Feast Of Fools | Magic Hat Brewing Company

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Magic Hat Brewing Company
Vermont, United States | website

Style: American Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
In medieval times, the celebration of darkness and light was marked with great halls filled with smoke and mirrors. Gilded goblets brimming with seasonal brews were lifted to lips speaking a language no longer known. The present connects the past through the brewer’s art and a beer of utter darkness is born - Feast of Fools Raspberry Stout. Gather thy friendly fools for a round and celebrate the oncoming darkness with sweet ale and glee.

28 IBU

Added by UnionMade on 05-08-2002

BEER STATS
Reviews:
94
Ratings:
199
Avg:
3.93
pDev:
13.23%
 
 
Wants:
67
Gots:
28
For Trade:
1
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Photo of tbryan5
3.9/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A personal whale of mine. Nice body with subtle hints of chocolate and raspberries. Although a little thinner than I was expecting. Glad I got to try it and it has definitely been myfavoritefeom magic hat so far.

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Photo of Wasatch
4.37/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

22 oz. Bomber
2015 Limited Release

Pours a very nice dark brown color, with some very nice carbonation, with a very nice thick/creamy light tan head, which also leaves a pretty big island and some very nice sticky lacing. The nose is malty, very nice chocolate note, some toffee, nice raspberry note, nice roastyness. The taste is very nice malty, sweet, very nice chocolate/toffee/raspberry notes, nice little roastyness. Medium body, ABV hidden very well. Overall, this one really surprised me. Recommended.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.75/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

this is a really neat beer, something very different, even in a fairly esoteric style like the fruited stout, this stands out. pretty cool to get a bottle for two bucks at grapevine. not a beer that struggles with a few months on it, and that blow out price was a steal for a beer this good in a bomber. it looks thick, but not as dark as most stouts, more of a brown ale appearance to it, although there is plenty of viscosity and some haze. not a tall head, but whats there sticks around. the raspberry is both sweet and tart, its definitely fresh fruit, a little jammy, very summery, tangy, vibrant. the chocolate notes in the grain bill accentuate and compliment the fruit beautifully. deep cocoa and even molasses like raw cane flavors surround the fruit, and its amazing. definitely a christmas sort of flavor complexion, but i dont think its limited to the winter time because of how seasonal and bright the fruit is in here. it really stops short on the grain side of going all the way down to roasted barley, it ends before that, toasted not roasted, dark but not charred. it leaves the chocolate more forward which i dig here, and it doesnt over bitter the raspberry. oddly yeasty for what it is, which is my one real sort of question mark around this one, it doesnt need to be that way, but it doesnt bother me much. less carbonation that it might have too, but overall a really fun beer with the intense raspberry and the molasses aspect to the malt. amazing price too.

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Photo of Stevedore
3.71/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

650ml bottle. Served in a snifter glass.

Pours a dark black body, opaque, one finger offwhite head with minimal retention, no lacing. Smells of raspberry puree, a bit of milk chocolate and roast. Not complicated, but certainly comes with the raspberries as advertised. Flavour isn't quite as interesting, though there is a pureed raspberry flavour in the backend, a bit of cocoa, milk chocolate. It's not really too bitter, but there is a bit of an earthy bitterness that tries to balance out the raspberry. Mouthfeel is on the thinner side, carbonation is about right, but a bit thin and not a lot of depth. It's alright, decent raspberry flavour with a thin base stout.

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Photo of 303beer
4.47/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 2.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Pours a murky Brown until you hold light to it then it has a clear red color. Have about a half inch of brown head that dissipates quickly. Not much carbonation present. The nose is raspberry dominant with a hint of light baker's chocolate. The taste is a great balance of light raspberry and chocolate. Well done on the taste. The feel is very light and thin.

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Photo of NotAlcoholicJustAHobby
3.82/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

L-Pours with a minimal head that quickly reduces to the thinnest of rings. Color is not quite black, looks a dark brown and a little light does transfer through the beer. This makes it appear kind of thin for a stout.
S- The smell is a that of sweet rasberry overwhelming everything else. I love rasberries, so I find this fantastic.
T- The taste is a bit of a letdown after the smell. Rasberry is there, but cut by a dark chocolate bitterness.
F-This is the big letdown for me. It is way too thin to be a stout in my book. There is a prickly carbonation which only makes it feel lighter. So light it seems to almost be a fruited porter or dark ale.
O- Despite the poor mouthfeel this brew is worth drinking. The proceeds of sales benefit the Vermont Food Bank which is admirable. Still their are better stouts out there by far.

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Photo of nwildfire
4.67/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

One of my very favorite beers at christmas time. It is also the best thing I have had from Magic Hat, for sure. (Electric Peel is also quite good.) It is not a traditional stout in my book - it's missing that huge coffee note that so many stouts today have; but it really had a strong raspberry and chocolate flavor combination, without being sweet. It's nose is good, but the taste is a standout. If you're near Magic Hat at the holiday time of year, pick up quite a few. (They also age quite well - just recently tucked into a bottle I'd had for three years - the chocolate gets stronger.)

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Photo of Brutaltruth
3.94/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Enjoyed from the 22 oz bottle in a snifter. This stout pours a near black with brown outlines and a nice brown head of dissipating foam that forms a thick ring and light lacing. Nose of dark bread crust, raspberry jam, and dark cocoa. Flavors exceed the nose with dark breaded and raspberries that mingle nicely with a bakers chocolate flavor that fades a subtle grain note on the back. A highly quaffable brew indeed. Good carboantion is prickly and effervescent giving lively mouth feel that finishes with a touch of burnt malt. A nice fruity stout.

Cheers

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Photo of Jeffreysan
4.53/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

22 oz poured into a goblet

Appearance: Pours a beautiful, completely opaque, pitch-black color, with an eighth of a finger of chocolate-colored head that quickly dissolved away into a thin halo of foam that gripped the sides of the glass.

Aroma: Strong aromas of bready, earthy, roasted malt, imparting notes of freshly toasted dark bread, and a hint of smoke. There are also lots of aromas of brown sugar and dark molasses, and raspberries. Think freshly toasted dark bread topped with raspberry jam.

Taste: Very tasty! Lots of roasted malt and brown sugar-like sweetness up front, followed by lots of semi-tart raspberries and dark chocolate. There is also a touch of licorice, and a slightly bitter finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied, and extremely smooth as there is no carbonation what-so-ever. With an ABV of 6%, there is no alcohol on the palate.

Overall: This is a very nice, very tasty beer. Great flavors of roasted malt and brown sugar-like sweetness up front, followed by lots of semi-tart raspberries and dark chocolate. Recommended.

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Photo of mactrail
3.66/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.5

Plenty dark brown with a little red glint in the chalice but foam is pretty much missing. Raspberry taste is actually quite nice but mouthfeel is lacking without much of any carbonation. Pleasant fruity aroma and nicely fruity on the tongue.

Roasted malt with just a touch of the blackened grain. Finishes with the resiny feeling in the back of the throat. Hints of raisins and slightly sweet. Only a touch of bitterness and noting like a hop flavor. This is the 2014 edition, 22 oz bottle purchased at Liticker's Liquor in San Diego.

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Photo of TBonez477
3.88/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Big raspberry flavor, thin mouthfeel for a stout. Cannot pick up any classic stout flavors (chocolate, roast, coffee, dark fruits, etc). Wife and I both agreed that if tasted blind would never guess it's a stout.

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Photo of Slatetank
3.61/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

I enjoyed this from the bomber in a 1/2 pint glass chilled.

The color is black opaque with thin tan head with fine bead. The smell has a fruity berry aroma with light smell of cocoa in the nose. The feel is lightly fruity with mild sweetness and very high carbonation level with subtle roast and semi-dry finish.

The taste is fruity with tangy aspect of raspberry with a light floral quality and hint of roast in the middle with a mild cocoa element in the taste with earthy almost nutty flvor in the finish. Overall this is an okay stout but the execution is not as good as the concept with okay drinkability but does not seem that impresssive

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Photo of VTR
3.83/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Picked this beer up on a whim. I lived in Vermont and have many Magic Hat Offerings but and have never been impressed but this is the exception.

Poured into a Left Hand Stout glass from a bomber. A/Black with little lacing on the glass. S/Raspberries followed by roasted chocolate that smelled on the sweet side. T/follows the nose. I do not detect any bitterness. Sweet chocolate covered raspberries only and it is not cloyingly sweet. O/ I am very impressed with this offering from Magic Hat. It is a perfect desert beer or for the holidays as intended. It is not a thick stout and it has some carbonation which makes it interesting. I would definitely purchase this again. If you are looking for a sweet stout but not something as sweet as Big Luscious or Creme Brûlée I would recommend looking into this. I hope to get my hands on this again.

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Photo of portia99
3.76/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

22oz bottle (2014 release) poured into a snifter.

A - Pours black in color into the glass with little carbonation. A short-lasting soda-like fizzy head barely forms, falling quickly to leave no trace.

S - Fruity/juicy raspberry up front with roasted malt, chocolate and molasses accompanying...faint caramel too.

T - More chocolate in the flavor and taking the lead...followed closely by raspberry, some charcoal, coffee-like roastiness and some grassy hops and a faint strawberry touch as well.

F - A bit thin in body, fizzy lowish-mid level carbonation...quite soda-like in feel. Nice raspberry fruitiness, not overly sweet however. Good balance.

O - A nice raspberry stout. Nothing that will blow you away, but solid all around. A fun seasonal.

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Photo of Therealfootball
4.73/5  rDev +20.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Inky look with noticeable, but not overwhelming carbonation. Slight raspberry smell. Nothing special for the nose. Did ale taste with a distinct, but not too fruity raspberry finish. Solid feel on the palate. Excellent overall beer. Not surprising from this more than above average brewery!

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Photo of bluejacket74
3.62/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22 ounce bottle, 2014 edition. Served in a nonic pint glass, the beer pours a very dark brown color with about a half inch tan head. Head retention is decent, and there isn't much lacing. The brew smells like raspberries, chocolate, roasted malt, and a little bit of coffee. The taste is just like the aroma. It starts off with the raspberries, and then the bittersweet and milk chocolate, roasted malt and coffee flavors are stronger in the finish. With that being said, I do think this smells better than it tastes. Mouthfeel/body is light/medium, it's a bit coating but it also seems thin at times. Moderate carbonation. Overall I thought this was an OK brew. Glad I got to try this one, and it's worth picking up if you're never had it before.

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Photo of superspak
3.9/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22 ounce bottle into snifter, 2014 winter release bottling. Pours nearly pitch black color with a 1-2 finger fairly dense tan head with good retention, that reduces to a thin cap that lingers. Light spotty soapy lacing clings on the glass, with a moderate amount of streaming carbonation retaining the head. Aromas of tart raspberry, milk chocolate, cocoa, caramel, toast, toffee, light coffee, light herbal, and roasted earthiness. Very nice aromas with good balance and complexity of dark/roasted malt and moderate raspberry notes; with good strength. Taste of lightly tart raspberry, milk chocolate, cocoa, caramel, toast, toffee, light coffee, light herbal, and roasted earthiness. Slight amount of fruit tartness and light roast/herbal bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of raspberry, milk chocolate, cocoa, caramel, toast, toffee, and light coffee on the finish for a good bit. Very nice complexity, balance, and robustness of dark/roasted malt and moderate raspberry flavors; with a nice roasted bitterness/sweetness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a very smooth and moderately creamy mouthfeel that is good. Alcohol is very well hidden with zero warming present after the finish. Overall this is a very nice fruit stout. All around good balance, complexity, and robustness of dark/roasted malt and moderate raspberry flavors; and very smooth to drink. A very enjoyable offering.

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Photo of Daktyls
4/5  rDev +1.8%

A: Pours a very dark color with a half fingered head that slowly recedes to a lacing of near white bubbles around the glass.

S: Some notes of raspberry are present up from with hints of cranberry as well. Some typical stout notes are present, some cocoa, dark malts, and coffee.

T: Once again, typical stout notes with a taste of raspberry. Most of the normal stout notes are somewhat muted by the raspberry, but they are present.

M: Nice feel on the tongue, low amount of carbonation, medium body.

O: Very drinkable, quite tasty, hopefully the recipe will not change month next year as this one is quite good.

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Photo of BEERMILER12
4.02/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A: Pours a near pitch black color with almost no head

S: Big notes of raspberry up front, along with roasted malts and dark chocolate. Straight-forward, but nice

T: Starts off With a good mix of roasted malts, raspberry, and dark chocolate. Goes into a light coffee note towards the end. Finishes with a very light bitterness and lingering raspberry

M: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation

O: A solid raspberry stout that delivers nice raspberry flavor without being artificial. Very easy to drink given the 6% abv, as well as the fact that it never gets cloying. Definitely a solid brew from Magic Hat, I'd say one of their best

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Photo of mynie
4.46/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I don't think I've ever gone so long from the point where I first read about and wanted to try a beer to when I finally got to sample it.

This used to be hypey, believe it or not. Back before beer hype was much of a thing, outside of some non-imported Beligans and a handful of midwestern stouts. Ever since I've acquired the means to trade for Feast of Fools, the notion of doing so seemed somehow pathetic, like sucking dick to get backstage passes for Jackyl. Very Serious and in no way snobby beer geeks wouldn't be caught dead venturing over to Magic Hat to pick this up. And the yokel tourists who did happen to stop by the brewery in December... well, they ain't trading on this board, and if they is, they offering up Breakfast Stout in exchange for Dark Lord.

So, okay, turns out Magic Hat is like literally five minutes down the road from Fiddlehead. So naturally I wanted to stop by and experience in person the kooky brewery I'd seen on so many packages. And, honest, I'm totally hip and with it. I swear. But I like these guys. Think they're just about the most unfairly shat upon craft brewer in the US.

And, lo and behold, they had this on tap and in bombers. I had forgotten about it (and had confused it with Thumbsucker, thinking it had been long since discontinued). Grabbed a growler even though the bar's forced carbonation was off. Because, hey.

Theeeen we pour it into a little chalice, here, out of it's adorable and custom-painted 32 oz growler. Nice and dark, good head. Smells like good blend of a straight up American stout and red raspberry syrup.

Tastes excellent. The closest comp I got is when at the Rogue brewhouse the bartender gave us a Shakespeare that had a shot of Lindeman's framboise in it. Super solidly brewed dry stout mixed with juuuuust the right intensity of authentic tasting raspberry at the back end.

Nothing overpowering, nothing bizarre. Just a blend of medium-strength flavors balanced together almost perfect.

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Photo of puboflyons
3.5/5  rDev -10.9%

From the 650 ml. bottle. 2014 batch. Sampled on December 5, 2014

Brown pour with a quick lasting tan head that dissolves to nothing. Carbonation bubbles cling to the glass.

Aroma: Raspberry and light chocolate. Not a whole lot else.

The body is medium.

The taste is also overpowered by raspberry and a thin veil of chocolate with a vegetable oil flavor too. That seems very typical of Magic Hat brews. It must be their house yeast.

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Photo of RoninTK3
4.22/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

2009 or 2010 bottle. Unsure.

A - Very dark with two or three fingers of mocha head that slowly dissipates and leaves a bit behind.

S - Sweet with lots of raspberry. Some roasted malts present.

T- The raspberry still has a lot of presence in this, but it's balanced out nicely with roasty malts and hints of chocolate and coffee. Sweet, but not overwhelmingly so.

M - Light to medium bodied with little carbonation. Surprised how light bodied this is.

This is one I've wanted to try for a while. It's very nice though a bit lighter than I'd like. I'd be interested to try this beer fresh. Wish this was easier to get.

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Photo of poop_brew
4.75/5  rDev +20.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Serving Type - poured from a 22oz bottle into a tulip glass.

Appearance - deep brown coloration with what appear to be reddish tints when under light. Two finger head which was a creamy brown color.

Smell - Has a strong raspberry and malt smell

Taste - Not as much raspberry flavor as expected but still quite sweet and has a bit of a jam-ish flavor. A bitter taste creeps in on the tongue towards the middle of the sip and a raspberry flavor lingers on the tongue along with malty undertones.

Mouthfeel - Very mild carbonation and a biting feeling towards the back of the mouth and tongue.

Overall - Good beer, great due to its seasonal taste. Wouldn't be a consistent buy for me personally, but a nice treat during a Nor'easter snow storm!

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Photo of DrinkSlurm
4.32/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Random find in Norwalk, CT - last bottle on shelf, no price, not in system - sold to me for $5! Awesome!!!
I have no idea when this was bottled...but it looks different than photo . Poured from caged bottle into shaker glass. Pours a black color with thick off white head...great cherry/raspberry and roasted bitter malt aromas. Taste is awesome. Sour cherry and bitter black malts, roasted, and full bodied. This is a great sour brew...although im not sure if it supposed to be. Nice balance of sour fruit and roasted malts...I really liked this one.

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Photo of Knapp85
4.22/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A massive thanks to my friend Rob for grabbing me a Humdinger of this at the brewery. The beer poured out as a deep black looking liquid with a nice light brown head on top. The head settles quickly not really leaving a lacing or anything on the glass. The smell of the beer is rather impressive. The aromas of Chocolate and raspberry mix really well together here with a the roasted malts. The taste of the beer is sweet with the fruit flavors bursting out upfront fading into the bitter dark chocolate notes in the finish. The mouthfeel isn't as heavy as I was hoping for, I thought this beer could be much thicker and oily feeling. Overall I found it to be a good brew, I would drink it again if given the opportunity too.

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