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Heart Of Darkness | Magic Hat Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
3.88/5
Very Good
1,409 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:
#8,046
Reviews:
333
Ratings:
1,409
pDev:
12.37%
Bros Score:
4.37
 
 
Wants:
115
Gots:
165
Trade:
2
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User Ratings & Reviews
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Ratings: 1,409 |  Reviews: 333
Photo of JasonL
3.86/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I decided to buy the magic hat winterland 12 pack which comes with four different magic hat brands. I went for the stout first since I really like stouts and the flavors induced inside them. For a stout I was expecting a lot more flavors and this did disappoint me a little bit. It does have that nice coffee roasted stout flavor but I was expecting a better aftertaste. The aftertaste was a little bland but I do like the first initial flavor of coffee notes. This stout is a good fast sipper though because most stouts are high in alcohol and this one isn't. Overall this is a good stout but not one I would buy on a regular basis. I would prefer Sierra Nevadas Narwhal Imperial Stout.

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Photo of jduprey007
3.5/5  rDev -9.8%

Photo of Gilly1980
4.25/5  rDev +9.5%

Photo of alex021224
3/5  rDev -22.7%

Photo of srw
4/5  rDev +3.1%

Photo of HavasuDG
4/5  rDev +3.1%

Photo of closisinthehouse
3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

Photo of Minkybut
3.03/5  rDev -21.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I poured this average beer into my tumbler at 45 degrees. The beer was very gark and poured a really dark head. I was hopeful. The beer did not really have much of a smell to me maybe coffee hits. The beer was smooth but I got to say for a Stout, it was pretty tasteless I thought. Good lacing was present but I prefer taste. I will not buy again.

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Photo of Eastside151
3/5  rDev -22.7%

Photo of ryser2k
3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

Photo of dt_gbpackersfan
4.5/5  rDev +16%

Photo of justinm4bama
4/5  rDev +3.1%

Photo of jdrich
2.5/5  rDev -35.6%

Photo of KollinSLC
4.5/5  rDev +16%

Photo of mrmitsui29
4.5/5  rDev +16%

Photo of FCRICH
3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

Photo of mattbk
3.61/5  rDev -7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: This poured nice and thick, with pretty creamy head, a very nice start. Black, opaque.

S: Roast, but acrid, milk sugar, maybe a bit of hoppiness. No chocolate or coffee.

T: Strong roast, not bad, a bit acrid as was the nose. No lactose in the taste, no caramel either, but a bit sweet, not too too bitter from the roast. It's not bad, fairly one dimensional though.

M: Like the mouthfeel, medium heavy, a bit dry though.

O: A decent stout, not over the top or very interesting, but solid.

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Photo of JohnK17
4/5  rDev +3.1%

Photo of Snellgg5
4/5  rDev +3.1%

Photo of Jimmys
2.89/5  rDev -25.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle into long-stemmed chalice. 0913 on the neck of the bottle. i assume this is the best before date.

A: body is pretty black. head is frothy and a light brown hue. retention is great with some good lacing clumps left behind.

S: acrid roasty aroma. very acrid. smells dry. i find the acidity to be a bit off-putting.

T: starts quick. similar to the nose, the roasted malt is a bit burnt and almost stings the palate. chocolate and coffee flavor lingers into the finish.

M: definitely a mild carbonation that works well with the brew.

D: the acidity of the roast is a bit too much for me. both in the nose and on the palate. unfortunately unenjoyable.

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Photo of BeerNacho
4/5  rDev +3.1%

Photo of carrier77
4/5  rDev +3.1%

Photo of jsulko
3.75/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle poured into a snifter glass.

Pours a dark black with brownish tones. Slght brownish head.

Smell is coffee with a slgith sweetness. Not a ton going on there.

Taste is dominated by the coffee with a bit of sweetness. Bitter coffee aftertaste on the finish.

Not a ton going on with stout which is surprising based on some of the scores.

Not a stout I would revisit.

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Photo of foureyedgeek
4.25/5  rDev +9.5%

Photo of snowbeard
5/5  rDev +28.9%

Heart Of Darkness from Magic Hat Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.88 out of 5 with 1,409 ratings
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