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Demo - Magic Hat Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
79
okay

398 Ratings
THE BROS
89
very good

(view ratings)
Ratings: 398
Reviews: 139
rAvg: 3.44
pDev: 15.12%


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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ThomasMetal75

Massachusetts

3.03/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

A- Nothing more than a black porter color. Had a nice head, but quickly died. Nice lacing for a while.

S- Porter smell. Very malty. No hops, but thee is a faint spice note. A tiny bit of alcohol nose is present, not much.

T- It's a porter. Not even a IPA in quality. Very malty with the faint spice that was detected in the nose.

M- Medium body. The Demo is too carbonated, and not smooth enough to make the porter flavors creamy in feel. Not really all that refreshing.

*I will not be seeking out this beer again. My brother somehow acquired a case of it, and I do thank him for it, but it's just not for me. It's not like a Black IPA at all; it's more of a porter. It's too harsh and carbonated in the mouthfeel and somewhat weak in the flavor to be something I'd want to keep around after my household is done drinking the case.*

Serving type: bottle

07-01-2012 19:33:01 | More by ThomasMetal75
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yesyouam

New York

3.3/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Magic Hat Demo Black IPA is a solid black beer with a bubbly light brown foam that has outstanding retention and lacing. It smells mostly of dark roast and licorice. It's grainy and grassy. The smooth medium body gets a little chalky toward the finish. There's lots of dark roasted flavor like you'd find in an Imperial Stout. There's a juniper bitterness that gets a little poisonous in the finish. This is not what I expect from something called a Black IPA. There wasn't really any hop aroma. A lot of the flavor seem to come from dark, complex malts. Call this something else.

[previous rating March 2011) Magic Hat Demo is a very dark brown ale that's nearly opaque. It's topped with a thin, bubbly, khaki foam that leaves outstanding lacing on the glass. It has a roasty aroma with a sweet caramel note. Coffee and chocolate are present, along with a hint of grassy hops. It has a foamy medium body. The finish is a little astringent. It's pretty sweet and quite chocolatey. There's a healthy amount of green bitterness in this. There's an sftertaste of dark chocolate. It's pretty good, but ultimately the flavors don't work very well together.

Serving type: bottle

05-25-2012 14:15:38 | More by yesyouam
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barnzy78

Illinois

3.85/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle, pours dark brown/chestnut in color, capped with a frothy tan head that holds great retention and leaves good chunky lacing n the glass. Downside to the appearance is chunks of yeast particulates suspended throughout the body of the ale. Aromas are roasted malt, anise, dark chocolate, some fruitiness. Tastes are dark fruit, cherry, dark chocolate, anise, leathery earthiness, piny bitterness on the finish. The bittersweet dark chocolate lingers with the pine on the palate, creating a nice complex balance to the ale. Medium bodied, creamy but resiny towards the end. Overall, nice offering from Magic Hat - one of the better ones I've had from this brewery.

Serving type: bottle

05-25-2012 03:08:05 | More by barnzy78
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scootny

New York

3.8/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark clear fluid. Huge head lots of lace and retention. Smell is dark malts with brown breadiness. An English style fruitiness in the yeast. Light notes of coffee and chocolate. A bit mild for an IPA. Taste is full of char and firm hops with a super malty nut brown core. Toffee sweetness. Mocha flowing into full coffee flavors bloom on my tongue. Hops are a unique combo of leafy with grapfruit. Finish is dry and somewhat short with a lingering dark roasted grain malt and mild grapefruit hoppiness. Feel is mildly carbonated like an English cask ale with a gentle touch of creaminess. A touch of thickness in a medium weight ale gives a nice body. Quite drinkable and tasty. Very English in character and subtly satisfying. Just seems to be missing a big distinguishing quality about it to set it apart. Then again does it need to. Well done MH, a very nice beer

Serving type: bottle

05-23-2012 03:27:49 | More by scootny
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NeroFiddled

Pennsylvania

3.85/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Magic Hat Demo
12 oz. bottle, freshness code ink-jetted on neck of bottle.
"BLACK I.P.A."

Appearance: Very dark brown body beneath a creamy tan cap (current style guidelines call for a "white to off-white" head). It's obviously got some body to it as I can see particles in suspension. Very fine bubbled carbonation.

Smell: Roastiness like cold black coffee, char, minimal hoppiness that's semi-floral and kind of like wet foliage.

Taste: Dark chocolate with a fruity edge (blackberry, perhaps currant, some orange) upfront and across the middle. A dry, charcoal-like roastiness allows for just a medium-level bitterness to balance it. There are some low-level hops in the background that emerge in the finish as the dark malt fades, with more orange-like citrus and a bit of spice (unless that's the alcohol), followed by more leafy and floral character.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied and smooth with a moderate, fine-bubbled carbonation.

Overall: While it's not a bad beer (it's actually pretty enjoyable), I certainly wouldn't label it as a "black I.P.A.". It's just too roasty with that charred dryness to it (how they got that using chocolate malt as their darkest malt, I don't know). And honestly, I don't think there are enough hops to it. It works on the bitterness side because of the drying quality of the roastiness, but the flavor hops shouldn't be relegated to the finish, they should be right up-front. And the complete lack of hops in the nose is almost unacceptable for a black IPA, it should be full of piney and resinous Pacific northwest hops. On the other hand, beer is beer, and experimentation is good, so taking it just at a hedonistic level I'd say it's my favorite Magic Hat beer.

Serving type: bottle

05-17-2012 14:02:18 | More by NeroFiddled
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alanmarks

Nebraska

3.9/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Think of an English IPA who married an American Stout in Burton-On-Trent. If you are looking for a Dark Caskadian Ale, this ain't it. It's not an "in your face" IPA, but a more subtle and digified English IPA with notes of coffee and roast. Finishes quite dry for me, a surpoisingly good beer with lunch, not to heavy but full on flavors.

Serving type: bottle

05-08-2012 16:42:31 | More by alanmarks
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BeerKangaroo

Alaska

3.9/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Into a pint glass:

A: deep dark black colored body with a small tan head that lasted for a good full minute. What there is of the lacing is spotty and slides down the glass slowly. No rings are left.

S: basically roasted coffee beans with a bit of dark chocolate. The hops are very faint in the background.

T: dominated by the roasted coffee beans with some malts coming back.

M: medium with a decent level of carbonation felt, mostly smooth and very creamy.

O: this is definitely one of the better offerings from Magic Hat. However, I think the hops are a bit weak for it to be an American Black Ale.

Serving type: bottle

05-04-2012 19:20:53 | More by BeerKangaroo
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chefhatt

Pennsylvania

3.03/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I poured this into a pint glass , it has a nice black body with a small tan head that hangs around and laces the glass really well. The smell is of roasted malt with a very slight hint of hops. The taste is very dominate of the roasted malts. They give it a nice rich roasted and chocolate flavor. There are no hops present in the taste. The mouth feel is good and overall this is a good beer, just not tasting like a ipa.
This is the last of ipa on tour that i had to try and by far it is my least favorite.

Serving type: bottle

04-30-2012 02:00:41 | More by chefhatt
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HopDevilfan

Pennsylvania

1.8/5  rDev -47.7%
look: 2 | smell: 1 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Reminds me of yuengling porter. Dark pour. No smell taste is weak. This is not what I would expect from an IPA. I'm glad I got the spring fever variety pack. I do not know what I would do. If I had to drink a whole class of this stuff. Completely did not meet expectations.

Serving type: bottle

04-28-2012 21:56:13 | More by HopDevilfan
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FrankLloydMike

Massachusetts

3.65/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a deep, mahogany, not quite black, with a moderate fluffy tan head that sticks around for awhile.

S: Faint, but pleasant. Begins as it ends: notes of roast coffee, a bit of dark chocolate, maybe some dark fruit, with hits of piney hops in the middle.

T: The dark, roasty malts dominate here, even more than in the smell. There's some hop bitterness and hints of the pine I'd expect, but they're secondary to the malts. The overall taste is not sweet or hoppy, but mostly a dark, roasted malt bitterness.

M: Medium-bodied, good level of carbonation, fairly smooth.

O: A pretty nice beer, but maltier and with less of the citrus/piney hop balance found in the best American Black Ales. I'd gladly have it again, though, and it's easily the best offering I've had from Magic Hat.

Serving type: bottle

04-26-2012 19:23:44 | More by FrankLloydMike
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russpowell

Oklahoma

3.63/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours an effervescent mahogany with 3 fingers of tan colored head. Good head retention & lacing

S: Brown head, charred grain & coffee, dark fruit

T: Roasty grain, brown bread, some carob notes & dryness, as well as woody hops up front. Dark fruit notes, & more woody hops, plus some herbal notes, some black currant as well. Finishes dry, woody, fruitty, with a little carob sweetness

MF: Medium bodied, firm carbonation, good balance

This is a different kind of Black ale, I do like it. Easily the best beer I've had from these guys in years

Serving type: bottle

04-22-2012 04:41:54 | More by russpowell
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ADemshar


2.18/5  rDev -36.6%
look: 3 | smell: 1 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Alright, I just got this out of a Magic Hat variety pack. I was excited to try their black IPA. Unfortunately I detect no odor whatsoever. The taste is more like a weak porter more than an IPA. Bottom line this beer blows. This is the first Magic Hat I have ever had and I don't think I will be back.

Serving type: bottle

04-20-2012 23:30:44 | More by ADemshar
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homebrew311

Illinois

2.68/5  rDev -22.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Grabbed this as part of a mix 6 for the purpose of reviewing. Pours black, like a stout, some cocoa colored head with fair retention. The nose is predominantly roasty with notes of chocolate and roasted barley. I am not getting the big hop profile that I'd expect from an ABA, instead this smells more like a porter/stout. The taste is roasty like the nose with a very mellow flavor. Some hop character makes its way to the surface towards the finish, but it seems to clash with the roasted profile that is happening. This brew has an identity crisis, as the dark malts and the piney hops compete for the spotlight. With that being said, the balance is a little off. The mouthfeel is thin with moderate carbonation. There is a wateriness to this beer as well. Overall, I would say pass on this. Magic Hat certainly does some interesting things on the branding/marketing side of things, but the product inside the bottle is lackluster and forgettable.

Serving type: bottle

04-17-2012 06:30:05 | More by homebrew311
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scruffwhor

Illinois

3.38/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Very dark brown to, indeed black in color. Quick head. Jus a little foam after a couple of sips.

A bit creamy on the roasty malt end. Very toasty too. Heavy on bread crust. Maybe some earthy hops.

Roasty malt and mild hop bitter bite upfront. The roast takes on a nice roasted coffee quality. But the palate lacks body and gets watery from the middle to the finish. Good roasted and toasted malt bill though. Easy to drink and enjoy.

Serving type: bottle

04-17-2012 04:47:32 | More by scruffwhor
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thebrood1987

New Jersey

4.28/5  rDev +24.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-15-2012 23:31:30 | More by thebrood1987
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ChrisPratz

Pennsylvania

2.93/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

My first Black IPA, and Magic Hat has made some good and tasty brews. Lets see how this one goes.

A: Appearance was very dark, no transparency whatsoever. Thick full finger of bubbly head with lacing that continued halfway thru the brew. Very nice on the eyes, almost reminds me of a coffeehouse concoction you pay a barista to make.

S: Very mild. Couldn't pick up much, but had some hints of roasted coffee and some other earthy tones. Beer wasn't ice cold when I opened it. Kept whisking it around in the glass as I drank, hoping it would get a bit aromatic with warmth but that wasn't really the case.

T: Some sweet/bitterness at the beginning, leading into roasted flavors. Coffee, chocolate, some nuttyness as well. Maybe a hint of pine, or maybe my palette is confusing the bitter roasts with the sweet/bitter fruit? Not unejoyable but im not tasting much hoppyness here. Bottle says black IPA, while its labeled as an American Black Ale. Most of whats coming thru on my tongue is the roasted flavors and mild sweetness.

M: Average amount of carbonation, and despite the ABV doesn't leave a very dry feeling.

O: Giving this a 3. Granted its my first Black IPA, I was hoping for more on the nose and a bit more taste. Would be interested in trying it on tap to compare.

Serving type: bottle

04-14-2012 01:02:34 | More by ChrisPratz
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wedge

North Carolina

3.65/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

"Nuthin' to It but to do it!"

Very dark, opaque brown color under a huge, chunky, milk-shake head. Lacing all the way down the glass. Light grassy hops over some roasted malt, creamy coffee, and nuts. Quite mild overall, though it improves as it warms. Heavier roast in the flavor: bitter chocolate, black malt, and some piney hops laying underneath. Much nicer as it warms up. Dry, smooth, medium body. Although this isn't much of a "Black IPA", it is a tasty beer. I could drink a few of these and be perfectly happy.

Serving type: bottle

04-10-2012 00:15:51 | More by wedge
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beerthulhu

New Jersey

3.05/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: Coffee black pour has a fizzy weak khaki colored head that is quick to dissipate. Lackluster appeal, no lacing, meh.

S: Medicinal & coffee notes with a decent amount of roasty nature, but offers little in the way of hop presence for a supposed Cascadian ipa.

T: Acidic coffee, milky bitter chocolate roast that is smooth and dark. Dark bitter fruit, some smooth wet charred silt, as with the nose the hops are hard to distinguish, playing second fiddle to the roasty malt.

M: Tingly carbonation, dark and roasty warmth with a light body. Nice leave on the tongue.

O: Overall would make for a good stout, nice dark malt base, hops seem to be forgotten. Wouldn’t bother with a six pack purchase here, single struggles enough to hold your attention to the end. Stout and porter fans may find this suitable as a dark easy treat to swallow, just don’t expect the hops to jump out at you.

Serving type: bottle

04-09-2012 22:31:51 | More by beerthulhu
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tdm168

North Carolina

3.18/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours a dark black with a quarter of an inch of brown, dense, foamy head that has great retention. The nose is faintly roasty with a creamy, butterscotch note. The flavor is exactly the same. There is also a mild, astringent finish. The mouthfeel is medium bodied, smooth, and crisp.

There isn't much flavor or balance here. The flavor is dominated by a big butterscotch creaminess which isn't pleasing. The hop character is mild, but harshly bitter when it wants to be. Overall, I'm not a big fan of this one.

Serving type: bottle

04-09-2012 21:58:31 | More by tdm168
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Tone

Missouri

3.63/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a black color. Two inch head of a tan color. Great retention and great lacing. Smells of sweet malt, hint of chocolate, slight roasted malt, slight hops, and a hint of earthy malt. Mouth feel is sharp and crisp, with an average carbonation level. Tastes of roasted malt, hops, sweet malt, and a hint of pale malt. Overall, good aroma, but lacking in body.

Serving type: bottle

04-09-2012 19:07:51 | More by Tone
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puboflyons

New Hampshire

3.6/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

The message under the bottle cap was a warning: "If you imbibe, Let Others Drive." I thought I was drinking an American Black Ale but it really feels more like a Porter. The pour is incredibly dark brown to practically black with a silky head the disappears after a few moments. The aroma is of dark malts, smoke, coffee, and a bit of hops. The body was in the medium range. The taste came across as dark malts and coffee much like the aroma with a moderate bitterness coating the palate. I found it to be a fascinating beer.

Serving type: bottle

04-07-2012 01:01:25 | More by puboflyons
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RoamingGnome

Wisconsin

3.3/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From Tasting Notes... Poured from 12 oz bottle into CBS snifter. This was served slightly chilled.

A) Black with a finger of tan head that settled pretty rapidly to a dusting. There was some light lacing.

S) What I mostly got fom the aroma was deep roast, slightly burnt, with a little pine and grass. Not bad...

T) Quite a bit of roast and a charred flavor. Hop bitterness is present in pine and even lighter citrus. Pretty earthy flavors. The aftertaste lingers in a negative way.

M) Medium body with a good amount of carbonation. This had some tingle, more crisp than smooth. Slightly dry finish.

O) I can't say I enjoyed this all that much, but it was okay. I would not go out of my way for another bottle.

Serving type: bottle

04-06-2012 12:17:41 | More by RoamingGnome
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tastybeer

North Carolina

3.38/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This beer isn't bad. Looks are good... Big inch high tan foam head, great looking lacing, and decent head retention. The beer itself is deep brown in color and somewhat hazy, from what I can see given the dark color. Aroma is of chocolate, licorice, caramel, and leather. Hop aromas are fairly faint. Taste is comprised of mainly chocolate mixed with tobacco and piney hops. Maybe some residual citrus rind. This also has a bit of an earthy feel in both smell and taste. Texture is chalky, kind of resinous, and dry. Medium, even bitterness is evident. I would appreciate a fuller body on this. Along with that a thicker malt base would be welcome not to mention some more flavor hops. I wouldn't be against having this again at all, but I've definitely had superior black ales/IPAs. This beer has a lot of separate parts that could come together more seamlessly. So, overall, not bad and not great.

Serving type: bottle

04-05-2012 00:25:55 | More by tastybeer
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JackieTH

Minnesota

3.48/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours a clear black with bits of yeast sediment suspended. Foams up with a tan head. Attractive lacing. Smell is caramel, chocolate, roast malt with a mild vein of citric hop. Taste zings the buds with a fleeting citric hop but too quickly subdued then the buds are infused with carbon black, charcoal, possibly faint chocolate malt, sweetness and, I think..anise. Body is a bit on the light side. It doesn't hold together well. Carbonation is good. Finish is actually quite clean with a subtle lingering bitterness. I'm not sure what to make of this concoction. There are much better and more straightforward black IPAs out there, but this one is interesting in its own right.

Serving type: bottle

04-04-2012 04:48:38 | More by JackieTH
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cjgator3

Florida

3.78/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle

A- Pours a dark black color with a large light tan head with great retention and lacing.

S- The aroma is dark roasted malts, hints of coffee and sweet chocolate. With this being a "black IPA" I was expecting more hops.

T- The taste is dark and roasty with a good amount of bitterness in the finish from the hops. Tastes good!

M- The mouthfeel is light to medium bodied with a good amount of carbonation.

O- Overall, Demo is a tasty beer. Worth a try!

Serving type: bottle

04-02-2012 03:21:00 | More by cjgator3
Demo from Magic Hat Brewing Company
79 out of 100 based on 398 ratings.