shigadeyo (2964) - Harrison, Ohio, USA - OCT 17, 2009
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
9/26/2009: Magic Hat Odd Notion (Fall 09)... Aroma: Milk and Belgian chocolate. Appearance: Deep, chocolate brown; frothly dark beige to tan-colored head. Flavor: Rich, Belgian chocolat; hints of roast and coffee; fruity/spicy twang in the dry finish. Palate: Medium-full; smooth and creamy; thick texture. Overall: Very good; lots of chocolate; filling; better than expected; even my wife enjoyed it...
12 fl. oz. bottle. Rating #67 for this beer.
travita (3704) - Frisco, Texas, USA - OCT 13, 2009
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle thanks to blutt59. The look is blackish in color with a beige colored head. The smell is chocolate, coffee, slight roast, and missing a little. The taste is ok, malts, roasty, chocolate, and coffee.
tgncc (2664) - Bellmore, New York, USA - OCT 13, 2009
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
On cask at Chelsea Pier, NYC. The aroma is coffee, chocolate. The appearane is a daek brown tan head. The flavor is roasted coffee, booze, toasted mats, strange but enjoyable. The fifnsh is a roasted coffee bittering, and a warming from booze. Medium mouthfeel. Different, and interesting.
jefcon (1325) - Arlington, Virginia, USA - OCT 11, 2009
2.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
I realized when I pulled the bottle out that I had no idea what was inside. I got a dark, viscous beer with a swirling slick of head. Aromas of cardboard, wood fire, perfume and pine. Smoke and carbonation much like a rauchbier, but a floral hop underneath. Not terribly gentle on the palate, with an aggressive, rough feel. Thin, too. Some spicing. Not so much an odd beer as a weird one.
blipp (5680) - Newark, New Jersey, USA - OCT 6, 2009
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Near black with a beige head. Roasty espresso like aroma. The flavor has roasted coffee and chocolate. Not overly sweet. Belgian influence is light at best. Enjoyable and approachable.
jimmack34 (632) - Lancaster, Ohio, USA - OCT 5, 2009
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
12oz bottle from a mixed 12 pack sampler. Pours dark brown with a ruby hue and a cherry tan head that is soft and silky. Smells of burnt sugar, cough syrup, anise, and fermented apples. Very first impression of this brew is that is a smoked bock. Nice smokey flavor up front, with plenty of dark fermented fruits up front, and lots of roasted dark chocolate, burnt wood, toffee, slightly nutty, and brown sugar. Chocolate is more prevelant as it warms as is the alcohol, but not overpowering. Very nice complexity.
jmulv (336) - New York, New York, USA - OCT 5, 2009
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Had it out of the Fall sampler pack while watching a rugby game. It pours a rich dark brown color. Taste is extremely complex and quite rewarding. Notes of chocolate, coffee, and some excellent malts as well. It’s pretty thick, almost syrupy as it goes down. But it’s quite smooth, and could be sippable or chugable depending on your mood. Great to have fall beers back again.
Leighton (9849) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - OCT 4, 2009
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Quite good. Had some on tap at the Magic Hat brewery. Poured a dark, rich black hue with a frothy beige head. Nose has some diverse elements: chocolate, coffee from roasted malts, along with a almonds and cherries. Flavor has similar elements, strong malt backbone and slight hops, making for nice complexity. Rich and creamy in the mouth and smooth on the finish. Really enjoyable.
aarhus99 (6) - USA - OCT 2, 2009 does not count
3.9 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 20/20
from "seasonal" mixed case, Oct 09, bottle...yet another odd notion...i sometimes like my beer black, and that’s what this brew delivers....scents of roasted almonds, vanilla, and dried cherries delight the nose upon opening, followed by a quick pour.. nice heady, burnt sienna foam that rapidly dissipates, leaving a fulsome, medium -sticky taste sensation to quaff, alive with more cherries, more vanilla, espresso coffee, dark chocolate, and all things Halloween... yum, gets better as it warms in periodic pours into an eight-ounce glass mug... alcohol (6+%) is nicely hidden behind sheens of choclaty/vanilly curtains... easily drinkable session beer, and a most admirable effort from an oft-erratic brewer...
tmoreau (2127) - Lombard, Illinois, USA - OCT 2, 2009
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Sampled at a Mead, Cider, and Beer Tasting by Binny’s Beverage Depot in Glen Ellyn, IL. Poured to my wine/sampler glass a black/brown color with mahogany tones showing through. The head was a dark tan foam, leaving some decent lacing. The aroma was roasty, mocha, and smoke. The flavor was smoke, char, and a more bitter/dry chocolate quality as the bakers variety. Medium only body and a dry finish. Hoped for a little more fullness, but tasty none the less.