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Demo - Magic Hat Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
79
okay

400 Ratings
THE BROS
89
very good

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Ratings: 400
Reviews: 139
rAvg: 3.44
pDev: 15.12%
Wants: 4
Gots: 16 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Magic Hat Brewing Company visit their website
Vermont, United States

Style | ABV
American Black Ale |  6.00% ABV

Availability: Spring

Notes/Commercial Description:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

Demo is a deliciously dark lick of an India Pale Ale. It’s medley of roasted malts and heady hops will have your senses dancing to the beat of a different I.P.A.

45 IBU

(Beer added by: NEhophead on 01-13-2011)
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micahmye

Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev +23.5%

11-22-2012 00:12:09 | More by micahmye
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mfedor312

Indiana

4.25/5  rDev +23.5%

03-13-2012 17:31:24 | More by mfedor312
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Orange

Massachusetts

4.25/5  rDev +23.5%

12-23-2012 07:57:33 | More by Orange
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Lukass

Ohio

4.25/5  rDev +23.5%

01-03-2013 01:21:07 | More by Lukass
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B_Long

New Jersey

4.25/5  rDev +23.5%

03-10-2014 20:20:03 | More by B_Long
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Guden

Maryland

4.2/5  rDev +22.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Nice dark brown color, small head which recedes quickly, not what I was expecting when I saw IPA on the bottle but I'm buying it.

S- Yum, roasty toasty coffee and light caramel, smells like a porter, maybe a bit of hops

T- Wow, I am liking this one. The roasted flavors blend with the high hoppiness in a great great way. I don't know how this is an IPA but it sure is delicious. Maybe a cross between a porter and an IPA but it works very well

M- Good, moderate carbonation bristling with just right body to balance out everything, maybe a bit more carbonation could have sent it over the top for me

D- Great, maybe not the most drinkable because of the hoppiness but I could easily put away a 6 pack of this if I had it

Serving type: bottle

03-06-2011 05:16:51 | More by Guden
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therica

Maryland

4.1/5  rDev +19.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Okay, looks like I'm going to be waaaay above the power-curve on this rating. 3 bottles from the Spring 2011 12-pack, 3 nights. The first two were stunning but I ruined the effect of the 3rd bottle by having a strong Mountaineer Vandalia dark hoppy ale before it. But overall this stuff was great, in my experience. In fact, I was totally psyched.

A= dark brown, slightly glassy, nice tan head.

S= overwhelming hops florals, caramel and dark malts with chocolate.

T= repeating the nose, a really nice mix of hops florals, modest bitters, toasted malts, caramel, coffee, chocolate, very nice.

M= light caramel, loads of hops florals and some reasonable bitters to savor; dark chocolate/coffee.

D= I'd go session on this if I could find it sold separately. Having to buy a 12-pack mix just to get 6 decent beers (3 ea Demo & Vinyl), 3 okay (Circus Boy) and 3 crappo (#9) that I hate is ridiculous. Maybe Magic Hat will wake up on this idiotic strategy as well.

Serving type: bottle

03-02-2011 23:55:10 | More by therica
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vicsju1991

Pennsylvania

4.05/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Duvel snifter
A -huge expresso head, jet black body good retention and lacing
S - roasted malts, a little coffee
T - mostly coffee and roasted malts, tastes much more like a porter than the other black ipas i have had,
M - easy to drink very full and smooth
O - good interesting beer, would have accepted it as a hoppy porter or a black ipa

Serving type: bottle

01-20-2012 01:55:02 | More by vicsju1991
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mattgreger

Pennsylvania

4.05/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Purchased this brew within the Magic Hat Spring Sampler pack.

This brew poured a dark brown, almost black color. It had a nice fluffy mocha colored head, that lasted for quite a bit and left some great sticky lacing on the glass while drinking the brew. So far its looking really good.

After the pour this brew gets better, it has a a nice roasted coffee flavor that has notes of caramel throughout. It almost smells like a porter. Very toasty smelling brew with a nice kick of hops.

I am really enjoying this brew. It has some great flavors, which are all roasted/toasted, blending really well with the hoppiness of the brew. When its being called an IPA, im still kinda confused, but who cars. this brew is pretty good. Its almost as mix. It has the nice toasted flavors of a porter, but hoppy character that gives it some life. I like it a lot, especially at it warms.

The mouthful on this brew is great. With a nice carbonation that has some life that balances this complex brew very well. I think if the brew had some carbonation added, it would put this as on of my top brews to date, at least in this style. Still very good none the less.

The drink on this brew is pretty good. A beer drinker who isn't into hoppy brews, might shy away, but anyone else should definitly give this brew a try. Its got great flavors, while remaining balanced and having a nice crisp finish. I will certainly enjoy the other bottles in my sampler.

Serving type: bottle

03-13-2011 03:46:53 | More by mattgreger
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hosehead83

Ohio

4.03/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a standard pint glass.
Dark brown/black in color, with a big rocky head of tan foam.
Aroma-Dark toasted malt
Taste-Roasted malt, coffee, subtle citrus note. Big roasty finish. Could have used a bigger dose of hops in my opinion for a bit better balance.

Serving type: bottle

01-30-2012 17:21:34 | More by hosehead83
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WaydeRafnel

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +16.3%

01-30-2012 09:09:52 | More by WaydeRafnel
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LateComer


4/5  rDev +16.3%

05-05-2012 23:12:17 | More by LateComer
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SopwithCamel18

Michigan

4/5  rDev +16.3%

03-28-2012 02:43:43 | More by SopwithCamel18
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dave00100

Vermont

4/5  rDev +16.3%

12-10-2011 18:17:27 | More by dave00100
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Ablackbrew

New York

4/5  rDev +16.3%

11-23-2011 03:32:17 | More by Ablackbrew
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Another6Pack

Michigan

4/5  rDev +16.3%

11-26-2011 14:36:16 | More by Another6Pack
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aboji

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev +16.3%

03-04-2012 23:42:39 | More by aboji
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Tpsauer

New Jersey

4/5  rDev +16.3%

02-25-2012 21:23:44 | More by Tpsauer
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Bilco

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev +16.3%

11-25-2011 12:29:28 | More by Bilco
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jwc215

Wisconsin

4/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours black with brown hues and a foamy thick head that slowly descends to a bubbly cover. Wispy lacing sticks.

The smell is of robust, deep-roasted coffee with some earthy, herbal notes that blend well.

The taste is very roasty - stops just short of burnt. The hops and roasted malt blend to leave a long, bitter, dry finish.

It is robust - hits full-bodied. Alcohol well-covered. Almost silky, though there is a slight sharpness to it.

I have found that there is sometimes a conflict between the hops and roasted malt in this style, but not so much so here.
I do prefer "American Black Ale" over "Black IPA". But, regardless, this is an enjoyable hoppy, roasted black ale. Roasty and bitter, but not overwhelmingly so.

Serving type: bottle

03-30-2012 00:28:24 | More by jwc215
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wpopa


4/5  rDev +16.3%

05-03-2012 21:33:02 | More by wpopa
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dirtydisk

Michigan

4/5  rDev +16.3%

02-04-2012 04:04:37 | More by dirtydisk
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EricClayton

West Virginia

4/5  rDev +16.3%

06-22-2013 06:40:06 | More by EricClayton
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Maseitz

Delaware

4/5  rDev +16.3%

05-02-2012 01:02:53 | More by Maseitz
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TheBeard89

Alabama

4/5  rDev +16.3%

03-23-2012 05:17:39 | More by TheBeard89
Demo from Magic Hat Brewing Company
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