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Heart Of Darkness - Magic Hat Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
87
very good

1,261 Ratings
THE BROS
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world-class

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Ratings: 1,261
Reviews: 319
rAvg: 3.88
pDev: 12.37%
Wants: 60
Gots: 86 | 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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Viking

Indiana

4.63/5  rDev +19.3%

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!

01-14-2003 05:57:40 | More by Viking
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muffinman703

New Hampshire

4.63/5  rDev +19.3%

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.

03-28-2008 13:47:07 | More by muffinman703
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francisweizen

Alaska

4.63/5  rDev +19.3%

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.

12-22-2003 16:47:02 | More by francisweizen
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nofalltoofar

Pennsylvania

4.6/5  rDev +18.6%

Bottle poured into Imperial pint glass

A: Almost black with a thin white head that dissipates quickly.

S: Dar, sweet, honey and oats with caramel

T: Bitter and hoppy, slightly sweet with notes of honey, caramel, chocolate and coffee

M: Pleasantly carbonated, not excessive. Smooth but still slightly thick, not oily or watery

This is a wonderful beer. I got it on sale for $31. I expected it to be more drinkable for a stout, but it is definitely on the savory side. It is a great winter beer for the fireside and a pipe.

12-18-2012 01:21:25 | More by nofalltoofar
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SixpointJMH

New Jersey

4.53/5  rDev +16.8%

pours a deep black with a thin head that quickly dissolves yet never completely disappears. predominantly smells of coffee with hints of chocolate. there is a definite roasted flavour here as well as smoked malts and coffee as mentioned above. though certainly not light, much easier going down than would appear. not nearly as heavy as other stouts. overall, one hell of a stout and one hell of a beer in general. my favourite in the magic hat family.

02-11-2003 19:39:38 | More by SixpointJMH
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barnzy78

Illinois

4.53/5  rDev +16.8%

12oz bottle, pours velvety out of the bottle, jet black, huge rocky tan head holds great retention & leaves tons of lacing on the glass. A full nose, rich, roasty, chocolate, faint fruitiness. Tastes are robust with dark chocolate, roasted barley, french roast coffee, oatmeal, a little smoky, a little fruity, kind of ashy on the finish. Mouth-feel is velvety smooth, creamy, medium bodied, well balanced, finishes clean with some lingering roast. Overall, wow...nice surprise! Might be the best oatmeal stout I've had, and is definitely the best Magic Hat offering I've had.

11-16-2012 03:42:27 | More by barnzy78
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Jason

Massachusetts

4.5/5  rDev +16%

A hot pink swirl that flows in to a hypnotic eye adorns the 12oz brown bottle. This time my fun filled crown pop open with "Big Brother is watching TV". Freshness date clearly marked.

Appearance: As black as night with a creamy light tan head that stays for the duration. The Brussels lace looks like a frothed latté.

Smell: Some soft sweetness, slight butterscotch and light earthy musty roasted and hoppy aromas flow to the nose.

Taste: A touch of tangy roasted barley, malt sweetness and a hint of butterscotch in the start, but the goes to more tangy charcoal-like roasted flavours and burnt raisins with a simple and pleasing hop bitterness. Touch of musty earthiness. The after taste leaves more lingering roasted and light burnt fruit.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with a crisp yet modest carbonation. Creamy and smooth on the palate.

Drinkability & Notes: Oh what a wonderful stout ... roasted flavours are very rich, a hefty brew to be had. A stout lovers snowy day dream it’s a seasonal brew and thankfully it has come back around.

12-05-2002 13:16:43 | More by Jason
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jminch

Ohio

4.5/5  rDev +16%

11-11-2012 11:25:27 | More by jminch
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DaGrizz

New Jersey

4.5/5  rDev +16%

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beerman999999

New York

4.5/5  rDev +16%

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Bouder32

Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev +16%

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Timman87

Ohio

4.5/5  rDev +16%

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Hevkee

Rhode Island

4.5/5  rDev +16%

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bonbini26

New Jersey

4.5/5  rDev +16%

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CM31

Tennessee

4.5/5  rDev +16%

12-08-2012 19:00:00 | More by CM31
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Rod_J

Kentucky

4.5/5  rDev +16%

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Drew88

New Jersey

4.5/5  rDev +16%

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ArchHobbes

Georgia

4.5/5  rDev +16%

11-08-2012 02:42:21 | More by ArchHobbes
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pathman

Ohio

4.5/5  rDev +16%

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MiWolfman

Michigan

4.5/5  rDev +16%

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morrowd3

Vermont

4.5/5  rDev +16%

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

Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev +16%

11-13-2012 03:03:30 | More by pogoowner
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weaselchew

Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev +16%

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irrgalaxy

Minnesota

4.5/5  rDev +16%

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evansomes


4.5/5  rDev +16%

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Heart Of Darkness from Magic Hat Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 1,261 ratings.