dlovell2 (536) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - NOV 4, 2012
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Pours black with tan head. Sweet malt aroma with chocolate. Sweet smoky malt with some chocolate notes.
andrewmb83 (41) - Frankenmuth, Michigan, USA - NOV 5, 2012
4.5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Good aroma which is a little sweet, great appearance, good head. Overall a solid choice, good complexity on malt character.
daniellunsford (105) - - OCT 25, 2012
4.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
One of the best offerings from magic hat I have had. Pours a solid black with a thin cream colored head. Nice sweetness and pure chocolate from the chocolate malt and just the right bitterness and licorice notes from the hops. Drinks better at a slightly colder temperature.
calebrum (41) - Saint cloud, Minnesota, USA - FEB 25, 2013
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Not overly dark, but a nice complex. Nutty. It’s like deschutes’ Black Butte’s ugly step brother.
onceblind (3575) - Denver, Colorado, USA - JUN 1, 2013
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Sat in my refrigerator until waay out of season, but it’s still delightful. Inky black with a thin khaki head. Lovely nose of sweet dark chocolate bar with s hint of coffee beans and roasty caramel. Flavor is rich and creamy with a sweet dark chocolatiness that isnt cloying or overbearing, as it’s balanced out by some roasty black malts and a wee bit of artisan mild-roast coffee beans. Finishes with a smokey chocolatiness.
maxwelldeux (2925) - Spokane, Washington, USA - NOV 17, 2012
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. Pours a very dark brown with a moderate off-white head. Lots of roasted notes to the nose of this. Not what I expected for a sweet stout - more roasted and coffee notes to it than anything else. Tasty, though.
wlajwl (3479) - Quad Cities, Iowa, USA - DEC 20, 2012
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Aroma is chocolate, malts and earthy. The flavor is chocolate, malts, fruit, a creamy palate and a hint of acidity/tartness in the finish.
EtTuCthulhu (852) - Columbia, Missouri, USA - DEC 23, 2012
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
This beer is black with a fleeting tan head, and the aroma is made up of roasty, coffee, and chocolate malts. The taste is mildly sweet and lightly bitter, but the heartiness and fullness of this beer cannot be denied. It also has an oily yet creamy texture, a nearly flat carbonation, and a long finish.
robgibbens (387) - Gaithersburg, Maryland, USA - JAN 31, 2014
4.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours black with a nice tan foam. Slightly fruity aroma over roasted malt. Chocolate milky character, slightly bitter. Nice smooth finish. Aftertaste is mellow, not harsh like some stouts can be.
rangerred (841) - Johnson City, Tennessee, USA - OCT 31, 2012
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
12oz bottle into a pint glass.
Pours jet black with a thin half finger dark tan head. Not very good head retention but ok lacing.
Aroma has tons of roasted malt reminiscent of coffee and dark chocolate. A little bit of burnt caramel too.
The flavor is a continuation of what is found in the aroma but on a huge scale. Tons and tons of roasted malt and coffee provide amazing flavor and the bitterness one would associate with strong brewed coffee. Nice caramel undertones along with some toast. Mouthfeel is full and slick as is typical of an oatmeal stout leaving a slightly sticky finish with hints of dark fruit.
Overall, the best Magic Hat beer I have tried by far. Tons of flavor and a great mouthfeel make for one amazing stout. Definitely pick this one up if you have the opportunity.