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Heart Of Darkness - Magic Hat Brewing Company

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1,204 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,204
Reviews: 318
rAvg: 3.89
pDev: 12.08%
Wants: 56
Gots: 71 | 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 Jomolieri


3.18/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Good beer. Good flavor. But it's forgettable.

It's got a nice lingering bittersweet chocolate but lacks a strong creamy touch and sweetness that I would've liked and I think would've made it a bit more stand out.

The flavors are all fairly subtle compared to other stouts such as the Victory Love Stout.

The body is medium but seems a little weak.

Overall I'd recommend it as a casual beer but nothing that I'll savor every sip of.

Serving type: bottle

12-08-2012 04:52:02 | More by Jomolieri
Photo of akylles

3.5/5  rDev -10%

12-08-2012 03:04:13 | More by akylles
Photo of tdm168

North Carolina

4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - black with some brown edges; thin, brown head

S - coffee, roasted malts

T - big coffee flavor, roasted malts, faintly bitter

M - medium bodied, smooth, well carbonated

This was a well flavored beer with a huge coffee presence. It's also easy to drink. This would make a really good stout for a session. It's also reasonably priced making it a first choice for me when I want a sixer vs. a bomber.

Serving type: bottle

12-08-2012 02:22:09 | More by tdm168
Photo of animal69


4/5  rDev +2.8%

12-07-2012 23:05:03 | More by animal69
Photo of BWED


3.3/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a standard pint glass.

A- Just enough light comes through to show a deep deep brown, and a little red-amber highlight under the head. Head is two finger creamy, cappuccino-like, light brown. Retains a good 1/4", just enough to get a tiny foamstache on every sip. Splatters of lacing ring around the glass.

S- Dark roasted coffee, with a sweet hint. No noticeable hops.

T- The coffee is up front, with a slightly sugary aftertaste. I have to say though, the taste is not as bold as the smell. It almost seems diluted.

M- Medium-light body with a creamy-fizzy tingle of carbonation, but still fairly smooth. Somewhat dry, too, thus fitting a one criterion of an English stout.

O- Being a stout guy, I can't take this as my favorite, but being a stout guy, I could take this a few rounds instead of sacrificing myself to Guinness or a cheap shitty light beer. It's smooth, has a moderate ABV, and is light enough to knock a few back. It wasn't satisfying enough to have just this one, but I'll remember it the next time I plan on getting fired up!

Serving type: bottle

12-07-2012 02:56:30 | More by BWED
Photo of reitzbrewing


4.75/5  rDev +22.1%

12-07-2012 00:10:53 | More by reitzbrewing
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4/5  rDev +2.8%

12-06-2012 03:49:03 | More by JoeLacy
Photo of Beaver13


2.1/5  rDev -46%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

12 oz bottle. Pours black with a medium creamy light brown head that retains well and laces the glass some.

The aroma is astringent (almost plasticky) chocolate malts with roast.

The flavor is lots of patent malt with heavy roast and a little sugary, lactic sweetness. The mouthfeel is medium bodied and watery.

Overall, watery and lots of roasted patent malts.

Serving type: bottle

12-06-2012 03:30:38 | More by Beaver13
Photo of ddedhed


4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured deep black with a thin tan head that dissapated quickly. Smells roasted and sweet. Taste is a creamy sweetness that follows into some hop bitterness and lots of roasted malts. Roasted, burnt flavors that lingers long after. Mouthfeel is medium with carbonation that tingles the tongue, but not too much. Overall a solid stout that leaves you wanting another sip soon after the last. Very good and recommended.

Serving type: bottle

12-06-2012 02:28:29 | More by ddedhed
Photo of csurowiec


3.5/5  rDev -10%

12-05-2012 21:46:46 | More by csurowiec
Photo of gcamparone

Rhode Island

4.13/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a tulip. Purchased from the winterland variety pack in Wakefield, RI.

A- Pours an opaque black, tar color with a thick, generous fluffy dark-mocha head that sticks around and leaves some very sticky lacing. Beautiful.

S- Fresh coffee beans, dark chocolate, roasted malt. Very upfront aromas. Inviting so far.

T- Dark chocolate upfront, dark roasted malt to finish. Leaves a slightly bitter taste on the tongue. Simple but tasty.

M- Medium-low carbonation, medium body. Creamy

Magic hat really outdid themselves with this brew. A decent stout that's tasty and balanced. I'd pick up a 6

Serving type: bottle

12-05-2012 15:32:10 | More by gcamparone
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New York

1/5  rDev -74.3%

12-05-2012 06:38:10 | More by odbjs735
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4/5  rDev +2.8%

12-05-2012 05:57:20 | More by bcsbeer
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3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

12-05-2012 01:35:40 | More by JellyJacket
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Ontario (Canada)

4.2/5  rDev +8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

An excellent beer to sip on a December night...

Pours a creamy near-black with only the faintest hints of red after the glass is held up to the light. Coffee coloured head has good retention, with residual small bubbled lacing. Aroma of roasted dark malts has strong coffee and dark chocolate tones - beautiful. The depth of flavour is also a pleasant surprise; a well balanced dark malt body with a robust bittering hop finish. Offers roasted chocolate and espresso with a nice biscuit base plus a warming finish made of more than simple alcohol.

A beer I hope to definitely buy again!

Serving type: bottle

12-05-2012 01:03:08 | More by hopsolutely
Photo of Chas58

New Jersey

4.3/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a growler filled at Joe Canal's Iselin into my Firestone Walker Nonic Pint Glass

Appearance: Pours a jet black, almost sucks the light around it into the glass. A frothy head of two fingers grows on top an persists, leaving a nice lacing

Smell: Coffee is the first aroma that hits my nose, and as my second favorite drink, that is good. You are also aware of a Cocoa and Chocolate aroma that enters subtlety behind the initial coffee aroma. A subtle vanilla was apparent after several sips ( I do not like most vanilla, but this was well done) .

Taste: Delightful with a richness and complexity that delivers the coffee, Cocoa and some hint of hop. The taste is not sweet, this has a hop bite more reminiscent of a porter.

Mouthfeel: A very tight carbonation that accentuates the coffee and provides for a nice feel

Overall: The beer lies somewhere between stout and porter and that will delight lovers of both. I found this a nice sippable beer, but without any hint of alcohol, very quaffable. I think the complexity will satisfy the lover of Porters, and a stout drinker will clearly enjoy the richness. This is not Winter Aleor a spiced ale by any means, but a really solid hopped stout.

Serving type: growler

12-05-2012 00:56:28 | More by Chas58
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4.5/5  rDev +15.7%

12-04-2012 17:33:25 | More by cbeer88
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3.5/5  rDev -10%

12-04-2012 15:04:15 | More by ShakaShakaShaka
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New York

4.2/5  rDev +8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-pours black with a tan head that leaves a small lace, decent retention
S-roasted malt and unsweetened chocolate
T-big bold roasted flavor with coffee and unsweetened chocolate in the finish
M-medium bodied
O-tons of roasted malt but isn't overwhelming at all. Still well balanced and layered. Really delicious stout.

Serving type: bottle

12-04-2012 03:52:41 | More by atr2605
Photo of NeverSettle


3.25/5  rDev -16.5%

12-04-2012 00:12:37 | More by NeverSettle
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3.25/5  rDev -16.5%

12-03-2012 23:51:10 | More by zbooks
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3.25/5  rDev -16.5%

12-03-2012 03:43:36 | More by tubeyes
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New York

3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

12-03-2012 03:17:59 | More by Goobastic
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4.25/5  rDev +9.3%

12-03-2012 02:57:18 | More by Skye1024
Photo of JohnnyMc


3/5  rDev -22.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

My first Stout from Magic Hat!

Pours out a pitch black with a thin mocha/tan head.

The aroma has notes of bittersweet chocolate, lactose, sugar and light roasted characteristics.

The taste is mainly the bittersweet chocolate notes, followed by the sugary type of sweetness and roasted malt. There is a hint of hop bitterness that helps to balance out the sweetness.

The body is medium and the mouthfeel is pretty creamy.

Definitely not bad, but very standard. I would have liked a bigger mouthfeel and some coffee notes in addition to the chocolate. Worth trying.

Serving type: bottle

12-03-2012 01:54:47 | More by JohnnyMc
Heart Of Darkness from Magic Hat Brewing Company
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