.

The taste follows the nose with roasted malt, then coffee then chocolate hitting the tongue. There is also a nutty taste in the background.

The mouthfeel is thick and chewy. The beer goes down smoothly with a slight dry earthy malt aftertaste.

Overall this is a very drinkable stout. I would recommend this to anyone when the temperature begins to drop.

11-03-2013 23:13:16 | More by microbrewlover
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Kerne

Florida

3.5/5  rDev -9.8%

11-03-2013 16:29:41 | More by Kerne
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BJasny

Texas

4.5/5  rDev +16%

11-03-2013 03:28:18 | More by BJasny
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1mrbeer

Ohio

4/5  rDev +3.1%

11-01-2013 22:57:58 | More by 1mrbeer
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CMUbrew

Michigan

3.91/5  rDev +0.8%

A: Pours black with a faint brown tinge in the light. A nice-looking two and a half fibers of khaki head form easily. Looks great.

S: Not a strong aroma here. A little bit of dark malt roast is about it.

T: Dark malt, light roasted malt, and a touch of milk chocolate. It certainly doesn't smack you in the face with big roast or anything, but it's some great flavor.

M: Smooth, soft, and a little slick with a light-medium body.

O: A really nice, easy-drinking stout. I could put down a lot of this and really enjoy myself.

11-01-2013 03:46:40 | More by CMUbrew
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JT99125

New Jersey

3.5/5  rDev -9.8%

11-01-2013 00:07:44 | More by JT99125
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gr8zehaman

North Carolina

3.5/5  rDev -9.8%

10-31-2013 16:48:11 | More by gr8zehaman
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Texasfan549

Texas

3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

10-31-2013 16:47:25 | More by Texasfan549
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Enriquehopnog

Massachusetts

3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

10-30-2013 21:27:21 | More by Enriquehopnog
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JVoyager

Michigan

4.25/5  rDev +9.5%

10-30-2013 02:30:19 | More by JVoyager
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KevinGordon

North Carolina

3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

10-29-2013 04:32:30 | More by KevinGordon
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embarrwesment

Illinois

3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

10-28-2013 00:50:14 | More by embarrwesment
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Scarflower

New Hampshire

3.25/5  rDev -16.2%

10-25-2013 03:18:02 | More by Scarflower
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mayerale

Kansas

4.25/5  rDev +9.5%

10-25-2013 02:19:17 | More by mayerale
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LightnerLiquorKS

Kansas

4/5  rDev +3.1%

10-22-2013 23:18:01 | More by LightnerLiquorKS
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HRamz3

Pitcairn

2.75/5  rDev -29.1%

10-21-2013 13:00:35 | More by HRamz3
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middletonman2001

Maryland

4.5/5  rDev +16%

10-20-2013 02:25:18 | More by middletonman2001
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Rasmon

Minnesota

4.5/5  rDev +16%

10-18-2013 01:43:57 | More by Rasmon
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PorterLambic

Florida

3.89/5  rDev +0.3%

Pours black as tar with a dark tan head. Sadly, retention isn't that good, dropping to a thin film within a minute. Just a ring remains and a little scattered lace.
Smell is toasted malt, char, smoke, cardboard, bitter/baking chocolate. Really well balanced.
Taste is exactly the same, charred/toasted malt, smoke, cardboard, baking chocolate with a hint of whiskey floating around in back. Great balance, great complexity.
Light to medium body, medium effervescence. Dry throughout with just a faint hint of warming. Pretty bitter and a lot less body than a stout should have. Otherwise, a really nice brew.

10-17-2013 01:31:04 | More by PorterLambic
Heart Of Darkness from Magic Hat Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 1,259 ratings.