Dismiss Notice
Extreme Beer Fest:Los Angeles

Join us December 9th in Los Angeles for the ultimate throwdown of craft beer creativity!

Learn more...
Dismiss Notice
Introducing: Project Extreme Brewing (a Dogfish Head + BeerAdvocate project)

Heart Of Darkness | Magic Hat Brewing Company

Your Rating: None

Want it   Got it 
Heart Of DarknessHeart Of Darkness
Very Good
1,409 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

Bros Score:
User Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Recent | High | Low | Top Raters | Alström Bros
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.

 687 characters

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.

 347 characters

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.

 497 characters

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.

 669 characters

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.

 374 characters

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
  • 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.
  • Our Events

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

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