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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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
craftycarl21 (2338) - Seattle, Washington, USA - AUG 7, 2009
Pours a dark dark brown with a small beige head. Aroma is strong and fuller than most every other Magic Hat; caramel malt, molasses, a bit of coffee- not as much chocolate as I was expecting. Flavor is very similar to the aroma, though the chocolate comes through a bit at the finish. The "belgian" aspect of this beer is almost indistinguishable. Palate is light for a stout, as I expected, but what body is there is reasonably creamy. Pretty good beer, certainly one of Magic Hat’s better efforts.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
joeymacaroni (309) - Wagontown, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 6, 2009
UPDATED: OCT 14, 2009 gloriously opaque black. nice hot-cocoa colored head. nose is heavy coffee, cappucino, and licorice. loads of aroma not unlike those little liquor-filled bottle-shaped chocolates you can get... flavor is more of a malted chocolate, coffee, kahlua flavor. blackstrap molasses as well. velvety mouthfeel, warm finish. my wife buys the Magic Hat sampler for the #9 and the Circus Boy, but I’ve yet to not be impressed by the Odd Notion series.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
GMCC2181 (1591) - Newark, Delaware, USA - AUG 3, 2009
Growler shared by bruce at Stateline... Nice dark color.. small head. Great smooth taste of chocolate, roasted malts and some smokiness... Nicely done.. Not picking up on any belgian characteristics.. Anyway nice beer that should be in a bottle soon. Thanks bruce for sharing the growler!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
TaktikMTL (7034) - Montréal, Quebec, CANADA - AUG 3, 2009
Verre de dégustation, provenant d’un fût, au Vermont Brewers Festival 2009 (Burlington, VT). Arôme: Odeur de chocolat avec une pointe de café torréfié. Apparence: La couleur est noire opaque. Présence d’un mince col beige mousseux et d’une fine dentelle sur le verre. Saveur: Goût de chocolat avec une pointe de café torréfié et de caramel. Durée moyenne de l’arrière goût. Palette: Le corps est moyen avec une texture légèrement crémeuse. Faible effervescence en bouche. Arrière goût légèrement chocolaté. (Rating #2550)

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
puzzl (3259) - New York, New York, USA - APR 14, 2009
Tap at the Blind Tiger. Chocolate sweet cherry aroma, light yeast and cheesecake. Carbonic, dryish, creme brulee flavor. Crispy yeast with a nice, slightly overcarbonated body. Chewy, husky wheat notes.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
adrian910ss (2565) - philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 7, 2009
On draft at Union Jacks Pub. Pours a pitch black with a light brown head. Aroma of milk chocolate and bitter malt. Taste of bitter malt and milk chocolate.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
checkmatei1 (765) - Willow Grove, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 7, 2009
Draft @ UJ’s: Had this one back in March during PBW. Poured a midnight black color with a small tan head. The aroma was roasted hazenuts and chocolate. The flavor was chocolate malts and weak roasted nuts. Maybe a dash of vanilla. Overall, just OK, not super great.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Rciesla (5500) - Exit 15W, New Jersey, USA - APR 4, 2009
Draft at Blind Tigers Magic hat event. Pours a black body with a tan head. Lightly roasty with hints of chocolate malt. Lactose, and some milk chocolate accents, iron and minerals. Dry malty body with a light paper, chocolate residual sweetness. Eh another miss for magic hat.

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