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
User Ratings & Reviews
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Ratings: 213 |  Reviews: 100
Photo of Sk8sean86
4.04/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of myblais
3.73/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of SawDog505
3.67/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a 16 oz Woodstock Inn Brewery snifter not sure when it was bottled and is now 7.2% ABV. Pours a very dark brown with a one inch off white head that leaves minimal lace.

Smell is raspberry, dark chocolate, vanilla, coffee, and butter.

Taste follows raspberry, dark chocolate, vanilla, faint coffee, and still getting hints of butter.

Mouthfeel is a little less than medium, plenty of life, a little dry, and excellent drinkability.

Overall this is a very solid stout, a little thin and sweet are my only real issues.

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Photo of tekstr1der
3.99/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Black pour with almost no head, just a ring. Aroma is nice blend of roasted malts, almost as if there's some oats present, and a hint of chocolate. I was disappointed not to detect raspberry. Flavor is much similar. It's good stuff - smooth and chocolaty, but really have to search for the raspberry. It's a bit thin as well.

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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 Matthowland
4.34/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of tbryan5
3.9/5  rDev -0.5%
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 +11.5%
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 -4.3%
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 alcohline_trip
3.59/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Skeezman
3.38/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 2 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Photo of Stevedore
3.71/5  rDev -5.4%
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 billbeers
4/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Urs
4.27/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of srw
4.02/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Sabtos
3.46/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of chipper17257
4.21/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of BcOneSeven
3.48/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of 303beer
4.47/5  rDev +14%
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 -2.6%
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 +19.1%
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 madelf66
3.16/5  rDev -19.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

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

Photo of TheBeerdedCharmer
4.11/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

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

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