Heart Of Darkness | Magic Hat Brewing Company

very good
1,389 Ratings
Heart Of DarknessHeart Of Darkness

Brewed by:
Magic Hat Brewing Company
Vermont, United States

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

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Ratings: 1,389 |  Reviews: 327
Photo of BeerNacho
4/5  rDev +2.3%

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4/5  rDev +2.3%

Photo of jsulko
3.75/5  rDev -4.1%
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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4.25/5  rDev +8.7%

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5/5  rDev +27.9%

Photo of cbcrunch
4.25/5  rDev +8.7%

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4/5  rDev +2.3%

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4.5/5  rDev +15.1%

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4.5/5  rDev +15.1%

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3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

Photo of Jomolieri
3.22/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Good beer. Good flavor. But it's forgettable.

It's got a nice lingering bittersweet chocolate but lacks a strong creamy touch and sweetness that I would've liked and I think would've made it a bit more stand out.

The flavors are all fairly subtle compared to other stouts such as the Victory Love Stout.

The body is medium but seems a little weak.

Overall I'd recommend it as a casual beer but nothing that I'll savor every sip of.

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3.5/5  rDev -10.5%

Photo of tdm168
4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - black with some brown edges; thin, brown head

S - coffee, roasted malts

T - big coffee flavor, roasted malts, faintly bitter

M - medium bodied, smooth, well carbonated

This was a well flavored beer with a huge coffee presence. It's also easy to drink. This would make a really good stout for a session. It's also reasonably priced making it a first choice for me when I want a sixer vs. a bomber.

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4/5  rDev +2.3%

Photo of BWED
3.33/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a standard pint glass.

A- Just enough light comes through to show a deep deep brown, and a little red-amber highlight under the head. Head is two finger creamy, cappuccino-like, light brown. Retains a good 1/4", just enough to get a tiny foamstache on every sip. Splatters of lacing ring around the glass.

S- Dark roasted coffee, with a sweet hint. No noticeable hops.

T- The coffee is up front, with a slightly sugary aftertaste. I have to say though, the taste is not as bold as the smell. It almost seems diluted.

M- Medium-light body with a creamy-fizzy tingle of carbonation, but still fairly smooth. Somewhat dry, too, thus fitting a one criterion of an English stout.

O- Being a stout guy, I can't take this as my favorite, but being a stout guy, I could take this a few rounds instead of sacrificing myself to Guinness or a cheap shitty light beer. It's smooth, has a moderate ABV, and is light enough to knock a few back. It wasn't satisfying enough to have just this one, but I'll remember it the next time I plan on getting fired up!

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4.75/5  rDev +21.5%

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4/5  rDev +2.3%

Photo of Beaver13
2.12/5  rDev -45.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

12 oz bottle. Pours black with a medium creamy light brown head that retains well and laces the glass some.

The aroma is astringent (almost plasticky) chocolate malts with roast.

The flavor is lots of patent malt with heavy roast and a little sugary, lactic sweetness. The mouthfeel is medium bodied and watery.

Overall, watery and lots of roasted patent malts.

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3.94/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured deep black with a thin tan head that dissapated quickly. Smells roasted and sweet. Taste is a creamy sweetness that follows into some hop bitterness and lots of roasted malts. Roasted, burnt flavors that lingers long after. Mouthfeel is medium with carbonation that tingles the tongue, but not too much. Overall a solid stout that leaves you wanting another sip soon after the last. Very good and recommended.

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3.5/5  rDev -10.5%

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4.15/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a tulip. Purchased from the winterland variety pack in Wakefield, RI.

A- Pours an opaque black, tar color with a thick, generous fluffy dark-mocha head that sticks around and leaves some very sticky lacing. Beautiful.

S- Fresh coffee beans, dark chocolate, roasted malt. Very upfront aromas. Inviting so far.

T- Dark chocolate upfront, dark roasted malt to finish. Leaves a slightly bitter taste on the tongue. Simple but tasty.

M- Medium-low carbonation, medium body. Creamy

Magic hat really outdid themselves with this brew. A decent stout that's tasty and balanced. I'd pick up a 6

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1/5  rDev -74.4%

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4/5  rDev +2.3%

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3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

Photo of hopsolutely
4.17/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

An excellent beer to sip on a December night...

Pours a creamy near-black with only the faintest hints of red after the glass is held up to the light. Coffee coloured head has good retention, with residual small bubbled lacing. Aroma of roasted dark malts has strong coffee and dark chocolate tones - beautiful. The depth of flavour is also a pleasant surprise; a well balanced dark malt body with a robust bittering hop finish. Offers roasted chocolate and espresso with a nice biscuit base plus a warming finish made of more than simple alcohol.

A beer I hope to definitely buy again!

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Heart Of Darkness from Magic Hat Brewing Company
3.91 out of 5 based on 1,389 ratings.
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