Dark Arts | Magic Rock Brewing

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Brewed by:
Magic Rock Brewing
England, United Kingdom

Style: English Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.00%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by kojevergas on 08-20-2011

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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 psm90
3/5  rDev -21.7%

Photo of Evango
3.04/5  rDev -20.6%

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 olradetbalder
3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

Photo of HopHead84
3.5/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5


A: Black as a sunless day (My notes actually said this, I think I meant to say black as a moonless night). Big beige head.

S: Nutty and earthy with roasted grains and light chocolate notes. There's a burnt presence throughout with a little molasses. Coffee wafts from the glass.

T: Dark chocolate blends with earth and a firm roasted malt presence. There's a faint nuttiness. The roastiness approaches char and there are evident coffee notes. The finish borders on burnt with coffee and an earthy bitterness.

M: Medium body with upper medium carbonation.

Overall: An okay beer. A little over the top on the roast.

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Photo of Chrily
3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

Photo of Hayley_86
3.5/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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

Photo of woosterbill
3.56/5  rDev -7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Gravity halfpint at the Euston Tap.

A: Black with cloudy red-brown highlights and a full finger of ultra creamy dark tan head. I'm a little disappointed about getting a short pour, but the appearance is striking indeed.

S: Extremely roasty, with burnt malt absolutely dominating. Nothing but coffee, char, and more roast. Pretty nice, but a bit single-minded.

T: Opens with dark fruit and burnt coffee, then develops into charred graham cracker and dark chocolate - almost like a s'more that got dropped into the fire and half-consumed, but you were drunk enough to eat regardless. Very robust, with a bitter coffee finish. Good stuff, but not terribly interesting.

M: Highly frothy medium body. Ok.

O: This beer was all right, but definitely went overboard with the roasted notes. From what I can gather this brewery seems to be trying to do the "extreme" thing, and in this case they went a bit too far.


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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 hdtrice
3.58/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

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 deebo
3.63/5  rDev -5.2%

On cask at North Bar in Leeds. Served in a half pint with half a finger of tan head topping off a black yet translucent appearance. Aroma is fairly heavily cooked barley malt with notes of bitter chocolate. While drinking the tan foam sticks to the glass. The flavor is dominantly malt with a heavily roasted malt flavor that lingers with a moderate bitter finish. The mouthfeel is a bit thin. Overall a decent stout. Serviceable but nothing special.

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Photo of kojevergas
3.7/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served from a cask into a true pint glass in a pub in London, England. Reviewed from notes.

A: Pours a one finger head of nice tan colour, good cream, and pretty good thickness. Colour is a solid nontransparent black.

Sm: Coffee, cream, caramel, chocolate, and slight toffee. A mild strength aroma.

T: All the notes form the nose are present, with the chocolate emphasized alongside light roast. The cream is restrained but nice. The coffee is very well handled. It's complex enough, decently balanced, and built with quality in mind.

Mf: Coarse enough, but a touch too wet for a stout. Fairly complementary of the flavours, but certainly not tailored to them.

Dr: Very drinkable and of good quality at a standard price for London. Give her a spin, lads.

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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 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 bpfrush
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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 aztraz
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

Photo of Pelicanrocks
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

Photo of Kirk
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

Photo of Sludgeman
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

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Dark Arts from Magic Rock Brewing
Beer rating: 3.83 out of 5 with 58 ratings