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RATINGS: 356   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 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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
novels (424) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 9, 2012
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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
unclemattie (4358) - Georgia, USA - DEC 8, 2012
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 I’ve had. (3544)

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
sfontain (850) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - DEC 8, 2012
Nearly jet black; big, dark, thick head. Moderate lacing down the glass. Aroma doesn’t 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 Hat’s Ravell is significantly more impressive.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
LtDan (1806) - Los Angeles County, California, USA - DEC 8, 2012
Appearance: pours dark brown with a dens cap of tan foam.

Aroma: Roasty dark malt. Classic stout so far.

Taste: Very pronounced roast, black coffee, chocolate, light peppery spice bite in the finish.

Mouthfeel: Full bodied , spicy carbonation.

Overall: A delicious stout. In researching this beer, I found out they used to use oats in the malt bill. The beer is so chocolaty and nice, I would love it to be smoothed out with some oats or nitro or both.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
pablothirteen (38) - - DEC 7, 2012
Thick, rich pour. Coffee colored head. Not overly bitter, decent stout. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
cheap (4750) - Beaver Valley, Beaver County, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 6, 2012
A very nice pouring really dark beer. Cleanish stout olfactory. Wew, a little strong at first but I think it starting to mellow immediately. Perhaps borders on imp stout on the slug but each swig has the same metamorphis; strong impact followed by a smoothing effect. Roasty partially burned old campire wood after a breif wet rain. Dense but not thick.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
emacgee (4450) - Chapel Hill, North Carolina, USA - DEC 6, 2012
Pours a nice piceous black with two fingers of crackling mocha tan head. Laces nicely. Nose shows some bitter chocolate and roast with a touch of fruit skins and diacetyl. Medium bodied with a very soft (almost absent) carbonation. Flavor is nice enough, would have been better supported by a more present mouthfeel. Fruit skins and bitter dark grain show the most, not too much going on here but it’s nice enough.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
ContemplateBeer (1818) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - DEC 6, 2012
Bottle from a local friend. Aroma is mostly light/moderate roast, coffee and very light bitter chocolate. Appearance is black with thin mocha head. Flavor is almost all roast and coffee with some resin; the chocolate is really muted. Palate is rather thin and slick. Very drinkable, but ultimately forgettable.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
Beaver (1507) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - DEC 5, 2012
12 oz bottle. Pours black with a medium creamy light brown head that retains well and laces the glass some.

The aroma is astringent (almost plasticky) chocolate malts with roast.

The flavor is lots of patent malt with heavy roast and a little sugary, lactic sweetness. The mouthfeel is medium bodied and watery.

Overall, watery and lots of roasted patent malts.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
drjay44 (3085) - Salida, Colorado, USA - DEC 5, 2012
12 oz bottle. Pours a medium, well retained, beige head, over a clear, dark brown (SRM 33) body.....nose is coffee, light chocolate.....taste is slightly sweet, coffee, chocolate, finishing with mild bitterness.....mouth feel light of medium, carbonation high with a huge foamy mouthful. This is a pleasant nicely balanced Stout. The bitterness is low for an American Stout and the sweetness could make it a Milk Stout. BJCP 8/3/13/4/7

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