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Heart Of Darkness - Magic Hat Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
87
very good

1,235 Ratings
THE BROS
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world-class

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Ratings: 1,235
Reviews: 319
rAvg: 3.89
pDev: 12.08%
Wants: 59
Gots: 80 | 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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mattsucks

Ohio

3.5/5  rDev -10%

05-23-2013 03:24:44 | More by mattsucks
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morrowd3

Vermont

4.5/5  rDev +15.7%

05-22-2013 01:32:34 | More by morrowd3
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Jimbo4430

Virginia

3/5  rDev -22.9%

05-21-2013 00:56:04 | More by Jimbo4430
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ClayO

Arizona

3.5/5  rDev -10%

05-19-2013 22:07:06 | More by ClayO
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KSfrost

Maryland

3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

05-19-2013 21:50:20 | More by KSfrost
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LeahM

New York

4.5/5  rDev +15.7%

05-19-2013 04:05:23 | More by LeahM
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superspak

Michigan

4.2/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 ounce bottle into pint glass, winter 2012 bottling. Pours lightly hazy very dark brown color with a 1-2 finger moderately dense khaki head with great retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Some nice soapy lacing clings down the glass. Aromas of milk chocolate, roasted malt, toast, toffee, caramel, light coffee, and light floral earthiness. Excellent aromas with great balance, strength, and complexity of roasted malt notes with light hops. Taste of milk chocolate, roasted malt, toast, toffee, caramel, coffee, and floral earthiness. Light coffee bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of milk chocolate, roasted malt, toast, toffee, coffee, and floral earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Very nice balance and complexity of roasted malt flavors; with a good amount of robustness and no cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a moderately creamy and smooth mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a slight warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is a highly excellent stout! Great balance of roasted flavors with good robustness; and very smooth to drink. A highly enjoyable offering.

Serving type: bottle

05-17-2013 04:17:42 | More by superspak
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BeastLU

Virginia

4/5  rDev +2.8%

05-17-2013 00:56:42 | More by BeastLU
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stckhndlr

Virginia

3.25/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A- A properly named beer as not a bit of light gets through this one. Very dark with a creamy head the thins out and just clings along the edge of the glass.

S- A good roasted nose. Very gentle blend of chocolate and coffee, some toffee notes and a fruitiness that resembles a raisin/fig.

T- Roasted malt and chocolate, with a bitterness of coffee to it.

M- Compared to other stouts that have a more syrupy, thicker feel to them, this one is more of a creamy, dry feel. Almost like a dry hoppy feel.

O- I loved the smell of this one but I am more partial to the smoother stouts that are out there. I was a little put off by the bitters left in the finish. I would prefer a sweeter finish to my stout. Still had a good nose and taste up front.

Serving type: bottle

05-16-2013 22:11:15 | More by stckhndlr
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JackMcAwesome

Florida

3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

05-15-2013 18:36:46 | More by JackMcAwesome
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Zimm

New Jersey

4.25/5  rDev +9.3%

05-15-2013 17:11:33 | More by Zimm
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ajtorres311

Florida

3.25/5  rDev -16.5%

05-15-2013 16:38:51 | More by ajtorres311
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Slatetank

Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev +9.3%

05-15-2013 16:13:22 | More by Slatetank
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twenty5

Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

05-15-2013 15:29:47 | More by twenty5
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mralbertson

North Carolina

3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

05-15-2013 01:17:48 | More by mralbertson
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lucasj82

Indiana

4/5  rDev +2.8%

05-15-2013 01:13:31 | More by lucasj82
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mikeburd1128

New Jersey

3.25/5  rDev -16.5%

05-12-2013 17:00:39 | More by mikeburd1128
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karengarys

Indiana

4.01/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

pours (bottle) rich and dark, leaving a head that dissipates to lacing islands of small caramel colored bubbles. It is cold from the 'fridge, and will be done with my review before it warms up.

the nose of luscious stoutness is there - all malty, not hoppy. rich cocoa, coffee and raisins. This is really dark.

Taste corresponds to the smell, it is dark and rich. There is cocoa, and some sort of dry hoppiness finishing it off. Can't place my finger on it, but it is clean at the end.

Mouthfeel is very rich. I do not like English style beers, I think they are flatish. This is the opposite, so I like it a lot.

Overall, I can recommend this, and I would reach for another. I would look for this if I were in the mood to sip a rich brew on a cool evening.

Serving type: bottle

05-12-2013 04:44:24 | More by karengarys
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Bucktron18

Illinois

4.26/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

A little late for a winter seasonal, but for a dollar a piece you can't go wrong.

Pours black with a good thick head that lasts. Smells of dark roasted malts and slight hints of burnt coffee. No hop aroma to speak of. Hits first with a strong roasted malt and dark roast coffee. Slight bitterness evens out the maltiness in the middle. Finishes dry with some lingering dark malt and slight roasted fruit flavors. Great mouthfeel. Light carbonation just barely tingles with each sip. Very smooth and drinkable.

Overall a very nice stout. Not to aggressive. A very good stout for someone who normally drinks lighter beers and wants to try something new.

Serving type: bottle

05-11-2013 17:45:48 | More by Bucktron18
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ToddHolder

Illinois

3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

05-11-2013 02:12:41 | More by ToddHolder
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MikeyA

New York

3.25/5  rDev -16.5%

05-09-2013 22:24:55 | More by MikeyA
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rph97

Texas

4.5/5  rDev +15.7%

05-09-2013 22:21:38 | More by rph97
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pcsnyder

Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev +9.3%

05-09-2013 02:19:53 | More by pcsnyder
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tommyguz

Pennsylvania

2.25/5  rDev -42.2%

05-08-2013 04:09:18 | More by tommyguz
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Tertullian007

Missouri

4.25/5  rDev +9.3%

05-07-2013 22:25:06 | More by Tertullian007
Heart Of Darkness from Magic Hat Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 1,235 ratings.