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Demo - Magic Hat Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
79
okay

401 Ratings
THE BROS
89
very good

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Ratings: 401
Reviews: 139
rAvg: 3.44
pDev: 15.12%
Wants: 5
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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Photo of weeare138
3.25/5  rDev -5.5%

Appears a dark brown with a ruby hue when held to the light. Streams of co2 quickly rise to the top. A pillowy beige head slowly fades out.
Smells pretty good. Cocoa, toasted nuts, herbs, pine needles, and a blast of ripe peach.
Taste is of the aromas with sweetness up front that quickly becomes a tad muddled with roasted chestnuts and herbal bitterness.
Mouthfeel is medium bodied, bitter, astringent, and mineral laden.

weeare138, Feb 25, 2011
Photo of phantomwyse
3.25/5  rDev -5.5%

A: Pours a very, very dark brown body with tawny highlights. Two finger beige head rises quickly and sticks around.

S: The first thing that hits is a whiff of bitterness, slightly citrus and acidic quickly followed by a heavy dose of malts that smell of chocolate and coffee.

T: Light pine, almost dusty. Chocolate powder, instant coffee, malted milk. To be honest, this tastes more like a hoppy porter than an IPA.

M: Medium bodied, slightly dry.

D: It's a decent tasting beer, and as always I appreciate Magic Hat mixing things up a bit, but I fear this is a tad bit off the mark.

phantomwyse, Feb 24, 2011
Photo of mrpolarbear
2.05/5  rDev -40.4%

A: Dark brown body, acceptable head & lacing

S: Slight coffee/caramel aroma, somewhat weak

T: Malty, roasted flavor. Hops are very subdued, a twinge on the back-end, but too little too late.

M: Rather thin, balance seemed off.

D: Drinkable, but would not receive an 'encore'.

I've enjoyed the other Magic Hat 'IPA on tour' offerings, but this one truly misses the mark. As others have stated, it presents more like a porter, which is fine & well, as long as you really aren't expecting/wanting that hoppy IPA experience.

mrpolarbear, Feb 23, 2011
Photo of vfgccp
3.5/5  rDev +1.7%

Best by Mar 31, 2011. Drank Feb 16, 2011.

A - Dr. Pepper in color. A khaki head pours about 2 fingers high and settles into a ½ finger of creamy, fine bubble foam that sticks through the drink. Nice lace.

S - Light, slightly earthy. Hint of roast. Surprisingly little hop.

T - A coffee-like bitterness and pine up front. Solid coffee and dark toast through the mid profile, with a touch of caramel. Has a nice milk chocolate flavor deep in the finish.

M - Medium-light body with a pleasant bitterness that doesn't build aggressively throughout the drink.

D - Nice balance and good flavor lead to on-par drinkability.

vfgccp, Feb 21, 2011
Photo of AlCaponeJunior
3.43/5  rDev -0.3%

Dark reddish brown, mostly clear, small rising bubbles, decent head and lacing.

Smells like a hoppy porter, with hops, roasted caramel malts, coffee and chocolate.

A bit more porter like and less hoppy than expected from the smell. Smooth roasted and caramel malts, accented by coffee, dark chocolate, and a fair amount of bitter hops flavor.

Feel wise it's tangy and light bodied, with a slight warming effect despite the ABV.

Drinks not too shabby. Not my favorite but not bad at all. Great in the mixer 12 packs.

AlCaponeJunior, Feb 21, 2011
Photo of ngeunit1
3.48/5  rDev +1.2%

A - Pours a dark brown black color with a finger of frothy tan-brown head. The head has pretty good retention and laces nicely.

S - Aroma is full of sweet lightly roasted carmel malts. There is also some sweet chocolate and some coffee elements that break through.

T - Starts off with some chocolate flavor and some roasted sweet carmel malts. A little bit of coffee flavor in the background. Just a touch of hops come through in the middle with more chocolate flavor and roasted flavor. The finish is fairly sweet with a some brown sugar flavor and toffee malt. Finish feels a little bit off.

M - Medium-light to medium bodied with moderate assertive carbonation. Feels even a bit creamy at times with a slightly syrupy finish left behind.

D - Fairly drinkable. Resembles more of a porter than an American Black Ale with the rather low hop presence. The flavors are pretty nice up finish with feels a bit off.

ngeunit1, Feb 19, 2011
Photo of stingrayvr6
3.4/5  rDev -1.2%

Poured this into a pint glass. Not sure what to make of it, sold as an IPA but resembles a porter in appearance. Very dark brown, even black with a reddish hint. Great creamy heady. Smell chocolate, burned sugar, molasses, coffee and some citrusy hops. Taste of coffee dryness up front coats the mouth preparing for some chocolaty sweetness then the coffee blends with hop citrus in the finish. Not sure what to make of it, a bit on the light side but a good session brew.

stingrayvr6, Feb 18, 2011
Photo of weller1js
3.9/5  rDev +13.4%

appearance: pours a dark brown, partially opaque with visible floating sediment; lighter carbonation, bubbly head leaving a bubbly-foam lacing.

smell: piney hops and malts are slightly toasty, tickles the nose readily easily.

taste: hop sensation is immediate, blending with the mild toasty-earthy malt taste, progressing to a light, tangy-hop bitterness in the finish, surprisingly balanced.

drinkability: darker than a typical IPA, the character of the malts successfully complements the well-hopped taste, very drinkable.

weller1js, Feb 18, 2011
Photo of Hellabeerguzzler
2/5  rDev -41.9%

Had this at a tasting tonight in a small glass. I was intrigued by the color obviously for an IPA but as I tasted it I realized it was the newer "dark ale" or whatever it's formally being called. I've had a few of these now and this was the worst.

Appearance was nothing to speak about. There was a head and it left some lacing but it looked how I would expect a beer with that much carbonation to look. Nothing frothy and generous but just some traditional bubbles that faded moderately

The smell was very diluted. I wet the tip of my nose just trying to get a strong enough smell to discern anything regarding the aroma. There was not much there. Some burnt malt with a little fizz and some deeply buried hops.

The taste was not a whole lot more exciting than the nose. A little burnt malt with some coffee hinting with the hops so far in the back, it "pales" in comparison to finer ales.

Mouthfeel was like soda pop. Not much body and nothing left on the palate to speak of.

Drinkability - yes, you can drink it. But I doubt you'll be rushing out of your seat for seconds.

2's across the board. Not impressed. But I've never been extremely impressed with Magic Hat in general. Not to mention this style has a long way to go before it's close to being perfected. There is potential here, but this has a ways to go in my opinion.

Hellabeerguzzler, Feb 18, 2011
Photo of lordofthewiens
3.13/5  rDev -9%

Part of the new 12 pack.
Enjoy by Apr 30 2011.
Oh boy. Another black IPA. In a pint glass the beer was a dark brown color with a thin tan head. There was a bunch of light brown particulate matter suspended in the beer.
Roasted malt aroma with some floral/herbal hops.
Chocolate and coffee taste, late piney hops.
Pretty bitter (and not in a nice way) mouthfeel.
This was unappetizing and didn't taste that great. I've had two, and I'm going to try to palm off the last one on my son-in-law.

lordofthewiens, Feb 16, 2011
Photo of Reverand
3/5  rDev -12.8%

So another I.P.A from Magic Hat. I was eager to try this somewhat new style, a black I.P.A.
Demo poured beautifully. Deep black color with a really nice tannish head. Belgian lace draped down the inside of the glass.
Not much in aroma a little smokiness and a slight hint of hops. Where's the hops?
The mouthfeel is a bit thin for this style.

Overall a decent beer certainly not what I was expecting.

Reverand, Feb 12, 2011
Photo of ktrillionaire
3.83/5  rDev +11.3%

A - Another 'IPA On Tour' series brew, I've had quite a few. I am shocked when a nearly black brew comes out capped with a mocha head; I didn't know it was a Black IPA. The beer is a bit ruddy looking for the CDA/ABA style. It seems to present a look like I would expect from a Porter.

S - The nose tells me this is not like most of the other CDAs I've had in that it has taken on a lot of roasted characteristics from the dark malt, not just color as is often the case.

T - The taste reinforces elements found in the aroma such as prominent roastiness and coffee-chicory notes. There is also a grassy, green hoppiness, reminiscent of fresh-cut grass or aloe sap. I am a huge fan of the malt, not so much of the hop.

M - Medium-bodied and sharply carbonated. It could've been a bit softer in the effervescence dept. Otherwise, it is good.

D - Another solid offering from the 'On Tour' series, which is just about the only thing MH puts out that is worth drinking these days.

ktrillionaire, Feb 09, 2011
Photo of DrDemento456
3.78/5  rDev +9.9%

I guess this is the last beer on the IPA on tour and since most offerings were good I picked it up.

A - Wow a nice murky brown which I didn't expect with a nice inch of head that turns to a sticky ring.

S - Nothing really stands out, mild roast malts with a touch of chocolate... no hops? Isn't this suppose to be an IPA?

T - Well it's not bad. Nice taste of mentioned roasted malts maybe a bit of chocolate but hops taste pretty subdued. Slight if anything.

M - Light to medium, pretty drinkable.

D - Not something I would pick up again. I really liked the Encore better and hoped this was kind of like this, if anything a black IPA but with roasted malts to the extreme it doesn't seem to even be IPA or Black IPA. Still pretty good and better than BMC.

DrDemento456, Feb 09, 2011
Photo of ms11781
2.8/5  rDev -18.6%

Best by April 30, 2011 on bottle. 12oz bottle into a pint glass.

Pours a murky, dark brown color with a good sized foamy, light brown head. Head dissipates to a thin, tan cap that sticks around and leaves good foamy lacing.

The nose isn't all that strong and consists mainly of a roasted malt aroma. At times it seems like I can pick up some hints of chocolate or coffee but when I look for them again they're gone. No real hop presence.

The taste is more of the same. Roasted malt is prominent and sometimes seems like its the only flavor. Some, and by some I mean very little, hop flavor towards the finish, maybe some slight pine notes. Finishes with a burnt flavor I can't quite put my finger on.

Medium carbonation with a body that is on the higher side of medium gives it a full mouthfeel. Definitely a heavier beer for the style, although not too heavy relative to other beers.

Drinkability is ok. It's not a terrible beer, but it isn't that good for a beer of its style. Definitely somewhere between a brown ale or a stout with a little bit of hops.

ms11781, Feb 06, 2011
Photo of far333
3.35/5  rDev -2.6%

Chestnut colored and opaque with ruby highlights. An oatmeal colored head of low froth rises up minimally and settles slowly leaving legs of lace.

Low aroma of cocoa and caramel, hints of tangerine. Hops morph to pine in the finish. Hints of marshmallow, finishes with a nutty, buttery ringwood nuance. Fairly well-balanced, but leaning more toward malt than hops. Not overly complex. Even mouthfeel, moderate carbonation, finishes slightly tingly. This is a slightly above average beer, fairly tasty, but also pretty forgettable.

far333, Feb 06, 2011
Photo of Brad007
3.13/5  rDev -9%

Pours a dark brown/black color with a one-finger head into my glass. Not quite as black as it should be.

Aroma is a mix of roasted malt and slightly musty/grassy hops. Not too bad.

Lots of roasted malt and a disappointing hop profile to greet the tongue. Overshadowed by the yeast, which adds an undesirable buttery character to the beer.

Mouthfeel is full of lingering butteriness followed by grassy hops and dark malts.

Why did they even bother?

Brad007, Feb 05, 2011
Photo of Gmann
3.3/5  rDev -4.1%

Pours a dark brown color with a bunch of small particles floating about. The head is a toasted khaki color, fairly dense and rocky. Some lacing left on the glass.

The aroma is not very strong, especially for an IPA of sorts. There are light hints of a roasted malt and a barely there hint of hops. There is a bit of a twang in the aroma.

There is a decent hop flavor. Some lime citrus and a leafy fresh hop. There is some cola and roasted nut flavor from the malt, kinda has a home brew flavor to it. Some sour tea like flavors round out the brew.

The feel is light and very carbonated. Sits fairly balanced on the palate, sort of twangy and bitter.

There is some decent flavors and the beer drinks fine. Is it a great "Black Ale", no, not close but its not bad.

Gmann, Feb 05, 2011
Photo of oriolesfan4
2.88/5  rDev -16.3%

Part of the new sampler pack, the new spring beer for Magic Hat. Seems like Black IPA's are the new rage around the breweries, and now that it has become one of my new favorite styles, can't say I really complain.

Pours a very, very dark brown with a tannish head. Smell is of roasted malts. Taste is medium bodied, very stout like. Almost no bitterness or hops can even be detected. Has an almost sweet sort of taste to it, like cocoa powder or coka-cola. Definitely doesn't taste like an IPA and tastes kind of confused overall. I like the style, and this is drinkable for sure, but for me Magic Hat missed the boat here... way too much of a mess.

oriolesfan4, Feb 03, 2011
Photo of chodinheaven
3.2/5  rDev -7%

I like the idea of a black IPA as long as its done as an IPA. This looks nice with a fluffy white head that laces all the way down. Aroma reminds me a weak IPA but I was thinking this might be one of those with a stronger taste. Alas I was disappointed by the lack of hops in the taste. Tastes more like a hoppy stout than an IPA. I'm kind of a hophead though so maybe I'm being a little hard on it. Its decent but I wouldn't get it again.

I'm looking forward to seeing the other IPAs that Magic Hat comes out with though because I know they do good things. I dont think IPA when I think Magic Hat but I will check out their others.

chodinheaven, Feb 03, 2011
Photo of JoeyBeerBelly
2.73/5  rDev -20.6%

12oz bottle served in a standard pint glass.

L - dark brown color with a tight beige head that left a decent amount of lacing behind.

S - roasted malt and a hint of cocoa powder, no real aroma of any hops.

T - roasted malt sweetness upfront with the slightest hint of bitterness midway with an odd bitter to sticky sweet finish.

F - medium bodied with a crisp feel.

D - it went down easy.

JoeyBeerBelly, Feb 03, 2011
Photo of ommegangpbr
3.38/5  rDev -1.7%

The most interesting offering in a Magic Hat sampler pack. I can taste that very similar ingredients were used in all the beers,perhaps just used in different amounts. The scent has a nice sharp punch of hops that doesn't last very long in the flavor.
The over all flavor profile/drinking experience is that of a thin porter. Cola-like sweetness along with some bitter coffee edges.
Soapy flavors and textures are there.
Middle of the road type stuff.

ommegangpbr, Jan 31, 2011
Photo of mbaldwin22
4.4/5  rDev +27.9%

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

mbaldwin22, Jan 30, 2011
Photo of yeahnatenelson
2.28/5  rDev -33.7%

Appearance -- Pours a rich dark hue with a fizzy khaki head. LOTS of chocolate brown sediment.

Smell -- Burnt malt, cocoa, brown sugar, and spearmint. Smells very much like a garden variety porter. Not bad, but where is the hop aroma?

Taste -- Burnt malt, coffee grounds, ash, mild molasses sweetness, dry grass, and citrus zest. Lingering flavors of burnt toast and grapefruit pith.

Mouthfeel -- Medium-light in body, ample fizzy carbonation. Not that great.

Drinkability -- IPA must still be on tour. As a general dark beer, it's average, but to claim that this is a Black IPA is a stretch. Beyond not having enough hop assertiveness for an IPA, the malt is so burnt and ashy that it's difficult to finish. Not a fan.

yeahnatenelson, Jan 28, 2011
Photo of nriech
3.7/5  rDev +7.6%

I havent particularly a fan of Magic Hat but this one puts me back in the mindset of being willing to try more.

Nice soft brown, hazy color, slight head.

Malty nose, a little floral, a little yeasty.

Good malt backbone for the style, maybe a little lacking in lasting flavor. Good carbonation. Very drinkable. A good gateway beer so being in the mix case is a good idea. It could use a little more hop in the flavor though.

nriech, Jan 24, 2011
Photo of rowingbrewer
2.63/5  rDev -23.5%

This beer pours a dark brown with extremely thin white head that disappears almost immediately

The smell is all roasted malt like its a porter or a stout, there is no evidence of hops in this beer at all.

the taste is pretty close to the smell, all malt and roast malt to the taste there is no bitterness and no hops. Did they forget to add the hops to this beer?

mouthfeel is a little above avergae and drinkability is average. if you are looking for a basic stout or porter by all means pick up a six pack, but if you want a good black ipa go with hoppy feet

rowingbrewer, Jan 17, 2011
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