Msavage235 (90) - - AUG 14, 2012
3 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
If I were rating this beer strictly on style, I would give it a 0. Magic hat should have followed #9’s designation and called this a "not quite porter beer." This is definitely not an IPA. That being said its not a bad beer, any hops that are present are buried by the chocolaty, roasty dark malts on the front though. Some kind of hopness might be found on the back end but I just taste chocolate milk and roast. The body is the best, you absolutely cannot see through it, completely opaque black. Not a terrible brew but I’d definitely drink another IPA or porter/stout if I had other choices depending on what I was in the mood for.
Jorn69 (2585) - Ängelholm, SWEDEN - FEB 23, 2016
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: MAR 16, 2016 Backlog, early amateur rating! @ Havregatan 201209xx. Bottle from Systembolaget. Hoppy, roasted, sweet.
Lawger (267) - SWEDEN - JUN 11, 2014
1.5 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 2/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 5/20
Pours black with dark beige head. Light aroma with some mushroom tones in the background and a slight chemical glue scent. Not much IPA-associations. Thin on the palate, still with an odd chemical note. Not very pleasant.
rumproasts (4828) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - APR 4, 2014
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
bottle. hazy brown with small head. roast malt body, a little on the thin side. rather mild hops. not awful, but not really a black ipa either.
koleminer20 (2218) - Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA - MAR 12, 2014
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
12 oz bottle into a pint glass. The pour is dark brown, with a thin light khaki head and not much lace to be found at all. There is a lot of sediment that is seen floating through the beer. The aroma is some dark fruit, caramel, and a nice roastyness. There isn't any hop presence, and it smells like a bit of a porter. The flavor is definitely porter. There is a nice chocolatey roastyness on the front end and it moves through a nice caramel and dark fruit character. This tastes like a straight up. The mouth feel is thin, like an IPA should be, and the aftertaste is just a light roast. This is solid for a porter, not a black IPA.
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MadIndian (2720) - Levittown, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 10, 2014
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle. My only problem was the body was a bit thin. The taste was some what hoppy, mostly roast. Bitter dry roasted finish. Not bad.
maniac (3800) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - JAN 1, 2014
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle on 03/21/2011 courtesy of Butters. Clear dark black body with ruby highlights and a large frothy off-white head. Sweet roast, chocolate and resiny hop aroma. Sweet roast, chocolate, light caramel, resiny hops and a dry bitter finish. Medium body with moderate carbonation.
TBone (15904) - Pori, FINLAND - NOV 18, 2013
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
Dark brown color, small brownish head. Cocoa, toasted malts, caramel. Medium-bodied. Licorice, some toasted malts, licorice candy. Lacks some hops for being a good black IPA.
Beergeek23322 (2602) - Chester, Virginia, USA - NOV 7, 2013
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
3/25/2012. From bottle. Pours dark brown with a tan head. Malty aromas with fruit and caramel. Malty flavors with light hops. Unfortunately like most Magic Hat brews, this one falls short of being interesting.
generallee08 (772) - New York, USA - OCT 11, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Presentation: It was poured from a brown 12oz bottle into a Pint glass. ("3/4 Pint of Ale" as they say on the label.) The label has a freshness date of "May 31 2011" and the abv is listed at 6%.
Appearance: It has a very dark look in the glass with some very deep dark garnet colored highlights showing through the beer. I also noticed some fine sediment hanging in suspension within the body. To cap off this beer I got a dense tan head which stands two fingers tall. This head has excellent retention and coats the glass with lacing.
Smell: I get a dark roasted malt character with hints of coffee and caramel. Hops are lighter than the malt and add some citrus and herbal notes to the nose.
Taste/Palate: The palate opens up with mild sweetness, roasted malt, coffee and toasted bread with citrus hop notes quickly moving in. It finishes with pleasant herbal/leafy hop bitterness fading slowly off the tongue. It has a creamy and smooth mouth feel with pleasant soft carbonation.
Notes: It come off more as a Porter than IPA but is still very tasty and beautiful.
ROGUE (2156) - Lewes, Delaware, USA - SEP 29, 2013
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
12oz bottle. Pours a murky, dark brown color with a good sized foamy, light brown head.Aroma is a mix of roasted malt and slightly musty, grassy hops. Taste is roasted malt sweetness upfront with the slightest hint of bitterness midway with an odd bitter to sticky sweet finish. Medium to light body, ample fizzy carbonation.