Heart Of Darkness | Magic Hat Brewing Company

very good
1,388 Ratings
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 godlessape
3.99/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Love the psychedelic, Orwellian, purple eyeball label art. Poured this into a Samuel Smith Imperial pint glass.
The body is like darkness, collapsed upon night, smothered in a coal mine. The thin tan head reduces to a skim.
The aroma is of earthy roasted barley malt, pipe tobacco, raisins, and I swear I smell an old, flat, rum and Coke.
With the taste I'm picking up a lot of coffee, along with the roasted malt and maybe a little chocolate on the tail end.
The mouthfeel is medium bodied.
Overall a fine stout.

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Photo of mfnmbvp
3.95/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle, with no apparent bottled on date present. Acquired as part of the Magic Hat winter variety pack. A new to me seasonal, expectations are about average.

Poured into an over-sized wine glass.

A - Pours a dark cola brown colored body; opaque black in the glass. One finger of light mocha head with some decent staying power.

S - Smell isn't half bad. Some light powdery chocolate, cold coffee, roasted malt, some sugary cookie dough like smell, & some creamy lactose. Smells of raisins and dark chocolate as it warms.

T - Taste follows the nose nicely: bitter cold coffee and powdery chocolate, some creamy vanilla, bitter chocolate malt roast, and a smooth creamy finish.

M - Feel ends mildly bitter and sticky. Thin and light-bodied with good carbonation.

Overall, a nice light bodied stout from Magic Hat, probably one of their better beers, well worth picking up the winter variety pack just for this beer alone.

Magic Hat Heart Of Darkness ---4/5.

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4/5  rDev +2.3%

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3.5/5  rDev -10.5%

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3.5/5  rDev -10.5%

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4/5  rDev +2.3%

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3.25/5  rDev -16.9%

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4/5  rDev +2.3%

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3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

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4/5  rDev +2.3%

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4/5  rDev +2.3%

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4.75/5  rDev +21.5%

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3.5/5  rDev -10.5%

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4/5  rDev +2.3%

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4.5/5  rDev +15.1%

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4.39/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

This one from magic hat pours pitch black.

There is a light roasty aroma.

The mouth feel is smooth.

The taste starts out with some dark malts and turns to a glorious chocolate note.

Overall, the taste of this beer is remarkable for nice oatmeal stout and the price makes it even sweeter. I would recommend this one to anyone.

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3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

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4.5/5  rDev +15.1%

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3.5/5  rDev -10.5%

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3.25/5  rDev -16.9%

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4/5  rDev +2.3%

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4.25/5  rDev +8.7%

Heart Of Darkness from Magic Hat Brewing Company
3.91 out of 5 based on 1,388 ratings.
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