Heart Of Darkness | Magic Hat Brewing Company

BA SCORE
88
very good
1,388 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
Ratings:
1,388
Reviews:
327
Avg:
3.91
pDev:
12.28%
 
 
Wants:
113
Gots:
158
For Trade:
2
User Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Recent | High | Low | Top Raters | Alström Bros
Ratings: 1,388 |  Reviews: 327
Photo of rolltide8425
4.5/5  rDev +15.1%

Photo of chippo33
1.75/5  rDev -55.2%

Photo of rab53
4/5  rDev +2.3%

Photo of smakawhat
3.69/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the bottle into a nonic pint glass.

Dark walnut brown and nearly black body off the pour, some clarity at the top of the head. The head is a foamy quick creamy two finger head, light tan and hints of light coffee top tan brown. Very little retention but settles to a nice puck and collar, with a creamy top a bit.

Slight hints of fruit and berry esters. Some creamy sensations and light roasty qualities. Some hints of woody and tobacco like leafy quality too. Quite solid and inviting.

Interesting palate. A bit steely and metallic finish. Quite light grain and some soft sharp biting roasty qualities. Once again the aftertaste has a sweet aluminum like bite to it, but manages a creamy mouthfeel to go with it. Hints of grapefruit and dark cherry, mellow roast and some light carbonation.

Ferrous quality dies and subdues a bit as it warms. Quite an interesting stout though.

 894 characters

Photo of mklisz
3.25/5  rDev -16.9%

Photo of malfunxion
3.25/5  rDev -16.9%

Photo of 22Blue
3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

Photo of feloniousmonk
3.82/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Color is fully black, with a big, tan head. Aroma is full of all of the things I enjoy and expect from any stout worth it's salt: rich, roasty espresso notes. Mouthfeel is full, sweet, rich, with loads of beautiful, sweet notes, and bitter ones, too. Tasty, toasty, roasty, with a long, luscious finish. A fine and tasty stout, with a slightly sweet aftertaste, and just a touch syrupy. An excellent, but ordinary, stout, and I give up props to UncleJimbo and purplehops, my twin EastCoast providers. Though, I may suggest, that Joseph Conrad might have something more sinister in mind.

 586 characters

Photo of Dicers
4/5  rDev +2.3%

Photo of Cynic-ale
3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

Photo of IPAchris
3.5/5  rDev -10.5%

Photo of t2grogan
3.5/5  rDev -10.5%

Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.17/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Bottle purchased from Nathaniel Square Corner Store. Heard this was one of the better offerings from Magic Hat, and that is very correct.

Pours a dark brown, almost black. One inch head. Sticky foam lacing stays on the glass throughout the drinking session.

Smells like dark chocolate, smoke, and roasted malt.

Tastes pretty similar. Great stuff here. Lots of chocolate, with some bitter coffee beans, slight campfire like smoke, and roasty bitterness. Finishes expectedly dry.

Medium bodied, could be a little thicker, but it's a minor complaint. Creamy mouthfeel. Drinkable as hell.

By far Magic Hat's best brew. Most of them are boring to downright offensive, this is downright tasty, drinkable, and even a bit complex.

 727 characters

Photo of Gavage
3.73/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Black in color with a 1/2" tan head that quickly fell to a spotty surface residue. Flat looking. The aroma was of roasted malt, coffee, and a chocolate sweetness.The flavor was on the sweet side as roasted malts, coffee, and mild bitterness didn't cut through the sweetness. Some chocolate and caramel tones are evident.

Mouthfeel is smooth and creamy. Finish contains coffee and chocolate tones that linger briefly on the tongue. Drinkability is OK, but there was something about this brew that did not excite me at all to have another.

 541 characters

Photo of Rochefort10nh
3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

Photo of afsdan
4.5/5  rDev +15.1%

Photo of Sweffin
4/5  rDev +2.3%

Photo of outoffocus
3.5/5  rDev -10.5%

Photo of LoveStout
3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

Photo of WesWes
4.5/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The beer pours a deep dark black color with a thick frothy tan head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is awesome. It has a rich malty scent that boasts of pale, crystal, and some black malts along with a very good hop aroma that actually gives it a refreshing quality. The taste is awesome as well. It has a very smooth malty flavor that goes down easy and finishes a bit bitter and hoppy in the aftertaste. The oatmeal adds a slightly dry texture on the tongue. It is rich and creamy; very nice. The mouthfeel is great. It is a medium/full bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is a great stout. It has everything; a great drinker.

 643 characters

Photo of tobelerone
3.98/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Easily my favorite Magic Hat beer to date, which is damning with faint praise, but I did like this one. Pours ink black with a tremendous khaki colored head that has solid retention and lots of sticky lacing. Roasty, bitter nose with semisweet chocolate and coffee notes.

Flavor is quite close to the aroma; I get lots of dry roasty bitterness, bakers chocolate, and black coffee. Finish is dry as well. Flavor is fairly bold but thin in the manner of an Irish dry stout; it makes a strong initial impression but doesn't linger very long in the mouth or open to reveal untold depths. Just straightforward and tasty.

Medium body with medium to slightly high and fizzy carbonation. Not much of an oatmeal presence in the feel.

This is a solid, tasty, un-gimmicky beer, and if this brewery would make more like it I would buy their products more than just rarely.

 863 characters

Photo of Whiskeydeez
3/5  rDev -23.3%

Photo of tommy5
3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

Photo of AngusOg
4/5  rDev +2.3%

Photo of Nichols33
3/5  rDev -23.3%

Heart Of Darkness from Magic Hat Brewing Company
3.91 out of 5 based on 1,388 ratings.
  • About Us

    Founded in Boston in 1996, BeerAdvocate (BA) is your go-to resource for beer powered by an independent community of enthusiasts and professionals dedicated to supporting and promoting better beer.

    Learn More
  • Our Community

    Comprised of consumers and industry professionals, many of whom started as members of this site, our community is one of the oldest, largest, and most respected beer communities online.

    Learn More
  • Our Events

    Since 2003 we've hosted over 60 world-class beer festivals to bring awareness to independent brewers and educate attendees.

    Learn More
  • Our Magazine

    Support uncompromising beer advocacy and award-winning, independent journalism with a print subscription to BeerAdvocate magazine.

    Learn More