Brewed by Magic Rock
Style: Stout
Huddersfield, England


on tap

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RATINGS: 298   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.69/5   EST. CALORIES: 180   ABV: 6%
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

   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...

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
ThreeCats (796) - ISRAEL - JUN 22, 2016
UPDATED: JUN 22, 2016 Black with nice sticky head. Aroma has a lot of chocolate and espresso notes, roast and a touch of caramel. Taste is dry with notes of roast, ash, liquorice, and burnt coffee.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
beer-yum (1242) - Wellington, NEW ZEALAND - JUN 18, 2016
Restrained aroma in a jet black pour. Impressive coffee cocoa flavour with hints of vanilla and licorice adding subtle complexity. An excellent example of the style - but somewhat overshadowed by their "Common Grounds" (to my taste at least).

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
hohops (729) - Kent, ENGLAND - JUN 18, 2016
Appearance- pitch black, a 1-2 finger beige creamy head which lasts. Aroma- coffee, creamy milk chocolate, caramel, fudge cake, dark malts, vanilla, coffee cream. Taste- creamy milk chocolate, coffee, chocolate ice cream, sweet malts, bitter espresso, hint of vanilla sweetness. Smooth creamy mouthfeel. Tasty stout.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
themightyjag (393) - - JUN 16, 2016
330ml can from Brewdog shop. Thick tan head, decent lacing. Dark near black body. Chocolate nose, creamy coffee, nuts, a little spice. Flavour is rich chocolate, dark berries, cream, a little spice, gentle bitter aftertaste. Light carbonation, smooth creamy mouthfeel, good body. This is a cracking stout, slips down so easily.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
varanid99 (947) - AUSTRALIA - JUN 11, 2016
Black pour with a decent tan head. Roasty, coffee aromas dominate, a little ash. Bitter, ashy taste, roasty, coffee, a little chocolate, bitter coffee on the finish. As it warms up there’s a bit of berry - definitely started off a bit too cold with this one

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
teddybeer (3262) - Madrid, SPAIN - JUN 10, 2016
Black color with a beige head, good duration. Aroma has roasted notes with a high presence of coffee beans. Flavor is slightly bittery, roasty, some ashes are also present with licorice and coffee aftertaste. Smoothy final with light bitterness.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
MonsterMagnet (1047) - NETHERLANDS - JUN 9, 2016
Bottle, pours black with a reddish hue. Chocolate, coffee, berries, bit of marzipan in the back, creamy, low carbonation, good balance, solid.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
ciocanelu (994) - Timisoara, ROMANIA - JUN 7, 2016
Dark brown color with tan head. Aroma has dark, roasted malts, slightly smokey, with a touch of dark chocolate. Taste follows, roasted malts, dark chocolate, coffee. Quite balanced overall, starts malty but finishes quite bitter and roasty with a touch of hops. Medium body and carbonation. Overall it’s a legit robust stout, tasty and easy to drink.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Vighals (2836) - Sørumsand, NORWAY - JUN 6, 2016
Svart med fingerhøyt beige skum. Lukter kaffe, kandis og noe brent karamell. Middels til fyldig. Søtlig, lett bitter mørk sjokolade og kaffe. Middels lang.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Alengrin (4237) - BELGIUM - JUN 5, 2016
’Surreal stout’ by Magic Rock, from a craft can. Pale greyish beige, medium thick, lacing, moussy and dense head over a jet black beer with mahogany edges. Aroma of cured meat, beef broth, lots of black coffee or even espresso, cigar ashes, quite a lot of iron but nevertheless feeling ’natural’, dried mediterranean herbs, black pepper, burnt cardboard, bitter chocolate, dried mushroom, nut shells. Clean onset, even a bit neutral at the start, a mixture of restrained dried mushroom-like umami, very basic ’dull’ sourishness and very subdued dried fruit sweetishness, with some minerally accents; carbo is softish. The beer begins to shine in the middle, when the malts open the palate with dry nutty and bitter toasted flavors, evolving into roasted bitterness with an ashy quality to it; finishes even drier than it began, as the roasted, cold black coffee-like bitterness and ’deep’ sourishness mingle with spicy hop bitterness yielding retronasal peppery aromas, pairing well with the umami flavor that keeps sitting on top of it all. Notably dry stout - ’Irish’ in a certain sense, rather straightforward, but technically flawless, accomplished and to the point. One for the true stouthead.

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