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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 14/20
MrBeerFanatic (1018) - Friona, Texas, USA - NOV 10, 2009
Pours semi thick dark brown with a brown frothy head that lingers a bit. Aromas of chocolate, roasted malt, slight caramel, and coffee. Flavors of coffee, chocolate, and roasted malt upfront. Bitter and smoked finish that lingers on the palate. Semi sweet. Almost like a scotch ale mix with a stout. Different and tasty. Did not expect this from a variety pack of 12.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
leeburg (230) - Juneau, Alaska, USA - NOV 9, 2009
Mom sent this to me in the mail for Halloween. Description as a Chocolate Belgian Stout seems a little dramatic, but it does have some of those characteristics. Notable chocolate aroma, slight roasted coffee, a wet metallic characteristic, soy sauce. Flavors follow that profile, and finish is moderately bitter.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
pete4999 (1445) - Buffalo, New York, USA - NOV 7, 2009
Bottle, part of the seasonal pack. I drank it out of the bottle for lack of cups, so I canít judge the appearance. 4/5 seems like the prevailing score, so Iíll go with that. Taste was good - I had no idea what kind of beer it was going to be, but I IDíd it as a porter or a sweet stout. I didnít think it was creamy enough to be an imperial stout or anything like that, it had a watery mouthfeel. Taste and aroma were definite chocolate. It was a very sweet beer. It wasnít exceptional, but it wasnít terrible. Better than the #9 or Circus Boy (which also came in the package) IMO.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
mcox90 (1931) - Wilton, New Hampshire, USA - NOV 7, 2009
12 oz bottle. Part of a fall seasonal 12 pack. Pours a dark brown with a small beige cap. Aroma is licorice, dark fruit, peat and dark chocolate. Fairly light in body. A veritable witches brew of flavor. Dark chocolate, licorice, anise, smoky peat, dark fruit. Smoky, bitter finish. An interesting brew, to say the least.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
RollinHard (1024) - Fort Worth, Texas, USA - NOV 3, 2009
Pours black with a moderate light brown head with bubbles that arenít drawn too thick together. Aroma is all over the map with cherries, chocolate, pumperknickel, and light smoke. Itís simple to sum up in words, but Iím still trying to figure it out. Flavor leans more toward the stout side, with bakerís chocolate, espresso, dirt, slight cherry, dark roast, and dry smoky/saltiness. Finishes bitter with black coffee and old fruit flavors, and a dry, charred roast aftertaste. Medium bodied, but fairly substantial, and the carbonation is prickly and not well integrated. Very interesting beer whoís point I donít really understand, but Iíd have a few trying to do so.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Finhead (1629) - OFallon, Illinois, USA - NOV 2, 2009
Very black pour with a decent tan head and lacing. It has chocolate and fruity aroma. The taste is a bitter chocolate followed by sweet fruit that changes to a sour finish. The mouthfeel is thinner than expected.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
JoeMurphy (41) - Ohio, USA - NOV 1, 2009
Malty, with a mouth full of bitter chocolate - kid of appropriate for a Halloween party, which is where I had it. Not in love with the sour tang at the end. Definitely a big-feeling beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
fistfull (30) - Halethorpe, Maryland, USA - NOV 1, 2009
Dark as nite - classic stout coffee aromas with a beautiful coffee colored haed! Notes of dark chocolate covered cherries noted. Fell a little short on overall body and mouthfeel.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Cletus (6355) - Connecticut, USA - NOV 1, 2009
Pours brown with a white head. Smells of bitter chocolate. Tastes of chocolate and some cherry hints with molasses on the finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
reggiedunlop (3671) - The dub c, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 1, 2009
pours very black with a medium mocha head. aroma has light peatiness and faint anise with a touch of burnt toffee.l flavor is of dark fruit with a hint of black licorice and peat. also subtle tobacco. mouthfeel is lighter than expected and finish is a loingering burnt aftertaste. intersting...not great but not bad either.

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