Heart Of Darkness | Magic Hat Brewing Company

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3.88/5
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1,432 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:
#8,454
Reviews:
339
Ratings:
1,432
pDev:
12.37%
Bros Score:
4.37
 
 
Wants:
115
Gots:
179
Trade:
2
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Photo of AccipiterofBeer
3.51/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Smcavoy
3.79/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A solid English stout. roasted malts, caramel and chocolate up front, followed by very slight lingering hop bitterness. A great representation of the style.

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Photo of MrJuengling
3.98/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of JDeCook
4.74/5  rDev +22.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.75

Can definitely taste the notes of chocolate upon swallowing. Very full bodied taste an very eye appealing. Highly recommend giving it a try for being a stout!

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

Photo of hgbckt
3.2/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Photo of TheBeerMaster1
3.4/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4

Photo of 1971bernat
3.5/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Pleasure
3.47/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Photo of freewill35
4/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of HopheadRick57
4.88/5  rDev +25.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of ryanm3850
4.66/5  rDev +20.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of sisterofba
3.68/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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

Pitch black colored beer with a slowly fading tan head. Taste starts out as chocolate and finishes as coffee. Velvety smooth it goes down like liquid silk. A very good stout in my opinion.

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

Photo of rickklein9
3.75/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of TheWolf
3.87/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

The black liquid pours out into a Shaker Pint class with a 1/4 light tan head that persists fairly well and leaves small patches and specks of lacing on the side of the glass when sipping.

The aroma is mostly from the chocolate with just hint of coffee and dark roasted malt in the background..

The flavors are mostly about the chocolate from the malts with some sweetness and a hint of coffee and only a light earthy bitterness showing. There's also just a hint of roasted malt.

The mouthfeel is on the light side of medium bodied and fairly smooth with it's gentle carbonation. The finish is mostly about the fade away of the chocolate without any real bitterness in the fairly dry, slightly earthy ending.

On the whole this is a nicely drinkable stout that I'd be happy to have another of or to have with a meal. Although this is not a particularly complex beer it is tasty and enjoyable.

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

Photo of nunitn
3.97/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Very mild very drinkable I couldn't put this one in the fours but it's definitely a solid 3.75

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Photo of HoppingMadMonk
3.81/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Muddy dark brown color,above average carbonation which took away from a medium bodied beer. Aroma Was roasted malt ,roasted coffee and some dark butter chocolate. There was a little bit of a sweetness which balances it well. Overall a good decent beer,May not be among the best but still a good beer

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Photo of thoglund
3.83/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of NeroFiddled
3.85/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Magic Hat Brewing Co. "Heart Of Darkness"
12 fl. oz. brown glass bottle, coded "DESUTED ON 101117 6 0948 0566"
$2 @ Giant, Havertown, PA

Notes via stream of consciousness: Heart Of Darkness used to be my favorite Magic Hat beer and then it disappeared, but now it's back in a limited run so let's see how it is. It's poured an opaque black-brown body beneath a finger-thick head of frothy dark tan. At the base of the glass I can see some slightly hazy mahogany brown highlights. The aroma is chocolatey and softly roasty, almost smoky but not quite, and perhaps a little bit grainy, but there's not much else going on. It's clean though. The flavor follows and I'm a little bit disappointed, I remember it having a little bit more of a caramel character to it. And, I could be mistaken about this, but I recall it having more body. It was never the brightest beer as far as stouts go but it was full and rich and this seems rather thin, vapid, and boring. Back to the taste, there's something there with the roastiness, a little bit of harshness. I don't find it astringent, but there's something about the roastiness that's not that pleasant. Oh well, at least it's not too bitter, it's nicely balanced in that regard and it finishes dry and roasty, very coffee-like. There's also some fruitiness to it that I can't really put my finger on. My initial impression was dark skinned fruit but now I'm finding some apple as well. Onward... I'd call it medium-light in body and gently crisp. The head has now dropped but it's kept a mostly solid surface covering and left some nice craggy lace behind. As it warms it gets a little better, showing of more of its character and becoming smoother, and in the end that makes sense as this really is very much an English-style stout.

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Photo of EmeraldSea44
3.9/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of jjamadorphd
3.12/5  rDev -19.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

I had some high hopes for this brew...Oh well...

Out of the glass it was very impressive - dark liquid, tannish head, and good lacing - very appealing to the eyes. But the rest of the brew was middle-of-the-road. The smell was a tad malty, but that was about it, the mouthfeel was light and watery, and the taste was uninspired. Nonetheless, it wasn't a bad stout, just not one of the better ones I have had.

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Heart Of Darkness from Magic Hat Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.88 out of 5 with 1,432 ratings
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