KajII (800) - Macon, North Carolina, USA - JAN 22, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. The pour was a deep dark black with an average sized (1-2 finger) rocky beige head that receded slowly to just a spotty layer of residue which allowed for some decent lacing.
The aroma was of a burnt dark bread malt, a resin hop and a leathery yeast with notes of bitter sweet chocolate, coffee and a bit of vanilla.
The taste was very malty and a little sweet with a big chocolate note in the beginning and finished with a bold coffee note and a hint of vanilla at the end. The flavor lasted a good long time with the taste of coffee being the most dominant, but also having a subtle hint of vanilla.
Mouthfeel was just a tad under medium in body with a nice creamy texture and a lively carbonation.
Overall a nice robust Porter with just a slight hint of vanilla which did a nice job of breaking up the bitterness.
GreatDane1632 (1152) - North Dakota, USA - NOV 23, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Rated based on notes taken 4 Feb 2012 -- Drank while on weekend pass from OTS. Overall good beer.
tectactoe (3125) - Michigan, USA - JUL 15, 2014
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
UPDATED: AUG 12, 2014 Bottle: Dark brown with some ruby edges when held to the light; khaki foam settles quickly to a foamy collar on top. Aroma of moderate vanilla extract sweetness with a little woodsiness on the side. Roast, faint campfire char, & some bittersweet chocolate notes. Maybe a little coffee, too, but faint in comparison. More so just a dry roast. Taste has lots of sweet vanilla, but isnít as cloyingly sweet as, say, Leinenkugelís Snowdrift. Not as fake or extract-y as the aroma would indicate, either, which is a good surprise. Decent "vanilla bean" flavor, really. Good backing of roasted malt, moderate cocoa with some creamy, sweet undertones & a bit of charred coffee bean lingering in the finish. Thin, even for a porter; slick on the palate. Woody vanilla & cocoa dust finish. By no means a world-beater, but probably the best thing Iíve had from Magic Hat.
thedm (5355) - Fort Wayne, USA - DEC 30, 2012
2.2 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 7/20
This bottled brew from a restaurant poured a small sized head of foamy fine to medium sized tan colored bubbles that were mostly lasting and left behind a no visible carbonation dark ruby red brown colored body and a fair lacing. The mild aroma was medicinal and dark malt. The mouth feel was weakly tingly at the start and at the finish. The flavor contained notes of mild hops and dark malt. A decent one but not one that I would consider drinking again.
Johnsense (1183) - - JUL 13, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Dark pour, 1 finger of tan head. chocolate, roasted malt , some vanilla, and slight coffee grounds in the aroma. Taste is more appealing- Dark chocolate, vanilla, slight chestnut, wood, roasted malt and a bit of brown sugar. slight smoke. Mouthfeel is a bit watery. If the tasting was blind Iíd never know this was a Magic Hat beer.
BelgianBeerGal (3653) - Panama City, Florida, USA - JUN 27, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Jungle Jimís bottle from a mixed pack. Nice pour with a medium tan head that settles with nice lacing. Nice milk-chocolatey porter smell. Mouthfeel is lighter than expected but makes it really drinkable. Touch of cold coffee that adds a touch of bitterness. Nice.
OmegaX (1365) - Florida, USA - JUN 10, 2012
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
Tap at Oblivion. Nose is light vanilla, sweet molasses, chocolate, and some roast. Somewhat weak on the nose despite all the different aromas. Dark brown body with a khaki head. This one was slightly thin on the palate. A touch too watery for what I expected. Not bad though. Flavors match the aroma but there is a nice helping of sweetness that made this a nice brew. Not too sweet but it was headed that way. A nice offering from Magic Hat...I just wish it wasnít like water for texture.
PhillyBeer2112 (2710) - Oviedo, Florida, USA - JUN 10, 2012
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Well this was surprisingly good, a nice smooth porter. The vanilla component was mild, mainly noticeable in the flavor. Overall it featured a dry roasted flavor with some mild chocolate and a full rounded semi-creamy mouthfeel.
djd07 (8035) - Houston, Texas, USA - JUN 4, 2012
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle as shown. Pours a very dark brown with medium beige head leaving sticky lacing. The aroma is roasted malt coffee and chocolate. Thin mouth feel with a very smoky flavor and roast with light dry finish. Very easy to drink a very good porter from Magic Hat.
reggiedunlop (3625) - The dub c, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 10, 2012
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours dark brown with a thin tan head. Aroma has light vanilla and dark chocolate notes. Flavor is roasty with cocoa...vanilla is mild but present. Mouthfeel is medium and the finish is roasty and lingering.
Darwenus (778) - Virginia, USA - APR 8, 2012
2.4 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Magic Hatís Ravell porter doesnít taste bad. It just tastes very, very sweet. Really sweet. Maybe this is part of the difference between a porter and a stout. I canít imagine a stout going down like liquid beer candy, but thatís a good deScription of what itís like to drink this. The label says it has some vanilla about it, and Iíll take their word for it. I didnít pick up on vanilla. I picked up on molasses and coffee and chocolate mixed into a dark beer. It didnít taste bad, itís just that it was sweet. Really sweet. Not something Iíll pick up again.