BeerCast_Rich (1676) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - DEC 21, 2012
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
[keg at the Hanging Bat, Edinburgh] Black with a beige head, sits very well. Aroma of chocolate, cocoa, wood and tannin. The red wine is really evident, both on the nose and the taste. Alongside this, lots of red berry fruit, rich dark chocolate, raspberry and oaky notes. The vinous quality from the wine really lifts it – and comes to be the commanding flavour, I wouldn’t have been surprised had I been told some had actually been poured into my glass. By far my favourite Magic Rock beer of the Hanging Bat takeover, and one of the best barrel-aged beers I’ve had for a long time. Superb 
BenH (1333) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - DEC 19, 2012
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Tap at bat. Black wothh tan head. Rich chocolatey aroma, little red wine comes through, heavy roastiness. Taste has rich heavy chocolate, cherry, roastiness. Nice body with a lingering chocolate finish. Prefer to sherry cask.
cgarvieuk (10933) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - DEC 18, 2012
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
keg at the bat ... deep black ... thin tan head ... soft roast ... mellow red wine nose ... maybe tiny bit bretty bit lactose nose... soft chocolate roast ... mellow .. light red wine.. soft fruits ...
keg at the bat ...deepblack ... thin tan head ... soft chocolate and something wierd ... darl mellow chocolate roast ... dark mlts ... mellow dark fruits ... ight red wine 3.9
soft oak iis prob the strange lactose like nose
DruncanVeasey (6101) - NUNEATON, Blue Square Premier, Warwickshire, ENGLAND - NOV 28, 2012
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Keg (I think), Euston Tap, Big Smoke, 25/11/12. Wow. Brazen oak, custard, cranberry aroma with intense juicy fruit and dark raisiny chocolate. Slippery, oaken, juicy with cranberry, liquorice, subtle citrus undertones, a long chocolatey and cigar-like linger, bell pepper tang, bonfire, grilled veg. Even better than standard issue Dark Arts and approaching something very special indeed.
AleTsar (1327) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - NOV 6, 2012
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Tap @ North Bar, Leeds 011112
Black with ruby edges, gushing from tap, tan head
Aroma - soft roasted malts, some bitterish red fruits, some old wood, the wine aging is noticeable
Taste - mellow roast malts, touch of red fruits, background of bitter hops, getting the red wine, touch of tannins, bit woody, well balanced
Palate - medium carb, medium body. Finish as main flavour with a nice quite complex mellow roasted with a slight tannic bit sour fruit
Overall - This was very good out of the keg as it wasn’t too fizzy, interesting beer
Theydon_Bois (2957) - The ’Sham, Surrey, ENGLAND - NOV 2, 2012
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Tap at the Craft Beer Co, Clerkenwell - 29/10/12.
Pitch black with a thin tan head that clears to the edge.
Roast malt nose, plastics, almond, dark sugars, window sealant, touch of booze - not convinced!
Tastes of chocolate, roast coffee, touch of vino rouge and fruit, caramel, light sour tones.
Medium heading towards fuller bodied with a bitter sweet aftertaste.
Ok but the balance isn’t quite all there for me!
snzcujo (274) - RUSSIA - NOV 2, 2012
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Tasted on tap @North pub, Leeds, on 02/11/2012.
Pours lovely earthy black with a beige head.
Aroma is elegant, vanilla and roasted notes dominate.
Taste is just incredibly awesome, high carbonation gives a full-bodied mouthfeel, a perfect, surprisingly well suited mix of classic stout notes with acidity and flowery notes of a wine.
Aftertaste is a mix of dark chocolate, vanilla and sour berries.
Lovely, delicious beer!
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harrystrill (93) - West Yorkshire, ENGLAND - NOV 1, 2012
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
dantheman278 (1316) - SCOTLAND - OCT 31, 2012
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Keg at North Bar Halloween. Black pour, thin beige head. That big chocolate roast character of Dark Arts with a nice touch of vinous tart red wine character. Lovely soft rum & raisin character, lots of dense roasty dark chocolate too. Just a hint of extra warmth from the wine, touch of red wine tannin and a soft piney bitterness. Nice, though (and I hate to be that guy) slightly overfizzy from keg.
FaithHealer1 (330) - SCOTLAND - OCT 31, 2012
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Keg at North Bar (Magic Rock Halloween takeover). Aroma is brilliant - roasted coffee, chocolate, red wine, a bit of digestive biscuit. Taste is wonderful - the dark chocolate, coffee and raisinish flavours your expect from Dark Arts, but a beautifully mingling plummy character from the red wine, and a vanilla from the barrel. You could easily mistake this for an imperial stout, its got that character. Long, flavourful finish. Utterly beautiful.