Feast Of Fools | Magic Hat Brewing Company

BA SCORE
87
very good
213 Ratings
Feast Of FoolsFeast Of Fools
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Magic Hat Brewing Company
Vermont, United States
magichat.net

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
Ratings:
213
Reviews:
100
Avg:
3.92
pDev:
13.01%
 
 
Wants:
67
Gots:
31
For Trade:
1
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Photo of Sammy
3.78/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

2016 edition at 7.2%

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Photo of acurtis
3.65/5  rDev -6.9%

Photo of StonedTrippin
3.75/5  rDev -4.3%
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 djrn2
3.37/5  rDev -14%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Knapp85
4.22/5  rDev +7.7%
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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4/5  rDev +2%

Photo of superspak
3.9/5  rDev -0.5%
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 jlindros
4.07/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks a ton to Matt C. for this one.

Semi decent head fades fairly quickly over dark pitch black.

Nose is loaded with raspberries, frozen candied raspberries, light chocolate and dark malts, semi raspberry seeds, light musty aromas, light woody ethers,

Taste is musty woody ethers to start, then nice light raspberry syrup and fresh raspberry including seed flavor, then light roasty malts, dark malts, bit of roast, dark chocolate, lighter overall than I expected, bit of vanilla, creamy demeanor, drier and crisp, very drinkable. Finishes dry with lingering raspberry and darker malts, very tasty.

Mouth is a bit lighter than expected but for 5% that's about right, lower but decent enough carbonation.

Overall great, tasty, drinkable, lots of great flavors blended well.

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Photo of Kegatron
4.02/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Specially branded 32 oz brewery filled growler into a tulip glass.

Pours black in the glass, with roughly a ½ finger of smooth mocha colored head. This stays foamy around the edges and throws up a moderately rich cascade of spotty froth which slowly creeps down the sides of the glass. The aroma has a pretty lush smelling raspberry nose on this, with a flavorful berry tartness that mingles with the sugary sweetness of cocoa and vanilla, while notes of green citrus and dark roast sit along the back. This is mostly all about the raspberries though, putting them front and center where they belong here in the nose.

The raspberries are more subtle here and take a bit more of a back seat, with fresh berry flavors that meld with a dark and sugary blend of chocolate, toffee, and roasted malt. Some hop character imparts a current of green citrus that runs through the profile and offers up some earthy balancing bitterness. The finish is dry and bitter with some lightly lingering notes of cocoa and roast. The mouthfeel is fuller bodied with a bit of a sharper feel up front that then gets progressively creamier and creamier until it achieves a satisfyingly smooth and silky feel towards the swallow. That 5% ABV suits the body and flavors here perfectly, giving this some presence but without any alcohol flavors whatsoever.

I was very happy to find that this kept the Stout character at the forefront in the taste, allowing the raspberry flavor to merely compliment that and not overdo it with the fruitiness. That combined with a very easy and smooth feel really helped make this much more drinkable than I initially thought that it was going to end up. It figures that this is probably the best Magic Hat beer that I've had in a long time and you can only get it there at the brewery. It's a bit pricier than their other growler offerings there but it's definitely worth checking out.

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Photo of mactrail
3.66/5  rDev -6.6%
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 mendvicdog
3.25/5  rDev -17.1%

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3.25/5  rDev -17.1%

Photo of mdaschaf
3.52/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of duceswild
3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

Photo of Jason
4.2/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The 750ml corked champagne bottle is a nice touch. If you don't know this beer it a stout brewed with raspberries. A couple of shades away from pitch black. The head forms and dissipates quickly though there is still a healthy pasty tan lace that hangs around. Both tartness and a little sweetness from the raspberries bring a faint cordial aroma with hints of roasted grain in the back. Medium sized body with a silky smoothness. Nice tartness upfront from the raspberries then some stout like characteristics come through ... mild roasted grain and faded charcoal. Hop bitterness just helps to balance and the palate is quite clean from start to finish.

Very drinkable and the fruit is always a good nudge to introduce new beer drinkers into the world of beer. I guess putting this beer is six-packs would take away from the charm a little bit but I would not mind.

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Photo of mikesgroove
4.21/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Much thanks to meatbeagle for gettisto me!

Poured a thick deep black with a huge brown head and a huge amount of lace. Looks pretty much as good as a stout can look, awesome, can't wait! Smell is a strong licorice with hints of caramel and rasberry. The taste is very very sweet. Deep flavors of licorice and candy, is that dark cherry I taste..yummy to say the least! Nice as thick as I would have liked, but it goes down very easily and could be an easy all night drink.

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Photo of Slatetank
3.61/5  rDev -7.9%
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 Gkruszewski
3.99/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of BeerForMuscle
3.8/5  rDev -3.1%

Photo of stakem
3.58/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bomber into a snifter appears dark brown in color with a khaki head.

Aroma comes across like a tootsie roll, chocolate with light fruity aspect, earth and minerals.

Tastes fruity with a backing that seems like cola and chocolate with some meaty/mineral aftertaste.

Light in body with modest carbonation. Its alright, nothing I feel I need to have again.

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Photo of ejimhof
3.75/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of JAHMUR
3.5/5  rDev -10.7%

Photo of tdm168
3.48/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of rolltide8425
4/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of chippo33
1.5/5  rDev -61.7%

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Feast Of Fools from Magic Hat Brewing Company
3.92 out of 5 based on 213 ratings.
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