Dark Arts
Magic Rock Brewing

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Magic Rock Brewing
England, United Kingdom
Stout - English
Ranked #38
Ranked #18,641
3.84 | pDev: 8.33%
Apr 05, 2022
Aug 20, 2011
Very Good
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Notes: Dark Arts blends four malts and bags of whole hops to deliver a decadently deep and indulgent experience. A luxuriously smooth mouthfeel, is followed by spicy hop notes and full flavours of chocolate, liquorice, blackberries and figs. The finish is rich and satisfying with a lingering roasted bitterness. Our stout will convert you to the dark side.
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3.48/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25
by JonnoWillsteed from England

L- Ultra dark garnet red such that it effectively appears black. Poured with a 1Cm creamy looking mid-tan head. ps. holds up pretty well.
S- It has some toastiness to it.
T- Quite brightly hopped and into a slightly acidic fruit note. Finishes hoppy-dry and moderately charry.
F- It has all the the roast+toast of a solid stout, but the bright hopping is at more hipster-beer levels plus it's fruity note.
O- The hops are at a level where they seem bitter and perhaps even acidic. I don't wish for such from a stout. It's a shame as the roast+toast aspects and the fact that English stouts are not very common had a lot of promise. That said I've pretty trad tastes, so should work better for those into more contemporary interpretations.
440ml can from Co-Op in Cambridge. It was either £2.40 or £2.60. BB: stamped at foor of can 10/02/2023.

Apr 05, 2022
3.93 by mizx from England on Aug 30, 2021
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4.03/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by Sigmund from Norway

On tap at Cardinal Pub & Bar, Stavanger. Pitch black colour, large and creamy beige head. Firm roasty aroma, notes of coffee and chocolate, hints of liquorice and woodwork. Moderately roasty flavour, medium dry, with the same elements as in the aroma, followed by a distinct hoppy bitterness. Roasty and hoppy aftertaste. Well balanced and highly drinkable.

Feb 07, 2021
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4.09/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by James94 from England

L: Almost entirely black, decent head and lacing
S: Chocolately malts, buttery nuts, lactose, some biscuit, all a bit subtle though
T: Nuttiness, cocoa, coffee, lactose
F: Carbonation gives way to flavour quickly, nice feel

O: 4.25

Sep 14, 2020
3.88 by Gooljd from England on Apr 26, 2020
4.02 by Macamah from England on Apr 25, 2020
3.59 by Silke_Neryn from Sweden on Apr 23, 2020
Photo of Spike
4.13/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
by Spike from England

330ml can. Black with ruby edging when backlit. Thick, mocha head is smooth and creamy, and leaves arcs of lacing. Pronounced dark chocolate aroma. Tastes of toasted cocoa and espresso. Light sweetness. Very bitter, slightly burnt aftertaste (which I like). Body is medium, with a smooth mouthfeel that changes to mouth-puckering as soon as the bitterness kicks in. A highly enjoyable, robust and very dry stout.

Feb 23, 2020
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3.85/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
by Phyl21ca from Canada (QC)

Can: Poured a black color stout with a nice large dark foamy head with good retention and light lacing. Aroma of roasted malt with black chocolate notes is interesting. Taste is also a mix of roasted malt with some black cholate notes and light residual sugar notes are faint. Body is about average for style with good carbonation. Solid stout with plenty of flavours.

Jan 12, 2020
4 by paulish from New York on Jan 09, 2020
4.09 by Jonathan-Morgan from Florida on Dec 25, 2019
4.02 by yancot from Canada (ON) on Nov 29, 2019
3.23 by stephenlee93 from England on Oct 29, 2019
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4/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by mishi_d from Romania

Black color with tan head, aroma of roasted malt, black fruits, wood and alcohol, taste is coffee, roasted malt and black chocolate, medium bitterness with bitter aftertaste.

Sep 20, 2019
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3.83/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
by vinicole from England

Can. Almost black. Thick frothy tan head. Wispy lacing.
Fruit and nut dark chocolate aroma. Some charred bread noticed.
Sweet taste reflecting the smell. Espresso bitter bite at the end.
Medium body and carbonation. Smooth on the lips, vibrant on the tongue.
Decent English Stout.

Sep 06, 2019
3.78 by S_McAteer_95 from Ireland on Sep 05, 2019
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3.57/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75
by stcules from Italy

Almost black, some mahogany edges. Beautiful cream colored cream head.
Toasted smell, light dark malts, and light burnt. Cappuccino notes, toasted, burnt coffee.
But, after all, quite round and soft. Round taste, average body.
The aftertaste starts with cappuccino, then burnt coffee, hazelnut, and grassy bitterness.

Aug 29, 2019
3.34 by BdM from Netherlands on May 06, 2018
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3.74/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
by flyingpig from Scotland

330ml Can from Brewdog.com (£1.89):
Nice stuff from Magic Rock & quiet a balanced, drinkable beer that could have been a little fuller bodied but was smooth & easy-going throughout. It opened with some roasted malts & smoky flavours that worked well together before a chocolate sweetness featured around the middle & there was touches of coffee rounding things off too. It wasn't the most complex offering but it worked well & was quite enjoyable throughout; I'd happily have this one again.

May 02, 2018
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3.52/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
by FLima from Brazil

Deepest black color with a thick caramel head with medium retention.
Chocolatey and roasted aroma with notes of Belgian chocolate, cocoa, licorice and some dark fruits.
Flavor with notes of dark chocolates, powder milk, licorice, blackberries, some resiny and spicy hops, a tiny bit of charcoal, figs and coffee. Dry aftertaste with a mild to medium bitterness.
Medium body with appropriate carbonation.
Assertive Stout with lots of diverse dark flavors from fruity to roasted with just enough hops to balance it. Not intense, but also not the basic counter Stout.

Apr 14, 2018
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3.51/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5
by Snowcrash000 from Germany

Pours a deep dark brown coloration with a small, fizzy head. Smells of coffee and dark fruit: fig, raisins, with a hint of chocolate and liquorice. Taste follows the nose with the taste being dominated by roast coffee and dark fruits: fig, raisin. There are also notes of milk chocolate and liquorice. Not a lot of sweetness to this, but rather a dry bitterness in the aftertaste. Quite nicely balanced, but what lets this down, just like with Common Grounds, is a somewhat light and thin body. Not a great mouthfeel, which is a real pity.

Dec 17, 2017
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3/5  rDev -21.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3
by Hoppsbabo from England

Smokey and coffee like. Earthy, pretty dry and, naturally, bitter tasting. Rum and dark chocolate in the finish. Bitter / sour aftertaste.

Not great, but by no stretch awful.

Dec 03, 2017
4.16 by FCox143 from England on Oct 10, 2017
3.87 by desint from Belgium on Aug 20, 2017
3.77 by tottel from Netherlands on Aug 10, 2017
3.54 by Dreyski from England on Jul 10, 2017
4.75 by JavierGC from Spain on May 28, 2017
Photo of Bruno74200
4.02/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by Bruno74200 from France

Very dark red with a thin beige head. This beer is quite dry and a lot on the cocoa powder, coffee and dark berries. The roasted malts brings some acidity. It's balanced all along and with a soft carbonation

Mar 21, 2017
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4.02/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by qrazvan from Romania

It comes in a can with a similar design to the others Magic Rock series, on a black background, similar to its content.
Medium head and low carbonation.
Coffee, combined with brandy smell.
The taste is dominated by the roasted grains, coffee and smoked plums.
It feels very soft and pleasant to drink.
Overall a nicely done stout.

Feb 10, 2017
3.88 by Foley67 from Scotland on Jan 16, 2017
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4/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by BEERchitect from Kentucky

Excellence and yet understated, it's a little heartbreaking that a beer that is nearly perfect for its style has become quite mute on the tastbuds of beer drinkers. But for their appreciators, classic British styles like stout live on because of their comfort, their familiarity and their respect for a sensible beer live on.

Dark Arts is such a beer- one that pours onyx-black with an ominous, glassy gaze. A tarnish roasty froth builds above and rolls onto the senses with the scent of dark roast coffee, dark chocolate, roasted walnut, burnt toast and a host of burnt sugars and creams. Its taste is toffee-rich but burnt, rounding onto the tongue like the shell of roasted marshmallow.

Quickly saturating with the sweet roast malts, the taste of molasses and sorghum take on a burnt tone while those dark coffee, dark chocolate and nutty delicacies reach across the middle palate and resonate with a bitter bite in finish. Broad and woodsy, the bitterness aligns with coffee, roasted nuts and the acrid nature of burnt toast.

Lightly peppery and licorice-like, its English complexity is soft and nuanced, only coming to life late in taste and as the beer warms substantially. Full but also relaxed, the robust taste remains creamy with roast and a waft of campfire while its roast-derived astringency often comes across bitter and peppercorn-like. A long coffee linger ensures the focus on roasted grains while the next savory sip looms.

Dec 02, 2016
4.06 by jroof1 from Massachusetts on Nov 30, 2016
3.6 by Pletser from Belgium on Jul 27, 2016
4.35 by risenz from England on Jul 05, 2016
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3.75/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
by Ciocanelu from Romania

Dark brown color with tan head. Aroma has dark, roasted malts, slightly smokey, with a touch of dark chocolate. Taste follows, roasted malts, dark chocolate, coffee. Quite balanced overall, starts malty but finishes quite bitter and roasty with a touch of hops. Medium body and carbonation. Overall it's a legit robust stout, tasty and easy to drink.

Jun 07, 2016
4.05 by Andy_Luft from England on May 24, 2016
3.81 by steverx8 from England on May 22, 2016
3.99 by dcmchew from Romania on May 22, 2016
3.57 by jrfehon33 from Pennsylvania on May 12, 2016
3.73 by Tdenham from England on Apr 19, 2016
Dark Arts from Magic Rock Brewing
Beer rating: 86 out of 100 with 75 ratings