unclemattie (4303) - 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 (824) - 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.
LtDan (1796) - Los Angeles County, California, USA - DEC 8, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
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.
pablothirteen (38) - - DEC 7, 2012
2.7 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Thick, rich pour. Coffee colored head. Not overly bitter, decent stout.
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cheap (4350) - Beaver Valley, Beaver County, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 6, 2012
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
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.
emacgee (4205) - Chapel Hill, North Carolina, USA - DEC 6, 2012
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
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 itís nice enough.
ContemplateBeer (1620) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - DEC 6, 2012
2.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
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.
Beaver (1370) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - DEC 5, 2012
2.2 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
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.
drjay44 (2801) - Salida, Colorado, USA - DEC 5, 2012
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
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
Chudwick (2278) - Cincyucky, Kentucky, USA - DEC 5, 2012
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
12oz bottle from Walmart - pours dark brown with a finger of beige head and thin lacing. Nose is roasted malts and praline. Flavor adds coffee and herbal hops. Flavor is moderately sweet and subtly bitter. Decent. Dry finish. Heart of Darkness? Conrad would not approve.