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Demo - Magic Hat Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
79
okay

139 Reviews
THE BROS
89
very good

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Reviews: 139
Hads: 403
rAvg: 3.43
pDev: 7.58%
Wants: 6
Gots: 19 | 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:
Beer added by: NEhophead on 01-13-2011

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
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Reviews: 139 | Hads: 403
Photo of barleyroad
3.91/5  rDev +14%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Ah, DARK, like no light in appearance. Very malty in smell, lacking in that hoppy aroma. Mouthfeel is quite interesting, leaving the mouth nicely. The taste is a nice blend of roasted hops.This is a good black IPA, and the hops are grrreat. Indian Pale Ale just got married to a porter, wow. We have the hoppiness of a good IPA and the mellowness of a good porter. (364 characters)

Photo of OneDropSoup
3.95/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Freshness date of April 30, 2011 on the neck. Poured into a tulip pint: A good three-and-a-half fingers of loose-beaded mocha head over black body with deep plum highlights. Some heavy, sticky lacing around the sides.

Nice hoppy aroma, with some cool orange & grapefruit zest, even a little mintiness, over a mild biscuity roast, not too sweet (toast points?).

Some moderate hoppy bitterness in the taste, as well, with the citric characteristics again. The finish is, again, nice roast malt, ends very much like a porter, with a little coffee darkness thrown in. Mmm, I like that - good balance of "light" & "dark" flavors. A little brownie-like aftertaste lingers.

Medium-full-bodied with some action from the hops. Kind of sticks around in the aftertaste with a little astringency, but not bad.

This is the best thing I've had from Magic Hat in a while. A little more porter-ish than a lot of black ales I've had, which is fine with me. Doesn't tip too far in either direction. (984 characters)

Photo of Jason
3.97/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz brown bottle with a freshness date inkjet printed on the neck of the bottle.

Tan head and lacing do a great job with dressing the glass, opaque brown color talks about being black. Stodgy pungent hop nose with a charcoal burnt graininess in the nose. Smooth with some crispness on the backside. Some burnt flavors from the malt, some sweetness as well. Hoppiness is pungent and pulls on the palate. Finish goes towards dry with a clean roasted flavor and lingering hop.

Solid, perhaps one of the best beers Magic Hat has come out with in years. Only gripe is that I expected it to be full on black ... splitting hairs now. (629 characters)

Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.97/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a deep dark brown color, with a thin off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thin lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains roasted malts, grassy hops and some chocolate

T: The taste starts out a sweet milk chocolate flavor and a hearty roasted malt character. The hops presence is mild for the style but complementary and brings a good balance. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

O: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, decent kick, good representation of style, this is a solid beer worth drinking for a while. (680 characters)

Photo of stampfler07
3.98/5  rDev +16%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- Pours very dark brown with a very foamy and thick brown head, some suspended sediment is visible

S- Hints of cocoa, roasted malt, not too much hop

T- Very dark roasted malt, some notes of dark fruit, really light notes aftertaste of cocoa

M- Light in carbonation and body, surprisingly so

O- Not really what I expected at all given the IPA label on the bottle, it's still good though with some nice flavors, very little hop though (437 characters)

Photo of jwc215
4/5  rDev +16.6%
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. (725 characters)

Photo of StonedTrippin
4/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

this beer is definitely underrated here on BA. pours a heady chocolate syrup color with a lot of carbonation. smells like sweet milk chocolate, lots of hops, and smokey burnt malt. flavor is cocoa on the front end with all the hops and roast on the back end. maybe a hint of rye spice in there as well. its balanced and big, but its smooth and drinkable in feel, with a velvet texture and a medium body. overall an excellent late summer beer when the evenings are chilly and a little more oomph is needed. should have higher scores on here. (540 characters)

Photo of hosehead83
4.03/5  rDev +17.5%
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. (285 characters)

Photo of vicsju1991
4.06/5  rDev +18.4%
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 (341 characters)

Photo of mattgreger
4.07/5  rDev +18.7%
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. (1,440 characters)

Photo of therica
4.12/5  rDev +20.1%
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. (963 characters)

Photo of Guden
4.15/5  rDev +21%
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 (728 characters)

Photo of thebrood1987
4.25/5  rDev +23.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

I get that roasted dark coffee/chocolate bitterness even some lactose stout smells followed by citrus floral smells from the hops.

You definitely get the chocolate roasted coffee tastes right up front followed by citrus and piney bitterness. The best thing is how the bitterness from the roasted malts and the bitterness from the hops combine together.

The only thing keeping this beer from being outstanding is the thinner mouthfeel and maybe a LITTLE more hops but im not complaining too much at all. With that being said it seems masterfully crafted the bitterness and roasted qualities coming together in unisen to create honestly my favorite magic hat offering. (668 characters)

Photo of mbaldwin22
4.35/5  rDev +26.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

This is my first Beeradvocate review, I chose to start with this beer because I was absolutely shocked to see the poor reviews it is receiving. Magic Hat's Demo is one of the best new beers I have tasted in a long time.

Appearance: Pours a dark brown/black with a creamy head about one finger width that lasts for the whole beer.

Smell: Smells of hops, chocolate, roasted coffee and roasted malt.

Taste: Excellent. A cross between the smooth richness of a stout with the floral bitterness of an IPA. Strikes an excellent balance between sweet and bitter.

Mouthfeel/drinkability: Highly carbonated, yet smooth. Has a somewhat thin mouthfeel, but the creamy head and rich flavors add a certain depth. Not quite a session beer, but certainly not too heavy to polish off a six-pack.

serving: bottle (802 characters)

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Demo from Magic Hat Brewing Company
79 out of 100 based on 139 ratings.