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
Photo of Stinkypuss
4.03/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

In my opinion, this is not a belgian strong dark ale. The site has it wrong this is a porter/stout and I am reviewing it according to those guidelines.

Appears very dark engine oil with a brown head.

Smell is of faint chocolate, moderate espresso.

The flavor follows the nose with a robust roasted flavor, also some green hops are in there too adding moderate bitterness. Coffee notes are also there,just a hint of smoke.

Mouthfeel is full bodied and well carbonated.

A solid brew overall, would love to see something like this available year round. Good stuff.

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Photo of alpinebryant
4.03/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a nice dark black with a mocha head

Smells chocolate malty and some fruit

Taste hit me with some fruitiness at first, then chocolate malt, followed up by some black patent malt. Not overpowering in any one sense, possibly a bit heavy on the black patent, but still very drinkable.

Mouthfeel was nice, not too light but not extremely heavy. Reminded me of a baltic porter, one of my favorite styles, which was why I was ready to test this one out even though I had to purchase more circus boy - not sure why they keep throwing this one in every variety pack, but hey, cant complain too loudly. Just wish I could get a six pack of Odd Notion Fall 09 without going for 12 beers, 3 of which are Odd notion. Hopefully this one makes it for another seasonal?? Would love to see a dark beer stick around for Magic Hatters....

Maybe I will have to head up to the brewery to find out

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Photo of Tates
4.33/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer smells and tastes like what I imagined Guinness did when I was a kid. The chocolate notes hit you like a ton of bricks, but there is a lightness, like this beer would go great with oysters or lobster. I probably could knock back a handful of this DARK BLACK beer. Oh and I love the label - very Day of the Dead.

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Photo of saminadams
4.28/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Extremely drinkable. Hope they make it all the time.
They can call it Black Magic. 3 is not enough,why do they push the wheat beer in all the packs?Liked the #9 and the other ale,Magic Hat is a no brainer.Black and smooth ,slides rite down.
To bad you can only get it if you buy the whole pack.
its a keeper

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Photo of youbrewidrink
3.73/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is indeed a black beer. The head was brown and minimal.

The aroma was of chocolate and a an unidentified "spice".

This has a similar texture and mouth feel as Allagash Black and the higher level of carbonation is the only thing belgian I detect in this beer. The chocolate is well done without being overdone.

This beer is very drinkable, I really doubt that it will get much exposure since the only way it will be sold is in a seansonal assortment.

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Photo of BeerZack
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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Photo of JoeyBeerBelly
4.15/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle from the '09 Night of the Living Dead mix pack served in a small snifter.

The beer is black with a creamy tan head that thinned to a ring and left a few streaks of lacing.
The smell is chocolate upfront with a bit of funk in the background.
The taste is smooth roasted malt with notes of chocolate, bourbon, and dark fruits, tasty brew.
The smooth feel plus a darn good carbonation level makes this brew very easy to drink.

The beer 'type' is listed as "Chocolate Belgian Stout" on the MH website which is not a BA 'style'.
Considering this brew is pretty much in nowhere man's land as far as style goes on this site overall it's a damn fine beer that should be enjoyed while available.

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Photo of dmamiano
4.05/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Night of the Living dead variety pack...gotta love Magic Hats marketing.
Purs a very dark, alost blck. Thick tan head sits atop this one. Lacing is evident.
Smells of chocolate, fruits and coffee. Very stout like. This is a Belgian strong dark ale?
Tastes mirrors the nose with grainy chocolate, hints of coffee and a very nice mouthfeel.
Maybe a slight hint of 'Belgian funk'
Really good beer, but possibly falls into a different classification.

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Photo of peabody
4.03/5  rDev +6.6%
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 Mag00n
4.22/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I somehow scored a fall '09 night of the living dead variety pack at a podunk gas station in maine...seemed a little early being the end of july, but having tasted the odd notion(belgian chocolate) at a beer fest a few weeks back, i couldnt resist.

A: pours jet black with a few thin mocha head

S: smell is mostly of chocolate and a hint of hops

T: taste follows smell, chocolate upfront with a chocolate malty aftertaste, very pleasant, no bitterness

M: mily/creamy mouthfeel, mediumly carbonated, very nice

D: extremely drinkable. I had no problem drinking all 3 of them in my variety pack in one night. Theres nothing overwhelming here, so you dont ever really get sick of it. I had one on a 85* day outside and i found it rather refreshing

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Photo of SonOfBen
4/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Was fortunate to be able to catch Magic Hat on their "Head to the Burbs" BeerWeek tour @ Union Jacks. We actually made it out for the sole reason of trying this beer.

Poured thick and dark with a nice head.

Aroma was a deep phantasmal chocolatey goodness, with a coffee undertone.

Taste was a strong roasted chocolate and coffee-- with a moderate to medium bitter finish.

I was expecting something a tad less bitter for a chocolate stout.

Besides that it had a very nice silky mouthfeel but not too creamy,
all in all, I found myself going back to the bar for more.

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Photo of CrazyMacHarris99
4.5/5  rDev +19%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had this one on tap at Bridgid's during Philly Beer Week.

Pours a pitch black with a dark mocha two finger head. The aroma coming off of this is all chocolate. There is a slight roasted malt aroma and some coffee as well. The taste is fantastic. The chocolate dominates but it is all stout. The roasted and slightly burnt malts balance the sweet chocolate along with the slightly bitter coffee. The mouthfeel is creamy and thick. This is nothing like any of the other Magic Hat offerings I have had. I could drink these all day and night. I really hope this one sticks around and becomes a regular.

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