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RATINGS: 358   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.45/5   SEASONAL: Winter   IBU: 30   EST. CALORIES: 171   ABV: 5.7%
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 winterís 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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
HighlanderOne (1237) - York, SC via NJ, South Carolina, 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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
starewich (170) - - JAN 5, 2013
Pretty good stout, on the drinkable side. Malt flavor is complex but smooth.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
jbruner (4115) - Marietta, 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 8/20
whitehotg8 (85) - 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!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Pailhead (6426) - Plymouth, Michigan, USA - JAN 1, 2013
Bottle: The aroma consists of moderate dark chocolate, dust, and roasted nuts. It pours a dark brown with some faint orange highlights. It has a three finger beige head with good retention and lots of soapy webbing on the sides of the glass. The flavor starts with moderate dark chocolate with a hint of vanilla. The finish has light-moderate roasted nuts and light burnt coffee. Itís light-medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Itís a little thin for a Stout.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
redpooba (404) - Texas, USA - JAN 1, 2013
A very dark brown-black with a light-brown head. The aromas and flavor of the choco nibs are very well down. I typically donít expect such density in moderately priced beers. The only draw back was a bit of bitter aftertaste which is more reminiscent of Imperials rather than the regular stout.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Tmoney99 (13606) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - JAN 1, 2013
Bottle. Poured black color with an average frothy brown head that was mostly lasting with good lacing. Solid toasted dark chocolate malt aroma. Medium body with a smooth texture and flat carbonation. Medium toasted chocolate bittersweet flavor with a medium bittersweet finish of moderate duration. My expectations where met.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
UDBeernut (2696) - Earth & Jacksonville (weekends), Florida, USA - DEC 31, 2012
On tap pours deep dark murky amber with ruby edges. Small head that leaves a intracate laxing pattern. Nose of roast. Taste adds hazlenut. Body is creamy but a tad chewy at times.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Scrapersnbeer (1532) - Boston, Massachusetts, USA - DEC 31, 2012
Aroma of smokey coffee, nut brownie and cocoa. Near black, moderate tan head. Very sweet coffee like flavor, less bitter and more traditional than the new wave of stouts. Creamy fluffy body further reflects this aspect. Almost int the sweet stout subgenre.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
MercyDevice (365) - Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 30, 2012
Strong, flavorful, and slightly bitter - almost reminiscent of an imperial stout. Coffee and chocolate notes, with a roasty flavor. Very dark brown in color, almost black.

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