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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 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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Pailhead (4932) - Brownstown, 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 (399) - New York, 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 (10841) - 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 (1781) - Moving to Jax, 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 (1490) - 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 (348) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
dwyerpg (4579) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - DEC 29, 2012
Overall, this has too much coffee for my taste, much more in the body than in the aroma. Definitely comes across as quite heavy.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
finn1918 (196) - Georgia, USA - DEC 28, 2012
Pours an inky black with about a head of tan head. Aroma is chocolate and roasted malts. Taste is chocolatey with some decent hop bitterness. Decently thick mouthfeel. Pretty average for a stout.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 8/20
Stldsf1 (616) - Florida, USA - DEC 28, 2012
Primarily coffee with a hint of vanilla and some toffee. It's ok. Not great but ok. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
ThisWangsChung (747) - Leonardtown, Maryland, USA - DEC 27, 2012
Reviewed 12/18/2012. 12 oz bottle into a pint glass. A: Pours a dark brown color with good opacity. The one finger tan colored head fades quick, unfortunately. S: Roasted barley, licorice, hazelnut, and bittersweet chocolate. Itís a typical stout aroma with little deviation from the norms of the style, but the execution is good. T: This seems to be fairly licorice dominated, with the roasted malts sneaking up on the finish. Surprisingly, it has a touch of complexity to it, with occasional hints of coffee, raisins, and chocolate. Itís not blowing me away, but I still enjoy it. M: A very clean stout in general. The thick and creamy body gives way to both dryness and a lingering roasted aftertaste, alongside a touch of astringency. Far from the heaviest stout in the world - but it doesnít try to be. O: Really not bad at all. I tend to avoid Magic Hat, but this oneís good/cheap enough for me to possibly consider getting a 6 pack of.

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