Dark Arts | Magic Rock Brewing

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Magic Rock Brewing
England, United Kingdom
magicrockbrewing.com

Style: English Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.00%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by kojevergas on 08-20-2011

BEER STATS
Ratings:
52
Reviews:
18
Avg:
3.91
pDev:
7.93%
 
 
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4
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Ratings: 52 |  Reviews: 18
Photo of JavierGC
4.75/5  rDev +21.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of KevinRailton
4.5/5  rDev +15.1%

Photo of CwrwAmByth
4.38/5  rDev +12%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 330ml bottle into a pint glass.

Pours a very very dark brown/black colour with an off-white/brown head and tremendous lacing.

Smells dark, rich and malty.

Tastes very smooth, coffee and dark chocolate-esque malt flavours with some hops mingled in too. A lasting but slight hop bitterness on the finish.

Overall a very good beer, shame it's so strong or it would make an excellent session ale.

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Photo of risenz
4.35/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of tykechandler
4.25/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of BDTyre
4.13/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Black body with a thin, tan coloured head. Big notes of coffee and dark chocolate in the nose.

Black coffee, dark chocolate, floaty bits of liquorice and fruits on the taste. Nice, bitter finish.

Good body on this, and good carbonation. Carbonated but thick, but not overly carbonated. Not quite sessionable but a good way to end the night.

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Photo of jazzyjeff13
4.12/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A 330ml bottle with a BB of Oct 2012 (batch 2868). Picked up recently from Trembling Madness in York. Love these guys and their beers...

Poured into a Delirium chalice. A very dark brown; appears totally black in the glass. Yields a large head of creamy tan foam that hangs around for a while before settling as a thin surface layer. Aroma of dark roasted malt with notes of bitter coffee, burnt grain, indistinct aroma hops, cocoa, faint dried fruit, stewed hops and a hint of vanilla and spice. Complex and delicious.

Tastes of intense roasted malt with a bitter finish. Notes of burnt grain, coffee, cocoa, nondescript aromatic hops, a subtle hint of molasses and stewed hops. Mildly spicy. A lingering dry bitterness upon swallowing. Mouthfeel is silky smooth and tingly, with restrained carbonation and a lovely creamy body. Mildly astringent, with an aftertaste of bitter roasted malt and hop notes.

Deeply dark and tasty. Goes overboard with the roasted malt, but I rather like it. Dry, with plenty of bitter notes from the malt and hops. Aromatic hops add an interesting dimension to the flavour, though individual characteristics can't be picked out. Good body with light carbonation. The only thing that might benefit this beer would be conditioning with live yeast. Quality - well worth trying if you come across it.

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Photo of StJamesGate
4.08/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Mason & Taylor, Bethnal Green, London.

Black-brown with tan parchment rim. Fish sauce and peat smoke nose – intense and unique, if not entirely pleasant.
Cookie dough, café au lait, fresh German rye bread and a sprinkling of cedar chip hops.
Spicy finish and slightly tart roasty linger. Smooth, medium, some cling.

Silky, complex and unconventional stout. Drinkable, too. I get the fuss over Magic Rock.

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Photo of mdagnew
4.07/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

330ml bottle bought from MyBreweryTap.com

Poured a deep dark brown / almost black colour. Burnt brown head poured pretty thick, foamy and meringue like then faded to light covering with thick edging... some light lines of lacing cling to the glass...

Aroma - Toasted bread and lightly roasted malts, black coffee, some dark brown sugar sweetness, roasted nuttiness, liquorice and blackcurrant, some raisin fruitiness, very light oatiness, some faint smokiness coming through, leathery hints...

Taste - Nice lightly roasted dark chocolate maltiness mixed with light sweetness, charred malt loaf, anise, definite coffee notes, again some dark fruits (prunes, plums), light nutmeg traces, some pepperiness...

Feel - Smooth initially then a little sharpness comes through... pretty full bodied... dangerously drinkable as the alcohol is pretty well hidden...

Overall - A very enjoyable stout if maybe a little rough round the edges... Another fine brew from Magic Rock though and definitely recommended...

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Photo of jroof1
4.06/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Andy_Luft
4.05/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of BrewSage1985
4.03/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had this on tap at the Rat race Alehouse in Hartlepool.

A: Black, no light getting through there. Slight dark tan head, didn't last long.

S: A lovely choclate aroma, slight nuttiness. Aroma was quite weak, could be a little stronger.

T: Smooth, full bodied and rich. Absolutely astounding flavours of dark belgian chocolate, roasted grains and hints of coffee. Tastes heavenly, few stouts come close to this! Slightly sweet but not too much. Slight grassy earthy bitterness with hints of choclate.

O: Excellent, one of the finest examples of this style. Tastes very similar to Elland - 1872 Porter but maybe less sweet. Not a session beer but a beer to be savoured till the last drop.

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Photo of qrazvan
4.02/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of Bruno74200
4.02/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

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Photo of Marius
4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Murphy's Law in The Hague. Pitch black with a tall and very fine tan head and visible carbonation. Smells like dark chocolate, cherries, cocoa and lactose. The taste follows the same notes, mild and very well balanced flavours, with a roasty and smoky aftertaste. Medium bodied with a soft carbonation.

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Photo of Hopbomber
4/5  rDev +2.3%

Photo of BEERchitect
4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of Brabander
4/5  rDev +2.3%

Photo of rolltide8425
4/5  rDev +2.3%

Photo of samEBC
4/5  rDev +2.3%

Photo of dcmchew
3.99/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of azkkr
3.98/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of EmperorBevis
3.95/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Canned - surreal stout
Pours a black body with big tan head that recede but still clings to the edge of the glass and only a few bare spots
Aroma of burnt porridge and treacle
Flavours of coffee and charred toast
Nice not sweet not overly bitter

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Photo of GONZALOYANNA
3.94/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap. 1/2 pt glass. Enjoyed on mar´13. Pitch black appearance headed by a so close & creamy crown. Foam lasts until the end. Floral aromas rounded by subtle roasted notes & citric underneath. Crisp bitter upfront. Roasted malt flavors & gentle licorice touch. Full body. Moderate carbonation. Dried nut astringency reamins into a long dried & bitter finish. Citric on the aftertaste & coffee-like infusion. A big one!!

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Photo of Martine
3.94/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours pitch black into a half pint glass from a 330ml can. Tan head is 3 fingers high, and silky with good retention. Lacing is prevalent and clings to the glass long after the beer has left.

Nose is mild and charry with hints of dark fruit, and anise. The flavour follows this trend with a quite subtle flavour profile, yet apparent from the sip - very well balanced. There is a roasted grain overture with plenty of burnt coffee, bitter cocoa, char, and peppery malt. The aftertaste brings the sweetness of black liqorice and some molasses along with a hintage of cherry and fig.

In the mouth it feels medium-full bodied, mildy carbonated, and silky smooth. It lacks the thickness of a stout but it goes down so well you barely notice; sometimes balance and drinkability trumps all else.

A very decent and moreish stout this is. I can't pick fault with it, it stands very well on its own; tasty, smooth, and rich. Would recommend.

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Dark Arts from Magic Rock Brewing
3.91 out of 5 based on 52 ratings.
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