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%

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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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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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4.25/5  rDev +9.5%

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4.5/5  rDev +16%

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4.5/5  rDev +16%

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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%

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4/5  rDev +3.1%

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5/5  rDev +28.9%

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4/5  rDev +3.1%

Photo of Darkmagus82
4.07/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from bottle into pint glass

Appearance – Pours a nearly pitch black colored brew with a billowy tan head. The head has a good level of retention, fading slowly to give a nice level of lacing.

Smell – The aroma is quite nice and delicious. It is heaviest of a good deal of coffee some sweet caramel and some chocolate aromas. Mixed with these aromas are lighter notes of a oatmeal as well as vanilla aroma.

Taste – The flavors begin with a strong roasted malt and oat flavor mixed with some sweet caramel flavors. As the flavors advance further vanilla come to the tongue. These linger along and as the taste advances more toward the end with some flavors of a bitter coffee flavor coming in. In the end, with the roastiness fading a bit, one is left with a pleasant, dark yet somewhat sweet flavor left to linger on the tongue.

Mouthfeel- The body of the beer is rather average in terms of creaminess with a carbonation level that is slightly below average. A little bit more creaminess in the body would have been better for the style, but considering the abv. and drinkability that is afforded by the brew, it is overall quite good.

Overall –A quite tasty and balanced stout at only 5.7 % abv. The blend of flavors and their transitions are all very nice.

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3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

Photo of TMoney2591
3.24/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Served in a Walter Payton shaker pint glass.

I wonder if ol' Joe Conrad is getting royalty checks...? Regardless, this stuff pours a bleak mahogany topped by a finger of tan foam. Darkness, eh? Not quite, buddy. The nose comprises roasted malts, toasted oats, and a touch of coffee. There we go, back on track. The taste brings in more of the same, though everything is now overly roasted and/or toasted. Dammit. At least it's not all bad this time. The body is a light medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a very dry finish. Overall, a schizoid little stout, one that's too thin and too roasty for its own good.

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3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

Heart Of Darkness from Magic Hat Brewing Company
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