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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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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.


4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Leighton (9881) - 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.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Rasmus40 (9879) - Beder, Aarhus, DENMARK - APR 29, 2013
Tap @ Cask Pub and Kitchen, London. Black with a lasting brown head. Aroma is roasted malt, chocolate, coffee and smoke. Flavor is quite sweet and rather bitter. Dry and roasted rather bitter finish. Soft and smooth. 260413

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
chrisv10 (9868) - DENMARK - MAY 28, 2013
Tap @ MikkellerBar, Stefansgade. Very dark brown with small light brown head. Aroma is roasted malts, chocolate, coffee and caramel. Flavour is roasted malts, chocolate, caramel, "milk chocolate", medium sweet and a little bitter.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
imdownthepub (9672) - Banbury, Oxfordshire, ENGLAND - APR 6, 2012
Bottled, 330ml from Stirchley Wines, Birmingham. Black with light brown head. Roasty, sharp stout, quite spiky in character, not as rounded, bitterness with a resinous hop note, drying and bitter. Good stuff without reaching the real heights.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
rlgk (9495) - Göteborg/Jönköping, SWEDEN - AUG 7, 2011
Cask at Craft Beer Co, London. Black beer with a bubby brown head. Licorice aroma, roasted, smoky notes, coca, chocolate, coffee notes. Roasted coffee flavor, some blackcurrant, chocolate, figs, licorice, some sott. Very nice!

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Bov (9077) - Bienne, SWITZERLAND - JUN 4, 2013
draught@Mikkeller&Friends, København - dark beer with a little beige foam; fairly roasted maltiness, nuts and chocolate, a decent hoppiness; medium-bodied, dry and bitter; roasted coffeish aftertaste with notes of vanilla

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
FatPhil (8636) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - NOV 20, 2013
UPDATED: JAN 22, 2014 Tap (Drink Baar, Tallinn) (7:5:7:4:14=3.7)
Lovely coffee roasty aroma, pleasantly sweet. Smooth palate, soft carbonation. Lovely roasty body, gentle roast. Touch wooly with dry earthy hops. Nice stout at 6%, English styled, drier than the other stouts we’ve had recently, which is nice.
Rerate: Tap (Pudel, Tallinn) (7:5:6:4:13=3.5)
Just had this to compare with Buxton Imperial Black, and whilst this smelt better, it doesn’t taste as good. Fails to impress to much, gotta dock a point off taste and overall.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
maeib (8404) - Wootton, Northampton, Northamptonshire, ENGLAND - JUL 14, 2011
Cask conditioned handpump Southampton Arms London. A black beer with a tan head. A very mellow roasty flavour with some oatmealy notes. Slightly sweet aroma. A long finish. Totally drinkable. Let’s hope Magic Rock continue to deliver the hype.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
leaparsons (7805) - Leicester, Leicestershire, ENGLAND - AUG 24, 2011
Cask, Peterborough Fest 11. Black with a beige foam. Aromas are coffee and caramel with leather and soy. Raisins with dark chocolate and earthy peat and liquorice. Flavours are sweet caramel and chocolate with roast coffee and peppery spices. Dark berries with dark chocolate and grapefruit bitterness. Good stuff.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
MartinT (7523) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JUL 3, 2013
My Bottom Line:
This New World Stout shares plenty of roasted malts upon which citrusy hops, raisins and grapey edges bounce, leading to an almost smoke-y, pepper-y finish.

Further Personal Perceptions:
-A creamy sheet of foam covers the pure blackness, lacing nicely.
-The dark chocolate undercurrent in the finish is really nice.
-There are lots of flavours in this one, but I didn’t find them to be perfectly harmonious (citrusy edges with roastiness?).
-In a blind test, I would have this was from an American brewery.
-I think I would like this better on cask as the malts would have more room to express. The biting carbonation from the tap makes the hops a little too brash for my tastes in Stout.

On tap at Craft Beer Co., Brighton.


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