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Heart Of Darkness | Magic Hat Brewing Company

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3.88/5
Very Good
1,408 Ratings
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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Magic Hat Brewing Company
Vermont, United States
magichat.net

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

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#8,025
Reviews:
333
Ratings:
1,408
pDev:
12.37%
Bros Score:
4.37
 
 
Wants:
115
Gots:
165
Trade:
2
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look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

A- dark black with hints of clear ruby shining through. Small tan head fades to a tiny ring with no lacing.

S- chocolate covered espresso beans, raisins, burnt marshmallow. Not a very strong aroma but a complex and desirable one.

T- up front it is lightly fruity raisin which fades into strong espresso coffee character with a moderate dark, roasted bitterness lingering throughout.

M- moderate body with a dry finish, accentuates the espresso character but I'd like a little more creaminess.

O- a very solid stout that stands out only by being so true to style and refined.

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look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

12 oz. bottle with no date consumed on 12-28-13 and priced at $10 for a 6 pack.

A- Opaque black body with a short, light mocha head that stuck around for a while.

S- Unusually for a stout, the most prominent aroma is a phenolic/yeasty one. That is grounded by some roasty chocolate, which is still beat out by some aromatic ginger-like spice and citric/herbal hops. There might be some acidic espresso roast in there too. Strange bouquet for a stout, but not necessarily negative. There is also a weird soy sauce or almost balsamic vinegar aroma.

T- Starts with a hint of bittersweet cocoa powder, which quickly transistions into an acidic, spicy, herbal middle. Then it finishes with slightly bitter roasted malts. Some hops and coffee in the retro-olfaction. The strange/off elements that are in the aroma are also present in the flavor profile. I'm beginning to think it is detracting from the quality of this stout.

M- A little thin bodied for the style. Some carbonation. Mostly smooth on the palate with a semi-dry finish.

O- Underwhelming, disappointment of a beer that I had high hopes for. I don't normally trust Magic Hat to put out a high quality brew, but I was hoping this one might be different based on reviews and scores I've read. However, there wasn't enough boldness or richness of flavors I expect in a high quality stout. That coupled with too many off aromas and flavors force me to give this brew regrettably low marks.

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Heart Of Darkness from Magic Hat Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.88 out of 5 with 1,408 ratings
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