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Brewed by Magic Rock
Style: Stout
Huddersfield, England

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RATINGS: 231   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.69   EST. CALORIES: 180   ABV: 6%
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COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
Dark Arts blends 4 malts and bags of whole hops to deliver a decadently deep and indulgent experience. A luxuriously smooth mouthfeel, is followed by spicy hop notes and full flavours of chocolate, liquorice, blackberries and figs. The finish is rich and satisfying with a lingering roasted bitterness. Our stout will convert you to the dark side.


3.3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Frenger (367) - Derby, Alabama, ENGLAND - DEC 25, 2011
Bottle from mybrewerytap.com. pours jet black with a thin tanned head. Literally no aroma. Dark chocolate and fruits with a dark coffee aftertaste.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
omhper (20444) - Tyresö, SWEDEN - DEC 21, 2011
Cask at Cask Pub & Kitchen, London. Hazy near black. Rich chocolate aroma. Mid sweet with full body and soft mouthfeel. Warming chocolaty finish with medium bitterness.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
wyzzywyz22 (2058) - Wirral, Merseyside, ENGLAND - DEC 19, 2011
Bottle at home from Beer Ritz, Leeds. Black as the abyss, with a wee (not literally) tan head. Nose was roasted malts, dark fruit and dark chocolate. Very tasty flavour which had plenty to say for itself with notes of coffee, licorice,dark fruit and chocolate. Dried out towards the finish. Sign me up for the dark side then please Mr Necromancer.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
jackl (5295) - Charlottesville, Virginia, USA - DEC 10, 2011
Dark color with a airy light-brown head. The aroma’s of roasted malts, espresso and brown sugar. The taste is bitter and hoppier than most stouts I’ve tried. The mouthfeel’s medium and a bit oily. This isn’t your standard stout, and I appreciate the creativity.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
superflyguy (429) - Leeds, West Yorkshire, ENGLAND - DEC 9, 2011
lushious. pours pitch black with a fluffy tan head. bags of roast malts and coffee in the nose. a hint of alcohol too. chocolate, coffee, licorice and roasted malts to the fore in the mouth loses a couple of marks as its not quite as thick as I’d like, but it’s a minor gripe. thefinsih just goes on and on with the flavours bouncing around your mouth.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
JorgeLee (1328) - Greater London, ENGLAND - DEC 9, 2011
UPDATED: MAY 31, 2012 Cask at Craft Beer. Deep black colour, aromas strongly of coffee and some black chocolate. Taste is smooth, lots of roast, coffee again, very complex yet without excessive bitterness. Very long finish. Alcoholic but not aggressively so. Excellent.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
shoulderbroken (2416) - Tokyo, JAPAN - DEC 5, 2011
Keg at Cask. Dark brown with small beige head which soon fades. Aroma is roasted malt, bit of coffee and a touch of booze. Taste is oaty, and a bit of chocolate milk. Not so much bitterness, but a bit of vanilla. Lovely!

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Leighton (13010) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - DEC 5, 2011
UPDATED: DEC 6, 2011 Cask at CPK, London. Pours dark brown with a frothy, beige head. Moderate coffee aroma with hints of cocoa. Great roasted malt character, some earthy and lightly grassy bitterness, chclky cocoa. Medium bodied with fine, smooth carbonation. Lightly sticky, sweet and dry finish, lightly sweet chocolate, some mocha, burnt wood. So, so easy to drink. The balance is there, the flavors are cohesive. Great beer all around. I have to say, Magic Rock has killed it with each of their beers so far. Definitely one of the top three UK breweries for me.

3.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
justm (164) - Essex, ENGLAND - DEC 1, 2011
Bottle. Pours dark as night and indulgent as might be expected with a high beige head which dissipates fairliy quickly. Aroma is licorice and coffee with a faint fruitiness. Not a chewy mouthful but heavy on the coffee with licorice, a hint of dark rum, raisin and fig with a lovely dryness. Finish is very long and dry and the flavours still remain quite pronounced, drawing you back for another sip. Lovely.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
NapoleonSolo (4) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - NOV 23, 2011 does not count
[Bottle] Pours as black as could be expected, with fairly substantial brown head. Rich malty chocolate and hint of raisiny sweetness on the nose. Loads of coffee and dark chocolate in the taste. Definite hop presence accenting the bitterness nicely on the finish. Less substantial in terms of mouthfeel than I’d like.


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