gameface23 (131) - Haverhill, Massachusetts, USA - JUL 10, 2008
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
An old review from 2003 (I miss this beer!)... Growler direct from the brewery. Nice black colored body with a tan, creamy head. Taste of dark chocolate. Very enjoyable.
JoeMcPhee (8063) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 3, 2008
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Tap at Blind Tiger. Dark brown/black beer with a thin brown head. Aroma shows light cocoa on the nose. Some light cherry fruitiness but itís fairly non-descript. A bit toasty on the back, but I still canít say itís all that good.
vyvvy (3422) - Florissant, Missouri, USA - MAY 1, 2008
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Tap @ Blind Tiger in NYC. Pours black and thick with a tan head. The aroma is quite sweet and smooth with a slick aspect. Medium body that is fairly slick with some fairly gentle sharp carbonation. The flavor starts off fairly sweet with some chocolate then it turns quite a bit drier with roastiness and dark chocolate. A nice start to my New York beer exploration.
thenick (766) - North Bellmore, New York, USA - MAY 1, 2008
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Tap @ Blind Tiger. Aroma is slightly malty with earth notes thrown in as well. Taste is sweet, with malt and chocolate, and a noticeable earthy and oat characteristic thrown in. Watery texture, but it doesnít take away from the quality of the beer. Itís not spectacular, but itís more than solid.
puzzl (3216) - New York, New York, USA - APR 28, 2008
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Tap at Blind Tiger. Not too shabby. Aroma of cigarette smoke/tobacco, brine, thin malts. Odly sweet flavor, minerals, more tobacco. Lightly lactic. Pretty interesting and different, likely due to its age.
golubj (1377) - San Mateo, California, USA - APR 23, 2008
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Draft at the Blind Tiger. Black pour with some white film around the top. Aroma is some oaty malt and grassy yeast. Flavor is the same, sweet oats, light roast, and grassy yeast / spice underneath and in the finish. Strange beer, and not so good.
kp (10887) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - SEP 1, 2007
2.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Source: Chevy Chase, DC
black, frothy tan head, strong roasted aroma, rich roasted malt flavor, hints of chocolate, high carbonation, bitter malt finish
Aroma: 7/10; Appearance: 5/10; Flavor: 5/10; Palate: 5/10; Overall: 10/20
The score was calculated based upon the notes and an old scoring system.
beerbill (3200) - Laurel, New York, USA - JUN 18, 2007
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
From my long lost notes. On tap at the brewery October, 2003. Served in a 3 oz. sampler glass. Poured black with a tan head. Pleasant aroma of chocolate along with some lightly roasted malt. Flavor is sweet chocolate along with some light roasted malt and some coffee. Full bodied and fairly smooth.
ROGUE (2078) - Newark, Delaware, USA - AUG 18, 2006
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
A smooth bodied, better than average stout. Has subtle and lingering chocolate sweetness that lasts from aroma to finish.
eaglefan538 (2803) - Wilmington, Delaware, USA - JUN 5, 2006
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Ok, not an impressive #500 to rate, but it may be fitting, since Magic Hat was one of the first (actually, I think it was the first) broadly distributed / bottled American Craft Brewer that got me into Craft drinking (beyond Yuengling and Sam Adams). Sampled this one straight from the bottle. Aroma was of light roasted chocolate. The flavor was similar (not so much "burnt" or roasted flavors, though) with a chocolate richness noted. A touch of bitterness to finish. A nice close to the evening of drinking.