Black Hart | North Coast Brewing Co.

Black HartBlack Hart
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Black HartBlack Hart

Brewed by:
North Coast Brewing Co.
California, United States

Style: Irish Dry Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): not listed

Availability: Winter

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by BeerManDan on 02-21-2003

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Photo of seaoflament
3.75/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to AgentSteve for this extra. Didn't even know North Coast made this beer. Took it La Bella Pizza last night to share with Joey and Danny.

Pours a black color but not completely dark, some garnet hues can be seen when held to the light. Half an inch of mocha colored foam tops the beer and settles down to a ring. A bit of lacing on the glass.

Lightly roasted coffee, toast, nutty, cream, vanilla, and brown sugar are the most evident aromas I could pick up. Later on there are notes of caramel and biscuit. Very good aroma, very soft and appetizing.

Some light toast flavors upfront followed by toasted malts, roasted barley, coffee, and bits of vanilla. A bit dry in the finish with some medium bitterness. Moderate carbonation and fairly easy to drink. Enjoyable overall

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Photo of decafron
3.33/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

another stout from north coast...count me in! but wait, why is it so cheap ($5.99 a sixer at trader joes)? i had to investigate. is it a fair example of irish stout or american? hmm...

color resembles cola or root beer more than a dark stout. a limp head that dicipated quickly with moderate lacing.

malt, burnt coffee, and a slight hint of dark chocolate on the nose. decent but not exceptional.

taste starts with an almost dish soap (no it wasn't my glass) or hairspray bitterness which quickly turns to roasted malt and a kiss of chocolate again. smooth subtle dry finish is probably it's best quality.

mouthfeel is non-offensive. not much carbonation.

an easy drinking stout that i'd probably buy again. not the best but very good for the price.

not the best effort from north coast

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Photo of Troyone
4/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a black color with a hint of an amber hue, minimal tan head, too dificult to see the action and I swirled the last bit around and poured before taking notice to see if there was any sediment.

Some roasted malt smell with a coffee and chocolate aroma.

A smooth sweet roasted malt taste, not burnt, with coffee and some chocolate, and has some fruity esters mainly a hint of lime with a dry finish.

Full bodied, resinous and creamy dry feel, with frizzy soft carbonation.

Another session bargain at TJs brewed in craft form.

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Photo of xhcadamx
3.22/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Jet black with a 2 finger tan head with ok lacing.

S - An underwhelming amount of roasted coffee a stronger smell of a used fruit basket prevails.

T - Gets better at this point. Coffee and chocolate with a smooth bitterness. The fruit flavors show up and just do not suit this beer.

M - thin and dry

D - OK beer but nothing I am going to go out of my way to drink again.

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Photo of HalfFull
3.26/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Ah yes, another random single from Trader Joe's. A 12 oz. bottle into a pint glass, this stout pours a deep blackish brown with a few ruby highlights and a thick tan head. Retention is only moderate but never settles below a tan surface film.

Lots of roasted malt and chocolate on the nose, though not a lot of variety and not very volatile. Definite hop presence later on which intermingles in an odd way with the chocolate. I'm actually picking up some sour notes. Not what I expected yet I keep trying to stir them up??(noted only upon firm agitation)

Taste follows with roasted malt and chocolate, but is a bit thin and a bit too carbonated on the feel, at least initially. Thus robbing the tongue of much finish on the beer. Decent drinkability yet the body just isn't really there, improving a bit with warming and less carbonation.

Note: Says Irish Dry Stout clearly on the label. Best served a bit warm, maybe 60 F.

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Photo of kemoarps
3.41/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a deep cola colour with a reasonable khaki head that dissipated fairly quickly, but not completely.

The smell was a little disappointing, admittedly. I was hoping for something slightly stronger, but what came out was a slightly weak, but round scotch malt aroma, not unappealing, just kind of underwhelming.

The taste, luckily, does not adhere strictly to the aroma. While the aroma left some to be desired, the taste,while not super strong, was at least present. This is a malt based brew, with a roasted tendency, with chocolate hints sneaking into the finish.

the carbonation is a bit sharp, but other than that nothing of note to the moutfeel and drinkability. I've been using this as my thirsty beer the last couple of days, and there is nothing preventing someone from drinking two or three of these in a row, if they are so inclined. It does not overly fill you, no single taste is too overwhelming to be repeated, it doesn't really coat your mouth, it's reasonably seesionable

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Photo of srandycarter
3.68/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours fairly black, good initial head leaves fast. Ring persists. Sudsy lacing.

S - Mostly burnt coffee and malt.

T - Sweet and bitter, mostly on a coffee theme.

M - Medium body, good carbonation and coating. A little lighter at finish than I expected.

D - Nice for the type.

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Photo of Deuane
3.83/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A-Dark chocolate brown with a thick dark tan head that fades to a thin cap leaving some nice lace.

S-A bit of chocolate and faint roasty malt. Nothing crazy pleasant.

T-Dry roast and toasted malt flavours. Hints of chocolate sneak into the finish.

M-Medium-light body with a good drying astringency. Fairly lively carbonation.

D-Solid. Just a tad on the thin side but I will forgive this due to the pleasant dry roasted flavours that come through...even more so as it warms.

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Photo of ThreeWiseMen
3.35/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Solid black with thin tan head. Appears to have a watery consistency. No lacing :-/

Smell: Roasted malts and alcohol barely come through. Maybe a little dark chocolate. As a whole, aroma is very weak.

Taste: Roasted malts, dark chocolate, and coffee. Nice balance between malts and hops. Dry finish is Black Hart's saving quality.

Mouthfeel: Again, dry aftertaste comes to the rescue. Much thinner than we expected.

Drinkability: Light body (considering the style) boosts drinkability quite a bit. Black Hart was enjoyable, but nothing special. Obviously needs to be classified as an Irish Dry Stout.

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Photo of MuenchenerKindl
3.93/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle to a pint glass the liquid is a nice chocolate brown with a bit too much carbonation. The 4 finger, dark tan head fades quickly leaving some fluff and lace.

The smell is faint yet roasty.

The taste is nice, very roasty and toasty, I like this. Slightly sweet, with a nice finish.

The mouthfeel is ok but could be a bit off by the over carbonation seen in the pour. The body is good for the style.

The drinkability is great, really this is a great tasteing and easy to drink brew I would love to have more.

Prosit, MK

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Photo of barleywinefiend
3.16/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Picked up this sixer from where else... Trader Joes..home of cheap, skunky beer.
Poured a dark brown with lots of deep tan foam and some lace. The smell of roasted malts was the really strong aroma in the nose. The taste was of roasted malts with a hint of chocolate. The after taste was pleasant, not over bitter.

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Photo of oogenesis
3.87/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

This is another surprisingly tasty beer for the price. It's got the requisite chocolate-coffee aroma/taste you'd expect of a stout, with a bit of smoky hoppy bitterness to round things out. Decent, but not very long-lasting, head; full, complex body; eminently also becomes smoother the longer you keep it. I discovered this by accident; an ex left me a couple of bottles and I didn't get round to drinking them until a couple of years later.

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Photo of Maudite
3.36/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This was a decent beer, what I would consider a pretty average example of the dry stout style. No frills, nothing to get excited about.

A- poured a thick black, medium nutty brown head, about two fingers... didn't last long, minimal lacing.

S- typical coffees, a bit butterscotchy, maybe even oaky... kind of like a syrupy whiskey. A slight hop profile on the tail end, nothing to define.

T- Again, pretty typical coffee, a dry roastiness. Dry finish. Not as thick a stout as I prefer, pretty thin-bodied. THere was a surprising diacetyl/dextriny quality in the finish which was probably the most enjoyable part of this brew because it was so unexpected.

M- Again, thin, light, not as coating or thick as a stout could or should be.

D- Could probably drink as a session beer, something I could enjoy with company and food, a beer I would enjoy but not have to think about.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.47/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a dark brown body with a small, khaki-colored head.

Smell: Aroma of roasted barley, licorice, and dark chocolate.

Taste: Roasted barley with flavors of licorice and a hint of unsweetened chocolate. There's a big, gaping hole where you'd expect a little sweetness to be found. It's really just a continuation of the aforementioned flavors till to reach the dry finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium carbonation.

Drinkability: North Coast sure does churn out alot of dry stouts. I have trouble seeing myself reach past an Old Stock Ale or an Old Rasputin to try this again.

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Photo of JDV
3.9/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours black with lasting tan head. Smell is nice and sweet molassesy, and roastiness. Taste is very nice. balanced roasty, sweet, bitter, and a hint of coffee with a very drying finish. Very flavorful, drinkable stout. Quite good, unique (to me) and worth getting for sure.

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Photo of monkeybeer
1.83/5  rDev -48.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

A- Pours Black with a nice creamy tan head and very nice lace

S- Roasted dark malt and sweet chocolate coffee

T/M - Dry with a roasted burnt taste of coffee and chocolate. The burnt bitter after taste tends to linger a little too long.

D- Each initial sip is very good but the after taste really distracts form its drink ability. Would go with other stouts rather than pick this one up again.

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Photo of gwood
3.35/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours to a nice mocha colored slightly firm two finger head which is gone sooner than expected, although it did leave some rings to be remembered by. Not opaque - shines through with purple/dark red at the edges.

Nose is made up of roasted malt, coffee, and a slight tinge of hops at the end, nothing really stood out though. The beer tastes much the same. Some nice roasted malts and coffee but with a dry finish that brings it into character for the style.

A thin mouthfeel with not a whole lot of carbonation, certainly a session stout that is very accessible and drinkable. All in all a good offering.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.6/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Burnt umber with a black cherry lucency when backlit. That's okay, very few Irish dry stouts are opaque anyway. The golden brown sugar colored cap is the beer's best feature. It has a great deal of character, both after the pour and as it deflates, and is a good lace generator as well.

The nose is classic for the style in that it's well-roasted black malty. It smells like the beer will be burnt, dry and coffee-like on the palate. There's something else present that smells dark honey-like. Maybe I'll be able to nail it down once beer hits buds.

Black Hart is okay beer, maybe even good beer, but it's far from standout beer. Although I like what I taste initially, the flavor profile never finds that extra gear that it needs to truly impress. A bigger body (read: more malt) would seem to be the obvious fix.

Sweet and bitter vie for supremacy... with bitter winning handily, especially on the finish. As the nose intimated, lightly charred coffee grounds are the obvious focal point of the relatively straightforward flavor profile. Unsweetened baker's chocolate and a hint of American hops are present as well. There's no trace of the earthy, dark honey-like vibe that I get from the nose.

I know that beer of this style (Irish dry stout, it says so right there on the label) shouldn't be viscous or chewy. Still, it shouldn't be this thin either. Drinkability benefits, while enjoyability suffers.

Black Hart is decent beer that could be better than decent with a few tweaks. At an ABV of 5.4%, it's well-suited for sessioning. Maybe North Coast Brewing didn't want to cannibalize Old Rasputin's sales. Mission accomplished.

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Photo of mithrascruor
3.18/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 oz. bottle poured into a mug.

Appearance: Pours a black color with a thick and dense dark brown head.

Smell: Has a strong aroma of roasted malts, along with some hops. Slightly chocolately scent.

Taste: Roasted malts again, seeming burnt. Hops are present too, but very little else, besides a hint of sweetness. Burnt aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Smooth, but without any creamyness. Medium-bodied with low carbonation.

Drinkability: Totally drinkable, but the burnt flavor is rather distracting.

A mediocre stout, but one that has potential to be something better. Too much burnt bitterness in the flavor, which I find unattractive when it's not balanced in this type of beer with something creamier.

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Photo of leechungsr
3.32/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Dark coffee body pours with about 1.5fingers of creamy beige head. Head breaks up and thins fairly quickly. I would have liked for it to stay awhile longer. With the amount of carbonation, you're not getting any more head.

S: Roasted coffee and malts, maybe some cocoa. Pretty good.

T: Simple; lighter than it appears. Nice coffee with roasted malts with a slightly sweet finish.

M: Nothing really stands out. Low carbonation. The taste seems to contribute much to its moutfeel.

D: Pretty dry, but drinkable. I don't see myself drinking more than 2 of these at a time; but that doesn't say much since I can't down a lot of stout in general.

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Photo of travolta
3.62/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tar black, but dark, dark ruby when up to the light. The head was voluminous, which then subsided to a robust froth. Head retention was minimal, but did leave a nicely spotted lacing.

Dark soda, caramel, cacao, and a bit powdery.

Sharp and dry. The bitter cacao does not linger long which adds to this beer's friendliness. About as much carbonation as a flat soda. A very nice soft, roasted mouth feel with not too much carbonation.

Great label! I got this beer on the cheap and was satisfied all the way.

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Photo of blitz134
3/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This was dropped in as an extra in a trade, unfortunetly I don't remember from whom.

Not nearly opaque, has quite a bit of translucent ruby highlights. Capped with three fingers of light tan head that reduced slowly to a lumpy mound.

Lots of toasted malts, but not overly strong. A little lactic acid aroma and some hints of dark overripe vinuous fruits. A little astringency as well. Alright smell overall, just light.

Dark toasted malts come through again, and heavily roasted characters with some wood smoke after the swallow. Quite simple. Not overly bitter and lacks that touch of astringency I like in the finish of a dry stout.

Thin bodied, which is somewhat acceptable of the style for me, but this is a bit too thin. Finishes a little dry, but has a strange refreshing feel to it.

Alright drinkability. Run of the mill dry stout for me, just needs to be kicked up a little.

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Photo of drseamus
3.25/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

I was slightly surprised how light this beer was. For most stouts, I expect no light to penetrate except at the edges. When held to the light though, this beer let a bunch of light through lighting it a dark brown color. The mocha head disappeared quickly. The aroma is very malty for a stout, but still good. The flavor is surprisingly dry for such a malty aroma. It has a good roasted flavor, but nothing really stands out. The body is medium to full, which is appropriate for a stout. I certainly did enjoy this beer, but it's not among my favorite beers.

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Photo of goschool
3.23/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Part one of a taste-off between three Irish Dry Stouts from Trader Joe's.

Appearance: The pour is dark red boarding on black with a creamy off-white head.

Smell: The roasted malts give the nose a chocolaty mocha aroma.

Taste: Those same roasted malts bring dry brunt flavors. There's cheap coffee (Coffee from a machine or the decaf Folgers that's been siting in somebody who doesn't drink coffee's cabinet for 8 months before being served at a party or holiday) and not much else. This is very one dimensional. I'm not thrilled with the dry finish, but it almost makes up for the rest of the flavor profile.

Mouthfeel: The carbonation is on the lower end, but it's roasty enough to feel lively.

Drinkability: The ├╝ber dry roasty character overstays it welcome and it soon enters overkill territory.

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Photo of Night
4.13/5  rDev +16%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours very dark red with strong brown tones. Medium, foamy, tan head; light lacing, dies down quickly. Aroma is roasted malts, chocolate, coffee, and molasses. Medium body with an easy, surprisingly fizzy mouthfeel. Flavor is a strong roasted malt attack with charcoal, chocolate, and coffee. Grassy bitterness accentuates the stronger roast flavors. Some mild dark fruits in the finish. No particularly strong aftertaste.

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Black Hart from North Coast Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 3.56 out of 5 with 69 ratings
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