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Brewed by Magic Rock
Style: Stout
Huddersfield, England

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RATINGS: 185   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.67   EST. CALORIES: 180   ABV: 6%
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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. Iím 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 canít believe how heís 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 itís made stronger, shoved in a wooden cask of some sort and matured into a barrel-aged monster. Just go easy on the snozzberries...


3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
mike_77 (2728) - NETHERLANDS - APR 15, 2014
Very dark colour. Aroma and flavour are strongly flavoured with roasted malt, chocolate and some coffee. Light body makes it easy to drink.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
s_hartshorne (619) - wakefield, West Yorkshire, ENGLAND - APR 11, 2014
Cask Sheffield tap. Black colour tan head lacing. Good chocolate malty aroma. Taste is nice chocolate coffee liquorice malts long bitter finish. Nice body mouthfeel. Great stuff.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
jonas (5477) - Garching b. MŁnchen, GERMANY - APR 9, 2014
Tap at Bar Animal. Black, rocky brown lace. Roast, molassis, coffee, mineral aroma. Good coffee and burned toast entry, dark chocolate, leather, herbal notes. Mellow creamy mouthfeel. Light acidic aftertaste.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
BRW (628) - Barcelona, SPAIN - APR 5, 2014
On tap at Biercab. Black colour with beige head. Roasted, chocolate aroma. Roasted, chocolate, sweet taste. Some dark fruits and slightly bitter. Medium body.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
AshtonMcCobb (2117) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - MAR 17, 2014
On keg at the Red Squirrel. Appearance -opaque black with a nice crema head. Nose -dark chocolate and roast. Some boozy notes. Taste - more alcohol and chocolate. Palate - medium to full bodied with a creamy texture and a long finish which is quite sweet but brings relative balance. Overall - I think this is somewhere between a semi imperial stout and a porter.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
alovelydrop (5) - - MAR 1, 2014 does not count
Cask at Harrild & Sons (Farringdon Rd). Purs pitch black with a thick tan head. Lovely aroma of dark chocolate and coffee. Strong coffee malt taste with a bit of smokiness and sweetness on the finish. Good stout.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Lonick (781) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - FEB 28, 2014
Cask @The Vintage, Leith. While i have had this a few times iíd never rated it. Pours black with a tan head. Huge chocolate malty nose, nutty, chestnuts perhaps. Coffee and chocolate on the palate a wonderful sweet aftertaste, this is what beer should be.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
AndySnow (2469) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - FEB 23, 2014
How: Draught.
Where: Taylor & Jones with the Twist, Stockholm.
Appearance: Black colour with a small beige head.
Aroma: Chocolate, roasted malt, dried fruit.
Body: Medium body, rather low carbonation.
Flavour: Chocolate, roasted malt, caramel, dried fruit.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Buongiorgio00 (576) - - FEB 3, 2014
Stout molto complessa, gusto intrigante dominato da cioccolata e mati tostati, ma che lascia intraverdere sfumature di liquirizia e frutta scura. Buon bilanciamento tra dolce e tostato. Il lato oscuro della magia brassicola riesce a evocare un prodotto davvero notevole.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
sic1314 (2553) - Leiden, NETHERLANDS - JAN 30, 2014
Poured deep dark reddish brown with a small tan head. Aroma of dark chocolate, dark fruit, roast malt and some coffee. Medium body, flavour much as the aroma, ad liquorice.


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