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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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Fevernova (222) - Willoughby, Ohio, USA - OCT 31, 2009
12 oz Bottle -- Dark with a tan head. Aromas of chocolate, coffee, nuts, molasses, and some smoke. Massive amounts of dark bitter chocolate. Interesting sour component.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
iggynelix (132) - Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 30, 2009
definitely smells like chocolate, silky on the tongue, but less viscous than a standard Guinness. some fruity notes. very solid for fall/winter.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
TheBeerGod (6010) - Newport News, Virginia, USA - OCT 29, 2009
Bottle. Opaque blackness with a short tan head. Nose is roasted malts, dark fruit and light caramel and smoke. Taste is smoky/ashy with chocolate, dark fruits, roasted malt, light coffee, earthy hops and treacle. Was surprised with the smokiness in this. Body is medium with a creamy, delicate carbonation. Finishes with softer smoky flavors, dark chocolate, molasses, caramel, roasted malt, dusty yeast and dark fruits. Nice!

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
halfonit (1324) - Fall River, Massachusetts, USA - OCT 28, 2009
Nice black color with a dark brown head. Aroma is of roasted malts with a little caramel and dried fruit undertone. Taste is a little bit of a malty smoked flavor, it has chocolate, a little caramel, and esters. Leaves a bitter chocolate aftertaste. Impressive.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Miver (609) - Silver Spring, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 27, 2009
12 oz bottle. Poured black with a medium sized brown head that left little lacing on the glass. Aroma of roasted malts, chocolate, coffee. Tastes of molasses, bitter chocolate, coffee, and some dark fruits. Nice body, and overall mouthfeel. Not too bad.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Acetobacter (816) - Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 27, 2009
Experienced via tap in a pub glass. The beer pours a deep brown to almost black color, with an off-white head. Medium to slightly low carbonation. Aromas of chocolate, earthy hops, and a touch of Belgian esters to the nose, creating a melange of scents that fall a bit short of those noticed in such classics as De Dolle’s Stout. The palate is chocolaty, but again lacks the overall level of complexity and flavors of the genuine article. Overall, not bad, but hampered by the same mediocrity and lack of creativity that seems to handcuff all Magic Hat beers.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
thornecb (5498) - Marblehead, Massachusetts, USA - OCT 25, 2009
Pours black into a sifter. Beige head quickly recedes to nothing. Soy, coffee and molasses aromas. Dark, dried pit fruit upfront flattening and turning to burnt soy in the lasting finish.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
fsbw21086 (471) - New Jersey, USA - OCT 24, 2009
dark chocolate and molasses. pretty thick but drinkable. Complex flavors. Glad this beer from magic hat didn’t taste like the rest of the magic hat family. They all taste like apricot to me. Surprised me in a good way.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
rampmaster (642) - Alden, New York, USA - OCT 23, 2009
Presentation: The new fall seasonal in the very cool night of the living dead variety 12-pack. It was poured from a brown 12oz bottle into a pint glass. There is a best before the end of Oct. date on the back label of the bottle. Appearance: It pours like used motor oil, thick, viscous and dark brown/black into the glass. In the glass beers color is as black as the night and opaque. On top sits a thick and creamy light brown head. It is about one finger tall and slowly fades to thin coating of lacy foam. The lacing is slick and slides down the sides of the glass as I drink. Smell: The aroma is full and rich. It has notes of dark roasted grain, molasses, burnt caramel, light herbal/metallic hops and a hint of smoke. Taste/Palate: The flavor has a deep roasted character with nice complexity and balance. There are flavor notes of roasted coffee, roasted grain, dark chocolate, burnt caramel and molasses. Underneath there seems to be a hidden estery/yeast flavor as well. This comes out more as the beer warms and adds dark fruity notes of ripe plums and black mission figs. Herbal and leafy hops come in on the back end and give it a good balance of bitterness to the sweet and roasted flavors in the finish. The palate has a solid medium to full body with soft carbonation and a slick viscous texture. Notes: I love this beer!!! It has great complexity and good drinkability. The only thing I would like is a little more head retention but other than that it is a nearly perfect Belgian Stout. I think that Magic Hat should add this one to there regular line up!!!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
TheGB (578) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - OCT 23, 2009
Pours black with basically no head. Aroma is of burnt coffee, molasses and raisins. Taste is full bodied with raisins and burnt malt, is a little flat on the finish, could use some more hops to balance the finish out.

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