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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.


3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
omhper (19365) - TyresŲ, SWEDEN - FEB 1, 2002
Dark black with dark brown foam. Very burnt and dry, but short, flavour. Dangerously drinkable.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
argo0 (11520) - Washington DC, USA - DEC 30, 2002
Small tan head atop dark mahogany body. Aroma is rich and cocoa, slightly roasty. Taste is roasty chocolate, with a strong bitter aftertaste, more chicory than hops. Not as rich as Iíd expect

2.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
kp (10886) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - SEP 1, 2007
Date: 05/02/1998
Mode: Bottle
Source: Chevy Chase, DC

black, frothy tan head, strong roasted aroma, rich roasted malt flavor, hints of chocolate, high carbonation, bitter malt finish

Aroma: 7/10; Appearance: 5/10; Flavor: 5/10; Palate: 5/10; Overall: 10/20
Rating: 2.8/5.0
Score: *4
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3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Lubiere (9999) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 8, 2005
Deep black stout with a thick creamy moka head. Caramel and toffee with vanilla in aroma. Choclate and oatmela in mouth with light buttterscotch notes. Oily moutfeel with a rich and thick body. Very good!

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
hopscotch (9152) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - JAN 4, 2003
The aroma holds heavy notes of dark chocolate and espresso. Smaller notes of yeast, toasted nuts and caramel. Very dark, sparkling clear stout. Only when held up to a halogen bulb can one take in the lovely crimson hue. Small, fizzy, khaki colored head with decent lacing. Mostly, but not fully diminishing. Very well-balanced beer. I donít know why itís classified as a sweet stout. Bursts of cocoa and coffee up front. A small hop presence on the backside. Just enough, is the hop addition, to perfectly balance the beer. Overall flavor is a bit thin for a stout. Medium-bodied with a watery mouthfeel. Fizzy carbonation. Short, crisp, clean, dry finish. Very good, easy drinking stout. A Summer Stout if there is such a thing.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
hopdog (8933) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 1, 2005
On tap. Poured a dark black with a brownish head. Subtle aromas and tastes of light chocolate and roasted malts. Body was a little on the watery side.

2.6
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
Sammy (8627) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - NOV 19, 2005
Serviceable drinakble stout. A half a year past expiry, I donít believe it made a difference. Mellower stout which was nice, also noticeable watery. Refreshing. On sweeter side, Chocolate malts, modestly bitterness in mid-sip. Dark colour, understated coffee and roast.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
JoeMcPhee (8411) - 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.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
jtclockwork (8393) - , 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

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
JorisPPattyn (7907) - Antwerpen, BELGIUM - MAR 29, 2004
Jet black; dark brown, miscellaneous head, some lace. Coffee and black chocolate nose, burnt malt, roasted crusts. Taste is stale, cold coffee, with a bit of sugar, and a forgotten cigarette ashtray alongside. Sounds horrible, but it isn't really so. There's quite some hops too, but they get a battering from the roasted malts. Not really that well-bodied, but a slick mouthfeel. Long, slightly bitter, ash-like aftertaste. A pretty typical stout. Not bad by any means.


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