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RATINGS: 354   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.45   SEASONAL: Winter   IBU: 30   EST. CALORIES: 171   ABV: 5.7%
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Filled with the howling of black dogs that haunt the long forgotten shadows of the human soul.

Our inky-black stout had a smooth, round palate with a dreamlike undercurrent of bittersweet chocolate. This dense liquid-silk summoned hope from hibernation and balanced winter’s endless white snows with a rich swirl of creamy black rapture.

TYPE: Stout
YEAST: English Style Ale
HOPS: Apollo, Goldings
MALTS: Pale, Crystal, Roasted Barley, Chocolate, Munich
ABV: 5.7
GRAVITY: 15.00 Plato
SRM: 80.0
AVAILABILITY: October 15 to January 15

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Brewdork (228) - Sanford, Florida, USA - JAN 29, 2013
Pours black with thick creamy tan head. Nice smoky flavor and smooth mouthfeel. A decent stout overall.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
bigrond (1499) - factoryville, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 28, 2013
I was pleasantly surprised by this brew. Dark and tasty with an exceptional palate. HAd this on tap, drank very smooth with a sweet finish

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
FROTHINGSLOSH (5095) - GREENSBURG, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 27, 2013
UPDATED: FEB 10, 2014 Sampled from a 12 oz brown bottle this beer poured a thick black color with a huge foamy dark tan head that lingered and left good lacing. The aroma was semi-sweet licorice, coffee, a bit of roasty malts and fruity hops. The flavor was dry, bitter and roasty with notes of coffee, licorice, floral hops and wood. Medium length finish of licorice, wood and roasty malts. Medium body. Disappointing.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
valpoaj (638) - Valparaiso, Indiana, USA - JAN 27, 2013
Bottle pour - black with thin cream colored head that lasts for a long time. Aroma is quite nice...lots of chocolate, coffee, hint of caramel, some vanilla, bit of wood - very pleasant and inviting. Flavor is mild and not half bad either - roasted malts, some chocolate, hint of coffee, medium level of bitterness - finish is a back and forth between the sweet and bitter. Palate is about average for the style. Definitely a stout I’d enjoy again in the future.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Kinz (3365) - Glen Allen, Virginia, USA - JAN 26, 2013
Richmond 19th "warm up" beer. You know, beer you drink at a gathering while waiting for everyone else to show up, since you clearly need a beer before you drink for the next 10 hours or so. Deep brown appearance, chocolate aroma. Flavor chocolate, slightly fruity. Thin bodied. Not that great.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
collinmb (65) - - JAN 25, 2013
Im surprised at peoples ratings for this beer. I feel like it taste more like a coffee than a beer. Light hints of chocolate but in my opinion too over powered by a roasted coffee flavor. Strong color, weak after taste. Would not order again. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Palidor19 (2998) - Brandon, Florida, USA - JAN 25, 2013
this a really dark beer with a major emphasis on the toasted roasted malt with a slight cocoa flavor. the beer is very full bodied with a nice look head. the astringent flavor lingers at the end.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
TheBeerOrg (2145) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - JAN 23, 2013
Pours black with reddish hues and a thin wispy tan head. Notes of chocolate, light roast, sweet malt. Medium bodied, soft carbonation.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
gsmitty80 (1833) - Washington DC, USA - JAN 23, 2013
Best Magic Hat beer that i have tried. Malty and smooth with a deep robust color and head.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
rajendra82 (960) - Alpharetta, Georgia, USA - JAN 22, 2013
The beer poured out promising, looking dark brown to black, with a small head. The aromas were dominated by the carbonation at first, but opened up into chocolate and coffee upon prolonged inspection. The taste was somewhat disappointing to me, as the coffee, toffee, and chocolate flavors were nice and clean, but they felt diluted due to the thin and tinny mouthfeel. I m glad I only bought a single. A case of what could have been.

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