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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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BigRob329

Connecticut

3.75/5  rDev +9%

05-25-2012 03:34:59 | More by BigRob329
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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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Jumski

New York

3.5/5  rDev +1.7%

05-24-2012 19:53:54 | More by Jumski
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Joshhod


3.5/5  rDev +1.7%

05-23-2012 21:39:40 | More by Joshhod
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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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swgwilt

Tennessee

3/5  rDev -12.8%

05-23-2012 03:20:18 | More by swgwilt
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FuturePilot


3.5/5  rDev +1.7%

05-21-2012 23:21:21 | More by FuturePilot
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EnjoiThePureTrip

Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev +9%

05-19-2012 05:14:54 | More by EnjoiThePureTrip
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nstroup

Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev +23.5%

05-18-2012 05:51:57 | More by nstroup
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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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Horbar

Rhode Island

3.5/5  rDev +1.7%

05-16-2012 22:25:40 | More by Horbar
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FeelinSurley

Minnesota

3.5/5  rDev +1.7%

05-16-2012 00:23:47 | More by FeelinSurley
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GuidedByBill

Massachusetts

3.25/5  rDev -5.5%

05-13-2012 02:45:40 | More by GuidedByBill
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jaay


3.5/5  rDev +1.7%

05-11-2012 19:45:56 | More by jaay
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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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MouthfulOfchris

Texas

3.25/5  rDev -5.5%

05-07-2012 13:14:20 | More by MouthfulOfchris
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bvlaminck

Pennsylvania

2.75/5  rDev -20.1%

05-07-2012 01:33:06 | More by bvlaminck
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TheDarkKnight

Delaware

4.5/5  rDev +30.8%

05-06-2012 12:29:02 | More by TheDarkKnight
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LateComer


4/5  rDev +16.3%

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

Oregon

3.25/5  rDev -5.5%

05-05-2012 20:30:41 | More by kylemckinnis
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Gregwa

Massachusetts

3.5/5  rDev +1.7%

05-05-2012 02:54:18 | More by Gregwa
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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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Jkirk790

Indiana

2.75/5  rDev -20.1%

05-04-2012 15:22:29 | More by Jkirk790
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wpopa


4/5  rDev +16.3%

05-03-2012 21:33:02 | More by wpopa
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PeterOrlando92

Wisconsin

3.75/5  rDev +9%

05-02-2012 16:59:29 | More by PeterOrlando92
Demo from Magic Hat Brewing Company
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