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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5/5  rDev +27.9%

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4.25/5  rDev +8.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +15.1%

Photo of Jwale73
3.41/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

12oz. bottle served in a willibecker. One of the original brews that got me into craft back in the day so let's see how it has held up. Pours the color and clarity of cola with a quarter inch, fizzy, tan-colored head. Nose reveals roast, lactose sweetness and a metallic aroma towards the back. Taste consistent with nose; however, there is also an acidity that cuts through the flavor profile. Mouthfeel is medium-light with a carbonation that falls just short of lively. Acidity is light, but lingers along the taste buds at the back of the tongue between quaffs. Overall, this beer has held up pretty well considering the last time I had it was in the mid 90's. That said, it's definitely not as robust as I recall, but a respectable beer nonetheless.

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3/5  rDev -23.3%

Photo of DMXLOX22
3.95/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Picked up a single of this at my local establishment, Civera's Deli. This should be a nice one to taste. It came pretty highly recommended by another customer.

Appearance: Pours a dark, roasted, blackish and inviting pour and leaves a delicious, lacing, one inch head that takes its time to dissipate which doesn't hurt it at all.

Smell: Roasted malts with a sweet touch of coffee, toffee and chocolate. Also some barley malt thrown in, but not a whole lot. Enough for me to notice I guess.

Taste: First notice is roasted malts that remind me of an oatmeal stout, but sweeter. The chocolate and coffee-like flavors kick in as soon as the roast is gone. Residutal sweetness is something that this beer actually shows off. Does finish off a bit dry, but the sweetness and dryness are there in fair balance.

Mouthfeel: Thin for a dry stout, but not too thin if that makes sense. Has moderate carbonation.

Overall: I actually am glad the local recommended this beer. Pretty darn delicious. I would definitely try this beer again. Everything seemed to somewhat surprise me about this one, Highly recommended to anyone who wants a good stout to enjoy

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4.25/5  rDev +8.7%

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3.5/5  rDev -10.5%

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3/5  rDev -23.3%

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4/5  rDev +2.3%

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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%

Photo of RickS95
4.4/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pours a very dark, but not quite pitch, black. There is a red hue that's present from the beginning of the pour. The head has a nice cascading buildup, leading to a dark tan, very foamy top. Thickest lace I can recall.

Lots of char in the nose, clearly some roasted goodness has been taking place. Faintest hit of bittersweet chocolate along with anise or licorice making a cameo.

Very English taste in that it favors the bitter v. the sweet for a stout. A bit of toffee meanders in with the chocolate and again, roasty malts dominate. As it warms, cocoa seems more prevalent.

It's very smooth and creamy. It's got the bitterness down pat so you know you're drinking a beer and not a milkshake, but it's never too bitter. More sweetness starts to develop the more the beer warms leading to a semi-dry finish that makes you want to take another swig. It's very easy on the palate.

This is terribly easy to drink. While 5.7% ABV isn't exactly session material, it goes down so easy with a smooth character that you'll want, and be able, to have quite a few of these. Really a nice rendition of an English classic.

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4/5  rDev +2.3%

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4.25/5  rDev +8.7%

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3.5/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Deep brown with a finger of tan head. Roasted and burnt barley, full mouthfeel. Prickly carbonation burnt bitterness on the finish. Hints of coffee and dark chocolate. Nothing crazy here just a standard drinkable stout, wouldn't get it again though. Pretty bold flavor though for a smaller beer which is good

Anyone know why this is categorized as an english stout?

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3.5/5  rDev -10.5%

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3.5/5  rDev -10.5%

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4.2/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Dark brown in color with a creamy tan head.
The smell is of sweet roasted malts and dark chocolate.
It tastes of roasted malts, dark chocolate. There is a touch sweetness in the middle with a little milky creaminess that I love. It finishes dry with a little bitterness.

Overall, a fantastic stout from Magic Hat.

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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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4.5/5  rDev +15.1%

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3.25/5  rDev -16.9%

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