williamstome (644) - Somerville, Massachusetts, USA - DEC 11, 2012
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Black cola pour, chocolatey aroma. Mildly roasty flavor. Overly carbonated, like cola. Disappointed. Alas.
garrison (742) - Cin. city, Ohio, USA - DEC 10, 2012
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Alright, I got this one as part of Magic Hatís 2012 Wintertime 12 pack - This is a fine, blackish stout with a lasting tan head of finely bubbled foam and interesting coffee-cocao-malt aroma. Tastewise, this one is excellent, with (and one can argue with me) a chicory/anise taste adding to itís stout complexity.
60minuteman (497) - Frazer, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 10, 2012
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Black pour, beige head. Chocolate and roasted malt smell. Some oak and maybe light citrus. Taste is whoa...wayyy sweeter than I expected. Dark chocolate and tangy lemon. Barley is definitely on the tongue. Not bad, but not what I expected. Props to the Hat...probably should have seen it coming with them.
unclemike (2067) - Ft. Riley, Kansas, USA - DEC 10, 2012
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Pours a dark brown color with a small khaki head. Nose is roasty and sweet with light smoked notes, raisins, sweet chocolate. Palate is medium with a tingle, oily notes and a sticky finish. Flavors of rich chocolate, oily dark fruits and some sweet chocolate
artmcd8 (1086) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 9, 2012
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
I am really glad they brought this one back. Roasted malty aroma with just a slight bitter hop taste. Definitely good stuff.
Claves77 (126) - Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 9, 2012
3.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Chocolate notes, smooth velvet texture. Dark color, light airy head. A little thin, but overall well done.
Suttree (4739) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - DEC 9, 2012
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Ahh, Magic Hat. We meet again. So what have we here? A stout? Full of odd and terrible ingredients to test my fortitude? No? Just a normal stout? Well, this is unexpected. Letís see... Not bad. Not great, either, but certainly not bad.
novels (424) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 9, 2012
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
A bubbly tan head on top, with nots of roasted barley and chocolate. Earthy smells of leaves and wood are on the nose. A nice balanced finish of malt and fizz.
unclemattie (3906) - Georgia, USA - DEC 8, 2012
3.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
12oz bottle. Vintage 2012. Black pour, thin brown ring of foam. Roasted barley aroma starts off simple, then some chocolate. Earthy Autumn leaves hop nose. Wow, hearty flavors. Nice char character, loads of roast. Burnt cereal flavors, licorice bitterness, wooded tannins bitterness, some hidden Chocolate Malt. Light caramel malt sweetness. Bold flavors. One of the best Magic Hat beers Iíve had. (3544)
sfontain (736) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - DEC 8, 2012
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Nearly jet black; big, dark, thick head. Moderate lacing down the glass. Aroma doesnít give the impression of a "big" stout but is predominantly roasty malt, with some coffee, chocolate, and caramel. Flavor is a little thin; roast, licorice, not particularly bitter, finishing mostly roast and chocolate though not terribly sweet. Palate; medium thickness, relatively coarsely carbonated. Very solid everyday stout, but Magic Hatís Ravell is significantly more impressive.