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Magic Hat Odd Notion - Chocolate Belgian Stout (Fall 09)



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RATINGS: 128   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.48/5   SEASONAL: Special   IBU: 50   EST. CALORIES: 186   ABV: 6.2%
A fitting beer for The Night Of The Living Dead, This Black Stout is chock full of roasty goodness, with an amazing complexity that can only come from the addition of five different types of malts. The flavors of dark crystallized malts and roasted barley warm the pallet and the distinct spicy phenolic character and inviting esters, derived from the Belgian yeast.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
jport4087 (178) - Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 5, 2009
UPDATED: OCT 8, 2009 Pours dark brown. Basically what you would expect from a dark stout. The taste was nice but the finish was too harsh and a bit astringent. Killed the whole experience for me.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
BMan1113VR (7916) - Los Angeles, California, USA - SEP 5, 2009
Bottle thanks to blutt59. Pours with a dark head and a black body. Aroma of cocoa dust, straw, hay and dark fruits. Taste is cocoa, tobacco and low residual sugars for a stout. Light carbonation.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
xnoxhatex (1305) - Grand Rapids/Chicago, Michigan, USA - SEP 4, 2009
Bottle from mixed 12 pack. Dark brown almost black, opaque with creamy tan/brown head. Aroma is coffee and chocolate, some smoke, some tobacco, cocoa powder, nice. Flavor starts out dryer chocolate and ends with a rich espresso, also smoke, some cherry, bitter malt, dirty, not bad. Medium body with nice carbonation and a little bit of creaminess. A little harsh but nice.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
lowgun1212 (109) - Carlstadt, New Jersey, USA - SEP 3, 2009
almost opaque black with brown edges. a - sweet espresso, cinnamon, anise, pineapple f - cherry chocolate. tangy sweet, and long dry toast-hop finish. p - medium body, a touch flat oa - a quite nice blend of flavors in good balance. a touch more body and carbonation would make this excellent

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
freekyp (1911) - Thomasville, North Carolina, USA - SEP 3, 2009
This is a big sweet stout. Pours opaque black with a creamy sticky brown head. Thick lacing coats the sides of the glass. Aroma shows bakerís chocolate and some overcooked coffee, and perhaps a little dark cherry amid an earthy malt not unlike a brown ale. Flavor is full of dark bitter chocolate leading to a long roasty bitter finish. Fairly sprightly carbonation scrapes the tongue near the end of the swallow leaving you smacking for more. Billled as a Belgian stout, I donít get the Belgian character, but it is tasty nonetheless.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
zach8270 (4022) - Henrietta, New York, USA - SEP 2, 2009
(bottle - 12 oz) Dark black pour with a thin tan head. Aroma is roasted malts, coffee, cream, espresso, and some chocolate. Roasted malts begin the taste mixing quickly with a dark and roasted coffee middle along with some hints of dark fruit. Some bittersweet chocolate as well. Finishes very clean for such a roasty stout. Really nice.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
blutt59 (6502) - Dallas, Texas, USA - SEP 1, 2009
bottle, dark brown color with chocolate colored foam, aromas of roast and chocolate, flavors of roasted malts, espresso and Hersheys syrup, a big surprise for a mix 12 pack from MH

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
lithy (2996) - Capital of Appalachia, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 1, 2009
Bottle thanks to Suttree. Dark black, creamy dark chocolate brown head. Aroma is bitter chocolate, roasted malt, a light metallic twinge. Taste is more bitter chocolate, bitter roasted malt. This is a solid beer and for Magic Hat it is a phenomenal beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
ben4321 (5646) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - AUG 31, 2009
Location: 12 oz bottle from Gillyís, 8/31/09

Aroma: A of bit burnt, roasted malts, light chocolate, just a tiny bit of coffee
Appearance: Black, with a dark brown head that doesnít last long, just a bit of lace
Flavor: Very matly, some wet wood, really turns to burnt coffee as it warms
Palate: Creamy mouthfeel, medium-full body
Overall Impression: For some reason I keep buying Magic Hat beers that I havenít tried before even though I rarely like them very much (this is my 11th Magic Hat rating, and the first one Iíve given over a 3.0). Finally though, I found an interesting beer from these guys, and wow was it about time! This one is pretty interesting, not the best beer in world history, but my favorite Magic Hat option to date. Certainly not a stand-out by any means, but this beer went above my expectations, and has at least given me the feeling that I should continue to try the Magic Hat offerings I see...

**Just submitted a Photo for this one as well, as it was missing one.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
JoeMcPhee (9267) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 31, 2009
A random gift from my boss. Pours pitch black with a thick, sticky dark brown head. the nose is quite phenolic. Lots of heavy clove character. A fairly prominent chocolatey note as well, along with a lot of earthy licorice and a fairly pronounced roastiness as well. Chewy and plummy but it begins to take on a very heavy solvent/phenolic note as it warms up. It starts out okay, but the yeast and the heavy roasted malts just really clobber this one. Comes across like a cup of cold burnt coffee.
Earlier Rating: 4/12/2009 Total Score: 3.7
Tap at Blind Tiger. Deep black brown beer with a heavy sort of licorice aroma. A bit of light saltiness and soy along with some clove and light spice, but the yeast isnít all that expressive. Lightly plasticy with a few lightly smoky phenolics. Fairly bittersweet cocoaish flavour. There is a pretty strong roastiness on this. Deep sweet lightly plummy malts. It isnít all that good out of the gate, but beer actually grows on me as it starts to warm up.

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