Odd Notion - Chocolate Belgian Stout (Fall 2009) | Magic Hat Brewing Company

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Odd Notion - Chocolate Belgian Stout (Fall 2009)Odd Notion - Chocolate Belgian Stout (Fall 2009)

Brewed by:
Magic Hat Brewing Company
Vermont, United States

Style: Belgian Dark Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.20%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by BeerAdvocate on 08-02-2009

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 112 |  Reviews: 84
Reviews by Buggies:
Photo of Buggies
4.15/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a deep dark black with a thin dark tan head. Aroma is of roasted malt... nice coffee and toffee smell with a little chocolate there as well. The roasted grains come out nicely in the taste. An interesting touch of smoke too. A little bitter bite too. I taste a lot of fruit also from the yeast?

This is a good beer. Reminds me more of a stout... but the Belgian yeast adds more too it. The fruity yeasty notes come out nicely.

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Photo of generallee
4.87/5  rDev +30.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: The new fall seasonal in the very cool night of the living dead variety 12-pack. It was poured from a brown 12oz bottle into a pint glass. There is a best before the end of Oct. date on the back label of the bottle.

Appearance: It pours like used motor oil, thick, viscous and dark brown/black into the glass. In the glass beers color is as black as the night and opaque. On top sits a thick and creamy light brown head. It is about one finger tall and slowly fades to thin coating of lacy foam. The lacing is slick and slides down the sides of the glass as I drink.

Smell: The aroma is full and rich. It has notes of dark roasted grain, molasses, burnt caramel, light herbal/metallic hops and a hint of smoke.

Taste/Palate: The flavor has a deep roasted character with nice complexity and balance. There are flavor notes of roasted coffee, roasted grain, dark chocolate, burnt caramel and molasses. Underneath there seems to be a hidden estery/yeast flavor as well. This comes out more as the beer warms and adds dark fruity notes of ripe plums and black mission figs. Herbal and leafy hops come in on the back end and give it a good balance of bitterness to the sweet and roasted flavors in the finish. The palate has a solid medium to full body with soft carbonation and a slick viscous texture.

Notes: I love this beer!!! It has great complexity and good drinkability. The only thing I would like is a little more head retention but other than that it is a nearly perfect Belgian Stout. I think that Magic Hat should add this one to there regular line up!!!

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Photo of Skye1024
4/5  rDev +7%

Photo of WVbeergeek
3.9/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Another impressive fall sampler selection from a large "micro" brewery who happens to make craft beer. Appears a pitch black hue body that absorbs all spectrums of visible light, large mocha tan head forms thick with some large bubbles scattered throughout. Streaks of lacing forms on the sides of my chalice, pretty nice looking dark brew from Magic Hat. Aroma very big with dark dried dark fruits like plum with another component of citrus fruit, big and roasted malt profile arises with dark cocoa and dry bittering coffee accents. Flavors bring big roasted malt complexity matched with lactic creamy tones and sharp acidic fruit qualities with each sip. By the way the website states that this is a Black Stout nowhere can I find any Belgian yeast strain mentions or strong dark ale info and frankly 6.2 is more in line with an American Stout than with a Belgian Strong Dark Ale. Finishes roasty with some dry bitterness from that, also herbal hops notes are expressed a bit watery in a since but definitely susbtantial enough to fulfill the shoes of a good stout. Drinkability is definitely doable, I enjoy dark brews from South Burlington it's a shame they don't release much anymore this is a welcome addition to brews of the past that I loved so dearly for example Heart of Darkness.

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3.75/5  rDev +0.3%

Photo of apbarwood
3.75/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Black with a small sandy-colored head. Interesting aroma with the coffee/roasted malt but a hint of fresh banana nut bread. The coffee and chocolate come through on the palate with the banana losing a little bit. There's still a hint of a milky sweetness there though but not quite what I'd hoped based on the aroma. The mouthfeel is nice and thick but doesn't have much of a finish. I'd say it's a decent beer and I'd drink it again if it was offered but I can think of better BSDA's or stouts.

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Photo of dacrza1
3.95/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Situation: Watching The Wizard of Oz for the first time straight through...
Glassware: Yuengling pint...
Appearance: dark black body witha crackling, foamy brown head that settles in time to a ring...
Aroma: sweet lactic fragrance with a toasted element; fresh and vivacious...
Palate: warm, smooth body with the presence to be reckoned with; effervescent if not a bit slick or oily...
Taste: chocolatey and thick, like a microwaved milkshake--not sure if that is a compliment, but it fits...
Overall: among the autumn sample, this one pleased me with its mellow approach and its complimentary place among party food fare. The odd notion was not odd at all, actually--a solid stout...

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Photo of GratefulBeerGuy
3.69/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

opaque Darkness, mocha coffee foam head, nice retention.

I'm really enjoy the sweet fruits and big malts in the aroma, red grapes, sour dates, soft and tangy with chocolate malt and a dry-sour yeast aroma that is really nice. mild heat at the end.

roastie, dark malts bitter chocolate with a dry and earthy yeast. The hops and earthy yeast adds a really nice counter-punch to the malt. both spectrums of flavor's are allowed to shine! bitter and dry effect is pretty heavy and a dense malt complexity of sour fruits and black coffee. yeah, it all works pretty well, although the chocolate malt is a bit too slick and heavy feeling, full bodied with a decent bite though.

This is a stlye bender for sure, it's a nice complex yeast but the malt comes off as too chunky for my taste.

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Photo of mtparty37
3.5/5  rDev -6.4%

Photo of hreb
2.84/5  rDev -24.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Odd Notion Fall 09 pours black, like stout, with a thin brown head that disappears quickly. Cold 12 oz bottle poured into tapered pint glass. Aroma is slightly more hoppy than appearance suggests, and sweeter/estery like either a hefeweiss (which this isn't) or a belgian dark ale (which this apparently is!).

First sip is alarmingly thin. Not "thin" like a dry stout, but more like a black lager. Smokey, and stery flavors still come, but otherwise the beer is mostly bland. Not overly carbonated, and hides the 6.2% ABV quite nicely. Still, overall I'm not impressed.

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Photo of avisong
2.5/5  rDev -33.2%

Photo of blknikon
3.75/5  rDev +0.3%

Photo of BeerZack
3.04/5  rDev -18.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 3 | feel: 1 | overall: 1.5

Pretty black with a tan foamy ring of head that laces a bit.

Smell is interesting- roasty, almost smokey, good dose of vanilla and hints of chocolate chip trail mix (nutty and dates or raisins). Almost a bourbon barrel quality to it. Nice+

Awe, taste is a let down for sure- starts off nice, if a bit light, same rich vanilla oakiness and chocolate notes as in the nose, but then falls off as the dark roasty malts just overpower this beer with their tannic astringency. Nothing really bad going on, just out of balance with the light body of this beer (its only 6.2%). Hard for me to swallow this beer.

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Photo of Enriquehopnog
4/5  rDev +7%

Photo of trioxin
1/5  rDev -73.3%

Photo of morimech
4.12/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Odd Notion is an odd beer. A very dark color with a small head that fades to a collar of bubbles. Very little lace is left on the glass. The aroma is a combination of dark or over-ripen fruit and roasted malt. A unique combination of Belgian yeast and English malt. The flavor is also a collaboration of styles. Starts with fruity fones but then it switches to roasted, almost burnt tasting malt. Hints of smoke and chocolate as well. The body is not as full as I would like in order to better compliment the flavors. The carbonation is nice. The combination of flavors is something I enjoyed but it might not be for everyone. Definately worth a try at least once.

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Photo of dave00100
5/5  rDev +33.7%

Photo of BeerSox
4.1/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle into wine glass.

Pitch black, opaque, with a one finger brown head. It fizzled away quickly but I'm using a wine glass at my parents' house that was in the dishwasher.

Roasty malts along with a little bit of bitter chocolate, mixed with typical Belgian spicy phenols.

The phenols come out a little more in the flavor, but it's still mostly the burnt malts. The chocolate is back, but a little sweeter. Full bodied.

This is a good example of the Belgian Stout style (not on BA yet, but it's a style I'm creating, sort of) with it's roasty malts mixed with the phenolic Belgian yeast. Recommended.

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Photo of hockeynut
3.28/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A: Almost pure black, Nice dark brown head that dissipates quickly, leaving nice lacing.

S: Smell of roasted malts, licorice and smoke. Little hop smell.

T: Taste of smoke upfront, lots of roasted malts, and very little hops.

M: Nice carbonation, great mouth feel, light to medium body.

D: Good drinkability, but can only drink 2. Great beer once in a awile, but not my every day beer.

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Photo of scottg
4.2/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Filled a growler at the brewery and brought it home and poured it into a Magic Hat snifter glass. This beer is actually a Belgian Chocolate Stout.

Pours a jet black color, no light gets through with a one finger dark tan head with light retention leaving light lacing. Smoke and roasted malt are the up front aromas that give way to raisin and cherry. Complex flavors of smoke, roasted malts, cherry, raisin, dark chocolate and espresso all taking turns as the dominant flavor. Medium high carbonation, full body, very well balanced with a delightful raisiny finish.
For those who feel that all Magic Hat beer taste alike, you should try this one. By far, the best I've had from this brewery. Makes me look forward to future Odd Notions.

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Photo of TexIndy
3.62/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a snifter. Back label had notches for best by end of Oct '09. Was pitch black in color. No visible carbonation. Quick sliding lace. It had a small brown head that dissipated into a collar.

The aroma was roasted chocolate malt, coffee, touch of bourbon with a splash of vanilla. Taste followed the aroma but ended with a good smokiness. This is not one of my favorite styles but this one was good.

Overall, a good beer but again not one of my favorite styles so it can only go so far. If you like the style, this might be a good one to try.

Rotation: good to try it but won't be seeking another (style).

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Photo of u2carew
4/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle. Consumed on 9/7/09
A) Opaque. Pours with dark tan head. Lacing is thin, semi-sticky.
S) Bready. Caramel. Chocolate. Light brown sugar notes. Some maple syrup below the surface.
T) Roasted grain. A mellow smokiness up front. Cocoa and coffee in the finish and lingers in the aftertaste.
M) Fizzy. Thick. Chewy. Full bodied. A lingering residue in the aftertaste.
D) Before knowing the classification - the initial thought was "a stout from Magic Hat? No way!" A very good brew.

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Photo of squirrelpirate
4.37/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Magic Hat Odd Notion Fall 09 pours a dark brown with a reddish tint and a very minimal brown head that barely coats the top of the beer. The aroma consists of molasses, cherries, nuttiness, roasted barley, and coffee notes.

Coffee, tart cherries, and chocolate come through very strongly in the taste, along with some alcohol, roastiness and sourness. An extremely pleasant blend with a slight bitterness at the end.

It has a lighter mouthfeel than you would expect and is very smooth. In between medium and full-bodied with appropriately low carbonation. This is certainly not a session beer, and therefore gets docked points for drinkability, but is very enjoyable. I want to get my hands on more of these!

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Photo of peabody
4.03/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours out a thick dark black with one finger of tan suds. Some lacing.
Smell is almost a fruity porter and not a lot of the belgian spices are present. Chocolate and raisin are most present to the nose.
Taste is dark chocolate malt and a medicinal alcohol quality. Kind of strong but really good.
Mouthfeel is a bit dirty but leaves the palate ready for the next drink.
So, drinkability is good even though it has a bourbon kick to it.

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Photo of mikesgroove
3.55/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

reviewed from notes, this one was serve in a pint glass during a magic hat tasting i had with my brother in law down at his apartment.

the our was a nice dark brown color with this tin wispy head of off white that capped the top only for a slight time offering little in the way of side lacing. aroma of roasted malts, light smoke, and hints of chocolate, nice and warming, but lacked the punch i was looking for. flavor was more of the same, not bad at all, had all the right markers there with light peat, lots of chocolate, deep roasted profile, just too light for me to be honest. thin feel as i find with alot of these beers, but easy to drink and a smooth aftertaste.

overall not sure who piked the style on this one, but that is definitley off, but the beer itself was solid and decently put together.

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Odd Notion - Chocolate Belgian Stout (Fall 2009) from Magic Hat Brewing Company
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