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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Photo of TheMultiYeast
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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Photo of Celtics76
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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Photo of slim2043
4.5/5  rDev +16%

Photo of SerialTicker
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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Photo of ZombiesAteMyDog
4/5  rDev +3.1%

Photo of enelson
4/5  rDev +3.1%

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3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

Photo of Tuey13
4/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a pitch black dark as Halloween night ;)
Aroma is roasty and smokey... With bittersweet chocolate and espresso... Some dark molasses sweetness as well.
Taste is rich bakers chocolate and espresso... Some sweetness with oak and vanilla on the finish... A little bitter at the back end. Delicious!
Such a rich and delicious oatmeal stout... Went perfect with the spicy chili on this crisp Halloween night!
Happy Halloween.. Drink good beer!

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Photo of rangerred
3.94/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle into a pint glass.

Pours jet black with a thin half finger dark tan head. Not very good head retention but ok lacing.

Aroma has tons of roasted malt reminiscent of coffee and dark chocolate. A little bit of burnt caramel too.

The flavor is a continuation of what is found in the aroma but on a huge scale. Tons and tons of roasted malt and coffee provide amazing flavor and the bitterness one would associate with strong brewed coffee. Nice caramel undertones along with some toast. Mouthfeel is full and slick as is typical of an oatmeal stout leaving a slightly sticky finish with hints of dark fruit.

Overall, the best Magic Hat beer I have tried by far. Tons of flavor and a great mouthfeel make for one amazing stout. Definitely pick this one up if you have the opportunity.

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Photo of Chickenhawk9932
4.33/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours black as night with some ruby highlights, a big frothy coffee colored head hangs around and clings to the glass leaving a trail.

Coffee, chocolate, roasted malt, and molasses is detected in the nose.

Good punch of bitter coffee up front, followed by roasted malt with some slightly sweet molasses notes which all but hidden in the lively dance of carbonation. Finishes with a smooth coating of chocolate - bitter and a little dry. This is a delicious beer.

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Photo of chinchill
3.8/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle served in a Trois Pistoles snifter.

True to the name, this dark stout is opaque and essentially black, although a deep redish-mahogany color can be seen at the edges. The modest tan head has weak retention but leaves some spotty lacing on the glass.

This stout has a suitably full dark roasted malt flavor [3.75], yet without any burnt or off-flavors other than a touch of sourness. Hops add a light peppery note and there are hints of coffee, especially in the aftertaste.

M: smooth; low-medium carbonation; medium-full body.

O: good but not quite as good as the Highland Black Mocha Stout I had last night. The Magic Hat stout has a more obvious hop presence, a trace of sour, and a touch more carbonation, but is slightly less rich and complex.

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Photo of hosehead83
3.98/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a standard pint glass.
Deep. oily black in color, with a nice cap of tan foam that hangs for a while.
Aroma-Dark roasted malt, coffee
Taste-Rich roasted coffee, dark chocolate, faint smokiness and tangy hop prescence. Dry, roasty finish. Not as creamy as some oatmeal stouts but every bit as flavorfull, with a drier finish. Match up with some burgers or BBQ. Yum!

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Photo of vfgccp
2/5  rDev -48.5%

Photo of Vashtar
4.12/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

The appearance is really dark and the head is caramel, with serious lacing and okay head retention.

Deep, pungent caramel toffee/coffee scent

The taste is... The same. It's pretty bitter, but not for a stout

Thee mouthfeel is lacking. It's like a thicker Bud Light. It's nice and smooth, though

Overall, this is a solid beer that I would recommend to any timid drinker who wants to try their first stout.

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Photo of mitch3114
4.25/5  rDev +9.5%

Photo of irrgalaxy
4.5/5  rDev +16%

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4.5/5  rDev +16%

Photo of asafarc2
4/5  rDev +3.1%

Photo of TheAmericanBeerProject
4.61/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Some beers are just cool, and this is one of them. As oatmeal stouts go, you won't find a heartier pour. My bartender commented when she started the tap, "Wow, that's dark!". It is smooth to drink, just a little bitter on the edges, and an all around quality beer!

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Photo of bigfnjoe
3.94/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass

A- pours black with a one finger light tan head that fades quickly into nothing. Expected a lot more off of the initial pour, that head disappeared pretty quickly

S- tons of chocolate, a little bit of toffee, some nuttiness as well. Excellent

T- chocolate, nuttiness, along with an unpleasant lingering taste that I assume is coming from the house yeast. Almost tastes metallic. That kills the flavors, unfortunately

M- medium bodied, bordering on the thicker side. Pretty nice body on this one

O- I prefer drinking this from the bottle as opposed to from a glass, but at any rate, it's still the best Magic Hat beer I've ever had. Got the case on clearance for 15.99, and it's definitely an amazing value at that price

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Photo of TaylorK
5/5  rDev +28.9%

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2.5/5  rDev -35.6%

Photo of Cramerican
4/5  rDev +3.1%

Photo of KC9LDB
5/5  rDev +28.9%

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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 1,443 ratings