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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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Ratings: 1,235 | Reviews: 319 | Display Reviews Only:
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mcdego1279

New York

3/5  rDev -22.9%

04-13-2013 04:20:53 | More by mcdego1279
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ejimhof

Pennsylvania

2.75/5  rDev -29.3%

04-12-2013 21:16:48 | More by ejimhof
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LibraLady

New Jersey

4/5  rDev +2.8%

04-10-2013 05:10:27 | More by LibraLady
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Quintonwhite007

New York

3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

04-09-2013 17:07:52 | More by Quintonwhite007
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randylangford

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +2.8%

04-09-2013 00:16:55 | More by randylangford
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RockinRob925

Florida

4.25/5  rDev +9.3%

04-08-2013 15:49:43 | More by RockinRob925
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dmawer

New York

3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

04-06-2013 21:36:20 | More by dmawer
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Nightrain87

California

3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

04-05-2013 16:45:13 | More by Nightrain87
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y2jrock60

Pennsylvania

4.16/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A- Very dark black and opaque with a tan head with a fair amount of lacing.

S- Prominent bitter chocolate aroma with notes of toffee, caramel, coffee, and a slight sweetness.

T- Thick and smooth upfront with a roasted malt backbone that fades into a nice bitterness. Very well rounded. There is some sweetness in the middle and end as well.

M- Medium-thick bodied with low-moderate carbonation. It starts of thick and has a smooth texture.

O- A very delicious stout and well balanced. It's not overly complicated, but contains a great amount of character. The ingredients compliment each other without trying to overpower each other.

Serving type: bottle

04-04-2013 06:17:13 | More by y2jrock60
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yaksurf

North Carolina

4/5  rDev +2.8%

04-03-2013 20:01:02 | More by yaksurf
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emerge077

Illinois

3.64/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Magic Hat's best rated and most widely available beer currently according to BA.
Production code: K29261, according to freshbeeronly that's Oct. 29 of last year, 120 day shelf life, so about a month past code if that info code is accurate.

Looks nice in the glass, copious lace forms delicate strands and webs around the edges of the glass, the creamy tan foam doesn't break after the first couple sips. Nice gradation around the edges, the lace blends seamlessly into the surface.

Aromas of cocoa, carob, roasted barley.

Flavors of chocolate milk, carob, slight amount of roast barley and ash in the taste as well. Mellow and fairly smooth, light carbonation, slight astringency. It's good, nothing groundbreaking, though i'll probably reach for local options before this, i'd drink it again and seek out a fresher sample next time.

Serving type: bottle

04-03-2013 02:40:38 | More by emerge077
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jnjander

Georgia

4/5  rDev +2.8%

04-01-2013 00:21:03 | More by jnjander
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bacasnax

Florida

3.25/5  rDev -16.5%

03-31-2013 23:28:12 | More by bacasnax
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bluejacket74

Ohio

3.69/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12 ounce bottle. Served in a pint glass, the beer pours dark brown/black with about a quarter inch tan head. Both the head retention and lacing are decent enough. The brew smells like roasted malt, bittersweet chocolate, coffee and a bit of dark fruit. I think the taste is pretty much just like the aroma, although the dark fruit flavor is a bit stronger. It's also more sweet than bitter tasting. Mouthfeel/body is medium, it's creamy, smooth and easy to drink. I think it's a solid brew. Picked up a single at Liquor Barn for $1.79.

Serving type: bottle

03-31-2013 00:32:45 | More by bluejacket74
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micromaniac129

Pennsylvania

3.94/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A pretty desent stout here. It has a rich deep darkness to it but not much in way of a foamy cap, bascially a foamy collar. The aroma has a deep roasted malt nose with underlying milk chocolate. Taste wise it's a little one dimensional. I really only taste roasted malts. Maybe thats enough since it is highly roasted. Usually one would taste other sutle nuiances but not the case here.
Drinks smooth and a bit bitter but also with that being said that also is an underlying chalkiness too. I like this beer it's quite good but also standard fair from Magic hat. What can they do to take themselvies to the next level.

Serving type: bottle

03-30-2013 14:20:28 | More by micromaniac129
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Louis_Toschner

South Carolina

4.5/5  rDev +15.7%

03-25-2013 11:35:42 | More by Louis_Toschner
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ChopsMeister

Minnesota

4.5/5  rDev +15.7%

03-23-2013 23:00:45 | More by ChopsMeister
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jk3

New York

3/5  rDev -22.9%

03-23-2013 22:40:56 | More by jk3
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Scott_McCool

Florida

4.25/5  rDev +9.3%

03-23-2013 17:10:03 | More by Scott_McCool
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ujsplace

Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev +9.3%

03-23-2013 01:20:00 | More by ujsplace
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BGsWo22

New York

3.5/5  rDev -10%

03-20-2013 23:25:27 | More by BGsWo22
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dweeuu

Virginia

4.75/5  rDev +22.1%

03-20-2013 01:06:40 | More by dweeuu
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CwrwAmByth

United Kingdom (Wales)

3.5/5  rDev -10%

03-20-2013 00:42:25 | More by CwrwAmByth
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SupremePie

Vermont

3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

03-19-2013 05:00:18 | More by SupremePie
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Citrus

Ohio

3.5/5  rDev -10%

03-18-2013 18:17:04 | More by Citrus
Heart Of Darkness from Magic Hat Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 1,235 ratings.