ThisWangsChung (747) - Leonardtown, Maryland, USA - DEC 27, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
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. It’s 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. It’s 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 doesn’t try to be.
O: Really not bad at all. I tend to avoid Magic Hat, but this one’s good/cheap enough for me to possibly consider getting a 6 pack of.
jtclockwork (8234) - , New Jersey, USA - AUG 19, 2014
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Backlog. Repeat label. Not taken. Pours dark brown. Nose/taste of molasses, cocoa, bittersweet chocolate. Lighter medium body.
Darkmagus82 (964) - - AUG 10, 2014
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Transfer from BA review on 10-26-12-
Poured from bottle into pint glass
Appearance – Pours a nearly pitch black colored brew with a billowy tan head. The head has a good level of retention, fading slowly to give a nice level of lacing.
Smell – The aroma is quite nice and delicious. It is heaviest of a good deal of coffee some sweet caramel and some chocolate aromas. Mixed with these aromas are lighter notes of a oatmeal as well as vanilla aroma.
Taste – The flavors begin with a strong roasted malt and oat flavor mixed with some sweet caramel flavors. As the flavors advance further vanilla come to the tongue. These linger along and as the taste advances more toward the end with some flavors of a bitter coffee flavor coming in. In the end, with the roastiness fading a bit, one is left with a pleasant, dark yet somewhat sweet flavor left to linger on the tongue.
Mouthfeel- The body of the beer is rather average in terms of creaminess with a carbonation level that is slightly below average. A little bit more creaminess in the body would have been better for the style, but considering the abv. and drinkability that is afforded by the brew, it is overall quite good.
Overall –A quite tasty and balanced stout at only 5.7 % abv. The blend of flavors and their transitions are all very nice.
pricey290483 (246) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - JUL 21, 2014
2 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 7/20
not a beer for me nothing wrong with the beer but i am not a dark beer if you are then this might be the beer for you
eaglebones (24) - Michigan, USA - JUL 21, 2014
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottle. Pours black with medium tan head. Smells of dark chocolate, coffee, and malt. Medium body and carbonation. Taste up front is slightly sweet like dark chocolate, which is quickly overpowered by a sourness similar to tart cherries or plums. A little tart for my taste but not bad overall.
daknole (9052) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - JUL 18, 2014
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Dark brown pour, thin beige head. Medium toast, light coffee, prunes and molasses. A tad thin. A little odd.
MadRobin (1894) - Silver Spring, USA - JUL 9, 2014
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Poured from 12 oz. bottle at Gilly's Beer & Fine Wine in Rockville, MD.
Opaque, brown-black with small khaki head and light tan head and good lacing.
Aroma of caramel, chocolate, roasted malt, mild coffee and mild dark fruit (mostly berries).
Taste of roasted malt, berries, chocolate, caramel, dark fruit and mild roasted coffee. A straightforward sweet stout--not as complex as my description makes it sound.
Medium/light body and medium/high carbonation.
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone
Bosco (165) - Boca Raton, Florida, USA - JUL 7, 2014
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Inky, cloudy black brown.
Almost zero head and lacing.
Coffee, expresso, black cherry, vanilla.
Low, even bitterness throughout.
Some sweetness comes through on the finish.
zach8270 (3431) - Henrietta, New York, USA - JUN 26, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
(bottle - 12 oz - 2013 vintage) Dark black pour with a puffy tan head. Rich roasted coffee and burnt malt aroma. Flavor starts bitter and roasty with a heavy bitter aftertaste. A bit thin bodied but good roasty flavor.
TXBadger (1345) - Dallas, Texas, USA - JUN 5, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a dark black almost like oil, with tan head. Roasted malts, cocoa, and some dark fruits on the nose; follows onto the palate. Finishes with an interesting roasty note.
Niko100 (1978) - Illinois, USA - JUN 4, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Dark brown/black color; Medium slightly creamy body; Aroma of toasted malt, cocoa/chocolate, & some coffee, Flavor of roasted malt, dark chocolate, some hops, and coffee; Not bad.