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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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Ratings: 1,414 |  Reviews: 335
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3.5/5  rDev -9.8%

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4.5/5  rDev +16%

Photo of chugalug06
3.41/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Large, four-finger, thick foamy oatmeal colored head. Brew is thick black. Decent lacing and heavy viscosity.

Smokey, oaty, roasty, chocolaty, and a slight funk. :|

Much thinner then the appearance represents. Slight smokey-ness. Some thin dark chocolate. Nice medium-high carbonation. Medium bitterness and sweetness. Slight licorice flavors, blah.

This is an okay brew, but I believe there are much better oatmeal stouts to be made. It's not creamy, or delicious, merely an average representation of style. I could not drink two back to back. Recommended, but tame your expectations.

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4.25/5  rDev +9.5%

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4.25/5  rDev +9.5%

Photo of VelvetExtract
4.05/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A-Pours black. Minimal light penetration. Head is great. Tan and well built. The consistency is frothy. Leaves lacing webs all over my pint glass.

S-Signature Oatmeal Stout nose. Cold coffee and handfuls of chocolate chips. Chocolate is bittersweet and consistent. Light hoppy bitterness. About a 6 on the intensity scale.

T-Hershey's Syrup and burnt coffee. Charred oats. Flat soda. Maybe a bit like flat Dr. Pepper (due to the fruity flavors I find here). Powdered cocoa. Dark and milk chocolate. Light hoppy bitterness.

M-Buzzing carbonation. Easy drinking (I am loving that this is a sub 6% brew). Enough body. Sessionable Stout.

O/D-Really solid Oatmeal Stout. I will have no problem blowing back all 6 of these. One of Magic Hat's best offerings. Not too sweet, which I am happy about. Oh, so solid!

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

Evil eye of Sauron on the bottle label. Black with a dense, clay colored head. Stalwart retention stripes my glass on it's way to glass bottom. Cap reads, "pull my finger but don't linger."

Roast malt and oat aroma with subtle cocoa powder and ground coffee intricacy.

Dark chocolate roast malty with a sweet dark fruit and citrus backend. Big bodied, the mouthfeel is a mouth full. Lacks the Magic Hat butter which is a pleasant absence. A sweeter version of the style but nice.

One of the better Magic Hats. Certainly better than Joseph Conrad's book.

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4/5  rDev +3.1%

Photo of oriolesfan4
3.3/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Haven't seen this offering yet from MH so picked up a sixer of it. Pours a jet black with tannish head. Nice roasty aroma. Taste is medium bodied, a bit bland. Nice mouthfeel.. but I feel it's a bit lacking taste, not overly hoppy but doesn't have the usual nuttiness of an oatmeal stout. I was surprised to see this one rated so high... seems like an average, drinkable stout to me, nothing too special about it.

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4/5  rDev +3.1%

Photo of scvance
3.96/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle into a pint glass.

Pours pitch black with a large very fine, creamy, tan head. Excellent retention and wonderful lacing. Smell is rather subtle, roasted coffee notes and caramel maltiness, slightly alcoholic. Taste is good, roasted bitterness and a lot of caramel malty sweetness. Slight chocolate and alcohol notes at the finish. Medium carbonation and a medium to full body. Mouthfeel is wonderful, creamy and smooth, finishes with a good bite that leaves you wanting more. This is a great stout, different from the usual suspects most people think of for the style, but definitely well within the style guidelines. Definitely recommend and I will be having this again.

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4.75/5  rDev +22.4%

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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%

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4.5/5  rDev +16%

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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  rDev +3.1%

Photo of GilGarp
4.22/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle served cold into a pint glass.

Nearly black in color and with a thin layer of head, it settles quickly but leaves some nice lace on the glass.

Aroma is sweet, like milk chocolate, with a slight roasty quality.

The flavor is balanced with sweetness up front but a good dose or roasty dark malt bitterness.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied and lightly carbonated.

Overall a nice, robust, roasty stout.

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4.25/5  rDev +9.5%

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3.5/5  rDev -9.8%

Photo of StonedTrippin
4.03/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

magic hat in colorado, nice! this must be newish from them, havent seen it before. it pours a shockingly black color, dense as hell, no light getting through this baby. theres a bubble mocha head on it about an inch to an inch and a half tall, and some nice sticky lacing. it smells really basic, no chocolate, no espresso, none of the frills. just really dark bitter malt and some decent bittering hops. the flavor is also much without the extras, although i do taste some dark cocoa in there. there is a great bitterness from the malt, and a ton of body (but not sugar) from the oats. good carbonation and melty smooth texture. havnt had a lot of good dark beers from magic hat before this one, but this i can really get into. a perfect winter seasonal.

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4.25/5  rDev +9.5%

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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 1,414 ratings
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