Heart Of Darkness | Magic Hat Brewing Company

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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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4.5/5  rDev +16%

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3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +16%

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3.5/5  rDev -9.8%

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4.5/5  rDev +16%

Photo of CloudStrife
3.95/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a snifter. Bottled September 19, 2012.

A: Pours a dark mahogany with a 1.5 finger light khaki head. Leaves a real nice film of lacing on the glass as the head dissipates.

S: Pretty good coffee and roasted malt aroma. Also has some dark fruits to it, raisin and fig. I can see the oatmeal in this.

T: A pretty solid beer here. Great maltiness up front from the oatmeal. Also a coffee, chocolate. Can tell there is ample hop backing as it creeps up in there too. Lingers with a nice roastiness. Still just a little light.

M: Light body for a stout, has a low carbonation, maybe a little thin. Hops are a little sticky.

Overall a pretty impressive brew from Magic Hat. Has an authentic stout taste. Wouldnt mind having this one again.

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4/5  rDev +3.1%

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3.5/5  rDev -9.8%

Photo of LXIXME
4.83/5  rDev +24.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Big rich malty light brown head is settling so slowly above this super dark brown to black colored beer that appears to be clear if one could only see through it,

Light dark aroma of well roasted grain malts with just a hint or tow of fresh brewed coffee.

Rich dark roasted malts are the backbone of a rich tasting stout that brings with it fresh brewed black coffee and dark chocolates.

A lighter dryish aftertaste that has just a bit of the dark malt taste remaining on this full bodied beer.

I'm gonna have to try this with a scoop of French Vanilla Ice Cream and maybe some raspberries, yup I think I just found desert. This was the perfect beer for today, I wish I could find a perfect beer everyday.

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4.75/5  rDev +22.4%

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

On-tap at Rattle n' Hum, New York, NY

A: The beer is jet black in color. It poured with a half finger high beige head that has excellent retention properties and hardly died down.
S: There are moderately strong aromas of chocolate in the nose.
T: Similar to the smell, the taste is dominated by flavors of chocolate malts and also has hints of roasted malts.
M: It feels a little more than medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation. There are some hints of smoothness, but not as much compared to other beers in the style.
O: This is a rich tasting oatmeal stout that is deceptively easy to drink. The only drawback is it seems that it could have used more flavors of roasted malts.

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3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

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3.68/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark brown color with a small khaki head that doesn't leave much lacing as it recedes.

Aromas are fairly straight-forward with roasted maltiness and emerging chocolate and coffee notes.

The tastes follow the nose with the roasted maltiness and oatmeal graininess making their presence known. Some earthy hoppiness emerging as it warms with some coffee and dark cocoa.

The mouthfeel is medium to light bodied with moderate carbonation. The finish is dry and surprisingly hoppy, with some residual sweetness

Overall this is a very pleasant drinking stout, but a bit too roasty and hoppy for my preference for an oatmeal stout. Needs more oats to create than silky body which is necessary for a true winner in this category.

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4/5  rDev +3.1%

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3/5  rDev -22.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +16%

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4.25/5  rDev +9.5%

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

One of my favorites from Magic Hat..

This beer pours nearly black with a finger of brown head. Some spotty lacing as the beer disappears.

Smell has great roasted character, some coffee, dark chocolate, pine, woody.

More pleasant roasted characters, coffee again, really nice balance with bitterness.

Medium bodied stout. Just right for the ABV

Everything a stout should be. Grab some this winter.

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3.69/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

With November here, it's time to ramp up stout drinking and other dark beers. I've heard good things about this beer, which is from a heavily criticized brewery, Magic Hat. Let's see how it goes.

Pours jet black with a very impressive half inch of head which retains very well. Smells roasty, and well, like a stout. Interesting taste. A smoked malt flavor (with a bit of sourness) that lingers for quite a while after each sip. I like the smokiness of it. Some good intensity on the palate.

I recommend giving this a go. It's a very different and creative take on the style. Now time for some swordfish, looking forward to my fiance's arrival!

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4.5/5  rDev +16%

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4.2/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: It's your typical stout. Pitch black, a nice little cinnamon colored head ... the lacing is pretty great as well, so maybe it's a little bit better than "your typical stout".

Smell: For some reason, I'm getting a rusty smell. Almost like blood. I'd say it's the glass, but this hasn't happened with any other beer before. Underneath that rustic aroma is the coffee and chocolate. Probably the lowest point of this beer.

Taste/feel: Glorious. The bottle doesn't lie: This is a unique stout, and I really enjoy it. The main reason it's so interesting is the sourness I actually get on the front of each sip. It's not strong, but I get it. The carbonation goes with that sourness very well. The rest of the taste consists of quality dark chocolate and coffee, but they don't dominate the palate too much. This is a stout I'd have again any time, and that's saying something. The reason why I think I find it so appealing -- besides the awesome subtle sourness -- is that it's not too thick/rich/sweet, which makes sense now, as I see it has a reasonable 5.7% ABV, and the calories in this are apparently around 175.

World-class stout right here.

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4/5  rDev +3.1%

Heart Of Darkness from Magic Hat Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.88 out of 5 with 1,413 ratings
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