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Magic Hat Heart of Darkness Stout (-2006)



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RATINGS: 236   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.52/5   SEASONAL: Winter   IBU: 38   EST. CALORIES: 159   ABV: 5.3%
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 winterís endless white snows with a rich swirl of creamy black rapture. Available in the Winter, reintroduced in Winter 2012 after a hiatus.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
TheBeerLover (1026) - 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. Donít 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
corvi99 (4) - Chelmsford, Massachusetts, USA - AUG 16, 2001 does not count
One of my all time favorite beers. A touch on the sweet side, but still remains hearty as a stout should be.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
ericmoss3799 (73) - Warwick, Rhode Island, USA - OCT 11, 2001

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
IFearNoBeer (15) - Bloomfield, New Jersey, USA - JUN 5, 2002
I love this stuff, itís very similar to my other favorite stout, Dogfish Head Chicory Stout. Donít know which I like better. The Magic Hat is very rich and roasted-tasting, burnt, and a definite bitter chocolate/coffee bite.. a manís beer. If it had slightly less carbonation, itíd be perfect. But thatís just me.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
proc (342) - Dearborn, Michigan, USA - DEC 19, 2002
A very good stout. Pours out to the usual blackness of the style with a slight head and decent amount of carbonation. Aroma is of that of coffee with a slight caramel presence. This is a very balanced stout. There is a beautiful taste of roasted malt that is followed on the swallow by a mellow, but tasty, hop presence. I am so used to the hop kick of the Bellís stouts, that this was a bit mellower in comparison, but it lended to the balance of the beer. A highly drinkable stout. Delicious.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Gusler (2653) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - DEC 18, 2000
UPDATED: APR 7, 2003 The best of their stouts, rich, thick, hearty and a nose to die for. Nice hop and malt balance, a must try for stout lovers.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Brewmaster (168) - USA - JAN 18, 2002
This was one of the samples i had at the brewery. Was one of my favorites.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
kenned99 (3) - USA - APR 8, 2002 does not count
a great dark stout. bitter yet suprisingly easy to drink.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Rosendale Brewmeister99 (55) - Rosendale, New York, USA - AUG 29, 2001

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
captskez (5) - USA - DEC 23, 2001 does not count
Definately, a magic hat best.

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