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Heart Of Darkness - Magic Hat Brewing Company

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very good

1,336 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,336
Reviews: 323
rAvg: 3.88
pDev: 12.37%
Wants: 70
Gots: 116 | 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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3.84/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

"Don't be a pig when you swig" wise words from the cap.

Pours a larger darker colored 1.5 finger head that fades at a med to slower pace, decent fluffy lacing, over just about pitch black beer.

Nose starts with dark malts, chalky powdered chocolate, hint of roast, bit of caramel, hint of smoked malt, chewy malts and maybe oats, the combination of the roast and smoked malts combine to give a strange bitter almost acrid like aroma.

Taste starts with some smoked malt actually, but that gets drowned out quickly by other dark malts, a little roast and black malts, hint of baker's dark chocolate but barely, more like chalky powdered dark malt flavors and not even cocoa, hint of caramel and vanilla, but at least not acrid. Yeast kicks in slightly with a light yeast flavor. There is a slight metallic twinge as well, and just a hint of earthy hops. Finish brings more bitterness, mostly from dark malts but a little bit of the hops, earthy spicy but light, fluffy dark malts as well as chalky powdered black malt and roast lingering, and hint of smoke.

Mouth is med to fuller bodied, plenty of fluffy carbonation.

Overall not bad, not bad at all. Surprised from Magic Hat these days. Most of their beers seem to really have gone downhill, and this is the brewery that got me into craft beer so it was hard for me to see them fade out. This is nice, good malts mostly, dark malts without much char, although there was a slight metallic flavor, nice touch of smoke and just a faint hint of cocoa that I would have liked to come out more, and hops are very light which I also would have liked ot see more. Otherwise a decent beer.

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3.7/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from 12oz bottle into british pint glass. Black/brown, shows clear deep red in the light on the edges. small tan head that dissipates quickly with a little lacing. Smell said "toasted" more than "roasted" to me for some reason, but the taste disagrees. Coffee and roasted malt all the way, with a rough but creamy mouthfeel. Excellent stout, bittersweet chocolate upfront is balanced by the bitter finish. Loved it!

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4.35/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A: A black beer that allow some light through on the edge showing good clarity and a deep garnet tint. The light brown head has a decent retention time and made of compact bubbles.

S: a strong roast and coffee aromas with moderate figs and plum notes. A bit of dried fruit. Some moderately light malt sweetness and a soft vinous character. I get a little spicy hops aroma but my sinus want me dead so I can't rely on my nose that much today.

T: A pretty fruit stout with a bit of sweetness. There is moderately-strong juicy, dark fruit flavors of plums and figs with a pretty solid roast malt flavor that brings some coffee and bitter chocolate without any dark malt sharpness. There is a light citrus to grapefruit hops flavor which is probably the Apollo hops as flavoring. The balance is slightly bitter but there is some malt sweetness throughout. The finish is medium and the aftertaste is of fruity and cocoa.

M: Lightly creamy with a full body and moderate carbonation. No astringency, maybe a slight chalkiness.

O: A fruity and soft stout with light bit of sweetness but a bit more bitterness. The dark fruit from the malt blends well with the citrus and grapefruit from the hops making for a sort of juicy stout. I'd call this a Foreign Extra Stout for BJCP style. Nice, when did we get to start using quarters of a percent?

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3.99/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

I picked up a six pack of Magic Hat's Heart Of Darkness last week for $7.89 at Meijers. I'm not really a big a Magic Hat fan but a few friends were telling me this was a decent beer so I thought I would give it a chance, so lets see how it goes. No visible bottling date, 2012 vintage. Poured from a brown 12oz bottle into an imperial pint glass.

A- The label looks really nice, it's got a good clean look to it that fits the name, I like it. It poured a very dark brown color that was pretty close to being black and it had some slight ruby highlights when held to the light with three and a half fingers worth of darker tan head that died down to a thick ring that stayed till the end and left lots of nice sheets of lacing. This is a pretty damn good looking stout, the color could have been just a little darker but other than that this beer is pretty good looking.

S- The aroma starts off with a good amount of malts that have a higher amount of medium sweetness to them and impart some grainy, medium toasted, oats, and a good amount of chocolate aromas. After that comes a nice nutty aroma with some coffee and dark fruits showing up towards the end. The aroma was nice, it didn't have the greatest roasted aromas, but it had a good amount of other aromas that made it fairly complex, I like it.

T- The tastes seems to be pretty similar to the aroma, it starts off with a good amount of malts that have a medium amount of sweetness and impart some grainy, roasted, oats, a little bit of coffee, and chocolate flavors, the roast seemed to be on the medium side. After that came some molasses and a nice nutty flavor followed by a slight smokey flavor on the end with a lighter amount of bitterness and a roasted oat and nutty aftertaste, This was a good tasting beer, it was a little different from the normal Oatmeal Stouts and it had a little more complexity then most, I liked it.

M- Pretty smooth, silky, very creamy, on the thicker side of being medium bodied, with a good amount of medium carbonation. The mouthfeel was pretty good, the extra creaminess worked well with this beer.

Overall I thought this was a good beer and a good and different example of the style, it had some decent roasted and oat flavors to it with some great complexity and a fitting mouthfeel that made it fairly memorable. This beer had pretty good drinkability, it was pretty smooth and the flavors did a good job at holding my attention, I could see drinking a couple of these but after that the thickness might become too much, it's a good late fall beer. What I liked the most about this beer was the appearance and mouthfeel they were both pretty well done and very pretty true to style. What I liked the least about this beer was the aroma, it was nice, but it was just a little thin and it lacked the tons of rich and roasted malts that I normally find in the style. I would buy this beer again, in fact I already went back to the store and bought another six pack, it's reasonably priced and a decent tasting Oatmeal Stout, I recommend it to anyone who likes the style. All in all I was happy with this beer, even though I was told it was good, I always have my doubts with Magic Hat, but this one turned out to be a nice surprise and it showed me that Magic Hat can actually make a decent beer. Good job guys, if you start making more beers of this quality I may actually end up becoming a fan one day, Cheers!

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4.43/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. Brown Bottle. "Find a way through play."

A: Pours a deep black with a half finger of creamy tan head. Turns thin but
remains for the long run. little lacing.

S: Sweet and creamy with butterscotch and vanilla. A mixture of roasted
malts and light hops. Overall very nice and inviting.

T/M: Creamy smooth with a nice crisp carbonation feel. Medium bodied.
Roasted malts and barley with other tangy flavors. Slight hop bitterness
comes in with an earthy dry finish. Roasted flavors linger.

O: Top notch stout. Great taste and easy to drink. One of Magic Hats best
offerings. Try it, love it and repeat.


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4.23/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

An absolutely stellar stout by Magic Hat. Growing up in the Northeast, we were constantly looking for that one beer that's so hearty that it warms you up quickly, but that one can enjoy for the taste during the summer; we found that beer in this.

A- A thick pitch black. Head is a finger's worth of cream colored foam.

S- Initial smell is an almost vegetal malt, that smells roasted. A bit of fig in the smell as well.

T- Chocolaty, with a bit of malt flavor mixed in. Didn't get hoppy to the point where it was overwhelming.

M- Immensely creamy. This was arguably the creamiest beer I've ever had. It went down so smoothly that it was shocking. Sat on the front of the palate mostly, and not too much any aftertaste. A light hop coating on the back part of the mouth.

O- An absolutely excellent stout that I recommend everyone give a try. It's not insanely strong, there's no alcohol taste, just beautiful creamy, coca goodness. I don't always like Magic Hat, especially their ales, but this one was spot on to my taste.

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4.23/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Cool to see them bring back another blast from the past, I have not been very impressed with the new beers this company has been making for the last couple of years. Poured into a Magic Hat pint glass for novelty's sake.

A - Black as the Vermont night with about a finger of light brown head. Lacing isn't too sticky but there is good retention on the head.

S - Coffee dominates the nose, but there are hints of chocolate and dark fruit. Very smoky/roasty smelling.

T - Roasted malt, chocolate, and coffee up front. Signature Magic Hat yeast and a little alcohol in the finish, which has a slightly smoky flavor. A little bitter and dry in the finish. Really well balanced and pleasant flavors during cold weather months.

M - Smooth and creamy with moderate carbonation.

O - Just a really nice, well rounded stout that makes a great replacement for Howl. Hopefully it will stick around for a while, I think that beer nerds will be happy that it is back. It was certainly nostalgic for me to finally buy some Magic Hat again.

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Heart Of Darkness from Magic Hat Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 1,336 ratings.