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)

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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
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1/5  rDev -73.5%

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1.75/5  rDev -53.7%

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2/5  rDev -47.1%

Photo of darrenc7
2.23/5  rDev -41%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

I have to say this was vile. One of the first beers I have not finished in a while and I have enjoyed the previous Odd Notion offering. I figured this was a failed attempt at some kind of Rauchbier. The flavor was all over the place but it just finished on a burnt note.

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Photo of jeffthecheff
2.46/5  rDev -34.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Straggler left in my friend's fridge. He didn't like it so he gave it to me.

Pours a black, stout like color with some yeast clumps splashing in the end. The head is brown and forms a good ring of foam around the edge of my tulip glass, with lace in the middle.

The aroma has a Belgian yeast character along with some roasty malts. I'm guessing they were going for a Belgian stout. The yeast provides a general Belgian fruitiness along with some strange, old mustiness to it. The malt contributes a slight chocolate to the nose.

The first thing I thought was this beer tasted awful cold. So I didn't sip it for about an hour until it got to room temp. It's a little better but not great. Malty and sweet with some roast. Chocolate up front is good, but the finish reminds me of stale chocolate. I think the Belgian influence is just clouding things up. This beer just doesn't taste fresh, and that strange, old mustiness is back from the aroma.

The mouthfeel is slightly bubbly with a surprisingly full body. Finish has a chalky dryness to it. I wouldn't want another one of these only because it just wasn't very good, which is funny because it's the only reason I'm drinking this in the first place.

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2.5/5  rDev -33.9%

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2.5/5  rDev -33.9%

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2.5/5  rDev -33.9%

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2.5/5  rDev -33.9%

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2.55/5  rDev -32.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

12oz bottle received as a trade extra from VanillaMike. Thanks for the opportunity.

Poured into an imperial pint glass, formed a 1/2" dark brown head over the opaque dark brown/black brew. Head recedes slowly, with leggy, slow-falling lace. Aroma is dark malts, prominent fruit, light tartness. Taste is cherries and rich, almost cloying sweetness, closes tart, with a chalky aftertaste. Mouthfeel is okay, but drinkability is knocked down by my unhappiness with the flavor. Odd notion, indeed.

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2.58/5  rDev -31.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

12oz. brown bottle, best by 11/30/09 on bottle, drank 10/18/09. Vigorous pour into a tulip produced a very thin, light brown head which disappeared in moments, black body. The nose is of sweet chocolate, belgian yeast, anise, too sweet. Tastes of acrid olive brine, anise, kind of bitter and unpleasant, hints of cocoa. Thin bodied, decent carbonation. I did not find it very drinkable, it was close to a drain pour at first but got gradually better as it warmed, would not repeat.

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Photo of hreb
2.84/5  rDev -24.9%
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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3/5  rDev -20.6%

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3/5  rDev -20.6%

Photo of ommegoose
3.02/5  rDev -20.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Fall mixed 12 pack.

Poured into a tulip. Opaque black. Brown head, but fizzes out rather quick, leaving a ring.

Smoky. This is not what I expected. Dark and fruity with one sniff, stout-like with another. That bready, yeasty Belgian ale aroma is in there too.

Odd indeed. Smoky burnt malt dominates a beer with a clear Belgian yeast character. The smoke has a little touch of sweetness. At times fruity like dark cherries. Softens a bit as I get adjusted. No hop profile of note. I don't dislike this, but too much burnt malt. Frankly, I don't get coffee or chocolate or mocha at all. Astringent and dry finish.

Has about the right amount of body, but would benefit from a livelier carbonation.

Can't say I'm real enthused at first, but it grew on me a bit. It still is beer after all. It must seem that there's a reason beers like this aren't in mass production. Probably very niche. Looking at reviews I guess I'm going to be the low man by now. Still have two more, and I'll probably try again at a higher temp to see if that astringency evens out.

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3.04/5  rDev -19.6%
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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3.08/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

The beer pours Stout-like enough with a dark brown, opaque appearance. A loosely knit head gives lightly tanned foam that laces fairly and with little legging.

Very smokey for a beer that should be centered around roasted malts and spicy Belgian yeast. Malts bring a lot of roasted and char aromas and flavor with a coffee, burnt cocoa, and hazelnut hint here and there. Belgian character is slight but with light tartness of blueberries, black raspberries, and currants, and grapes.

Quite sweet and abrasive textures work to dry out in the end but can't hardly seal the deal. A lot of cola-like residual sweetness is left on the mouth's surfaces. The beer is kinda everywhere except for the focus on chocolate and Belgian traits. Smokey as hell though.

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3.13/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A=pours a total black out color with a small head that's about a finger high and lasts just long enough to enjoy with it falling into a thin attractive looking coat on top of the beer. No lacing is there.
S= like a weird fruity stout. A little apple in it and a lotta sweet chocolaty malt. Somewhat yeasty and odd.
T= lots of chocolate and coffee up front very thick. Some spicy fruityness coming from the belgian yeast. Lots of roasty goodness as well.
M= thick as hell and really coating.
D= pretty good beer. Not the greatest but still pretty good. I'm happy I got to try it.

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Photo of Dodt
3.27/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

almost forgot i stashed this one from the rest of the fall mix set.
poured from the bottle into a large bulb wine glass.

appearce dark red with a thick malt colored lacing
smells of dark chocolate and cherry.
taste malty with roasted coffee notes.
nice full body and pleaseing drinkability.

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Photo of hockeynut
3.28/5  rDev -13.2%
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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3.32/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a black color with a nicely tanned dark brown head. It doesn't offer up much retension and just a bit of lacing clings to the glassware. The nose caught me completely off guard and I had to do a double take at the style. Initially it smelled just like the smokey beef jerky found in a rauchbier. However, it also includes a prominent amount of licorice, chocolate and coffee as well. Taste has a bitter combination of burnt grains and hops. Also picking up on some yeasty off flavors masked behind chocolate notes and alcohol. Lingering taste of bitter chocolate is left in the mouth. It has a medium body with low carb.

Really everything about this beer truely is odd. It has the look of a stout, the nose of a rauchbier and the taste of well; nothing I ever had before. I can't really say it was a bad experience, but at the same time it wasn't that great either. Labeled as a belgian dark, I wish it would of had more characteristics of that style.

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3.32/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Part of a mixed 12 pack:

A: Liquid tar. I don't think I've ever seen a darker liquid before. Virtually no head whatsoever. It looks like a black wine.

S: Mild dark candy sugar, malt, and a tinge of alcohol. Not too shabby.

T: Appearances can be deceiving. It has a good mixture of malty and candy sugar. There is a slight alcohol burn, But it's masked fairly well by the other flavors. Pretty good.

M: Decent carbonation, which again, is deceiving because there was virtually no head and it appeared to be either a black wine or a really dark barley wine. Regardless though, Fairly decent balance between carbonation and the few distinguishable flavors.

D: Probably not a session beer, but a few of these could get the job done. It's not nearly as filling as the appearance would suggest. Again, this is a deceitful beer. But in a good way.

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3.38/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle from Night of the Living Dead variety pack poured into pint glass

A: Almost black, doesn't let any light through, brown head that starts at a modest size and settles to a covering that lingers indefinitely

S: Roasted malt, although mainly the roasted note comes through, has a kind of spicy note as well something a little different, but interesting

T: Dark roasted malts, pretty much burnt, has a smokey flavor too that reminds me of that spicy aroma I got, that's really the only flavor I'm getting from this, not much flavor just a kind of burnt note almost like over-roasted coffee, a bitter/sourness almost

M: A redeeming quality along with the appearance, refreshing up front carbonation, but still fades to that over-roasted finish

D: Like the mouthfeel it starts good, but a lingering smokey/roasted/burnt note makes it difficult to drink

Notes: Interesting, and I wouldn't have expected anything less from Magic Hat and their Odd Notion. However, it is only that, a kind of novelty to me. Super roasted and burnt flavor dominate. It doesn't really remind me of a belgium in any way though.

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3.4/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Very dark brown color with a dark-tan head. Is that style right? This smells like stout, with chocolate and roast malt aromas. No hint of any interesting yeastiness. Lots of roastiness in the flavor as well, with a bit of cocoa. Doesn't resemble any Belgian I've ever had.

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3.41/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Excited to have this, picked it up at a Whole Foods in a sample pack. Not my favorite as a whole, or comparing to their other beers, but based on other beers in this style it is solid. It's smoky, dark and smooth. Complex flavors in the mouthfeel onto the finish. This isn't the most drinkable beer, based on how heavy and rich it is, it's like eating one of those massive slices of chocolate cake at Cheesecake Factory, but the first few bites and sips are worth it.

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