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Heart Of Darkness - Magic Hat Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
88
very good

1,335 Ratings
THE BROS
98
world-class

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Ratings: 1,335
Reviews: 323
rAvg: 3.88
pDev: 12.37%
Wants: 69
Gots: 109 | 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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Photo of SmellsofMahagony
3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

Photo of seanlanefuller
3.46/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of circus_cat
3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

Photo of SpAiReArGsEonNE
3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

Photo of cwkash
4/5  rDev +3.1%

Photo of beergorrilla
3.25/5  rDev -16.2%

Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.18/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

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.

Photo of microbrewlover
3.85/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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.

Photo of Kerne
3.5/5  rDev -9.8%

Photo of BJasny
4.5/5  rDev +16%

Photo of 1mrbeer
4/5  rDev +3.1%

Photo of CMUbrew
3.91/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

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3.5/5  rDev -9.8%

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3.5/5  rDev -9.8%

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3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

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3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +9.5%

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3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

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3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

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3.25/5  rDev -16.2%

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4.25/5  rDev +9.5%

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4/5  rDev +3.1%

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2.75/5  rDev -29.1%

Photo of middletonman2001
4.5/5  rDev +16%

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4.5/5  rDev +16%

Heart Of Darkness from Magic Hat Brewing Company
88 out of 100 based on 1,335 ratings.