Demo | Magic Hat Brewing Company

BA SCORE
79
okay
432 Ratings
DemoDemo
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Magic Hat Brewing Company
Vermont, United States
magichat.net

Style: American Black Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.00%

Availability: Spring

Notes / Commercial Description:
Demo is a deliciously dark lick of an India Pale Ale. It’s medley of roasted malts and heady hops will have your senses dancing to the beat of a different I.P.A.

45 IBU

Added by NEhophead on 01-13-2011

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

BEER STATS
Ratings:
432
Reviews:
145
Avg:
3.45
pDev:
15.07%
 
 
Wants:
6
Gots:
33
For Trade:
0
User Ratings & Reviews
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Ratings: 432 |  Reviews: 145
Photo of BertLoveIII
4.25/5  rDev +23.2%

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3.25/5  rDev -5.8%

Photo of rarbring
3.53/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

The beer is very dark brown, has a huge tan head that leaves some lacing, rather small curtains.

Smelling of toast, dark roasted coffee, smoked meat and chocolate.

Starting with burned toast, dark coffee beans, bitter high grade chocolate, a few sprinkles of brown sugar and soy sauce.

Medium high carbonation, rather watery and a medium body, a coarse dry finish.

Well it's black, more than IPA. Miss some body and maybe more sweetness and less bitterness might have been good.

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Photo of Heritage02Rider
3.75/5  rDev +8.7%

Photo of RblWthACoz
3.53/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This is spicy from hops, but it falls off quickly, and even though the spice remains, there is kind of this dirty water thing. Then a coffee thing seems to come through. I guess this one is okay, but it lacks cohesion that would put it a cut above the rest.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
4/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

this beer is definitely underrated here on BA. pours a heady chocolate syrup color with a lot of carbonation. smells like sweet milk chocolate, lots of hops, and smokey burnt malt. flavor is cocoa on the front end with all the hops and roast on the back end. maybe a hint of rye spice in there as well. its balanced and big, but its smooth and drinkable in feel, with a velvet texture and a medium body. overall an excellent late summer beer when the evenings are chilly and a little more oomph is needed. should have higher scores on here.

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3.75/5  rDev +8.7%

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2.75/5  rDev -20.3%

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3.75/5  rDev +8.7%

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3.5/5  rDev +1.4%

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2.5/5  rDev -27.5%

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4/5  rDev +15.9%

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3.75/5  rDev +8.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +23.2%

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3/5  rDev -13%

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3.5/5  rDev +1.4%

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3.25/5  rDev -5.8%

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3.5/5  rDev +1.4%

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3.5/5  rDev +1.4%

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3.25/5  rDev -5.8%

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4.25/5  rDev +23.2%

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2.5/5  rDev -27.5%

Photo of RickS95
3.61/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Didn't read the label very well, so got a Black IPA without realizing it...not my favorite style. Regardless, pleasantly surprised with the appearance. Extremely dark brown, bordering on black with stuff in it. The head is really thick, a light brown color and lasts an amazingly long time. Lacing is great.

Smells nothing like I expected. Nothing hopworthy of note, mostly roasted malt scents fill the nose. A little smoke. Charcoal.

Tastes nothing like a pale ale. If I didn't know from reading the label or seeing the style on this site, I'd have bet money it was a stout. Can't speak for the style, but the taste is not bad. Lots of roasty notes, maybe a slight floral taste mid-sip, with a bit of hop in the finish.

Very smooth, again, nothing like a pale ale. Has an Earthiness to it, but nothing like the style suggest. Moderate bitter finish.

I have no idea what the beer is supposed to be. It's not an IPA, it's not a pale ale, and it's not an American black ale. I'm voting it's a stout. Either way, it's drinkable with some good features.

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Photo of Bung
3.53/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz. A pretty much black pour, a light tan head on top. Kind if frothy appearing.

Aroma, lots of cocoa and roast malt. Almost like an American stout. Some herbal notes.

Taste, dry roast malt, chocolate, cocoa. Almost a lactose like quality. Finish coffee. Barely any trace of a hop.

Light side of medium, adequate carbonation. A carbonated mocha coffee. Drinks pretty easy.

Really odd one here. IPA fans will certainly be disappointed. For some reason I kind of dig it, but wouldn't call it much of a dark cascade.

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Photo of acurtis
3.75/5  rDev +8.7%

Demo from Magic Hat Brewing Company
3.45 out of 5 based on 432 ratings.
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