Heart Of Darkness | Magic Hat Brewing Company

Heart Of DarknessHeart Of Darkness
BA SCORE
3.88/5
1,400 Ratings
Heart Of DarknessHeart Of Darkness
BEER INFO

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

Style: English Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.70%

Availability: Winter

Notes / Commercial Description:
Our inky-black stout had a smooth, round palate with a dreamlike undercurrent of bittersweet chocolate. This dense liquid-silk summoned hope from hibernation and balanced winter's endless white snows with a rich swirl of creamy black rapture.

30 IBU

Added by stirgy on 10-03-2001

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#7,704
Reviews:
329
Ratings:
1,400
pDev:
12.37%
Bros Score:
4.37
 
 
Wants:
115
Gots:
162
Trade:
2
HISTOGRAM
 
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Photo of MichaelProcton
4.01/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Totally opaque inky black, with a thick, chocolate milk-hued head that fades pretty quickly. Sweetly bitter chocolate is all I pick up on the nose. There's a lot more going on in the flavor. You immediately get the roasty coffee and chocolate bitterness, but there is also a good bit of sweetness to balance things out. The back end gives you a bit more bitter to mellow out the whole experience. Mouthfeel is just right; substantial without being bitter. A strong beer that I enjoy.

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Photo of Steve_Studnuts
3.96/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of garymuchow
4.1/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

More sweet towards chocolate and little roast. Some yeast notes too. Black body snd full dense light brown head. Thick snd sticky.
Quite bitter and surprisingly so to me. More roast here and less chocolate. Wow is this dry on the finish & with the bitterness that's a flavorful and long finish. Full for a smaller beer. I like thi style and this is done nicely.
Thanks Sparky.

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Photo of Mooslerfitness
4/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of williahd
3.9/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of robebo44
3.36/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Wizzle32
4.19/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of hozersr
4.12/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Wheels2532
4.19/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Jonathan-Morgan
4.06/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of JustLikeMyDad
2.43/5  rDev -37.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Photo of DaveCash
3.25/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Lone_Freighter
3.65/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

It pours a pitch black giving the same color body. A full lumpy white one inch head appears and lasts for a good five minutes. The body is too dark for any carbonation to be seen rising. The smell has some coffee and chocolate up front but in good balance with a nice roastiness to it. The taste is basically the same with a dry bitter aftertaste and finish. The palate is about a medium, fairly creamy with nothing harsh on the tongue. It is mostly drinkable, probably could have several of these in a session. Overall, this is good for the style and good for me.

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Photo of deeman13
3.25/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Timc32
3.94/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of q33jeff
3.26/5  rDev -16%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

**
11/17/2012

Bottle to pint glass
LOOK: dark black, light head with lacing.
AROMA: barley, hops, a touch of coffee on the nose.
TASTE: Coffee, toast, chocolate. A touch of bitter citrus/rind in the aftertaste.
FEEL: not very smooth for a stout, chalky, rough.

Good beer, not great. A bit disappointed as a fan of stouts and magic hat.
**

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Photo of Jhfinn
3.25/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of BrewskiBrandon
4/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Kendo
4.04/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A: Poured into a Duvel tulip. Body is black, maybe dark, dark brown when backlit. Small tannish head on top.

S: Roasted barley malt, coffee and chocolate. Nice nose.

T: Follows the nose, with roasted barley, coffee and chocolate all noted, pretty much in that order. Finishes fairly dry and with a light bitterness.

M: A little on the thin side, though for an English Stout that may be about right.

O: Quite good. I believe someone left this in my garage fridge last winter, making this one a bit past prime, but it's still drinking nicely. Curious as to whether it would be much more improved when younger.

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Photo of instinct2
3.84/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Cuervo_PCB
3.65/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of dag1991
4.79/5  rDev +23.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of psoriasaurus
4.25/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Matthowland
4.53/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Photo of StoutAtTheDevil
3.5/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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Heart Of Darkness from Magic Hat Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.88 out of 5 with 1,400 ratings
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