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
Ranking:
#18,636
Reviews:
22
Ratings:
58
pDev:
8.62%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
5
Gots:
6
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Ratings: 58 |  Reviews: 22
Photo of BdM
3.34/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of flyingpig
3.74/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of FLima
3.52/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

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Photo of Snowcrash000
3.51/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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.

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Photo of Hoppsbabo
3/5  rDev -21.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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.

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Photo of FCox143
4.16/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of desint
3.87/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of tottel
3.77/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Dreyski
3.54/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of JavierGC
4.75/5  rDev +24%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Bruno74200
4.02/5  rDev +5%
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 qrazvan
4.02/5  rDev +5%
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 Foley67
3.88/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of BEERchitect
4/5  rDev +4.4%
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 jroof1
4.06/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Pletser
3.6/5  rDev -6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of risenz
4.35/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Ciocanelu
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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.

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Photo of Andy_Luft
4.05/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of steverx8
3.81/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of dcmchew
3.99/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of jrfehon33
3.57/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Tdenham
3.73/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Martine
3.94/5  rDev +2.9%
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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Photo of EmperorBevis
3.95/5  rDev +3.1%
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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Dark Arts from Magic Rock Brewing
Beer rating: 3.83 out of 5 with 58 ratings