bhensonb (9865) - Woodland, California, USA - MAY 27, 2013
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle from LetsPour.com. Pours dark brown with a creamy beige head. Aroma is rather mocha. Med body, almost. Flavor is earthy, coffee smooth burnt malt. Touch of chocolate. Finishes dry and bitter.
jkwood04 (2949) - Connecticut, USA - MAY 27, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
12oz bottle in an English pint. Pours black with a lacy, light tan head. Aroma of roasted malts, a little chocolate and coffee, plus some light bitterness. Flavor the same, with a nice roasted maltiness. Average texture. A decent stout.
RobertDale (2631) - Lansing, Kansas, USA - MAY 13, 2013
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
12 ounce bottle. Pours dark brown with a decent tan head. Aroma of chocolate, roast, and coffee. Taste is roasted malt, chocolate, coffee, and molasses. Pretty good.
superspak (1928) - Michigan, USA - MAY 11, 2013
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
12 ounce bottle into pint glass, winter 2012 bottling. Pours lightly hazy very dark brown color with a 1-2 finger moderately dense khaki head with great retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Some nice soapy lacing clings down the glass. Aromas of milk chocolate, roasted malt, toast, toffee, caramel, light coffee, and light floral earthiness. Excellent aromas with great balance, strength, and complexity of roasted malt notes with light hops. Taste of milk chocolate, roasted malt, toast, toffee, caramel, coffee, and floral earthiness. Light coffee bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of milk chocolate, roasted malt, toast, toffee, coffee, and floral earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Very nice balance and complexity of roasted malt flavors; with a good amount of robustness and no cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a moderately creamy and smooth mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a slight warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is a highly excellent stout! Great balance of roasted flavors with good robustness; and very smooth to drink. A highly enjoyable offering.
DuffMan (5816) - the land of bitumen, beef & beer, Alberta, CANADA - MAY 10, 2013
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Dark brown without being opaque. Mildly sweet stout, very nice roasty profile with an acidity in thd finish that lends to drinkability. Medium bodied. A nice sessionable stout.
LilBeerDoctor (3231) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 9, 2013
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
On tap. Pours a dark brown with a thick tan head. Aroma of roasted malt, charred malt, chocolate. Flavor is acidic/tart up front with roasted malt in the finish. The palate is rough, not very drinkable although flavor-wise not too bad.
Fredis23 (450) - Hickory Hills, Illinois, USA - MAY 7, 2013
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Black, Brownish Head, Some Lacing. First Impression - Toasted Rye. Malty Sweet Creamy with Bitter Finnish. A little thinner than expected from pitch black color. But itís OK, Pretty Good to Enjoy on a Cold Evening.
cpetrone84 (1011) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 7, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pour is black with lots of frothy tan head leaving a thick lace. Nose is heavy chocolate and roast, a touch of tree bark, and a hint chalky. Taste is also chocolate and heavy roast, faint ash, light hop sweetness in the finish. Body is lighter, soft carbonation and creamy feel. Fairly balanced and full of flavor with just a touch of lingering bitterness.
bowlnman1990 (78) - Lansing, Michigan, USA - MAY 5, 2013
3.5 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Aroma: chocolate, caramel. App: black, thin tan head but good retebsion and lacing. Taste: light cofee and caramel, balanced with dark chocolate. Palate: carbonation, lighter than expected, nice long finish. Overall: very enjoyable.
yesyouam (1016) - Fairport, New York, USA - MAY 5, 2013
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Magic Hat Heart of Darkness is a solid, black ale with a generous, soft, light brown head that has outstanding lacing and retention. The aroma is kind of tangy with a fair amount of dark roast. Thereís a note of caramel and some sort of spice. Itís smooth and medium bodied with a dry finish thatís pretty clean. It tastes pretty dry and roasty with just enough bitterness to balance it out. It is pretty tangy, but not fruity. There are notes of caramel and vanilla. A light, resiny bitterness lingers for a bit after the swallow. This is a really solid offering from Magic Hat. I can down a 6-pack of this with no hesitation.