Demo - Magic Hat Brewing Company
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3.33/5 rDev -3.2%
From the mixed 12 pack, poured into a pint glass, the beer is dark brown a beige head and tons of sediment. Is that supposed to be in there? It covers the bottom of the glass and is suspended through out.
Roasted malts and dark fruit in the nose. For a black IPA, I'm not getting many hops.
The taste is of roasted malts, a bit of coffee, raisins and brown sugar. This would be a decent brown or black ale, but I do want a few hops in my IPA.
The mouth has heft, but the sediment is course.
All-in-all, this was a bit of a miss for me.
07-04-2012 00:26:57 | More by Redrover
3.03/5 rDev -11.9%
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.*
07-01-2012 19:33:01 | More by ThomasMetal75
3.35/5 rDev -2.6%
I had a sixteen ounce pour of this at the Amsterdam Ale House in Manhattan's Upper West Side. It was listed as a Black IPA, which I thought was a little bit of an exaggeration. Not quite as hoppy as that.
Color was very dark with a dark head as well. Nice carbonation at first but it dissipated pretty quickly.
Aroma was of light hops and some dark roast. Not bad but i wished I was getting more from it.
Flavor also featured some roast and a little bit of hops. The balance was good but the overall flavor was not among my favorites.
Overall an ok beer. Try it if you see it but didn't blow me away.
06-25-2012 19:21:59 | More by david18
3.3/5 rDev -4.1%
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.
05-25-2012 14:15:38 | More by yesyouam
Demo from Magic Hat Brewing Company
79 out of 100 based on 400 ratings.