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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
BITTERNESS: 30
SRM: 80.0
AVAILABILITY: October 15 to January 15


3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
DialSquare (2663) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - JAN 9, 2013
Bottle from Andersons in Sylvania. Brown pour with a medium khaki head and good retention. Aroma is chocolate, sweet malts, lightly tart. Tastes are oats, chocolate, nuts, roasty, coffee - then thin quick finish that is a little dry and bitter.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
thornecb (4404) - Marblehead, Massachusetts, USA - JAN 9, 2013
Pours black into a Sam glass. Mocha head with little retention recedes to hug rim leaving spot lacing. Milk chocolate and espresso aromas. Thin with sweet caramel and licorice upfront turning to dry sweet milk chocolate before the medium length espresso and vanilla finish.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Digital_Aura (227) - Ontario, CANADA - JAN 8, 2013
3/4 pint bottle. Pours an inky purple (Lovibond 40) with tight, 1/2" head. Messy lace. Aroma is indiscernible and unremarkable. Tastes like water mostly. Kind of disappointing actually. Sure there's a silky palate and a slight coffee-bitter aftertaste. But this is not on par with any of the dozens of good stouts I've had this season. Quite bland.

2.6
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
radarsock (915) - Vermont, USA - JAN 8, 2013
Purchased a 6pack at the Newington Trader Joe’s. I’m getting cold feat: it sincerely smells of dog food, spent grain, soy sauce, wheat bread, American hops and milk chocolate. Hopefully it tastes better than it smells. It does taste better, but not by much: starts somewhat chocolatey with notes of cinnamon and hop bitterness. Its ending is a travesty: soured milk, hay, grass trimmings and wax. Fuck, Magic Hat why do you suck so much?

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
Malty_MacHops (640) - Eastanollee, Georgia, USA - JAN 6, 2013
Smooth coffee and chocolate aromas. Black with a thick and dense tan head. Semi-sweet with elements of roast bitterness. Full bodied with a semi-sweet finish.

2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
DrSilverworm (6421) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - JAN 6, 2013
Sample from a 12oz bottle. Dark brown color. Mildly hazy, minimal thin khaki head. Roasty, chocolatey nose. Big coffee flavor. Bigger body, smooth carbonation. More bitter taste, light sweet. Light sticky viscosity in the finish. Fine, but a bit too milky sweet in the end for me.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
HighlanderOne (1009) - Bergen County, New Jersey, USA - JAN 5, 2013
Poured from bottle. Happy to see this back in the lineup. Aroma of coffee and bread. Stout black, head persists. Flavor primarily coffee ice cream, burnt malt, dry cocoa and hops. Slightly dry, bitter but creamy. Note to Magic Hat - do not retire this one again.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
starewich (141) - - JAN 5, 2013
Pretty good stout, on the drinkable side. Malt flavor is complex but smooth.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
jbruner (2318) - Athens, Georgia, USA - JAN 4, 2013
Pours a translucent brownish-black from the bottle with foamy tan head that dissipates to leave moderate lacing. Aroma of roasted malts, coffee, slight dark chocolate and vanilla. Taste follows, but the sweetness falls to the coffee. Pretty damn decent for magic hat.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 8/20
whitehotg8 (49) - Illinois, USA - JAN 2, 2013
Picked up a six of this. Pours an expected barely transparent black with toffee colored head that disappears quickly. Aroma is roasty and sweet, comforting. Taste is silky with coffee, brown sugar, cocoa/chocolate, molasses balanced only slightly by the roastiness of the barley and oats. Nicely done!


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