Heart Of Darkness | Magic Hat Brewing Company

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3.88/5
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1,429 Ratings
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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:
#8,415
Reviews:
338
Ratings:
1,429
pDev:
12.37%
Bros Score:
4.37
 
 
Wants:
115
Gots:
178
Trade:
2
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Ratings: 1,429 |  Reviews: 338
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 rab53
4/5  rDev +3.1%

Photo of WVbeergeek
4.03/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appears completely dark opaque until held up directly toward the light in order to unveil deep ruby edges around this brew with scattered lacing formed by a thin tan moccha colored head. Aroma contains deep notches of chocolate, coffee, tones along with a slightly burnt fruit tones caramelized down to a reduction. The flavors a reminscient of a dry Irish but with so much more character and flavor the deep dry roasts are present, but in addition a cocoa infused cappucino with a sour acidic tone finishes out the robust flavor of this stout similar to an Imperial but lacking body and alcohol to label it so. Flavors are there including the fruit tones mouthfeel is full but by no means chewy which adds to the drinkability of this outstanding session stout no cloying carbonation or flavor profiles here just a well made true to the style stout.

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Photo of InspectorBob
4/5  rDev +3.1%

Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.17/5  rDev +7.5%
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.

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Photo of ejimhof
2.75/5  rDev -29.1%

Photo of rolltide8425
4.5/5  rDev +16%

Photo of imbibehour
3.69/5  rDev -4.9%
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.

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Photo of JAHMUR
3.5/5  rDev -9.8%

Photo of malfunxion
3.25/5  rDev -16.2%

Photo of t2grogan
3.5/5  rDev -9.8%

Photo of mklisz
3.25/5  rDev -16.2%

Photo of feloniousmonk
3.82/5  rDev -1.5%
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.

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Photo of Sweffin
4/5  rDev +3.1%

Photo of Dicers
4/5  rDev +3.1%

Photo of Cynic-ale
3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

Photo of Nichols33
3/5  rDev -22.7%

Photo of IPAchris
3.5/5  rDev -9.8%

Photo of Gavage
3.73/5  rDev -3.9%
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.

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Photo of tommy5
3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

Photo of AngusOg
4/5  rDev +3.1%

Photo of Rochefort10nh
3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

Photo of lupercmda
3.25/5  rDev -16.2%

Photo of tobelerone
3.98/5  rDev +2.6%
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.

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

Heart Of Darkness from Magic Hat Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.88 out of 5 with 1,429 ratings
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