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Brewed by Magic Rock
Style: Stout
Huddersfield, England

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RATINGS: 277   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.69/5   EST. CALORIES: 180   ABV: 6%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
Cask, keg & bottle; Regular.

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.


haddonsman's rating

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
haddonsman (1234) - Derby, Derbyshire, - JUL 22, 2011
Cask, Sheffield Tap 20/07/11. I’m going to have to get the head brewer, Stuart Ross, to talk me through the malt bill for this one. Again. Because it works so well, it puts such strength and depth and suppleness in, that I still can’t believe how he’s conjured it up. I can nearly always find fault with a cask stout - maybe a touch acetic, or too much ashtray - but this was bob on. Three things: I need more of it. I need to drink this at the end of a long snowy walk in front of a roaring log fire. And I absolutley bloody well demand that it’s made stronger, shoved in a wooden cask of some sort and matured into a barrel-aged monster. Just go easy on the snozzberries...


4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
MelvinKalksma (637) - UTRECHT, NETHERLANDS - MAY 2, 2016

Aroma:
Slight/medium aroma of malts, caramel, dried fruit, liquorice, chocolate, roasted malts and coffee.

Appearance:
Opaque black beer with a slight/medium beige head.

Taste/Palate:
Starts medium/heavy sweet with malts, caramel, dried fruit, liquorice and chocolate; ends slightly bitter with roasted malts and coffee.

Overall:
People should know that I always drink with my brother. We had a can each and we had a huge difference in flavour profile. One was sweet with dried fruit and liquorice, while the other had loads of roasted malts and coffee. Added together however, this beer is amazing. Deep and strong flavours with a lovely smooth palate.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Mr_Pink_152 (3120) - Lincoln, Lincolnshire, ENGLAND - APR 25, 2016
Can from Real Ale Store, Newark. Black colour with a tan head. Aroma and taste were liquorice and chocolate with a touch of dark fruit. Taste follow with a light bitter finish.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
spkevin (433) - Doetinchem, NETHERLANDS - APR 24, 2016
Tap @ Borefts ’15. Notes from then: Nice stout. Nothing special though. Nice malts/oatmeal hints. Some chocolate. Okay!

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
RichardGretton (4566) - Leicestershire, ENGLAND - APR 21, 2016
Cask@Brew Dog, Leicester. The aroma is lightly roasted, with oatyness. The flavour is quite bitter and roasted with some coffee. Overall a nice dark beer. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
procraste (443) - FRANCE - APR 20, 2016
torréfié, liquide, un rien acide et piquante. Chocolat délicat et discret en arrière plan. Le tout est très smooth et pas mal élégant ! Pas écœurant du tout, avec un petit côté "beurré" pas désagréable ...

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 10/20
Beerowl80 (123) - - APR 19, 2016
Can. Pours black. Subtle aromas of roast malts, coffee and chocolate. Roasty bitter taste with some hoppiness. Didn’t massively enjoy it.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
mithe (1354) - Opava & Brno, CZECH REPUBLIC - APR 18, 2016
(tap 0,3l @ OP (Brno))
Aroma: Roasted malt, bitter chocolate.
Appearance: Opaque black. Minimal brown head.
Taste: Medium sweet, roasted, chocolate.
Palate: Medium body. Creamy texture. Light dry finish.
Overall: Nice sweet-roasted stout.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Mjp12 (1244) - York, North Yorkshire, ENGLAND - APR 17, 2016
From a can, pours black, with a thining head. Great liquorice and chocolate aroma, some nice dark fruit notes, with a good bitter finish

4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
liquidbread86 (116) - Washington DC, USA - APR 16, 2016
On tap. Very dark with a creamy head. Aroma of coffee, and a smokey flavor - reminded me slightly of beef jerky.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
deanso (7942) - the Hague, NETHERLANDS - APR 12, 2016
On tap at Murphys law. Thick creamy off white head. Clear black pour. A lovely smooth Stout.


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