Heart Of Darkness | Magic Hat Brewing Company

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Heart Of DarknessHeart Of Darkness
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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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4/5  rDev +3.1%

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4/5  rDev +3.1%

Photo of axeman9182
3.72/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle, poured into my Brooklyn Brewery tulip after being allowed to warm slightly.

Heart of Darkness pours solid black. A finger and a half or so of mocha foam crowns the beer, even managing to spill out of the glass a little bit. The nose is very nice, based around a roasty coffee aroma. There's also a noticeable smell of star anise that joins the picture. The flavor profile starts out similarly well, with the taste of coffee that's had a bit of cream added to it. The anise is a bit more muted here, drowned out somewhat by a slightly jarring hop presence. The bitterness clashes with the roasty malt character, and the earthy, herbal finish is a little bit overbearing. The mouthfeel is just a little bit short of great. The body is a hair too dry, and the carbonation is noticeably zippy. Both are just off though. I have to say I'm pleasantly surprised by Heart of Darkness, Given my lack of fondness for many of the other Magic Hat brews I've had. This one is pretty solid.

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3.5/5  rDev -9.8%

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4/5  rDev +3.1%

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4/5  rDev +3.1%

Photo of barczar
3.68/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours an opaque black/brown with ruby highlights and a dense half inch mocha head that leaves sheets of lacing.

Chocolate, coffee, roast malt, and malted milk balls, with a bit of an acrid note form the aroma.

Flavor is roast malt dominant throughout, with a somewhat acrid finish. Coffee grounds and an underlying chocolate flavor hit mid palate and longer into a slightly dry, bitter end. There's a stale character that is somewhat offputting.

Body is on the light side, with low carbonation and a hint of astringency at the finish.

Decent brew, but the acrid character hurts the experience, along with that stale hop character.

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2.75/5  rDev -29.1%

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4.15/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle poured into a pint glass.

Pours jet black, ring of brown foam. Layer remains on top. Big rich roasted nose. Espresso loaded. Dark chocolate too. Creamy roasted flavor. Dry finish. Very flavorful. Ever so slight bitter in the close. Quite tasty. Magic Hat really pulled this one off.

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4/5  rDev +3.1%

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4/5  rDev +3.1%

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4/5  rDev +3.1%

Photo of ColdWaffles
3.77/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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

Appearance: Pitch black with a tannish head. Want the head on a stout to stick around a little longer, personally.

Smell: Roasty, malty.

Taste: Taste is pretty good, this is really easy to drink. Pretty rich, very creamy, slight roasty/coffee quality to it.

Mouthfeel: This is probably where it drops off a bit for me. The carbonation on this one is a little stronger than I'd expect and it cuts the good creaminess of this.

This is pretty good overall. Not sure if I'd go back to it a lot, but definitely quality.

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3.5/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle kept at 40F.

A - Drank mine straight from the bottle, friend poured his into a pint glass so we could check it out. Very dark body, weak carbonation and a lackluster foam. Dark in color but not as opaque in comparison to the other stouts we have been going through.

S - Mostly roasted malts, a slightly sweet smell reminiscent of dates to me.

T - Sweet and malty, but doesnt really pack a punch. Best quality is that its muted, not offensive in any way.

M - A bit watery for a stout, but it finishes nicely and doesn't hang on the palate. An easy drinker that I could session on a cold night sitting around with friends.

O - As a beer, its one i wouldn't turn down but wouldn't seek out. As a stout, a little disappointing for me. Reminds me more of a dark English ale.

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4.5/5  rDev +16%

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3.5/5  rDev -9.8%

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4/5  rDev +3.1%

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3.92/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a snifter

A- pours pitch black with a one finger light tan head and some short-lasting lace

S- dry, with some vinous aromas, charred dark fruit, and a bit of butterscotch

T- right off I notice a astringent tartness, then the other flavors begin to emerge. Notes of day old coffee, bittersweet chocolate, charcoal, campfire, some burnt toast and finishes dry with a bit if hops and a smoky/charred linger

M- medium body, med-low carbonation, slightly creamy mouthfeel and dry finish

O- this was the first Engkish stout that I have tried, it's a very interesting style. I was quite surprised how tart it was and the charred notes were certainly noticeable. Pretty interesting and definitely worth a try.

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4.25/5  rDev +9.5%

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4/5  rDev +3.1%

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

12oz bottle served in a snifter.

L - black with a tan head that thinned to a layer leaving plenty of lacing behind.

S - roasted coffee with a hint of chocolate.

T - rich roasty flavors with espresso coffee bitterness on the finish.

F - medium bodied with mild carbonation and a smooth feel.

O - a good example of the style.

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3.47/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle into a pint glass.

A: Pours a dark brown color with good opacity. The one finger tan colored head fades quick, unfortunately.

S: Roasted barley, licorice, hazelnut, and bittersweet chocolate. It's a typical stout aroma with little deviation from the norms of the style, but the execution is good.

T: This seems to be fairly licorice dominated, with the roasted malts sneaking up on the finish. Surprisingly, it has a touch of complexity to it, with occasional hints of coffee, raisins, and chocolate. It's not blowing me away, but I still enjoy it.

M: A very clean stout in general. The thick and creamy body gives way to both dryness and a lingering roasted aftertaste, alongside a touch of astringency. Far from the heaviest stout in the world - but it doesn't try to be.

O: Really not bad at all. I tend to avoid Magic Hat, but this one's good/cheap enough for me to possibly consider getting a 6 pack of.

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3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

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

This one pours dark with a nice head that lasts. The smell is roasted, coffee, chocolate. The taste follows the smell with a roasted flavor and chocolate. A bit of sweetness is a nice addition. Body has a creamy feel. Magic hat did a great job with this one. A drinkable and flavorful Stout.

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4.62/5  rDev +19.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle poured into Imperial pint glass

A: Almost black with a thin white head that dissipates quickly.

S: Dar, sweet, honey and oats with caramel

T: Bitter and hoppy, slightly sweet with notes of honey, caramel, chocolate and coffee

M: Pleasantly carbonated, not excessive. Smooth but still slightly thick, not oily or watery

This is a wonderful beer. I got it on sale for $31. I expected it to be more drinkable for a stout, but it is definitely on the savory side. It is a great winter beer for the fireside and a pipe.

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Heart Of Darkness from Magic Hat Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.88 out of 5 with 1,443 ratings