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Magic Hat Heart of Darkness Stout (-2006)



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RATINGS: 234   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.51   SEASONAL: Winter   IBU: 38   EST. CALORIES: 159   ABV: 5.3%
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Our inky-black, oatmeal stout has a smooth, round palate with a dreamlike undercurrent of bittersweet chocolate. This dense liquid-silk summons hope from hibernation and balances winter’s endless white snows with a rich swirl of creamy black rapture. Available in the Winter, reintroduced in Winter 2012 after a hiatus.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
puzzl (3254) - New York, New York, USA - APR 28, 2008
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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
golubj (1377) - San Mateo, California, USA - APR 23, 2008
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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
kp (10884) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - SEP 1, 2007
Date: 05/02/1998
Mode: Bottle
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
Rating: 2.8/5.0
Score: *4
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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
beerbill (3564) - Laurel, New York, USA - JUN 18, 2007
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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
ROGUE (2145) - Newark, Delaware, USA - AUG 18, 2006
A smooth bodied, better than average stout. Has subtle and lingering chocolate sweetness that lasts from aroma to finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
eaglefan538 (2917) - Wilmington, Delaware, USA - JUN 5, 2006
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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
biggcb (464) - Harleysville, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 23, 2006
Pours a very dark brown with a smattering of red tinting topped by a medium thick tan head with some lacing. Slightly bitter roasty malt aroma with a slight hoppy background. Slightly sweet and smokey malt flavor with bitter notes, some dark chocolate and a touch of hops. Full bodied and smooth with a slight tingle on the tongue. No a big stout, but relatively easy drinking.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
Beerdedone (2860) - Croydon, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 21, 2006
Bottle. Stouts are not my thing. pours dark with a thin tan head. aroma of roasted malts, chocolate, and coffee. Flavor is chocolate, coffee, thickness from oatmeal. Good body, decent brew.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
OhioDad (2492) - Hilliard, Ohio, USA - FEB 28, 2006
12oz bottle via trade with slob! - Thanks Bert! - Pours dark brown with a slight tan head that stayed briefly. Aroma of chocolate, cocoa, and a whiff of coffee. Flavor is sweet with much chocolate, a bit of coffee, and some oatmeal. Palate is medium bodied and a tad to the watery side. Finishes with with a sweet chocolate aftertaste. Very drinkable and a nice compliment to the porterhouse steak for dinner.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
TheBeerLover (1025) - DC Metro Area, USA - JAN 24, 2006
Heart of Darkness, a great novel, in which a great movie was based upon. And now even better for a beer lover, a great beer. Magic Hat Heart of Darkness is an outstanding oatmeal stout. Don’t be afraid of the dark. This is a really great beer, oatmeal gives this beer a silky smooth mouth feel, like black velvet. This beer is also a ringwood beer, which means it picks up character from that distinctive ringwood yeast strain. I have been fortunate enough to have visited the brewery in South Burlington, VT, and I can tell you from first hand experience, this beer is fantastic on draught, as well as in bottles. Heart of Darkness pours to an ink black opaque color, with a nice, thick, tan head, and a good carbonation. The nose on this beer is very complex, dark chocolate malt aromas mingle with ringwood yeast earthiness. There is also some good hop aromatics present as well. The palate is rich, and delicious. More chocolate malt flavors, a touch of coffee, roasted malt flavors, and a silky smooth mouthfeel from the oatmeal. There is also a nice bit of diacetal which is "buttery" a by product of the ringwood yeast strain. This beer finishes with more dark malt character, and just a touch more earthiness, with a lingering hop bitterness. This really is an amazing beer. A very complex, rich, delicious oatmeal stout. There is a lot going on in this beer, you really can work on it, and pick up all those flavors. This beer is perfect as a night cap or would make an excellent desert beer. I would pair this with a rich and decadent triple chocolate cake, dark and milk chocolates, or perhaps fudge brownies with a big scoop of vanilla ice cream.

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