LilBeerDoctor (3302) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 9, 2013
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
On tap. Pours a dark brown with a thick tan head. Aroma of roasted malt, charred malt, chocolate. Flavor is acidic/tart up front with roasted malt in the finish. The palate is rough, not very drinkable although flavor-wise not too bad.
Fredis23 (478) - Hickory Hills, Illinois, USA - MAY 7, 2013
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Black, Brownish Head, Some Lacing. First Impression - Toasted Rye. Malty Sweet Creamy with Bitter Finnish. A little thinner than expected from pitch black color. But itís OK, Pretty Good to Enjoy on a Cold Evening.
cpetrone84 (1166) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 7, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pour is black with lots of frothy tan head leaving a thick lace. Nose is heavy chocolate and roast, a touch of tree bark, and a hint chalky. Taste is also chocolate and heavy roast, faint ash, light hop sweetness in the finish. Body is lighter, soft carbonation and creamy feel. Fairly balanced and full of flavor with just a touch of lingering bitterness.
bowlnman1990 (78) - Lansing, Michigan, USA - MAY 5, 2013
3.5 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Aroma: chocolate, caramel. App: black, thin tan head but good retebsion and lacing. Taste: light cofee and caramel, balanced with dark chocolate. Palate: carbonation, lighter than expected, nice long finish. Overall: very enjoyable.
yesyouam (1016) - Fairport, New York, USA - MAY 5, 2013
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Magic Hat Heart of Darkness is a solid, black ale with a generous, soft, light brown head that has outstanding lacing and retention. The aroma is kind of tangy with a fair amount of dark roast. Thereís a note of caramel and some sort of spice. Itís smooth and medium bodied with a dry finish thatís pretty clean. It tastes pretty dry and roasty with just enough bitterness to balance it out. It is pretty tangy, but not fruity. There are notes of caramel and vanilla. A light, resiny bitterness lingers for a bit after the swallow. This is a really solid offering from Magic Hat. I can down a 6-pack of this with no hesitation.
Ughsmash (6973) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - APR 15, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottled. Poured clear, deep brown with a short-ish lived beige head. The aroma picked up sweet, toasted oats, chocolate, and black malts with hints of molasses and vanilla.. sweet and enjoyable. The flavor found mostly burnt black malts and coffee maltage at the core, with vanilla and extra roast around.. finished dry and roasty, but with just enough sweetness to balance. Medium-bodied and dry on the palate.. very good feel and flow.. I could drink a lot of it.
Darwenus (468) - Virginia, USA - APR 12, 2013
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pretty good, for a brewery Iím not wild about. The body is dark brown, thereís no real head. Just some lace, and not much of it. The aroma is very muted. There is some malt and coffee, but not much else. The flavor is a little better. Malty, rich, slightly spicy, burnt toast notes. a little chicory.
odinstyr (521) - Hamilton, New Jersey, USA - APR 10, 2013
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours a dark brown with a moderate tan head. Smells of chocolate, light roast coffee. Taste is sweet and mildly bitter - chocolate malt, light coffee, burnt toast, floral.
Beerman6686 (3788) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 4, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
this one poured a medium brown color with a beige head. Aromawas lots of chocolate, medium roast, and some caramel too. Flavor was soft and fluffy chocolate, with nice balancing roast and soe grassy hop notes. My favorite Magic Hat i;ve had in a long time.
bluejacket74 (1186) - Reynoldsburg, Ohio, USA - MAR 30, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
12 ounce bottle. Served in a pint glass, the beer pours dark brown/black with about a quarter inch tan head. Both the head retention and lacing are decent enough. The brew smells like roasted malt, bittersweet chocolate, coffee and a bit of dark fruit. I think the taste is pretty much just like the aroma, although the dark fruit flavor is a bit stronger. Itís also more sweet than bitter tasting. Mouthfeel/body is medium, itís creamy, smooth and easy to drink. I think itís a solid brew. Picked up a single at Liquor Barn for $1.79.