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Magic Hat Heart of Darkness Stout (-2006)



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RATINGS: 233   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.51   SEASONAL: Winter   IBU: 38   EST. CALORIES: 159   ABV: 5.3%
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Our inky-black, oatmeal stout has a smooth, round palate with a dreamlike undercurrent of bittersweet chocolate. This dense liquid-silk summons hope from hibernation and balances winterís endless white snows with a rich swirl of creamy black rapture. Available in the Winter, reintroduced in Winter 2012 after a hiatus.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
ozarkspops (368) - - DEC 7, 2012
Black pour. Corse but thick tan head. A lot of lacing. Chocolate/malty aroma. Medium carbonation with chocolate flavors. I get that oatmeal silkiness. The sweetness from the oatmeal and the bitterness from the chocolate is a mix. A slightly dry/bitter finish. ---Rated via iPhone

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Studentofbrrs (98) - Ontario, CANADA - DEC 4, 2012
UPDATED: DEC 19, 2012 This was genuinely a good stout. It did however produce a light fizzy head that disappointingly disappeared rather quickly. Good strong taste with a nice easy finish. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 6/20
OldManWinter (18) - Alabama, USA - JUN 25, 2011
this is the wateriest "stout" I have every had... not really a stout, maybe an OK porter, but there are many other better ones. not worth the high price.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
johnnnniee (2559) - Bedford, New Hampshire, USA - JAN 29, 2011
So a friend of mine finds some beer in his cellar that he forgot about. We have no idea how old this bottle is, but we drank it on 6-11-08. Bottle opened with a big hiss, and when poured seems a bit over carbonated. Pours a nice black with slight brown highlights on the edges. Creamy tanish head that stuck around for a while. This beer smells amazing. Dried plums and raisins, chocolates, coffee. Taste is creamy smooth chocolate, some coffee, some fruits, a little bit of oxidation, but not horrible, and a strong roasted grain that lingers at the end. Body is medium and mouthfeel is creamy. I was surprised at how well this one held up given that its at least 2 years old and low on the alcohol side. I would have loved to tried this fresh! Yet another great brew that Magic hat wrongly decided wasnít worthy.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
jtclockwork (9869) - , New Jersey, USA - MAY 12, 2010
I used to love this beer. Dark pour. Nose and taste of sweet malts, coffees. A little dry finish. Rated 6/8/02

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
gameface23 (131) - Haverhill, Massachusetts, USA - JUL 10, 2008
An old review from 2003 (I miss this beer!)... Growler direct from the brewery. Nice black colored body with a tan, creamy head. Taste of dark chocolate. Very enjoyable.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
JoeMcPhee (8746) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 3, 2008
Tap at Blind Tiger. Dark brown/black beer with a thin brown head. Aroma shows light cocoa on the nose. Some light cherry fruitiness but itís fairly non-descript. A bit toasty on the back, but I still canít say itís all that good.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
vyvvy (4396) - Florissant, Missouri, USA - MAY 1, 2008
Tap @ Blind Tiger in NYC. Pours black and thick with a tan head. The aroma is quite sweet and smooth with a slick aspect. Medium body that is fairly slick with some fairly gentle sharp carbonation. The flavor starts off fairly sweet with some chocolate then it turns quite a bit drier with roastiness and dark chocolate. A nice start to my New York beer exploration.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
thenick (766) - North Bellmore, New York, USA - MAY 1, 2008
Tap @ Blind Tiger. Aroma is slightly malty with earth notes thrown in as well. Taste is sweet, with malt and chocolate, and a noticeable earthy and oat characteristic thrown in. Watery texture, but it doesnít take away from the quality of the beer. Itís not spectacular, but itís more than solid.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
puzzl (3254) - New York, New York, USA - APR 28, 2008
Tap at Blind Tiger. Not too shabby. Aroma of cigarette smoke/tobacco, brine, thin malts. Odly sweet flavor, minerals, more tobacco. Lightly lactic. Pretty interesting and different, likely due to its age.

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