jzzbassman (1638) - Arlington, Texas, USA - APR 12, 2011
Pours a walnut with a nice 2 finger thick tan head. Nose of chocolate malt. hops earthy but not a lot going on. Decent roasted character for the flavor, with piney hops. SanfordBrewer (1638) - Sanford, Florida, USA - APR 12, 2011
Don’t really get an ipa hop character, more like a brown ale with some extra dark malt. The malt profile is more of overcooked grain with high minerality than roast or coffee. IMO, not balanced or sessional. Nate (4279) - Indiana, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 10, 2011
From bottle. Has a nice fresh and juicy hop aroma to it, sitting atop a rich and roasted malt base - like an IPA-schwarzbier mix. Murky, chunky dark brown body with tons of floaters. This light tan head. Medium body with medium carbonation and light chunks. Starts with roasted barley and chocolate malt, mild molasses sweetness with roasted bitterness and medium hop finish. Finishes dry with light roasted bitterness. Rciesla (5499) - Exit 15W, New Jersey, USA - APR 7, 2011
Bottle. Pours a black body with a tan head. Aromatically malty and hoppy.
Viney hop tones, light grass y tones, and roasted malt tones. Aromatically okay, seems like everyone has a black ipa now and why not its a very exciting style, actually magic had pulled it off quite well. Personally i’d rather go with an OC alpine ipa but not bad. Body thins out quite a bit, also this one seems to have a stronger chocolaty malty body, meaning the hops are a bit dimmer then some of the other examples i’ve had. Regardless it works and is very good. blklab2007 (2120) - Connecticut, USA - APR 6, 2011
bottle as part of a mixed 12 pack poured a brown in color with a thin covering of off white head. aroma has some dry hops, a bit of roast, and malts. mouth feel is light and there is average carbonation. flavor has a good dose of hops, dry citrus, mild roasted malt, resins, and some chocolate. a solid drinking beer fresh and the price is right.
Strykzone (7555) - Wood River, Illinois, USA - APR 4, 2011
Mahogany color with a nice one finger tan head that soon becomes a ring. I smell yeast and light chocolate and it is akin to a porter. The flavor also begins like a porter, albeit a well hopped one. Soon the hops move to the forefront. Grapefruit tartness and bitterness take over the flavor and also defines the aftertaste. There is some spiciness at the finish. This is a nice beer and the last few Magic Hat offerings I have tried have been so. After some very questionable beers previously, this is a very good direction. piscator34 (2620) - Winnipeg, Manitoba, CANADA - MAR 31, 2011
Bottled sample. Muddy dark brown in colour with medium carbonation. Aromas are of wood embers, white grapefruit, leafy hops, and powdered chocolate. The charred elements are very forward in the mouth, with notes of coal, burnt coffee, and chocolate mixing with some less assertive c-hop notes. Medium bodied, bitter, and slightly astringent on the finish with all of the roasted malt. Drying and lingering, but still fairly drinkable. jeremytoni (3082) - Swedesboro, New Jersey, USA - MAR 31, 2011
From a bottle poured a dark amber color with a fair amount of head. Malty hoppy flavor with a quick finish. Ughsmash (7508) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - MAR 30, 2011
Bottled. Poured clear iced tea brown with a creamy cap of khaki head.. looked great in the glass! The aroma picked up sweet, candied chocolate and biscuity malts with accents of earth, citrus, and piney hoppage.. not bad, but nothing really popped or was interesting. The flavor found dry-roasted black patent and much less specialty malt (chocolate showed more than anything else) at the core.. dry earthy bitterness surrounded, and a blend of miscellaneous bitterness joined black patent and baker’s chocolate on the finish.. balance was decent. Light-medium bodied with OK feel and flow on the palate.. not a great beer by any standards, but it was serviceable. pinkzambia (2069) - Boise, Idaho, USA - MAR 28, 2011
Bottle: Murky dark brown with a frothy tan head that stays around for most of the drink with patches of sticky lacing as well. The aroma is hops, sulfur and eggs. The flavor is not as hoppy as you would hope for and the body is pretty thin with kind of a sweet, watery aftertaste. I wanted to be impressed, but found this beer lacking.