RATINGS: 292   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.1/5   SEASONAL: Special   IBU: 45   EST. CALORIES: 180   ABV: 6%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
Demo is a deliciously dark lick of an India Pale Ale. It’s medley of roasted malts and heady hops will have your senses dancing to the beat of a different IPA.

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3.2
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
halfonit (1346) - Fall River, Massachusetts, USA - MAR 26, 2011
Pours a black color (which is to be expected). Aroma is full of hops up front with some malts, and grapefruit. Flavor has the hops and grapefruit mostly present with a little chocolate. Not too bad.

2.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
nick76 (4396) - Tampa, Florida, USA - MAR 24, 2011
The aroma is piny and earthy with a touch of smoke to go along with the toasted malt and caramel. The appearance is dark red brown with a small er tan head. The taste is like the aroma. The palate is a bit thin but well carbonated. I think this is a bit disappointing even though it’s not a bad beer. The color is a bit light and the overall aroma lacking in punch.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
guzzler67 (1687) - Hanover, Maryland, USA - MAR 23, 2011
Nice size beige head with very good lacing over the cloudy, dark brown body. Aroma is roasted malt, coffeed and herbal hops. Earthy flavors with the roasted malts in the forefront and spicy, resinous hops following through to the aftertaste. Medium bodied, decently carbonated mouthfeel with a lingering finish.

2.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
jtclockwork (15975) - , New Jersey, USA - MAR 20, 2011
Bottle. Pours black. Tan head. Nose of musky hops, black malt and pine. Taste is ashy chocolate malt, baker’s chocolate and light hops.

2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
MrBunn (2789) - The Wet Side of a Dry Town, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 20, 2011
Bottle. Pours a dark brown with a medium tan head and aromas if chocolate malt, an odd licorice presence and some medicinal smelling hops. Flavor isn’t much better. Kind of a hodgepodge of things stuffed together without much direction or harmony. Additionally, it seems to have gone a bit sour.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
BDR (2534) - Roseville, Minnesota, USA - MAR 20, 2011
A nice floral hop aroma that was too sweet for my tastes. The malts were a bit heaver in the body than I prefer, but still a decent hop profile.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
rampmaster (642) - Alden, New York, USA - MAR 20, 2011
Presentation: It was poured from a brown 12oz bottle into a Pint glass. ("3/4 Pint of Ale" as they say on the label.) The label has a freshness date of "May 31 2011" and the abv is listed at 6%. Appearance: It has a very dark look in the glass with some very deep dark garnet colored highlights showing through the beer. I also noticed some fine sediment hanging in suspension within the body. To cap off this beer I got a dense tan head which stands two fingers tall. This head has excellent retention and coats the glass with lacing. Smell: I get a dark roasted malt character with hints of coffee and caramel. Hops are lighter than the malt and add some citrus and herbal notes to the nose. Taste/Palate: The palate opens up with mild sweetness, roasted malt, coffee and toasted bread with citrus hop notes quickly moving in. It finishes with pleasant herbal/leafy hop bitterness fading slowly off the tongue. It has a creamy and smooth mouth feel with pleasant soft carbonation. Notes: It come off more as a Porter than IPA but is still very tasty and beautiful.

3.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Slipstream (2571) - USA - MAR 20, 2011
The reviews on this are all over the place. I like the 45 rpm record-style label. Full, fine floral aroma - sweet coffee and spring flowers. Pretty dry and roasty. To me it tasted more like a porter or a dry stout than an IPA. Flavors of dark bread and oak. Pretty mellow and with a good flavor that is less potent than the aroma.

3.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
yesyouam (1016) - Fairport, New York, USA - MAR 20, 2011
UPDATED: MAY 25, 2012 Magic Hat Demo Black IPA is a solid black beer with a bubbly light brown foam that has outstanding retention and lacing. It smells mostly of dark roast and licorice. It’s grainy and grassy. The smooth medium body gets a little chalky toward the finish. There’s lots of dark roasted flavor like you’d find in an Imperial Stout. There’s a juniper bitterness that gets a little poisonous in the finish. This is not what I expect from something called a Black IPA. There wasn’t really any hop aroma. A lot of the flavor seem to come from dark, complex malts. Call this something else. [Previous review March 2011] Magic Hat Demo is a very dark brown ale that’s nearly opaque. It’s topped with a thin, bubbly, khaki foam that leaves outstanding lacing on the glass. It has a roasty aroma with a sweet caramel note. Coffee and chocolate are present, along with a hint of grassy hops. It has a foamy medium body. The finish is a little astringent. It’s pretty sweet and quite chocolatey. There’s a healthy amount of green bitterness in this. There’s an sftertaste of dark chocolate. It’s pretty good, but ultimately the flavors don’t work very well together.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
TheGB (578) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - MAR 18, 2011
Pours a nice dark brown. Light aroma toasted malt, not a lot more. Taste is medium bodied with some toasted malt and a little anise. Smooth palate, but not that interesting.


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