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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 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 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
ronaldtheriot (1367) - Laplace, Louisiana, USA - DEC 17, 2013
Magic Hat Heart of Darkness Stout has a thin, cream-colored head, a very dark brown, inky appearance, and thin lacing left behind. The aroma is of blackened or dark-roasted malt and a bit of fruit. Taste is of the same with a black bread note, some acidity, and a mild bitterness. Mouthfeel is rather watery, and Magic Hat Heart of Darkness Stout finishes dry, a bit powdery, and pleasant. Overall, this is worth checking out. RJT

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
jflopsu (683) - New Jersey, USA - DEC 13, 2013
Pours a dark black with light brown head. Has a watery aroma with some light hints of grains, grass and light malt. Has a chocolate and coffee taste to start that ends a little watered down but with some spices and light malt.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
brystmar (1299) - Dallas, Texas, USA - DEC 7, 2013
Deep brown color, handsomely thick brown head up top. Smell of roasted grain, mild oxidation, not much else.

Taste of roasted malt is a bit watery and acidic. Little off on the mouthfeel too: would prefer less carb and more viscosity -- even for a non-imperial stout. Can't count off for thickness, carb is an issue though. Decent.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
ScottWallace82 (73) - Winchester, Virginia, USA - DEC 6, 2013
Bottle into a tulip glass. Pours black with a quickly dissipating tan head. Aroma of coffee and a hint of toffee. Thin to medium mouthfeel. Tastes of coffee with no chocolate or roasty character. A decent, but not great stout.

   AROMA 2/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 2/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 2/20
onespeeddave (1) - Virginia, USA - DEC 6, 2013 does not count
It’s a one-dimensional stout. Initially, t’s a little fizzy. Then there’s some mild malt flavor. It’s not that interesting.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
jmcgavin12 (492) - Madison, USA - DEC 4, 2013
Pours dark dark brown with lots of roasted malt and coffee aromas pouring from the top. Light tan head pervades with hints of bittersweet chocolate. Taste is moderate sweet with a light body and a creamy oily aftertaste. Great for a winter’s night

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
puboflyons (2261) - Allenstown, New Hampshire, USA - DEC 2, 2013
From the 12 fl. oz. bottle. Dark brown to black pour with a long lasting, soft tan head that tickles the upper lip with its softness. The aroma is full of coffee and cocoa malts like a good stout should have. Medium and delicate body. Eruption of coffee and smoked chocolate at first that evolves quickly into a more bitter finish that lingers at the end.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
snoworsummer (2614) - baltimore, Maryland, USA - DEC 1, 2013
From a bottle. Pours very dark brown with a thin beige head and minimal lacing. Tastes bitter, dry, like coffee and dark chocolate. Fizzy feel. Hints of toffee and syrup sweetness. Light/medium body and carbonation. Smells like chocolate, toffee, with hints of bitter coffee.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
sonnycheeba (3858) - Federal Hill, Baltimore, Maryland, USA - DEC 1, 2013
Bottle. Pours deep, dark brown with creamy beige head. Aroma is roasted malts, plums, dates, light chocolate, and some earthy notes. Flavor is dry roast malts, chocolate, some dark fruit esters, and light coffee bitterness; dry finish. Medium body and low carbonation.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
EthanLikesBeer (1) - Eagleville, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 1, 2013 does not count
12 oz bottle into frosted pint. Pitch black with frothy tan head. Aromatic, chocolate malt, some corn. Medium body, fizzy stout. Abrupt finish. Not bitter not sweet. Overall...very drinkable.

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