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

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by kojevergas on 08-20-2011

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#17,696
Reviews:
21
Ratings:
56
pDev:
8.59%
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Ratings: 56 |  Reviews: 21
Photo of BEERchitect
4/5  rDev +4.2%
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 kojevergas
3.7/5  rDev -3.6%
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 Ciocanelu
3.75/5  rDev -2.3%
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 olradetbalder
3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

Photo of dcmchew
3.99/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Hayley_86
3.5/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of rolltide8425
4/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of HopHead84
3.5/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

4/6/2012

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 Canada_Dan
3.77/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of StJamesGate
4.08/5  rDev +6.3%
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 samEBC
4/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of FLima
3.52/5  rDev -8.3%
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 bpfrush
3.75/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of aztraz
3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

Photo of EmperorBevis
3.95/5  rDev +2.9%
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 Sludgeman
3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

Photo of Marius
4/5  rDev +4.2%
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 tykechandler
4.25/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of mdagnew
4.07/5  rDev +6%
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 desint
3.87/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of jazzyjeff13
4.12/5  rDev +7.3%
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 woosterbill
3.56/5  rDev -7.3%
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.

Cheers!

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3.81/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of CwrwAmByth
4.38/5  rDev +14.1%
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 stephenlee
3.88/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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Dark Arts from Magic Rock Brewing
Beer rating: 3.84 out of 5 with 56 ratings