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Heart Of Darkness - Magic Hat Brewing Company

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very good

1,203 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,203
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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New York

4.75/5  rDev +22.1%

12-31-2013 20:31:46 | More by DennisDullea
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4.75/5  rDev +22.1%

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4.75/5  rDev +22.1%

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West Virginia

4.75/5  rDev +22.1%

01-07-2014 19:10:40 | More by spedprof
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4.75/5  rDev +22.1%

11-14-2013 03:14:49 | More by crmass
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New Jersey

4.75/5  rDev +22.1%

01-11-2014 23:37:32 | More by blackipa
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4.75/5  rDev +22.1%

05-19-2012 17:30:38 | More by callahwj
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4.75/5  rDev +22.1%

12-26-2012 19:14:42 | More by Dapperticus
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4.75/5  rDev +22.1%

12-28-2013 19:12:56 | More by ToddGingerich
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4.75/5  rDev +22.1%

12-01-2012 04:54:39 | More by TastingRoomCharNtony
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4.75/5  rDev +22.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

I've had this 12 ounce bottle sitting in my house for quite some time now, and figured there was never going to be a time where the occasion seemed appropriat enough for me to open it, so I said, the hell with it, open it whenever you feel like it, and thats what i felt like tonight. Pours a nearly pitch black color, slightly brown towards the top, with a nice white lace for a head. Aromas that surfaced were nice cocoa, milk, coffee, toffee...very truffle oriented. Taste was about as nice as it comes with a stout, caramel, milk chocolate, espresso, burnt coffee bean, cherries, tobacco...it never seemed to end on new tastes to come up with. Mouthfeel was somewhat light bodied for an oatmeal stout...but that was not a bad thing...made it more drinkable in the end. I never thought that this beer would age well, but after all of this time sitting above my fridge, I have found that it has grown to be a beer to be revered in every respect of the word. I have to admit, as I was pouring it into the H.O.D tulip glass, I felt like I was saying goodbye to an old dear friend. I have a feeling that one of these days I'll stumble upon this beer in a dusty corner somewhere, but if not, It was great getting to know it. This was probably the first stout that really got me engorged in the style. Shame on MH for discontinuing it....as close to sacriledge as you can get with beer as far as Im concerned. Cheers

Serving type: bottle

07-27-2006 07:40:15 | More by jamie2dope
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4.75/5  rDev +22.1%

02-24-2013 19:09:16 | More by RudnicsMEB
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New York

4.75/5  rDev +22.1%

02-17-2013 06:12:15 | More by Selderkin
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4.75/5  rDev +22.1%

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4.75/5  rDev +22.1%

03-20-2013 01:06:40 | More by dweeuu
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United Kingdom (England)

4.7/5  rDev +20.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Ahhh the heart of darkness. One of my favorite beers of all time. An excellent dark beer without the dark beer lingering aftertaste. A beer that even non darkbeer drinkers will still drink. I always manage to pick up a couple of cases and some growlers whenever I am back home in Vermont.

Serving type: bottle

12-22-2002 20:01:12 | More by koolkat
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4.68/5  rDev +20.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

As the name would suggest, it pours black, with a nice bit of head that lingers well. The smell is very coffee-like with some smoke, in other words, delicious. Like the smell, the taste is rich and coffee, or maybe even espresso-like. Heavy in flavor and that flavor is wonderful. Leaves a nice smokey after taste. Overall, a wonderful stout! Highly recommended.

Serving type: bottle

11-11-2012 20:19:38 | More by leprechaunandfatman
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4.65/5  rDev +19.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Some beers are just cool, and this is one of them. As oatmeal stouts go, you won't find a heartier pour. My bartender commented when she started the tap, "Wow, that's dark!". It is smooth to drink, just a little bitter on the edges, and an all around quality beer!

Serving type: on-tap

10-28-2012 01:01:14 | More by TheAmericanBeerProject
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4.65/5  rDev +19.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Mint! I got a free Magic Hat pint glass with the six pack of this favorite brew of mine. Pours our black as black can be. Tastes oh so good! Not quite as nice as on tap, but I won't complain because this is just such a great beer! Thank you Magic Hat!

Serving type: bottle

01-30-2003 14:15:55 | More by scottum
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4.63/5  rDev +19%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours an inky brownish-red, almost black. Small off-white head. If you look closely, and have patience, you may see a trace of CO2 in the body. Hade fades quickly, leaving a thin, spidery lace. Aroma of roasted oats, with hints of chocolate and (unless my nose decieves me) coffee. I also seemed to notice a faint trace of maple syrup in the aroma after the beer had warmed a bit (possibly my imagination). Flavor packed with roasted oats, hints of chocolate, and faint bits of smoked peat. Moderately bitter throughout; slightly more bitter in the finish. Has a lingering aftertaste of bittersweet chocolate. Smooth, creamy mouthfeel. An excellent session stout.

Special thanks to pbrian for sending this on my way!

Serving type: bottle

01-14-2003 05:57:40 | More by Viking
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New Hampshire

4.63/5  rDev +19%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

One of my favorite imbibes from Magic Hat. Had to travel to the Artifactory to get it. Definitely worth the trip to get it.

The Heart is as advertised, dark (black). Putting the glass up to your wazoo, you get the aroma of a good hearty stout.
Taste is great, with a little more carb than a Guinness, for a small kick.
Finishes on the sides of your tongue and stay around to exhale through your nose.
I could drive back today for more of the Heart.

Serving type: growler

03-28-2008 13:47:07 | More by muffinman703
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4.63/5  rDev +19%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is a wonderful stout from the folks at MH. It pours out a super dark, opaque black colour with a very fluffy, tan/cocoa coloured head of foam. The aromas are of chocolate, caramel, dark roasted malts, slight bittering hops, and some more cocoa! The taste is very chocolatey and the roasted malt flavor is bready and excellent. The mouthfeel is thick, but just right for this type of stout and the drinkability is excellent as well. Wow, this is one of the best beers that Magic Hat makes. Hands Down.

Serving type: bottle

12-22-2003 16:47:02 | More by francisweizen
Heart Of Darkness from Magic Hat Brewing Company
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