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RATINGS: 358   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.45/5   SEASONAL: Winter   IBU: 30   EST. CALORIES: 171   ABV: 5.7%
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 winterís 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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
seymour (1903) - Maplewood, Missouri, USA - OCT 30, 2012
UPDATED: JUL 31, 2015 Tasted from 12oz brown bottle into nonic pint glass. It poured a nearly opaque, very dark reddish-brown color with a weak beige head. 100% true-to-style stout aromas and flavors: toasty, roasty, nice dry bittersweet balance, tart, with notes of wild plums and cherries, coffee, and--I kid you not--some smoky tobacco as it warmed. Not very chocolatey. Tasty overall, but my favorite stouts feature more mineral water/chalky presence, a silkier/creamier mouthfeel, and a little heavier body with a bit more residual sweetness. Good, but probably not as distinctive as some other stouts.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
BrownALEx (426) - Portland, Michigan, USA - NOV 3, 2012
UPDATED: NOV 9, 2012 From a Magic Hat mixed pack. Nice coffee aroma. Poured black with ruby windows and a two finger head. Great roasted taste with coffee undertones. Nice lacing left on the glass. The mouthfeel is wonderful. This is a great stout, pleasantly suprised.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
LiMuBai (222) - - NOV 18, 2012
Never thought I was a fan of stout, but this is damn good. Milk chocolate foamy head, chocolate is evident in both aroma and flavor. A nice full flavor with a hint of bitter finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Scipio (838) - Palatine, Illinois, USA - NOV 21, 2012
Pours black with a medium sized darker tan head that fades quickly. Aroma is mostly a mixture smokiness and licorice, with some roasted malts and some coffee in there as well. The taste loses some of the smoky appeal, but retains much of the initial impressions I gained from the smell. I also get a bit of fruitiness as well, that being some cherry. Hints of chocolate as well. This has an oliy texture with a body that isnít exactly light, but by no means heavy either. The only fault that I can find is that there isnít to much of an aftertaste except for kind of a vinegary bitterness, which I donít actually mind. Iím very happy with this one. Its one of the best seasonal beers that Iíve had this so far early holiday season.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
mensch (289) - Loveland, Colorado, USA - DEC 4, 2012
The aroma is more apparent as it warms, kind of a deep coffee brandy. Rich and roasty, not too thick. Myriad malty flavors play well together- coffee, chocolate, burnt toast, and carmelized dark fruit. Sweet/dry finish with a little too much unfermented malt flavor (lactose?). Still, quite nice.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
novels (424) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 9, 2012
A bubbly tan head on top, with nots of roasted barley and chocolate. Earthy smells of leaves and wood are on the nose. A nice balanced finish of malt and fizz.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
kidmartinek (4692) - austin, Texas, USA - DEC 23, 2012
Pours dark black with a pink tinted, dirty white head. The aroma is roasted malt and cocoa. The flavor is a cool and refreshing stout with toasty malty and cocoa. Its a full flavored good beer, and wins mega points because its sessionable. Yeah! we dont have to put up with 10% abv if we want a tasty stout. Thanks Magic Hat! I can have more than 1.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
alcaponejunior (438) - Texas, USA - DEC 25, 2012
Part of a sampler six pack. Very black with a nice one finger tan head that lasted the whole glass and left good lacing. Aroma is chocolate, coffee, some roastiness, butterscotch, and a little molasses. Flavor is very nice. The chocolate is milky, thereís some nice roasty malt character with a little burnt, a little coffee, and a lightly bitter finish. Body is pretty thick and rich, yet easy to drink, with a dry finish and smooth creamy carbonation. A damn fine beer. Iíll have to see if they have sixers of this one at my local store.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
robiannelli (591) - West Deptford, New Jersey, USA - JAN 18, 2013
12oz bottle pours black with a reddish brown head. Aromas of sweet malts a touch of roasted woodsyness some chocolate and cocoa and a bit of liquorice. Flavor is sweet but balanced with the roasted malt. Body is full and creamy. Finishes very creamy

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Beerathon (1683) - Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 12, 2013
Black with creamy thick cocoa colored head. Sweet roasted malts in the nose. Taste- bitter coffee and slight chocolate. Usually not a Magic Hat fan, but this one is solid.

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